Officers and Board of the Martin Art Center

                                   Professional, Experienced, Dedicated

Martin Wesolowski

President and CEO

OSHA, BHT, Journeyman Carpenter, Industrial Artist

      A native of Phoenix, AZ, Martin has worked in and around most museums in the area and over a decade at the Arizona Science Center as an exhibit designer and builder. Martin spent years in behavioral health with the State of Arizona and private concerns working with and assisting Children and Adults who are developmentally disabled. Martin also worked at one of the valley’s long term health care centers and was an assistant administrator for the first care center for people with Alzheimer Disease.  A co-owner of Phoenix and Scottsdale Art Galleries and over 30 years experience in the arts with 15 years in arts management positions. Highly skilled leadership abilities, fundraising and development background, organization and program building, grant writing, staff and event management. Martin is an Industrial Artist and the Founder of Martin Art Center.  The desire and need to have a learning place that is fun and engaging sparked the STEAM SHOP at Martin Art Center. A Playground For Your Brain.

David Reno, MBA, BHT

Vice President, Treasurer, Consultant

David brings extensive experience in nonprofit management and community connectivity.

Shelley Briggs

Shelley Briggs

Program Manager & Board Member

Shelley has home schooled four kids and raised a wonderful bunch of successful professionals. She worked at social services for several years before starting a family, is an avid reader and has been a professional singer. She also has a love for arts and crafts and believes that music and art are important components to a child’s development.

 

Alex Kohli

Board Member

Emmy Award Winner and Owner of Kohli Marketing Design LLC, Alex Kohli has been an animator since 1990, and has worked on several feature films, created Fortune 500 marketing communication campaigns, and created commercials and packaging design for major national brands. After graduating from the film-making program at Syracuse University in 1992, Alex worked with most of the television production houses in Chicago (including Harpo, Sinnott & Associates, Big Deahl, and Bob Ebel), and also worked feature film productions in Chicago and Memphis (Mo’ Money, Baby’s Day Out, A Family Thing, The People vs. Larry Flynt).  He has worked as an editor, writer, director, DP, grip, interactive designer, illustrator, brand developer, and everything in between.  He is a life-long learner, by both nature and necessity.  In the 1990s, he’d pore over software tutorials, teaching himself non-linear editing, 3D animation, web design, musical composition and production, and anything else that could make him a more effective storyteller. Alex was a founding member and Chair of the Goodyear Arts & Culture Commission, an advisory board to City Council on public art, arts education, the local arts community, and cultural events.  In addition to serving on the board of directors for the Arizona STEAMshop, he volunteers with FIRST Tech Challenge youth robotics competitions and has served on planning committees for several festivals and events focused on mindfulness with various organizations, arts and culture events, and eclectic multicultural Maker Movement themed events.

Christy BrooksChristy Brooks

Volunteer, Program Development

I’m Christy and I’m a 6th grade teacher in Surprise where I run our Genius Fair and Science Olympiad. In the past I’ve taught piano, been a camp counselor, and worked with programs at the Arizona Science Center.

I’m excited to be helping out with SteamShop!

Chris Mclaughlin , Volunteer and Program Development

3-D Printing and Computer ProgramingB.S. in Mechanical engineering, Minor in Mathematics.
Previous commercial 3-D printing experience at Motorola. Objet1000 Polyjet Printer.

Experience with FDM 3D printing (and software), CAD (Solidworks, Onshape, Fusion 360),
Computer Programming (Python), Pottery (Wheel throwing, glazing, firing), and always learning MORE!

Jordan Blair

Board Member

Jordan teaches Gifted/Advanced Mathematics at Acacia Elementary, an Arizona A++ School of Excellence and a National Title I Distinguished School.  He serves as an ACACIA IS GREAT Classroom Community Sponsor and also as Basketball Athletic Director for the Washington Elementary School District in Glendale.  Mr. Blair’s  teaching approach uses a holistic model to engage students in personalized activities and provide opportunities for them to become leaders in the classroom and in the community.  More information on his amazing classroom and the exciting projects available to students at Acacia Elementary can be found at https://www.donorschoose.org/JordanBlair .

Tori Berg, MNS

Consultant, Board Member-at-Large

Tori Berg is a freelance science consultant, creating science based activities and programs since 2000. In 1992, Tori received her Bachelor’s of Science from Beloit College and her Masters in Natural Science from Arizona State University in 1996. After graduate school, Tori worked at the Arizona Science Center as the Gallery Program Coordinator, creating educational activities and demonstrations. Tori lives in Michigan working in Grand Rapids Public Schools.  When she isn’t driving her three daughters to their various activities, Tori loves to create jewelry, sew and read.

George Gregg, M.A., M.Ed.

George Gregg, MA, MEd

Consultant, Board Member-at-Large

George has over 25 years of experience in educational leadership and management, serving in non-profit,  community development overseas, in faith-based ministry, and in executive management in the private sector in Phoenix.  He has been teaching college chemistry with the Maricopa County Community College District since 2007, becoming full-time Faculty at Glendale Community College in 2012. His most recent grant developed and implemented free/open educational resources (OER) for the district’s chemistry courses.  George is passionate about community science outreach and has been extensively engaged in developing and presenting at such events, including at the Arizona Science Center and through various programs at GCC, the Arizona Sci-Tech Festivals and Science Olympiad competitions. George holds a Master’s in Chemistry from the University of Southern California and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from NAU.  He also holds a graduate certificate in Applied Linguistics and is a published author of peer-reviewed research in the sociolinguistics of central Africa. He can be reached by email at george.gregg@gccaz.edu.

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