Meet the Board

 
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Jared Reynolds

I am the President at Making Matters NH and work on the Community and Economic Development team at UNH Cooperative Extension. I work with communities to improve quality of life, retain and grow local businesses, and revitalize downtowns. I became interested in creating livable communities and growing local economies while working in community health in rural Alaska and serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco. I saw the challenges many cities and towns faced and the vital role of citizen participation and good public policy in creating successful communities. At Making Matters NH my interest lies in entrepreneurship. I want to make the Concord region an innovative and vibrant economy and the best place to start and grow a business
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Sandra May

I currently serve as board Treasurer and Secretary and am heavily involved with planning and resource allocation in our various shops. I’m also delighted to be using my writing skills for policies and secretary stuff instead of drafting settlement evaluation memos for insurance claims, which was my past life. I was riveted by the idea of the makerspace the moment I heard about the mission to bring one to Concord, and hope to continue to document my own adventures in the various disciplines we host. I dabble in quilt and dressmaking, framing, and web pages. Personal projects currently include training for a half marathon in state #23, trying to wear out my two adventure-loving dogs, learning simple joining, and maybe making some more videos for the space.

Superpower: mudding drywall

Guilty pleasure: reading advice columns.

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Jen Cook

I am a Concord resident with a 35-year tenure in the NH Developmental Disabilities and Brain Injury Service System, including 12 years as a Case Management Supervisor, then as Director of Vocational Services for the Community Bridges Area Agency. My knowledge includes community organizing, resource development, organizational behavior and project management.

Although I currently am self-employed as a NH Department of Education Office of Vocational Rehabilitation-contracted Job Developer helping people with an array of disabilities find, secure and maintain employment, I am also a trainer on a variety of business topics such as Lean Process Improvement and Employment as well as a contracted Case Manager for several individuals experiencing disability.

I am interested in community organizing which involves developing scholarship opportunities for area residents as well as general promotional prospects. I believe in the Making Matters philosophy!

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Ron Merrill

I was introduced to MMNH through my daughter Joanna Puza, who, among many other qualities, is a gifted photographer and gardener. I am particularly taken by many of the concepts promoted at MMNH, as they align deeply with my core values and beliefs. Teaching trade/craft skills in varied media, community involvement with varied age groups of diverse backgrounds, and working together with other community resources to provide a fun, interesting, educational, useful, beneficial, worthwhile… ( need I go further? ) experience for our members.

As for myself, I am a woodworker who has been honing my skills for the last 50+ years, the last 10 in a beautiful shop that meets all of my needs. It is a self-perpetuating disease that I have... Always needing to improve and always expecting my next project to be my best, then working forward with that in mind.

I bring my energy to the Board with a commitment to wise management and responsible practice. Previous Board memberships have been with The Friend's Program and with The Granite State Symphony.

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Andrew Heath

I am an artist raised in NH focusing on printmaking, photography, and sculpture. My work focuses on art’s ability to speak to others’ harder to describe emotions in the hope to encourage a bit of empathy. This branches out to my interest in fostering arts appreciation and education to the greater community that I find myself in.

I hope to bring my experience working in and with other similar makerspace and shop groups to help make Making Matters an exciting space to create, explore, and learn for the Greater Concord area. I see New Hampshire being an important place for creative people to make major works of importance, and I wish to be a part of that moment.

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Bill Yacopucci

Like many, my maker life began with Legos. I would follow the instructions to learn but would soon “off-road” and make my own stuff. I’ve been doing so ever since. From general home repairs and improvements to building a Murphy bed from scratch I’m not afraid to dive in. If something of mine stops working, I like to take it apart and see if I can fix it.With inadequate opportunities in education for many NH communities, I became interested in makerspaces as a means of leveling the playing field. If everyone had the same opportunities to create and learn we could solve the world’s problems. Makerspaces can have life-changing implications for young and old alike. I look forward to my continued involvement with Making Matters NH My board experience includes the Boston Chapter of the American Society of Industrial Security. Locally, I was on the Juvenile Diversion Board for Merrimack County, and the board of the Franklin Opera House. I am a current member of the Franklin Outing Club’s board.

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Ben Braggins

I am a local maker, laser enthusiast, and chainmaille jeweler. Formally trained in mechanical engineering, I dabble a bit in many mediums and have a passion for our space infrastructure as well as making the space as inclusive as possible for folks of every skill level and background. Starting when I was young and taking everything in the house apart, much to my parent’s frustration when I took apart the VCR, my interests have shifted over the years to making new creations to improve everyday life. And mom, I’ve upped my reassembly success rate to around 80%!

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