Derek 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 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. Outside of the Asylum, she is currently the artistic director of Intimations Dance and on the Artists Committee of National Choreography Month.
Phone: 617-284-6878 x 103 | email: member-services@
Office Hours: Tuesdays 1-3pm, Wednesdays 6-8pm, and by appointment. Sign up here!
Tom 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 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 auspiciously aligned with the mission of the Asylum. Her background of almost a decade of bartending in NYC informs her professional administrative skill set with paramount chaos management capabilities. Prior to joining the staff, she’s had Asylum experience from the inside out with 2+ years of regular Front Desk Volunteership and institutional membership within the Friendship and Unicorn Creative Collective. She first experienced working with A2’s instructors as a student: she has enjoyed taking several classes here including Jewelry, Screen Printing and Investment Casting, to name a few. She’s had the honor of helping to represent the Asylum at the World Maker Faire 2014, Amanda Palmer’s “The Art of Asking” book tour event in Boston, as well as in house during Open Studio events.
Phone: 617-284-6878 x 105 | Email: teach@
Office Hours: Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm and by appointment. Sign up here!
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.
Jason Kuehl, President
Jonathan Card, Treasurer
Andrew Hatzung, Secretary
More information on current directors and board activities available On Our Wiki.
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.
William Zimmer, Director (Appointed Nov 2014-16)
Bill has a background is in math and computer science and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago while trying 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.