Board of Directors 

Dan Harvey- President

Dan Harvey is the director of operations for UVM’s Vice President for Research, as well as the assistant dean of the graduate college. Harvey arrived at UVM in 2005 after a twenty-year broadcasting career at Vermont PBS. He currently serves as the president of Generator’s board of directors, and he also serves on the boards of Burlington City Arts and BTV Ignite.

*Executive Committee

Dave Gurtman-

Vice President

Dawn Grenn- Treasurer

Denise Shekerjian-

Secretary

Doreen Kraft

Dave Gurtman is a business lawyer at Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew in Burlington. His practice focuses on representing entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses and renewable energy projects. He can often be found late at night on the ice playing hockey with his pals or tinkering with model rockets in his basement with his two sons.

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*Finance Committee

Dawn Grenn is a CPA and has been working in Public Accounting since the Tax Reform Act of 1986 was signed. She currently practices at Davis & Hodgdon primarily in the Tax area and specializes in Individual, Estate and Trust issues. She is from Essex, Vermont by way of New Orleans. Her initial accounting knowledge was received at the University of New Orleans where she received a BS in Accounting.

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*Finance Committee

Denise Shekerjian is an attorney and writer. She is the author of Uncommon Genius, a look at creativity based on a group of MacArthur Prize winners. She is also the author of literary essays, a blog, and short stories. She is a longtime supporter of arts and education and has longstanding friendships with BCA and Champlain College.

*Governance Committee

*Executive Committee

Doreen Kraft is the long-time Executive Director of Burlington City Arts and has overseen its impressive growth over the last 20 years. Doreen’s ability to shepherd projects through City process has resulted in increases in programs, staff, budget, and in the creation of studio and gallery space including the nationally-recognized, historically-preserved BCA Center.

Doug Webster

John Cohn

Justin McCabe-

Governance Committee Chairman

Ken Howell-

Education Committee Chairman

Doug Webster is an engineer, innovative thinker, an artist who supports a renewed culture of innovation and enterprise development. He founded the Champlain Maker Faire and host corporation, CMF Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to innovation education and advancing scientific research. He is past president of the National Association for Workforce Improvement, producer of the RETN TV Series, “A Renewed Culture of Innovation,” and works to strengthen STEAM education for the Vermont Agency of Education.

*Development Committee

John Cohn is an IBM Fellow in the IBM Watson Internet of Things Division. He is the Chief Scientist for the Worldwide Watson IoT Headquarters in Munich. John earned a BSEE MIT, and a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University He has authored more than 30 technical papers, contributed to four books and has more than 115 issued patents. In 2005 John was elected a Fellow of the IEEE.  John is active in education issues at a local, state and national level. He is so passionate about promoting STEM careers that he spent 59 days living and inventing in an abandoned steel mill as part of Discovery Channel’s technical survival show “The Colony”.  John lives with his family in a restored 19th-century schoolhouse in Jonesville Vermont and is eager to share his love of science and technology with anyone who will listen.

*Education Committee

Justin McCabe is an intellectual property law partner at the law firm of Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & Hand PLLC. Justin’s law practice has a heavy focus on assisting start-up ventures and entrepreneurs. When he’s not patenting inventions, he can usually be found building maple sap evaporators for his family’s new start-up venture, the Vermont Evaporator Company, located in Montpelier, VT.

*Governance Committee

Ken Howell is an Assistant Professor in Champlain College’s Division of Communication & Creative Media, where he teaches primarily in the MFA in Emergent Media Program. He is a founding member of the Vermont Makers, an organizer of the Champlain Maker Faire, and a lifelong artist and tinkerer. His longstanding interest in work that happens at the intersection of art, technology, and communication has informed all aspects of his creative and professional life.

*Education Committee

*Executive Committee

Megan Bridges

Michael Metz

Steve Conant-

Safety Committee Chairman

Megan is an HR nerd and is not afraid to admit it. In May of 2017, she joined The Richards Group in the Employee Benefits division to help assist companies to negotiate and navigate their benefits. For nearly five years before that, Megan specialized in benefits and payroll at large nonprofit. Her meandering career has also included college admissions, student services, and work as a paralegal. Previously, Megan chaired the Board of Directors for Pine Forest Children’s Center where she was a founding member of the non-profit. This past winter she could be found on the mountain learning to snowboard for the first time alongside her five-year-old daughter…and trying to catch up to her nine-year-old daughter.

*Governance Committee

Michael Metz is a materials scientist, a business consultant in precious metals technology and electronic materials, a photographer, and an active board member of BCA, The BCA Foundation, the Vermont Community Foundation, and Generator where he is a founding board member. Michael also serves on the advisory board of Spectrum’s social enterprise – Detail Works.  He has extensive non-profit experience, served as the chair of two successful multimillion-dollar capital campaigns in Burlington, and has a long-standing interest in art, education, and technology.  Michael received his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and his MBA from Columbia University. 

*Executive Committee

*Development Committee

Steve Conant is serial maker who’s built a fun business to support his habit. Since establishing Conant Metal & Light, manufacturer and retailer of custom metalwork in 1980, Steve has helped Burlington’s “South End” grow and flourish. Steve chaired the SEABA board for years and currently serves on the board of ReSOURCE. His small business incubator complex, The Soda Plant, provides affordable space for makers to hatch and grow.

*Safety Committee

*Development Committee

List of Board Members Emeritus: Christy Mitchell, Christopher Thompson, Jessica Lasher, Owen Milne, Pauline Law, Peter Owens

Member Representatives 

Ben Colbourn

Jake Blend

Jean Cherouny

Ben Colbourn Member Rep

Jean Cherouny

Ben Colbourn is a seasoned drone builder, 3d printing and CNC teacher and maker of all things wood and metal.  Having a background in 3d animation has allowed him to utilize almost all of the equipment at Generator to translate digital creations into fabricated, tangible products.  From engineering rapid prototypes to creating purely aesthetic art, Ben enjoys exploring all of the possibilities that Generator can provide.

Over the past two years, Jake Blend has earned a reputation as a creative, fun, and determined maker/fixer.  When he isn’t maintaining the arcade and pinball machines at the Archives, he is the rapid prototype shop lead at the Generator, transcribing dreams to tangible joy.  Among his many projects that have come out of his time, there are a replica Galaga arcade machine, a virtual reality platform linked into creation tools, footprints for a traveling Smithsonian Exhibit, and the World’s Largest Spirograph.

Jean Cherouny teaches art to children and adults in many settings, including elementary, middle, and high schools, a women’s prison, and in her own studio. When she is not at the Generator Studio,  she is a full-time substitute teacher mentoring students in the Burlington Supervisory School District and a ski racing coach.  While at the Generator, Jean volunteers, learns and teaches the new skills she acquires as a lifelong learner.  Her Business is Jean Cherouny Fine Art and Design with a growing new product line specializing in painted laser cut living wooden hinges which are fabricated into beautiful books and fine art jewelry which she sells at Maker Faires in Vermont.