2015 NTENnies

Most likely to…

Have collaborated with every social changemaker in Philly – Seth Horwitz

Seth Horwitz has been involved in social networking for over 30 years. As a reference librarian at a small public library in the early ’80’s he created a “learning network” in which library patrons offered to learn, teach or share something (anything), and then had their interests interfiled in the card catalog (remember those?). Around the same time, he also published “Other Networks”, a newsletter about… well, mostly pre-digital social networks.

Today, he works on knowledge management and information architecture with the American Friends Service Committee, an international NGO working on peace and social justice issues. He was also a founding organizer of Philly NetSquared, which has been holding monthly Net Tuesday gatherings for Philadelphia nonprofits and activists since 2008.


Connect two people who have never met each other – or Ken – in person – Ken Montenegro

Ken Montenegro a Los Angeles native and has been a nonprofit technologist for over 17 years. He has been fortunate enough to work with the Northeast Valley Health Corporation; Maternal & Child Health Access; Homeless Healthcare Los Angeles; and the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. He is currently the Information Technology Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles.

When not doing nonprofit technology, Ken can often be found working with community based groups resisting state violence on behalf of the National Lawyers Guild or bumming around book and record stores with his teenage son.

Follow Ken on Twitter: @kmontenegro


Attend every social good MeetUp in the area – Regina Walton

Regina Walton is the Marketing Manager for Pole to Win International. She started her social media management career in 2006 while she was living in Seoul, Korea. She launched her own blog under the pen name “ExpatJane”. That soon led to being one of the top ten expat-blogs in Korea and led to a regular column writing for The Korea Herald, a number of freelance assignments, and being a guest contributor to other blogs.

Regina returned to the USA in 2009 and moved to New York City. She started her own social media business in a down economy and proved quite successful at it. Her aim was to help small business establish, maintain, and execute their social media, as well as help them focus on their overall content and community strategy. As they say, if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere.

Regina moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2011 as she’s really a California girl at heart. Once she was back in the Bay Area, she joined SFTech4Good as an organizer. The group focuses on how technology is being leveraged for social impact projects. The group has doubled in size since then and events are frequent and are always ranked highly. She’s also built out a venue and sponsor list that helps SFTech4Good have the best events possible.


Organize your event, re-design your website, and remember the Circuit Rider days. – Birgit Pauli-Haack

Birgit Pauli-Haack, co-founder of Relevanza, Inc., brings over 18 years of web development and web community expertise to the company. With her other company, Pauli Systems, LC, also headquartered in Naples, Florida she has been providing interactive, user-friendly, web-based business applications and server administration services to an array of corporate, nonprofit and private clients, both international and domestic since 2002.

In addition to leading her companies, Birgit is an active member of the web community and provides pro bono technology products and services to local non-profit organizations. She has been technology leader with the Naples Free-Net since 1998 and is the immediate Past President. She organized in 2010 its NFN4Good nonprofits support and education program, teaching WordPress, CiviCRM and other open-source software. Birgit is also coordinator of WordPress Meetup SWFL and the nonprofit NFN4Good TechClub, supported by NTEN Community as well as TechSoup Global’s Netsquared. Birgit is a Netsquared Regional Ambassador 2015.


Text, talk, act to help you out – Rebecca Reyes

Rebecca is addicted to learning about new technology and digital strategies. She got her start building websites 15 years ago after teaching herself HTML, and has been involved in the digital communications world ever since.

She has experience building and managing websites, leveraging social media, developing online outreach strategies, and creating online trainings. She is currently the Communications Manager at Everyday Democracy, using technology and tools to connect people, build relationships, and make everyone’s life easier. Previously, she has worked with New England Public Radio, Verité, and Emerson Process Management.

She is also an entrepreneur, photographer, dancer, and traveler.


Don scrubs and a stethoscope for social media surgery – Eli van der Giessen

Eli van der Giessen strives to be a connector – the interstitial tissue that holds the muscle of a community together. He’s been a volunteer manager, an event organizer and a digital campaigner. Basically he’ll take any gig that allows him to enable a group of passionate people to create things they love.

Currently Eli is the NetSquared Community Manager supporting a global volunteer network of 50 monthly meetups for the nonprofit technology sector. Together they hold over 450 events per year.


Wrangle words, presentations, and committee members together – Lauren Girardin

Lauren Girardin uses her creative chutzpah to help nonprofits and foundations engage their communities and share their stories. Recently, she’s worked with California Family Health Council and TeenSource, GovLoop, Points of Light, TechSoup Global and NGOsource, YTH, and others.

Lauren is determined to help organizations experiment bravely in their social media, blogging, content marketing, and other digital and traditional communications. No noob, Lauren’s first professional social media experience was running Arianna Huffington’s plucky Friendster profile during the 2003 California gubernatorial campaign.

When she’s not giving trainings or writing something pithy, she pitches in on the NTC Steering Committee, helps moderate the Nonprofit subreddit, and tweets at @girardinl.


Get people to cross the Brooklyn Bridge for a Tech Club event – James Porter

James is the Associate Director, External Relations for the END Fund, a philanthropic initiative focused on controlling and eliminating the most prevalent neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). He coordinates the END Fund’s communications efforts including digital and traditional media outlets. Previously, James was the Email Manager for the International Rescue Committee (IRC), where he collaborated on integrated fundraising and engagement campaigns. He has also worked for the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) and FilmAid International, leading communications and marketing efforts.

James holds a BA from Loyola University Maryland and a MA in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University. As a co-organizer for 501 Tech NYC and a member of the steering committee for #15NTC, James is passionate about the power of technology for social change, and has found a welcoming and enriching home in the NTEN community.


Explain Google Analytics and get you excited about data – Yesenia Sotelo

Yesenia Sotelo loves nonprofits and digital, and is happiest snuggled right in between the two. For over 13 years, she has helped nonprofits use digital tools for fundraising, communications, advocacy and operations.

Yesenia is the founder of SmartCause Digital where she builds websites and runs online campaigns.

Follow Yesenia on Twitter: @silverbell


Be the first person to answer your question – Issac Shalev

Isaac Shalev is the president of Sage70, Inc. a consulting company dedicated to helping non-profit organizations grow by leveraging technology effectively. Over the last 12 years, Isaac has worked at the intersection of technology, nonprofit management and strategic planning.

In the past, Isaac has served as Chief Operating Officer at the Birthright Israel Foundation, CTO at Kveller.com, founder of Pledgewell.com, a text-to-pledge solution for nonprofits, and senior investment adviser at an angel IT investment firm. Isaac lives in Stamford, CT with his wife and three children, and when he’s not helping nonprofits with their technology strategy, he designs and publishes board games.


Make a resource roundup and follow your blog – Emily Weinberg

Emily Weinberg is co-organizer of NTEN’s Nonprofit Digital Communications Community of Practice and a member of NTEN’s Research Committee. Her blog, The Nonprofit Blog Exchange, is a resource for nonprofits where she writes monthly roundups linking to nonprofit blog articles. It has been recognized as one of the top 150 nonprofit blogs in the world.

Emily lives in the DC area and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University.

Follow Emily on Twitter: @np_blogexchange


Be a thoughtful friend and teacher – Michael DeLong

Michael was an active member of the NTEN community, NTC speaker, colleague, friend, and an all-around great person to know. He worked for many years at the intersection of nonprofit communications, community, and content.In addition to his work in the nonprofit technology arena, he was actively involved with numberous local arts organizations, including Emerging Arts Professionals, Intersection for the Arts.

Michael left us all too early and suddenly in 2014, but he is remembered fondly by those who had the privilege to know and work with him.