Rose Tourje began ANEW after a successful career in commercial interior design. Combining extensive experience as a leading manager and strategist with a passion for design excellence, she flourished at such prestigious firms as EPR, Sussman Prejza, ISD, IA and AECOM, and especially for Warner Bros. as VP, Corporate Real Estate, domestic and international. As her leadership role advanced, Rose found her specific niche in procurement, leading teams of specification writers to take practical, cost effective measures by sourcing locally and regionally whenever possible. This caused her to look more closely at industry practices as a whole, noting that the surplus furniture and equipment liquidation process was age old and overlooked. She assumed in the early days of the green movement that others were liquidating responsibly. She discovered that although companies were doing their best in random fashion by reselling and recycling to a small degree, there were no wide scale systems in the works. With more study, the truth revealed that most materials in the construction field were being sent directly to landfill. She decided to leave her design career for starting a non-profit that offers alternatives focused on best practices that support charitable organizations. This approach furthers public services, strengthens communities and helps the environment. In addition to helming ANEW, Rose educates and advises students, companies, and the industries of the built environment about the positive outcomes and lasting benefits when social, economic and environmental responsibility is engaged. Rose leads by doing, starting with the end in mind.
Glenn Sparks, Vice President
Media & Communications
Media and communications VP Glenn Sparks brings a wealth of experience in broadcast media and client relations to ANEW, where he oversees social media, the company website, and internal and external communications. He produces the ANEW Media projects including ANEW short documentaries, video production for partners and sponsors, and radio commercials and programming.
Glenn enjoyed twenty years in the studio as recording engineer, mixer and producer, doing post-audio on thousands of commercials and working with talent as diverse as Mel Torme and U2. During that time he began writing ad copy, eventually going freelance to write and produce radio and tv commercials. He also worked a four year stint in marketing and customer relations with Virgin Atlantic Airways, learning the deep secrets of branding from the master himself, Richard Branson. In his communications role Glenn's focus is on honing and expanding awareness of the ANEW brand, increasing corporate and individual sponsorship, and promoting the ANEW "education through action" campaign.
Morgan Turner, Associate Project Manager
Morgan spent the last year working at an Allstate Contact Center in Idaho where she was able to continue improving her natural talent for customer service while enjoying the incredible scenery of the Northwest. She grew up in Los Angeles, but spent her summers in rural Pennsylvania which provided her with a love of nature and the outdoors and a desire to protect the natural beauty of our world. She spends as much time as possible exploring new places and learning about new cultures. Both her passion for nature and her wanderlust are what drive her toward doing everything she can to keep our earth clean and livable and to educate others in doing the same. Morgan graduated from Bucknell University in 2014 and plans to further her education in the next few years.
Samuel Park, Project Manager
Samuel Park is a post-9/11 US Army Veteran with a background in Satellite Communications. He has worked with several non-profit organizations, dedicating his transition from the military to assist under-served populations, with a focus on homeless Veterans. In 2012, he was awarded the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal by the United States Army for his exceptional community support over time. In 2014, as a Fellow at The Mission Continues, he graduated with a newfound purpose to continue his service by finding new ways to serve his community.
Nicky Kaplan, LEED AP, Vice President of Business Development
Nicky is principal at Nicky Kaplan Interiors (NKI), a full service design firm specializing in all aspects of interior architecture and design. Prior to founding her firm in 2012, she worked for over a decade as a senior designer at Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum on projects for high profile clients such as Fox, Disney, Activision, WPP, Morley Builders and Deluxe Digital Media. In 2005 she was recognized by Perspective Magazine as one of five young ‘Rising Stars’ in the industry.
Nicky draws on a rich background of international experiences which have included living in South Africa, Canada and both coasts of the US as well as extensive travels. She holds a degree in Interior Design from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada and has been practicing in all aspects of interior design since the mid 1990's. She is also a LEED AP.
Her work with Goodwill Southern California provided an opportunity to reconnect with Rose Tourje and ANEW some seven years after their initial introduction. She now joins our team as Vice President of Development.
Nicky plans to continue her work in the non-profit realm as she feels this is where design is the most rewarding. Her goal is to create ‘good design for good people’: environments that inspire and enrich the lives of others.