Staff

Furniture Society Administration

Brigitte Martin, Executive Director
executive.director@furnituresociety.org

Brigitte Martin is Founder and Editor of crafthaus, an online social media network since 2008. She has worked for the auction house Sotheby’s as well as run her own brick-and-mortar gallery in Pittsburgh, PA. She has served as Chair of Fundraising and Development on the Board of Directors of the Society of North American Goldsmiths since 2012, culminating her service as the organization’s president. Martin is a regular contributor to American Craft Magazine and was recently named the publication’s Editor at large. She founded a national Craft Think Tank in 2012 and has co-organized the event together with the American Craft Council since 2013. Martin was named one of the 5 “Best Art Curators in Pittsburgh” by CBS, as well as one of “9 People to Watch in 2013” by The Crafts Report. She authored the book Humor in Craft, winner of multiple awards. She was featured on the NPR radio show “Radio Times” in May 2012 and by American Craft Magazine (2010, 2015.) Martin is a national public speaker on aspects related to running a business in the craft field, a communications expert, and a sought-after juror for craft shows and competitions. A goldsmith by training, Martin is a prominent, national advocate for art and craft, someone who supports and champions all craft media and artists working in the field today.

Brigitte Martin Named New Executive Director at The Furniture Society


Ellie Jackson, volunteer
Membership Management, Communications

Megan Tilston, volunteer
Communications

Geoff McKonly, volunteer
Communications

Geoff McKonly received a BFA in Photography from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He turned to woodworking full time in 1999, founding the Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory, an organization that helps young people develop self-reliance skills through boat building. Over the next 17 years, he built, restored and designed wooden boats and has taught classes at Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia, the WoodenBoat School in Brooklyn, Maine, and the Peters Valley School of Craft in Layton, NJ. In 2013, he moved to Easthampton, Massachusetts, with his wife and son and began to build custom furniture. You can see his work at www.geoffmckonlyfurniture.com

Jennifer Hancock, volunteer
Conference

 

David Fleming, volunteer
Web Site Administration, Communications

David has been a member of The Furniture Society since 1999, his first conference was the 2000 gathering hosted by Sheridan College in Toronto, Canada. He was recognized by the Society Board as 'Volunteer of the Year' at the 2001 conference in Arizona, and joined the web site development team as a volunteer soon after. He served one term on the Board (2003-2006), managing the web site in it's entirety, and then as a contractor served The Furniture Society as Web Site Administrator from 2006 to 2016. He continues to help manage the web site on a volunteer basis. David studied furniture making for two years (1984-86) with James Krenov, in the Fine Woodworking Program at the College of the Redwoods. He makes furniture and teaches woodworking at his shop in Scottsdale, Arizona.