Jamie Brooks, Secretary
Jamie has supported the creative spirit of her friend Susan Blandford since her inception of this dream. Jamie brings in her clerical skills to support the Board of Directors in keeping a record of meetings.
Susan Blandford, Treasurer
Executive Director Susan M Blandford has helped young children access and express their creative spirit since the 1980’s. Formal training in Early Childhood education, includes ISAE Master Play Coach, the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education, the constructivist approach to the art of play. As the founder and Executive Director of the St. Louis Teachers’ Recycle Center (SLTRC), Susan brings together her experience and involvement in child-centered experiential art and play, the study of early childhood development, and environmentally-conscious business practices.
Amy L. Peterson, Board Advisor
Amy utilizes her BS-Education and MA-Elementary Ed, Awarded with Distinction in her work at Creative Reuse Centers. Her preference is for a “Certification” in “Beautiful Junk” -working with children, parents, educators, artists and community members. She refined relationship-building skills working collaboratively with public, private and nonprofit entities. Currently an educator in Sheboygan, WI, her passion is for play and its inherent value. Both she and Susan are “Institute for Self Active EducatIon,Champions with the Reusable Resources Association, Boston. After start-up of the Chicago WasteNot center, she received the AT&T People First Gold Star Award, and a Public Allies Leadership Award. After start-up of the UNM-Wemagination Center, it earned an Award of Merit, Creative Reuse Materials, from Keep New Mexico Beautiful. Amy is excited to work with the St. Louis Teachers’ Recycle Center and its continued growth!
Lin Carty brings to the board her experiences as a public educator as well as developer of The Resource Place is Mobile, AL. For 8 years Lin taught CEU credited classes to childcare professionals in Mobile, helping them to realize the importance of play and the value of developing a child’s imagination. Lin has been an active member of the Reusable Resource Association, taking part in trainings for the NAEYC annual conference.
Ashley Leistler brings to the board her experiences as a marketing advisor and web/graphic designer. For nearly 10 years, Ashley has been assisting & promoting organizations and businesses. Ashley is a mother and believes in the learn through play model of teaching and development. She also encourages arts and crafts as a way to unwind, for both children and adults.