About Our Directors
DGWW is a unique organization with an interesting mission. We need Directors who understand "the maker mindset," learning, entrepreneurship, design, woodworking, and how organizations work. We invited a set of three oustanding directors with impressive skills, backgrounds, and energy to join co-founders Kyle Peck and John Seymour us as we build the DGWW organization. Read on to learn about them.
Glenn Johnson has spent his entire professional career in education. Most recently, he spent the past 16 years as an instructional designer in the Department of Statistics at Penn State University. Previously he was involved in the initial planning and development of academic programs for Penn State's World Campus.
Now retired, Glenn is able to spend more time exploring and learning more about what he has always enjoyed, woodworking and stained glass. For as long as he can remember, Glenn has been working with wood and putting together projects of all kinds. The projects that he appreciates the most are the ones that are used every day. There is certainly a practical aspect to what he builds. Examples include his family dining room table and chairs, end tables, cabinets, bookcases and other pieces in his home that are meant to be used. His stained glass projects are no different, they serve to provide various luminescent influences on a daily (or nightly) basis. On occasion his skills with wood are combined with glass in the cabinets or windows that he has built. You can view some of the glass pieces that Glenn has created on his website (https://sites.google.com/view/moondanceglass/home).
It's great to have Glenn's perspective on our Board of Directors!
Camille Sogin is a co-owner of Infrared Arts LLC, a laser engraving business in State College. She received her undergraduate degree in Archaeology and Biology and she now makes art inspired by the sciences. She was first drawn to woodworking through a desire to make Harry Potter inspired magic wands using a wood lathe. Her local makerspace allowed her to branch out into different types of woodworking as well as metalworking and laser engraving. Since moving to State College, Camille started her laser company, became involved in the local maker community, and, through a new makerspace initiative at Discovery Space, is helping to bring Maker Culture to all of Centre County. You can see her work and contact her through her website: IRarts.com
Brad Zdenek is a husband and father to two budding makers, combining electronics and coding with engineering and woodworking to see what types of crazy things they can dream up together. Brad literally grew up in his parent’s hardware store and has been an avid woodworker and maker ever since, limited only by time, money, and the inconvenience of physics.
In his work life Brad is the Innovation Strategist for the Nittany AI Alliance at Penn State, offering over 20 years of experience in supporting, developing, and leveraging disruptive technologies to improve the student experience across the K–20 spectrum. Prior to joining Penn State, Brad solidified his love of education while teaching middle school social studies in North Carolina. After choosing to pursue his graduate studies, Brad took on a number of roles at Penn State, including directing the professional development and outreach efforts for both the STEMScouts and Regional Educational Laboratory – Mid-Atlantic initiatives, helping K–12 teachers to leverage research-based practices for improving teaching and learning. More recently, Brad served as Innovation Strategist for the Center for Online Innovation in Learning (COL), strategically building and supporting a culture of innovation across the university.