Board of Directors
Kat Plimpton is a recent graduate from the Masters of Public Administration Program at the Evans School, University of Washington, where she earned a Certificate in Environmental Resource Management. She earned her bachelors at Northwestern University, where she majored in Political Science and minored in History. A native Seattleite, Kat has traveled extensively and worked abroad in South Korea as an English teacher. Her areas of interest include clean energy, recycling and waste reduction, and regional climate policy in the Pacific Northwest. Along with graduate school, she works part-time for Climate Solutions, a local environmental advocacy non-profit. In her free time she enjoys camping, spinning poi, and sewing.
BOARD VICE-CHAIR & CO-FOUNDER
Emily is an artist and art educator, with an active interest in museum education. She has exhibited her work in Seattle, Brooklyn, Boston, San Francisco, and Portland, Oregon. Emily holds a BA in studio art from Reed College, an Advanced Certificate in Art and Design Education from Pratt Institute and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting & Drawing from the San Francisco Art Institute.
A recent transplant from Boston, Emily lives, works, and chases her two young daughters around Ballard. What's most exciting about ReCreative for Emily is the possibility of wearing her artist, educator, mom, and community member hats all under one roof.
Kelley graduated from Reed College with a B.A. in Art History. She worked in the Education Department at the Portland Art Museum and in their archives for over four years. While there she taught classes, educated docents and provided curators and staff with supplementary information regarding upcoming exhibitions, tours and publications. Raised by a family of glass artisans, Kelley has an extensive knowledge of both stained and blown glass. She has dabbled in photography and oil painting. She continues to draw and write about art and art history and expands her knowledge of the arts by enrolling in various art classes offered in the Seattle area. Most recently she was illustrating children's books and she is excited about the arts and creative reuse!
Erin Malick is an economist for the National Marine Fisheries Service where she analyzes the effects of federal regulations on fishing communities. Erin has now lived in Seattle longer than anywhere else since leaving her childhood home in Massachusetts, passing through Alaska, Washington DC, and Bolivia on the way. She first fell in love with creative reuse as a child at the Boston Children's Museum.
When not working, Erin splits her time between her high energy black lab and husband, her hot yoga addiction, and her project to try every restaurant on Aurora Avenue. Erin comes from a family of enthusiastic crafters and treasures ReCreative's ability to find new homes for the amazing donations that come through the store.
Todd Shwayder earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Architecture & Design, and worked several years as a draftsman for and architectural project manager in San Rafael, CA before studying natural building and furniture construction at Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Vermont. Todd then travelled across the U.S. and eventually to Hawaii helping families and small communities with natural building construction and permaculture farming. However, it was furniture design that brought Todd to Seattle where he started a small woodworking shop in Fremont. This personal shop turned into a shared community workspace where artists and craftsman came together to work with their hands.
His passion for shared creation flourished after receiving a Master’s Degree in Environment & Community from Seattle’s Antioch University. Todd now runs the Tool Library and Well Home Program at the Phinney Neighborhood Association where he plans educational programs focused on living sustainably and home maintenance while teaching people the tools and tricks of the trade.
Kim is a museum professional with more than a decade of experience fundraising for cultural institutions. Kim currently serves as Annual Giving Officer at Woodland Park Zoo, responsible for broad-based philanthropic initiatives and donor relations. Prior to her time at the zoo, Kim spent several years working at the Seattle Art Museum as the Annual Fund and Membership Manager, where she felt privileged to be surrounded by magical and thought-provoking works of art every day.
Kim received a MA in Museology from the University of Washington and BA in Art History from the University of Colorado. Kim is passionate about the role the arts play in creating a vibrant community and is inspired by the work of Seattle ReCreative because it brings neighbors together through creativity.
In her free time, Kim enjoys attending Seattle Sounders games with her husband Nick, cheering for the Denver Broncos, golfing and volunteering with the Junior League of Seattle.
Haley is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where she earned a dual Masters Degree in Social Work and Public Health with a focus on health disparities. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, where she majored in Social Welfare. With a background in Public Health, Haley is passionate about the health benefits of creating art and the healing power of artistic expression. She is an advocate for creative reuse to provide communities with low-cost access to creative materials. When she isn't working in social services, Haley enjoys documentaries, backpacking through the PAcific Northwest, DIY projects, and collecting records.