OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Melissa Wood (she/her)
Melissa is a Michigan native who made Atlanta her home in 2007. She has a Masters in Early Childhood Education and is currently a co-director and teacher at a nature school. While teaching she loves to incorporate open-ended materials for sensory, fine motor, and hands-on experiences. She first learned about creative reuse in the 5th grade while on a field trip to The Scrap Box in Ann Arbor, MI. Her favorite thing about creative reuse is finding a random item and utilizing it for a different purpose. In her spare time, she can be found crafting and hiking with her husband, 8-year-old, and rescue dog, Porter.
Elaine Childs (she/her)
Elaine grew up in the metro Atlanta area. She studied art at Brenau University and has her Masters in Early Childhood Education from the University of North Georgia. She currently teaches art for Dekalb County. In her spare time, she enjoys creating art and spending time outdoors with her family. She has been involved with other community repurposing groups and is excited to get involved with Scraplanta.
Jannon Siler (she/her)
Jannon is a GA native and a Director of Customer Experience and insights in the tech sector and enjoys creating processes and scalability to drive amazing products and service workstreams. She is a small business owner focused on textiles and apparel and loves to use traditional designs that amplify marginalized and under-represented populations. She is passionate about re-homing things that no longer “spark joy” and finding them a new home where their use is better served. Jannon enjoys paper crafting, trying to learn how to be a better fiber crafter, and always appreciating new art forms.
Janet Wood (she/her)
Janet is a marketer and artist based out of Atlanta, GA. By day, Janet is a Marketing Manager on the Revenue Marketing team at HubSpot where she works on demand management and lead strategy. She’s also experienced in content marketing, SEO, and digital marketing. Her professional sweet spot is using data to clear ambiguity and create alignment. Outside of work, Janet takes sculpting classes at Cherrylion Studios and is fiercely passionate about ethical consumer behaviors and the environment. She loves tattoos, art, lavender lattes, running, spending as much time in the park as possible, hanging out with her cat Bean, and finding things to laugh about.
Alexandria "Ali" Hadd (she/her)
Ali is excited to serve her first term on the board of directors at Scraplanta. Previously, she worked with Turnip Green Creative Reuse in Nashville, serving the nonprofit in educational outreach, sorting donations in the retail space, and community engagement at events. By day, she is an assistant professor at Spelman College and an expert in quantitative data analysis and research methodology. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, fiber and collage arts, volunteering with other nonrprofits (hello, Trees Atlanta!), and taking walks in the city.
Marisa is a New York native, with a neuroscience background and a passion for creative endeavors. She works as a customer success manager at a fintech startup by day and explores creative outlets at night. Previously, she has taken improv and sketch writing classes and is now focused on using her artistic energy to master her sewing machine. A huge nerd, she aspires to be able to create her own cosplays from scratch for DragonCon.
Tom Rosenmayer (he/him)
Tom is the Founder and CTO of Silpra Technologies, a sustainable materials start-up. He is long-time Tucker resident with international business experience through his extensive career in innovative materials. He currently serves as an external advisory board member for the GA Tech School of Materials Science & Engineering.
Harlan Eplan (he/him)
Harlan is a fourth generation Decatur resident with several years of experience in both start-up and corporate environments. Currently, he is enjoying a work hiatus, so he can spend more time giving back to the community and creating beautiful memories with his daughter.
Ottilie Murray (They/Them)
Ottilie is an award-winning cosplayer with decades of Prop and Costume Experience. They have been a long-time Scraplanta Volunteer and the mastermind behind Scraplanta’s Patchwork Pinwheel Merchandise. Ottilie also enjoys building puppets and sharing their creative adventures at www.AngryPlainJanesWorkshop.com
Susan Reu (She/Her) first learned of creative reuse programs from an article in the Sunday newspaper several years ago. After visiting The Scrap Exchange in Durham, NC, she was hooked. Two of her favorite creative reuse activities have been making business cards from cereal boxes and making quilt squares with donated fabric and trim. Collage is her favorite form of artistic expression. Susan studied journalism at the University of Georgia and technical writing at Southern Polytechnic State University. She currently works as a freelance writer and editor. She derives joy from passing donated art materials along to artists, teachers, parents, and children.
Sally Shelton partnered with Susan to start WonderRoot Creative Reuse. They hosted monthly art programs around the Atlanta area with pre-loved art supplies.
Jamie is a fiber artist, who works in the film industry and owns Fiber Parts. Jamie helped Scraplanta transition away from WonderRoot and become an independent program.
Roseanne Winn (She/Her) is originally from NYC, where she studied fine arts. Roseanne spent several decades as a software developer before relocating to Atlanta. After hearing about creative reuse, she was delighted to work with Scraplanta. Roseanne volunteers at Scraplanta's community events and in our donation processing area.
Melissa worked with the charter members to host Scraplanta's first pop-up shops with Corner Cup Coffee and Soulshine's Decatur Campus.