Staff & Board

Current Staff

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

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.


Ed ThomasBookkeeping

For twenty (20) years Ed has worked as a nonprofit finance and operations professional, assisting Boston area community-based and nonprofit organizations to fulfill their unique missions and meet their financial and operational goals. As part of his personal mission in this regard, he is happy to be here working with Artisans Asylum. He has worked with organizations in areas such as early education and care, sexual assault, global health, and civic engagement as well as faith-based organizations. Before his work with nonprofits, Ed was a broadcast and audio engineer for local public radio broadcasters WBUR, WGBH, and MonitorRadio. Additionally, he was Senior Recording Engineer for Bose Corporation’s AV Production group. Ed recently moved with his wife Katharine to North Leominster, after raising four children as Cambridge residents. Ed and Katharine are proud grandparents to six with one more expected early in 2018. Ed is a fan of spending months, days and countless hours with small home renovations projects involving bricks, stones and sand as well as the occasional kitchen and bathroom renovation. In his spare time, Ed enjoys travel to areas where the food is tasty and the wines cold!


Current Officers

Ted Sirota, President

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.

Email: president@

Office Hours: Thursday 6 – 10 pm and by appointment.

Tom Lynch
, Treasurer

Tim Butterworth, Secretary

Tim has been coming to the Asylum since 2012, and has been a member since 2014. He became secretary because in that time A2 has come to be a community which matters so much more to him than a mere workshop ever could. As Secretary, he has have four priorities. First, he hopes that timelier completion of board minutes will go a long way towards keeping everyone on the same page. Second, he’d like to describe the board’s progress in an easily digestible format published sooner than minutes can be approved. Third, he’d like to (with the help of some clerks) have minutes taken or reports made at as many special meetings, town halls, or committee meetings as possible. Finally, he’d like to make himself available as a mediator for any meetings or discussions which would benefit from an impartial voice. 

In short, he’d like to use the platform of Secretary to respectfully present all of our voices in a neutral way so that we can debate ideas rather than people. 

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

Ted Sirota, Director (-2019)

Ted Sirota is a Boston University trained engineer and entrepreneur. Having run multiple successful companies he hopes to use his connections and industry experience to further improve the governance of the Artisan’s Asylum. Governance and fundraising are critical aspects to the role of director. Both of these will be the main focus of Ted’s tenure. As a board member Ted will assist the other board members in making critical decisions about the direction of the organization with the interests of the membership in mind.

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)

Ellie Mirman

Chris Otey