There is no Executive Director at Free Geek. Instead, three Directors work together as a Senior Management Team under the oversight of our governing Board of Directors to take overarching responsibility for the organization. The Senior Management Team works with other managers and front-line staff to ensure that Free Geek runs smoothly and grows appropriately, in both its daily and more long-range operations.
Want to join our team? When Free Geek is hiring, job descriptions will be posted on our jobs page.
Senior Management Team
Darren has been internationally heralded as an information champion, technological crusader and all-around-good-guy. When not manning the lighthouse of discovery, he can be found wandering the streets of Portland or hills of the Pacific Northwest in a state of perpetual wonder and joy. Darren is excited to share his enthusiasm, ideas and love of the number 3 with the Free Geek community.
Richard grew up on a NAFAL space ship travelling between here and Tau Ceti Prime. He invented the ansible, and Free Geek’s build program, but has forgotten everything he once knew, due the fact that he lives backwards in time. After starting the build program, Richard tricked Martin and Dave into taking it over, both because they were better at it and because he wanted to draw cartoons.
Cynthia’s avatar isn’t a robot rabbit anymore. Yeah!
With degrees in linguistics, library science and theological studies, Mark is probably more of a nerd than a geek. He has a natural love for structure and order but prefers to channel it into optimistically free-wheeling endeavors–for example, Free Geek. He has lived in all the mainland American time zones, plus the Netherlands. He has two cats at home but thinks it would be cooler to have a corn snake and some cuttlefish.
James Pella brings to Free Geek a wealth of technical knowledge, audio/visual experience and personal sales skills. He also stares down Spock, so don’t mess with him.
John has been enthusiastically recycling everything he could scavenge for 83.5% of his life. He has tried very hard to become a computer nerd but always seems to get distracted by reuse, recycling and volunteer opportunities. While pursuing a computer science degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks he discovered that he could pay the bills by selling dumpster-dived textbooks online. This growing online used book business and regular vacations with nomadic pedal or wind powered European circuses derailed his CS Degree. He has since earned both a B.A and a B.S in Sociology and has retired from the Internet.
Kevin is the woman with the sunny smile in Free Geek. Come visit her in BETA!
Aimee Barrington has a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and is a former National Park Artist-in-Residence. She has done everything from cleaning medical equipment to working at a library to teaching Photoshop in order to make a living. She enjoys canoeing, tomato bisque, postmodern architecture, and monster truck rallies.
Other Awesome Staff
Omar Vargas es mimo, actor, activista, papá, etc. y le encanta la tecnología. Antes de llegar a Free Geek trabajó en una compañía de teatro, en un museo y en varias organizaciones de la comunidad.
Omar Vargas is a mime, actor, activist, father, etc.., and he loves technology. Before coming to work at Free Geek he worked in a theater, a museum and several community organizations.
Liliana has lived almost her whole life in Portland, OR and dreams of a life in bigger and faster cities (where it’s more difficult to run into old family friends). She went down the road to Willamette University for college, and for a little while, lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina. One day she hopes to hit the road and save the world, but until then she’s content spending her time wading through antique shops to ogle typewriters and tea sets.
Dani is the frumpiest 20-something year old you’ve met. She knits, reads, and crafts in her free time, and has a cat on her lap about 50% of the time (but when Free Geek lets her bring her cat to work, it will be more). She is generally the straight cop of the Free Geek front desk comedy team, but she’s always laughing on the inside. When she learns how to drive, she will probably describe herself as “outdoorsy”, but for now she’s a fan of city parks. Did I mention she has a cat? She definitely has a cat.
When not working in open source technology at Free Geek, Noah works in open source technology at Public Lab! When not at Public Lab, Noah works in all volunteer community organizing groups like Portland Rising Tide. When not at Rising Tide, he helps activists with legal stuff with the NLG. When not working with the NLG he lives in collective owned housing like PCH. When not at any of said things he can be found on a bike or imbibing a beer.
Scott is an Oregon native with an associate degree in Information Systems. He volunteered more than 460 hours at Free Geek before duping the previous tech support manager into recommending him as his replacement. Scott enjoys solving Rubik’s cubes, playing disc golf, and drinking a nice single malt.
Forrest also volunteered at Free Geek before joining our sales staff. He has had several jobs in sales and customer service, helping to run two private businesses as well with cost analysis, web design, large project design and more.
Brian has many years of experience in sales, non-profit work, volunteer coordination, and managing thrift stores.
He also is a Master Gardener (any live plants left at Free Geek?) and guitar player, and he just adopted a new puppy from a shelter!
Ryan is finally old enough to vote and he is probably still WAY smarter than most people you know. Without Ryan’s expertise, Free Geek’s technical end would look pretty sad.
Michael spent the early part of his life looking at bugs and wanting to be a computer. The concept nerd was invented to describe him (yes, he had a briefcase in high school). The bugs have been replaced by worms and Michael is now a world expert on a small group of earthworms known only from the Pacific Northwest. He does not try to combine the worms with his computers.
Michael was trained to be generous and helpful by a team of older sisters. Despite this early experience he enjoys people and helping them, and helping them to enjoy computers. He is even still polite to his sisters. In other spheres, Michael is an obsessive gardener, a former Reedie, and a wikipedian. Current projects include the search for the perfect ale.
- Event 1: Blindfolded Toolkit Inventory
- Event 2: Schnitzer Steel Toss for Distance
- Event 3: Plastics Gaylord Shakedown
When not at the ‘Geek, he enjoys throwing and chasing plastic in the mud. No wonder he’s the right guy for the job.
Le travail rend libre.
Rob may be able to say the whole alphabet backward. Come visit him in BETA!
The picture speaks for itself.
Kristoffer originally came to Oregon after being chased away by polar bears from his home state of Alaska fourteen years ago. OK, maybe not, but he came here to get a degree in digital art and involve himself in a community that supports a happy and fulfilling existence. Since graduating with a degree in Animation and Media Arts, he decided to enthusiastically take up full residence in the City of Portland and see what happens. And to hide from the bears.
John has a BS in Cognitive Science and a MS in Aerospace Engineering. He has had a lifelong love of technology. He’s vegan due to an affinity for creatures great and small. He was once a foster parent to a litter of ground squirrels.
Anthony also was volunteering as a BETA intern and brought with him many years of technical and supervisory experience.
Ryan came to Free Geek after 6 years of service in tech support, sales and customer service at Xerox.
Amber is a science geek transplanted into the world of technology. She started at Free Geek as a Front Desk intern and has migrated into the wondrous world of Laptops. She is a Psychology and Criminology dual-major at Portland State. Amber has an unmatched ability to make people laugh, and is constantly doing so herself. An avid bookworm, Amber enjoys reading anything she can get her hands on, retro (and current) video games, playing with her 2 giant dogs, and challenging your pinball high-score. She could also probably eat her weight in Vegas Rolls.
Kelly joined Free Geek as a Front Desk Intern in November 2011. After a few hundred
experience points volunteer hours, she gained a level joined the ranks as Front Desk Staff. After getting hit by a turtle shell taking some time off, she warped to world 8 returned to Free Geek and started working with the Board of Directors as a secret agent an administrative assistant. In all seriousness, she can knit a mean scarf, pilot a hot air balloon, read a map, and peel crawfish like nobody’s business. She is currently studying underwater basketweaving non-profit accounting, even though everyone was convinced she’d grow up to be a reality television star a librarian.