Meet the Mentors

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Bryan Belknap (Location: McPherson)

Bryan joined the Maker team in November of 2015. Bryan’s background is a mish-mash of higher education and light construction. He tries to model a positive attitude and a trial and error spirit in all maker sessions. While he has high minded ideas of social justice, these days Bryan works at improving the lives’ of individuals that he meets each day. Bryan brings a basic knowledge of physics and hand tools to Maker Jawn. He thinks that there is nothing more rewarding than working with children and wants to make cool things with them.  

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Gabriella Trujillo (Location: Kensington)

Ella grew up on a haunted flower farm in Southern Colorado. She graduated in 2012 with a BFA in painting. Her background is mostly in visual arts but she’s also a web designer and musician. Most of her time outside of Maker Jawn is spent on art and music but she’s also extremely interested in farming
 & gardening, sustainability, used bookstores, collecting soul records, getting lost in the woods, and owning too many bikes.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

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Samira Ford (Location: Ramonita de Rodriguez)

Samira Ford is a graduate of Temple University’s School of Communications and Theater and works with the Free Library as a Maker Mentor for their Maker Jawn program. She has also worked with the New Freedom Theatre as an intern for their performing arts training program, and has assisted them with over twenty productions. She is a professional writer and editor, with skills in media production, sewing, graphic design, and can speak conversational Japanese.                                                                                                                                                                         

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Arrick Underhill (Location: Widener)

Arrick migrated to Philadelphia from Sweden in 2016. He has a background in sculpture, library studies, and metal/woodworking. He likes music, cycling, spicy food, and cats.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

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