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.
Aimee Chan-Lindquist, Director of Development
Recently moving to Atlanta from Brooklyn, Aimee has worked in a variety of capacities in the art world for over 15 years. She served as the Director of Development at Art in General and PR and Marketing Director at Exit Art (NY). Prior to her non profit work, she served the Associate Director at the Front Room Gallery (NY), and Director of the Christopher Grimes Gallery (CA).
Treating development as a holistic practice, Aimee combines her marketing, PR, and development experience at MODA by leading museum fundraising and development initiatives. Collaborating with the board, staff and the vast array of MODA supporters, Aimee works to implement creative strategies to raise funds and garner support for MODA's innovative exhibitions and programming. Outside of the museum you'll find Aimee running around trying to snuggle her two amazing sons or collaborating on a project with her awesome artist husband.
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.
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.
Jessica Lewis, Public Programming Designer
Jessica joined MODA as a Public Programming Designer in June 2017 after working professionally as a user experience designer in Atlanta and completing degrees in Digital Media from GA Tech and Literature from UNCA. With on-the-ground experience running projects, conducting action research, designing experiences, and facilitating design thinking workshops with myriad stakeholders, she’s excited to bring a large participatory design toolset to MODA.
At the museum, she develops adult programming and workshops, runs corporate design thinking workshops, and co-designs interactive exhibits. She dedicates herself to creating inclusive spaces where people from all walks of life can express their design voice. Outside the museum, you can find her collaborating on any number of queer sci-fi writing projects, creating interactive art, and play-testing her friends’ games.
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, 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.
Adriana Quispe, Design Educator
Adriana joined the MODA team in January of 2017 with a vision to incorporate design thinking into classrooms and is in constant pursuit of new ways we can better educate students using the design thinking process. After three years of working within Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport within the international terminals, Adriana found ways to host international groups from around the world. Her childhood years living in Peru gave her an eclectic view of design, she's also a native Spanish speaker.
In the museum, you can find Adriana innovating and managing one of three programs Design Club, a free explorative design program for kids, and helping to coordinate and plan for campMODA year-round with expertise in LEGO robotics, and supporting in MODA's outreach program. In her downtime, you can find Adriana on a road trip exploring diverse landscapes of the U.S. and trying new plant-based recipes.
Janelle Miniter, Exhibitions Manager
Janelle joined the MODA team in December of 2016 as exhibitions manager. Working alongside MODA's executive director, Janelle supports the planning, scheduling, construction, and evaluation of MODA exhibits and helps set exhibit philosophy, goals, and guidelines.
Prior to joining MODA, she worked at the Zuckerman Museum of Art in multiple capacities gaining experience in the curatorial field, visitor services, collection handling, and exhibition install/deinstall. With a B.A. in Art History, History, and a Global Engagement Certificate with Distinction from Kennesaw State University, Janelle's research focused on the Russian Constructivist movement, a highly influential design movement dedicated to improving lives through functional artistic production. When she's not in the MODA galleries, you can find Janelle exploring art museums and traveling abroad.