Staff & Board

Current Staff

Derek SeaburyExecutive Director

Derek SeaburyDerek hasn’t let degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science or years of IT and Business Process consulting sway him from his delight in teaching. He led the community in building the Asylasaur laser cutter and managed the Digital Fabrication Lab prior to taking the helm of the Asylum. As Executive Director he hopes to educate, inspire and enable the community while evolving business operations to ensure the long term success of the institution.
Derek has been a SCUBA instructor, award nominated set designer, film financier and world traveler and teaches a variety of Asylum classes.

Phone: 617-284-6878 x 102 | Email: ed@

Office Hours: Wednesdays 4:30-6:30pm Sign up here!

Jessica MuiseMember Services & Outreach

Jessica Muise is a rockstar arts administrator, dance artist and educator interested in creating space for transformative educational experiences. As Member Services Manager, she is thrilled to provide the administrative and systems support that enables the membership to do what they do best: make. She has worked for almost ten years in administration and development for arts and social justice focused non-profits, including DNAWorks, Green Street Studios, OnStage Dance Company, Waltham Fields Community Farm and Permaculture FEAST. Her recent professional experience includes customer service, supplier operations and human resources for the Boston-based e-commerce start-up Wayfair, and operations management for the Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Admissions Office.

Phone: 617-284-6878 x 103   | email: member-services@, outreach@

Office Hours: Wednesdays 6-8pm, and by appointment. Sign up here!


Tom Vancor – Facilities

my imageTom holds a diverse background in design, engineering, business, and sociology. His past experience includes engineering work and design, programming, web design, and project administration. He has also sat on the board of directors at MakeIt Labs, a makerspace in southern NH. As the Facilities Manager at Artisan’s Asylum, Tom’s goal is to guarantee the organization’s capabilities are well maintained, in terms of maintaining existing infrastructure, providing organizational support to shop leads, and providing assistance in community coordination activities.

Phone: 617-284-6878 x 108 | Email: facilities@

Office Hours: Mondays 4-6pm, Fridays 1-3pm, and by appointment. Sign up here!


Kate GormleyEducation

Kate is honored by the opportunity to be augmenting the Artisan’s Asylum team managing its Education Program – her passion for assisting people fulfill their higher potential is well aligned with the mission of the Asylum. Her background of several years in the food and beverage service industry balances her professional administrative skill set that has supported, amongst other things, an investment banking firm, a community newspaper conglomerate’s ad traffic desk, and a neurorehablititative robotic company. She was a member and front desk volunteer for 2+ years in advance of her employ working for the Asylum.

Phone: 617-284-6878 x 105 | Email: teach@

Office Hours: Tuesdays 7 – 9pm and by appointment. Sign up here!


Timothea PhamOffice Coordinator

After being a part of the Artisan’s Asylum team for her Northeastern University Co-Op, she is excited to be returning as Office Coordinator. This position will allow her to further support the staff by helping them with accounts, payments, preparing payroll, and assisting in whatever needs to be done to help Artisan’s run smoothly. Timothea has previously worked in estate liquidation, law, education support overseas, and fashion, all fields that she has learned a great deal from. As she wraps up her final semester at Northeastern University with a BA in Communication Studies, she wants to continue to follow her passion of helping working people achieve a higher quality of life whether that be through the arts, community organizing, or through other means.

Current Officers

Jason Kuehl, President

Jonathan Card, Treasurer

Andrew Hatzung, Secretary

The Artisan’s Asylum Board of Directors is responsible for keeping Artisan’s Asylum fiscally and legally sound. The board generally addresses ends policies and governance.

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

Current Directors

Emily Garfield, Director (-2017)
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.

Drew van Zandt, Director (-2017)
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.

Rachel O’Neil(-2018)

Michael Shia (Appointed 2016)