Staff

Christopher Thompson

Executive Director 

Chris is a founding board member of Generator with over twenty years of experience in corporate technology management and ten years in non-profit institutions focused on the intersection of art and technology.  Chris is also a lifelong Maker.

As the founder and Director of the Champlain College Art Gallery he has staged over fifty exhibitions.  Chris has taught Professional Practices for Artists and other courses at Champlain since 2013. Prior to coming to Champlain College, Chris was the curator of the BCA Center in Burlington Vermont where he staged over thirty exhibitions in five years and was awarded a 2008-09 Andy Warhol Foundation grant. Chris’s artwork, inspired by data-visualization, complex systems theory, neuroscience and artificial intelligence algorithms has been featured in exhibitions, publications and lectures. Chris has served as a Lecturer in Digital Art at the University of Vermont, and as Visiting Artist at the Vermont Studio Center. He has received artist grants from the National Endowment for the Arts/Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Community Foundation. Chris is a twenty-two year resident of Burlington’s South End neighborhood and serves on the board of SEABA—the South End Arts and Business Association.

Before becoming an artist Chris spent over twenty years in corporate technology management, including six years as Chief Technology Officer for Gardner’s Supply Corporation, overseeing its $30 million/year e-commerce business and seven years as Director of Advanced Technology for Jager Di Paola Kemp Design, creators of the Burton and Xbox brands.  Chris is a 2014 graduate of the Champlain College MFA in Emergent Media program.

Contact Chris at director@generatorvt.com

Beth Robinson

Director of Administration and Membership

Sarah Sprague

Director of Education

Rachel Hooper

Director of Community Outreach

Elliott Katz

Shop Operations Manager

Beth helps the organization run smoothly. As the Director of Administration, she is responsible for the financial and administrative side of the business. As the Director of Membership, she is responsible for volunteer scheduling and training, member on-boarding and coordination and communication.

When Beth isn’t at Generator she is in her studio making fine art dolls called “Strange Dolls”. Beth has run a successful art business for the last 15 years and has collectors’ across the globe. “Strange Dolls” have been published in a number of magazine and books, as well as radio and tv features. She maintains a regular studio practice in a renovated church in quaint Essex, Vermont. Check out her work at www.StrangeDolls.net.

Contact Beth at info@generatorvt.com

Sarah has been working with art of all mediums for as long as she can remember. She holds a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Vermont and later went back to school to achieve an MFA in Education from Johnson State College. Sarah is certified in k-12 art education and currently teaches classes on a variety of mediums including metal arts, stained glass, ceramics, studio art and more to all ages, including middle school and college. She also teaches workshops to teachers on integrating art into their classroom or home childcare facility. When not teaching Sarah has a studio at home that overlooks Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks, where her work is created.

Contact Sarah at education@generatorvt.com

Rachel develops and delivers innovative programs that reach out to underserved audiences, support educators with STEM/STEAM initiatives, increase makerspace awareness and advance Generator’s commitment to arts, technology, and entrepreneurship. She is a creative strategic digital media professional who teaches design and technology courses at Champlain College. In her past work, she has created large-scale museum exhibits, with experience in program development, class design, and makerspace technologies in both higher education and nonprofit organizations. She has an MFA in Emergent Media from Champlain College.

Contact Rachel at outreach@generatorvt.com

Elliott is a sculptor fascinated by material process and illusion. He creates works in a variety of media including wood, metal, concrete, resin, light and liquor. Elliott has exhibited throughout the Northeast including at the BCA Center and Shelburne Farms, Mass MoCA and the Berkshire Botanical Gardens, The Chesterwood Museum, and the Deedee Shattuck Gallery in Westport, Massachusetts. Elliott was most recently an adjunct faculty member and Sculpture Technician at the University of Hartford in the Sculpture Department as well as the Studio Manager and Working Resident at the Seven Below Arts Initiative, an artist-in-residence program jointly founded by Phish frontman, Trey Anastasio and Burlington City Arts. Elliott received a B.A. from Colby College and his M.F.A from the University of Connecticut. For more information about his work please visit www.relliottkatz.com 

Contact Elliott at operations@generatorvt.com

Jonathan Weisbecker

Outreach Coordinator

Jake Blend

Rapid Prototyping Shop Head

Leisa Fearing

Electronics Lab Head

Jon Weisbecker, AmeriCorps Outreach Associate at Generator, has experience as a carpenter, project manager, and educator in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. He has created organization-specific training programs, overseen barn and tiny home construction sites, and developed K-12 STEM programming. In his role at Generator, Jon is specifically focused on collaborations with schools and other non-profits that broaden technology pathways for youth. Jon is known for his furniture making, artistry, and outdoormanship. If he is not in the wood shop or on the laser cutter engulfed in a project, odds are you’ll see him climbing rocks elsewhere in New England.

Contact Jon at community@generatorvt.com

Jake Blend is a VR master, game coder, and 150% maker! Reach out to Jake with all your laser cutting, 3d printing, VR and vinyl cutting questions.

Contact Jake at prototyping@generatorvt.com

Leisa Fearing is an electrical engineer who designed satellite communication ground stations while working at Ford Aerospace & Loral Space Systems.  She also started and for 15 years ran an internet applications and hosting company in Silicon Valley. Leisa then spent time in New Orleans on nonprofit work and taught “Feminist Participatory Media” at Tulane University. Since moving to Vermont, she has been consulting and enjoying getting back into electronics design.

Contact Leisa at electronics@generatorvt.com
Office Hours: Thursdays 6PM-9PM