After years of donating medical supplies, hosting children’s parties, and patronizing the market, Ellen Ciompi finally joined the board of The Scrap Exchange in 2013. She’s a native New Yorker but has lived in Durham since 1982 with her clarinet-playing, wine-critiquing husband, Arturo, and their two daughters. Ellen holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music, plus an RN, and recently retired after working for 25 years as a certified Operating Room nurse. This leaves her with more free time to pursue her musical passion: creating and performing cabaret shows. Over the past couple of years, Ellen has released a CD (“Taking a Chance on Love”, available from her and on iTunes), appeared on the NPR/APM radio show “Piano Puzzler”, written articles for “Durham Magazine”, and been a contestant on “Jeopardy!” You can follow her exploits at her website, www.ellenciompi.com.
Cathy loves art, percussion and kids. She is living her passion in this fabulous city by owning and operating Music Explorium and playing bass drum for the Bulltown Strutters, a community band started by Cathy and her clarinet-playing husband, Blaise. From time to time Cathy creates new instruments for her Rockin’ Reuse Percussion program. Cooking creatively without gluten or eggs has become a recent endeavor, and she is proudly growing more and more of her own food.
Adam Rust has been Director of Research at Reinvestment Partners since 2005. He writes about alternative financial services in his blog Bank Talk. In 2012, he testified at the CFPB’s field hearing on prepaid cards. He regularly speaks at conferences about how advocates should divine a path to reforming the prepaid card.
He has master’s degrees in journalism from the University of Missouri and in City and Regional Planning from UNC-Chapel Hill. He is currently pursuing a Master’s in Finance at Indiana University in his spare time.
In 2006, Carolina Academic Press published his book “This is My Home: The Challenges and Opportunities of Manufactured Housing.” In 2009, FHA Secretary David Stevens nominated him to represent consumers on the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee. He testified on the need to reform manufactured housing finance before a Congressional subcommittee in 2012.
Rust is the co-trustee of the Harry L. and Helen M. Rust Foundation. The Rust Foundation operates from Kansas City, Missouri but has supported groups in six states. It makes grants to non-profits working in the fields of education, social services, and health care.
Richard has had a long and varied career, including stints as a Methodist minister, in corporate logistics, and as a hospice chaplain.
He and his wife Carole met while they were both at Duke University — he as a Divinity School graduate student and she as a professor in the business school. They lived in Western New York and in Flagler County, Florida, among other locations, before relocating to Durham in March 2015 to be closer to family.
Richard holds a B.A. from The School of International Service at The American University in Washington, D.C.; a M. Div. and Th. M. from Duke University Divinity School; and an M.B.A. in transportation management from Syracuse University.
He is a lover of thrift stores and yard sales, and creator of the Thrift Shoppe Trail.
Katy is engaged in cultural communications—writing, design, and multimedia storytelling—to build meaningful bridges between diverse audiences and institutions. She has a BA in art history (UC Berkeley, 2008) and a MA in folklore (UNC Chapel Hill, 2015). Find her writing in Our State, the Southern Foodways Alliance’s Gravy, and UNC-Chapel Hill’s Southern Cultures. Growing up abroad in the Foreign Service meant Katy was surrounded by the arts of the world as a child, and she has since applied this passion in a variety of communications and documentary work for museums and non-profits. In 2016, she developed her master’s thesis, Home in a New Place: Making Laos in Morganton, North Carolina into a photo exhibit for the Center for the Study of the American South (UNC-Chapel Hill) and the History Museum of Burke County (Morganton, NC). She is now proud to call Durham, North Carolina, home. See her work on her website and follow her on twitter.
Jason works in executive operations managing the Office of the CEO for Dude Solutions, Inc., a cloud-based facilities enterprise and asset management software company. Prior to joining Dude Solutions Jason led statewide economic development and public policy initiatives with the NC Biotechnology Center, UNC’s School of Government, and the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI).
Jason’s work has largely focused on industry development in biotechnology, agriculture, and manufacturing resulting in implementation of North Carolina’s Strategic Plan for Biofuels Leadership, launching of the Biofuels Center of North Carolina, creation of 30 in 10: Growing North Carolina’s AgBiotech Landscape, and development of NC’s Manufacturing Community Toolkit.
A native of Roxboro, Jason is a graduate of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, holds degrees from American University and North Carolina A&T State University, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana.
Karen retired in 2011 from a 45-year career in non-profit finance in New York City and Durham. She worked as a Grants Accountant for UNC-Chapel Hill and was Business & Facilities Manager for two non-profit schools: Duke School for Children and Central Park School.
Karen has also been volunteering at The Scrap Exchange on a weekly basis for a number of years. She finds that volunteering feeds her creativity and she loves to turn the stuff she sees into a new piece of art.
Pat has a long and extensive history of involvement in providing environments that meet municipal, community and cultural values and needs. A graduate of MIT, she retired from providing full service architecture and planning and is now providing consulting services to clients ranging from businesses and institutions to individuals. An avid conservationist, reuse and social justice advocate, she brings her multicultural and economic diversity knowledge combined with high level design and planning skills to each endeavor. She lives in the neighborhood in which the Scrap Exchange is located.
Lauren is currently the Program Director for NC IDEA, a Durham-based foundation working to grow North Carolina’s economy through entrepreneurship. Lauren currently oversees the Foundation’s Seed Grant Program, Leadership Program, and oversees operational efforts related to systems and organizational data. Prior to relocating to North Carolina in 2016, Lauren worked with various startups and coordinated services and activities for entrepreneurs in Southeast Ohio. During this time, she also served on the board of a non-profit working to create economic opportunities out of the waste stream in Athens, Ohio.
Lauren received her Master’s in Public Administration from Ohio University where she focused on non-profit management and economic development.
As the Director of Development for Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines , Emily leads the individual giving and development operations for this council that supports 25,000 girls and nearly 10,000 volunteers across 41 counties in eastern and central North Carolina. Prior to joining Girl Scouts in January 2014, Emily was a research analyst for Duke University’s central development office. A native Pennsylvanian, Emily came to Durham by way of six years in nonprofit theater administration and fundraising in Washington, DC. She continues to practice theater in Durham with Summer Sisters and her production company Haymaker. Locally, Emily has served on the board for the Young Non Profit Professionals Network of the Triangle, as a Task Force member for the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Professional Women’s Luncheon Series, and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals..
Zach has spent the last 10 years as a vice-president, senior manager, coach and consultant with Teach For America. He started his career teaching elementary school in Mississippi and Washington DC and coaching teachers in Baltimore City – just 20 minutes from where he grew up. He got his M.Ed in school leadership and education policy at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Sociology from Skidmore College. Zach has recently begun education and non-profit coaching and consulting independently with ZAP Coaching & Consulting.
Zach lives in the Wrightwood Park/Lakewood area of Durham, North Carolina with his brilliant wife Kelly, three beautiful children Ella, Moses and Millie Scout and tiny dog Wallis. He runs almost every day, gardens and cooks when he can, and follows sports and politics news closely. Zach wears sneakers every day.
2017-2018 FUQUA on Board
Mengjie (Janet) Yang
After graduating from DePauw University with a focus on Economics, Nate spent the last five years working in various roles throughout the finance organization at Eli Lilly and Company. He is currently pursuing his MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of business with a concentration on Strategy. While at Fuqua Nate is involved in the Health Sector Management Program, MBA Games, the General Management Club. While Nate worked at work at Eli Lilly, he enjoyed spending any spare time recruiting and working with the summer interns and new hires. Since relocating to Durham, Nate has enjoyed exploring the wonderful wilderness, playing great golf courses, trying to learn to cook, and therefore needing to find new restaurants to frequent.
Nate loves spending time with friends and family and is looking forward to his time in Durham!