Staff & Board

Current Staff

Lars Hasselblad Torres, Executive Director

Lars is an artist, writer, educator and entrepreneur with a passion arts-driven economic development. Lars has created and led coworking and makerspaces in Vermont as well as the state’s Backpacker Guide to creativity. In the fall of 2017, with a grant from the Democracy Fund, Lars traveled 14,000 miles around the country interviewing Americans about the ways our democratic aspirations are represented in the arts. He has served as Director of Vermont’s Office of the Creative Economy, as an Innovation Prize Advisor to the US Agency for International Development, lead designer and head of MIT’s Global Challenge, and director of AmericaSpeaks’ Democracy Lab for innovation and research. In his down time Lars is a collage and mixed media artist; he has been working over the last fifteen years to develop the, which Global Peace Tiles Project in partnership with communities around the world. An avid reader, walker of woods, and board game enthusiast, Lars serves on the board of AYWA International and is mentor for the Mentor Capital Network.

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!

Anne Wright Education

Anne is a performer, culinary artist and educator, and arts administrator. She worked for an art non-profit in New York implementing arts programs and curriculum in K-8 schools across the city. After completing her Masters in Arts in Education from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, she went on to become a corporate trainer helping staff to enhance their work practice. When not at Artisan’s Asylum, you can find her leading Tipsy Chocolate Tours in Boston or teaching her signature Tipsy Truffle Making classes.

Phone: 617-284-6878 x 113 | Email: teach@

Office Hours: Tuesdays 2 – 4pm and by appointment. Sign up here!

Timothea PhamCommunications, Outreach and Volunteers

After being a part of the Artisan’s Asylum team for her Northeastern University Co-Op, she is excited to be returning as a part of the staff. This will allow her to further support the staff by helping them with accounts, internal and external communications, events, outreach and whatever needs to be done to help Artisan’s run smoothly. Timothea has previously worked in estate liquidation, law, education support overseas, fashion, and arts administration all fields that she has learned a great deal from. Now a recent graduate from Northeastern University, 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.

Phone: 617-284-6878 x 107 | Email: timothea@artisansasylum.com

Office Hours: by appointment.

Tim Butterworth, Operations

Tim has been coming to the Asylum since 2012, and has been a member since 2014. He started as Operations Manager in March of 2018.

Office Hours: Wednesdays from 3 – 6 pm and by appointment. Sign up here!

Current Officers

Tom Lynch
, Treasurer

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

Rachel O’Neil, Board Chair (-2018)

When I’m not climbing rocks (or walls) you can find me at Artisan’s Asylum refurbishing home décor & furniture. I am inspired to bring out the best in home furnishings, keep quality furniture out of the waste stream, and personalize your living space. The moment I discovered Artisan’s Asylum, I immediately felt like I belonged. As soon as I walked through the door, I felt welcomed by a judgment-free zone. Thank you for welcoming me! I aspire to serve the community and see Artisan’s Asylum sustain into the future for others to benefit.

My daytime superpowers include guiding organizational culture, coaching others to success, and solving workplace dilemmas. I have over 10 years as a Human Resource practitioner working with business leaders at all levels of the organization. I am a New Englander at heart and proud to be supporting Boston’s Innovation Economy.

I welcome you to help me celebrate my favorite holiday, International Talk Like a Pirate Day, every 19 September. Pirate jokes are the best!

Ted Sirota, Director (-2019)

Ted is an avid maker. He spends almost all of his time at the Artisan’s Asylum. When he’s not making something awesome, he’s working hard on improving the project that is the Artisan’s Asylum. As president Ted’s main goal is improve the overall experience of the membership. Whether that means hosting more events, fixing broken machines, or simply sitting down and listening to what people have to say. The president’s role is to connect the membership to the staff, the board, and the community at large. If you’ve got ideas about how to improve the Artisan’s Asylum feel free to let him know.

Michael Shia, Director (-2018)

Michael owns Cambridgeport Consultants, and helps small emerging biotech companies to develop sustainable growth plans. When not helping these small companies to succeed, he can be found at Artisan’s Asylum, helping staff and members to succeed.

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