Board of Directors
Merritt Richmond is an elementary school teacher with 30 years of experience in the field of education. She is a professional development designer and facilitator who helps to bring engaging, hands-on learning to schools throughout the Bay Area, and she was a founding team member of the Center for Childhood Creativity at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Merritt has served on the Board of Directors of several nonprofits and schools in San Francisco, including 18 Reasons Community Cooking School and Juma Ventures. Merritt earned her BA in Art History and Elementary Teaching Credential from Duke University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Mills College. She discovered SCRAP as a classroom teacher working at the Creative Arts Charter School in the 1990’s, and has returned to the Depot often as the mother of three burgeoning artists.
Therese F. Martin, DBA MBA CFRM
Therese F. Martin is a nonprofit consultant and adjunct professor. Dr. Martin’s work focuses on strategic planning with a specialty in finance, operations, and social return on investment. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in business, public administration, and research methods. Her excitement in SCRAP comes from the idea of making art and sharing that process with others.
Varun Bhatia is a human resources professional who is passionate about growth, scaling up, transformation and change. He has also been closely associated with startups and early/mid stage technology companies in the Silicon Valley & Asia, who are making digital strides, powering innovation and using new disruptive business models.
Matt Pemberton brings more than 10 years of experience to SCRAP with an extensive background in expanded learning programs. Matt served as a District Coordinator for the San Francisco Unified School District's ExCEL After School Programs office providing fiscal oversight, technical assistance, and support to after school programs throughout the city. Matt has long been recognized for his outstanding work with high quality afterschool programs in San Francisco, and has a profound understanding of how to run expanded learning programs from the ground up. As a lifelong resident of San Francisco, Matt lends not only his deep knowledge and extensive administrative background to SCRAP, but also his passion for the city and a real excitement that he can apply his vast skills and knowledge to strengthening his community.
Christine Preziosi (she/her) is a long-time SCRAP supporter - as a volunteer, a youth worker, and an artist herself. For the last 12 years, she has called the Richmond District home and when she's not at Ocean Beach or in her home studio working with upcycled glass, you will find her working with dedicated teams across the Bay Area in the nonprofit sector.
Many thanks to these former board member for their years of dedication and service:
Joan von Briesen