Meet the Team
Christine Spehar, Executive Director
Christine holds a BA in art and creative writing from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She worked as a freelance writer and artist for several years before founding RuckusRoots in 2009. Her written work focuses on art, music, natural living and sustainability, while her visual art comprises large scale, interactive installations made from recycled materials. christinespehar.com.
Jessie went to school in Chicago at Columbia College where she studied Marketing Communications and Public Relations. After working at an advertising agency in Chicago, she headed west to pursue avenues more focused in the arts. From coordinating large events to keeping the RR office organized, Jessie is an invaluable part of our daily functioning. She helps implement and coordinate RuckusRoots programs, as well as manage social media, special events, communications and marketing.
Stephanie holds a PhD in Anthropology from NYU. She is currently the Sustainability Leadership Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, where she is also the Sustainability Coordinator for the new general education program. Stephanie is on the forefront of sustainability and education research. She designs curriculum for RuckusRoots programs that incorporate the most current and effective sustainable arts practices for students, campuses and communities. Learn more.
Robin is the founder of Art Customs, an LA-based design and fabrication house that specializes in everything from large scale, interactive sculpture and sustainable, modular dwellings to innovative costume and commercial prop design. Robin’s creative work has appeared in festivals, commercials, television shows and music videos, with clients ranging from Electric Daisy Carnival and Coachella to Snoop Dogg and Twitter. Robin directs RuckusRoots’ creative projects, designs new programs and engineers and advises our arts based programs.