This page contains list of nominees & submitted bios and pictures for the 2019 Quelab Board of Directors' election. Content on this page will be updated as nominations are confirmed throughout the month.
Nominations close at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, February 9th, 2019.
The election is scheduled for February 17th, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Quelab & the Board will be providing food. Last year, we bought food in from Monroe's!
Here are your nominees:
As a lifelong(sofar) tinkerer on so many things(photo, electronic, chemistry, carpentry…), Even without Quelab in my life or other makerspaces I would still be making, building, taking things apart… inventing and other things.
But with Quelab, the scope size and ability to do said things is always ever expanding. And what I love best is is as a community it gives me an opportunity to share and learn from, and share some of the odd bits of knowledge I have in my head.
Back in 2009, when we first Started working to build Quelab, I had a dream that it would eventually have “Better than your average garage full of all sorts of great making tools.”. It has met and exceeded that so many times, and i expect it will keep it up as we go!
I was one of the first 4 founders, and have served as an officer since our founding, and have served on the board since we switched from being a llc into being a non-profit (roughly Quelab's second year)
As a Board member, I have pretty literally seen it all, through the thick and thin. I have always attempted to put Quelab and the community of its members first. I strive to give all matters the most fairness i can, and try really hard to hear both what people say and what they mean to say. and always use that to help weigh my decisions.
I am interested in being on the Board because dealing I’m interested in seeing the organization grow and become a place more folks can call “my home away from home hobby place”. I am new to QueLab – been here since November. I’m running because I think I have things to offer that can help without being a newbie that wants to change everything.
I‘ve been interested in sparktrickery ever since I stuck a knife from a silver flatware set into the control panel of my grandmother’s electric stove and burned the blade in two at the ripe old age of 3 years. I’ve dabbled in the field in some fashion or another since.
My experience includes doing tool and die work and general maintenance at a place that made electronic components for Western Electric, owned and operated an electric motor rewinding business, worked for Colo DOT in the traffic signal/electrical maint. part of traffic division – 6 ½ years as a supervisor. During my time at CDOT I was the AFSCME Council 76 board president for 4 years and a board member for 10 years.
I ran my own business as an electrical contractor and have been a Colorado Licensed master electrician for 27 years.
I retired and moved to New Mexico 6 years ago to be with my high school sweetie and will be firmly anchored here for quite a while.
My interests are varied and among them is electronic tinkering and model railroading. One of the ways I used to relax is building single and dual gauge track by hand.
I am a candidate for the board because after being a vocal critic for years I am willing to stand up and try to make the board a more responsive and functional group. As a member I would work to make the board more like the guidance group it should be and get it out of the day-to-day operations managers it seems to have become. The board appoints the officers who should be doing the actual management with the president and other officers having actual control.
I was taught by me dad to try and learn new things and to get involved at a very early age. Since then I have been a “hacker” all of my life with an emphasis on woodworking and learning what I needed to do what I wanted. I love the Quelab because as I tell people, it is an adult playhouse. It has the tools members can use to learn and make things to their hearts desire. More importantly, it has a diverse membership of people with the knowledge and desire to help other people learn and “do”. I have donated a lot of tools and time to help expand the capabilities of Quelab and will continue to do so. I would like to see us return to having classes, both paid and free, to teach members new skills and most importantly, retain members to grow the organization.
My background as a retired US Air Force pilot and computer systems engineer has taught me that skills you learn at any age help you explore and grow in other areas.
I'm a DIY kinda guy, and lover of Quelab. I joined a few years back because I couldn't reasonably use my TIG welder in my own backyard. I quickly got pulled into the metal shop. I came to Quelab because I needed a workshop, I stayed because I found a community. I am interested in photography; electronics; embedded systems; welding; machining; laser cutting; and 3D printing. I have a very small business printing cameras and accessories at www.cameradactyl.com.
I love the anarchist ethic of Quelab where the pre-requisite for doing something is generally just wanting to do it. As a board member I would work to keep the club this way. I would love to see Quelab grow in membership, and be able to invest in more equipment and unused space.
Hi. I have been a hacker/maker since I was a kid. Taking things apart and seeing how they work or modifying them to do new things has always been a favorite pastime. My background includes electronic design, software development, the restoration of pinball machines, and other areas.
In 2010 I discovered Quelab - 2 weeks after they opened. I donated time, tools, equipment, and my expertise. Being a part of the early incarnation of Quelab to its current size of 10,000SqFt, has been rewarding and an honor.
I contribute to Quelab by giving advice on projects, helping with the Quelab booth at MiniMaker Fair, setting up the Electronics Lab, the first 3D printers, and serving on the Quelab board. Recently, I set up Digital Arts Lab with the Large Format Printer and Vinyl Cutter.
I want to see Quelab continue as a fun and rewarding place to learn, socialize, relax, talk with friends, and to be that place that feels like a second home where you can make things that are important to you.
I was on the first Quelab board through 2015. After a two-year break I returned, serving through the present day. The board's purpose is to keep Quelab on track with the goals of a hacker/maker space, pay the bills, set policy, and other mundane details. Also, to ensure that the board operates in the best interest of the membership.
As a member, you should only need to focus on working on your projects and having fun. As a board member, it is my responsibly to help ensure that happens.
I've been a member of Quelab since 2010, a Quelab officer since 2015. I have served on the board for the past 11 months, after the special election in March 2018. It has been a new level of responsibility for me to be a part of the board that is in charge of Quelab policy.
I feel like I've been able to make an effective contribution with my input on the board, and have been able to catalyze fundraising efforts by partnering with a local store for a fundraising event, making it possible to set up birthday fundraising drives, and bringing in some additional donations from the Albuquerque community. If elected, I plan to continue with my efforts to bring in additional donations. As Quelab is a registered nonprofit organization being on the board gives me a way to approach businesses about fundraising.
It's hard to say exactly what else I would do on the board, as in the last 11 months I've learned that unforeseen issues that require a board decision crop up quite often! Many of them things that I was only vaguely aware of before I was on the board – and I think it's a benefit for the general membership that the board does deal with these crucial functions at the policy and financial levels. While board meetings are open to the public, it's unusual to see others attend, and in truth myself I had never attended a board meeting before my election last year. I always try to do what is best for Quelab, to be there for our members now and far into the future.