MICHAEL BRICKER (Chief Innovator + Founder)
Michael works extensively in both design and film, aiming to raise the caliber and conversation of both industries in Indianapolis.
His production design work (here) was most recently featured in Guy Pearce-starring 'Results', the Toronto-premiering 'Beneath the Harvest Sky' and the Sundance hit 'Computer Chess.' He holds a Master in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin, and from 2011-2015 served as the Steering Committee Co-Chair for Indy Rezone, the city's first comprehensive zoning upgrade since the late 1960s. He and Jessica are twins.
EMMA HAGENAUER (Brand Manager)
Emma grew up in Indianapolis and studied Fashion Merchandising at Ball State University. She first joined PUP as an Intern in 2015. After living and volunteering in Jamaica, West Indies she returned to Indy with a fresh appreciation for her community (and fried plantains).
When she's not pondering over clever Instagram captions, she's most likely dancing, dreaming up business ideas, or planting trees with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.
DREW BALLENGEE (Studio Assistant)
Drew Ballengee is an integral part of managing our studio and the processing of our materials. Not only does Drew bring a fresh energy to our studio, but also is also helping to bring the Fabrik Bank to life. Originally from Indiana, he has lived and worked in the PNW and North Carolina in many community roles. He also works with Big Car, helping them open the Garfield Park Tube Factory art space. (And by 'helped,' we mean he literally built the walls.)
MARY HUEBNER (Key Volunteer)
Mary is originally from Davenport, Iowa and is now retired from public school teach and administration after 40 years. Along with Volunteering with PUP since 2012, she volunteers with IPS, Christ Church Cathedral, the League of Women Voters, and is currently a docent at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. She and her husband Greg have been married for 44 years, and together have one son and two grandsons.
JESSICA BRICKER (Director of Design + Fabrication)
Jessica started with PUP in late 2009, working initially as a product designer. She now oversees all product development - from material sourcing to prototyping - ensuring that PUP continues to deliver awesome, high-quality products.
Additionally, Jessica works independently as an interior designer. In this capacity, she has worked for Lohr Design and Rowland Design. She studied Interior Design at Ball State University and is LEED Certified. She and Michael are twins.
AMY BEEMER (Lead Product Designer)
Amy learned to sew on a treadle. She learned graphic design on mechanical boards and Mac IIs. She followed her husband to four states, dove head-first into motherhood, and emerged a richer person for having known her three children. She now applies modern methods of sewing and design in her home studio and more recently at PUP as a Product Designer and Stitcher.
ELIZABETH RONEY (Product Designer)
In 2009, with a passion to connect the consumer with the producer and increase the standard of living for those working in production factories, Elizabeth started Liz Alig - a clothing and dress line made from upcycled and recycled fabrics, and produced by several fair trade groups around the world.
She brings these talents to PUP, where she's been designing and making PUP products since 2010.
RACHEL WHITE (Product Designer)
Rachel is an Indianapolis native with a background in Business Management. She has been designing and sewing PUP products since 2011.
Outside of PUP, she also works as the Sky Farmer for Eskenazi Health’s Sky Farm. In this role she produces food for the hospital’s kitchen and presents a creative learning environment for patients and the public.
If she is not digging in the dirt or creating something for PUP, you will find her riding her bike or swinging in her hammock reading a book. Like that other Hoosier powerhouse, Leslie Knope, Rachel aspires to be the best she can.
LAURA GRANIERI (Volunteer Volunteer Coordinator)
Laura found PUP after she moved to Indy from Cincinnati in 2012. After becoming a regular volunteer, her involvement has grown to organizing monthly volunteer days and communicating with all PUP volunteers. She also assists with marketing and social media.
In her time not spent at PUP, Laura is the Communications Manager at IndyHub. She enjoys riding her bike around downtown, playing recreational soccer, and writing. This former Buckeye has just as much Indianapolis pride as any native Hoosier!