SHAK Makerspace
Jennifer Bollnow


Mike Kessler


Mike learned to build and fix things at an early age working alongside his dad and older brother Craig on one of the many “20 minute” jobs. Most people take the objects they buy for granted while Mike, his brother and father always analyze things and figure out how to make them better.  His hobbies include building sets for local plays, woodworking, metalworking, working with his church to build wheelchair ramps for those in need, and his newest hobby is 3D printing using a printer that his brother Craig designed and Mike built. Mike served as the co-production chair for Curtain Call Children’s Theater for 10 years where he also served as their interim Executive 

Director from 2011-2012.  Mike’s day job is as the IT Director at IU Health Tipton Hospital. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology from Oklahoma State University. Mike’s motto is, “Don’t break it if you don’t know how to fix it!”

Karla Buchanan

( Secretary)

  Susan Alexander


Her grandfather an airplane mechanic and spacesuit technician, her father a millwright, machinist and woodworker, and her mother a painter, stained glass artist, draftsman and seamstress, Susan Alexander was born into a maker family. Throughout her life she’s often told friends, “Don’t buy that, we can make it.” Then figures out how and does. She will try almost anything once, like the time she jumped out of a perfectly good airplane.  Susan has tiled, built shelves and fences, wired fixtures, sewn covers and costumes, and hooked rugs-her current favorite pastime. She has on her list of things to try: welding, specialty concrete and upholstering.  A former mayoral candidate and current  downtown revitalization specialist with the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance, she loves to inspire people to action for the good of the community.  Susan believes a makerspace is a much deserved amenity for the creative and innovative people of Kokomo who make things with their hands and minds.  She retreats, whenever possible, to the mountains of North Carolina to meditate. Susan has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She is married with two sons. 

Ariel "Ray" Bollnow


Leanna Brown

(Vice President)

Nan Braun

(Development Director/Innovation Architect/Co-Founder)

Nan has been a maker and entrepreneur for as long as she can remember- from helping her Dad build out the basement, family endeavors in landscaping and gardening, or cooking, canning , cake decorating and other creative endeavors with her Mom. She had her first successful create/sell for profit venture at age 9 and there was no looking back from there. She is currently the CEO of Thavron Solutions and the COO of Cogbots, a kinetic art studio. She and her husband David run Indiana Makers and are the Nation of Makers Ambassadors for the state of Indiana.  She loves supporting maker educators and consults with schools wanting to grow their makerspace and/or maker programs.  She is one of the champions of the SHAK CoderDojo program, and organizes the IgniteKokomo Program.

Nan runs a side hustle jewelry business called Twisted Dreams and helps to coordinate the Artisan Business Collective at SHAK. She has found a love of playing with hardware electronics for the fun of it, and hopes to see a wearables group get off the ground at the Makerspace. 

She has a passion for making makers, and enabling them in the entrepreneurial process.

Cheri Myers

( Member-at-Large)

Alan Anderson

( Member-at-Large)

Fred Jarrett


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SHAK Makerspace is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Address: 210 W Monroe St, Kokomo, Indiana 46901

Phone: (765) 865-8701


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