Board of Directors

Board Members

Carole LeClair,  President

Carole LeClair

Carole LeClair

Carole grew up in Houston, daughter of an Engineer and Homemaker. Her dad was the type to fix something rather than buy new. All his hobbies revolved around making stuff. She followed suit, learning to quilt, sew, and wield a mean glue gun.

After graduating from UT in Electrical Engineering, Carole hired on at Motorola, Inc and worked there for over 17 years. Eventually she moved to the next phase of her life, that of being a stay at home mom. As a mom with small kids, their crafts involved using bubble wrap, egg cartons, blister packaging, along with crayons, glue and paint.

When her daughter hit 2nd grade, she took over leadership of her Girl Scout troop and she’s been active in Scouting ever since. They’ve tried to keep a light foot print in the troop, using durable cups, bowls and utensils during meetings as well as recyclable and reuse items for projects and crafts. She also started and “Go Green Team” at Lee Elementary.

Lindsay Cruthers, Board Treasurer

Lindsay was born in Flint, Michigan and migrated south to Austin, Texas nearly a decade ago.  Attracted to the booming economy and sunshine, she put her Bachelor of Lindsay CruthersScience degree in Molecular Biology to use in Texas.

After a few years she determined that she was better suited to work as an accounting professional.  Lindsay is employed at Atchley & Associates, LLP in the tax department on the accounting services team.  Her focus includes helping business owners with their accounting processes and business practices.

She will soon complete her Master of Science in Accounting degree (Texas A&M at Commerce) and is a member of the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce and the Austin Chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Lindsay is thrilled to get the opportunity to be a part of Austin Creative Reuse (ACR) and contribute to conservation and reuse in the community. Although not creative herself, she very much enjoys seeing what others are able to do with their ACR finds.

Karen Miller, Board Secretary

Kare Miller

Karen Miller

Inspired by Gertrude Chandler Warner’s The Boxcar Children at an early age, Karen began diverting interesting and useful items from the landfill, thrifting, gardening, and refashioning at an early age. She has translated that interest into a career as a professional engineer with a focus on waste management, spill prevention, risk assessment, and reduction of stormwater pollutant discharges from industrial facilities.

Karen began creative pursuits through scrapbooking her two children’s exploits, and she learned different techniques related to color theory, photography, and layout. Since then, she has truly enjoyed creatively repurposing items into art pieces, yard art, and a funky henhouse. She continues repurposing by developing creative Girl Scout projects for her troops and SWAPs kits for other troop leaders. Karen views her regular stints sorting materials in the Center’s by-the-bucket section as her weekly The Artist’s Way artist’s date field trip.

Nancy Lyon, Board Member

Nancy Lyon

Nancy spent the first part of her life in the DC area, but had finally had enough of the politics, cold, and traffic, so she moved to Austin. For most of the 20 years or so that she has lived here, she has been doing molecular biology research at UT Austin. She recently started working at Austin Community College’s new campus in the old abandoned Highland Mall (her office is in the old shoe dept of JC Penney’s) and is helping to build Austin’s first leaseable wet lab space.

Nancy comes from a family of creatives. All professional scientists, but with hobbies such as cooking, glass fusing and lampwork, costume design, and jewelry making. As an underpaid scientist, she took naturally to finding ways of keeping busy and to making things, without spending money. Once you have that mindset and that skill set, it’s hard to do things any other way. The fact that re-using materials is also good practice for the planet makes her heart kind of soar. On any given day, you could find her amongst the makings of puppets, jewelry, a metalsmithing project or even a delicious dinner. In addition to spending her days buying $50K laboratory instruments to outfit the space, she scours freecycle and craigslist for valuable opportunistic treasures for the lab. Maybe, someday, there will be a bio-hacker space carved out at Highland.

Sharon Yarbrough, Board Member

Sharon Yarbrough

Sharon has over 20 years experience working in Austin education and conservation nonprofits and is a proud AmeriCorps alum. Her greatest motivation for living sustainably is wanting to instill environmental stewardship in her daughter and our next generations.

“I wanted to become part of Austin Creative Reuse because it is the perfect blending of my passions: art, education and conservation. I knew it was the right place for me the minute I walked in the door.”

Sharon earned a degree in technical writing from Illinois State University and was a high school English teacher before translating her skills into grant writing. Grant writing led to fundraising; including events and donor engagement. Sharon is the Development Coordinator for Southwest Key Programs, the 2nd largest nonprofit in Austin.
While her favorite activity is crafting or hiking with her daughter, Sharon volunteers as the Kiddie Crew Leader for the Austin Parks Foundation, a delivery driver for Meals on Wheels and reading mentor with East Austin College Prep.

Jennifer Evans, Board Member

Jennifer Evans

ACR is excited to announce the appointment of our new board member, Jennifer Evans. Jennifer spent much of her childhood travelling up and down the east coast from Canada to Florida in the back of her parents’ baby blue 1970s Econoline camper van.  While it might have been frowned upon by today’s standards (there were no seats in the back of that van, let alone seat belts!), her fond memories of days on the beach, hikes in the woods and nights spent around the campfire started her down a path toward environmental stewardship that she now hopes to instill in her own children and share with her community.

A graduate of Duke University’s Environmental Science & Policy Program and the University of Chicago Law School, Jennifer is currently taking a break from her environmental law practice to raise her three young children.  She organizes Nature Playdate, a nature group for Austin families with small children, and is active in several other local environmental and community groups.  Energized by the creativity of the ACR community, she is delighted for this opportunity to join the Board of Directors and to lead the Sustainability Committee.


Past Board Members

  • Cindy Lawrence
  • Amelia Despre
  • Angela Silverthorne  
  • Cory Skuldt
  • Kaci Hampton 
  • Kami Wilt 
  • Katy Avenson 
  • Harley Gambill 
  • Leslie Hall 
  • Michele Dames 
  • Rebecca Stuch 

 Founders

  • Rebecca Stuch (Board President 2009 – 2017)
  • Harley Gambill
  • Kami Wilt
  • Isadora McKeon
  • Lisa Stevens
  • Ellen Scatton
  • Molly Whitten

Interns

  • Pooja Panda (Fall 2016)
  • Toni Red:  As a self proclaimed environmental activist, Toni loves to encourage others think green. She gets to do just that as an intern for Austin Creative Reuse. Since 2013, Toni has been spreading the word about ACR and reuse by writing blog posts about reducing waste and reuse projects. She is currently in her final year at UT and will graduate with a degree in Environmental Science with a focus in Biology. She wants to continue working for the environment by protecting wildlife and wildlife habitat.  (Spring 2014- Spring 2016)
  • Kaci Lambeth (Spring 2016)
  • Scott McCarty (Fall 2015)
  • Alice Armstrong (Fall 2013)
  • Rachel Miller (Fall 2013)
  • Jonathan Davis (Fall 2013)