ReCreative Staff

JENNA BOITANO
Executive Director & CO-FOUNDER

Jenna has over 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector. She has been part of organizations working on a variety of issues from adult literacy to youth in the juvenile justice system. She most recently worked as the Executive Director of Crayons2Calculators in Durham, NC. While in Durham, she served on the board of The Scrap Exchange and fell in love with creative reuse.

When she’s not exploring Seattle with her two small children, Jenna is actively involved in the Seattle community, and currently serves as the President Elect of the Junior League of Seattle.  She received her Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University Law School and is a member of the California Bar.  Jenna also holds a BA from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in History. 

Darrah Parker
Program Manager

Darrah was born into an artistic family. She has fond memories of watching her grandfather make found-object sculptures out of treasures he found at the dump. Her mother taught her to draw before she could write. As a young girl, she took an interest in theatre and went on to receive a BFA in Acting from the University of Florida and a Masters degree in Theatre Education from Emerson College. She has been a teaching artist at Seattle Children's Theatre and Youth Theatre Northwest, a museum interpreter at Pacific Science Center, and was an education program manager at Experience Music Project, where she oversaw classes, camps, and workshops. Most recently, Darrah has been a professional photographer, specializing in documentary style family and newborn photography.

Few things bring Darrah more joy than fostering creativity in the next generation. She gets to witness that daily as her young daughter explores, creates, and delights in the world around her. She has been bringing her daughter to Seattle ReCreative since it opened and loves supporting an organization that is not only environmentally conscious and encouraging of creativity and innovation, but also a place that brings people of all ages together for a positive purpose.

EMILY ELLINGSWORTH
OPERATIONS & MATERIALS MANAGER

Midwest born and raised by a creative reuser, Emily Ellingsworth earned her BA in Fine Arts at Flagler College with minors in Creative Writing and Stained Glass. She received her MFA in Non-Figurative Painting and Drawing from Academy of Art University where she made huge found object mixed-media abstractions and studied fashion illustration, for a non-classical drawing approach.

Emily has built curriculum and taught many forms of art over the years, stressing the importance of environmental awareness/responsibility and community engagement, while encouraging using materials and tools in unconventional ways to make colorful, original works of art.

She has worked at many art centers and organizations including the John C. Campbell Folk School, the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Art on Wheels, Stuff Redux Creative Reuse Center, Art 180, Performing Statistics Project, the Richmond Virginia Academy for the Arts, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and many more.

Freshly transplanted in Seattle from Richmond, Virginia, she has hit the ground running, teaching art, facilitating community outreach, and running the upcoming Craft Camp, as well as stepping into the new role as Operations/Materials Manager at Seattle ReCreative.

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Kathryn Stewart
Programs & Events Coordinator

Katie Stewart has enjoyed working with children since she was in high school, babysitting and nannying her way through Smith College and beyond. Originally from the East Coast, she worked as a Teaching Assistant and Lead Counselor for Glen Urquhart School's GAIN @ GUS-- a program that hosts intelligent, motivated kids from the poorer areas of Boston-- where she taught art and theatre classes as well as assisting in the classroom. Here in Seattle, she has taught theatre classes for Youth Theatre Northwest and Stone Soup Theatre. 

Jona Shoe
lead teacher

Jona is a freelance illustrator and designer who grew up frequenting her local creative reuse shop in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and still loves any excuse to create and get messy! Jona worked for over 3 years as an arts educator at the Chicago Children's Museum, then provided counseling and art therapy in community mental health agencies for 3 years. She earned her B.F.A. in Film, Photography and Visual Art from Ithaca College and her M.A. in Counseling and Art Therapy from Adler University. Check out her work at jonashoe.com!

MARVA HOLMES
RETAIL SPECIALIST,
lead teacher

After 15 years teaching preschool and prekindergarten students Marva decided it was time to shake things up. She started back to school almost 30 years after graduating with her BA in Children's Theater from Central Washington University. Before she was a classroom teacher, Marva worked as an administrator and arts specialist  at Seattle Children's Theater, Studio East, and many other locations in the Seattle area.  In her spare time you can see Marva participating in art parades. Marva has been in 2 Fremont Solstice Parades, 4 Burien Arts-a-glow , and 2 Buskers in the 'Burg . This summer Marva will be participating in West Seattle's first Mermaid parade and in her third Solstice parade. She was Seattle ReCreative's first intern before joining the staff.

SHARON GOETZ
RETAIL SPECIALIST

Bio coming soon.