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Meet Our Amazing Board Members

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Jeff McCauslin

Board Chair

Jeff is a retired Civil Engineer who spent most of his career as a Facilities and Operations Director at a Defense Installation in PA. While raising a family, he was always involved with his children’s activities from being a softball coach to a Scoutmaster. Since moving to Raleigh in 2011, he has worked as a handyman, been an HOA board member and Architectural Committee Chair, participated in hurricane repair trips and Habitat for Humanity projects, and learned to refinish antique furniture. Having grown up in a home that was built by his father and grandfather, construction and working with wood has always been of interest. The opportunity to pursue both teaching kids and learning new skills at the BCW was too good of an opportunity to pass up. The young people and shop volunteers are amazing, and it is a joy learning from and working with them.

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Pete Falciani

Member at Large

My name is Pete, a member of the Board of Directors for the Bull City Woodshop. I grew up in New Jersey and was inspired to pursue the building trades by my dad and grandfather who both worked in construction for their whole lives. In the 2000’s as a teenager I taught myself carpentry in my dad’s shop while he was at work, and then after college I went into commercial construction as a project manager. While commercial construction was fun, it wasn’t hands-on enough to satisfy me the way working in the shop as a teen did, and I wanted to get back to that. In 2020 I started my own sawmill and lumber business out of Durham which is still growing, and I also do custom carpentry and handyman projects on the side. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share my knowledge with youths who will be able to spend their teen years developing the passion for creating things the same way that I did.

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Dan Altieri

Secretary

Dan has spent most of his work life deeply engaged with computer systems and helping customers get the most out of the software they use to run their businesses. He started volunteering in soup kitchens with his family as a teenager and has tried to keep engaged with giving back into each community he lives in. He has been an active volunteer in Durham since moving here from New York City in 2015 with his wife and two sons. A lifelong passion for learning and creation has led to building some amateur skills as a woodworker, yet his passion is helping youth learn in different and innovative ways which led to his recent completion of a Doctoral degree in Education from Vanderbilt University. Dan also holds a Master's of Science in Management from NYU and Bachelor's degrees in Economics and Computer Information Systems from Western Connecticut State University. He has studied traditional hand tool woodworking with Roy Underhill and Bill Anderson at the Woodwright's School in Pittsboro and hopes to continue to find new places to refine his maker skills.

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Will Leskin

Member at Large

Will Leskin has lived in Durham for over 30 years.  He moved here with his wife Shannon and son Edwin from Los Angeles where Will was an actor, having appeared in TV shows and commercials.  Will spent several decades as an Insights and Brand Strategy professional for the Life Sciences Industry, and he recently founded a B2B consulting practice (The Leskin Collective) that focuses on Creative Problem Solving for individuals and organizations.  Will took up woodworking only a few years ago and built a woodshop (“CowHead Joinery”) in his basement where he enjoys making projects for family and friends that he designs with SketchUp on his iPad. He discovered The BCW when he was looking to donate a sander and  immediately wanted to be a part of the organization.  He volunteers at the BCW primarily with the high school students and loves helping them find their confidence and build their skills and unique aesthetic to make beautiful objects from rough lumber.

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Scott Brummel

Member at Large

Scott “Esko” Brummel is the Assistant Director for Food and Nutrition Security within Duke’s Office of Community Health. In this role, Scott collaborates with educators, growers, farmers and community partners to work towards sustainable food and nutrition solutions for patients, students, staff, and the community.

Alongside this role, Scott is the program manager for the Fresh Produce Program (FPP), part of a Duke Med student organization, Root Causes, addressing food security through a fully volunteer-driven food as medicine delivery model, now serving over 400 families. Scott is also Co-Chair of the Partnership for a Healthy Durham Committee on Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Food Access. There, he helps build relationships across the Durham community to help achieve Durham’s health goals.

Scott is deeply passionate about supporting the mission of BCW to help build woodworkers that can apply problem-solving skills and creativity in the woodshop and in their communities. Scott grew up with a workshop in his child home and has loved continuing to learn how to use new tools and skills in his projects.

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Megan Murphy

Treasurer

Coming soon...

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Rebecca Poston

TBD

Coming soon...

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