Laura Flusche, Ph.D., Executive Director
Laura has been a member of the MODA staff since 2010. Prior to joining MODA, Laura lived in Rome, Italy for fifteen years, where she was assistant academic dean of an American academic program; taught art history, archaeology, mythology, and ancient history to undergraduates; and excavated on the east slope of the Palatine Hill, near the Colosseum and the Arch of Constantine.
In 2016, Laura received the Business Design and Arts Leadership Distinguished Alumni Award from the Savannah College of Art and Design where she earned a master’s degree in Arts Administration. She also holds a Ph.D. in Ancient Roman and Etruscan Art and Archaeology and an M.A. in Italian Renaissance Art. When asked about the transition from archaeology to design, she fiercely maintains that design is archaeology backwards.
Clare Timmerman, Associate Director
Clare joined MODA as a volunteer in 2011 and became a staff member in 2012, working first at campMODA and then with visitor services. She served as the director of membership and public programming from 2013 to 2015 and became MODA's associate director in 2015. As associate director she oversees day-to-day operations and business management, working closely with the executive director on development, fundraising, and the museum's strategic plan.
Prior to joining the MODA team, Clare worked as a designer in a local Atlanta architecture firm for four years. She holds a bachelor's degree in Art History from Kennesaw State University and is a member of the 2016 class of Art Leaders of Metro Atlanta. With her knack for absorbing information and fun design facts, Clare is a force in East Atlanta Village's trivia scene.
Maria Cramer, Curator of Connectivity
Maria joined the MODA team in April of 2016 with a creative spirit and a desire to produce game-changing communications for a twenty-first century arts organization. With expertise in branding, creative strategy, design systems, digital storytelling, and IMC; Maria's role is an interdisciplinary one as she serves as MODA’s marketing and social media arm.
Prior to MODA, Maria worked in performing arts venues and marketing agencies across the Southeast. The Athens, GA native holds a BFA in Visual Journalism with an Advertising emphasis, a minor in Cultural Anthropology, and a Music Business Certificate from the University of Georgia’s Grady College and Terry College of Business, where she graduated with honors. Outside the museum, you’ll find Maria brewing Greek coffee, tending to her lemon tree, or at a show with her fiancé and friends.
Nia Mosby, Development & Membership Associate
Nia strengthened her longstanding passions for art and history while studying Arts Management and Art History at Converse College. She joined the MODA team in May of 2015 to pursue an interest in non-profit development that was activated during several internships in diverse art and non-profit organizations around Atlanta.
As MODA's development and membership associate, Nia manages member relations and assists with development initiatives. Outside of the museum, there's a good chance you'll find Nia on her porch enjoying some quality coloring time relaxing with one of her famous “adult” coloring books.
Meredith White, Programming & Volunteer Coordinator
Native Atlantan and University of Georgia graduate, Meredith wears many hats at MODA. Whether organizing a 21st-century Design Conversation or coordinating the museum’s multitude of summer camps, she handles every detail with finesse. Meredith holds a BA in Art History, as well as a minor in Studio Art. Her quirky style and artistic flair can be seen in everything she does and everything she wears.
Outside of the museum, Meredith can be found painting in a cozy corner, processing black and white prints, or volunteering in any one of Atlanta’s rich music venues.
Neil Miller, 3D-Printing Proficient & Educator
Neil began volunteering at MODA in 2013, eventually joined the part-time staff, and became a full-time staff member in 2014. He graduated from SCAD-Atlanta in 2011 with a BFA in interactive design and game development and a minor in sculpture.
Neil has been 3D-printing since 2005, and 3D-modeling since before high school. As MODA's 3D-Printing Proficient and Resident Black Knight, Neil plans and implements the curriculum for hands-on design programming, schedules and teaches 3D-modeling classes, oversees day-to-day operation and maintenance of MODA's 3D-printers, and occasionally slays other metaphorical monsters.
Brigid Drozda, Design Thinking & Innovation Educator
An experienced classroom educator involved in the evolution of K-12 design thinking since its inception, Brigid infuses her lessons with transformative aspects of 21st century learning.
Brigid joined MODA as a camp director in the summer of 2015. She stepped into her current role as a MODA educator in October of 2015. Brigid develops interdisciplinary programs that combine cutting-edge STEAM tools with the design process. Her classes answer the needs of individual learners while building cultures of collaboration, innovation, and determination. She recognizes the absence of serious design-related education and actively works to fill that void. No matter how much she likes doing everything else, Brigid would always rather be playing jazz guitar.
Blair Banks, Education Coordinator & Design Club Manager
In true Goldilock's fashion, Blair has spent the last three years "trying on" local Atlanta museums prior to discovering MODA in April of 2016 — a place which fits her just right. At the museum, Blair serves as education coordinator and design club manager, where she strives to combine her studies of race and ethnicity with design in order to provide programming for children that is relevant to their experiences, but also presents them with ideas that originate beyond their backyards.
Attracted to MODA's ever-changing nature and its commitment to inclusivity, Blair continues to grow and thrive. On most days, you will find Blair at MODA's front desk. Outside of the museum, catch her driving through the streets of Atlanta listening to throwbacks on her rediscovered lime green 2nd generation iPod Nano.