2024 Board of Directors
Martha Vasquez – President
Martha’s passion and appreciation for art inspired her to explore different art mediums. As she pursued her passion; she quickly realized art supplies were expensive and out of her budget. Her quest for acquiring art supplies at affordable prices was fruitless until she discovered Spare Parts. Spare Parts Center for Creative Reuse offered donated, pre-loved arts and craft supplies at economical prices. Martha became an avid shopper and decided to volunteer her time. As she volunteered her time; Spare Parts inspired her to draw back on her educational background, work experience and community service.
Martha earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree at the University of Texas at Brownsville. Her work experience is comprised of over fifteen years of business and retail management which include proficiency in business acumen, business operations, merchandising and customer service.
At Steubing Ranch Elementary, Martha served as PTA Treasurer in the 2014-2015 school year. The following school year (2015-2016); she served as PTA President earning recognition for increasing Membership Enrollment. At Spare Parts, Martha served as Shop Committee Chair for over a year. In 2023, she served as President of Board of Directors. Under her leadership and in collaboration with volunteers, staff, Shop Committee team and Board of Directors; Spare Parts achieved their most successful
year thus far.
For 2024, Martha and the Board of Directors will strive to cement the Spare Parts’ presence in the community and to support the organization’s mission to advance reuse and sustainability through creativity and the arts.
Andrea Puentes – Vice President of Education
Andrea has been teaching art in San Antonio public schools since 2012. In 2016, she completed her Master of Education in Educational Leadership at Trinity University, where she graduated with a Master of Arts in Teaching in 2013 and a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art in 2012. She has exhibited her work in both San Antonio and Austin. Her work has been published in The San Antonio Express-News, San Antonio Current, and recognized in Art in America. In 2019, Andrea was named a finalist for North East ISD’s Secondary Teacher of the Year. In 2023, Andrea was named a semi-finalist for the HEB Excellence in Education Award. She received the National Scholastic Educator Award in both 2018 and 2023. Andrea currently serves as a board member for the San Antonio Art Education Association.
Anna Rudolph Canter, Ph.D. – Vice President of Development
Anna began volunteering at Spare Parts in the summer of 2022. Her love of planning, organizing, and helping people drew her to continue volunteering weekly.
Anna received her B.A. in English and a Master’s of Arts in Teaching from Trinity University. After teaching high school English for several years, she went to graduate school full-time and earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum Instruction from The University of Texas at Austin. She spent over 15 years in higher education as an Adjunct Professor, Student Teacher Supervisor, and Field Placement Coordinator in the College of Education and Human Development at UTSA. She was also an adjunct professor in Education and Russian as well as a Student Teacher Supervisor at Trinity University for several semesters.
Currently, Anna volunteers at her daughter’s high school and has recently become a Concierge Travel Planner with Hi Ho Vacations. In her spare time, she enjoys quilting, making scrapbooks of her various family vacations, cross-stitch and other crafts.
Justin Kah – Treasurer
Justin has called San Antonio home since 2009, when he relocated to attend Trinity University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Economics. Justin also holds an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry working for various financial institutions, including his current role as the Director of the Liquidity Strategy team at USAA.
Justin is passionate about sustainability, supporting local businesses, and serving the local art community.
Veronica Emery – Secretary
Veronica Emery has been a San Antonio resident since 2010. She works full time and also volunteers with the Junior League and the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. She enjoys expressing her creativity by constructing cosplay props and giving new life to old picture frames.
Maggi Peachey – Executive Director
Maggi joined the Spare Parts board in 2020 with the single mission of assisting the organization in opening a creative reuse center. During a challenging year filled with uncertainty, Maggi wrote the Center for Creative Reuse business plan, scouted locations, procured fixtures from liquidations, and chaired the Shop committee. After taking many calculated risks, the dream became a reality. She is grateful to see the Center continue to evolve and improve year over year.
With over a decade of professional experience, Maggi employs a wide set of skills thanks to working as a pharmacy inventory specialist, office manager, certified compliance officer and completing a Masters in Business Administration in 2017. As an artist, her creative side helps with project planning, designing, and problem solving. Maggi has a love for painting portraits, printmaking, and mixed media arts. She is a current member of the San Antonio Art League and the Fiber Artists of San Antonio.
Center for Creative Reuse Committee
The Center for Creative Reuse Committee is a group of volunteers that care deeply for the Center and are committed to ensuring its successful operation.
2024 Center Committee Members
Jill Doyle – Committee chair and Arts Workshop Coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric Cavazos – Arts Education Coordinator (Spare Parts Connect) – email@example.com
Liz Gomez – Volunteer Coordinator
Deb Uhler – Hospitality and Fabric Expert