STAFF

Meg Hammond

Executive Director

Meg has been a development director and leader in community arts and education in Vermont for the last 15 years.

Meg was co-founder and CEO of the Langdon Street Café, the collectively run art and music venue in Montpelier that that Seven Days named “the crown jewel of the Montpelier arts community.”

Hammond came to Generator in January 2020 from Goddard College where she was Director of Development. At Goddard she led a successful campaign for a multi-phase renovation of the historic Haybarn Theatre in 2014 and produced the Haybarn Theatre Concert Series featuring world-class performers. Hammond was costume designer and stage manager for the original Vermont productions of Hadestown which went on to win 8 Tony awards in 2019. Hammond is working towards her Masters of Arts in Psychology from Goddard College and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts from Bloomsburg University. She is a sculptor, painter, and self-described “maker, board-gamer, escape room enthusiast, and ‘trashion’ designer.” Hammond is based in Montpelier.

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Maggie Robinson

Program & Impact Director

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 Katz

Operations & Facilities Director

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.

Eric Roy

Membership & Volunteer Coordinator

Eric is a longtime maker and member of the Generator community, and he officially joined the staff in January 2021! While he studied 2D art and photography in school, Eric fell in love with design and rapid prototyping when we became a Generator member in 2015. His deep dive into 3D printing, laser cutting, and all-things-making led him to eventually open and direct the MakerSpace at Saint Michael’s College. Eric is passionate about helping people make their ideas a reality. He credits Generator for putting him on his current professional and creative path and he’s thrilled at the opportunity to reciprocate by supporting Generator members and volunteers on their own maker-journeys.

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Sam Graulty

Program Coordinator

Sam grew up in the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts and moved north to attend the University of Vermont (Natural Resources ’08). Much of Sam’s previous work has focused on connecting youth and young adults to unique experiences. He’s been a teacher, farm educator, camp counselor, outdoor program director and professional development specialist. Systems are his jam: he loves a well-crafted spreadsheet as much as a well-carved wooden spoon. As Program Coordinator, Sam helps keep things organized, tracked and documented. He loves being around the energy and creativity of the Generator community. When not keeping tabs on things, Sam can typically be found outdoors— on bikes, boots, boats, shoes, skates and skis; or (if it’s rainy) inside making greeting cards out of old magazines.

Contact Sam here.

Cameron Russell

Communications Manager

Cameron grew up building anything from model rockets and RC cars to bike jumps. Though he’s always been a math and engineering geek at heart, Cameron’s professional career has focused primarily on education, social justice, and political campaign management. Cameron studied Sociology and Community and International Development at UVM and has an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration and has long been interested in contributing to communities and causes that bring people together and advocate for a more just and inclusive world.  

Cameron is most fulfilled by staying curious and loves to learn new things. When not at work, he can often be found building things like a motorcycle bike rack or a car camper, speaking Spanish, riding his bike and spending time in the woods of Vermont, feeling lucky to be the uncle of his young nephews Miles and Olen, and photographing and recording the people and places that he loves. Check out some of his work at cameronhrussell.com.

Cameron is excited to bring the professional skills he’s developed in messaging and storytelling to the Generator community and is inspired to be in the company of fellow makers and creators.

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Mary Willems

Development Specialist

Mary grew up in an old house in Upstate NY where she learned the value of making things with your own two hands. As the Development Specialist she helps connect people to the mission of Generator, seeks out funding opportunities, and supports the administrative office. 

Mary‘s professional career has followed values driven organizations, bringing a focus on storytelling, research, and community engagement to her work. Prior to Generator, Mary worked as the Development Director of Goddard College, and previously at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden where she helped run a successful $120 million capital campaign. She is passionate about the arts and creating greater access and inclusion for people of all backgrounds.

Mary is an avid maker, working primarily in garment sewing and quilting, but also dabbling in woodworking, jewelry making, and fabric dyeing. She can also make a mean pie. When she’s not at Generator she spends her spare time writing, fumbling along with the ukulele, and hunting out the best swimming holes with her partner Jae.

Contact Mary here.

Alex Hahl

Operations & Safety Technician

Alex is a freelance maker and teacher who specializes in metal fabrication. He grew up in the idyllic suburbs of northern Virginia and went on to get a degree in geography from the University of Kansas. After a subsequent career as a pizza artist, he hit the road and found himself working as a commercial fisherman on the coast of Maine. Now in Burlington, Generator is where Alex spends most of his time. His goal in life is to learn how to do everything, or at least everything that interests him.

Need help with something tool or workshop related?

Contact Alex here.

VOLUNTEER SHOP LEADS

Volunteer Shop Leads are rockstars in our specialty workshops. Volunteer Shop Leads work closely with Generator’s Operations & Facility Director to maintain tools and equipment, order materials and consumables, and improve workflow and access to their specific workshop. Volunteer Shop Leads also help members with thier projects and promote safe use of our spaces and tools.

Know them, love them, thank them for their service!

Seamus Hannan

Wood Shop

Seamus is a woodworker who’s always busy with interesting custom projects, as well as making his own creations which often combine thin hardwood veneers with color-changing LEDs. When not holding the wood shop down, he can be found editing audio, taking his dog to the waterfront, or catching some live music. Check out Seamus’s work here.

Emily Snow

Wood Shop

Emily is a wordworker who fell in love with Generator’s wood shop when she made her first live-edge “river” table top with epoxy.

Haley Fenn

Jewelry Shop

Haley is an artist and designer known for her business and art practice Fenn, where she makes beautiful brass, silver, and stone jewelry, as well as prints and paintings. Haley is currently redesigning the jewelry workshop with new work surfaces and open shelving! When not improving the jewelry studio or making art, Haley can be found playing with her two sweet pups.

Britany Langdon

Sewing

Brit is a musician, screen printer, and self-taught sewer. She’s currently leading the charge in carving out a physical space for Generator’s sewing equipment, which until recently was stored in a locker. Brit is looking forward to encouraging more community around Generator’s sewing space, and she want to collaborate with folks in different disciplines to integrate textiles into more of the art, products, and creations being made at Generator. Check out Brit’s music here.

Eric Hall

Electronics

Bio coming soon!

Ezra Ranz

Rapid Prototyping

Ezra is an artist and engineer. He spends his time building companies, making art (mostly drawing and painting), and developing interactive kinetic sculptures. He does lots of 3D modeling and printing and attempts programming electronics and various other activities. He enjoys traveling, being active and outdoors the rest of the time.

Josie Bunnell

Rapid Prototyping

Josie is a printmaker and creator who has jumped into the Generator community with both feet. With the help of Generator’s tools and community, Josie has taken the lead on designing a laser engraving and printing press process. She is also excited to be making a series of printing samples that will display the different cutting and engraving settings that are possible with Generator’s lasers. In her other free time, she loves to be in the woods or on the water.