Tatyana was born in Moscow, Russia but spent most of her youth in Omaha, Nebraska. She has a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
She loves interacting with animals – some of her fondest memories are when she swam with sharks, sea lions, turtles, and dolphins in the ocean without a cage. She also has a deep love for plants and gardens both at home and in the Scrap Exchange Community Garden.
She first came to The Scrap Exchange as a volunteer for a service-learning course at UNC. After she finished her required hours, she continued to volunteer until she was offered a job! Tatyana worked as a donations processor, cashier, and greeter for two years, was the volunteer manager for two years, and now works as the community engagement manager. She loves working with volunteers and introducing people to the concept of reuse!
Tatyana loves how The Scrap Exchange helps divert huge amounts of material from the waste stream while simultaneously inspiring people to make art out of items that otherwise would be trash.
We get volunteers in from all walks of life, and providing a space where they can feel welcome and respected, socialize with lots of different people, give back to the community, and expand their understanding of reuse is truly an honor.