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Meet The leadership team


Meet Maureen (Anders) and Adria (Ruff), entrepreneurs who share a passion for creativity and empowering individuals to express themselves through hands-on crafting. Maureen and Adria have backgrounds in design and marketing, and they brought their expertise together to create a unique and engaging DIY crafting experience for people of all skill levels. AR Workshop provides a wide range of crafting projects, from wood sign making to canvas painting and various home decor items. The franchise has grown rapidly, and their vision of offering a space where people can unleash their creativity in a fun and social environment has expanded to over 100 locations and more than 30 states. 

The AR Workshop Team

Maureen Anders


Maureen works hARd by getting involved in every aspect of our business to ensure we grow as the best DIY workshop experience! She plays hARd by entertaining friends, decorating her home, baking and gardening!

Adria Ruff

Co-founder / Creative Director

Adria works hARd by creating fresh and on-trend designs and projects and taking AR to the next level. She plays hARd by hosting parties, playing with her many pups and enjoying a glass of wine!

Ryann Fairweather

VP of Operations

Ryann (aka the Data Queen) works hARd to help our franchisees see their full potential & learn from each other. She plays hARd by traveling and is always up for an outdoor adventure with friends and family!

Libby Martel

VP of Strategy and Brand Development

Libby works hARd by being the best "Shop Mom" possible for the flagship store and training new owners. She plays hARd by learning new things outside of the workshop to help keep her balanced, fresh and never frozen!

Joanna Rapuzzi

Director of Franchise Development

Joanna works hARd discovering creative, engaging, and passionate individuals to expand the franchise while actively exploring new communities across the country to infuse the joy of AR Workshop. She plays hARd by traveling with family & friends, revamping her home decor, and cheering for her sons at numerous sporting events!

Emily Ostrowski

Director of Brand Partnerships

Emily works hARd by driving brand awareness through strategic partnerships and collaborations with brands! She plays hARd by spending time with her family and playing tennis.

Kellie Smith

Operations and IT Manager

Kellie works hARd to onboard all new franchisees and supports them through all technical aspects of the business. She plays hARd by adventuring outdoors, traveling to new places and reading in her hammock.

Melissa Bowen

Design Coordinator & Launch Coach

Melissa works hARd by producing impactful graphics that move our brand forward and coaching all new frachisees in their first year! She plays hARd by playing with her dog Lulu and baking sweet treats!

Hannah Sessoms

Marketing Coordinator

Hannah works hARd to provide fresh creative content and email marketing for our workshops and franchisees. She plays hARd by paddle boarding, playing with her pug, Phoebe and meeting new people.

Jillian Russel

Franchise General Counsel

Jillian works hARd by helping new Franchisees get off to their best start! She plays hARd by enjoying time with her new baby and family and trying new homemade recipes each week.

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Maureen Anders
CEO / Co-Founder

Adria Ruff
Creative Director / Co-Founder

Libby Martel
VP of Strategy and Brand Development

Ryann fairweather
VP of Operations

Marketing . Contact Coordinator

Kellie Smith
Operations and IT Manager