Colorado maker community,
I would like to announce your nominees to our Board of Directors! The nominees below have stepping forward and are willing to commit to a position on the Colorado Maker Hub Board of Directors for our first two-year term from January 2018 through December 2019.
Our wish list for our board would be a broad and diverse representation of our Colorado maker community including: government entities, educational institutions, makers, space owners, group organizers, event organizers, program organizers and businesses. I feel we are off to a great start in this representation and to broaden the representation even further in November we will be initiating a call for another set of Board nominees for a two-year term. This will also provide the Hub an alternating set of Board members with a year overlap in terms.
At this time we are asking for a ‘vote of confidence’ to move forward with our nominees and for any feedback or concerns in the nominations.
Our intent is to hold our first Board meeting within the next month. In the first Board meeting a set of Bylaws that govern our non-profit and member community will be discussed and defined. The Board will also work towards approving a budget for 2018 and determine the first set of initiatives for the Hub. The Executive Director will fill the Chair position for the first term, but we may need to revise the previous direction that the Chair position will not have a vote on the Board since we will have an even number of board members.
I want to thank the following nominees again for stepping forward and I look forward to the journey together as we, as a community, all define, evolve and ramp up the Hub as a key enabler to the Colorado maker community.
I am Jeff Branson and I am a lifelong Maker. Through the course of my professional life, I have been a welder, machinist, carpenter, engineer, teacher and tech developer.
I have presented or run programming at Vermont Maker Faire, Bay Area Maker Faire, Austin Maker Faire, Denver Maker Faire and Las Vegas Maker Faire. I have substantial involvement in maker and hackerspaces across the country including Noisebridge(San Francisco), Solid-state Depot(Boulder), The 4th Floor(Chattanooga), Generator(Burlington VT), Tech Valley Center of Gravity(Troy NY), Columbus Idea Foundry(Columbus Ohio), Tech Shop Austin, Gangplank(Phoenix) and ATX (Portland).
I am currently involved in writing grant programs and content at the state and national level for 4H, The Boy Scouts of America, The National Science Foundation, The Vermont Department of Education, The NY State Department of Education, The Ohio State Department of Education and the California Department of Education.
My current projects include a home automation system, high altitude balloon launches and DIY motion controlled machine tools.
I am a firm believer that together we can do more, and hope to be a part of an organization that is working toward that goal.
My personal interests in the maker movement tend toward building and refurbishing furniture. My husband and I have built or refurbished several of the pieces in our house which extends to pieces into our yard and have repurposed many old kitchen drawers to jewelry boxes.
I have been a leader of the Pikes Peak Library District’s makerspaces for four years which in its infancy early on required researching and developing policies and procedures.
With this newer aspect of library services, I saw a need for a group of colleagues who could support each other and share ideas as we all went through uncharted territory. I was able to petition the Board of the Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) to allow for the creation of a new makerspace interest group in 2015 which has officially become a division of CAL in 2017 where I was elected Chair.
In my role at PPLD, I am also one of the core team that plans the annual Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire.
As a member of the Colorado Maker Hub board, I see myself representing libraries and the makerspace services available from those organizations. I can help to connect with library employees around the state through my position and my relationships with other librarians through the CAL Maker Division. I can also represent those who plan large maker-focused events, like the Mini Maker Faire.
A “maker of connections” who enjoys finding ways to help makers collaborate. I am constantly seeking out new makers from both traditional and nontraditional sources, and introducing them to our amazingly inclusive Colorado maker family.
I am also able to contribute knowledge from my own extensive background in the maker community. When I do not have experience in a particular area it is usually a good bet I know someone who does.
I initiated the Rocky Mountain Makerspace Summit with Elise VanDyne and have been a moderator of the event for the last two years. Nate Stone and I will be organizing the 2018 Summit.
I am currently a member of the Board of Directors for I Am A Maker to provide insight and help shape a startup geared at uniting the maker community.
I have been a Founding Member and Team Coordinator within the Nation of Makers. I was a coordinator of the Safety Team to disseminate information in the wake of the the Ghostship tragedy and an active member of Marketing Team. I am currently one of the State Ambassadors for Colorado for Nation of Makers.
As a leader within Denhac community I was a Board of Director and Denhac’s event coordinator for ComicCons (3x), STEAMFest (3x), Mini Maker Faire (6x), Maker Faire Denver and numerous STEAM events at local schools and community events.
I am particularly interested in making/tinkering in informal and formal education. I started my career as a nuclear physics researcher. However, while still in graduate school at the University of Colorado at Boulder I began working with David and France Hawkins, leaders of the education reform movement in the 1960’s and 70’s at the Mountain View Center for Environmental Education. I soon found that the intellectual challenges of learning were at least as formidable (and intriguing!) as those of nuclear physics. As I result, rather than pursuing research, I have focused on science education since completing my Ph.D.
I have been on the Resource Area For Teaching (RAFT) board for 8 years and spent a good deal of time thinking about repurposing materials for science and art learning.
I have worked closely with the Play-Invent-Explore (PIE) group in the tinkering studio when I was at the Exploratorium and am a strong advocate of their combination of science, technology and tinkering with art.
I believe I can be a representative for programs that enable educators through resources and techniques for maker education
I am the owner of iC³ Engineering, LLC which provides design and consulting for product design and manufacturing. I have over 20 yrs of experience in electronics/product manufacturing. I have a background of working with various military contractors to develop functional test systems.
I am the Managing Director for GJmakerspace in Grand Junction. GJmakerspace provides resources to help inventors, creatives, entrepreneurs, or others develop products with technology within a member community.
For over 15 years I was with Primus Technologies to design test equipment and processes to verify performance of the circuit cards assemblies built at Primus Technologies. I left Primus Technologies as a Mechatronics / Electronic Test Design Engineer.[Text Wrapping Break][Text Wrapping Break]At my college, Pennsylvania College of Technology, I was a Lab Instructor who taught students basic instrumentation usage and troubleshooting techniques for real world applications. My degree fis EET in Electronic Engineering.
As a serial entrepreneur and business ‘maker’, I seek new opportunities provided by using disruptive and innovative areas of technology and manage my business visions accordingly. I am the founder and owner of a technology consulting and delivery organization (SmartSource Management), a software-as-a-service startup (IAMCompare.com), and a co-makerspace in Westminster (SolderWorks). I also served as the virtual Vice President of IT for a mid-cap, publicly traded semiconductor design and manufacturing company based in New England.
Being an owner of multiple, successful businesses for over 10 years, I strive to map and leverage new technology (hardware and software) to provide innovative value propositions. I appreciate the value of developing quick-turn prototypes and tinkering to accelerate solution design and manage execution risk.
As the Founder of SolderWorks, I want to provide representation both to and from the business professional community. I am passionate about fostering relationships with everyone, from the budding maker to the professional manufacturer, to realize what this ‘maker movement’ has created.