Andrew Elofson - Chairman of the Board / Founder
Andrew Elofson, the founder of PCs for People, has worked as a licensed social worker for Blue Earth County for over 25 years. In this time, Andrew has developed an expertise in the areas of Youth Development, Child Mental Health, Adult Mental Health, and is currently working with adults and families who are homeless. Andrew utilizes his efforts as a social worker to help distribute computers to those most in need. Andrew has a Masters degree in Education and lives in St. Peter MN with his wife and 6 children. In 1998, Blue Earth County gave Andrew the first computer to be donated. After 4 months, 30 more computers were donated and Andrew knew he needed help to grow the program. He obtained a county-owned house, developed relationships throughout the community, found a group of interested high school students and established PCs for People. Since then, PCs For People has donated thousands of computers to those who would not otherwise have the opportunity to easily access technology and own a computer.
Casey Sorensen - Executive Director
Casey Sorensen is the Executive Director of PCs for People. He graduated from Minnesota State University Mankato with a degree in Computer Information Systems. While he attended MSU, Casey volunteered for a small county run program called PCs for People. After college Casey worked as a Technology Consultant with Deloitte Consulting. Casey enjoyed the travel and challenges of the work, but decided he was ready for a career change. Casey reconnected with Andrew Elofson and they decided to formalize and expand the PCs for People program. In 2008 Casey incorporated and established PCs for People as a 501(c)(3) non-profit and opened up the corporate headquarters in St. Paul, MN. PCs for People has since grown to distribute thousands of computers each year to families in need.
John Burns - Vice Chairman
John Burns is currently a professor at South Central Community College in North Mankato, MN. John specializes in computer security, networking, hardware and software. John currently lives in Mankato with his daughter.
Zeb Anderson - Treasurer
Zeb Anderson is currently in the Corporate Strategy / Channel Management function of Medtronic PLC where he uses data analytics to drive strategic insights. He has a Juris Doctor and is licensed to practice law in Minnesota. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and Certified Information Systems Auditor with a passion for strategy, data, security, and process efficiency. He lives in NE Minneapolis and loves walks through the neighborhood with his wife and kids.
Asli Ashkir - Board Member
Asli Ashkir is an experienced public health nurse with 30 years combined experience in clinical nursing, public health, and education. Currently, Mrs. Ashkir works as a senior RN consultant with the Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) Children and Youth with Special Health Need’s section. Mrs. Ashkir got her basic nursing diploma from Somalia, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from India, and MPH from UNC at Chapel Hill. Mrs. Ashkir is the Co-founder and President of Briva Health (previously known as Somali Health Solutions), a community based organization that advances the efforts of the care providers and institutions that serve the hard to reach communities including the Somali community of Minnesota. Asli is a mom of 6 children, lives in Brooklyn park with her husband and enjoys playing with her 5 granddaughters.
Adrianne Benton Furniss - Board Member
Adrianne is Executive Director, Board Member and Trustee of the Benton Foundation, a private operating foundation with offices in Evanston, IL.Benton believes that communications policy rooted in the values of access, equity, and diversity has the power to deliver new opportunities, strengthen communities, and enliven democracy. Benton experts make knowledge and analysis accessible to include more people in communications policymaking.
Adrianne spent her professional career in the media business, specializing in distribution and marketing strategies, management, strategic planning and acquisitions. For 13 years, she worked at Chicago-based Home Vision Entertainment (HVe), a publisher and distributor of classic and independent films on DVD. She rose from Executive Vice President to President/CEO and majority owner before selling the business in 2005. Before that, Adrianne spent fourteen years in New York City, the last eight travelling the world for Children’s Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop) where she served as VP of International Television.
Currently, Adrianne serves on the Board of Advisors for the Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC), which represents a wide range of public and private interests who support the authority of local communities to make the broadband Internet choices that are essential for economic competitiveness, democratic discourse, and quality of life in the 21st century.
Adrianne received her BA at Yale University in Art History and an MA in Radio, TV and Film from Northwestern University. She lives in Wilmette, Illinois, with her husband, Bob Furniss. They have two daughters: Lily, 21, is studying fine arts at University of North Carolina, Asheville; Carrie, 25, just received her Master’s Degree in vocal jazz performance from New England Conservatory of Music and is teaching voice in Boston and performing with her band, Birthing Hips.
Bill Coleman - Board Member
Bill Coleman leads Community Technology Advisors, a consultancy focused on community broadband and economic development services. With his advice and facilitation, community-based leadership teams assess and improve their access and use of technology to improve community vitality, including initiatives in network deployment, application development, and digital inclusion. Bill has worked extensively in greater Minnesota throughout his career – with a regional planning commission in Mora, with the State of Minnesota as staff to the Star City Program, and with a regional telecommunications provider working in market development. Bill has a degree in Urban Studies from MSU-Mankato. He lives in Mahtomedi where he serves on the City's Planning Commission.
Jeffrey Kannas - Board Member
Jeffrey Kannas is a Director in the Manufacturing Practice at Deloitte Consulting. Jeffrey has spent more than 12 years leading global large scale ERP implementations and has over 17 years of Manufacturing Industry expertise. Beyond developing quality solutions that drive value for his clients Jeffrey is a family man interested in helping his community by serving on PCs for People's board.
Heath Walker - Board Member
Heath Walker is the Director of Sale Operations & Development for Best Buy for Business / Education division at Best Buy Inc. Heath has extensive corporate and field leadership experience with a track record of driving strategic growth, operational development and enterprise financial performance. He spent nearly 13 years in finance and strategy roles before spending the last 4 as the Director of Inside Sales and Sales Operations & Development. Heath believes strongly in the PCs for People’s mission of narrowing the digital divide, empowering people with access and technology, while growing a fiscally sustainable operating model. Prior to Best Buy, Heath began his career with KPMG LLP and subsequently held management positions at Northwest Airlines Inc. He holds a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a M.B.A. from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. As a native Minnesotan, Heath enjoys the summers and vacations with his wife and spending time with their three kids.
Julie Seltz - Denver Executive Director
Julie Seltz is the Denver Executive Director for PCs for People. She spent 8 years in financial services working in marketing, sales, technology, operations, and institutional relationship management between Denver and New York. After moving back to Denver, Julie operated a consulting firm specializing in business development and marketing for financial technology companies. Julie is active in the Denver community with the Junior League of Denver, Minds Matter, Denver Kids, Invisible Disabilities Association, and Junior Achievement. Julie has a B.S. in Business Administration and International Business from the University of Wyoming and the University of Wales, Swansea. She enjoys international travel with her husband and spending time with their two daughters.
Virginia Bayless - Denver Advisory Board Member
Virginia Bayless is a financial consultant and an active community supporter. She has over 30 years of investment banking, financial advisory, business valuation and international banking experience. Ms. Bayless serves on the Board of Directors of Professional Assist Corporation and is Chair of the Audit Committee. She is also Chair of The Denver Foundation Board of Trustees. In addition, she is a member of the Advisory Committee of PCs for People.
Ms. Bayless previously served on the boards of Concepts Direct, Inc., Graland Country Day School, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, Girls Incorporated of Metro Denver and Scholars Unlimited. She received an MBA degree from The Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and an undergraduate degree in economics from Princeton University.
Scott Cardenas - Denver Advisory Board Member
Formerly Chief Technology Officer for Kiewit, Scott Cardenas has been Chief Technology Officer for the City and County of Denver since 2013.
The City and County of Denver, Technology Services, offers a unique opportunity to work with a diverse business and technology environment that supports over 56 agencies. We employ over 12,000 people, of which 9,000+ are daily technology consumers in support of a diverse population in excess of 500,000 citizens.
Scott is an innovative leader with experience in developing strong teams that achieve desired results. He has an extensive history of managing complex large-scale projects and diverse teams and creates bottom line financial impacts through standardizing systems and operations for reliability and efficiency. Scott translates multipart goals into succinctly designed plans while developing informed client relationships resulting in effective deliverables and successful projects. Having experience in construction and engineering, healthcare, financial, telecommunications, aviation and government arenas Scott possesses a strong ability to communicate effectively with all business partners.
Andy Davis - Denver Advisory Board Member
An eighteen-year veteran of communications strategy and public affairs and a Colorado native, Andy is a Director of Government Affairs in Comcast’s Mountain West Region. He leads Comcast’s external affairs and economic development work with public officials and business leaders in the western part of the Denver Metro Area, Boulder, and Colorado’s mountain communities. Combining a decade of experience on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., corporate public affairs experience, and an MBA, Andy is skilled at building productive, results-oriented communication between private sector organizations and influential public stakeholders. Additionally, he brings to the PCs for People Advisory Board a long-time personal and professional interest in social enterprise. LinkedIn | Twitter
Sarah Lehmann - Denver Advisory Board Member
Sarah Lehmann is a Principal and Strategist at Ebb+Flow Design. She brings over a decade of experience in brand strategy, messaging, positioning and creative content management to her role in service of clients in the non profit, private and public sectors. Previously, Sarah served as the Vice President of Marketing & Communications for the Denver Public Schools Foundation, contributing to the vision and executing the strategy that helped the organization grow 112 percent in fundraising revenue from $6.6 million to $14.1 million during her five-year tenure. In this role, Sarah directed the communications and marketing for the organization, setting strategy and overseeing a team of professionals in community outreach, branding, design, web communications, media relations and social media.
Previously, she served as Marketing and Public Relations Manager at the Vail Valley Foundation, marketing the Vail International Dance Festival, the Vilar Performing Arts Center, the Mountain Games, the Birds of Prey World Cup ski races, and other art, athletic and education programs in the Vail Valley.
Sarah holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Sarah serves as a mentor for the City Year Women’s Leadership Initiative, and previously served on The Denver Hospice NextGen Board of Directors from 2012-2015. Since 2012, she has had the honor of being paired with a DPS first grade student to read weekly as a volunteer of the TutorMate program. She was a member of the 2010 Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation’s Access Denver program, the 2015 Downtown Denver Partnership’s Leadership Program, and is currently a member of the 2016 Colorado Business Committee for the Arts Leadership Arts program.
Hanna Patterson - Denver Advisory Board Member
Hanna Patterson is a Manager in Deloitte Consulting's Social Impact Practice. She has over eight years of consulting experience and has served clients across the non-profit, life sciences, and health care industries. She has a particular interest in promoting collaboration between the private and social sectors to help address some of our most challenging problems. Hanna lives in Denver with her husband and dog.
Brad Saari - Denver Advisory Board Member
Brad Saari is a Director of Information Technology at Sykes Enterprises. He graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Management Information Systems in 2000, returning to academia several years later to obtain his MBA from Bowling Green State University. He has over 15 years experience delivering mission critical, enterprise-level software solutions in the Manufacturing and Business Process Outsourcing arenas. He resides in Denver and is ecstatic to be giving back to the community through his involvement with PCs for People.
David Tadlock - Denver Advisory Board Member
David Tadlock has over 25 years’ experience in the telecommunications, data communications, and physical security industries. Mr. Tadlock has enjoyed many positions within the organizations he served, including, VP of Operations, VP of Sales, Technical Sales, Sales Engineer, and Project Manager.Mr. Tadlock has designed, built, and implemented the communications, and security networks for thousands of organizations, both locally and nationally during his career. After attending Colorado State University, and after 3 years in commercial real estate brokerage in the mid 1980’s, he worked for MCI in the commercial markets in Colorado developing local and national wide area data networks. His success led him to his involvement and expansion of nationally recognized consumer market.
Post-MCI, Mr. Tadlock joined his local family business. This local business was a valued added reseller (VAR) business telephone system, wiring infrastructures, and physical security systems, as well as, a Master Agent for US West Communications (now Century Link).
Mr. Tadlock spent the last 5 years growing and expanding the business and profits for a privately owned MSP located in Denver, Colorado. He was determined to pursue his passion, education and technology by serving private, charter, and public schools districts within the State of Colorado.
Mr. Tadlock spent 3 years involved with the Colorado Department of Education, Capital Construction Assistance Board (BEST Board), where he served as the Board Vice-Chair, with Technology Expertise. He is appointed jointly by the Minority Leaders of the House and Senate. Along with many others, he was instrumental in development of the latest Colorado Construction Guidelines for Colorado School including the addition of Security platforms that are meaningful and impactful for the safety and security of our student, faculty and administration throughout the State of Colorado.
In 2008, the Public School Capital Construction Assistance Board (CCAB) was created within the Colorado Department of Education. The CCAB was given powers and duties described throughout C.R.S.22-43.7.The CCAB is composed of nine appointed members: one public school board member, one public school superintendent, two school facilities planners or managers, one architect, one engineer, one construction manager, one school technology expert, and one public school finance expert. See more at: www.cde.state.co.us/cdefinance/capconstccab
David currently resides in Denver and is a native of Lakewood, Colorado. He is an avid sports enthusiast for local sports at both the professional and local level. David has two grown sons and is the proud father of a US Marine. Mr. Tadlock volunteers his time on multiple technology committees for private and charter schools. David also mentors for “The Big Idea Project” serving the generous leaders of tomorrow. See more at: www.bigideaproject.org
Tom Sheraden - Denver Advisory Board Member
Tom Sheraden is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, with responsibility for Prologis's global information technology platform, strategy and Information Technology team. Before joining Prologis in 2004, Tom held IT leadership positions with Janus Capital Group, HomeAdvisor and was a principal consultant with systems integrator American Management Systems (now CGI). Tom holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from Villanova University.
Peter Van Genderen - Denver Advisory Board Member
Peter Van Genderen is a board member of Blue Star Recyclers, the Beanstalk Foundation and the Energy Resource Center. Earlier, Peter served as a General Partner with Stolberg Equity Partners, and represented the firm on the boards of portfolio companies including: Alpine Access, Capital Returns, Central Security, Eschelon Telecom [ESCH] and Inflow. He was also participated on nonprofit boards including the University of Colorado Center for Entrepreneurship and the Colorado Venture Capital Association.
Prior Mr. Van Genderen worked as the general manager of UniLink, an Inc. 500 software development company in Jackson, WY, and as a corporate finance analyst at Bankers Trust in New York. Peter graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College and received an MBA with honors from the University of Colorado.