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.
For over 15 years as an educator, Amy taught students how to be innovative and resourceful and relied on The St. Louis Teachers Recycle Center as a consistent source of materials and ideas. She believes creativity is fundamental for learning as humans, and brings educational background, experience in non-profit boards, and time in for-profit industries to help develop a positive vision and value of creativity, imagination, recycling and growth in children of all ages.
Rebecca Shelby has been with the St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management for 20+ years. As the Public Information Officer, some of her duties include promotion of grantees through articles, website, production of brochures, promoting awareness of the waste reduction efforts and resources available throughout the District. Her background is in communications, marketing, design and layout, liaison, and development director.
Dr. Mary Meadows
Mary is a school leader, educator, author, and researcher whose interest in supporting the development of young children’s innate curiosity and interests along with respect for the environment led her to the St. Louis Teachers’ Recycle Center and Play Studio. She brings knowledge and experience gained through her many years of experience in elementary and early childhood education and through her extensive research work and doctoral studies in Transformative Learning in the Global Community.
Kindra Smith has facilitated, encouraged and participated with children and adults in craft and music activities for most of her life. Her strengths include generating ideas and probblem solving to create successful events/activities for all. She has created memorable treasure hunts, hosted excellent house concerts, sang with preschoolers, beaded with tweens/teens and makes legendary potato leek soup and chili.
Tom Null is an artist, social activist, and amateur historian from Pacific, MO. Committed to ending oppression and the destructiom of the environment, he weaves this through his social work and art. He likes the stories of marginalized people (he himself is neurodivergent) and his art is based on found objects (from streets and/or trash cans). His art, both visual and sound, aligns with the mission that originally led him in 2021 to the St. Louis Teachers’ Recycle Center. Since then he heads the Warehouse and Sanitation for SLTRC, along with his partner Kindra Smith. He assists with the Play Your Art Out Studio, and looks forward to what art will be created