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 20 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 Audit function of Medtronic PLC where he focuses on big data, data visualization, and risk management. He has a Juris Doctor and is licensed to practice law in Minnesota. He is a Certified Internal Systems Auditor with a passion for good coding standards, security, controls management, and process efficiency. He lives in NE Minneapolis and loves walks through the neighborhood with his wife and baby son.
Brian Albright - Board Member
Brian Albright is a Senior Program Manager in the Wealth Management division at US Bank. He has over 30 years of experience leading teams toward innovative solutions in multiple verticals including Banking, Supply Chain and Retail. Brian brings perspective from multiple viewpoints while always considering the customer experience. He believes strongly in the PCs for People mission and is passionate about growing this model, impacting more individuals across the country. Brian lives in Waconia with his wife where they can enjoy the outdoors.
Asli Ashkir - Board Member
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.
Jeffery Kannas - Board Member
Jeffery Kannas is a Director in the Manufacturing Practice at Deloitte Consulting. Jeffery 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 Jeffery 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.
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
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.
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.