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.
LYNNE B. CLARK
Lynne B. Clark has been working in Los Angeles’ non-profit sector for nearly three decades. Following her tenure as Director of Development at UCLA’s Fowler Museum (1997-2008) she began her own fundraising consultant business where she specializes in working with community-based arts organizations. During this time, she has served as a grant review panelist for the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department and the LA County Arts Commission and taught professional courses on grant writing.
As an artist who primarily works with found and recycled materials, Lynne feels strongly about finding new ways to foster creativity while promoting adaptive re-use and increasing sustainability. She first became enamored with reDiscover and its mission in 2010 years ago when she brought her children to the Center. She loves how her boys, then just 3 and 4, have found new ways to create, connect, and problem solve, and have become more aware of conservation and reuse in deeper ways as they grow. She is particularly excited about reDiscover’s plan to expand its outreach and increase its impact on low-income and foster care youth.
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.”
MARY BETH TRAUTWEIN
Co-founder and former Executive Director of the reDiscover Center, Mary Beth Trautwein brings 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.
John Umekubo is the Director of Social Entrepreneurship at Westside Neighborhood School in Los Angeles, and a consultant to schools in the areas of making, STEAM, and educational technology. An educator for the past 27 years, John is passionate about active, self-driven learning for children, with an emphasis on hands-on, creative making as an integral part of the learning process. He holds a Master’s degree in Educational Technology and has worked with students and educators in private and public schools from preschool through university.
In his personal life, John is a maker, tinkerer, problem-solver, and a practitioner in living sustainably. A current passion project is to design and implement a traveling “maker bus” program that can serve local schools and organizations with onsite maker activities for students and professional development experiences for educators.
JONATHAN MARKOWITZ BIJUR
Ex-Officio Board Member
Executive Director, reDiscover Center
Jonathan Markowitz Bijur has been a volunteer, artist, and instructor at reDiscover since 2010, served as board secretary 2013-2014, and Executive Director since 2014. He is one of the founders of Tinkering School LA. Jonathan was inspired to join reDiscover out of a deep respect for what is accomplishes 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 in Boston and Los Angeles.
Jonathan is a passionate tinkerer, artist, educator, and STEAM advocate. He tries to apply a tinkering attitude to all aspects of his life, whether that is cooking, playing with his three young children, making toys and furniture, redecorating his home and neighborhood, or in his Unitarian Universalist church community. Jonathan is a graduate of Yale University and holds a Masters of Library Science from Simmons GSLIS.