Roberta Wilmore, Executive Director
Roberta, our first Director, joins us with decades of experience in nonprofits, commercial and residential real estate, creative entrepreneurship, and the equity and inclusion work that is so fundamental to our mission. She has served as a trusted advisor, executive coach, and Board member for dozens of nonprofit organizations and businesses throughout the region, ranging from creative arts organizations, to academic institutions and philanthropic and community organizations. In 2001, Wilmore founded the Children’s Equestrian Center, connecting under-served families and children of color to the world of equestrian sports.
Sheldon Smith, Membership and Operations Coordinator
Sheldon brings his experience as a community leader to every aspect of his work with Make-It's members, workshop hosts, participants and visitors. He guides hosts through the process of developing and leading workshops and serves as a mentor to our makers. Sheldon formerly worked as Art Coordinator at a local community support center, providing art as an outlet for at-risk teens, disabled persons, and those seeking ways to cope with substance recovery. He has been designing art and clothing since 1994 including personalized T-shirts, graphics, murals and fashion.
Marla Shelasky, Communications Coordinator
Marla's experience in program development, membership recruitment and communications comes together in her work promoting Make-It's many offerings and organizing its communication tools and social media. In 2018, Marla started Artists of Springfield MA to help promote Springfield's artist community through social media and exhibits. She is excited by the role Make-It plays in facilitating collaborations between local makers and the broader community. Marla is also a working artist and her work is occasionally on view in libraries and galleries throughout western MA.
Laura Masulis, Co-founder
Laura currently serves as MassDevelopment’s Transformative Development Lead Fellow in Springfield, working closely with community partners to build a downtown district that is a vibrant center for entrepreneurship, arts and dining. Laura previously served as Senior Partnerships Manager at Interise, a national non-profit helping established small businesses scale in lower-income communities. Early in her career, Laura worked for Public Consulting Group focused on improving state public assistance programs.
Michael DiPasquale, Co-founder
Michael leads outreach activities for UMass Amherst’s Urban Extension program in Springfield. An Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning, Michael’s teaching and research focuses on the revitalization of America’s “Legacy Cities”, the country’s once dominant manufacturing centers. Make-It Springfield began as a creative way to bring life to a vacant downtown storefront. A licensed architect and city planner, Michael held positions at design firms in Detroit, St. Louis and Boston before moving to western Massachusetts.