About

Mission

Promoting and encouraging technical, scientific and artistic skills through social collaboration, education and individual projects.

Vision

Ace Monster Toys (“AMT”) Makerspace is a 501(c)(3) non­profit member supported organization founded in 2011. We support traditional makers and craftspeople as well as hackers both digital and material. Our community brings together people of diverse skill levels by providing resources and culture to build networks; co-work; and engage in projects that benefit individuals and the community at large. The resources we develop include spaces and a wide variety of tools and supplies to support making and learning.

Values

Supporting our mission is met with more than just space and tools. We hold the following values as integral to our success:

Community
We are intentionally growing a welcoming community of diverse people with an economically accessible offering. We bring together makers, craftspeople, hobbyists, entrepreneurs, programmers, creators and hackers in Oakland, CA and the greater East Bay.
Inquiry
The spirit of curiosity is at the heart of hacking, our culture of camaraderie makes for a welcoming place for those who are willing to try something new or ask how things work
Growth
Sharing expertise, ideas and knowledge is what makes growth possible as a community, individuals and professionals
Action
We promote an environment of cooperation where conducting ourselves with respect for each other and the space is expressed though active transparency and communication

Leadership

Board of Directors

Chris Constantine
Director

Chris was an AMT member for a year before joining the board. He enjoys minor woodworking and building programmable LED cubes that get larger and more elaborate with every iteration. Like many members, he loves both the people and the tools at AMT. As a director he’s focused on to ensuring the smooth operation of the org and planning for its long term success. He’s looking to help steer the org in a sustainable direction.

His motto is “Always be Optimizing”.

Rob Froetscher
Director

You’ll find Rob most days at AMT’s co-working space, where he runs his small Software Consultancy. He’s also been known to use the shop, laser, and CNC router to help him build projects, including an 8-ft diameter hamster wheel that people can ride in. He loves AMT’s helpful community and values (no ‘splaining, for example). He’s experienced with co-operatively run organizations and also lives in a co-operatively run (and now cooperatively-owned) home.

As a director, he’s focused on getting more people involved in leadership positions. He chose to run for the board in order to help shape the future of the org, and believes that it helps to physically be around something to feel invested in it and to care about it.

 

Pierre Grandin
Director

Pierre joined Ace shortly after relocating to the Bay Area. Initially interested in the Raspberry Pi meetup, the amazing culture of sharing knowledge quickly led him in learning about many of the tools that are available at Ace, from the big CNC router to 3D printing, and, of course, laser. After two years of membership, learning from others, he became more involved in running the space by helping wherever his skill set could be of use. He’s now serving his third year on the board of directors.

Patrick Safinya-Davies
Director

Most of Patrick’s projects are related to records and vinyl culture. You’ll often find him working on his latest project with the laser cutter. When he’s not working on music related projects, Patrick also enjoys a recently rediscovered love for comic books.

Many of his making skills have come from a sense of curiosity and willingness to observe the world around him. This has led him on a circuitous path along which he’s picked up a lot of knowledge. He enjoys solving problems and being a part of decision making processes, which led him to run for the board of directors. From his perspective, everyone has a voice and can help steer the organization. He loves the wealth of knowledge and skills that AMT community members have and their willingness to share with everyone. He also appreciates that AMT has such a commitment to growth and development. As a director, he wants to engage with the community, specifically folks who may like to utilize AMT’s resources but didn’t know were available.


Nico Scherm
Director

Nico has been a member at AMT for over three years. They are working towards using all the tools at AMT, and can often be found working on multiple projects at once. After finding AMT, they were drawn in by the friendly community and decided to run for the board. They have a long history of volunteering and coordinating groups and events. As a board member, they’re excited to participate in outreach to local groups and help the AMT community grow. When they’re not spending their free time at AMT, they enjoy dancing and being involved in circus communities.

Officers

Rachel Sadd 

President,
Monster Corps Coordinator

Rachel (aka Crafty) is an independent consultant in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. She has yet to choose one discipline and can be frequently found consulting on anything from unique wearables to front-end development to design and more. She also likes to teach whether it be 1:1 private lessons or as a volunteer with both adults and kids. During the last four years she has also amused herself sewing, herding cats and hacking culture at AMT and several other Bay Area maker/artist spaces.

Learn more about what Rachel does at AMT

Holly Mendenhall

Secretary

Holly joined the Ace Monster Toys in November and has quickly “grown accustomed the space”. A career librarian and book-binding enthusiast, she brings extensive expertise for all things book-related to help AMT stay organized and documented.

When she’s not recording our history or helping make AMT more friendly and inclusive, you can find Holly working on her never-ending queue of home renovation projects.

Learn more about what Holly does at AMT

Stewards and Team Leaders