Alon Adani serves as Chair of the North Bay Makers Board of Directors. In this role he establishes vital connections in the community and encourages forward progress. Alon's goals are to make 180 Studios the premier facility of its kind, and to ensure maximum economic and interpersonal benefit to the community. As a respected, successful real estate entrepreneur, Alon has nearly 20 years of diverse experience in shepherding ideas to viability.
In his role as Director of Innovation ∓ Partnerships, Dan Blake leads the Sonoma County Office of Education’s 21st Century Teaching and Learning efforts. He was instrumental in the development of ieSonoma: innovate | educate, Cradle to Career Sonoma County, and the Maker Certificate Program at SSU. Prior to his current role, he spent six-and-a-half years as SCOE’s Career Development Specialist.
Dan has 14 years of teaching experience, including 13 years as a teacher at Elsie Allen High School in Santa Rosa, California. He is Vice-Chair of the Cradle to Career Sonoma County Operations Team and a Board Liaison to the Sonoma County Career Technical Education (CTE) Foundation. Dan is a graduate of Piner High School and holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an M.S. in Educational Administration from Purdue University’s Calumet School of Education.
Tom Fetter worked for Keysight Technologies (formerly Agilent Technologies and Hewlett Packard) for 37 years, designing state of the art electronic test equipment used by the communications industry. Tom has worked as an R∓D engineer and engineering manager, and finished his career at Keysight as the strategic and business planning manager for the Technology Manufacturing organization based in Santa Rosa. Tom’s maker interests include woodworking, metalworking, and high power rocketry. He especially likes rocketry because it involves a perfect combination of math and engineering, along with building skills, and because it is also a great vehicle for engaging kids in math and engineering.
Tom holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Patrick Harper is Vice President and General Manager of Technology Order Fulfillment at Keysight Technologies. Pat’s team is responsible for new product introductions and manufacturing done by the company’s technology centers.
Pat joined the Hewlett-Packard Company in 1980, and stayed with Agilent Technologies when it spun off from HP in 1999. Similarly, he continued with Keysight Technologies when it spun off from Agilent in 2014. In his career, he has held various leadership positions in manufacturing and research and development.
Pat earned a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and a Master’s Degree in Project Management from the University of San Francisco. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and is an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco as well as Sonoma State University.
Pat serves on several non-profit boards and committees, including the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).
Bob Whitlock joined SPT (Small Precision Tools Inc) in August of 2009 as General Manager overseeing the operational, engineering, sales, marketing, R∓D, and administrative responsibilities for the Petaluma, California facility. Prior to joining SPT, Bob held GM positions at Advanced Industrial Ceramics In San Jose, California, Insulator Seal Corp in Sarasota, Florida, and Kyocera Industrial Ceramics Corp in both North Carolina and California. His advanced ceramic industry experience spans 30+ years, serving the semiconductor, medical, automotive, electro-optic, and general/industrial markets. Bob attended the Engineering School of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Hackensack, New Jersey and Buncombe County College in Asheville, North Carolina .