Margaret McNab (start of term 1/2012)
Chair of Green Gallery Committee
After spending the majority of her life on the West Coast, between Montana and Oregon, Margaret moved to Durham on a whim in the Fall of 2009. Years of experience as a Portland-based music industry publicist segued into a public relations role at Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau. While Margaret greatly enjoyed her role of singing Durham’s praises, she recently began pursuing her work as a freelance PR strategist full time. When not out and about, moving and shaking, Margaret can most likely be found on her vintage Schwinn bicycle in three-inch heels.
Maria Ruatto (start of term 9/2012)
FUQUA on Board rep
Peter Reintjes (start of term 6/2008)
After a career in Logic Programming (MCNC, Quintus, and IBM), Bio-Informatics (MCNC, IBM, Glaxo), and two Internet start-ups (NetSpeak, EtchStone), Peter has settled down to do what he really loves: building high-throughput molecular biology equipment and Inductive Logic Programming systems out of the junk that other people throw away — and teaching others how to do the same. He is now the Exhibits Engineer at the Museum of Life and Science.
Adam Rust (start of term 8/2012)
Chair of Finance Committee
Adam Rust has been Director of Research at Reinvestment Partners since 2005. He writes about alternative financial services in his blog Bank Talk. In 2012, he testified at the CFPB’s field hearing on prepaid cards. He regularly speaks at conferences about how advocates should divine a path to reforming the prepaid card.
He has master’s degrees in journalism from the University of Missouri and in City and Regional Planning from UNC-Chapel Hill. He is currently pursuing a Master’s in Finance at Indiana University in his spare time.
In 2006, Carolina Academic Press published his book “This is My Home: The Challenges and Opportunities of Manufactured Housing.” In 2009, FHA Secretary David Stevens nominated him to represent consumers on the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee. He testified on the need to reform manufactured housing finance before a Congressional subcommittee in 2012.
Rust is the co-trustee of the Harry L. and Helen M. Rust Foundation. The Rust Foundation operates from Kansas City, Missouri but has supported groups in six states. It makes grants to non-profits working in the fields of education, social services, and health care.
Renée Strnad (start of term 2/2010)
Chair of Strategic Planning Committee
Renee came to North Carolina from Kansas in 1999, drawn to the outer banks by an environmental education position. Within a year, she relocated to Raleigh and N.C. State University, where she is the Environmental Educator for Extension Forestry in the College of Natural Resources. Besides working with her colleagues to provide information to landowners, her duties center around youth education focusing on natural resources. She is also the state coordinator for Project Learning Tree and was introduced to The Scrap Exchange during a workshop series on municipal solid waste she led in cooperation with a former Scrap Exchange board member. Renée lives in Durham with her husband, Scot, who has supported and encouraged her efforts to make their home one that reduces and reuses as well as recycles.
Rob Lineberger (start of term 7/2012)
Chair of PR Committee
As a web developer and IT consultant, Rob has helped several small businesses establish their branding and online presence. As a practicing artist, Rob incorporates found metal pieces into abstract rust paintings and sculptures. Rob is currently balancing two startup companies and a family whilst exploring Durham and its intricacies.
Orla Swift (start of term 10/2009)
Orla is the director of marketing and communications for Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University. Prior to that, she worked for 20 years at daily newspapers, mostly as an arts critic and concert photographer but also including stints covering news and as an editor. She also enjoys Lomography and other alternative photography, and she makes jewelry and collage art (using Scrap ingredients) and is an avid online art-swapper. She got her bachelor’s degree in English from McGill University in Montreal and a master’s in liberal studies from Duke. She loves to travel and bring scraps home to play with.
Heather Cashwell (start of term 11/2012)
Cathy Kielar (start of term 1/2013)
Cathy loves art, percussion and kids. She is living her passion in this fabulous city by owning and operating Music Explorium and playing bass drum for the Bulltown Strutters, a community band started by Cathy and her clarinet-playing husband, Blaise. From time to time Cathy creates new instruments for her Rockin’ Reuse Percussion program. Cooking creatively without gluten or eggs has become a recent endeavor, and she is proudly growing more and more of her own food.
Natalia Posthill (start of term 1/2013)
FUQUA on Board
Matthew Walsh is an MBA candidate at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. A native of Boston, he has a background in management consulting and corporate strategy.