|Kami Griffiths - Executive Director/Co-Founder Contact Kami
With over 10 years experience working in the public sector, Kami brings hands-on expertise to her work at Community Technology Network. Originally from Minnesota, Kami has worked and volunteered for nonprofits in Minneapolis, San Francisco, Boston, and New York. She is currently the Executive Director of Community Technology Network, a nonprofit that advocates for digital inclusion by providing training, mentorship, networking, and volunteers to underserved communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Before CTN, she was the Training and Outreach Manager at TechSoup Global where she developed their webinar program and delivered over 100 online seminars. Her career also includes professional graphic design, developing websites and print collateral for corporations, small businesses and nonprofits. She worked for the City of New York Department of Parks & Recreation where she managed 27 public access computing centers, taught computer classes and established their volunteer trainer program.
|Arielle Helffrich - Volunteer Manager Contact Arielle
Arielle is an East Coast transplant to San Francisco, originally from the DC metro Area. She received her undergraduate degree in Community and International Development with a focus in Spanish from the University of Vermont. Arielle spent seven months living and studying in Argentina practicing Spanish and absorbing Argentine culture. For the past two years she has been involved in volunteer management through HandsOn Bay Area. She completed a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA, recruiting and training individuals to be volunteer leaders throughout the Bay Area. After AmeriCorps she continued her commitment to volunteerism by organizing and managing large scale volunteer events for local corporations.
|Crystal Schimpf - Program Manager Contact Crystal
Crystal is a California native, and has returned to her home state after several years of advocating for digital literacy in Colorado. She joins CTN from the Colorado State Library, where she served as a trainer and consultant on the Colorado Public Computer Centers project. Working with staff, volunteers, and directors, she has helped develop successful technology training programs in rural, urban, and suburban communities. She has worked in public libraries as a technology trainer, consultant, program coordinator, and professional librarian. Crystal has been a blogger and webinar producer for TechSoup. She has also presented at national and statewide forums, including the Colorado Association of Libraries, the American Library Association, and WebJunction, on topics including public technology training, instructional design, staff training, and digital inclusion.
|Kerri Shannon - Ready, Set, Connect! Program Manager Contact Kerri
Before coming to CTN, Kerri coordinated outreach, educational, and recreational programs for the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center and other Bay Area nonprofit organizations. These programs relied heavily on highly skilled, well-supported volunteers from diverse backgrounds, and she has grown adept at recruiting, training, and retaining them. Kerri also taught elementary school in urban schools in the East Bay for ten years. She has a strong background in planning and leading training, outreach, community service, and educational events for diverse audiences including program staff, volunteers, English learners, older adults, and economically disadvantaged youth. Kerri combines her passion for education, the environment, and those in need to empower people to help themselves and their community.
|Kate Sheludziayeva - Administrative Program Assistant Contact Kate
Kate immigrated to the United States from Belarus in 2011. In Belarus, Kate studied psychology and volunteered as a surveyor. She also volunteered in a nonprofit organization to provide support to physically disabled youth so they can to integrate into society. She has experience as an office assistant at San Francisco General Hospital and recently earned a certificate from the Office Assistant Program from LEN Business and Language Institute. She is fluent in Russian, and is studying English as a second language at CCSF. She considers herself to be tech savvy and wants to help people stay connected in the digital world, especially those who are immigrants. She thinks CTN is the right place to share her enthusiasm for helping people.
|Matthew Florence - Part-Time Grant Writer Contact Matthew
Matthew has worked in the nonpofit sector for over 20 years. He is the former director of TechSoup and developed the TechSoup Stock service. He has worked on nonprofit technology, HIV/AIDS, and LGBT issues. Originally from Tennessee, he worked on losing his accent at age 7. So, don't expect a drawl when you talk with him.
|Margaret Lucas - Fundraising and Communications Manager Contact Margaret
Margaret Lucas holds a BA in Psychology from San Francisco State University and brings both social media and business development acumen to her position. She has implemented social media-based campaigns that inspired sustainable behavior change for ISIS Inc, Blue Shield Foundation of California, San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and the American Cancer Society. She is driven by her passion for innovative programs meant to empower young people to make informed decisions about social justice and their health. Margaret channels this passion into her work as she strives to develop strategic partnerships with private corporations, Silicon Valley tech and national media outlets to increase the impact of nonprofit outreach and services available to under-served communities.
|Lorna Walsh - Part-time Events Manager Contact Lorna
Lorna is a former CTN staffer who just couldn't keep away. She is an experienced non-profit strategist with 14 years in the non-profit sector. She is has worked for arts and community programs in the US, and her native UK, on a wide range of projects focussing on organizational development, fundraising, and impact assessment. Lorna will be back at CTN on an ad hoc basis, whenever her skills are required!
Interns and Stipended Volunteers
|Lionell Daggs III (Advocate for Community Engagement intern)
Lionell Daggs is a fourth-year psychology major at the University of San Francisco. He is originally from New Orleans, LA and will be working this year as an Advocate for Community Engagement (ACE) through the McCarthy Center at USF. His role will be to act as a liaison between CTN, faculty at USF, and service-learning students.
|Molly Hankwitz (BTOP Training Coordinator)
Molly lives in San Francisco, California where she is a BTOP Training Coordinator for Community Technology Network, a teacher and a media artist. She was the principal architect in the research and design collaboration, Archimedia, (with David Cox) from 1998 to 2007. In 2010, she co-curated the open wireless and locative media arts exhibition,citycentered.org and in 2011, completed a doctoral degree in media and communications from Queensland University of Technology. She is interested in networked social dimensions of technoculture, the arts, and dissolving the digital divide.
|Elen Nettlebeck (BTOP Training Coordinator)
The technology gap has always been a hot issue for Elen. Competence on a computer is simply necessary to function in the economy we have. Without that, it is nearly impossible to earn a decent living, much less overcoming multi-generational poverty. As a software technical writer, Elen worked to help people understand computers and use them easily. She discovered that she enjoys explaining computer software and hardware directly. She loves working with CTN as a training coordinator, and finds it to be a fascinating and crazy challenge.
|Vibhor Jain (BTOP Training Coordinator)
Vibhor lives in Oakland, California. He volunteers for CTN, as well as with The Friends of Berkeley Library. Before that, he worked for the Oakland Fire Department, City of Oakland designing databases and as a GIS expert. Born in the US, his parents went back to New Delhi in their native India, when he was five. Vibhor has a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from IIT Delhi. He is passionate about fine books, music and films and loves to go for walks in nature.
|Wan He Liu (BTOP Training Coordinator)
Wan He is a small Chinese woman but physically and mentally strong. She enjoys helping people and she is always willing to take the challenges. She has been a farmer, a basket maker, a seamstress, and a salesperson in China. While here in America, she took the opportunity to get the higher education. She achieved a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. She has been working with seniors in the community for a few years. She understands seniors and knows how to help them. Wan He speaks Cantonese and Mandarin, and she especially wants to help the non-English speaking Chinese seniors. She likes to empower them by teaching them English and computer skills.