About

OVERVIEW
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The Maker Innovation Lab Lawrence is a economic and community development project fostering the region’s next generation of manufacturers in collaborative environments including: a shared wood and metal shop, a printing / 3D/ Robotics lab, a full chemistry darkroom, a motion capture studio, a textile lab, and a transportation design hub.
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We serve a community of entrepreneurs (ages 18+) who have had or are looking to gain experience using state of the art fabrication tools to develop products, create prototype, or launch businesses in an affordable, supportive and entrepreneurial environment.
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To learn about our membership plans and studio space rentals, please click here.
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FOUNDERS

Photo 22Jennifer Hilton – President of the Board / Chief Organizational Strategist, is the original consultant to the Everett Mills, and organizer in bringing a community accessible maker-space to the City of Lawrence. Having resided in the Haverhill since November 2011, and then moving to Lawrene in December of 2012, Jennifer started her career here in the Merrimack Valley with Lawrence CommunityWorks (LCW) as the Financial Stability Center / Financial Network Marketing Manager – tasked with management of the build-out and suporting the partnership between LCW and the United Way. Jennifer then worked within the Lawrence Public School system as a substitute teacher, and now serves as the Director of Marketing and Volunteerism with Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity. As a director of intellectual property and brand management in New York City for over a decade – she partnered notable national brands with manufacturers in varying categories of production including; food, soft-goods, hard-goods, electronics, gaming, and collectibles. Her expertise in these areas lends itself to the manufacturing and idea creation that a maker-space will exemplify. Jennifer brings over 20 years of community organizing in the economic resurgence of Williamsburg, Brooklyn to her endeavors now in the Merrimack Valley. Since coming to Lawrence she has explored the launch on a national magazine initiative focused on the reimagining of communities and economies across the United States in the context of our culture in the 21st century. She has held three american made magazine Holiday “Pop-Up” shops to engage with local and nationally “makers”, and recently served on the 2016 Lawrence Redevelopment Authority Citizens Advisory Committee. Jennifer found her first love of “making” behind a sewing maching at the age of 8, and her second behind the lens of a camera – both still drive her desire to create.

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Ryan

Ryan Tacy –Secretary of the Board / Chief Maker, and founding member, has been a maker most of his adult life. Ryan is the founder of Shawsheen Woodworks where he specializes in the design of furniture and cabinetry in his shop at Island Street Studios in Lawrence. Ryan brings almost 30 years of business experience to the group, having held sales management positions at companies including Hewlett Packard and in the culinary arts and fine dining throughout the Boston area. Ryan brings his passion for woodworking, and extensive construction and contracting experience to the MILL build-out – allowing the concepts and dreams of the space to become reality.

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Edwin Jack – Board of Director / Chief of Motion Capture, and founding member, is Edwin_HeadShotthe head of the independent game company BareHand based in The Maker Innovation Lab Lawrence. Before his path of entrepreneurship he studied animation and game design earning his Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Game Design. The seasoned animator has worked with multiple game companies including; Warner Brothers Turbine on “Lord of The Rings Online”. On top of teaching adult animation classes in New England, he is also an instructor/mentor at the youth program Movement City Youth Network teaching kids game design and animation. With The MILL, Edwin hopes to bring the scarce resources available to entrepreneurs of game development and animation into the resurgence of a creative economy in the City of Lawrence.

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Robert ConlayRobert Conlay – Treasurer of the Board / Chief of Innovation, and founding member, Robert brings his love of all things audio, visual and engineering to The MILL – along with his life long commitment to innovation learning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Robert currently works with the global leader AVI-SPL as a design engineer – “AVI is the world’s largest and most trusted AV integrator, providing the technology and services that improve the way individuals, organizations, and businesses collaborate.” As the City of Lawrence and the surrounding Merrimack Valley expands its pressence within these growing global sectors of communication – The Maker Innovation Lab Lawrence will introduce its members to opportunities of entrepenuerialism and employment within the future of innovation.

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HansHans Padilla – Founding Member, is a driven creative and talented professional, powered with broad-based digital media experience in video production. Hans will contribute to the leadership of both our Motion Capture Studio and Innovation Lab – bringing paramount efforts in simultaneously managing multiple projects from concept to completion with areas of expertise in digital cinematography, audio and lighting technologies. Accustomed to working and establishing win-win relationships with clients of diverse cultures and organizational backgrounds; Hans has also volunteered and worked extensively with folks who have experienced marginalization through mental health challenges and addiction. The MILL looks to be a welcoming environment to individuals at all stages of learning and discovery that are motivated to engage in their lives in creative and healing ways.

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EliasElias Rodriguez – Board of Director / Chair of Business and Community Outreach, brings to The Maker Innovation Lab Lawrence the persepective of a second generation immigrant family from the Dominican Republic, and his intrinsic commitment to the ever evolving landscape of economics, and redevelopment in this historical maker city. As an honored graduate of Greater Lawrence Technical School, Elias went on to earn his Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and then advanced his career over the last eleven years – and now leads as a Senior Electrical Engineer with Raytheon while also serving as the Treasurer for the Lawrence Redevelopment Authority.  The Lawrence Redevelopment Authority is tasked with: establishing rehabilitation and design standards in the the designated outline, as determined by the Authority and the community of Lawrence, for the city with a focus on overall revitalization.  In addition to his commitment to the City of Lawrence, Elias is and his wife are the proud owners of their home on Prospect Hill – which they designed and built from the ground up. They are also the blessed parents of three beautiful daughters.

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Mark K.Mark Kampert – Board of Director / Community Organization Partner , became Executive Director of Youth Development Organizatio in 2013 – a 10,000 sq. ft. facility offering in-house enrichment programs in both STEM and the arts to youth within the City of Lawrence and surrounding communities. Mark has overseen the rapid growth of the YDO summer programs, and the establishment of the STEM Design Lab – a hands-on technology and engineering workshop where students are learning by doing. Mark brings to The MILL his expertise in nonprofit organizational development and management, along with a commitment to advancing opportunities of discovery and innovation for the community of Lawrence. Prior to joining YDO, Mark gained experience supporting other startup nonprofits in Greater Boston, including Youth CITIES and Edvance Foundation. He continues to mentor students interested in social entrepreneurship and serves as an advisor to Bicycles Against Poverty and the Lawrence Partnership. With the Maker Innovation Lab Lawrence, the youth of YDO have a graduate “maker” program to head on to – their hands-on learning and doing will continue.  In 2016, the Boston Business Journal honored Mark with a spot on its list of Boston’s “40 Under 40” business leaders.

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Advisory Council 

Ande Lyons, MBA Simmons College – Simmons School of Management, brings to The MILL her unwavering excitment as a start-up business development coach, her own entrepreneurial history and her happiness instigation. As a banker, and after launching four startups, Ande has a deep understanding of every aspect of the early stage enterprise: from CEO, Operations, Finance, Talent Acquisition, Technology, Marketing, Branding, and Online Presence. As a master networker who easily connects with investors, strategic partners, suppliers and other stakeholders, The Maker Innovation Lab Lawrence looks forward to the impact Ande’s expertise in ecosystem growth will have on our organization.

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Angela Bellaro, CAM®, ARM®, Senior Propety Manager for Washington Mills, also serves as a board member and key advisors for SkillsUSA / Massachusetts. SkillsUSA is the nations largest alumni / student organization for trade and vocational schools across the country. Angela, a graduate of Greater Lowell Technical High School, looks forward to guiding both alumni and new graduates towards the opportunities of involvement with The Maker Innovation Lab Lawrence. Upon graduating with a focus in computer numerical control machinery (CNC), Angela went on to complete her Bachelor’s in Psychology from University of Massachusetts Lowell.

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We want to thank our founding community partners – Greater Lawrence Technical School and the expert advisement of Superintendent-Director John Lavoie, the leadership of the Merrimack Valley YMCA and Youth Development Organization (YDO), the City of Lawrence, the financial commitment of MassDevelopment’s Transformative grant award pictureDevelopment Initiatives, and the enthusiasm of early supporters – a crew that blew the necessary breath into this visionary idea. We owe a very special thank you to the ongoing commitment and leadership of Marianne Paley Nadel, and the whole team at the Everett Mills for their commitment to innovative entreprise. The reimagining of Lawrence, Massachusetts is underway, and is being driven by community and partnerships.

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