Board of Directors

The Artisan’s Asylum Board of Directors is responsible for keeping Artisan’s Asylum fiscally and legally sound. The board generally addresses financial, contractual, legal, and liability issues.

More information on current directors and board activities available On Our Wiki.

Current Officers

Derek Seabury, President

Jonathan Card, Treasurer

David Markowitz, Secretary

Current Directors

Emily Garfield, Director
Emily is a Somerville based artist who creates intricate maps of imaginary places that explore the origins of cities and the function of maps themselves. She received her BA in Visual Arts from Brown University, where she also pursued studies in the brain’s response to art and aesthetic beauty through the Cognitive Science department. She has participated in exhibitions throughout the greater Boston area as well as New York and Philadelphia. Her work is in the collection of the Kamm Teapot Foundation as well as numerous private collections. Emily was the 2014 coordinator of Somerville Open Studios.

Paul Kassebaum, Director
Paul is a member of Artisan’s Asylum, where he organizes public events such as the Autonomous Fighting Robots Design Challenge, creates 3D printed mathematical structures, and teaches classes such as Introduction to Robotic Control Systems with Arduino and Simulink. Outside of Artisan’s Asylum, he works at MathWorks to engage the worldwide maker community. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics, M.S. in Physics, and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, as well as a Bachelors of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

Tom Sanfilipo, Director (Chair)
Tom’s professional background is software engineering, where for over 20 years he managed groups of up to 50 engineers, and have lead collaborative software projects between as many as 15 universities concurrently. He was the CTO for the Ohio State University, a research scientist for the Open Software Foundation Research Institute, and most recently a development manager for several products in the Microsoft Office suite. As a member of the Asylum Tom has worked to restore a scanning electron microscope to working order.

Drew van Zandt, Director
A Somerville based engineer and an artist, Drew also serves on the Board of the Firefly Arts Collective. He enjoys teaching electronics classes to folks of all ages and volunteers for various charities including the Animal Rescue League. Drew is on the staff of the Arisia, a large local convention, and Pi-con.

William Zimmer, Director
Bill has a background is in math and computer science and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago whiletrying to figure what to be when he grew up. He build furniture and software with equal enthusiasm and is currently working on a robot that balances on a basketball. Bill has worked in different management roles in fortune 500 and smaller companies since the 1970’s and founded one of the pioneering Usability Research groups at Digital Equipment Corp. He feels his greatest accomplishment is one he had the least control of: his children and grandchildren.

Former Directors & Officers

  • Gui Cavalcanti, Director & President
  • Benjamin Linder, Director & Secretary
  • Jimmie Rodgers, Director
  • Jenn Martinez, Director & Treasurer
  • Aaron Falk, Director (Chair)
  • Calvin Domenico, Director
  • Mimi Graney, Director & Treasurer
  • Jesse Baer-Kahn, Director
  • Carolyn Emberley, Secretary
  • K. Gretchen Greene, Director (Chair)
  • Rahul Bhargava, Director
  • W. Aaron Waychoff, Director (Chair)
  • Molly Rubenstein, President
  • Ellen Blackburn, Secretary
  • Lenny Foner, Director (Chair)
  • Lisa Goldstein, Director
  • James Dunn, Director
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