Meet our two new board members, Fidel and Jamison! We are so excited to have them on our board, and for the future of Free Geek with their ongoing commitment to our mission!
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! He is looking forward to this next chapter with Free Geek.
We are so very excited for our bright future with you, Fidel! Thank you!
Meet Jamison, one of our newest board members! 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. We're so excited for the future of Free Geek with you on our board Jamison! Thank you!