2014 NTENnies

Most likely to…

Have all 1.05 million Rhode Islanders show up for Tech Club – Kathleen Malin

Kathleen Malin is vice president for Technology & Operations Management at Rhode Island Foundation in Providence. She is responsible for all aspects of technology at the Foundation.

She has also worked as a network administrator and technology director at a number of public and private schools in New York and Rhode Island. Kathleen has also been involved with teaching technology for 20 years.

Kathleen presents frequently on nonprofit technology, online tools, and social media. Kathleen also works with nonprofits and businesses doing technology assessments and helping them develop social media and web strategies.

In 2009 she helped organized NTEN’s 501 Tech Club Rhode Island to help create a support network for IT and communications professionals in the state. She is a member of the Family Service Rhode Island IS Committee, Rhode Island Public Radio Technology Task Force, and MicroEdge Client Advisory Council. She is also chair of the Tech Collective’s IT Managers Roundtable and was the recipient of a 2012 Tech Collective Tech10 Award. Kathleen holds a BA from Immaculata University, received a Master’s in Nonprofit Management from New England College, and is currently working on a MBA from NEC.

Fix all of your systems, make your conference call feel fun, and then go sing karaoke in German – Katie Fritz

Katie Fritz is a geek who makes complex systems work for real people. She transitioned to a full-time IT director role in 2011 after several years as public policy analyst and accidental techie at the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM). When she wasn’t getting laws passed to support affordable housing, Katie overhauled every system at CEDAM, from email to file storage to membership and event management. She built CEDAM’s latest website from scratch, integrating seven different program areas into a user-friendly, interconnected multi-site network. She also developed an extensive wiki to document internal processes and institutional knowledge.

In 2014, Katie left CEDAM to found her own consulting company (the creatively named Katie M Fritz, LLC), where she helps nonprofit clients implement better systems to support their missions. Katie is a big fan of NTEN’s mission and programs; you may have encountered her blowing up the NTEN member forums, singing German karaoke at last year’s Geek Games, or co-leading the IT Directors Community of Practice. The word on the street is, she’s open to job offers.

Recycle your Google AdWords strategy – Jeff Yin

Jeff Yin, Ph.D., is a former climate scientist who started managing online advertising campaigns in 2009. He was featured in a 2011 Forbes Magazine article as one of the first to earn a full-time living in the Trada online advertising marketplace. In 2012, he decided to put his online ad experience to work for good causes by founding Sustainable Clicks, his company that helps nonprofits to take advantage of Google Ad Grants.

In his previous career as a scientist, Jeff performed climate change research that was cited in the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report and generated wind resource datasets for the renewable energy industry. He enjoys traveling by train to keep his carbon footprint low, except when traveling to and from his native state of Hawai’i.

Build anything, design anything, fix anything, and explain it all to you – Ken Steeber

Ken is currently the MIS Specialist at The Gateway Family YMCA.

Over the past 8+ years, Ken has had his hands on just about everything that plugs into the wall. After starting as the sole Admin/trainer for the YMCA’s Member Database, he has moved on to tackling more diverse things and is involved in some way with anything that can be inferred as IT related. Now you can usually find him hiding behind an array of screens while he’s busy providing end-user support for almost everything. His expertise spans from graphic artist to Web designer, and network storage to Photographer. He’s also the one to find if someone has a car question. True to his office given nickname of “MacGyver,” if hardware breaks, he is usually found with a screwdriver, looking for the failed component.

Be your friend on every social media platform – Laura Norvig

Laura Norvig is the Digital Media Strategist at ETR, where she applies her thirteen years of experience in the nonprofit sector to the content, marketing, and social media strategy of this multi-faceted health education agency. Her prior experience included launching and managing online communities on niche topics for grantees of the Corporation for National and Community Service. She holds an MLIS from San Jose State University.



Show up – Richard Wollenberger

Richard Wollenberger has served as the IT Director for the Parents as Teachers national office since 2006.

An accomplished senior IT leader with a strong technical background Richard has 26 years in sales, technical support, network design, and managing staff, systems and facilities. Richard’s teams create and deliver enterprise strategies, standards, and policies and procedures to meet the needs of our staff and customers.

Prior to joining Parents as Teachers, Wollenberger worked as a consultant on projects with Anheuser-Busch, Monsanto, Collaborative Strategies, Inc, Shupp Advertising, World Aquarium and others. After almost 6 years at Forsythe Computers Wollenberger moved on to a position with W F Corroon (Buck Consultants) and Osborn & Barr Communications.

In addition to ongoing training in technology, Wollenberger is a Certified Information Technology Business Manager.

Start a movement on a Drupal platform – Ivan Boothe

Ivan Boothe is the creative director of Rootwork.org. He works as a freelance Drupal developer and online organizer, and is the online communications associate for the Fellowship of Reconciliation. A co-founder of the Genocide Intervention Network (now United to End Genocide), he worked as a community organizer in Philadelphia before relocating to Portland, Oregon, in 2012.

Ivan recently wrote the first chapter of “The Most Amazing Online Organizing Guide Ever,” published by Green Memes: http://greenmemesteam.tumblr.com/guide

Ivan is active in the NTEN and NetSquared communities, co-organizes PDXTech4Good (jointly sponsored by both groups) and the NTEN Drupal Community of Practice. He has presented at numerous NTCs; led community organizing workshops at the U.S. Social Forum, the New Organizing Institute and the Gandhi-King Conference; and facilitated trainings on nonviolent civil disobedience, anti-oppression and campaign strategy. He is a board member of the Peace and Justice Studies Association, a semi-professional handbell musician, an enthusiastic member of a local food co-op, and intermittently on Twitter @rootwork.

Be on every committee and remind you when the next meeting is – Dahna Goldstein

Dahna Goldstein, Founder and CEO of PhilanTech, develops web-based applications for the nonprofit sector, and has worked for venture philanthropies, including Ashoka and Blue Ridge Foundation New York. Dahna also produced interactive eLearning programs, including the award-winning “What Is a Leader?” program, for Harvard Business School Publishing and Global Education Network. Dahna holds a BA from Williams College, a Master of Education degree, with a concentration in technology, from Harvard University, and an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business. She serves on the board of JustGive.org and plays hockey as often as she can.


Remain an NTEN legend and inspiration – Bob Russell

Robert H. “Bob” Russell was a longtime NTEN community member who left us all to soon on August 23, 2013. Bob started off teaching science and biology to high school students in Australia, then college students in the US. He was the co-founder of Jet Photo Works and created websites for the grantees of The Pierce Family Foundation in Chicago as well as many nonprofit organizations in the Traverse City area. He and his wife Sally Van Vleck founded and were co-directors of the Neahtawanta Research and Education Center for 26 years. His mastery of computer technology is legendary and he co-founded Traverse Communication Company in 1993, the first Internet Service Provider in Traverse City, MI. Bob, you are missed and remembered by the NTEN Community.