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, Jewelry Shop Head

Maggie Robinson

Director of Community Outreach

Elliott Katz

Operations Director, Wood Shop and Metal Shop Head

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 here.

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 here.

Originally hailing from the fields of Iowa, the summer camp world brought Maggie out to the Northeast. For the past 9 years, Maggie has been growing her experience as an outdoor instructor and in education programing & development chasing summers between Upstate New York and New Zealand, to eventually landing in Vermont running a summer camp for the Greater Burlington YMCA. After completing the Sustainable Innovation MBA at the University of Vermont Maggie stepped onto the Generator team. She is excited to continue, create, & collaborate programs that address opportunity gaps, capture native ingenuity & generate Vermont youth STEM opportunities. When not at Generator you can more than likely find Maggie on a mountain with her two dogs Oliver & Chaco in tow.

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 here.

Jonathan Weisbecker

Mentorship & Opportunities Director

Jake Blend

Rapid Prototyping Shop Head

Leisa Fearing

Electronics Lab Head

Christine Hill

Communications Director

Jon Weisbecker brings to Generator his 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 here.

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 here.

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 here.
Office Hours: Thursdays 6PM-9PM

Christine Hill has been telling stories about innovative programs and services empowering Vermonters since 2010. She was part of the team that merged Bike Recycle Vermont and Old Spokes Home into a single non-profit in 2015 which is where she developed a love for social enterprise. When not at Generator Christine enjoys making stuff, organizing bike rides for women, trans, and femme folks, sleeping outside, tending to her house plants, and raging against the machine.

Contact Christine here.

Jared Knepper

Development Coordinator & Strategic Projects Specialist

Jared Knepper is a recent graduate and valedictorian emeritus of Champlain College’s Stiller School of Business where he received his B.S. in Management & Innovation with additional focuses in the college’s Global Studies minor. Jared’s days are spent facilitating communications with our donors, sponsors, partners, and supporters to ensure that each has a role in shaping the future of Generator and in creating meaningful opportunities that serve our members’ needs. Jared is an avid lover of music in countless forms and of City Market’s chicken pesto sandwich. His evenings and weekends are happily absorbed with gripping, dramatic cinema and with laughter and adventures around town in the company of good friends.

Contact Jarded here.