BOARD MEMBERS

THE US MEN’S SHEDS ASSOCIATION IS LED BY THESE NATIONAL DIRECTORS.

Mark Winston

Mark Winston

Director, US Men’s Sheds

mark@usmenssheds.org

Mark Winston, a founding Director of the USMSA, has worked in the Men’s
Shed movement in the US for over seven years and helped start the second
Men’s Shed in Canada in 2014.
His career began in corporate life in the Washington, DC area.
Mark’s journey took a significant turn when he transitioned from corporate life in Washington, DC, to embark on his entrepreneurial path.
Mark has been an entrepreneur for half his life and has worked as a consultant on starting new businesses and raising venture capital.
Mark’s motto is: Helping others is the best thing you can do for yourself.
We Are Stronger Together.

David Helmers

David Helmers

Director, US Men’s Sheds

David has dedicated his career to the development of the Australian Men’s Shed Association. The idea of creating an Association to represent Men’s Sheds collectively and to freely share information between sheds was conceived of at the National Conference in 2007. An estimated 3,000 Men’s Sheds operate in 12 different countries based on this uniquely Australian concept. David continues to peruse the development of Men’s Sheds. He advocates for social health and the prevention of social isolation that many men are vulnerable to following the loss of employment.

Sandra Manon

Sandra Manon

Director, US Men’s Sheds

sandra@usmenssheds.org

Sandra is a member of the Four County Suicide Prevention Coalition as well as a 1st responder volunteer to the scene of a suicide through the Four County L.O.S.S team (Local Outreach for Survivors of Suicide). Sandra lost her dad at age 66 by suicide on September 10th, 2007 – World Suicide Prevention Day and it has become a part of her life’s journey ever since. It was through her work on the Coalition that led her to the US Men’s Shed Association! Sandra is passionate about finding ways for people to engage in positive mental health and is a mental health speaker in Northwest Ohio. She is thankful for the purpose God had to use her pain to support and encourage others!
Sandra has a bachelors degree in communications from Eastern Michigan University. Professionally she works in healthcare as a Human Resources Coordinator and is a trained Stephen’s Ministry Care Giver. When she isn’t working or volunteering, she loves spending time with her husband Andy and 3 kids Kiersten, Emily & Jacob.

Tommy Folk

Tommy Folk

Director, US Men’s Sheds

tfolk@suddenlink.net

Tommy along with founder Beulah Laster was instrumental in starting the Ruston Community Men’s Shed in 2018. He has been President of the Ruston Community Men’s Shed Board of Directors since 2019. He believes in “Men’s” Sheds and the US Men’s Shed Association.

Tommy has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, is a Registered Professional Engineer and licensed Contractor in Louisiana. Tommy has worked for 31 years in the construction industry starting out as a laborer, then working his way up the ranks eventually becoming President and Group Operating Officer. He currently is the Chairman of the Board of the remaining Timber Company

He has been involved in Louisiana Associated General Contractors (committee chairs, officer, and Board member), Associated General Contractors of America, Private school board and treasurer, President of the local credit union, adjunct professor in Construction Engineering at Louisiana Tech University and construction management including renovation of a 1928 movie theater into a center of the arts.