Our Team

Executive Director

Isadora McKeon


Isadora’s relationship with reuse began in the thrift stores and junk shops of Los Angeles during her teens and continued through her mid-20’s where she worked in and managed vintage stores in Berkeley and San Francisco. An avid treasure hunter, she helped make ends meet in college by buying and reselling clothing and housewares. Around this time, she discovered the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse in Oakland, California where she acquired supplies for pixelvision, a DIY project that transforms an average television into a psychedelic light show using toilet paper tubes. She fell in love with the way that the Depot merged conservation, creativity and community and had a dream to bring the idea to Austin.

In addition to her role at ACR, Isadora is the Director of Marketing and Communications at Austin-based hospitality company Bunkhouse. For over a decade, Isadora has helped build the renowned company from one hotel and a coffee shop to a portfolio of over 10 properties nationally and internationally. In her role at Bunkhouse, Isadora spends much of her time building community relationships and helping to develop the culture of each of the properties through charitable events, music and arts programming, and other creative projects.

Center Manager

Jen Mack

“I’m a mother, a gardener and a Texas transplant originally from the northeast.  I love helping my kids learn about the environment and spending time outside. I am an amateur crafter and enjoy knitting, repurposing, cooking and sewing.” Jen works with the Shift Leads to oversee center operations, as well as managing volunteer and events coordination. 

Shift Leads

Barb Paris

” Hi ! I am a mother a teacher and an artist. I taught art k-12 in public schools for 10 years and currently have my own after school program in Round Rock. I am the co-founder of Marmalade skies , an art studio in Austin TX, and helped to start the children’s museums in New Braunfels and San Antonio. I was born in NYC raised in NEW Jersey and moved to Austin  20 years ago. My artwork is eclectic and is mostly large scale multi media; paintings. Many of my large paintings are done on old used doors.”

Casey Douglas

Casey Douglas is a student, environmentalist, and freelance model in Austin, TX. She was a member of Girl Scouts for twelve years and made her fair share of arts and crafts projects growing up. She was constantly surprised by how the troop leader, her mom, would come up with creative projects by reusing and repurposing all kinds of materials. Teaching for AmeriCorps this past Spring reminded her how much she missed serving the community, and she is very excited to be working with another non-profit in town that focuses on creativity and sustainability. In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors, creating succulent gardens, and dancing.


Michael Balot

” Hello! My name is Michael Balot, and I’m ecstatic to join the ACR team. I moved to Austin two years ago after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I get my kicks in my free time via disc jockeying, boxing, baking, environmental advocacy, and treasure diving.”


Susan Bussard

Violet, Marigold, Fuchsia, Pearl. Colors are the building blocks I use to express myself. Even their names bring thoughts, ideas and surprising combinations to mind. They inspire me. I enjoy a variety of materials, textures and processes: Weaving paper, spinning angora, Koolaid dyeing, knitting…with anything. Cowboy boot making. If I can create beautiful things and at the same time help make the Earth a thriving place for future generations, I am happy.

Holli Hartman

Hi there, I’m Holli. I’m a artist and maker. I create paintings of Barton Springs Pool and Hands. I love connecting with people through creativity and I have a deep appreciation for nature. I grew up going to thrift shops and garage sales with my mom and aunt collecting art supplies, curiosities and tools to create whatever my imagination could cook up. Additionally, I have a very large and very cute puppy named Hazel!

Educator Outreach

Bernadette Noll

Bernadette Noll is a writer, speaker, maker, mom of four, and avid fan of reuse. She is the author of 3 books: Make Stuff Together, Slow Family Living and Look At Us Now. Bernadette‘s goal is to offer people a new lens on making and the materials available. She loves creating projects that get people to sit, ponder, make and commune. Born and raised in New Jersey, Bernadette has called Austin home for nearly 28 years. Look for her in a thrift store near you.