Staff + Board

To contact us by email, please route your inquiry accordingly:

Staff can be reached at emails of this format: [first name]@pccr.org.

Note: We can no longer be reached at @creativereusepittsburgh.org. Our new domain is @pccr.org. If you have one of our old email addresses in your Contacts, please be sure to update it. Thanks!

For information on pronouns and why they matter, visit https://www.mypronouns.org/what-and-why.

ASH ANDREWS
Executive Director
she/they
Honorific: Mx.
 

Ash started volunteering with Creative Reuse in 2010, and then joined the staff the same year. In late 2016, she became the Acting Executive Director, and then the actual Executive Director in mid-2017. Ash’s favorite Creative Reuse materials are wine corks, iridescent laminate samples, and bread bag clips. When feeling crafty, Ash likes to make art that attempts to make sense of the spirit of mundane or discarded objects by collecting, organizing, and displaying them in unconventional ways. In addition to her love of oft-overlooked items, Ash loves learning about and searching for  mushrooms in the wild (like the giant puffball in this photo!), and going on picnics with her love, Nichole, and their beagle, Space. 

Ash is passionate about racial justice, sustainability, permaculture, biodiversity, art, creativity, and, of course, reuse!

CAMMIE BRADY
Shop Manager & Volunteer Coordinator
she/her
Honorific: Mx.
 

Cammie is the Shop Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, and has worked at Creative Reuse for over eight years! Wow! She has a passion for all things camp and kitsch, and likes to draw, paint, and create makeshift costumes from reused materials. Cammie believes that material reuse is a way to combat the current climate crisis and also keep art-making accessible to everyone, plus it’s just, like, totally cool, dude.

Fun facts: Cammie loves watching movies (especially horror) and has a cat named Griffin who is sort of mean (but very cute.)

You can see Cammie’s art on her Instagram: @Cammieb.art.

XIOLA JENSEN
Shop & Social Media Assistant
she/her
Honorific: Ms.
 

Back in 2017, Xiola was hired at Creative Reuse through her college work-study program. She returned each school year until she graduated in 2019, at which point she was hired as a shop and social media assistant! Her hobbies include drawing and journaling, so she spends a lot of time in the scrapbook and art supplies section of the shop. She also loves cats, music, and dancing with friends! Xiola understands the importance of reusing materials as a way to reduce waste, and she loves helping others do the same at Creative Reuse. Check out her illustration work at xiolajensen.com or on Instagram: @xiolathefairy.

VIVIENNE SHAO
Shop Assistant
she/her
Honorific: Ms.
 

Vivienne has worked at Creative Reuse as a Shop Assistant for 3 years. She enjoys managing anything and everything related to fabric and yarn. Her creative pursuits mainly lie with the fiber arts, so she has tried many different crafts from knitting and crochet to spinning and needle felting. She believes in avoiding waste and that any type of scrap can become art, turning yarn and fabric scraps into new funky yarns. One person’s trash can be perfectly good art material for another. You can follow her creative pursuits on Instagram: @yarnielife.

DANIEL SHAPIRO
Materials Coordinator
he/him
Honorific: Mr.
 

Daniel is the Materials Coordinator and has worked at Creative Reuse for eight years. He likes to create found object assemblages with Western and/or animal themes. His favorite materials come from the drawers of the card catalog (plastic animals, googly eyes, and other bits ‘n pieces). Daniel also likes to bake and recently he’s been experimenting with various flavor combinations for vegan cupcakes. He would really like to see all of us making secondhand our first choice, speaking out against injustices, adopting plant-based diets, and picking up trash we see in our neighborhood – even if it’s not ours.

You can find Daniel’s creative projects (and cupcakes) on his website danielshapiroart.com and Instagram: @cowboygoods.

Board of Directors

Creative Reuse also has a dedicated, creative, and engaged Board of Directors:

Adam Nye, President, Winchester Thurston
Brian Savolskis, Vice President, Highmark Health
Sarah Simkin, Treasurer, Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General
Rick Soria, Secretary, Soria Consulting
Ash Andrews, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse
Wendy Burtner-Owens, Steeltown Entertainment
Peter Humphrey, MacLachlan, Cornelius, & Filoni
Alexis McConville
Lynn Helbling Sirinek, Community Volunteer
Candace Johnson, Comcast
Alicia Donner, Advantage Credit Counseling Service
Michelle Wion Chitty, Winchester Thurston School
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