Executive Director

2021 Board of Directors

2021 Advisory Committee

2021 Center for Creative Reuse Committee

At our January Board meeting, Friends of Spare Parts Directors created goals for 2021. All of our amazing directors are ready to work on the following four goals influencing our decisions and actions thru the coming year. If you are interested in helping us meet these goals, contact us at hello@sparepartssa.org
  1. Increase sales and activities for the Center for Creative Reuse with the goal of hiring two part-time employees.
  2. Create more environmental messaging and curriculum.
  3. Increase grant applications and nonprofit collaborations.
  4. Increase number of Board Directors and volunteers.

About our Leaders

Mary Elizabeth Cantú, Executive Director. As a child, Mary Elizabeth Cantú dreamt of being Indiana Jones. Cantú (MA, Art Education) is a native San Antonian and has worked in the fields of arts, education and culture in San Antonio for over 15 years. In 2013 she became a national Reuse Institute Master Reuser—the first and only in San Antonio. The St. Mary’s University (San Antonio, TX) Art of Peace Award was presented to Cantú in 2016. Community engagement, art, education and green living have always been important to Cantú. In 2021 she transformed Spare Parts from a volunteer effort to a full-time organization.

Laura Carter, President, 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.  

Jennifer Herrera, Vice President, 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. She graduated from Our Lady of the Lake University with a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management.  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.

Michelle Garza Treviño, Secretary, was born and raised in San Antonio. Treviño has been interested in art since she was a child growing up on the south side of town.  Upon graduating high school she married and started a family. Her husband was active duty military and through their travels she was fortunate enough to visit many museums and galleries across the United States.  When her husband was given an honorable discharge from active duty they returned to San Antonio, with their two sons, where she began studying art full time. She studied fine arts at the University of Texas at San Antonio and graduated in 2013 with a teacher certification and summa cum laude honors.  She graduated from Our Lady of the Lake University with a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management.  Since graduating from OLLU, she has been working in the Education Department at the San Antonio Museum of Art.  Michelle values reuse education through art because not only is she an advocate for underprivileged children but also for the environment.  Treviño attributes her success and happiness to the unwavering support she has received from her husband, two sons and close family.  

Maggi Peachey, Center for Creative Reuse Committee Chair, a San Antonio native, is a creative-minded self-starter with a passion to help others and to make a positive and lasting impact. Maggi studied business and completed an MBA program in 2017. She has professional experience in the areas of project management, process improvement, quality control, data analysis, and compliance.

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.”

Eric Cavazos is an art educator at Nimitz MIddle School, NEISD. He promotes reuse and sustainability in his art room.  Eric presents art workshops that are inspired by Spare Parts to teachers at the school, district, and state level.  He is often a guest presenter at The McNay Art Museum where his art workshops are focused on reuse.  Eric is also a musician in the band Pink Leche and creates electronic music that he performs live around San Antonio. He attended The University of Texas at San Antonio and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art and minor in Art History.  He creates art on his spare time focusing on embroidery and watercolor.

Joseph M. Nerio is a San Antonio native with a passion for helping his local community. After 7 years of working and volunteering with nonprofit organizations, he founded Pen & Paper TX, a small business focused on helping nonprofit organizations further their mission through grants and development opportunities. He is currently finishing a masters in Public Administration at UTSA. In his free time, he enjoys writing short stories and cruising the city bike trails. “Spare Parts encourages children in our community to explore their creative side through environmentally sustainable projects and activities. This unique combination of environmentalism and Art Education sends a powerful message to our community, answering the question, “What can we do to make a better future for our children?” I am proud to be a part of the solution!”

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.

Jessica G. Rivera is the Elementary Art Teacher for Un Mundo Primary, which is part of KIPP Texas Public Schools. Her primary areas of focus are
educating, inspiring and connecting with her students to insure growth, foundational art skills and social emotional learning.
Currently she is an active member of the National Art Education Association, Texas Art Education Association, and the San Antonio Art Education Association. After her first year of teaching she was awarded the KIPP Carabineer Award, which is the highest award an educator can receive at KIPP. Other professional experiences include: working as a Claims Manager, Supervisor, Trainer, Quality Analyst and Language Interpreter for the National Wide Insurance.
Jessica has a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts & a minor is Art Criticism for the University of Texas in San Antonio. She is passionate about advocating for the Arts and Diversity & Inclusion and is a graduate of the Diversity First, Diversity & Inclusion Practitioner certification program.

Heather Jones is a former Air Force brat and lifelong crafter who grew up working in military thrift stores and creating from secondhand finds.  She returned to Texas for her college years at Trinity University, earning a B.A. Psychology and minor in Medieval/Renaissance Studies.  Throughout her time at Trinity she worked in IT and Institutional Research, before pursuing graduate studies at Texas A&M University in Anthropology with a focus on Nautical Archaeology and Conservation.  After returning to San Antonio, she discovered Spare Parts and the Center for Creative ReUse Committee.  This connection provided a way to apply her diverse skillset and long running passion for sustainable crafting with a talented and professional crew of like minded San Antonians.  When she isn’t working on the Spare Parts Online Store or wrangling donations with fellow volunteers at the Center for Creative Reuse, she spends her time crafting or with her husband and children out enjoying San Antonio’s amazing art and museum offerings.