Meet the LaunchSpace Team

Brianna Drohen

CEO, Founder

Brianna brings a wealth of leadership experience in business, event planning, and grant research to the LaunchSpace team. As a Wendell native, she is passionate about building community projects that enhance local economic growth and development, such as makerspaces and the Orange Innovation Center. Her work over the past five years has focused on bringing real change to the North Quabbin region. She has been involved with international education and resource development with the goal of bringing the LaunchSpace platform into third world community networks.

Alec MacLeod

Founder

Alec MacLeod has been a maker and a tinker since childhood. He frightened neighbors by bombing down hills on a go-cart made of 2x4s, big nails, and lawnmower wheels, rebuilt a gift Raleigh three-speed bicycle, fixed power and push mowers, and disassembled a more or less defunct Renault 5. He learned early that shared creativity is more interesting, enjoyable and productive than solo slogging. He leads LaunchSpace believing that a makerspace is an ideal venue for people to find that their innate abilities have yet to be fully explored and that the happiest moments in life happen as today’s challenges are met and tomorrow’s come into view.

Mark Wright

CFO, Director

Mark grew up in a contracting family and spent his childhood learning the trades. After college and with a background in business management and non-profit creation, he spent his time as a production designer for the entertainment industry and working on economic development in a variety of locations. His position as head of the North Quabbin regional chamber of commerce keeps him in direct connection with local industry as well as the arts community. He sees LaunchSpace as a vehicle to help lift the socio-economic conditions of the greater region.

Courtney Fifield

Director

While some artists work with their hands to create art, Courtney enjoys working with people to help foster financial equality for individuals and with businesses to help entrepreneurs create sustainable income while doing what they love. Courtney is a lifetime resident of Orange and spends his days as President and CEO of Athol Credit Union (ACU). In addition to being a Director at LaunchSpace, he is also a member of; the North Quabbin Loan Fund Committee, the housing and steering committees for Invest North Quabbin (INQ), Athol–Orange Rotary, and the Orange Merchant’s Group.

Melissa Rancourt

Secretary

Melissa joined the team after working with LaunchSpace on several efforts through a Project Management volunteer group that formed in response to COVID-19, where her passion for social impact finally catalyzed with her longstanding professional skills. Along her career path, whether as an Environmental Chemist, a GIS Analyst, or as a Project Manager, she’s brought organization and structure, as well as clarity around purpose, priorities, and goals. She’s one of those “planners,” always thinking about the process to get from point A to C and ensure the vision is achieved and successful. And regardless of the depth or breadth of work, she’s never afraid to dig in and get her hands dirty. Speaking of which, when she’s not working on a LaunchSpace initiative or as a Project Manager or Technical Writer, you’ll find her tending to her herbs and vegetables, hiking in the woods with her dog, or maybe daydreaming, ahem, planning future adventures in an RV, traveling the US. .

Brianna Drohen

CEO, Founder

Brianna brings a wealth of leadership experience in business, event planning, and grant research to the LaunchSpace team. As a Wendall native, she is passionate about building community projects that enhance local economic growth and development, such as makerspaces and the Orange Innovation Center. Her work over the past five years has focused on bringing real change to the North Quabbin region. She has been involved with international education and resource development with the goal of bringing the LaunchSpace platform into third world community networks.

Alec MacLeod

Founder

Alec MacLeod has been a maker and a tinker since childhood. He frightened neighbors by bombing down hills on a go-cart made of 2x4s, big nails, and lawnmower wheels, rebuilt a gift Raleigh three-speed bicycle, fixed power and push mowers, and disassembled a more or less defunct Renault 5. He learned early that shared creativity is more interesting, enjoyable and productive than solo slogging. He leads LaunchSpace believing that a makerspace is an ideal venue for people to find that their innate abilities have yet to be fully explored and that the happiest moments in life happen as today’s challenges are met and tomorrow’s come into view.

Mark Wright

CFO, Director

Mark grew up in a contracting family and spent his childhood learning the trades. After college and with a background in business management and non-profit creation, he spent his time as a production designer for the entertainment industry and working on economic development in a variety of locations. His position as head of the North Quabbin regional chamber of commerce keeps him in direct connection with local industry as well as the arts community. He sees LaunchSpace as a vehicle to help lift the socio-economic conditions of the greater region.

Courtney Fifield

Director

While some artists work with their hands to create art, Courtney enjoys working with people to help foster financial equality for individuals and with businesses to help entrepreneurs create sustainable income while doing what they love. Courtney is a lifetime resident of Orange and spends his days as President and CEO of Athol Credit Union (ACU). In addition to being a Director at LaunchSpace, he is also a member of; the North Quabbin Loan Fund Committee, the housing and steering committees for Invest North Quabbin (INQ), Athol–Orange Rotary, and the Orange Merchant’s Group.

Melissa Rancourt

Secretary

Melissa joined the team after working with LaunchSpace on several efforts through a Project Management volunteer group that formed in response to COVID-19, where her passion for social impact finally catalyzed with her longstanding professional skills. Along her career path, whether as an Environmental Chemist, a GIS Analyst, or as a Project Manager, she’s brought organization and structure, as well as clarity around purpose, priorities, and goals. She’s one of those “planners,” always thinking about the process to get from point A to C and ensure the vision is achieved and successful. And regardless of the depth or breadth of work, she’s never afraid to dig in and get her hands dirty. Speaking of which, when she’s not working on a LaunchSpace initiative or as a Project Manager or Technical Writer, you’ll find her tending to her herbs and vegetables, hiking in the woods with her dog, or maybe daydreaming, ahem, planning future adventures in an RV, traveling the US. .