Lisa Spetrini, Board Chair is a founding member of EcoWorks. 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, overseen a vintage/punk clothing store in the ’90s, as well as owned and operated Elm City Handmade (pop up shop). Currently, she is an assistant designer for Fagan Design & Fabrication, Inc., an assistant at Christensen Landscape Services., and an organizer for the West Haven Hoop Guild. Crafting 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.
Jamie Goodener-Bingham, Secretary is currently a Pre-K teacher with Alphabet Academy. Previously, Jamie was the owner-operator of Sew Crafty, a DIY craft space for budding artists of all ages. Jamie worked for eight years as an ovarian cancer researcher at Yale. She was the 2017 Statewide Liaison for the Greater New Haven Young Democrats. She loves to make and is adept at sewing, woodworking, crocheting, leatherworking, felting, painting, soap making, paper making, jewelry making, and rug making, or really any sort of hands-on crafting.
Lori Martin, Director 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 as it seeks to expand programs and services. She is the New Haven Chapter Coordinator for Community Plates, transferring fresh, usable food that would have otherwise been thrown away from grocers, restaurants, and other food industry sources to the food insecure. She is also 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.
Nancy Pizzonia, Director 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 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 clean through reuse and re-purposing.
Shula Weinstein, Director 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 BioRegional 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.
Sherill Baldwin, Director Emeritus 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 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.