Free Geek will be closed on Thursday, December 13th for a staff inservice day.

Staff & Board

Meet 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. At least 25% of the board consists of volunteers who are currently active at Free Geek.

 

Ryan Harvey, Board Chair and Treasurer

Ryan learned about Free Geek 10 years ago when a friend introduced him to Linux, the command line, and The Free Geek Store. It was then, he says, that he was introduced to the notion of being a true "owner" of a computer, rather than just a user of one.

Ryan is an institutional investment consultant with Sellwood Consulting. As Board Chair, Ryan is dedicated to making sure that Free Geek continues its digital impact and remains the unique and welcoming place that it is. When he's not spending time with his wife and two daughters, Ryan likes to put his private pilot's license to use exploring everything Oregon has to offer. He also loves to volunteer at Free Geek. 

"There is something about working with my hands, next to people I'd never otherwise have the chance to rub shoulders with, that really motivates me."

 

Kim Ferrill, BOARD VICE CHAIR

Kim first visited Free Geek while getting her Master Recycler certification through the City of Portland. She was struck by Free Geek’s commitment not just to helping the environment, but to digital inclusion efforts in the Portland metro area.

Kim has a background in law, with experience in various fields including web development, product creation and marketing, and project management. She is an avid bicyclist and Dragon boat enthusiast. Kim participates in an all-woman Dragon boat team called SOAR, made up of breast cancer survivors and their supporters. They paddle 3 times a week — rain or shine!

"I was very impressed with how organized and community friendly Free Geek was…We are more than electronics recycling."

 

Erich Merrill, Board Secretary

Erich was initially involved with Free Geek as a donor. For several years he brought computers and electronics before he became involved as a board member. A neighbor of the prior board chair introduced him to Free Geek, and said she was looking for a board member who could bring a lawyer's perspective to the team. Because Erich was a business lawyer, he was happy to do just that. As part of the Free Geek board, he hopes to help Free Geek continue its good work, expand its reach, increase its financial support, and continue to be a great community asset and place to work and volunteer.

Erich grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and attended engineering school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Erich is a runner, and likes to ski and kayak---though not at the same time. One of his favorite past jobs was as a raft trip photographer on the Chattooga River. He kayaked through Class 3, 4, and 5 rapids every day, as his "commute" to work!

"Free Geek was one of the first to make it easy to do the right thing."

 

Mizuha Nakajima, BOARD member

Mizuha first reached out to Free Geek to see if they wanted to be a beneficiary for her company's annual golf tournament in May 2017. After she initially got engaged with the organization, she saw that Free Geek had similar values/mission/vision as her company and seemed like the right organization to partner and support. Mizuha wants to help champion Free Geeks causes, and help drive greater awareness of our purpose and goals to those that can help support along the way.

She is originally from Japan, grew up in Los Angeles, and moved to Oregon to attend the University of Oregon. She graduated with a degree in journalism, and has spent the last 22 years in various marketing/communications positions at both large agencies and in-house departments. Mizuha loves to travel, collect art, and frequent Portland restaurants for food and libation with friends. She also enjoys spending time with family, including her husband, son, and their cat and leopard gecko.

"I think Free Geek is doing many great things for the community at large! From education and  technology reuse to digital access and minimizing waste, I think what the organization does has relevancy to anyone."

 

Donovan Lytle, Board Member

Donovan first learned of Free Geek from his neighbor, Dan, who had just taken on the role of Executive Director. His advocacy and passion for the Free Geek mission drew Donovan in. 

Donovan has been involved in higher education and higher education software for the past 25 years, first as faculty in ESL programs and currently as Senior Director Business Development for Blackboard, a global enterprise software company serving education. He’s passionate about the power of education to lift, ennoble and provide opportunity for all. As a member of the Board, he's excited to contribute to the educational mission of Free Geek and to learn from the staff and patrons who make Free Geek such a vibrant community. Donovan is currently taking a Master Class in Life taught by his first wife, two grown daughters, and three dogs. He hopes to pass.  

"Talk to a staff member about their job.  Ask a volunteer why they are here. Witness the good work that happens daily. It’s hard not to be inspired and ask yourself, “How can I help?”

 

Margot Swanson

Margot has admired Free Geek since 2009, when she began her nonprofit fundraising career as an AmeriCorps member in Portland – she remembers her AmeriCorps colleagues enthusiastically sharing with her that they could volunteer time at Free Geek in order to earn a computer! Since that time, Margot’s respect for Free Geek’s positive impact on the community, nonprofits and our environment has only grown stronger.

Now a nonprofit relationship banking officer at Columbia Bank, Margot is thrilled to have joined the board to help to advance Free Geek’s important mission.

In her free time, Margot enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband Dustin and their two misbehaved, but very cute dogs, June and Adonis, cooking and striving to stay up to date on her New York Times and New Yorker subscriptions.


 

Meet Our Staff

Adelle Pomeroy -- Digital Inclusion Program Associate

Alana Epstein -- Public Services Staff Member

Amber Rose Forbes -- Chief of Staff

Amber Schmidt -- Manager of Technology Refurbishment

Ana Mahecha -- Receiving and Sorting Associate

Anthony Carrillo -- Technology Refurbishment Staff Member (SDA)

Brad Woods -- Technology Refurbishment Instructor and Technician

Brandon Brink -- Sales Team Lead & Technology Refurbishment Instructor and Technician

Caitlin Sills -- Marketing Specialist

Chris Nuffer -- Technology Refurbishment Instructor and Technician

Christopher Himes -- Technology Refurbishment Staff Member (A/V)

Claire Ostroff -- Bookkeeper

Cliff Fortune -- Technology Refurbishment Staff Member (SDA)

Dan Bartholomew -- Executive Director

Darryl Kan -- Facilities and Warehouse Associate

Durran Champie -- Receiving and Recycling Team Lead

Emily Wong -- Tech Support Associate and Digital Inclusion Program Associate

Hilary Shohoney -- Manager of Development

John Ashcraft -- Chief EH&S Compliance Officer, Manager of Receiving and Recycling

John West -- Technology Refurbishment Instructor & Technician

Julie McGowan -- Public Services Team Lead

Madeleine Lilja -- Receiving and Sorting Associate

Michael Perry -- Technology Refurbishment Instructor and Technician, & Technology Refurbishment Staff Member (Mobile)

Michael Westwind -- Bookkeeper

Mike Klepfer -- Receiving and Sorting Associate

Noah Sutphin -- TechSupport Associate & Online Sales Associate

Norah Divelbess -- Shipping Associate

Omar Vargas -- Manager of Public Services

Pico Mitchell -- Software IT Administrator & Technology Refurbishment Instructor and Technician/Staff Member (Mobile)

Randy Primeaux -- Sales Associate

Rebecca Goldberg --  Public Services Staff Member

Rich Hoffmaster -- Online Sales Associate

Ron Spray -- Receiving and Sorting Associate

Ryan Hebert -- Sales Associate

Sara Rasmussen -- Digital Inclusion Manager

Savannah Stillwell --Human Resources and Administrative Associate

Scott Forbes -- Technology Refurbishment Instructor & Technician

Sterling Stoll -- Sales Associate

Suzan Lee -- Online Sales Associate

Tayler Davenport -- Technology Refurbishment Instructor and Technician

Tom Gilmore -- Technology Refurbishment Team Lead

Travis Karson -- Technology Refurbishment Staff Member (SDA)

Vince Winter -- Tech Support Associate

Wes Dierdorff -- IT Administrator

William Toscano -- Receiving and Sorting Associate

Zach Beyman -- Online Sales Associate