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The Hocking Makers Network is devoted to empowering people to find their passions through introduction to tools; approachable, affordable classes; and workshop membership opportunities to pursue their interests on their own. Pipelines to (1) workforce development, (2) higher education, (3) entrepreneurial endeavors, or (4) avenues to explore new hobbies all contribute to the value that the HMN provides to Nelsonville and surrounding communities. 


The Hocking Makers Network will help the residents of Nelsonville and surrounding communities flourish by creating a network of workshops, tools, resources, classes, connections, and opportunities. This network and these resources will help expose people to skills, careers, and potential passions they didn’t know they had - they didn’t know they were talented at. It is our belief that if a person finds their passion, they live a fuller life; find a more satisfying career; contribute more energetically to their local community.

Although operated by Hocking College, the Network is not overtly branded as a Hocking College entity, thereby appealing to a broader community in Nelsonville and surrounding communities than just the students and staff of the college, thus fostering a diverse community of Makers. It is hoped that this Network will create local entrepreneurs, will send more people through workforce training programs, will provide a pipeline of new students to Hocking College, and will provide cultural richness through leisure learning and hobby programs.  In this manner, every demographic of Nelsonville will have an opportunity to discover a new skill, hobby, or opportunity. Although technically a non-profit, by strategically managing the Hocking Makers Network as a business, constant attention will be paid to the needs and interests of the community in order to pivot to the classes, resources, events, and services that are most in demand. Thus, it is expected that the program will be sustainable over the long run, and ideally will serve as a successful model that can be scaled to other communities across the Midwest and beyond, and continue to cement Hocking College’s innovative practices as the place for Hired Education.


  • Each person has a passion to discover about themselves
  • Each person has a value to bring to the community
  • Diversity of community is a strength
  • It doesn’t have to be an insurmountable challenge to find a new skill, hobby, career
  • A rising tide lifts all ships - the community is better off if its people are energized and activated
  • We live in an empowering era of information, technology, and opportunity – but many people need exposure to these.  That’s what the HMN provides.  It’s a catalyst to unlock one’s passion and talent, and to direct people to resources to continue to grow

Meet Our Team

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Sean Terrell

Currently serving as the Dean of Workforce Development and Community Engagement at Hocking College, Sean leads a team of workforce and economic development professionals focused on transforming the Appalachian economy through short-term, for-credit and non-credit, certificate-based training programs at the College. Sean's office manages multiple entrepreneurial ventures for the College, including a brewery, distillery, Rhapsody Restaurant, The Lodge at Hocking College, Leisure Learning, and the Hocking College Innovation Gateway and Makerspace. Before coming to Hocking College, Sean held numerous positions in non-profit organizations in Atlanta, Georgia, and Columbus, Ohio. 

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Michelle Robinson

Michelle Robinson currently serves as the Director, Special Projects and Community Engagement, Workforce Development, at Hocking College.  Michelle’s efforts are centered around developing and maintaining relationships with community partners that support and are supported by the efforts of the College.  Among many of her projects, she leads the development and management of the newly formed Black Diamond Distillery, Hocking College Brew Lab, and upcoming Jacob Miller’s Tavern Cider House.  Michelle also leads efforts on Leisure Learning Community Classes and the Hocking Makers Network offerings and assists with grant writing and management. 

Alicia Ann Schwieterman

Alicia Schwieterman

Alicia is an AmeriCorps VISTA member for Southeast Ohio Appalachia, focusing on entrepreneur ecosystems. Working with Hocking Makers Network, Workforce and Entrepreneur Development at Hocking College, and the Value Chain Market, she'll help makers create, work and learn in an environment that honors the character of our regional ecosystem and communities. Using collaborative research, branding and grant seeking with our co-op partners, we aim to create equality in academia, employment and economic opportunities embedded in regional-wealth. Before serving with AmeriCorps, Alicia worked with Big Brother Big Sister, Camp Oty' Okwa as an environmental educator.


Meet Our Board of Advisors


Nathan Berger

Nathaniel Berger joined the Voinovich School in October of 2019 and has been with Ohio University since 2005. Nathaniel has worked with the LIGHTS Regional Innovation Network, i.e. LIGHTS, since 2016, now leading as Associate Director, serving a 26-county region assisting entrepreneurs, businesses, and organizations focusing on product development, production, and related business activities. Nathaniel helps lead LIGHTS-INC, a new initiative based upon LIGHTS, to help bridge the gap between the regional recovery ecosystem with that of the robust entrepreneurial ecosystem.


Nathaniel has led over a decade of entrepreneurial support, with a focus upon information technology, prototyping, and creative applications in the commercial and educational realms, working in the digital arena since 1997, education since 1999, and in creative production since 2005. He has leveraged these experiences helping clients meet their goals through practical applications of workflows leveraging modern business strategies alongside digital technologies and prototyping tools. He has worked with small to medium-sized businesses, entrepreneurs, startups, non-profits, artists, educators, engineers, and students to develop client and objective specific creative solutions for a wide variety of needs.

Alex Bandar, Idea Foundry

Alex Bandar, Ph.D.

Alex founded the Columbus Idea Foundry - one of the world’s largest community workshops, or "makerspaces", which he began as a passion and is now his full-time career. With 800+ members and growing rapidly, the Foundry is one of the most active makerspaces on the planet and has won numerous international awards. Alex is grateful to share his experience with other organizations that are interested in bringing the "maker culture" to their communities, and so he couldn't be prouder to be involved with Hocking College and part of the Hocking Makers Network team.