Furniture Society Administration

Brigitte Martin, Executive Director

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

Monica Hampton, Education Director

Monica Hampton has had a lifelong interest in the arts and education. Her background is a combination of fine arts, art history, education, and public outreach, with an emphasis on program development for museums and organizations specializing in history, fine art, craft, and design. As an independent consultant , she produced the American Craft Council’s 2016 conference. Monica served as the Director of Education at The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) and was formerly the Director of Education at the American Craft Council (ACC). Past positions include working with the Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD), Metropolis Magazine, and the Cooper-Hewitt.

She studied fine arts and art history at Bard College, received a dual fine arts/art history BA degree from George Washington University, and holds an MS in Museum Education from Bank Street.

Megan Tilston, volunteer

Megan Tilston is a Toronto-based furniture maker whose work has been shown across North America.  Her career in woodworking began at Merganzer Furniture in 2004 after lending a hand on a steam-bending project.  With a background in graphic design, she spent the next decade immersed in all aspects of furniture making through an informal apprenticeship while being encouraged to pursue her own designs.  You can see more of Megan's work at


Geoff McKonly, volunteer

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


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 website development team as a volunteer soon after. He served one term on the Board (2003-2006), managing the website in its entirety, and then as a contractor served The Furniture Society as Web Site Administrator from 2006 to 2016. He continues to help manage the website 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 Arizona State University, the Southwest School of Woodworking, and at his own shop in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Ellie Jackson, volunteer
Special Projects