Meet the Team

MakerSpace Staff

DIRECTOR: Michelle Pope

Michelle Pope is the new Director of the Lacey MakerSpace. Previously, Michelle oversaw the development and management of visual arts instruction at The Evergreen State College (2010-2021). Before that, she was a builder and green building advocate managing successive architectural salvage businesses in Olympia. Michelle has long been a maker herself, working in wood, metal, glass and clay. She is a strong advocate for artists and creative types in Thurston County and serves as board chair for the Olympia Artspace Alliance. The Pacific Northwest has been home to Michelle for over 30 years, and she’ll often be found in the woods or on the beach searching for that perfect piece of driftwood for her artwork and garden. Michelle is excited to join the Lacey MakerSpace and create great things with the regional maker community.

SHOP LEAD: Nathan Caldwell

Nathan is a talented maker whose creatitivity knows no bounds. From 3D printing, to CNC routing, to laser engraving, he can do it all! Add sewing, injection molding, and CNC plasma cutting, you get the picture. He's upgraded and fixed nearly every tool in the makerspace, and works hard to maximize opportunities for the makers.


Emily Crawford is a Mechanical Engineering graduate of SMU with interests in manufacturing and green energy. She is currently pursuing her master's degree with a concentration in intelligent and mechanical systems. She has over a year's worth of experience in the shop and can give advice on how to make projects and how to use the machinery. She also teaches the "101 Basics" classes offered for free for members. She is inspired by the creativity that members and volunteers bring to the Makerspace and is excited to help turn ideas into reality.

The Lacey MakerSpace was created by the City of Lacey, the Thurston Economic Development Council, and Saint Martin's University as a response to the clear need to foster entrepreneurship and hands-on skill training locally. All three founders have permanent representation on the Executive Committee which governs the MakerSpace.

Executive Committee Members

CHAIR: Graeme Sackrison

Graeme Sackrison Graeme Sackrison is a long-time area resident. He holds a BA in economics and business from the Western Washington State College and has an extensive background in the public sector. Following his tour of duty in the U.S. Air Force, Sackrison worked for twenty-seven years in the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD), the last decade of which he served as the ESD Legislative Liaison. He spent 13 years serving on the Lacey City Council, including three two-year terms as Mayor. Sackrison currently serves on the North Thurston Public Schools Board of Directors and is a strong supporter of career and technical education. Sackrison serves as a volunteer with the Thurston Economic Development Council.

VICE CHAIR: David H. Olwell, Ph.D.

David OlwellDavid H. Olwell, Ph.D., Professor and Dean of the Hal & Inge Marcus School of Engineering, joined Saint Martin’s University in 2015. Dr. Olwell brings with him 25 years of experience on the faculty of West Point and the Naval Postgraduate School, where he also successfully led and significantly expanded the Department of Systems Engineering while serving as department chair. Prior to joining Saint Martin’s, Olwell also served as a co-principal investigator on a major multi-million dollar research project from 2009-2014 that defined the systems engineering body of knowledge and developed the reference curriculum for graduate systems engineering.


Rick WalkRick Walk is the Director of Community & Economic Development for the City of Lacey where he has worked for 19 years. He is responsible for economic development, long range planning, land use permitting, and building and fire code implementation. He works closely with regional partners, private developers and property owners to partner in the implementation of the City’s community vision. Walk brings to his position experience in city and rural county planning and has been responsible for the development and implementation of comprehensive plans, sub-area plans, urban center master plans, zoning and design codes, and environmental plans and ordinances.


Before becoming the Manager for the Center for Business & Innovation Sean was the Program Director for the Washington Center for Women in Business. Prior to that he spent seven years teaching a wide variety of management and marketing courses at the collegiate level.   Additionally, Sean has nine years of retail management experience and has spent a total of eighteen years working in the retail sector with specialized experience in the action sports and outdoor industries.  Five years of his experience was working in a world class customer service environment.  In 2012 he completed a Ph.D. in Organizational Change and Development at Southern Cross University.  He conducted research in relation to environmentally responsible organizations, knowledge management and environmental performance.

MEMBER: Brad Hooper

Brad HooperBrad Hooper has 25 years of experience in K-12 education. He was Career and Technical Education Director for the Olympia School District and, later, was the District’s Technology Director. He served for eleven years as professor and Head Track and Cross Country Coach at Saint Martin’s University. Currently, Hooper is the Technical Education Director for the North Thurston Public Schools and an adjunct professor at Pierce College and City University. He has received Executive Leadership Certification from the University of Notre Dame (2012) and accepted the Leadership Thurston County Graduate award (2011).

MEMBER: Lisa Power, Ph.D.

Dr. Lisa Power teaches marketing in the School of Business at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington. She has taught business, leadership, and communications for more than 15 years. Lisa earned a PhD in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University; she also has an MS in advertising and an MBA. Prior to her teaching career, Dr. Power worked as a marketer for technology startups and media companies.  She offers her experience in marketing and communication to the Lacey MakerSpace, as well as a passion for helping people within her community enrich their lives through education, creativity, and technology. Along with her family of inveterate tinkerers, Dr. Power enjoys using technology and design to solve everyday problems.

MEMBER: Chad Bacon

Chad Bacon is the professor of Machining Technologies program at South Puget Sound Community College since 2010. Prof. Bacon is a graduate of South Puget Sound and has worked in the machining industry for 20+ years. Machining has been his career as well as his hobby, he is very passionate about sharing his knowledge with future machinists.