Sarah Marriage, WOO's founder, is a maker of fine furniture and other wooden objects. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Sarah studied architecture at Princeton University and fine woodworking at The College of the Redwoods (now The Krenov School). She has taught at The Krenov School, Penland School of Craft, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Sarah's work has shown at galleries and trade shows across the US, including Dwell on Design in Los Angeles, ICFF in New York, and Pritam & Eames Gallery in East Hampton, NY.
N. Shalon Edwards
Several humanitarian trips to Louisiana to rebuild homes devastated by Hurricane Katrina cemented Shalon's affinity for power tools and community building. In 2017, after purchasing a home in Baltimore City and meeting Sarah Marriage at a local conference, Shalon accepted an internship position at A Workshop of Our Own and has since dedicated her time and efforts as a volunteer, instructor and now, board member for the organization. She is a Senior Research Analyst for the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Maryland and specializes in project management. In her spare time she enjoys spending QT with her miniature schnauzer Chloe, starting DIY projects, watching her plants grow, and is always looking for a good company-good food situation.
Erin Nutsugah is a middle and high school health teacher at the Baltimore Design School, a Baltimore City Public School, where she uses arts integration and design thinking to build students' understanding and ownership of their bodies and minds. She is also a practicing artist who works mostly in illustration, fiber arts, and mixed media. Erin has been a WOO volunteer and cheerleader since its inception, and served as an Advisory Board member, unofficial administrative assistant, and class instructor before joining the first Board of Directors. She lives in Baltimore City with her new husband, two cats, and a stock tank pool she built.
Marisa Dobson is the founder & principal of Scintillate, a PR & marketing consultancy. After a decade in the publishing industry, she now works with entrepreneurs and content creators across the country, helping turn their passions into passion projects. She lives and works (and cooks and gardens) in Baltimore City with her wife Jamie and a very talkative calico cat.
Nicole Lacoste Folks
Nicole M. Lacoste Folks is a commercial real estate attorney focusing on property acquisitions, leasing, tax credit incentives, and land use, as well as an adjunct professor at both University of Maryland School of Law and Penn State Dickinson School of Law teaching “Real Estate Negotiations and Drafting.” Nicole lives in Baltimore City with her family which includes two amazingly smart border collies and one bossy cat.
Aspen Golann is a studio furniture maker, artist and educator based in Western North Carolina. She holds a degree in Fine Furniture from The North Bennet Street School in Boston and is currently working on The Chairmaker's Toolbox, a project designed to increase equity and access in the field of chairmaking. She exhibits nationally and is published in Fine Woodworking, Luxe Magazine, Art New England, and American Period Furniture. She does domestic and international commission work for designers in the UK, Asia, and across the United States. Before making furniture she was a weaver, farmer, teacher and coastal navigator. She loves woodworking experiments, pizza ovens, old clocks, and the intersection of traditional and contemporary aesthetics.
Katie Hudnall received her BFA from the Corcoran College of Art & Design and her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Furniture Design/Woodworking. Her work has been included in many publications and exhibitions including Crafting A Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft, Making A Seat at the Table: Women Transform Woodworking, and in American Craft Magazine’s February/March 2017 issue. Hudnall runs the Wood Program and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she lives, teaches, and makes tools for problems both real and imagined.