Meet the Team

Christine Spehar, Founder & 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. 

www.christinespehar.com

steph meet 1Stephanie 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. 

         Allegra Bick-Maurischat, communications & program Coordinator

Allegra received her BFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, and studied Anthroposophy/Waldorf Education through the Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, CA. She  divides her time between art-making, behind-the-scenes action to help RuckusRoots run smoothly, freelancing in social media management, teaching the occasional art class, and volunteering with local foster youth.  She spends her free time hiking and/or catching up on sleep. 

www.allegrajbickmaurischat.com 

Artist Mentors

ninoNino Alicea: Visual Art/Design Mentor

is a muralist, painter and sculptor. His background is in graphic design and design production for television and film. For several years he was a Design Producer for NBC’s American Dream Builders, and in 2014 he was part of the team that installed Pae White’s “Woven Walk” at LAX International. “My ultimate goal is to inspire others to continue creating and dreaming big,” says Nino. Nino is about to complete his second Burning Man Honoraria art piece, called “MÚCARO”!

www.leaveittonino.com

rainbow tunnelJames Peterson: Materials, Design and Fabrication mentor

is an LA-based artist, and the mastermind behind Art Contraptions, a fabrication house that specializes in everything from large scale, interactive sculpture to innovative  furniture and web design. James was our artist mentor for the Chimes for Change program, featured at Soundwalk 2013. RuckusRoots and Art Contraptions are collaborating on designing interactive sustainability learning tools that directly address the needs of schools and communities. Art Contraptions recently debuted one of its biggest works to date at the 2014 Coachella Music and Arts Festival.

www.artcontraptions.com 

Erinn Bone: music mentor

is a freelance musician and music educator living in Los Angeles. He has a BA in Music Education and a Masters degree in Jazz Pedagogy from CU Boulder. Erinn acts as music mentor for RuckusRoots’ Chimes for Change program, teaching students music theory, music composition, sound recording and electronic music-making software.

www.erinnbone.com 

Scott Froschauer: public art & fabrication mentor

likes making things, from large scale sculptures designed to awe with their size, to small scale pieces intended to memorialize moments of connectedness and everything in between. Scott is a RuckusRoots artist mentor for the Chimes for Change program, with a specific focus on Art as Activism and guerilla art. Scott also fabricated RuckusRoots’ Wild Art sculpture, which featured at the LA Zoo in 2016.  

www.frogbeater.com

Regina Clemente: activism mentor

is the Director of Campaigns for Brave New Films, and a board member for RuckusRoots. A native Angeleno, she has been working as a professional activist for the past 15 years doing movement building, community organizing, fundraising, lobbying, messaging research, and managing legislative and electoral campaigns around social and racial justice issues. She mentors RuckusRoots student in local change-making initiatives. 

church trapRebekah Waites: art mentor

Rebekah’s latest art piece, The Church Trap, was a 2013 Burning Man honorarium winning art installation that has been featured in Rolling Stones Magazine, IMAX 3D, and LA Weekly. Rebekah was the brilliant mind and artist mentor most recently during the TRASHformation program with Academia Avance middle school students in Highland Park.

rob and stephRobin Banks: recycled art mentor

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 has been an artist mentor on multiple TRASHformation programs and helped develop our art based programs.