We are a group of volunteers who are passionate about the arts and hate waste. We work to collect materials destined for disposal and make them available to teachers, artists and other creative folks!
Lisa Spetrini, Board Chair, is a founding member of EcoWorks, Inc. She likes to take the bauhaus approach to the making of things. Instead of art school, she opted for tech school x2 (certified welder and drafter). Lisa has worked as a welder, taught drafting, ran a vintage/punk clothing story in the 90’s and owned and operated Elm City Handmade (pop up shop) and currently is a designer for a manufacturer of custom wood columns, and organizer for the West Heaven Hoop Guild. Craft brings her a primal joy, and she loves working with metal, stones, beads, wood and just about anything recycling. She lives in West Haven with her giant water-weighted hula hoops.
Sherill Baldwin, is a founding member of EcoWorks and has worked in resource and materials management for over 25 years. She is currently with the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in the Source Reduction and Recycling Group, where she works on product stewardship programs. In, 2011, she was the Chair of the Building Materials Reuse Association’s national Deconstruction’11 Conference. Sherill received her M.S. in Resource Development from Michigan State University and a B.A. in Solid Waste Management from UMASS/Amherst. She lives in New Haven with her husband and cat Hazelnut where they are learning and eating from their growing edible landscape.
Shula Weinstein serves on the Board and is a consigner of mixed-media crafted Paper and Fabric Goods for the reBoutique and occasional instructor. For the past twenty years, Shula has worked/co-managed Rainbow Recycling, Inc. a non-profit organization dedicated to the on-going practice of waste reduction through recycling hauling and environmental education (development of theater and circus performance). She comes to this work with a background in visual arts with a Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute and in music as a string player (cello, guitar and banjo), recently releasing a debut CD of original music entitled Small and Taller Tales. Shula also serves on the First Unitarian Universalist Board of Directors and is a friend of the New Haven Bio Regional Group, dedicated to discovering our collective “life place” by reaching toward sustainable living through local life practices. She lives happily in Hamden with her partner Eben, son Avi and Sasha-dog.
Lori Martin, Treasurer is interested in supporting EcoWorks to be a vital and integral part of the art/artist/educator community. She recognizes the value of “stuff” and is excited to be working with EcoWorks is it seeks to expand programs and services. She is the New Haven Chapter Coordinator for Community Plates, which delivers healthy food from businesses that will soon expire and/or is ‘yesterdays baked goods’ and distributes them to community groups and organizations that provide them to those that are food insecure. She also is part of the City’s Food Waste Task Force. Lori home schools her children and is a member of Friends Meeting House in New Haven.
Eric Ginnish, Vice Chair is the Director of Creative Development at Marrakech, Inc., where he has been employed for nearly 10 years. In addition to working with the Development & Fundraising department at Marrakech, Eric is also responsible for the growth and success of their social enterprise, East Street Arts. In addition, Eric has a background in retail and freelances as a graphic designer, holding both an Accounting Clerk/Bookkeeping certificate and a Print & Digital Media Publishing certificate from Gateway Community College. Eric lives in New Haven with his three fur babies, a dog ChiChi and two cats, Kovu and Shego.
Nancy Pizzonia is passionate about recycling and upcycling which led her to discover Ecoworks. The concepts promoted by Ecoworks are harmonious with Nancy’s desire to do more for the community to reduce waste and promote a greener environment. She loves to take things out of “the garbage” and upcycle them into things that are new and useful, or just a plain pretty! With her degree and background in social work, Nancy spent the last 25 years homeschooling her 3 children. She volunteered in several homeschooling communities running programs like The Green Street Homeschool Coop for 6 semesters. With her kids in college she is presently working as a gardener for the Town of Hamden. She also volunteers at Food Rescue US doing her small part, basically upcycling perfectly good food and delivering it to those in need every week. Nancy is excited to become part of the Ecoworks board and serve as a liaison to help to keep the scene the clean through reuse and re-purposing.
Jamie Goodener-Bingham, Secretary is currently a pre-K teacher with A School. Previously, Jamie was the owner-operator of Sew Crafty, a DIY craft space for budding artists of all ages, and also worked for eight years as an ovarian cancer researcher, including at Yale. She was the 2017 Statewide Liaison for the Greater New Haven Young Democrats. She loves to make and is adept a sewing, woodworking, crocheting, leatherworking, felting, painting, soapmaking, papermaking, jewelrymaking and rugmaking, or really any sort of hands-on crafting.
Pam Ricci Roach is the Legislative Program Director for Take 2, the largest electronic recycling business in Connecticut. Pam has a wealth of experience in recycling, product stewardship and waste management. Prior to Take 2, she was the Solid Waste and Recycling Coordinator for the Town of Hamden, which included working with town agencies, schools, businesses and residents, strengthening their curbside recycling program, and creating the Annual Earth Day Celebration. Previously, Pam managed the 29-town Regional Hazardous Waste Collection program for the Metropolitan District Commission in the Hartford area. She also managed HazWaste Central’s 16 town permanent household hazardous waste collection center in New Haven, CT. Pam graduated from the University of New Haven with a M.S. Degree in Environmental Science and a B.S. Degree in Business Administration. She is a Vice President of the Connecticut Recycler’s Coalition. Pam resides in Cheshire Connecticut with her husband and two children.
Penn Bailey is retired from management careers with both AT&T and Pier 1 Imports. She graduated from the University of Virginia a long time ago. She loves animals and likes human beings.
Sandy Resnick, Director Emeritus
Kim and Pat are the dynamic duo that keeps EcoWorks glued together! They bring joy, passion, compassion and sometimes juggling to EcoWorks.
Kim Cartwright has been a pastor for 47 years in the United Church of Christ, serving multiple congregations in Connecticut and Massachusetts. In retirement, Kim and wife, Pat, have served as full-time volunteers at Menaul School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, followed by three long-term placements working in the homeless shelters in Elkton, Maryland. Kim currently provides pastoral assistance to a variety of churches.
Pat Cartwright is a mother of four and a graduate nurse/R.N. from UConn, who has worked in hospitals, home care, private duty, and hospice. Since my husband and retired, we have had lots of exciting adventures volunteering as noted above. We believe in the EcoWorks mission and we enjoy supporting and staffing this worthy organization which encourages recycling of items others discard and offers workshops teaching creative uses of raw materials sold at EcoWorks. Pat and Kim stay in touch with their 4 grown children and families and have volunteer commitments in the Greater New Haven area.
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