Interim Executive Director
Molly Rubenstein joined the Artisan’s Asylum staff in July of 2011. First working as volunteer Outreach Coordinator and then Director of Operations, she is honored to be serving now as Interim Executive Director. Molly’s professional background is in community organizing, education, and the performing arts — she seeks out systems through which a community of people can explore new things and engage in a common vision. Her previous work with the public policy initiative Workplace Flexibility 2010 strengthened her conviction that there should be other options available for professionals than the standard 9-5 job; she’s excited to help makers and fabricators of all kinds find ways of supporting themselves through their creative work. Molly is a graduate of Yale University with a degree in Linguistics that she likes to find creative uses for in her day-to-day life.
With 12 years in the financial world as an accountant, manager and business owner, Dmitri enjoys prolonged walks in the desert and drinking pina-coladas under the stars. He graduated from UMass Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management with a degree in Finance and Information Systems and specializes in making crazy projects financially possible. Dmitri is also involved in running camp Covered-In-Bees at Burning Man and enjoys practicing his leatherworking, woodworking and metalworking skills as his artistic mediums.
We’re excited to welcome Rob Masek to the team as our new facilities manager. Rob is an engineer, technician, and educator with a passion for fighting robots and clean aisles. He owns and operates Black Swan Robotics, LLC, and teaches several types of fabrication and digital design. Rob also competed on Comedy Central’s BattleBots three times, and has produced and run several robotics competitions (including several US FIRST Robotics competitions and a home-brewed robot combat event called Pound of Pain). Most recently, he worked at Paperless Parts and Rapid Sheetmetal, serving as an equipment technician and production engineer.
Member Services Coordinator
Jessica Muise is a rockstar arts administrator, dancer/choreographer, educator, and permaculturalist. Her recent professional experience includes customer service, supplier operations and human resources for the Boston-based e-commerce start-up Wayfair.com, and operations management for the Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Admissions Office. She has also worked for over five years in administration and development for arts and social justice focused non-profits, including National Choreography Month, Waltham Fields Community Farm and Green Street Studios. She is currently the artistic director of Intimations Dance and founder of Our Permaculture Trip, combining the arts and permaculture in education projects for healing and transformation.
Programs & Marketing Coordinator
Brian Johnson is excited to bring his event management, organizational, and technological skills to the Artisan’s Asylum. During his 20 years in information technology, he developed a commitment to documentation, education, and organization that has served him equally well in the large-scale event management, social media and marketing, teaching and training, and small business development that has occupied much of his recent years. He has started his own business, worked with local non-profits, managed the IT/IS systems for a division of Sony, been the Community Manager for an indie video game company… and much more. Among other things, Brian enjoys model railroading, building starship bridges, and replicating overly complex movie props. He is very happy to have a job whose commute involves riding his bike. After eight months of involvement with Artisan’s Asylum as a volunteer and member, he is a firm believer in the Asylum community and mission, and can’t wait to use his varied skill set to widen the awareness of the amazing things being accomplished here, and to support the growing community.