Laser Artist

Our Team

Our Illuminatus Team
Illuminatus in 2017 (Not shown; Krunal Desai)

About our team: Mike is the designer, fabricator, and guiding light of our efforts, but depends on a bold and daring bunch of friends who help out with the electronics and video, publicize the events, and set up, fire up, tear down, and haul around the gear necessary for all this. Mike would like to thank them all ever so very much.

In Alphabetical Order:

Tom Bray Tom Bray
Tom is our resident AV, web, and general theatrical expert. He set up the webcam in the lobby of the JW Marriott for our ArtPrize entry, and has contributed greatly to that project with cogent advice and biting wit ("...Giant Shaft of Wonder").

Krunal Desai Krunal Desai
Krunal is our digital engineer. He designed, loaded, and formatted the circuit boards that control the lasers and their support machinery. He also programmed the Kinect interface that enables interactivity. He is currently working on gestural laser controllers.

Bradley Cross Bradley Cross
Bradley is a frequent helper at art gallery events, and came up with the idea for Arbor Lase, which we hope to do RSN.

Draco Draco
AKA Chris Rockhey, Draco is a member of our crew and helps out with various laser and electronic-related issues and is a member of our road crew. He also makes his own laser projectors.

wayne2 Wayne Gillis
Wayne is Co-founder of our group, and is chief engineering officer. He did much of the cabling for Stratus 10 and took care of the CDRH variance paperwork. He is our resident laser specialist.

Zita Gillis Zita Gillis
Zita handles public and press relations, and is assisting Mike in presenting the art work. She also directs our presentations and makes sure our tables are topped in best order.

Ken Kozora Ken Kozora
Ken is our resident composer; he composed the soundtrack for L is for Laser and The Quest for Mystic Fire Celtic Festival show. He is also a member of our road crew.

Tim Prosser Tim Prosser
A member of our road crew, Tim helps out at events such as Maker Faire and FoolMoon.

Steve Rich Steve Rich
Steve is our legal counsel, consigliere, and transportation specialist. He helps with paperwork and positioning, lifts heavy objects, stands on ladders, and drives the laser van.

Bob Snyder Bob Snyder
Bob assists in his machine shop with milling exercises, and is a member of our road crew, helping out at Maker Faires and FoolMoon. Bob also makes his own laser projectors.

Salli Christenson Salli Christenson
And a special thank you to my beautiful wife for her continuing patience and support.

John Langs In Memoriam: John Langs
It's all his fault. He saw Mike demo some lasers at an Ignite talk, then visited Grand Rapids and saw the wall at the JW Marriott. He put them together, called Mike and got things going for Art Prize back in May of 2011. John passed away in 2017, and is greatly missed.

Illuminatus at FoolMoon 2017
Illuminatus at FoolMoon 2017