WHO WE ARE
The Tacoma Tool Library was started by a group of volunteers who wanted to see a tool library in Tacoma. We are now supported by a board and a network of volunteers who help us with our day to day operations. Current Board Members are:
Sharayah Kinney (chair) has been volunteering with the Tool Library since its inception. She became the Board Chair in summer 2016, leading the library. With a bachelor degree in Business Marketing, she brings business, marketing, communications, project management and event planning skills to the library. She is an advocate for reducing consumption by way of reusing and recycling, and has a strong passion for community projects.
Adam Gapsch joined the Tool Library as a volunteer in June of 2017 as a way to get more involved in the community and help reduce compulsory consumption in Tacoma. He works as a training consultant and brings his experience in that field to the Tool Library board, helping to develop and optimize sustainable processes for continued membership growth.
Hayes Alexander III is an ex-engineer with a serious interest in making maximum utilization of available resources. As someone that usually has several projects in mind (if not in motion), Hayes likes to save money, cut down on excess stuff to store and maintain, and "try before he buys". Hayes also wishes for everyone to have these opportunites and so entusiastically works to sustain and maintain the Tool Library!
Traci Kelly is the Executive Director of Catherine Place, a women's center in the Hilltop neighborhood. Her passion for tools was passed down from a family of artists and mechanics. She has been on the Tacoma Arts Commission for over 10 years and the New Tacoma Neighborhood Council almost as long. She lives quite close to the Tool Library, which is a good thing since her hundred year old Craftsman house needs a lot of love.
Rebecca Solverson has been involved with the Tool Library since its inception. She is proud to be one of the top 10 borrowers, making good use of the collection to work on her house in Hilltop. In her day job, Rebecca works for the City of Tacoma's Arts Office, where she manages temporary and permanent public art projects. As a native Tacoman, she cares deeply about the people here, the built environment, and good ideas that improve our local quality of life.