Cory Skuldt, Consultant
Cory's background is in nonprofit and small business management, with a focus on reuse and waste diversion. She's also experienced in event production and community education. Cory graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design before receiving a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management in Austin, and was recently accepted to Bard College's MBA in Sustainability. For the past 9 years Cory has served as Co-Director of Treasure City Thrift, supporting local grassroots organizations through cooperative social enterprise. As co-founder of Boston Skillshare and Skillshare Austin, she created community education events for all ages, and for several years produced Boston's Bike-In Film Fest. She currently serves on the board of Austin Creative Reuse as chair of the sustainability committee, and volunteers with the AISD Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee. Cory has lived in East Austin for 10 years with her two sons, Finn and Emlin. She's fueled by adventures in natural places, backyard fires, and lots of good coffee.
Eric Paulus is the Operations Manager at Ecology Action’s Circle Acres Nature Preserve. Before joining Ecology Action, Eric owned a small farm and plant nursery called Regeneration Eco-Farm. Regeneration served as a model urban farm for sustainable production and ecological stewardship. He gained valuable horticultural experience working at various farms, plant nurseries and landscaping companies. He has a BA from the University of Texas at Austin in Geography and History. He has spent time in southern India working on a reforestation project, co-managed a community garden and arboretum, and taught workshops on vermicomposting, Integrated Pest Management and enhancing soil health by increasing organic matter. Aside from stints in Italy, India and Massachusetts, Eric has lived in Austin since 2000. He has a young son and is interested in the soil microbiome, biodiversity and native plants. As a former participant of the Rhizome Collective, Eric took part in the original clean up of Circle Acres in 2004/05 and has seen first-hand how far the site has come from its days as a toxic brownfield.
Antonia “Nia” Bonds is the Administrative Manager at Ecology Action. Nia was born and raised in Princeton, NJ and is at heart, a small town girl. After receiving two BAs from Temple University in American History and African American Studies, she began her career as a teacher and advisor. She received her MEd in Curriculum & Instruction from The University of Texas at Austin, and went on to build a professional career as a curriculum specialist and educational consultant. Nia has held board membership and volunteer roles at national, regional, and local non-profits like Girls Rock Austin, Row AustinTX, Penn Wynne Public Library, HAAM, U.S. Rowing, and Austin Free-Net. Always one to accept a challenge, Nia is the owner of Charlie Belle Music and is tour manager for rising Austin band Charlie Belle, who also happen to be her kids Jendayi and Gyasi. In her free time, Nia enjoys hiking the trails with her husband Sam and their dog Frances. She also enjoys reading, listening to live music, and a quiet house when teenagers are not home.