Board of Directors
Check out the amazing group of volunteers that came together to found and run the 757 Creative ReUse Center.
President & Executive Director
George decided to help create the 757 Creative ReUse Center after seeing them first hand in other cities and wanting one in Norfolk and Hampton Roads too. He loves how creative reuse can bring together “old” stuff with new ideas, increasing creativity and reducing waste. He couldn’t do any of this without the support and encouragement of his wife, MacKenzie. His professional background includes sales, marketing and operations (his favorite job in high school was working at a Ben Franklin.) He earned a B.A. from the University of Virginia and a M.B.A. from Old Dominion University.
Vice President and Shop Manager
Beth Romo is Norfolk native, and Maury High School graduate, who has been a crafter her entire life. From an early age Beth was using recycled, reused and found objects in her creations. Stemming from that interest in the arts and recognizing a need for more creative reuse in the community, Beth volunteers as Vice President and Shop Manager of the 757 Creative Reuse Center. Most days you can find Beth behind the counter and stocking shelves at the 757 Creative ReUse Center. In her spare time, she is also the principal artist and designer for her lifestyle brand Goth Mom Collective. Beth resides with her wonderful and supportive husband Tim, their three teenage children and cat, in the Ghent section of Norfolk.
Paula has been the Accounting Department Manager for a private Virginia Beach firm for the last 20 years. She also is a massage therapist licensed by the Virginia Board of Nursing. Reuse is a part of life for Paula and her husband Mike and they are always looking for ways to extend the life of products they use. Paula finds joy in creative exploration using items that might have ended up in the trash.
Emily wants to live in a world where art is part of everyday life, the environment is thriving, and dogs get as much peanut butter as they want. When she’s not serving as Secretary to the board or volunteering at the 757 Creative ReUse Center, Emily works for a small tech company as a Business Development and Data Manager. Originally from Rochester, NY, Emily earned her BA in Psychology from Alfred University in 2010. After spending four years in Pennsylvania, she moved to Virginia Beach in 2014. In her free time, Emily enjoys gardening, reading, and strolling the beach with her husband Ned and pit-mix Chai.
Jo Anne Dickson
ARTS AND CRAFTS SUPPLY SWAP
BEGIN YEAR AS 501(C)(3) CHARITABLE ORG
POPUP SHOP OPENS IN 250 SQ. FT.
TAKE OVER WHOLE BUILDING ADDING 1200+ SQ. FT.