Our Staff

Full-time Staff

Will Holman | General Manager

Will studied architecture at Virginia Tech and Auburn University’s Rural Studio. Over the last 10 years, he has worked all over the United States on affordable and sustainable housing, design education, creative placemaking, and social justice. His personal and professional practice has been focused on making the tools, techniques, and products of design accessible to everyone. He is the co-founder of the Industrial Arts Collective and author of Guerilla Furniture Design. You can find his design work documented on Instructables and available for download on OpenDesk. You can find more of his writing at Bmore Art, Design Observer, Places Journal, and Make: Magazine.

April Lewis | Membership Manager

April comes to Open Works with a diverse range of work and volunteer experience. She is an artist, organizer, curator, and community cultivator. In 2009 April earned a B.S. in Art + Design with a concentration in printmaking from Towson University and an A.A. in Visual Art from Anne Arundel Community College in 2006.

Hannah Wides | Manual Operations Manager

Hannah received a BFA from Cooper Union and studied woodcarving at its sister school in Japan, Kyoto Seika University. She has a certificate in woodworking and furniture design from Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Vermont. Her work history includes sculpting, timber framing, woodworking education, and freelance furniture making. Most recently, she co-founded Baltimore Women’s Maker Collective, a social network and general resource for woman-identifying and non-binary creative entrepreneurs and artists.

Laura Cohen | Education Manager

Laura is a community artist, organizer, advocate, teaching artist and Education Manager at Open Works. She has her B.S in Art Education from the University of Vermont, holds a Master of Arts in Community Arts degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art, is a licensed arts educator and has been creating, managing, facilitating and collaborating on projects and programs that bring the joy, skill development, increased self-esteem and community building of high quality arts programming to communities in Baltimore City since 2007.

Harrison Tyler | Digital Operations Manager

Harrison Tyler is an artist and designer with a BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He is co-founder of Jimmi, a design firm fostering innovation in digital fabrication through the designing and building of 3D printing tools and educational experiences.

Kisha Webster | Community and Education AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer

Kisha is a native of Newark, NJ and has lived and worked in Baltimore since 2002. She is an educator and community advocate who lives by the African proverb, “I am because we are.” She focuses on community collaboration which has led her to take on a number of volunteer opportunities and leadership roles. Kisha received her Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education at Delaware State University and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership at Trinity University in Washington, DC.

Part-time Staff

Muhammad Najeeullah | Open Works Mobile Coordinator and Shop Technician

Melvin Thomas | Technician

Paige Espenshade | Technician

Ryan Hammond | Technician

Ben Fann | Technician

Marco Duenas | Technician

Stefano Vellone | Technician

Tiersa Sullivan | Member Services Associate

Will Schorre | Technician

Kazi Rayhan | Technician

Michael Rawlings | Technician

Jeanel Miller | Member Services Associate

Faran Masood | Technician

Deb Jansen | Member Services Associate

Tinnaka (TJ) Jackson | Technician

Sharmane Herron | Technician

Alex D’Augustino | Member Services Associate

Person Abide | Technician