Meet the Team

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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.



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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.


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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.



Recent Blog Posts

Gratitude Workshop: Thanksgiving Weekend

Gratitude Workshop: Thanksgiving Weekend »

Posted on: November 24, 2014

Join us Today at the Holiday Bazaar!

Join us Today at the Holiday Bazaar! »

Posted on: November 22, 2014

Happy Halloween from RuckusRoots!

Happy Halloween from RuckusRoots! »

Posted on: October 29, 2014

Join us at the Frogtown Art Walk!

Join us at the Frogtown Art Walk! »

Posted on: September 6, 2014