Jamie Agius made her way to Make: in 2022. Jamie earned a BA and a master’s degree in teaching (MAT) from the University of California, Irvine. She spent 8 years as a high school science and makerspace teacher in Los Angeles, California, and has experience working in marketing, non-profit research, and has been a small business owner.
Jennifer Blakeslee keeps the Global Maker Faire program running smoothly and has been a maker at Maker Faire since 2011. An American-Canadian-Australian citizen, she has lived across the world while working professionally in writing, event production, education, project management, qualitative and quantitative data analysis and survey implementation, and public policy. She has a PhD in Political Demography and really likes to cook, hike, and swim in the ocean. She is also a mama of two little humans, and lives in Oakland, CA.
Juliann Brown has been with Make: since 2012 and has been a Designer and Art Director since 1995. Her creative work has been concentrated in the skateboarding/snowboarding, videogame, and maker industries. She was born in Illinois but has lived in California since 1988, and the Bay Area since 2000. She especially loves seeing what makers bring to the world that help people and animals in need.
Rob started his adventure with O’Reilly Media as a CS agent in 2003, working his way up to Marketing and PR Coordinator, where in 2005 he was introduced to Make: magazine. These were the things he grew up on, “books that are bigger than a nutshell about coding are great and all, but people building and blowing up things in their garage, that’s where I wanted to be”. After some begging and pleading, he took on the responsibility of starting our e-com platform, which consisted of 4 magazines and a t-shirt. From that he helped grow Maker Shed (coined over burritos at the Austin Maker Faire) both online and at events until mid-2014. Moving to the Events team, under Sherry Huss, he worked on process development, departmental and Sponsor activation, onsite production management and logistics for the flagship Maker Faires. Currently he is managing operations which allows him to get back to his roots of working across the whole company.
Dale Dougherty is the President of Make Community LLC.
Dale first developed and launched Make:magazine in 2005, and Maker Faire in 2006, while at O’Reilly Media where he had worked since 1984 as an editor of computing books. Dale’s vision and mission continue to be the guiding force for the maker movement and its personal impact on improving education and empowering more people to see themselves as creators and innovators using the tools and skills practiced by hobbyists as well as professionals. He wrote the book “Free to Make” in 2016 to provide deeper insight into the ideas and people behind the maker movement. He lives in Sebastopol California.
Maker Trivia: Dale developed GNN, the first commercial website, in 1993. He identified and named Web 2.0 as a conference in 2003. “Web 2.0” was declared the one-millionth word in the English language.
David bought his first Arduino in 2007 as part of a Roomba hacking project. Since then, he has been obsessed with writing code that you can touch. David fell in love with the original Pebble smartwatch, and even more so with its successor, which allowed him to combine the beloved wearable with his passion for hardware hacking via its smartstrap functionality. Unable to part with his smartwatch sweetheart, David wrote a love letter to the Pebble community, which blossomed into Rebble, the service that keeps Pebbles ticking today, despite the company’s demise in 2016. When he’s not hacking on wearables, David can probably be found building a companion bot, experimenting with machine learning, growing his ever-increasing collection of dev boards, or hacking on DOS-based palmtops from the 90s.
Keith joined Make: in 2006 and previously served as copy editor, managing editor, and projects editor for Make: magazine. Before that he worked for magazines including The Nose and Mother Jones, and for wilderness advocacy nonprofits the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and California Wilderness Coalition. He’s a dad, husband, cook, brewer, music fiend, space geek, map nerd, and surfer who delights in all manifestations of recreational hydrodynamics.
Katie Kunde is the Director of Make Community. She joined the MAKE team in 2006 to help produce the first Maker Faire. Today, she works with top global brands and leading companies, helping them develop maker strategies through integrated and innovative programs. She’s a competitive dressage rider and enjoys making wine with her family.
Kelly Marshall grew up in Northern California and has been at Make: since 2013. She enjoys baking, dancing, painting and spending time with friends and family, as well as traveling as much as possible. She hopes to visit many different countries in the very near future. At the moment she mostly travels to visit her two Son’s at their different Army duty stations.
Phil Muelrath has over 25 years of experience in logistics and is excited to rejoin the Make team. He grew up in Shasta and Siskiyou counties where he spent most of his time outdoors camping, hunting, and exploring the mountains. When he isn’t being kept busy by his three daughters (and new granddaughter) he spends his spare time building model cars, playing the drums, and fishing hat creek.
Gillian became a part of Maker Faire Marketing Team in 2014 after moving back to the North East from Florida. She was hoping to meet up with a dear friend and instead worked her first weekend at World Maker New York. There was no looking back. As the years pass her role has evolved from media and press registration, to customer service, and currently she serves at a Marketing Manager.
Cathy has been with Make since 2014. At Maker Faire, Cathy is the onsite HR person and also runs the Merchandise Stands. When not at work, Cathy can be found spending time on their Ranch, camping, traveling or on a Harley ride with her husband.
Todd Sotkiewicz has been at Make since 2014. He is a jack of all trades — business operations, finance and sales. Todd attended his first Maker Faire in 2010. Fumbling over the last name? It happens…a lot. Sut-KAY-vitch.
Kevin Toyama helps authors (ahem) make books, an honor he’s had for over fifteen years at publishers such as Chronicle Books and Skybox Press. He’s partnered with organizations including Lucasfilm, Comic-Con International, and the Dallas Cowboys to develop books that deliver a distinctive experience for their communities. Kevin lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and for some reason still works on his basketball footwork.
You may see Alicia walking around Maker Faire with her Bat Girl cape. Do not be afraid, she is devoted to saving the world, one website at a time. Her magical powers include turning coffee into code and fixing 404 not found errors.
Alicia has been coding since before coding was cool (OK, we aren’t talking way back to punch cards, but there were green screens involved). In her ‘down time’ she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, puzzles, and is a huge advocate for Autism.
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