Max Rice is our part-time staff, who keeps Recyclique going and assists with promotions. Max graduated with a BA in anthropology and sustainability studies from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2012. (Board members Sandy Smith-Nonini & Don Nonini also help staff the shop most weekends.)
Joshua Runnels, who formerly worked with Greenpeace, lives in the rear of the house and helps us with many building projects, including the 2013 renovation to expand the EcoLounge room and creation of dry storage on the side of the house.
Henry Wills is our specialist at rain barrel making. He cuts holes and screens the tops and installs fixtures and overflows on our barrels, and sands and primes them for painting.
Update: In Jan. 2015 we brought two new members onto our board: Jim Senter and Jonathan Sheline – both of whom has been active with local environmental and social justice activism. Bios for each to come. Jim was just elected Board Secretary, and Anthony Watts (below) is our new Treasurer.
We are very pleased to have Patricia Murray, editor of the Durham Skywriter online newspaper and the WNCU Radio Show, on our board. Patricia gave a workshop at Recyclique on June 1st on solar lights for home use, and she also is a crafter of duct tape wallets which she sells in the shop. Patricia has been active for years in helping to build community and solidarity in East Durham around issues like sustainability and social justice through media and community events.
Ruth Backstrom joined the CommunEcos board in January. Ruth has a PhD in Education from the University of Iowa and she has trained as a life coach. In the last two years she helped found Transition Durham, an organization dedicated to helping communities transition into the future with a focus on resilience, energy efficiency and economic sustainability. Ruth led numerous community gatherings over the last year to build community around issues of sustainable food and community economics.
Don Nonini is a cultural anthropologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently leading Research on Food and Farming for All (ROFFA), a project on the local foods and sustainable agriculture movements in North Carolina. At UNC-Chapel Hill, he teaches courses in alternative economic systems, urban anthropology, political anthropology and sociocultural theory and ethnography. He has long-term interests in working toward environmental sustainability (especially biodiverse marine ecosystems), a more socially just economy, and community food security. Born in northern California, he has lived in Durham North Carolina for the last 17 years. He sees the educational and organizing work of CommunEcos (and organizations like it) as crucial in a world that appears to be undergoing irreversible climate change and profound financial crisis.