The Makery FOUNDERS
Hayley is an engineer and software developer who worked in high-tech for a number of years in the Boston area and overseas before moving into product development with her partner and husband, Manny Cabanas. Two startups later, and with years of experience creating products, business and community from the ground up, she launched The Makery, an educational community space for learning, making, collaborating and incubating in Coolidge Corner. From Architecture to painting, from woodworking to 3D modeling and more, Hayley loves the energizing mix of creativity that happens when people with many different talents and skills come make together and share knowledge. Long-time Brookline residents, Hayley and Manny are the parents of two children that attended Brookline schools, k-12.
Electrical engineer, innovator, tinkerer and entrepreneur, Manny Cabanas is the co-founder of The Makery with business partner and wife, Hayley Greenberg. Manny worked for many years in the automatic semiconductor test industry before branching out into product design and small business development. Manny is happiest when he is tinkering and building and is always thinking of how to make improvements to processes, products and lives. At The Makery, we call him the idea guy, not only for his ideas, but also for solutions. Manny loves to play with wood, electronics, mechanics and all kinds of machines and he loves to learn how things work. Manny is enthusiastic about trying new things and lives by the motto, “How hard can it be?”!
THE MAKERY TEAM
Audra is a graphic designer, painter, and all-around maker of things. Audra graduated from UVM with a BA in Studio Art. She continued her studies at UCLA’s Design Communication Program, where she was recruited to work at the acclaimed Los Angeles graphic design studio–Top Design. Shortly thereafter she partnered in the creation of the award-winning, boutique design firm, Orange Bike Design. She has worked as a commercial artist and graphic designer for notable clients such as The Recording Academy, The Latin Grammy Awards, Toyota, and City of Hope. Audra continues to work as a freelance graphic designer and has recently re-focused her efforts on painting–exhibiting and selling her work locally and nationwide. Audra lives in Brookline with her husband, son, two cats, and a super friendly golden retriever.
Rebecca is a self taught papercutting artist, illustrator, and teacher extraordinaire! A Brookline native, Rebecca has been working in the Brookline Public School system for the past 7 years, first teaching enrichment art, then working as a lead teacher in the Pierce School Extended Day Program. Rebecca published her first book in 2017, a coloring book for kids and adults. She has sold and exhibited her artwork worldwide as a member of the Paper Artist Collective, and frequently collaborates with paper companies on marketing their products. Rebecca has been doing program development and instruction at The Makery for the past year and a half, and is thrilled to be teaching the connection between art, tech, and engineering. In her free time, Rebecca is an avid outdoorswoman, who enjoys hiking, rock climbing and more. She is also a musician and singer, and loves to perform.
A passionate Marketer, with 6 years of experience contributing to and managing an enterprise's digital ecosystem. She lead the execution of social strategies, created and optimized high value content, managed communities, and built campaigns for some awesome brands like The Voice, L'Oréal etc. She also has 2 years of experience in the hospitality industry, and is known for her bartending skills. She is a self taught artist, photographer & DIYer. She loves to travel and writes her own Travelogues.
Funny memes makes her laugh, good content makes her happy!
The Makery Instructors
Nick has always been a tinkerer and a teacher, learning as much as possible and sharing that knowledge with others. Nick has a bachelor's degree in computer science and spent 7 years as a software engineer. He has been involved in the maker community at Artisan's Asylum in Somerville since 2011 and now helps run the bicycle shop there. Nick has built more than 15 custom chopper bicycles in all sorts of bizarre configurations and he regularly commutes on a bike that's over 5 ft tall, is covered in programmable LED lights and has an on board sound system. Nick is excited about the potential of human powered and alternative energy transportation, especially around the city for short distance trips. When not in the workshop Nick is a certified Parkour instructor and teaches kids of all ages how to better use their bodies to move through space.
Alexander Chesebro is a historical costumer and living history interpreter with a specialization in foundation garments. Alexander has created corsets and stays for living history events and private clients across the U.S., including for performers at The Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco. His design process relies on extensive research examining extant garments in both his personal collection and museum archives in order to produce comfortable foundation garments with period correct silhouettes. Alexander also collects and documents historical textiles, specializing in silk brocades and woolens from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He is thrilled to offer new classes on making foundation garments here in the Boston area.