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Executive Director

Karen small-BrokenBanjoMessage from our Executive Director

Dear Friends,
I’m writing you from my virtual desk, not as chair of the board, but as ED – or as I like to call myself now, ‘Evangelist in Chief!’

The board conducted a nationwide search for an executive to replace – as if anyone could – Jan Hamilton, who retired in June 2014. After many interviews with interesting candidates, the board determined that someone who already had a good understanding of the truly unique recycle center, trash transfer station, re-use store and mission-driven non-profit enterprise might be better suited. I honestly had not considered moving from one side of the desk to the other, and am honored that the board placed its faith in me.

With Rolly Boggs running day-to-day operations on site, my job will is a little different than that of previous Executive Directors. I hope to be more visible out in the community, forging partnerships with other organizations to encourage reuse, recycling and waste reduction throughout North County. What could be more fun than that?

I look forward to making progress on CARTM’s new strategic plan, and I will continue to shepherd the County program to divert construction and demolition debris from the landfill. On the board, I kept a close eye on the finances and I’m looking forward now to doing more data-driven analyses to see how we can improve services and our bottom line!

Perhaps the most important item on my brand-new checklist is to improve how CARTM communicates with you – our best supporters. To that end, my office door will be open.  I’m always available by email at ed@cartm.org.

I’d love to hear from you!

Cheerfully,
Karen Reddick-Yurka,
Evangelist in Chief

 

Meet Karen

Karen Reddick-Yurka came to CARTM in 2007 as  board member recruited by then board chair Mark Beach.   She served on the board for three years before becoming chair of the board in 2010.  Karen has a B.A. in English from Lewis & Clark College. She owned a bookkeeping business serving non-profits and small businesses for over 20 years, and manages vacation rental properties in Manzanita.  Her other current civic and volunteer activities include an appointment to the Manzanita Planning Commission, and the Tillamook County Master Recyclers. A lifelong environmentalist, when Karen was a high school student she coordinated a river clean-up in Denver on the very first Earth Day. When she is not traveling the world, Karen lives in Manzanita.