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. She is a lover of art, music, Jason Bentley, and the written word.
Jessie Anderson, Director of Operations
Jessie went Columbia College Chicago where she studied Marketing and Public Relations. After working in advertising 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 Spehar, Director of Sustainability & Education
Stephanie holds a PhD in Anthropology from NYU. She’s currently the Sustainability Leadership Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, as well as the Sustainability Coordinator for the new general education program. She is on the forefront of sustainability & education research. She designs curriculum for programs that incorporate current and effective sustainable arts practices for students and communities.
Robin Banks, Director of Art & Fabrication
Robin is the founder of Art Customs, an LA-based design and fabrication house specializing in everything from large scale, interactive sustainable sculptures to innovative costume and commercial prop design. Robin’s work has appeared in festivals, commercials, TV shows and music videos, with clients ranging from EDC and Coachella to Snoop Dogg and Twitter. Robin directs RuckusRoots’ creative projects, designs new programs and engineers and advises our arts based programs.