Meet the Board
Laura Miller, founding member and Board President, spends her day-job hours at Marketplace New England, a gift shop she started in 2015 to offer emerging local artists a place to showcase their work. She started dreaming about maker space and business incubators a dozen years ago while helping her daughter, Jenn, start her own business. After starting three of her own, Laura loves guiding others getting started, especially people with disabilities or other intensive support needs. In addition to Making Matters NH, Laura also serves on the boards of two non-profit community organizations: The Friends Program and the Zonta Club of Concord. In her spare time, she loves to attend as many concerts as possible- basically anywhere she can put her dancing shoes on! In her next life she wants to either be either a professional dog walker and trainer or, travel around to blues music festivals with a gourmet ice cream truck.
Personal pronouns: She, Her
Personal descriptives: facilitator, connector, dreamer, warrior for social justice, animal lover, believer in unlimited possibilities, beach dwelling wannabe.
Jessica is a self-proclaimed dreamer and crusader, dedicated to helping others. An event planner by trade, Jessica specializes in nonprofit and community events through her business JLiv Inspirations. At Creating Community, Jessica organizes events, projects and initiatives, that build community, especially related to arts and culture.
As the director of the Concord Multicultural Festival, Jessica has found a passion for fostering an inclusive and welcoming community for all. Through the Festival and her role on the Welcoming Concord Immigrant Integration Initiative as co-chair of the Arts and Agriculture committee, Jessica works on opportunities to empower new Americans through arts, agriculture and culinary ventures. This work gave Jessica the inspiration for a makerspace with a community kitchen, something that was lacking in the Concord community, but could open up many possibilities for the new American population.
In her “spare time,” Jessica is busy with her four children - two teenagers and two toddlers - and her husband, to whom she is forever indebted for putting up with all of her crusades.
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Jared is the Treasurer at Making Matters NH and works on the Community and Economic Development team at UNH Cooperative Extension. He works with communities to improve quality of life, retain and grow local businesses, and revitalize downtowns. Jared 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. He 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 Jared’s interest lies in entrepreneurship. He wants to make the Concord region an innovative and vibrant economy and the best place to start and grow a business.
Sandra May, our board Secretary, is currently involved in the Outreach and Fundraising groups. After 25 years of drafting settlement evaluation memos for insurance claims, Sandra is delighted to be using her writing skills on our blog posts instead. She was riveted by the idea of the makerspace the moment she heard about the mission to bring one to Concord, and hopes it will be a busy gathering space for the skilled and the clumsy, the dabbler and the artisan.
When not tracking down bugs in other people's software Sandra is busy training for her next half marathon (next up state number 22!), working out the kinks in a piece of classical piano music, or trying to wear out her two dogs, Wade and Logan. Once our makerspace is up and running she wants to continue facing her fears of power tools.
Superpower: taping and mudding drywall joints.
Guilty pleasure: reading advice columns.
Gary has been one of the early and most passionate proponents for making in New Hampshire. No stranger to service, he has also been integral at the Concord Chamber of Commerce and the Concord Rotary. When not assisting on boards, he has been known to drive trailerfuls of band equipment for 130 students cross country turn out magic wands on his travelling lathe, and grill up masses of cheesesteaks for hungry work crews and students.
Bio coming soon...
Nancy's knowledge of what makes for an engaging grant application has been invaluable to us. Having years of experience at a STEM nonprofit, she has gained a love for makers, creators, and retrofitters. She currently serves as Executive Director of the Friends Program where she oversees diverse mentoring programs.
Lisa’s initiatives as Coordinator of the Business Training and Workforce Development Center at NHTI dovetail with our mission to help drive small business creation, entrepreneur education and innovation in the Concord area. Lisa is also the Creative Energizing Owner of It's Your Journey, a professional organization offering inspiring workshops, retreats and coaching in communications, mindfulness ,creative expression & life transitions. We have been grateful to NHTI for its incubation of our 1MillionCups initiative and to Lisa finding space for our expanded board to gather this year.