Meet the Mentors

If during your studies there will definitely be moments when, creating a project, you will need to turn to mentors for advice. In this case, don't worry, you don't have to be shy, mentors will be happy to help you create a project, or contact where you can get useful materials.

Bryan Belknap

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.  


 Chieuanh Thi Nguyen

Chieuanh Ngyuen joined the Maker Jawn family in January of 2016. She graduated from Dickinson College with a major in Biology and minor in East Asian Studies. She speaks both conversational Vietnamese and Japanese. During high school, she was in a robotic club for two years, where she participated in the SeaPerch Challenge at Drexel University. She also interned at NextFab Studio, where she worked with a 3D printer called Makerbot Cupcake CNC. Chieuanh now spent most of her time working with the Free Library of Philadelphia as a Maker Mentor, ESL teacher, and Citizenship Test tutor. Her favorite pastime is making homemade gifts for her friends and family with DIY projects inspired from Youtube and Pinterest.


Clarissa Eck

Clarissa is a graduate of Pratt Institute, where she studied illustration and graphic design. Most of her professional endeavors involve the intersection of visual arts, education, holistic living and social justice. Clarissa became a part of Maker Jawn in October 2015. She also works as a freelance designer for Sweetriot Inc., a fair trade chocolate company. In the past, Clarissa has worked as a Program Director for Odyssey Teen Camp, an alternative teen camp in upstate New York, and as a web designer for The Relationship Foundation, a non-profit organization that teaches Nonviolent communication to New York City high school students. Her favorite thing about Maker Jawn is helping kids to learn, create, and experiment without limits.


Gabriella Trujillo

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.




Gavin Riley

Gavin Riley graduated from Drexel University with a degree in photography and has been a Maker Mentor for 2 years. In this time he’s done a wide variety of STEAM activities at the Cecil B Moore neighborhood branch. His specialties are digital music and video production.






Goda Takumaite

Along with her work at Maker Jawn, Goda Trakumaite is an illustrator, a comics and video artist, and a gardener. She is also a member of the Books Through Bars collective, a Philly-based organization that sends free books to people incarcerated in the mid-Atlantic region. Her educational background is in philosophy and her professional background is in arts administration and education.




Juliana Noone

Juliana became a part of the Maker Mentor team in October 2015. She has a background in visual art, with an emphasis on painting and metalwork. She is a cofounder of the live painting group, Rompus, and likes to spend her free time painting, making things, learning improv, and rock climbing. Her previous work as an educator has been as a daycare teacher, and a museum educator at the Please Touch Museum, where she was fulfilling a fellowship through the FAO Schwarz Family Foundation. Juliana is an avid believer in open ended and emergent methods of education and loves getting to tinker, create, and learn alongside her fellow Mentors and Makers in the program.

Molly North

Molly North has been a Mentor with Maker Jawn since September 2015. She has a background in biology, and has previously worked as a Research Assistant in laboratories, and as a facilitator in a variety of citizen science education initiatives geared for middle school, high school, and college aged students. She is invested in making science understandable and accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds, particularly by bridging the gap between liberal arts and science subjects. She enjoys doing art, cooking, and seeing live music in her free time.


Samira Ford

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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