Our Teachers & Staff

Hi! My name is Laura Elder. I am a wife, a mom, a grandma, lover of God, home and family, nature, and tradition (and a good cup of steaming hot coffee!). I am a teacher, as well as a lifelong learner. I have always loved to make crafts, draw, paint, collage, and express myself visually. Things like lines, patterns, shapes, and colors, especially those found in the natural environment, are typically my greatest visual inspiration. I hold a Master’s Degree in both Education and Art Education.

Hello... my name is Amy Colombo! I am the Owner of The Workshop. You will see me during open crafting hours, hosting birthday parties and teaching our Kids Workshops. I love anything and everything that has to do with creating. My education is in Nursing however I have been teaching in many forms for over 7 years. Me in a nutshell... I'm married to my best friend, have three awesome kids, lots of pets, am a risk-taker, I love Jesus and love people! 

Hello, my name is Heather Pitoni. I am the owner of ROC Clean here in Rochester but my true love is crafting. Creating art is my passion as well as my “side hustle”.  I absolutely love repurposing everyday objects from the past (especially from old homes). I live in the Neighborhood of the Arts with my husband and two cats. My hobbies are of course crafting, taking long walks discovering the neighborhood with my husband, and spending time with family and friends.

Dawn Johnson, Owner of Simply Scrumptious


Hello, my name is Gabriella Colombo. I am one of the birthday party and workshop assistants here at The Workshop. I have always enjoyed crafting, painting and playing music. I love kids and enjoy working with them. I am a high school student and plan on furthering my education in either teaching or school counseling.  

Hello, my name is Charlene Benson. I am known as the "Plant Lady" at The Workshop. I care for and plant all of The Workshop's succulents. You may also see me during open crafting hours or helping out at a Birthday party. I am a stager & home designer by trade and have owned my own business for many years. I love crafting, art, spending time with family & our greyhound, Ruby. 

Hey there! My name is Lanni Maszerowski and I own a little lettering business called Lanni Made. I consider myself a teacher by day, maker by night. A life-long creative-type, I have been lettering for three years and in 2019 began teaching introductory lettering classes all over Rochester. You can check out my work on my Instagram: instagram.com/lannimade. My day job/dream job is being a fifth grade teacher in Brighton. My students would describe me as kind, silly, and crafty!

Greetings, I'm Kimberly DiPietro and I've always loved how crafts bring people together. I teach quilting. I also sew, make dolls, paint and play with clay. I love gardening, beach glass, and cooking vegetarian. I have 2 cats and a bird. 

Interested in teaching your craft at The Workshop?

Email Us the Following:

- A little about yourself

- Your craft (pictures please)

- What would your class look like? 

         - How long?

         - Do you supply materials or do we?

         - How big of a class (minimum/maximum)?

         - Compensation?

Contact Amy at: amy@theworkshopny.com 


3101 W. Ridge Rd.

Rochester, NY 14626

*In the Building next to the old Friendly's Restaurant - go through the main door and follow the signs