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Staff

A dedicated staff of 40 people keeps The Crucible running. In every office position, we’re using our unique talents and experience to build a sustainable and thriving organization, bringing meaning to our work and the positive, creative force of art into our community. Together with the Crucible community, we continue to grow this one-of-a-kind industrial arts education center.

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Executive Team

Natasha von Kaenel

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Director of Marketing & Ecommerce

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Renée Ventimiglia

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Susan Mernit

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Executive Director

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Vanessa Zagaroli

Instructor

Department(s): Foundry

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Director of Studio Operations and Facilities

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The Team

Ahsan Gaskins

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Senior Studio Supervisor

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Anna Dudash

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Studio Operations Technician

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Brandyn Willridge

Instructor

Department(s): Welding

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Lead Studio Manager

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Cade Comer

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Customer Service Program Assistant

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Cassie Punnett

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Volunteer and Events Coordinator

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Cathy Niland

Instructor

Department(s): Ceramics

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Content Marketing Specialist

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Chris Niemer

Blacksmithing Department Head

Department(s): Blacksmithing

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Blacksmithing Technician

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David Banks

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Program Manager

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Elaine Jeffery

Instructor

Department(s): Kinetics & Electronics

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Studio Operations Technician

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Ismael Plasencia

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Community Program Manager

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Itzhak Gundy

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Studio Operations Technician

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Ivan Berejkoff

Instructor

Department(s): Foundry, Welding

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On-call Studio Operations Technician

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Jared May

Bike Shop Department Co-Head

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Bike Shop Technician

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Jay Kravitz

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Special Ops

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Jesse Hamrah

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Office Manager

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Johannes Valvur

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Studio Operations Technician

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Kelmen Wu

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Senior Staff Accountant

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Kristin Arzt

Instructor

Department(s): Leather, Textiles, & Fine Art

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Performance Marketing Specialist

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Kua Patten

Instructor

Department(s): Neon & Light

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Studio Operations & Facilities Consultant

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Ledora Lewis-Hightower

Instructor

Department(s): Woodworking

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Custodian

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Maliq Nathaniel

Instructor

Department(s): Welding

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Lead Studio Manager

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Mattie Vukmir

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Salesforce Administrator

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Megan Kristy

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Senior Studio Supervisor

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Melissa Gray

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Senior Programs Manager

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Michael Sturtz

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Founder

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Nick Diphillipo

Foundry Department Head

Department(s): Foundry

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Foundry Technician

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Nico Chen

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Fuego Coordinator (Seasonal)

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Paige Plander

Instructor

Department(s): Kinetics & Electronics

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Studio Operations Technician

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Patrick Lawrence

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Studio Operations Technician

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Rebecca Babb

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Mid-Day Care Lead (Seasonal)

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Samantha Espinoza

Instructor

Department(s): Leather, Textiles, & Fine Art

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Youth Program Associate

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Shaina Johnson

Fire & Performance Department Head

Department(s): Fire & Performance

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Grant Writer & Special Projects Manager

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Simha Furaha

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Studio & Special Projects Assistant

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Vishwa Dave

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Development Associate

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Full-time Crucible staff enjoy great benefits, including free tuition on seven Crucible classes a year, paid time off, and medical and dental coverage starting with staff roles at 20 hours a week.

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