MARY BETH TRAUTWEIN
Co-founder and former Director of the reDiscover Center Mary Beth Trautwein brings her problem solving skills developed from a career in design and her passion for nature to inform our programs and services. She strives to bring reDiscover’s mission to life by connecting with artists and environmentalists in the community. This has led to notable collaborative efforts such as the Discovery by Nature in-school art program with the Children’s Nature Institute and the 2013 GLOWmasphere in Santa Monica. “The DIY and maker movements are intersecting with the realization that our consumption is trashing the planet. It is an exciting time for reDiscover to grow and meet the needs of the local schools and community.”
She received her MFA in Museum Exhibition Planning from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a BS in Visual Communication from the University of Delaware. She moved to Los Angeles in 1995 to join the staff of the J. Paul Getty Museum exhibition design team that created the permanent and opening exhibitions for the museum. The times spent with her grandmother cutting paper dolls, in the basement at her father’s work bench or in the backyard “mini-barn” built by her grandfather all inform her desire for reDiscover to be a place for people to make and create resourcefully.
Director of Development, CalArts
Leslie serves as the ReDiscover’s Treasurer. She first came to know reDiscover while working at Children’s Nature Institute, an important partner of reDiscover. After witnessing reDiscover’s work from the sidelines for about three years, she joined the board in 2012. Leslie loves reDiscover’s mission of creative reuse and conservation and is particularly interested in extending reDiscover’s reach among under-resourced communities as well as developing programming with grassroots organizations.
In her spare time, Leslie likes to travel but her two growing puppies have inhibited that impulse! She enjoys taking the Expo line, hiking the Channel Islands, and is currently working to transform her yard into a drought-tolerant landscape. Her favorite quote, embarrassingly, is “Ignorance is bliss.”
Kim has been a lifelong crafter, and being a direct descendant of the inventor of the spring balance which revolutionized Swiss watchmaking history, has a penchant for making things from tiny objects. Her dedication towards recycling, reusing and recrafting lead her to join the Board in 2014 and because she can type fast, became the secretary soon afterwards.
She is passionate about the energy, thought and tinkering process and thoroughly loves it when kids come up with ideas to make amazing things at reDiscover. Her favorite place to be is to get lost in the reDiscover warehouse and think of the endless possibilities of everything there.
Aaron has been actively involved with reDiscover since 2009 and joined the board in 2015. He has had art shows in the gallery space, exhibiting works of collage and sculptures that feature recycled and reclaimed materials. He had been the Senior lead instructor for the first two years of Tinkering School LA, enthusiastically setting the tone for the program. He brings his extensive teaching experience, design skills, artistic aptitude, tool knowledge and creativity to the board. Aaron has been working in recycled and reclaimed materials for over 25 years. He creates functional and non-functional objects for homes, corporations and private clients. At the core of his artistic sensibility is the belief that “trash is the failure of imagination.”
JONATHAN MARKOWITZ BIJUR
Executive Director, reDiscover Center
Jonathan Markowitz Bijur has been a volunteer, artist, and instructor at reDiscover since 2010, a board member since 2013, and Director since 2014. He is one of the founding instructors of Tinkering School L.A. Jonathan was inspired to join the board out of a deep respect for what reDiscover has accomplished inspiring and facilitating creativity, recycling, and community in our Westside neighborhoods and a desire to help it reach more kids, inspire more artists, and divert more materials from the trash stream. His previous board and staff work includes contributions to choirs, museums, libraries, and community centers.
Jonathan is a passionate tinkerer, artist, educator, and STEAM advocate. He tries to apply a Maker attitude to all aspects of his life, whether that is cooking, playing with his three young children, making toys and presents, redecorating his home and neighborhood, or in his Unitarian Universalist church community.