The Remainders Team consists of passionate and dedicated women in the Pasadena area.


Robin Cox, Executive Director

Robin is the founder of Remainders Creative Reuse and holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Fine Arts and Graphic Design. She is a prolific artist in mixed media and brings over 20 years of experience in Art Education to Remainders. Her extensive knowledge of interior space planning and retail merchandising comes from having been an integral member of a successful family design business. She teaches for Options for Youth Independent Study and Academic Recovery program in Pasadena and is very active in women's arts organizations throughout LA County.

Robin oversees the operations of Remainders which include warehouse and workshop spaces, organization of in kind donations, managing teaching artists and designing creative reuse workshops. Her commitment to providing materials and art education to people of all ages and income levels is at the core of Remainders' mission. She has been married to her best friend for 35 years and has three incredibly creative adult children, artists in their own rights. 


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Cynthia Simmons

Cynthia was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She began taking dance classes at an early age and loved it. After high school Cynthia earned her degree in journalism and continued her love of theater and performing. She then became active in community events, radio and television programming, non-profit organizational activities and teaching. She taught at Bright Future Child Development Center in Compton, California and spent college summers introducing three and four year olds to ballet and tap, culminating each session with a themed performance. Cynthia's love of teaching has brought her to many settings, teaching many subjects: American Literature, Theory of Knowledge, philosophy at Lycée International School of Los Angeles; Vegan Cooking at Kanzeonji Buddhist Temple; Cooking, Dance and Drama at Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Summer Camp. 

In addition to being a yoga and dance instructor at City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks, Cynthia is a writer and entrepreneur, loves reading, going to plays, museums, galleries and performances, watching movies and spending time with friends. Cynthia is married and has three grown children all the loves of her life.


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Ceccily Bednash

Ceccily is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University with a Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Marriage and Family Therapy and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Studio Art.  She has been making art since childhood and her passion lies in developing and facilitating programming which allows for collaborative art making to be accessible to as many people as possible. Ceccily presented her master’s level research on Art Therapy and Neuroscience as a Model for Life Long Wellness at the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs and hopes to continue her research on the doctoral level. 

She holds positions as an art therapist working with adolescents at a residential facility in Malibu as well as a private practice in Playa Del Rey. She is the Creator and Founder of the Creative Wellness Institute which is a collaborative model of connecting like-minded independent contractors of arts based programming together in a united purpose.  She has implemented arts based programming in an elementary school, domestic violence shelter, adult day care facility, juvenile hall as well as a collaborating with a non-profit organization in San Miguel de Allende Mexico.


Amaris Cox

Amaris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and brings over 10 years of experience coordinating non-profit events and corporate conferences to Remainders. She is the controller and events director for Art & Logic, Inc. and as a founding board member, was responsible for setting up Remainders' accounting system and non-profit status. She does all of the event planning for Remainders which includes overseeing support staff for fundraising and community events. She maintains our social networking platforms and communication with partnering artists and organizations regarding events. She also speaks fluent Portuguese and is committed to giving access to the arts for ESL participants.


Barbara Masuyama

Barbara is a founding board member of Remainders Creative Reuse and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech & Drama and a Masters in Elementary Education. As a retired teacher, she brings over 15 years of experience to Remainders, specializing in ESOL and GATE.

Barbara coordinates all volunteers (which we could not do without), and contacts and maintains relationships with educators, schools, and district contacts. her enthusiasm for reaching children and teachers with what Remainders has to offer is amazing!


Hatsue Tashiro

Hatsue holds a Bachelor of Arts in Childhood Education and English Literature. She is the recipient of the Pace School of Education Service Award and Excellence in Research Award for Arts in Education. She is also a volunteer equestrian teacher for the disabled which reflects her commitment to serving people from all walks of life. As a founding board member, she is responsible for designing and implementing the early childhood programs at Remainders as well as maintaining Remainders' Etsy Shop for online fundraising.