The Team

Executive  Director
Regina Sakols

A life long creator and artist, BFA in Glass Design and Sculpture from Gerrit Rietveld Academie for Art and Design in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Worked in Mozambique in community management and outreach, fundraising for an NGO in health education projects in Africa.

"I am inspired by the diverse and unique community of makers, inventors and artists. I feel privileged to be able to help others realize their projects and find their happy place in being creative. I am excited to be part of this talented team of MakerNexus, the new makerspace on the SF Bay peninsula."

General Manager
Eric Hess

A professional woodworker for last 10 years, focused on historic woodworking techniques. Works as a custom stair builder for Coyne Stairs, prior to that worked for i-Stairs Inc in Sacramento as an installer, as well as doing design, bidding and estimating.

"An avid maker; I've built a CNC Router, and am currently exploring the world of Arduino and Raspberry Pi. Active with multiple non-profits teaching history and running Living History programs across California."

Consulting Maker and Instructor
Carmen Almlie-Martinez

Growing up in Northern Minnesota, making was practical, necessary and key to survival. Carmen was one of the first girls to take algebra in her high school, but at that time and place girls were discouraged from pursuing STEM education. Moving to Los Angeles she worked for a wholesale art supplier while taking night classes in computer science, bookkeeping, and costume design at the Fashion Institute of LA. Nights were spent on costuming work for community theater and a small movie production company. After moving to San Jose she learned sculpting, metal smithing and lapidary, and volunteered with an art therapy program at the VA.

"I love making all kinds of things. My passion is jewelry arts: enameling, lost wax casting, metal fold forming, etc. I enjoy helping other people grow their making skills. Ask me to help you."

Consulting Maker and Instructor
Brad Martinson

Brad, a Minnesotan by birth, considers himself a Naturalized Californian having spent more than two-thirds of his life here. He earned a bachelors degree in Applied Math from UCSB, and worked for several bay area high-tech firms.  Bored of the Tech boom/bust cycle, he operated a pinball and video game route until one of the usual Silicon Valley “business cycles” persuaded him to move into facilities management, which introduced him to the Maker Community. Having spent the last many years working with Techshop and other Bay Area Makerspaces, he is delighted to be a part of Maker Nexus.  He currently runs the Innovation Laboratory for Carnegie-Mellon’s Silicon Valley campus. 

“I truly enjoy working with my hands.  Current passions are metal and wood and CNC machines, and instructing others in safe use of tools. We are all Makers; some of us just need a little help to start Making.”

Consulting Maker and Instructor
Alyssa VanZandt

More info coming soon.

Consulting Maker
Minh Hoang

Minh is a third-year undergraduate student at UC Santa Cruz, studying Technology Information Management. He's been a member of Idea Fab Lab in Santa Cruz where he learned laser-cutting, 3D printing, and woodworking.

Minh started making in high school where he was on teams in the FIRST Robotics and the Botball competitions. "In college, I started to experiment with the Arduino and Raspberry Pi processors. For one project I made a sensor triggered scary pumpkin. I also made a dorm-room "Mars" rover. My dream is to start a company that builds aesthetically-pleasing and energy efficient housing for others."

The Board of Directors

Craig Colvin

A serial entrepreneur who has founded multiple companies over the years. His latest was The Sawdust Shop a maker space for woodworkers which he ran for 11 years. Also has an online business which sells a product he created at The Sawdust Shop. Prior companies included a dot-com startup, and numerous companies geared around portable handheld computers. Earned a BS in Electronic Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

"I love inventing new gadgets that solve my personal problems. I especially enjoy creating projects that utilize a mixture of disciplines during the construction, 3D printing, CNC routing, laser engraving, and electronics. I'm excited to help bring the Maker Nexus makerspace to fruition"

Cara Stoneburner
Vice President

Adjunct Professor at Foothill College and elementary teacher, currently at PAUSD Former curriculum developer for NASA and the SETI Institute. Earned a BA in Environmental Studies and Education and MA in Educational Research from University of California, Santa Cruz. Helped establish the makerspace at Foothill College’s Krause Center for Innovation, including writing the curriculum for many of the machines and providing training to members and students.


“I’m especially interested in seeing girls and women more engaged in making; it is empowering to make your own ideas come alive.”

Barbara Clemmensen

Retired from a career in systems analysis, technical architecture, and large-scale systems implementation, primarily for Federal and State government clients. Currently a coach/trainer with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at the Fremont Family Resource Center. Earned a BS in Mathematics from the University of Tennessee and an MS in Operations Research from the George Washington University.

“I dove into machine embroidery in 2011 as a wonderful confluence of computers and textile crafts. More recently, I’ve been branching out into other areas of sewing and textiles. In the process, I’ve discovered that one of my primary drivers is learning new things. I look forward to all the new things I will learn at Maker Nexus.”

Jesse Johnson

Former strategic planner and operational analyst in the tech industry, including work at Google and Forrester Research. Current board member at Keys School, with diverse experience in non-profit management and consulting. Earned a MBA from Dartmouth and a BA in Mathematics and French from Amherst College. Jesse is also a past president of the Maker Nexus Board.

"I enjoy bringing together math, design, and art, and exploring maker projects with my kids, including laser cutting and running a tinkering club. I'm excited about the community-orientation of Maker Nexus, both in offering a chance for me to connect with other makers, and in making projects and classes more broadly accessible to local adults and youth."

Robert Smith
Board Member

Currently a machinist for an aerospace research company. Previously was a DC and instructor at TechShop. Wrote several classes; the most recent was the basic operation class for the ShopBot fourth axis rotary indexer. Attended Cal Poly, Pomona mechanical engineering program.

"I have a passion for helping people be creative and I am excited to see the rebirth of the maker community that made TS a special place."

Don Landwirth
Board Member

A serial entrepreneur with a broad background in manufacturing, programming, IT infrastructure, big data and online marketing. Donald is now an angel investor in tech and consumer products companies. He holds a BS in Acoustical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


“I have always been one to take things apart and put them back together again. Benefiting from my training in mechanical and electrical engineering, my avocation for over 30 years has been residential remodeling where, after ten major projects, I’ve developed expertise in carpentry and metal work as well as some skills in most every other aspect of construction. I believe that the skills one can learn from making things builds a sense of confidence, an innate ability to solve complex problems, and an appreciation for craft and teamwork.”

Bill Drake
Board Member

Retired from a career in industrial control systems followed by 20 years in industrial applications for wireless technologies. Co-founded a company that made industrial telemetering equipment and systems including software for managing the controls. After that he worked for several companies developing products using Bluetooth, WiFi and ZigBee including an 8 year effort at Emerson Electric with management responsibility for teams of 50 engineers in China and India. Earned a BS in engineering and applied science from Caltech.

"Woodworking and model railroading have always been interests along with electronics. I look forward to utilizing 3D printing to make the parts that always seem to be needed to complete the model railroad."

Regina Sakols
Ex-Officio Member

Regina is our General Manager - Business Operations. You can read her biography above. Regina is a non-voting member of the board.

Eric Hess
Ex-Officio Member

Eric is our General Manager - Shop Operations. You can read his biography above. Eric is non-voting member of the board.

Open Positions
Board Member

The board is currently looking to expand by several members. The board meets monthly, and is active online via Slack and email. We are a working board where members are not only responsible for guiding the organization, but also for contributing at least 4 hours a month as a volunteer. If you are interested in joining us, please email Craig Colvin to open a conversation: