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Meet NTEN's Staff
Amy Sample Ward, CEO
Amy's dedication to educating and supporting nonprofit and community organizations in using technology to make lasting change brought her to NTEN as the Membership Director in 2011, then as the CEO in June 2013. Whether it is by connecting individuals, organizations, campaigns, or possibilities, Amy hopes to facilitate the nonprofit technology sector transitioning into a movement-based force for positive change.
She is also a blogger, facilitator and trainer having worked with groups and spoken at events in the US, UK and around the world. In 2013, she co-authored Social Change Anytime Everywhere: How to implement online multichannel strategies to spark advocacy, raise money, and engage your community with Allyson Kapin. She previously co-authored Social by Social, a handbook in using social technologies for social impact, and has contributed to various other publications about social change and technology. She is a conversation-starter and thought-leader, writing about strategic uses of new technologies for communities and organizations on her blog and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Jessica Holliday, Operations Director
A long-time Portland resident, Jessica Holliday still recalls the days when the Church of Elvis, not Voodoo Donuts, was the Old Town tourist destination. From software development to kitchen management to finance, Jessica has enjoyed a long and storied career of creating and managing the systems that make small organizations tick.
When not in front of a computer for work, Jessica enjoys being in front of a computer learning Ruby on Rails. Away from the computer she wrestles with learning Mandarin Chinese and struggles to keep up with her husband on a bicycle.
Joleen Ong, Marketing & Publications Director
Joleen is a strong advocate of the nonprofit sector's role in bringing about social change, and the power of smart communications and technology to make this happen.
Prior to NTEN, she served as the Communications Manager at the human rights organization Social Accountability International in New York. Joleen's roots are in campus organizing, and has led numerous successful campaigns to increase responsible procurement with Fair Trade. Her passion stems from her field work in Costa Rica, where she researched the social impact of banana workers while running a small cafe with her husband.
Joleen earned her MS in Nonprofit Management from the New School, and BA in International Studies and Spanish/Anthropology at the College of New Jersey. She has led presentations on the topic of nonprofit marketing, communications and sustainability worldwide, including in India, UK and US. She is a blogger at the nonprofithive.org and webinar trainer at fundsforngos.org. She is also a contributor to the 2014 publication, 'Annual Editions: Technologies, Social Media, and Society' and editor of two award-winning short documentaries.
Karl Hedstrom, IT Director
Karl joined the NTEN team back in 2006 as an AmeriCorps CTC VISTA Volunteer, and then stayed on after accepting a position as NTEN's Data and Systems Manager. After working remotely from Chicago for 3 years, he moved to Seattle in 2011 and took on a more strategic role as IT Director.
Before NTEN, Karl served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger, West Africa. His focus was on community development, but he also worked in several other fields including AIDS awareness, environmental education, and small income generation. This experience allowed him to see first hand the huge impact technology can have in the nonprofit and development fields.
Karl graduated from Pomona College in 2002 with a BA in Physics, and this technical background nicely complements his development experience in his role at NTEN.
Outside of work, Karl keeps himself occupied with a variety of intramural sports leagues and video games, but also jumps at any chance to escape into the wilderness with his wife Anna and their yellow lab Nali.
Lindsay Martin-Bilbrey, Program Director
Lindsay joins NTEN from a background in program development, education, and hospitality. She loves nothing more than creating interactions and educational opportunities where people can work together on innovative ideas and solutions and change the world.
Recently transplanted to the West Coast from the East Coast, Lindsay is an Oklahoma native who firmly believes that her Oklahoma State Cowboys will win the National Championship this year. She's also a Florence and the Machine fanatic, enjoys cooking and entertaining, and swears that this year is when she'll start running again, although she currently spends more time running after her two awesome little boys and husband than out on a trail.
Megan Keane, Membership Director
Megan is a long-time SF bay area resident with an extensive nonprofit background in community management, social media, and volunteer management. She's a problem solver and network builder passionate about connecting with people both on and offline. As NTEN's former Community Engagement Manager and now Membership Director, Megan supports the NTEN community, helping others connect, learn, and make the most of technology.
While she's not online, Megan can be found teaching or practicing yoga, hiking, or curling up with a good book. She's also a self-professed penguin nutcase enthusiast.
Julie Tonroy, Conferences and Events Manager
Julie Tonroy is a native Oregonian who spent the last two decades in San Francisco working in technical publishing, conferences, trade shows, and theatrical event logistics. Julie comes to NTEN with a background in nonprofit work dedicated to environmental, economic, and social justice, and she holds a B.A. in urban studies and planning from San Francisco State University.
In her free time, Julie enjoys travel, volunteering at her son’s school, collecting mid-century kitsch, and spending time with her family. Julie sees herself as a conduit of information exchange. She is excited to practice her professional event management skills within the nptech arena in a way that will create positive change in the world.
Michael Nealis, Content Manager
Michael started his nonprofit adventure when he joined AmeriCorps after graduate school. During his service years he learned about nonpoint source pollution, building houses, volunteer management, and a (then) little-known thing called Twitter. He has worked with many nonprofits to help build social media strategies that help support their mission.
Outside of the office, Michael can be found running, building houses with Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East, or playing the newest board game he found at his local games shop.
Julia Smith, Community Development Manager
Julia joined the NTEN team in January 2013 to launch the Communities of Impact program. Now her role has expanded and she spends her days learning about, listening to, celebrating, and connecting all of the people who make the NTEN community so vibrant.
Julia came to NTEN after launching a Chicago-based consulting practice for nonprofits and artists. Prior to that she spent years in New York and Washington, DC, where managed communications at Idealist.org; co-founded 826DC; organized with political campaigns and social justice collectives; and got entirely too familiar with the bus and train routes up and down the East Coast. She loves facilitating unconferences and retreats, volunteering at Chicago farmers markets, and indulging both a longtime penchant for film photography and a newfound one for Instagram.
Brylie Oxley, Data and Systems Coordinator
Brylie works actively to promote Free/Open culture. He recognizes the importance of strengthening our commons, and is dedicated to serving the public sector.
Prior to working for NTEN, Brylie volunteered and worked for several social profit organizations in areas such as alternative education, clean drinking water, community Internet access, wetland restoration, forest surveying, and youth media. He has been an active contributor to several commonwealth communities, such as the Wikimedia Commons.
Brylie's interests include, photography, nature, and cartography.
Eileigh Doineau, Membership Coordinator
Arriving at NTEN has been a happy bend in the road for Eileigh, who comes from a background in environmental design and English literature. After a year in AmeriCorps teaching environmental education, a summer in Africa working with communities to protect local natural resources, and a master's thesis on design and community engagement, she ventured into the nonprofit realm. Though Eileigh loves to get her hands dirty out in the real world, she recognizes that technology is a transformative tool of empowerment and is delighted to be helping others make the most of it.
Away from her computer, Eileigh enjoys short stories, burritos, and wilderness ramblings.
James Sigala, Program Coordinator
James is a long-time Portland resident with a passion for technology, no baggage travel, and the arts. From medical devices to web design, he has an extensive background coordinating technology and training for a variety of organizations. Although, NTEN is his first non-profit experience; James comes from a family with a long history of social service and nonprofit work, and is excited to contribute to the community.
He is a recent graduate from Portland State with a BS in Social Science & Psychology with an interest in what makes people and society tick.
Outside of work James is engaged in personal development, consuming copious amounts of non-fiction and developing his social network.
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