Leadership

The Friends of Spare Parts Board of Directors exists to steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure the nonprofit has adequate resources to advance its mission.

Our Board members provide foresight, oversight, and insight for the organization to grow and thrive. All of our efforts are centered on a commitment to become advocates for the mission of Spare Parts:  To Advance Reuse & Sustainability through Creativity & the Arts

Jeanne Cantu is a retired public school teacher and administrator with over 30 years of education experience. She currently is an adjunct professor at Texas A&M University—San Antonio where she teaches pre-service teachers. Growing up with depression-era parents, Jeanne learned early on the importance and necessity of reuse. Spare Parts is filling a void in San Antonio. It has become a vehicle for connecting individuals who have materials that otherwise would go into a landfill with educators and others who can use them to create. Spare Parts is a one-of-a-kind nonprofit that supports cultural and environmental sustainability and fosters creativity, green style.

Laura Carter is a Communications Professional retired after 25 years of engagement in the nonprofit world. Laura is well versed in all areas of communications, marketing, and public relations. In addition, volunteering at various nonprofits led to assisting with fundraising campaigns, alumni relations, and participation on nonprofit boards. She also blogs on personal and paid platforms.I believe  Spare Parts is one of the most unique nonprofits around. Thru engaging activities, their programs exemplify a perfect combination of creativity, education and environmental messaging.  

Chris Castillo helps make art happen. Born in San Antonio, Texas, Chris Castillo studied Journalism, Photography, Art History, and Library Science. Currently, a Teen Librarian for the San Antonio Public Library, Castillo has previously worked for Artpace and Bexar Bibliotech. Castillo is a founding member of the artist collective The Lullwood Group, which curated Second Saturday exhibitions monthly 2012 through 2017. Castillo’s favorite moment with Spare Parts is helping with the Material Art Fair giveaways because he’ll “never be able to be a contestant on Supermarket Sweep, and that’s basically what it is.”

Jonathan Guajardo is the Editor-in-Chief of the San Antonio Sentinel, an online news publication covering local news and politics. He is also the founder of GA Media Productions, a San Antonio based media production company specializing in video, audio and live broadcast productions. A native San Antonian, Jonathan loves his city and strives to help his community. He attended Central Catholic High School where he graduated in 2009 with honors. Upon graduating with his M.A. from UIW in 2014, he started GA Media Productions, which specializes in professional video, audio, live, and photographic productions in and around the San Antonio/Austin area. His company hosts an annual Mayoral Debate each election cycle with AARP-Texas and provides video work for a variety of businesses around the city, including Launch SA, a one-stop-shop for local entrepreneurs looking to take their enterprises to the next level. He also works part-time as an adjunct professor specializing in media production, with his most recent stint teaching Television Production and Digital News Production at Our Lady of the Lake University.

Jennifer Herrera is a native San Antonian and has worked in the non-profit field for nearly ten years, where she has specialized in public relations, social media and community engagement efforts. She earned bachelor degrees in Communication Arts (with a focus in journalism) and English from Our Lady of the Lake University. Jennifer was a National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) 2017 Fellow. She enjoys tackling various DIY projects (she and her husband founded Make San Antonio, a creative hub for makers of all ages), writing and volunteering. Naturally, Jennifer holds a passion for bringing communities together in interesting ways. This explains her interest in supporting Spare Parts. Through art and environmental accountability, Spare Parts is creating something unseen in San Antonio. Spare Parts is helping guide the young and the young at heart to turning everyday objects into art.

B. Kay Richter is a native of San Antonio. I feel strongly in the need for more programs which push for reuse and recycling. Spare Parts actively engages these themes and pushes the boundaries for creative play.B. Kay attended Texas State University-San Marcos where she studied journalism and history. She has been a reporter for several community newspapers in south and central Texas. Her work has been published in the Rivard Report, Out in SA magazine, the San Antonio Current (Euclid Media), Texas MD Magazine, La Prensa, Sobre Sound, CultureMap San Antonio, NOWCAST SA, the San Antonio Express-News (Hearst Media) and the San Antonio Heron.