Board of Directors

These are the Board members that keep this train on the tracks. Feel free to say hi if you see them around Nova Labs, bend their ears about improvements that you'd like to see, or email them with comments or suggestions. 

Nova Labs leadership doesn't stop at the Board of Directors, though. Many of our community members have stepped up to fulfill core roles in maintaining the physical space, facilitating events related to our mission, and fostering the joy of making within all age groups. Stop by Nova Labs or click the contact button to get in touch with these great folks. 

Marybeth Haneline


Find me on Nova Labs Slack: @marybeth
Nova Labs is made possible by the many pro bono experts who enrich the space and make it a rewarding pleasure to volunteer.

Jim Girardi

Vice President

Find me on Nova Labs Slack: @jim

Brian Jacoby

Founder, Past President


Slack: @bjacoby
I am at Nova Labs most Mondays and random sightings other days/nights/weekends.
Nova Labs helps crazy ideas become physical objects, and dreams into reality. Any of the several dozen interest groups will challenge your skills and develop new ones.

Margaret Kositch



Find me on Nova Labs Slack @margaretk
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead

Sam Aparicio


Find me on Nova Labs Slack: @sam
Keybase "sama".
GitHub "samaparicio"
I am at Nova Labs most Mondays and Tuesdays, some Fridays.
I want everyone in Northern Virginia who wants to make something to think of Nova Labs as the best place to make it.

Yuri Beckelman

Follow me on Instagram: @yuribeckelman

Daryl Peace

It's paramount for the community at large to have a space free of pretense and convention to allow free flowing creativity and facilitate uninhibited exchange of ideas and concepts.

Karen Shumway

Find me on Nova Labs Slack: @Karen Shumway
Nova Labs is an inclusive community, a place not just for the expert makers of Northern Virginia, but also for the novices who want to grow their skillsets.

Shane Smith

Jeff Spugnardi

Follow me on Instagram: @jeffspugnardi