About Re_Purposeful

Kelsey Holtz

Kelsey Holtz is the interior designer for the Green Design Center and Vice President of Non-Toxic Environments (NTE), a non-profit dedicated to educating the design industry on environmental and human health. Ms. Holtz began as an intern in 2009 while pursuing her interior design degree from WCTC, and after her graduation from University of Wisconsin-Stout in 2012 (Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Management) she joined the GDC family to work directly in the design field with a concentration on human health and sustainability. Ms. Holtz has been recognized with several awards, notably, the ASID Emerging Professionals Top 5 Under 5 Award in 2015 and the USGBC Rising Star Award for 2016. Ms. Holtz has served as the Chair of ASID-WI Sustainability Advocacy Committee and currently serves on the advisory board for USGBC-WI, where she has expanded her many projects to focus on outreach including sustainability events, school presentations, and hands-on community service partnerships. In 2014, Ms. Holtz was instrumental in the introduction of the Re_Purposeful event through her involvement with ASID-WI. In 2017, NTE began running the Re_Purposeful event directly under her valuable leadership.


Andrew Pace

Andrew Pace is the founder and owner of the Green Design Center® in Waukesha, WI. He launched the company in 1992 as Safe Building Solutions ®, a division of Mitchell Pace & Associates, a family owned business that serves the commercial and industrial building market. Green Design Center® is now the premiere retailer of green and healthy home building and improvement products and consulting in Wisconsin, and a major national distributor of green home improvement products. Green Design Center® currently operates their own retail location in Waukesha, and has 8 GDC Trade partners throughout the Midwest.

Pace has been a materials consultant for numerous LEED®, NAHB®, Healthy Child Healthy World® and Green Built Homes® projects throughout his career.

Pace has become a nationally recognized expert on green and healthy building products. Along with being profiled in numerous publications, Pace has authored several articles about the construction of healthy homes, which have been published in regional and national magazines, such as Environmental Design & Construction, Ecological Home Ideas, and Paint Dealer magazines. Pace is a columnist and serves as an editorial advisor for Green Building Product Dealer magazine. In 2008, Pace launched a new green building product rating system called Degree of Green®, which has already been featured in numerous national publications. Degree of Green® is being used by retailers and manufacturers alike to educate consumers and eliminate confusion within the green building realm.

Pace regularly shares his knowledge through online forums and blogs covering green and healthy home improvement and building topics. Further, his insights have been chronicled in print publications such as Home Improvement Magazine, InBusiness Magazine, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee Business Journal, Small Business Times, and others.

An avid speaker on the regional and national level, Pace has lent his expertise in the field of technical product knowledge to the National Healthy Homes Conference, Paint and Decorating Contractors Association, Construction Specifications Institute, National Hardware Manufacturers Association, Southern Building Materials Assoc, as well as numerous regional conferences and presentations. Pace is a regular lecturer at numerous interior design schools throughout the Midwest.

His successful business ventures illustrates his strong understanding of the green and healthy products market. In 2016, Pace launched Nontoxic Environments, Inc., a nonprofit corporation dedicated to the education and avoidance of the many thousands of toxins and pollutants found in our homes and workspaces.

Pace is a past board member of the USGBC-WI Affiliate and is a two-time president of the Construction Specifications Institute-Milwaukee Chapter. In 2003, he received the Citation for Distinguished Service from the American Institute of Architects..



Callie Rutherford

With a passion for design and an enthusiasm for sustainable practices, Callie was excited to join the Re_Purposeful team in November 2014 as a student at UW-Madison. While interning at a small residential firm in Madison, Callie was already doing what Re_Purposeful had been created to do…she collected discontinued materials from the resource library, donated to a local sustainable business, who in turn helped distribute the materials to different programs throughout Madison. As Re_Purposeful grows exponentially each year, Callie finds relief knowing all of the materials collected have been diverted from landfills and are shared with great causes in the surrounding communities. With her third year participating in the event approaching in summer 2017, Callie is excited to share the event with the public as the Community Outreach Coordinator. She believes one of the best parts of the event is knowing the materials are helping community programs and crafters alike while also seeing what unconventional uses people come up with for the various materials.

As a current commercial interior designer in the greater Milwaukee area, Callie is always eager to share information about Re_Purposeful with her fellow designers and industry partners. She sincerely believes everyone (in the design industry and beyond) should do their part by trying their best to save as much from going into landfills as possible. In the meantime, she’s happy Re_Purposeful was created.



Kylie Osborne

Kylie graduated in 2015 with an Associate’s Degree in Interior Design from Waukesha County Technical College with high honors and currently sits on the college’s program advisory board. In additional to accomplishments earned while in school, she also took home a 2015 Emerging Professional Top 5 Under 5 Award for her involvement in the American Society of Interior Designers Wisconsin Chapter. Currently she works as the lead Kitchen Designer with FloorQuest, LLC. in Waukesha.