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Roswell Firelabs / Atlanta Maker Alliance Board of Directors

Skyler Holobach

By day, Skyler manages the abuse desk for a major email service platform. She spends the majority of her time arguing with spammers, blogging about said arguments with spammers, serving on the board of Women of Email, and Tweeting about dumb things spammers do. Skyler prefers Google Slides over Powerpoint.

By night, Skyler likes to pick up new hobbies, learn new skills, and translate those skills to helping others. Current hobbies include crochet, improv, blacksmithing, sewing, cross stitch, 3D printing, lasering, leatherworking, casting, and woodworking. In 2021, she’s hoping to improve her woodworking skills while keeping her fingers intact and wants to learn how to make stained glass pieces. Pre-pandemic, Skyler spent 800+ hours a year crocheting hats, blankets, and scarves for Warm Up America. She’s always had a passion for making things, but became involved in the maker community after her volunteer work with Atlanta Beats Covid. As Skyler cast shields for Atlanta Beats Covid, she started spending more and more time at Roswell Firelabs and fell in love with the community and the space, and is excited to have the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors. If you see her around the space (probably in the laser room, or running around with a label printer), feel free to say hi!

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Jackie Kovarovics

Wearing many hats throughout the day, Jackie runs most of the daily operational parts of her family business, Project FDL, while hydrodipping and building at night with her husband, Jesse. While active in the larger maker community with 3d printing, Maker Faires and local outreach to schools with Jesse, Jackie learned more about Firelabs while starting to volunteer for Atlanta Beats Covid- first just printing face shield bands, then coming up to the space frequently to help assemble and package face shields as the efforts grew. If you see a gal with Princess Leia buns around Firelabs, it’s most likely Jackie- say hi, she’s thrilled to be on the board!


Shane Matthews

Inventor, Innovator, Creator of things. 

Shane started off the same as most curious kids, ripping things apart at a very early age (rarely getting them back as they were) As he grew older and more skilled, the ripping and building turned into a life of creating and launching products that have impacted the world as we know it. Shane's innovations/inventions have not only made it around the world, but to outer space where some still orbit the earth. Currently, Shane helps startups launch and scale, and also keeps in touch with the maker community, jumping in to help/advise whenever he has time.

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Fabien Papleux

Fabien is a technology executive, strategist and architect with over 25 years of industry experience. He has worked on a large number of technology revolutions, including digital music, e-commerce, mobile computing, internet of things, 3D printing, and cloud. Having oscillated between corporate and consulting roles, Fabien is also at home in large multi-billion dollar operations as well as small start-up scale groups. He most definitely does not endorse Google Slides.

Over the last few years, his focus on the Internet Of Things led him to develop new skills in electronics and hardware development, which opened up a whole new world of making for him. Today he is as passionate about woodworking as he is about software and he can’t stop learning new skills. He is thrilled about the opportunity to serve as a board member of the Roswell FireLabs — grab him when you see him. He loves to hear and share ideas.

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Tim Walter

Tim is a former management consultant whose focus changed over 25 years from I.T. project management to business process / operations improvement and redesign to strategic rethinking and road mapping. He spent about half his time working as an independent contractor and half as staff with excellent firms, starting with Kurt Salmon Associates and ending as a Principal with The North Highland Company. His clients ranged from AT&T and Coca-Cola to 3-person startups. He still likes PowerPoint. Tim is currently the COO of APUTrac, a technology startup which planned to bring fuel-saving subscription-based monitoring to airlines with initial product rollout scheduled for March, 2020. Oooops.

Tim's interest in "making" started with building a Rans S-7 from a kit of parts through FAA flight testing, then "frame-off" restoring a 1973 MGB. More recently, he has been learning about technology -- linux / python, Internet of Things, drones/remote controlled vehicles, aerial videography, 3d printing -- and the possibilities these hold for the world. He is passionate about building communities where knowledge can be easily exchanged and experience transferred, particularly to the next generation. He has coached startups and entrepreneurs and served organizations such as Outward Bound Atlanta.

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Roswell Firelabs
1601 Holcomb Bridge Rd

Roswell, GA 30076

Roswell FireLabs is managed by Atlanta Maker Alliance, Inc., a local 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

By participating in any activities at the Roswell Firelabs, you acknowledge the following terms:

  1. I am aware and understand that some activities conducted at Roswell Firelabs are inherently dangerous and involve risk of injury, death, or property damage. 
  2. I acknowledge that I am voluntarily participating in the activities and/or facilities operated by the organization, and agree to accept all risks. 
  3. I acknowledge all training, safety, and general policies and procedures ratified by the organization, and pledge to abide by them.
  4. I acknowledge and agree to hold harmless Roswell Firelabs / Atlanta Maker Alliance, its members, officers, directors, successors, and delegates from all claims on account of personal injury, death, or property damage attributed to my participation in activities and/or facilities operated by Roswell Firelabs / Atlanta Maker Alliance.
  5. I agree to not bring any claims against the organization, and hereby release and discharge the organization from liability under any such claims.
  6. Additionally, I agree to hold the organization harmless against any and all losses, damages, liabilities, deficiencies, claims, actions, judgments, settlements, interest, awards, penalties, fines, costs, or expenses of whatever kind arising from any claim of a third party related to activities and/or facilities operated by Roswell Firelabs / Atlanta Maker Alliance.
  7. I acknowledge that Roswell Firelabs utilizes video recording devices for the security of the property and the welfare of the organization.

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