Our Team               

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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 Make-It's 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 offerings and organizing its communication tools and social media. Since 2018, Marla has also been working on the initiative, Artists of Springfield MA, raising the visibility of Springfield artists through exhibits and online sharing. As a working artist, herself, Marla sees Make-It as a home to all creatives. 

Brittany Dunn, Engagement Coordinator

Brittany's background includes over a decade's experience with workshop facilitation, program coordination and community organizing, which she will use to help Make-It build relationships in the community. In the past, at 350VT, she supported climate activists to develop leadership skills; most recently, she led international youth leadership programs. Raised in NH, she now lives in Western Mass where she also has an art practice in print making.

Rosemary Manu, Volunteer Coordinator

Rosemary has over five years experience in research, evaluation, program and project management, and is also currently a program coordinator at IREX. Rosemary has worked with USAID’S Food for Peace Program in Nouakchott Mauritania, and the UN Women and Bangkok Thailand. Rosemary holds a master's degree in international development from George Washington University and a bachelor's degree in international relations from UConn.

Rusty Polsgrove, Studio Assistant

Rusty is a making enthusiast who brings all-around, hands-on skill in many areas to Make-It Springfield. As a major in makerspace management at UMass, and with an extensive hands-on background, they are a great resource for purchasing and managing equipment, repairs and teaching others. They enjoy fiber arts, sculpture and learning new things and can often be found quilting or working with the 3d printers at Make-It during open hours.

Marie Canales, Board Member

 

Laura Masulis, Co-founder

Laura is currently the Director of Strategic Growth for HUUB, a digital platform that helps cities better support their small business communities. For over five years, Laura served 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 diverse, 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.