Create Plenty’s mission is moving forward thanks to board members, volunteers, and interns.


Su-Wen Chen has always had a strong interest in the environment growing up. After receiving her B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, she worked for several years designing consumer products for mass production. But throughout the years, she realized that she wanted to use her experience to do something meaningful, which for her meant finding ways to save our environment from the waste produced in this industrial world. She hopes to use her design and manufacturing experience to find a solution to waste instead of contributing to it.  In her spare time, she likes to travel, cook, work on house projects, do yoga, and play ultimate frisbee.


Amy Chovnick has been an adjunct faculty at Las Positas Community College since 2004 where she teaches an ecology course called Humans and The Environment as well as Human Biology. She holds a Master of Science in Applied Molecular Biology and worked in the Biotech industry for over 18 years, first in research and later in business development. She is also a volunteer project leader for a local 4H club where youth under her direction are raising awareness (not animals) though a service learning environmental stewardship project. She likes to challenge people to think and then inspire them to take action. In her spare time she likes to discover new creative ways to repurpose the materials that enter her life, knit, foster kittens and dabble in making fun educational videos. She wants to open up a store that sells locally made goods and has many ideas for stories she wants to write, and inventions to make the world more sustainable.

Salahuddin (Sal) Faruqui has years of experience in the high technology and medical devices industries. He started his career at Tektronix, where he managed supply chain functions ranging from new product introduction, production, materials and customer support. Ten years later he joined Coopers & Lybrand (PricewaterhouseCoopers) where his clients included Intel, Gateway 2000, and American Motors. After six years with Coopers, he came back to Tektronix as Director of Tektronix’s worldwide Customer Support organization. In 1999, Sal started a consulting firm – Faruqui & Associates, LLC. Faruqui & Associate’s customers include Columbia Sportswear, RS Medical, Tektronix, Credence Systems, Radisys, Mentor Graphics, Intevac, Summit Information System, In-Focus, FEI Company and Zonar Systems. Sal has a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a MS in Industrial Engineering.

Cheryl Lohrmann (Director)
was convinced she had to do something about the environment after planting a tree in 5th grade, having parents who gardened and did what they could to recycle, planning an herb garden in high school, noticing plastic bags flying through the winds of Chicago, wondering where her recycling went, and reading Garbageland by Elizabeth Royte and Gone Tomorrow by Heather Rogers. She started Leave No Plastic Behind in 2007 to help others to recognize the alternatives to this forever material. In 2009 LNPB became Create Plenty. She co-founded Create Plenty after 5 years experience in the non-profit environmental and art worlds, working as Membership Coordinator for Oregon Wild and Office Manager/Graphic Designer for the Northwest Film Center. She enjoys design, filmmaking, snacks, tending her garden for new ideas, and jogging around her neighborhood.

Allen Liff (Strategy and Development) bio coming soon

Here are a few of the people we appreciate for their time, resources and effort in connecting Create Plenty to a broader community.
Sarah Morgan, Portland State University
Amy Steel, Portland State University

Thanks to the following artists who have contributed their time and talents!
Bridget Benton
Tim Combs
Vicky DeKrey
…and many more.