Our Team

We do things a bit differently, and that's the way we like it!

 


Carrie Bachelder
Founder & CEO

As an environmental entrepreneur and businesswoman in Marin County, Carrie has witnessed firsthand the lack of recycling and reuse infrastructure, at both the household and construction levels. Through her moving company, Great Moves, she was often confronted with the problem of discarding goods and materials in a responsible way. She began to envision a “one-stop shop” that would handle such goods, many of which were high-value. It was through this vision and her determination that The Away Station came into existence. Carrie has created and developed several businesses including catering and event production (Events Funtastique), and was the volunteer program manager for the national Youth at Risk Program, for which she worked for six years in a dozen major cities. Her jewelry studio resided in Sausalito’s Industrial Centers Building, and for 10 years she designed and created one-of-a-kind wearable art from found materials and polymer clays. Her current favorite artistic expression is furniture refurbishing and faux finishes. She is now focused on the environment and is passionately committed to recycling and reuse in all its forms. Carrie’s family has lived in Marin County for 46 years. Her father Bob was a math teacher at Redwood High School for 25 years, and brother Mark is a successful contractor and green builder.

Advisory Board


George Reskin

Advisory Board – Non-Profit Fundraising Expert and Advisor
Owner, George Reskin Associates

 


Thomas Crowell

Advisory Board

Tom has over 20 years of experience working with supply chains, logistics, and information technologies with major Bay Area companies. He enjoys working with team members bringing order to chaos, efficiencies to ineffective processes, and lower costs to all aspects of the business.

Tom is passionate about the environment. He enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for the natural world with all ages. Tom is a California Naturalist contributing to programming, interpretation, and stewardship in Northern California as an instructor at the Point Bonita YMCA outdoor education center, and as a docent with the Audubon Bay Shore Studies program. Tom enjoys any outdoor adventure, especially if it involves biking, skiing, hiking or sailing. He is currently pursuing his dream to become a middle or high-school science educator and has enrolled in a Masters of Environmental Science program focusing on Environmental Education.

Lynne Twist
Co-Founder of Pachamama Alliance, Founder of Soul of Money

For more than 40 years, Lynne Twist has been a recognized global visionary committed to alleviating poverty and hunger and supporting social justice and environmental sustainability.
From working with Mother Teresa in Calcutta to the refugee camps in Ethiopia and the threatened rainforests of the Amazon, Lynne’s on-the-ground work has brought her a deep understanding of the social tapestry of the world and the historical landscape of the times we are living in.

Lynne also serves as an advisory board member for the California Institute of Integral Studies, Global Youth Action Network, The International Museum of Women and The Center for Partnership Studies, among others. She is a member in good standing of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, The Social Venture Network and The National Society of Fundraising Executives.
As a result of her work as a global citizen, Lynne has been featured in over 10 films including: “The Shift” (Michael Goorjian, 2010), “Crude Impact” (James Jandak Wood, 2006) and “Women of Wisdom and Power” (Lili Fournier, 2000) and “Money & Life (Katie Teague).

 


Tom Crowell
MBA Environmental Education, Logistics Expert

Tom has over 20 years of experience working with supply chains, logistics, and information technologies with major Bay Area companies. He enjoys working with team members bringing order to chaos, efficiencies to ineffective processes, and lower costs to all aspects of the business.

Tom is passionate about the environment. He enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for the natural world with all ages. Tom is a California Naturalist contributing to programming, interpretation, and stewardship in Northern California as an instructor at the Point Bonita YMCA outdoor education center, and as a docent with the Audubon Bay Shore Studies program. Tom enjoys any outdoor adventure, especially if it involves biking, skiing, hiking or sailing. He is currently pursuing his dream to become a middle or high-school science educator and has enrolled in a Masters of Environmental Science.

The Support Team

 

Busy Bee Accounting
Sausalito, CA

Busy Bee Accounting offers various accounting services such as tax preparation, budgeting, and bookkeeping. 8+ years experience. The Away Station is honored to be their client.

 


Mark Bachelder
Green Building Contractor

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Marketing and Publicity

VP Marketing & Publicist

 


LynAnn King
VP Marketing & Publicist

LynAnn King partners with successful small businesses and empowers entrepreneurs to deliver compelling marketing communications, special events promotions and media campaigns. She brings her visionary leadership in rolling out creative marketing campaigns that create visibility and media coverage.

Staging Stylist

 


Sylvia Grosneau
Retail Staging Stylist and Head of Online Sales

Sylvia brings her expert customer service skills to The Away Station every day. She loves to sell in a way that will make the customer happy and wanting to come back, her number one priority. She finds The Away Station a wonderful venue for her to exercise creative talents in display, while opening people's eyes to a new way of life - The way of ReUse. In her words, "What a beautiful thing."

Sylvia was an International flight attendant for twenty years, flying the friendly skies throughout the World. Customer Service is second nature to her. She also worked in the restaurant industry in NYC, and as a floor manager for some of the biggest hair salons in NYC. Sylvia grew up in France, where she feels Europe has been less wasteful, more conscientious and she’s thrilled to bring this movement to the US.

Hardware & Tools Manager

 


Randy Springstead
Hardware & Tools Manager

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Warehouse Manager

 


Otis Ames
Warehouse Manager

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Construction, Vintage and Antique Expert

 


Guy Rowan Clow
Construction, Vintage and Antique Expert

Guy was born in San Francisco and raised in Ross, Marin County. His love and knowledge about the history of California is endless and fascinating. He grew up riding his bicycle all over Marin, which has absolutely no secret for him.

Guy holds a Business degree, but clearly prefers sharing his stories, and passing along his knowledge to his fortunate family, friends, and clients. He collects and restores Antique books, as well as antique furniture. His motto: I aim to please…:)

Inventory & Organization Expert vintage Collectors expertly

 


Danny Parenti
Inventory & Organization Expert vintage Collectors expertly

To me, working at The Away Station offers me the opportunity to educate people on how to be less wasteful. We've put so much stress on this planet, and need to change our habits. The Away Station offers us the ability to make some of these changes, and makes me feel I’m doing my part.

Video producer

 


Torie White
Video Marketing & Fundraising

LTorie is a graduate of Wesleyan University's College of Film and the Moving Image. Outside of school, she is engaged as a student of Somatics at Strozzi Institute, and she works with the Soul of Money Institute, a center for exploring and sharing the best practices and theories that enable people to relate to money and the money culture with greater freedom and effectiveness. While her roots remain in the San Francisco Bay Area, Torie has embarked on an adventure to Philadelphia, PA for the next chapter of her life and learning.

Artist & ReUse Artist

 


Lora Amara
Artist & ReUse Artist

Lora Amara is a renaissance woman. She is an assemblage artist, interior designer, organic garden designer, student of Permaculture, environmentalist, Buddhist, writer and lover of all things beautiful brought to us by nature. Her art is titled “Lost & Found Art,” her garden designs are under the heading of “Your Soulful Garden,” and her interior design is simply Lora Amara Designs. She tries to not take herself too seriously, considers herself primarily a student in any of her endeavors, and believes a smile is a gift we can always give. To see her gardens and art, go to www.yoursoulfulgarden.com. She is proud to be associated with The Away Station and the other fine people involved and believes it is the way of the future if we are to live responsibly on this beautiful and finite planet in such a way that we would be proud to it turn over to our children. Lora is also delighted to be a member of the docent program at Green Gulch Farm in Marin County. The program welcomes elementary school classrooms into the extensive and thriving organic gardens to teach children where our food comes from, the critical importance of living soil, the essential role bees and other pollinators play, and the fun of just hanging out in a beautiful natural setting. It is her belief that educating our children to be responsible stewards of the Earth means we provide them ever greater access to the perfect and profound ways of nature.