Our Executive Director
Juan Muro (he/him)
Prior to his time in the nonprofit world, Juan worked at Starbucks as an Operations and Training Store Manager leading teams and helping to develop talent from within the organization. Juan has put those skills to use at Free Geek and has been working to make the organization better since his arrival in 2018. At Free Geek he has brought operational excellence, ability to build great teams and a people centric lens to delivering impact. Juan’s leadership doesn’t only apply to Free Geek. He and his former foster siblings formed a group called FAYCES dedicated to influencing systemic change for the foster care community in San Diego County where he grew up. In partnership with the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and Child Welfare Services Juan and his peers advocate for policy changes that positively enrich the lives of past, current and future foster youth. With his experience in operational excellence and nonprofit leadership Juan found himself perfectly placed for the Executive Director role at Free Geek. In preparation for this role, Juan graduated from the Executive Leadership Academy at WVDO and received his Nonprofit Tech Readiness Certificate from NTEN. He has spent the last four years in service to the Free Geek community.
Our Associate Director
Betsy Glickman (she/her)
Betsy is no stranger to non-profit work and community building. Her past work includes community organizing around houseless rights and advocacy, as well as food justice work. She is excited to get involved in creating more equitable digital access across class divides here in our local community. In Betsy's personal life, she spends as much of it on a bike as she can. Whether that is commuting, weekend joy rides, community outreach by bike, or long-distance tours with friends or her wife. Every anniversary, she and her wife plan a trip to see rural areas they haven’t been to before. Betsy states, "Nothing will connect you to our planet and the need to save it like a bike ride."
Erick Chong-Márquez (he/him) -- Digital Inclusion Program Manager
Erick believes that closing the digital divide is a great way to bring forth equality to underserved communities and it is another way to combat social justice, which is why he was so excited to be a part of the Free Geek team.
Born and raised in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, he's of Chinese and Jewish descent. From a very young age, he learned to embrace and learn from cultures outside of his own. He moved to the Bay area when he was thirteen years old, where he graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in Spanish. He recently moved to Portland to obtain a Masters degree in Education at PSU. He chose this because he believes in social equity and education with a multicultural lens is the key to our future!
Prior to joining the Free Geek family, he was a Program Manager at Tech Exchange, which is an Oakland based nonprofit organization similar to Free Geek. In his previous role, he led Tech Exchange's efforts in the San Jose Digital Inclusion Partnership and focused on providing San Jose residents with digital literacy workshops, helped connect families to affordable connectivity programs, helped sign up families to the Affordable Connectivity Program, and provided free devices for families in need.
When he's not at work, he enjoys spending time traveling to other countries and across the U.S. to eat local foods and drink all their beer! To offset his love for food and beer, he loves a good spin class, yoga, weightlifting, and perhaps his favorite activity of all time - napping!
Dwindell Feeley (he/him) -- Development Manager
A first-generation American who was born in New York to Haitian immigrants and adopted out of foster care, Dwindell is a lifelong advocate for marginalized communities. He began his professional career as a project intern at Big Brothers Big Sisters in Rockland County, NY, and was promoted first to Project Manager and then to Program Manager before being recruited to move to Portland and work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Columbia Northwest. While in New York, he created a program for at-risk youth called Start One More Something, supervised the Rockland County Court Ordered Visitation Program from 2017-2019 to create safe visitation for families going through custody battles, and participated in local committees such as the AFFCNY (Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York) Advisory Board. Following the national unrest after the murder of George Floyd, Dwindell launched his own grassroots community nonprofit, #LoveYourBlackCommunity, which has raised $50,000 to serve over 175 Black Portlanders by offering direct assistance, education, and resources like school supplies and community Free Fridges providing food for low-income neighbors. His personal motto is “You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.” When Dwindell isn’t on the clock, he likes to see live music, go hiking, provide help to the houseless, make music, cook, read, and keep in touch with close friends.
Cali Avila (he/they) -- Manager of Operations
Cali, or Riot, is a first gen, 2Spirit queer, from Kumeyaay territory, also known as Imperial Beach, CA.
Cali is the manager of HR & Operations at Free Geek. His mission is to inspire and challenge spaces to meet the needs of their people while protecting and nurturing trans and BIPOC bodies. He moved to Oregon six years ago after traveling all over to find his home and believes he found it here in Portland. When he's not doing community support work, you can find him playing video games or debating with folks over Star Wars & Marvel series. He believes that his intersectionalities are a privilege - a privilege that he intends to use to educate and uplift those around him. This is the way!
María Lara (she/her) -- Manager of Customer Experience
María was born and raised in Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico. She moved to Portland from Mexico in 2019. She's founded several businesses, the most recent being a small family business called Panal 3D, in which María and her brother taught low-income children in their hometown how to design and print their own 3D projects to help their communities stand out as students, and to develop professional, creative, and technical skills to serve them in the future. Unfortunately, funds were limited, and there was more demand than they had the capacity to meet. This project, however, awakened in María, a passion to continue this work of teaching tech skills to vulnerable communities and to bridge the digital divide.
She came to Free Geek as our first Digital Navigator in January of 2021, and much of her work focused on serving senior citizens whose first language is Spanish. In May of 2022, María was promoted to Manager of Customer Experience. She holds a degree in Communication Sciences from Universidad de LaSalle Bajío, located in León, Mexico.
She is passionate about social justice through an empathy lens, and as an immigrant, María has lived experiences that bring different perspectives to Free Geek.
When she isn't at work, she enjoys spending time with her partner and her dog, Sabina. She is a plant and garden enthusiast and loves the outdoors and roller skating!
Durran Champie (he/him) -- Manager of Receiving and Recycling
Durran first volunteered with Free Geek in 2014 before applying and being hired in March of 2017, bringing an extensive amount of customer service, supervisory, and management experience. He has been an avid computer enthusiast since grade school.
"My parents saw that computers were going to be commonplace sooner than most. They made many sacrifices, such as working long hours and serving meager meals to ensure that we had a computer, even if it wasn't the best computer available. This was in the early 1990s, and computers were incredibly cost prohibitive. There were no organizations doing anything close to the work that Free Geek does today. I feel fortunate that I had the experiences I did growing up, and I want to do all that I can to help Free Geek provide the same opportunities to those that don't have good access to computers."
Amber Schmidt (she/her) -- Manager of Technology
Amber started with Free Geek as a volunteer intern at the front desk in 2012 while pursuing her degree in Psychology and Criminology. Years later, she leads our technology refurbishment operations and oversees our IT team. Amber's professional background is in retail and people management, with over a decade of experience in a management role. She quickly became enamored with the work of Free Geek and learned she could use her background in management and her coursework in human behavior to facilitate the interfacing between humans and technology. She found that she had a knack for computer hardware and enjoyed the puzzle-like aspects of troubleshooting a broken machine. In her off time, Amber streams on Twitch, enjoys walking and playing with her giant dog, Milo, and still maintains an avid interest in the psychology of crime by reading books or watching documentaries regularly. She can probably eat her weight in Vegas (sushi) rolls and can most likely beat your pinball high score.
Our Board Members
Free Geek’s board is made up of a collection of community members. In keeping with our core values, members have a diverse range of skills and mission-related interests. It's the responsibility of these volunteer representatives to set and refine Free Geek’s vision. They are also tasked with making organization-wide decisions.
Kyle Kasner (he/him) -- Board Chair
Technology Infrastructure Specialist. Previously IT Administrator for Free Geek. Skills in computer hardware, computer repair, and Windows.
Marcus Carter II (he/him) -- Board Treasurer
Marcus is Director of Social Equity at Cinder. He is a teacher, organizer, and catalyst for social equity across corporate, non-profit, and grassroots organizations. Marcus is also a member of Portland Workforce Alliance, TechTown PDX, SW SHRM, WO:KE PDX.
Nicole Frisch (she/her) -- Board Secretary
Fidel Ferrer (he/him) -- Board Member
Fidel is the Executive Director at Project LEDO, a nonprofit organization which works to enhance students’ success in STEM. Roughly 10 years ago Fidel immigrated to the USA from Cuba. Fidel was introduced to Free Geek by a friend and he joined Free Geek’s (since remodeled) 24h volunteer program where he earned his very first computer. During his undergraduate education at PSU, he worked as a research scientist in a HIV lab at OHSU, and realized the difficulty of achievement in science without the support of a diverse community. This brought him to founding Project LEDO. At Project LEDO, Fidel witnessed the transformative power of mentorship to low-income, Title I elementary school students. His commitment to his community and his sense of responsibility regarding the disparities of the digital divide are the driving forces that keep him pushing forward to achieve a brighter future for all!
Jamison Purry (he/him) -- Board Member
Jamison is a 43-year-old African American, a father of three, and a husband. He served in the Army National Guard as a medic for seven years. Jamison is passionate about creating better communities, advocating for veterans, people of color, and people with disabilities, bridging socioeconomic gaps due to education disparities, and emphasizing the importance of strong families. Currently, Jamison works for Catholic Charities of Oregon as a Disaster Relief Case manager Supervisor.
He brings the expert knowledge and lived experience of our service members, communities of color, and people living with disabilities. He sees the value in intersecting identities and seeks to impact the community to further create an equitable environment for marginalized communities.
Emilee Preble -- Board Member
Rachel Sample -- Board Member
Matt Keating -- Board Member
Sara Stiles (she/her) -- Board Member
The Free Geek Team
Sebastian Isaza Bishop (he/him) -- Digital Navigator
Ashley Martinez (she/her) -- Digital Navigator
Junix Seraphim (he/they) -- Digital Navigator
MJ Jacobsen (they/them) -- Volunteer Coordinator
Nate Ilebode (he/him) -- Marketing and Communications Specialist
Sav Stillwell (they/them) -- Human Resources and Payroll Associate
Haevyn Rivers (she/her) -- Human Resources and Operations Associate
Rin Scott (they/them) -- Bookkeeping Associate
Michael Westwind (he/him) -- Bookkeeping Associate
Darryl Kan (he/him) - Facilities and Warehouse Associate
Pedro Coronado (they/them) -- Customer Experience Associate
Lyric Joy (they/he) -- Customer Experience Associate
Lotus Velasquez-Rios (he/him) -- Customer Experience Associate
Receiving, Sorting, & Recycling
Jesse Wilhite (they/them) -- Business Development Coordinator
Sterling Stoll (he/him) -- Downstream Refurbishment Vendor Specialist
Olive Brown (she/her/Its) -- Receiving and Sorting Associate
Stephen Couchman (he/him) -- Receiving and Sorting Associate
Tyler Fellini (he/him) -- Receiving and Sorting Associate
Maxie Krauthamer (she/her) -- Receiving and Sorting Associate
Mads Lilja (he/him) -- Receiving and Sorting Associate
Justus Perrin (they/them) -- Receiving and Sorting Associate
Ashley Solaire (she/her) -- Receiving and Sorting Associate
Dragon Star (they/them) -- Receiving and Sorting Associate
Kai Erickson (they/she) -- Assistant Manager of Technology
Mike Klepfer (he/him) -- Technology Refurbishment Technician II
Ally Militello (she/her) -- Technology Refurbishment Technician II
Tim Pham (he/him) -- Technology Refurbishment Technician II
Ron Spray (he/him) -- Technology Refurbishment Technician II
Ava Turner (she/her) -- Technology Refurbishment Technician II
Brandon Brink (he/him) -- Technology Refurbishment Technician III
Christopher Himes (he/him) -- Technology Refurbishment Technician III
Michael Perry (he/they) -- Technology Refurbishment Technician III
Nick Brink (he/him) -- Data Security Specialist
Aileen Miller (she/her) -- Data Security Specialist
Wes Dierdorff (he/him) -- IT Administrator
Pico Mitchell (he/him) -- Software IT Administrator