Operations and Instructor Team

Trish Tullman

Executive Director / Board President

Joe Waropay

Education Director

As Education Director for ICG, Joe designs and implements all of ICG’s youth glass art programs. Joe strives to introduce a fresh approach to the traditional craft of glass making while sharing his passion for glassblowing with the youth of Chicago. Joe received his art degree from Illinois State University where he studied under renowned glass blower John Miller.

Sam Akainyah

Coldworking Studio Manager/Instructor

Sam is a key member of the Ignition instruction team facilitating youth learning in the areas of cold working and fused glass.  Sam currently leads Ignite Glass Studios Cold Working Studio. In the Cold Shop, Sam shines with ICG’s youth where his natural ability to polish, shape and perfect a glass art comes to life and ICG youth learn not only about this critical glass skill but also about patience.

Alan Robles


Alan is a product of one of Ignition’s youth programs where he learned to work with glass in multiple different ways. He was introduced to ICG via the After School Matters program in his sophomore year of high school. After graduation he returned to ICG as an intern with the ASM program and was later hired as an intern with Ignite Glass Studios.  His growth continued from there as he moved up to an instructor assistant, and finally now an instructor with both ICG and Ignite. He occasionally works in the hot shop blowing glass, but has geared his expertise towards flameworking and focuses on teaching students to make beads and pendents on a torch.