Board of Directors

Ryan Wilcoxson - Chair & Director Ryan has owned and operated a media design and development company for the last 12 years. His professional background is in video, animation, and graphic design. Ryan has been a maker his entire life and when he's not behind a computer, can most often be found in his garage, covered in sawdust. Etsy shop: Nicechop Workshop

Ryan Wilcoxson - Chair & Director

Ryan has owned and operated a media design and development company for the last 12 years. His professional background is in video, animation, and graphic design. Ryan has been a maker his entire life and when he's not behind a computer, can most often be found in his garage, covered in sawdust.

Etsy shop: Nicechop Workshop

Alli French - Vice Chair & Programs Director Alli is a long-time educator and maker. She has been teaching, mentoring and collaborating with the Ashland, Medford and Phoenix-Talent School Districts for over twenty years. As a maker, she is the proud owner of RefunktionedArt, where she makes new things out of old materials.

Alli French - Vice Chair & Programs Director

Alli is a long-time educator and maker. She has been teaching, mentoring and collaborating with the Ashland, Medford and Phoenix-Talent School Districts for over twenty years. As a maker, she is the proud owner of RefunktionedArt, where she makes new things out of old materials.

Tom Cline - Treasurer Tom grew up in New Jersey before moving out to Oregon in 2012 to be a manager at a major retailer in Medford. In 2011 he completed a 6 month thru hike of the Appalachian trail. He is a woodworker and an aspiring metal worker.

Tom Cline - Treasurer

Tom grew up in New Jersey before moving out to Oregon in 2012 to be a manager at a major retailer in Medford. In 2011 he completed a 6 month thru hike of the Appalachian trail. He is a woodworker and an aspiring metal worker.

 
Darby Ayers-Flood Darby is the current mayor of Talent, Oregon. She has been a Talent City Official since 2001. Darby endeavors to enable the direct connection between creating a regional reputation for product innovation and drawing attention to our locally based economy in order to realize a robust “live where you work prosperity.”  

Darby Ayers-Flood

Darby is the current mayor of Talent, Oregon. She has been a Talent City Official since 2001. Darby endeavors to enable the direct connection between creating a regional reputation for product innovation and drawing attention to our locally based economy in order to realize a robust “live where you work prosperity.”  

Stephanie Dolan Stephanie is a Talent-based attorney, licensed in both Oregon and California, who specializes in business startups and nonprofit law. Stephanie has been a lawyer for 20 years, and her practice also includes Native American issues, employment law, family law, estate planning, and appellate practice.

Stephanie Dolan

Stephanie is a Talent-based attorney, licensed in both Oregon and California, who specializes in business startups and nonprofit law. Stephanie has been a lawyer for 20 years, and her practice also includes Native American issues, employment law, family law, estate planning, and appellate practice.

Karen Rycheck Karen Rycheck is a maker of mosaic, clay, and multi-medium art and is a strong advocate of public and community art. She holds a BFA from Webster University in St. Louis and an extremely varied resume of jobs including woodworker, baker, organic gardener, tile maker and now a mosaic artist at missmosaic.com. Etsy shop: Miss Mosaic Girl

Karen Rycheck

Karen Rycheck is a maker of mosaic, clay, and multi-medium art and is a strong advocate of public and community art. She holds a BFA from Webster University in St. Louis and an extremely varied resume of jobs including woodworker, baker, organic gardener, tile maker and now a mosaic artist at missmosaic.com.

Etsy shop: Miss Mosaic Girl


Advisors

Liza Hamilton Liza has been a maker and lover of the arts since childhood. Liza has a studio space at the Ashland Art Center where she leads classes in the art of needle felted wool, displays her creations, and sells needle felting supplies. Liza's newest art adventure is creating life-size animal sculpture to be cast in bronze. Etsy shop: Wooliza Fiber Arts

Liza Hamilton

Liza has been a maker and lover of the arts since childhood. Liza has a studio space at the Ashland Art Center where she leads classes in the art of needle felted wool, displays her creations, and sells needle felting supplies. Liza's newest art adventure is creating life-size animal sculpture to be cast in bronze.

Etsy shop: Wooliza Fiber Arts

Tucker Teutsch 3.0 - Secret Agent Tucker is cursed by an inability to ignore his dreams. His varied work as an artist, builder, event producer, craftsman, writer, and dairy farmer can hardly be described as a career path. Tucker now runs a second-generation family farm in a hundred-acre wood located in the picturesque Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon.

Tucker Teutsch 3.0 - Secret Agent

Tucker is cursed by an inability to ignore his dreams. His varied work as an artist, builder, event producer, craftsman, writer, and dairy farmer can hardly be described as a career path. Tucker now runs a second-generation family farm in a hundred-acre wood located in the picturesque Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon.

Molly Acord After running a handmade business for 9 years, Molly Acord became interested in supporting other artisans in developing countries as a means to alleviate poverty. While making some beanies for a handmade market, the idea for Fair+Simple struck.  Molly has been relentlessly pursuing this dream ever since. Etsy shop: MollyAnneMake

Molly Acord

After running a handmade business for 9 years, Molly Acord became interested in supporting other artisans in developing countries as a means to alleviate poverty. While making some beanies for a handmade market, the idea for Fair+Simple struck.  Molly has been relentlessly pursuing this dream ever since.

Etsy shop: MollyAnneMake

Laura A. Quintero Anton A recent immigrant, Laura strongly identifies as a fiercely independent Mexican woman and feminist. Her art and crafts are primarily inspired by the many indigenous traditions of her country. As she struggles to find a place for her creations she hopes that Talent Maker City will be a place to share her art, culture, passion, and humanity. Uka Timate Artesanía

Laura A. Quintero Anton

A recent immigrant, Laura strongly identifies as a fiercely independent Mexican woman and feminist. Her art and crafts are primarily inspired by the many indigenous traditions of her country. As she struggles to find a place for her creations she hopes that Talent Maker City will be a place to share her art, culture, passion, and humanity.

Uka Timate Artesanía

Lisa Eldredge Lisa is a small business owner with 15 years of nonprofit experience. She discovered ceramics while finishing her MA in Sustainable Communities at Northern Arizona University. After spending 2 years teaching as an Americorps volunteer, she settled in Ashland, OR to manage the Community Clay Studio at Ashland Art Center, where she also teaches. Etsy shop: Eldredge Ceramics

Lisa Eldredge

Lisa is a small business owner with 15 years of nonprofit experience. She discovered ceramics while finishing her MA in Sustainable Communities at Northern Arizona University. After spending 2 years teaching as an Americorps volunteer, she settled in Ashland, OR to manage the Community Clay Studio at Ashland Art Center, where she also teaches.

Etsy shop: Eldredge Ceramics

Elib Crist-Dwyer Elib is a scenic carpenter at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where he has also served on their Diversity and Inclusion Committee, working towards a more equitable culture within the organization.  Elib also helped open and run ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum, and as its first paid employee was instrumental in establishing the museum as a regional resource for learners of all ages.

Elib Crist-Dwyer

Elib is a scenic carpenter at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where he has also served on their Diversity and Inclusion Committee, working towards a more equitable culture within the organization. 

Elib also helped open and run ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum, and as its first paid employee was instrumental in establishing the museum as a regional resource for learners of all ages.

Joe DiGiuseppe Joe is a manufacturing professional & artist with experience in community building. He co-founded two organizations in Philadelphia that offer resources and support to creative entrepreneurs, focusing on the advancement of skills and knowledge of marginalized individuals. Joe is a strong believer in the sharing of resources, skills and knowledge.

Joe DiGiuseppe

Joe is a manufacturing professional & artist with experience in community building. He co-founded two organizations in Philadelphia that offer resources and support to creative entrepreneurs, focusing on the advancement of skills and knowledge of marginalized individuals. Joe is a strong believer in the sharing of resources, skills and knowledge.

Lou Hayes Lou has over 25 years of experience as a civil engineer building a wide variety of private and public infrastructure projects.  He's also a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Oregon and a certified FAA drone pilot and flies professionally to provide aerial imagery for a variety of applications.

Lou Hayes

Lou has over 25 years of experience as a civil engineer building a wide variety of private and public infrastructure projects.  He's also a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Oregon and a certified FAA drone pilot and flies professionally to provide aerial imagery for a variety of applications.

John Weston John Weston is a certified Oregon State teacher with endorsements in Social Studies, Industrial Arts, and Career Technical Education.  In 2006, he started a custom woodworking business, Weston Woodworking, that focuses on cabinets and custom furniture. John is passionate about teaching and is a respected woodworker.

John Weston

John Weston is a certified Oregon State teacher with endorsements in Social Studies, Industrial Arts, and Career Technical Education.  In 2006, he started a custom woodworking business, Weston Woodworking, that focuses on cabinets and custom furniture. John is passionate about teaching and is a respected woodworker.

Joe Wismann In addition to his extensive experience in industrial manufacturing, Joe is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY and is a retired US Army Colonel.  Joe has been a maker since he installed a steering wheel on his bicycle at age 11. 

Joe Wismann

In addition to his extensive experience in industrial manufacturing, Joe is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY and is a retired US Army Colonel. 

Joe has been a maker since he installed a steering wheel on his bicycle at age 11. 

Timothy Hannon Timothy (AKA Gizmo), is a machinist and fabricator for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Tim enjoys playing music, board games, brewing beer, cooking, and most importantly, taking things apart. Sometimes he even puts them back together again.

Timothy Hannon

Timothy (AKA Gizmo), is a machinist and fabricator for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Tim enjoys playing music, board games, brewing beer, cooking, and most importantly, taking things apart. Sometimes he even puts them back together again.


CHIEF SCIENCE OFFICERS (CSO)

Talent Maker City is proud to mentor the next generation of STEAM makers and shakers! Chief Science Officers are peer-elected students who engage in training and outreach to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math in their schools and communities.

Talent Maker City is proud to mentor the next generation of STEAM makers and shakers! Chief Science Officers are peer-elected students who engage in training and outreach to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math in their schools and communities.