Our Staff

Full-time Staff

Will Holman | Executive Director

Will Holman was educated as an architect at Virginia Tech and Auburn University's Rural Studio. Previous to Open Works, he worked as an architectural designer, carpenter, artist's assistant, cabinetmaker, furniture designer, and educator. He is the author of Guerilla Furniture Design. Will's work is interested in expanding access to the means of production through writing, community development, and open-source design. Follow him on Instagram at @objectguerilla

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.

Tiersa Sullivan | Operations and Member Services Coordinator

Tiersa Sullivan is an artist living and working in Baltimore City. She is currently working and developing her brand called Warped Vortex Art using mixed media to create jewelry and art deco that tntegrates new technology and recycled materials. Follow her on Instagram @warpedvortexart.

Part-time Staff

Ayobami Adeyemo | Technician

Ayo Adeyemo is a photographer and mixed-media artist living and working in Baltimore, MD.

Kenneth Bland | Member Services Associate

Kenneth is a painter and collage artist born and raised in Baltimore. He graduated from Baltimore School for the Arts in the class of 2017.  

Alisa Brock | Member Services Associate

Alisa Brock is a writer and owner of the Drama MaMa Bookshop. Originally from New Orleans, LA, she moved to Baltimore in 2005.  The Drama MaMa Bookshop is a notebook company and online bookstore specializing in used and vintage plays, screenplays, and theatre memorabilia. Her journals can be found online and throughout Baltimore: Baltimore Blossoms Studios, Red Emma's Bookstore and Coffee Shop, Dovecote Cafe, Artifact Coffee House, Keepers Vintage with Knits Soy & Metal, Live Arrow, and Greedy Reads. As a writer, Brock has assisted many authors in the telling of their stories and has written for publications like the MD Theatre Guide and Bustle Magazine. Her works have been performed at theatres and facilities such as the 14 Karat Cabaret In Baltimore, MD, The African American Civil War Museum in Washington, DC, The Transitional Living Community (TLC) in Brooklyn, NY, Adolescent Employment and Education Program (AEEP) in Brooklyn, NY the LaMaMa Experimental Theatre in New York, NY, and many more.  She is currently a member of Baltimore Center Stage’s Playwrights Collective and continues to write as she creates inspirational notebooks and journals.

Person Abide | Technician

Person Abide is a mechanic, electronics designer, and seamstress hoping to start their first clothing line in spring of 2018. A ten-year Baltimore resident, originally from North Africa, they graduated from Mica in 2011.

Mike Coffman | Technician

Mike Coffman is a graduate of the School of Architecture at Virginia Tech. Currently he is the shop foreman at Dovetail Restorations in Baltimore; specializing and supervising the repair, restoration and refinishing of furniture. Mostly mid-century and early 20th century pieces. He has been in the woodworking industry nearly 10 years and has a background in cabinetry and custom furniture manufacturing. When he is not covered in sawdust, Mike enjoys hiking, camping and going to concerts.

Alexander D’Agostino | Member Services Associate

Alexander D’Agostino is an interdisciplinary artist, teacher, and arts organizer based in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2009 with a BFA in painting. He investigates the queer and otherworldly through dance, ritual, teaching, installation and performance art. Alexander teaches yoga,dance and movement research and develops new performances with his collaborator Noelle Tolbert.

Marco Duenas | Technician

Marco is a freelance artist, craftsman and designer, working part-time as Wood shop technician at OW.  He studied Communications Sciences at the Universidad de Lima in Lima, Peru. Has worked as an architectural model-maker; mural/scenic painter, prop making, set dressing for TV productions and commercials. As a fabricator for local exhibits companies and assistant for other artists. He creates functional art objects and is partnering with La Loupe Design,LLC, a Baltimore based home decor objects business. Follow him on Instagram at @madinbmore.

Paige Espenshade | Technician

Paige is a wood and metal shop technician here at Open Works, as well as an instructor of the Metal Safety, CNC plasma cutter, and MIG welding classes. She graduated from Goucher College in 2011 with a Bachelors in Communications, but gained her true craft in construction, metalworking, and woodworking through apprenticeships from 2012-2016. She maintains general trade knowledge from hands on experience in the fields as well as through supplemented reading. Ask her about her home renovations!  

Ben Fann | Technician

Ben Fann is a designer with a BFA in Architectural Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art, whose work focuses on the communication of an experience through the means of interacting with form and space at a variety of scales. Since graduation he has been working as an architecture intern, a fabricator, and a technician and instructor at Open Works. Follow on Instagram: @studiohaibrau

Claire Foster | Technician

Claire Foster is a sculptor, illustrator, and craftswoman living and working outside of Baltimore, MD. A transplant from the North East, Claire graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2016 with an MFA in Illustration Practice, and has since been working across a wide variety of media including steel sculpture, digital illustration and animation, and woodworking.

Sharmane Herron | Technician

Sharmane Herron is a tailor and designer with 40 years of experience in the garment industry. She is a technician in the textile studio, an instructor in the industrial sewing training program, and a teacher in Open Works' after-school programs for youth.

Deb Jansen | Member Services Associate

Deb Jansen is a fiber artist and musician living in Greenmount West. Follow her on Instagram @dailyfiber.

Jenn Kim | Technician

Jenn Kim received her BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014. Since then, she has floated around Baltimore assuming positions as an artist assistant to artists such as David Hess and Annet Couwenberg, as a fabricator in multiple studios producing a range of soft, hard, and conceptual goods, as a teacher and volunteer at the Station North Tool Library, as well as in her own studio producing a line of minimal-carry leather goods and basketry. Follow her on Instagram at @j.e.n.n.k.i.m.        

Faran Masood | Technician

Faran is a student at Morgan State University pursuing bachelor's in Industrial and Systems Engineering. He has an associate's degree in Computer Aided Design Drafting from the Community College of Baltimore County. He does Aerospace research at University of Maryland College park on Power Systems for Agile & High-Endurance Electric VTOL aircraft. He designs molds for a local injection molding company. He is a drone pilot and tinkerer. His interests are 3D printing, reverse engineering, product development, and robotics.

Theresa “Nacho” Montiel | MICA MFA in Community Arts Artist-in-Residence

Theresa "Nacho" Montiel is the current artist-in-residence at Open Works. She is currently both a MICA Community Arts Graduate Student and an AmeriCorps Community Art Collective member volunteer. Originally from Arizona, Nacho is both a traditional and a commercial artist, with a BFA in Fine Art Painting and Drawing and a graphic designer and art director with 14+ years of experience. With her experience from corporate design to freelance artistry, Nacho is spearheading the 2018 Teen Entrepreneur programming at OpenWork for current or newly graduated Baltimore high school students who aspire to be makers and entrepreneurs themselves.

Muhammad Najeeullah | Open Works Mobile Coordinator & Technician

Muhammad Najeeullah visits local schools and youth programs as coordinator of OWM (Open Works Mobile). He brings Maker-related demonstrations and hands-on activities to spark the interest of community members in exercising their creativity at Open Works. A student of business with a background in construction and a techie at heart, Muhammad is deeply committed to enhancing the quality of life for Baltimore youth and families, Muhammad launched the brand Full Blast STEAM as an Education-Tech start-up on a mission to increase S.T.E.A.M. (Science Technology Engineering Arts & Math) awareness and proficiency in young people of all ages across the USA specifically in disadvantaged communities. FullBlast STEAM hosts educational workshops and pop-up events where teams of young participants build robots and drones, then control them to compete in tournaments against the creations of other teams. Making these competitions available to the community on a regular basis provides a solution for the lack of constructive activities available for young learners across socio-economic divides. Inquire at GoodRobot@FullBlastSTEAM.com or follow on Instagram at @pflytechsportz

Kazi Rayhan | Technician

Kazi Rayhan is an artist and designer with a BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture and a minor in Humanistic Studies from MICA. Revolving their thought and practice around concerns about the interaction between human technology and non-human nature, Kazi utilizes 3D scanning, digital design and fabrication processes as the primary tools for this investigation. Kazi works both at Open Works as a Digital Fabrications technician and Youth Educator and at Direct Dimensions Inc. as a digital modeler and 3D Scanner.

Will Schorre | Technician

Will Schorre is an designer or artist working with electronics and working towards instruments for the future of music. Will was educated at MICA as “sculptor”, received BFA, and then soon after began working on the small audio electronics company Lorre-Mill. Will works in the digital fabrication shop at Open Works.    

Melvin Thomas | Technician

Melvin Thomas is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Baltimore, MD. Melvin graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2015 with a BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture. He is currently a technician in Open Works’ metal and digital fabrication shops.

Stefano Vellone | Technician

Stefano Vellone is the founder of Vellone Guitars, started in 2013 in Montreal, Canada. His instruments are built with the modern guitar player in mind. He has over three years of formal training in luthiery school in Montreal, has apprenticed under Master Luthier Stephen Marchione, and is currently enjoying the mentorship of esteemed Luthier Michel Pellerin.

Whitney Scott Young | Technician

Whitney is a designer, craftsman and musician from New England. He received a bachelor of science in architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. He has experience designing at architectural firms, fabricating and designing at furniture companies and building as a historical preservation carpenter.