Lars Torres

Executive Director


Lars Torres is an artist, educator and entrepreneur with a deep interest in the intersection of technology, community and economic development. He most recently served as the Director of Vermont’s Office of the Creative Economy within the Agency of Commerce. Prior to joining the Agency Torres served as Innovation Prize Advisor to the Office of Science and Technology at the US Agency for International Development; before that he led the design and development of MIT’s IDEAS Global Challenge.

In 1999 Torres was a founding faculty member of the Booker T. Washington Public Charter School for Technical Arts, a charter school in the District of Columbia focused on preparing young people for the trades. In 2005 he founded the Global Peace Tiles Project as an international platform for young people to their creativity toward self-advocacy around urgent issues. More than 2,000 young people in 22 countries have contributed works of art address HIV/AIDS, climate change, and peace and conflict. As founder of Local 64, Montpelier’s coworking hub, Torres helps build community among independent creatives. He serves on the advisory boards for project-based learning at Randolph Union High School, Vermont PBS Community Advisory Council, the Vermont Journalism Trust, the Vermont Technology Alliance, the Vermont Media Alliance, and AYWA International.

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Beth Robinson

Membership and Finance Manager

Beth helps the organization run smoothly. As the finance manager she is responsible for billing and accounts receivable, office administration, and record keeping. As a part of her membership management she is responsible for volunteer scheduling and training, member onboarding and coordination and communication. When Beth isn’t at Generator she is in her studio making fine art dolls. Check out her work at Strange Dolls.

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Karen Cornish

Education Coordinator

Karen’s professional life began in inventory and operations management, moved through marketing and website design, and landed– where else? – in musical theater.  Her interest in education stems from a determined desire to keep production and technical arts alive in our schools and communities.  She is recruiting leading instructors that are experts in their field to provide small classes that are perfect for hands-on learning at Generator. Interested in teaching opportunities?

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Annika Rundberg

Communications Coordinator

Annika can connect you with the right member or staff. When she isn’t pushing things out through Generator’s media, she is taking photos or video and designing things for Generator. She has 2 years under her belt as a laser cutting technician. She has a BFA in metalsmithing, a practicing jeweler, an avid maker, and an all around addict to creative outlets. Check out her work!

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Shop Heads

Ryan Melshanker

Wood and Metal Shop Head

Ryan specializes in a wide range of skills that he developed from independent contracting and technician work. He is wicked smart in all things welding, casting, plasma cutting and fabrication.  His skills also extend into the kitchen when it comes to cookie making!  Have questions about the wood or metal shop? Reach out to Ryan or find him at Generator during his “office hours”.

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Office Hours: Sundays 12PM-3PM

Eric Hall

IT Head and Support

Don’t know Eric? Just follow the booming voice. Feel free to say hello and reach out to him with your computer related questions!

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Office Hours: Mondays 5PM-8PM

Leisa Fearing

Electronics Lab Head

Leisa is an interminable tinkerer and unabashed recycler that strives to surprise and delight. Feel free to say hello and reach out to her with your electronic lab related questions!

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Office Hours: Thursdays 6PM-9PM

Tech Support

Andrew Giroux

Metal Shop Support

Feel free to say hello and reach out to him with your metal shop related questions!

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Office Hours: Tuesdays 3PM-6PM

Alex Swaisgood

Rapid Prototyping Shop Support

Alex has been running around 3D scanning anything and everything! Catch him if you want to just say hello or need laser cutting, vinyl cutting, or 3D printing help!

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Office Hours: Saturdays 12PM-3PM

Ben Colbourn

Roland CNC Milling Support

Ben is a specialist with the 4 Axis CNC & 3d Printer and a Drone Repair Specialist at Vermont Drone

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Office Hours: Thursdays 5PM-8PM