1. How long have you been volunteering with us at the TTL?
2. What do you find to be the most rewarding part of your position?
I enjoy seeing the students when they begin to understand the power of the Internet and our newly connected world. The first time a student experiences Craigslist, Google Maps, or Wikipedia can be such an epiphany for them.
3. Where else have you/do you volunteer your time?
I have helped teach math at my children’s elementary school. I volunteer monthly at Samaritan House distributing food. I have also volunteered with CTN (Community Technology Network) tutoring elderly residents of the Canon Kip Center in SF.
4. What would you say is your favorite thing about the Tenderloin?
The great old buildings, the history, the restaurants, the amazing diversity of people you see on the street.
5. What is your background experience with computers?
I have been fascinated with computers ever since I used an Apple II back in 1986. I have used computers extensively in many of my scientist jobs over the past 20 years. I also like to tinker with Linux and Python programming as a hobby.
6. Why did you want to volunteer at the the Tech Lab?
I have a desire to help people who have missed out on the technology revolution of the past 20 years. Computers are everywhere now and basic computer skills have become a prerequisite for participating in our society. Whether searching for a place to live, finding a job, or simply broadening your social horizons, if you can’t use a computer you are effectively isolated. I hope to help Tenderloin residents better themselves and improve their lives by exposing them to the amazing things that can be done with a computer and an Internet connection.
7. What would you say is your area of expertise?
I am a scientist by training, but I have many computer skills including all of the standard office applications, basic programming, networking, and computer administration. I also know a lot about wine, cooking, electricity, chemistry, and biology.