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Who are we?

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!

Board Members

Sherill Baldwin, Board Chair 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 programsIn, 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.

Lisa and Sherill taken by Mei Ling (2)

Lisa Spetrini and Sherill Baldwin    (Photo Credit: Mei Ling)

Lisa Spetrini, 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.

ShulaShula 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.

Sandy at sales register (2)Sandy Resnick, Treasurer, provides administrative support to the organization and occasionally whips up an upcycled greeting card. Sandy is a licensed clinical psychologist with degrees from Tufts University and Indiana University Purdue University where she received a Ph.D. She spends her days conducting research, running national initiatives, and providing training in mental health services at a government agency and on the faculty at Yale University School of Medicine. Nights and weekends she’s excited to be using QuickBooks and Square and using her quantitative skills to keep EcoWorks in the right direction.

Kevin picking up leather scraps (2)

Kevin McCarthy a community activist, helps EcoWorks collect new scrap materials and link with other community organizations.  He worked in the Office of the Legislative Research for over 30 years, which did non-partisan analyses for the legislature.  At OLR, he staffed the Environment and Energy committees, among others.  In addition to volunteering with EcoWorks, he also volunteers with a number of organizations and groups including the Institute Library, IRIS, New Haven GreenDrinks and New Haven Reads.  He was also recently appointed to the City of New Haven’s Environmental Advisory Council.

Lori Martin is a new board member and 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.

Store Managers

Kim and Pat are the dynamic duo that keeps EcoWorks glued together!  They bring joy, passion, compassion and sometimes juggling to EcoWorks.

Kim the Jester

Kim Cartwright, Juggler-In-Training

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 our happiest volunteer (2)

Pat Cartwright (Look out, she’ll put you to work!)

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.