Our 2016 Board of Directors
Carlee Wright is part Girl Friday, part Jane of all Trades. With a background in nonprofit development, she helped build Forge X Northwest and its pinnacle event Upcycle Oregon. She is also a founding member of Cherry City Derby Girls and the co-organizer of TEDxSalem (and co-founder of the nonprofit that runs it, The Moxie Initiative). When not volunteering in the community, Carlee works as the entertainment reporter for the Statesman Journal covering nightlife and things to do. She holds a degree in New Media Arts from Pacific Design Academy, an AA from Chemeketa and is working towards her BS in English and Business at Eastern Oregon University. Her interest in upcycling and sustainability stems from her passion for design, the environment and her children.
Marie Greene is a whirlwind of creative energy as she juggles her many roles, including working as assistant manager for Tangled Purls yarn shop in South Salem, writing freelance for the Statesman Journal’s Lifestyle section, and running her own knitwear design business, Olive Knits. Marie helped to build Forge X Northwest and was part of the team that launched the first Upcycle Oregon event, a statewide creative reuse event in Oregon. Marie has been an avid volunteer in every community she’s lived, including serving as PTA President (Lehi, UT), Trust Lands Committee Member (Lehi, UT), and on the Living Memorial Gardens Committee (Sidney, NE). Marie studied psychology at Western Nebraska Community College and Colorado State University. Her passion for sustainable living was inspired by her maternal grandmother, who taught her to love nature, the environment and living self-sufficiently.
Chris Harker is a brewer at Gilgamesh Brewing Co. As a community activist, he has volunteered with Marion-Polk Food Share, Habitat for Humanity, Independence Heritage Museum, Gilbert House Children’s Museum and TEDxSalem. He holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Western Oregon University, and is working on a business degree. He has a passion for woodcarving, blacksmithing and the history and culture of Britain and Ireland, along with Canada and the US. His interest upcycling and sustainable living stems from the desire to preserve our natural resources.
Sarah Carlberg is a consummate bibliophile. She studied literary criticism in the rhetoric department at Portland State University and UC Berkeley. After completing her studies, her love of literature drove her to help found the Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley, California. She continues to lend that organization her passion as a member of the board of directors. Yes, she has been a literary adventurer, following her favorite characters and thinkers through life, but she is not a reader only. She believes that the book itself is a thing of beauty, and spends her free time salvaging broken and discarded books and re-purposing them into pieces of art to be enjoyed on small and large scales. In 2015, in partnership with the Internet Archive, the flux Foundation, and the Bay Area Book Festival she helped envision and build Lacuna: a public art installation made from over 50,000 discarded library books. This devotion to the sense that a book is a beautiful thing, and that a broken book can be made new again is partially what led her to join Forge X NW in 2016 as a recent transplant to Salem. She is excited to lend Forge X her skills in non-profit management, festival planning, and community engagement to deliver fabulous community events to the upcycling community in Salem.
Scott Greene is the wellness nurse and resident care coordinator at Brookdale Senior Living in McMinnville, Oregon. In his spare time he enjoys mountain biking, hiking, woodworking and sculpture. His interest in upcycling and creative reuse can be seen in his re-purposed furniture and art pieces, some of which were displayed at the Oregon State Capitol during the first Upcycle Oregon event in 2015. Scott studied business at Utah Valley State College and nursing at Western Nebraska Community College.