Our New Washboard

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washboard 2004After more than two years of unplanned obsolescence, Project Laundry List has gone through a dizzying reorganization…and we are back in the game. There are now eight people on our board of directors.

James Thaxton is Project Laundry List’s longest serving director. He is the Treasurer and head of the Finance Committee. He works at the Upper Valley Land Trust preserving forest and farmland for the future. He and his wife, Melissa, live in Thetford, Vermont, with their two children, one dog, and two cats.

Alexander Lee is the founder and has served as the volunteer and paid executive director in the past. After a two year hiatus, he rejoined the board in early 2013. He teaches at New Oriental in Beijing, China, and manages Project Laundry List’s board committees using Skype, email, and other Internet technologies. As Chairman, he is the head of the Executive Committee.

Marian Dioguardi has been a stalwart supporter and friend of the project. She is an artist and continues to do yeowoman’s work for us as the manager of our Facebook presence. She is the chair of the Program Committee.

Christopher Middings is the head of our Marketing & Public Relations Committee, a responsibility to which he brings years of experience ranging from a stint at the US EPA to running the online community for Seventh Generation.

Laura Shafer is a Californian, involved in the local grange movement who has been advocating for clothes lines with her Eco-art business linedry.com, designing, installing and photographing gorgeous clotheslines, since 2007. She is the chair of the Development Committee.

Kary Schumpert was present in the very early days of Project Laundry List, in 1996, when Alexander Lee wrote the strategic plan as his final project for Green Corps’ Environmental Organizing Semester. Her decision to join the board has been welcomed by all. She is an environmental educator in Colorado, as well as a night school student. We stand in awe of her ability to juggle so many responsibilities. In addition to serving as secretary (i.e., the taker of minutes on sometimes scratchy Skype calls), she is the head of the Governance & Nominating Committee.

John Beeson is with Catalyst Partners, a consortium working on projects that are at the forefront of the green building and product development movement. He studied architecture and civil engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and is former LEED Certification Reviewer at the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

Connor Zhu is a student at the best high school in Northeast China (third in the nation, by some accounts). He is an exceptional English student who heads our Ad hoc Committee on Internationalisation and has a deep interest in the environment. One of his other extracurricular activities is Model UN. He hopes to study in the United States for college.