Board of Directors

Nicole Gaetjens, President

Senior Associate, HF&H Consultants

Nicole has always been obsessed with creative reuse, and comes from a family of artists and educators. She enjoys using her experience in operations management to strengthen the services that SCRAP provides to the community. She holds an M.S. in Environmental Science & Policy from Stanford University, and an MBA from Mills College. Nicole has served on the SCRAP Board for over four years.

Brooke Griffin, Secretary

Systems & Finance Manager,
SF Film

Brooke uses materials from SCRAP for creating experimental animation and sewing experimental jumpsuits. For the past five years, Brooke has worked at SFFILM to put on the nation's longest-running film festival. She enjoys dedicating all her extra energy toward growing and expanding SCRAP's programs and impact.

Natalie Van Gelder Kambak

Director of Enterprise Sales

Natalie is a Bay Area native whose sales career has helped drive growth for companies like Thomson Financial, Oracle, Pentaho and more. Her chance visit to Scrap set off a decade of outings to find the next treasured material to create a school, craft or rainy day projects. She really enjoys working on new projects and teaching her child “The Art of What’s Possible” by reusing and re-purposing items found at Scrap. When not selling or working on her next project, Natalie enjoys the being outdoors and spending time with her family.

Mel Prest

Artist, Curator, Educator

Mel Prest is an American abstract artist whose intricate, layered paintings mobilize color, line, and perspective to activate kinetic perceptual phenomena. Prest’s work has been exhibited internationally including: The Drawing Center, New York; The Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Durham, NC; IS Projects, Leiden, The Netherlands; McKenzie Fine Art, New York; Saturation Point, London, UK; Nakaochiai Gallery, Tokyo.

Prest served on the advisory board of The Art Monastery Project from 2007-2010 and is a founding member of Transmitter, a collaborative curatorial gallery initiative in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York. Prest is currently an advisory board member of Root Division, a non-profit arts organization in San Francisco, and an artist advisory board member of Trestle Gallery in Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. A longtime adjunct arts instructor, she is now a program developer for City College of San Francisco Extension.

Mindy Kershner

Realtor, Tower Properties

Long time recycling, community and the arts advocate, Mindy also currently serves on the Boards of Urban Resource Systems and the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. She was a founding board member of Friends of the Urban Forest, the Aids Memorial Grove and the Neighborhood Parks Council among others. SCRAP provides her with materials to get those creative crafting juices flowing while helping the environment.

Pat Swan

Director of Client Relations, Mountain View Staging Services, Inc.

A long-time hospitality industry veteran, Pat works with the entire production team at MVS on developing and growing their business. As a strong supporter of the environment, she volunteers as the Director of Education for Green Meetings Industry Council, where she develops programs to inspire event industry professionals to take action and be part of the solution in saving our planet. Pat has long been a proponent of sustainability and recycling, is a long time SCRAP lover and in her spare time makes art projects out of recycled materials.

Many thanks to these former board member for their years of dedication and service:

Becky Barton

Michael Bongiorni

Kristina Bonnett

Joan von Briesen

Felisia Castaneda

Diego Castellani

Crystal Cheng

Paul Fresina

Sue Green

Cathy Hwang

Katherine Hyde

Rachel Li

Ryah Lindemuth

Kathy Looper

Chris Martin

Claire Pilcher

Dianne Platner

Annette Poliwka

Louise Sampson

Catherine Sherman

Catherine Theilen

Shireen Udenka

Nina Youkelson

Joel Pulliati