Jason Peppers first visited the Makerspace in March 2014, where he was introduced to the Arduino, a single board computer at the heart of the maker movement. This sparked a passion for computer programming and robotics, which he eagerly pursued. Within a few months, his love of the creative environment at the Makerspace and its community of broadly talented makers led to his regularly spending 60 hours per week at the space. Jason’s marathon programming projects at the Makerspace have spawned a budding career for him as a developer of embedded software, web applications, and mobile applications.
Jason’s contributions to the organization began in a volunteer capacity. This led to his being appointed to the Shop Manager position in August 2014. Jason was elected President of the Rochester Makerspace by the Board of Directors in January 2016. In his first year in this role, he oversaw the growth of the organization from 52 members to 101 members.
In 2017, Jason hopes to add work areas for maker disciplines not yet represented at the space and to guide the acquisition of advanced prototyping equipment. He is also seeking to provide higher level training courses for members and to assist with community workforce development through skilled trades training.
Francisca Banahene is the Vice President of Operations at the Rochester Makerspace and has been a volunteer for about a year and a half. She received her BA in Actuarial Science, BS in Economic Analysis and MS in Systems Science at Binghamton University. She loves taking dance lessons at Tango Café (tango, salsa, blues, east coast swing and samba) and frequently attends dance events across the state. Francisca appreciates visiting new countries around the world and venturing into new types of cuisine. She enjoys planning and organizing events for the Makerspace community, develops and implements safety and internal structural procedures at the Rochester Makerspace, and is happy to help makers tap into their design capability with the Silhouette Cutter machine.
Jill Freeman is a philanthropic consultant with twenty years of experience driving positive social impact. She is a skilled strategist, facilitator, project designer, and fundraiser who brings clarity to complex projects.
Jill has spent the past six years consulting with familiar social good organizations like the National Park Conservation Association and the Aspen Institute, as well as small nimble funders and nonprofits. She is particularly interested in fostering ingenuity and driving prosperity in Rochester, and works with enterprising nonprofits on impact investing and capacity building efforts.
Prior to consulting, Jill served as the VP of the Global Philanthropy Forum, a prominent convener of philanthropic leaders seeking cutting-edge giving strategies. She also travelled the country leading civic engagement conversations for the Harwood Institute, a national thought-leader on community building.
Jill has a master’s in international relations from Johns Hopkins University SAIS and a bachelor’s in public relations from San Jose State University in California.
Karin Staples has been affiliated with the Rochester Makerspace since October 2014. She is most proud of introducing various free community art, craft, and maker exhibitions to the space. This December’s event, the Sunday Artists and Makers Expo, will be the ninth show in the past two years. These shows bring together commercial and hobbyist artists with the general public to celebrate unique maker creations. She has also spearheaded the unique Wall Art for a Purpose challenge event. These annual events, which highlight the Rochester Makerspace’s participation in the National Maker Week, gather donated hangable art, photos, and crafts. All items are given to residents of the local YWCA. Karin brings a splash of canvassed color to the Makerspace, helping it grow and thrive in unique ways.
Karin has a B.S. in Recreation Program Management from Michigan State University. She has served on the Rochester Makerspace Board of Directors since 2015
Mike Doolin is an original member of the Makerspace and has been a Board Director for about a year and a half. He is an Adjunct Professor of English at both MCC and RIT, and teaches writing classes at both colleges. He has a dual-major BBA in Marketing and Advertising and an MA in Writing, and has been a professional writer for nearly 50 years. His hobbies include ham radio (KC2TP), taking trumpet and flugelhorn lessons at the Eastman School of Music, and designing and making wood jewelry for his jewelry company, Ann’s Cool Wood Jewelry.
Mike is often consulted about the Makerspace wood shop and periodically helps maintain its equipment and capabilities. He helped design the mandatory Safety Orientation at the Makerspace, and when time permits, periodically teaches it to new members.
Pat Rapp works at the Fairport Public Library, where she has served as Secretary to the Board of Trustees for over 21 years. She is one of the primary co-organizers of the tremendously successful annual Rochester Mini Maker Faire. Her involvement at the annual Burning Man Festival also highlights an eclectic range of maker movement endeavors, including five years of participation with a build crew creating science-based art and four years of volunteering with Burning Man's Art Department. She is actively involved with the new Nation of Makers organization, networking with organizers of maker faires and makerspaces throughout the nation in an effort help Rochester thrive at the center of the maker movement.
Pat has been involved at a high level in the operations of the Rochester Makerspace for about two years. During that time, she has organized and promoted many popular and successful classes at the space. She has also organized and participated in many successful field trips at the Makerspace for area schoolchildren. Since January 2016, Pat has served as Chairperson of the Rochester Makerspace Board of Directors.
Rob Storms has been a member of the Makerspace since 2013, has served on the board since 2014, and has provided equipment to help outfit the electronics, 3D printing, and storage areas. With a lifetime of electronics troubleshooting experience and self employment as co-owner of a music store, he is eager to share his knowledge with anyone who will listen. Rob is the manager of our electronics bench work area and gives regular orientation classes on its use. He is retired and thus has the time and flexibility to help with many duties required to help run the space. He is committed to the growth and success of the Rochester Makerspace… and he supplies a freezer kept full of free ice cream bars.