Meet Our Amazing Board Members
Kalista has been involved with the BCW since it started in July 2021. She is active in food and cooking events, and currently serves as treasurer on the BCW board. Kalista’s hobbies are improv, hiking, biking, cooking, and doing all the fun things with her 6 1/2 year old. She is also a certified foster parent with North Carolina and works to support children of all ages
After School Shop Class Committee
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.
Shop Project Committee
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.
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.