Team Staff Devin MontgomeryFounder & Executive DirectorDevin is a product developer and entrepreneur. He has built small software and consumer product businesses, serves as a Board Member for JURIST, and has managed federal grants for Habitat for Humanity. He has a JD and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. Alexis CalderoEducation ManagerAlexis is a designer, craftsperson and educator. She has served as the Artistic Director and Furniture Designer for George Nakashima Woodworkers and as a Woodworking Instructor for Prototype PGH and Workshop PGH. She has a BFA in Industrial Design from Carnegie Mellon University. Remington BrooksOperations CoordinatorRemy is a graphic designer and project manager. They have led gallery management and art installation teams at the August Wilson Center and event planning and operations for the Three Rivers Arts Festival. They have a BFA in Photography from Point Park University. Instructors Adam NelsonDesign & Wood TurningAdam Nelson is the founder of Daggerfish Gear. He designs high quality handcrafted outdoor recreational products. Cord MerrellFabrication & WoodworkingCord Merrell is a multi-disciplinary maker with years of experience. He’s eager to share the lessons he’s learned along the way. Karen KocherBlacksmithing & MetalKaren Kocher is part blacksmith, part fabricator, and full-time artist. She makes warm, joyful pieces using a mix of traditional and makeshift tools. Lauren Karran3D Printing & DesignLauren Karran is a general tinkerer. She brings a broad range of making experience and works with a variety of material. Lizzee SolomonLasers & GraphicsLizzee Solomon is a Pittsburgh-based artist. She makes vibrant, accessible, comic-inspired art in a variety of media. Nathan BrooksCNC Embroidery & Design Nathan Brooks is the founder of Rebel Bred Clothing. He creates locally crafted streetwear enlaced with spirituality, culture and history. Roderick RamseyGraphic Design & PrintRoderick Ramsey is the Founder of Ocular Arcade. He makes vibrant, powerful art inspired by history and current events from a global lens. Sarah NielsenWoodworking & DesignSarah Nielsen is a Pittsburgh-based artist. She makes warm, eclectic, works in wood from her shop in Lawrenceville. Valerie HildenbrandTextiles & LasersValerie Hildenbrand is the founder of Grove Avenue Design. She makes intricate art that combines traditional techniques with new technology. Board of Directors Kathryn KellyChairpersonKathryn is a project manager and educator. She is the North America Product Training Lead for Panopto. She has a BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University. Angelica CiranniVice-Chairperson Angelica is a building science expert and sustainability advocate. She is the Director of Sustainability at Advantus Engineers. She has a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Joshua RolonTreasurer Josh is an urban planning expert and self-described urban nerd. He is a Planner at the City of Pittsburgh’s Office of Management & Budget, Community Development Division. He has a BS in Urban and Regional Planning from Cornell University. Benjamin SaksSecretary Ben is a product designer, teacher, and business consultant. He is the founder of KerfCase LLC, a design and manufacturing studio dedicated to precision, fine craftsmanship, and natural materials. He has a Bachelor in Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University. Adam KenneyDirector Adam is a nonprofit development expert and glassmaker. He is the Director of the Craft Business Accelerator at Bridgeway Capital and previously served as the Executive Director of Touchstone Center for Crafts. He has a Master of Art Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Leigh Solomon PuglianoDirector Leigh is an entrepreneur, educator, and steelpan drum evangelist. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Barrels to Beethoven and the Director of Opportunity at New Sun Rising. She studied Urban Studies and Communications at the University of Pittsburgh.