Makers’ Mill is a creative space that builds community
and fosters new learning opportunities around a shared passion for making.

We sustain ourselves financially, respect our valuable
human resources, and creatively repurpose
local materials.

We foster an open community of individuals who
recognize that making is a lifelong learning process and
meet individuals wherever they are in their practice.

We challenge and support individuals to take creative
and social risks and to build a strong
creative community.

Makers' Mill Staff


May Beattie, Studio Manager



The Board

Blair Benjamin

In addition to being the Treasurer of the Makers' Mill Board of Directors, Blair Benjamin manages MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program, which brings artists to live and grow their practice in North Adams. He’s married with 2 kids, and is a fan of Everton F.C. and the New England Revolution.

Jeffrey Thomas

Jeffrey D. Thomas is Lever’s founder and Executive Director. Lever’s mission is to support economic development in North Adams and the greater North Berkshire region. We are a not-for-profit incubator of new enterprises and are pleased to help launch Makers’ Mill, an exciting enterprise that could itself launch entrepreneurs.

Suzy Helme

Suzy is a North Adams super fan who believes that this city is what you make of it and creative minds will play a large role in shaping the future of this place. She is the current Director of Community Events for the city of North Adams and mother of three amazing NA natives. Her committment to the area runs deep—she is the former owner of Shima Boutique in downtown NA and has sustained involvement with the NA Chamber of Commerce, Berkshire Nursing Families, Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, and the NA Human Services Commission.

Tom Whalen

Dr. Tom Whalen in an Assistant Professor of Business in the Business and Economics Department at MCLA. Higher education is Tom’s third career. He previously served in the US Navy as an aviator and in the laptop computer industry in a variety of roles. He received his Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Tom teaches a variety of courses focused on management, marketing, and leadership. Tom and his wife Cheryl live in Adams with their two rescue dogs, Frannie and Bridget.

Kelli Kozak

Kelli Kozak is the Vice President, Community Engagement at MountainOne. She holds a bachelor’s degree in History and American Studies from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. Kelli is a native of Berkshire County, proudly moving back to North Adams after living around the Northeast. A lifelong Maker starting out in the workshop on her family’s farm, she has broad experience in woodworking, crochet, paper arts, pottery, jewelry making, candle making, cake decorating, baking, photography, and digital design. Kelli, her husband, and their two sons also enjoy making maple syrup, preserving food, and learning other homestead skills.

Arthur De Bow

Arthur was Exhibits Director/Curator and Director of Alumni Affairs at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, OR., for over twenty years. He has directed galleries in Portland and New York, has conducted lectures and workshops around the country on the business side of the arts, and was a competitive ice skater and member of The Ice Classics, the National Gold Medal winning precision ice skating team. An Art and Design major at Norjord University in Denmark and Art and Theatre Arts major at Portland State University, his main work as an artist is Fiber, Book Arts, Prints and Mixed Media. In addition to costume design in Portland and New York for off Broadway, Arthur holds a degree in Business and Travel Industry. Besides the Makers’ Mill Board, he currently serves on the Boards of The Portland Rose Festival Foundation and Little Bird Arts that promotes K-12 arts nationally. He was the 2015 recipient of Higher Education Art Educator of the Year Award from the Oregon Art Education Association.  

Ash Austin

Ash is the Marketing Designer at Storey Publishing. She has a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, three hours from her hometown of Mandeville, LA. Prior to moving to North Adams, she lived in New York City and Los Angeles where she designed packaging for a film distributor. When she isn’t tethered to a computer she can be found brewing kombucha, baking bread, drawing comics, and enjoying the outdoors.


Founding Partners

Lever, Inc.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Storey Publishing
Williams College

Founding Board

Kate Barber, Chair
Diane Scott, Treasurer
Emily Watts, Clerk

Blair Benjamin
Julia Dixon
Marybeth Mitts
Jeffrey Thomas
Betty Vera

Individual Contributors

Andrew Adler, Carole Allen, Childsy & Jamie Art, Deborah Balmuth, Kate & Patrick Barber, Andrea Barrett & Barry Goldstein, Lisa Bassi, May Beattie, William Belcher, Blair & Alison Benjamin, Judy Benjamin, Steve Benjamin, Laura Benjamin & AJ Holz, Sara Bonthius & Pat Sullivan, Eileen Bote, Ralph Brill, Deborah Burns, Jane Burns, Marissa Carlson, Jack Carr, Valerie Carrigan, Sonnet Coggins & Sam Amoroso, Ben Cohen & Katherine Lee, Robert & Shari Collins, Lori Colombo, Christine Condaris, Kimberly Convery, Lisa Cordes, Ronadh Cox, Scout Cuomo, Michelle Daly, Rita Davis, Julia Dixon, Mary Lou DeWitt, Lisa Donovan, Jay Durand, Emily Edwards, Anna Embree, Lisa Marie Evans, Randy Fippinger, Laren Friedman, Robert Gall, Rebecca Gold & Dan Cellana, Jenn Gomez, Steve Green & Sue Walker, Bruce & Judy Grinnell, Sarah Guare, Bill Guild, M J Halberstadt, Briana Halpin, Christopher Handschuh, Holly Hardman, Liz Hartung, Sarah Hearn, Rachel Heisler, Terry T. Henley, Cecilia Hirsch, Mary Holway, Alex Huang, Amy Hughes, Cory Imig, George Johns & Jonas McCaffery, Liseann Karandisecky, Anne Kennedy, Nancy Koenigsberg, Christina Kostelecky, Matthew Kotan, Sharon & Steve Kotan, David Lachman, David Lake, Benjamin & Emily Lamb, Roberta Lamb, David Lane, Mary Lawlor, Liz Lawrence, Nicole Leclair, Susan Lyles, Carleen Madigan, John Malcolm, Ben Mancino, Nicholas Mantis & Claire Ting, Alan Marden, Jeanne Marklin & Gerry Caprio, Laurie McLeod, Kate Merrigan, Kurt Meyer, Robin Meyer & Greg Roach, Marybeth & Kevin Mitts, Martha Mohr, Harry Montgomery & Audrey Clarkson, Amy & David Moresi, Leslie & Rick Morgenthal, Anna Moriarty Lev, Alethea Morrison, Melanie Mowinski, Dawn Nelson, Jeremy Ogusky, Tina Olsen, Patrick Owens, Bo & Katherin Peabody, Debi Pendell, Salvatore Perry & Karla Rothstein, Ceil Petrucelli, Marci Plum, Janette Anne Santos, Gregory Scheckler, Bill Schongar, Elizabeth Schulze, Diane Scott, Kim Seward, Dawn Shamburger, Tom Sheldon, Julia Shepley, Casey Sheppard, Ellen Solari-Brah, Sabrina Staires, Bob and Carol Stegeman, Charley Stevenson & Kate Brill, Janie & John Strahan, Diane Sullivan, Jess Sweeney, Cathy Talcott, Colleen Taylor, Jeffrey Thomas, Laurie & Peter Thomsen, Melisa Tien, Heather Tietgens, Eric Tiffany & Lee Park, Amanda Tobin, Natalie Tyler, Paul Tyler, Raul Valverde, Tia Vasiliou, Betty Vera, Christopher Volpe, Ann Watts, Emily Watts, and Marsha Weaver

Gratitude to Berkshire Direct, Connors Brothers Moving & Storage,Dan Clowes Architecture, Donovan and O’Connor, KMS Signs, and Smith Watson for their services and support during the launch of this space.

Educational programming supported in part by the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire.


Tools and equipment kindly supplied by the following institutions & individuals: CR J Landscape Architects, Williams College, Williams College Museum of Art, John Ahlen, Kate Barber, Licia Conforti, Michelle Jensen, Suzy Konecky, Jane Herman, Tina Olsen, Elizabeth Schulze, Betty Vera, and Emily Watts.