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.

Beth Robinson

Director of Administration and Membership

Sarah Sprague

Director of Education

Annika Rundberg

Communications Coordinator

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 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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Sarah is a seasoned jeweler and created Generator’s first independent jewelry shop and program.

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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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Ryan Melshenker

Shop Operations Manager

Rachel Hooper

Director of Community Outreach

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!  Reach out to Ryan with any of your shop operations questions.

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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.


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Shop Leads

Eric Hall

IT Head and Support

Leisa Fearing

Electronics Lab Head

Jake Blend

Rapid Prototyping Shop Head

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 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

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

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