Workshop Instructor Bios

Caleb Kirby-Meyer

Hi, my name is Caleb and I am an Instructor at the Rebuilding Exchange. I am passionate about learning new things and participating in others doing the same! I have been fortunate enough to have had people in my life that were willing to be patient with me while I learned, and I want to be that person for someone else. I consider myself a lifelong learner and am always wanting to expand my skill set (welding is on my bucket list at the moment). Most things I make are out of wood, but I also make things out of leather. My wife, Taylor, is also a maker and enjoys many media including painting and collaging. We both exercise and find respite from our work through rock climbing. Our favorite place to climb is the Red River Gorge in Kentucky. Two more fun facts about me: I make my own homemade cider, and I love listening to audiobooks and podcasts.

Team Member Frank Gallagher

Frank Gallagher

Hello my name is Frank, and I am the Lead Educational Instructor and Shop Manager at Rebuilding Exchange.

I have a fabrication background in theater, sculpture, home repair, and construction which has allowed me to collect many different skills. The best part about being a maker is getting to create what I am dreaming in my head, using only my hands and the tools in front of me. My favorite classes to teach are the creative reuse classes because it is such a joy to get to see people take scrap parts and turn them into something beautiful. I am learning to see the new ways we can reuse items everyday that I walk in. Everything has potential, you just have to access it.

In my regular life I have a passion for art, cooking, hiking, playing DND and traveling. This past year I completed my goal of driving across all parts of The United States, and I am only 7 states away from visiting all 50 states. I additionally play a shapeshifting alien named Squink in my current Starfinder Campagne.

It is my mission as a teacher to inspire those around me to be excited by curiosity, be comfortable in learning, especially when they make mistakes, and engage in play and experimentation. My main goal in the organization is to foster a community of makers. I hope you come and be a part of our community!