Meet the Staff

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Travis Sluss

Founder

Travis Sluss found his first start in the technology industry printing labels for his local community at age 11. A few years later Travis was the youngest intern a New York City computer-consulting firm had ever accepted. That summer he built his first computer and his passion for technology was ignited. Following his fervor for all things tech, Travis spent several years working for Apple and multiple production companies. While with Apple and working in the production industries Travis had the opportunity to observe the ways in which technology enhances lives and creativity. Travis began MakeInspires in 2011 with the goal of empowering people and organizations with technology education. 

Travis Sluss was raised in Purchase, NY, and attended Purchase College. Travis has traveled to over a dozen countries and over 30 states for various technology-based work, including as a sound engineer for rock and roll bands like the Spin Doctors.

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Caleb Boardman

Mamaroneck

Makerspace Manager

Caleb’s Passion for Technology and the Arts started as a child using Sketch-up, making short films in iMovie and creating music in GarageBand. A passion for music technology drove Caleb from Vermont to Westchester County to study Music Production at Purchase College Music Conservatory where he also was introduced to 3D art and programming.

From a family of educators, Caleb believes that art is an essential part of a child’s education and that its presence in STEAM will enhance the lives and wellbeing of the children of today and the adults of tomorrow.

Caleb manages MakeInspires Mamaroneck Makerspace and continues to work on professional music productions, visual art and films in his spare time.

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Deirdre Dunham

Chappaqua

Makerspace Manager

Deirdre has been a hands-on maker her whole life, learning to push the pedal of a sewing machine only shortly after walking. Her zeal for technology was fostered through her early education with programs like FIRST Robotics, but also through countless personal projects spanning from dismantling (paper) printers for fun to building her own 3D printer from scratch.

Following her interest in engineering, Deirdre went on to receive her BSc in Bioengineering/Computer Science from Northeastern University, and her MA in Design Products from the Royal College of Art.

Deirdre has done it all, from R&D for surgical devices, to web development, to scenic design. Through these experiences, makerspaces have held a special place in her heart, creating a safe space to foster creativity and curiosity. Now, as the manager of MakeInspires Chappaqua, Deirdre aims to create a space to provide accessible and equitable opportunities to all makers.

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