Creativity
Competence
Experience

Timeline

Present

2021

2020

2019

2012

Founder - Makers on a Boat

 2021 - Present

 

Working on bridging the digital divide between makers and boaters in the United States and Mexico.

  • Work with communities, artists, and teachers in underprivileged communities.
  • Teach boaters digital design skills so they can design and make parts in remote areas.
  • Create open source designs for others to use freely.
  • Work with social media influencers for sales of products.

Co-Founder / Vice President of the Board - Nation of Makers

 2016 - Present

 

Help maker organizations amplify the passion, innovation, creativity, and diversity of the maker community, to maximize both local and global
impact.

 

  • 1 of 8 chosen by the Obama White House to transition its Nation of Makers initiative into a stand-alone non-profit organization. Completed the transition in only 4 months.
  • Support the executive director, staff, and the board to oversee the direction of the organization.
  • Help produce and hold a yearly conference hosting over 400 makerspace leaders from across the United States. Created multiple virtual conference spaces for our events as well.
  • Partnered with other maker organizations in 2020 to bring together over 42,000 individuals and 1,869 response groups to create Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for hospitals, medical staff, first responders, and more. In 2020, over 48,000,000 pieces of PPE were created worth over $271,000,000 was created in over 86 countries.
  • Worked with the FDA to find new processes to test and approve new designs of PPE for emergency use.

Event Manager - Maker Faire

 2013 - Present

 

Maker Faire has been dubbed "The Greatest Show and Tell on Earth!" It's a place for creative people to show off the things they have made.

 

  • Orchestrate teams for outreach, layout, funding, volunteer coordination, and more. Grown most events 15% each year.
  • Launched a "Producer in Residence" program at Maker Faire Orlando that brings in directors of other faires to learn and share knowledge. This program has been adopted by many other faires.
  • Co-wrote an open source website for capturing applications to the events. Produced +16 events across the United States.
  • Regularly worked with +150 exhibitors and +10,000 attendees.

IT Consultant - Cranston IT

 2012 - 2021

 

Worked with and managed many large companies IT solutions. Worked with large scale Mac/PC integration.

 

  • Worked with and managed many large companies IT solutions.
  • Lead and created custom curriculum for training.
  • Directed teams across multiple large companies to ensure smooth rollouts.
  • Build roadmaps for complex network implementations across multiple sites.
  • Automated Mac and PC integrations in networking environments.

Board of Directors - Millvale Library

 2018 - 2020

 

A community center that features Pittsburgh’s first tool lending library as well as a makerspace.

 

  • Supported the executive director, staff, and the board to oversee the direction of the library.
  • Hired a new Executive Director.
  • Partnered with the makerspace director to write curriculums for use in the space as well as in high schools.
  • Found for opportunities for grant funding and community outreach.

Founder / Executive Director - HackPGH

2013 - 2019

 

Pittsburgh's First Makerspace focused on giving people access to tools, skills, and community.

 

  • Rebuilt HackPGH, Pittsburgh's first makerspace so that it yielded a ten fold increase in revenue and a sustainable ecosystem.

  • Grew the community three fold and more than doubled it's space and tooling.

  • Drafted training and curriculums for classes.

  • Charted outreach and external events with local and national organizations. One example being; Hosted a National Manufacturing Day conference in 2017. An event attended by many, including the City of Pittsburgh and the Secretary of Pennsylvania.

  • Chaired an initiative with local government to rebuild a city park in an underprivileged area, changing it into a smart park.

  • Created pathways for stakeholders to grow their skills, find higher paying jobs, and further their education.

Genius - Apple

2007 - 2012

 

Helped lead multiple store openings while actively mentoring employees. Managed the servers and security systems in the store. Regularly visited and supported other stores. Worked on repairing and finding the right solutions for customers and their machines.

Education

What’s Up?! Pittsburgh

 Inclusion, Diversity and Racial Justice

 2018 - 2019

  • Working and Healing to Abolish Total Supremacy Undermining Privilege – Anti-Racism and Racial Justice

Pittsburgh Technical College

 Specialized Computer and Network Technology (A)

 2001 - 2003

 

 

Other Passions

Sailing

 

I have been sailing around the Sea of Cortez on and off since March of 2021. It's been spectactular visiting remote places, connecting with others, and sharing knowledge.

Design


I enjoy digial design and often design things for myself and share them for free with the world.

 

Music


I play the piano, violin, uke, guitar, and theremin. I also enjoy DJing electronic music.