Director of IT
I have been involved with Open Aid Alliance for many years in different capacities. As an IV drug user, I was first a client of the syringe exchange program. During my active addiction, I first started helping OAA with their IT needs and was eventually asked to be a board member. Since that time I have worked on a number of projects with OAA. In my time with OAA, I've created new systems for gathering data needed for grants and agencies, I've increased our social media presence, redesigned our website, and more. There is always a project on the horizon waiting for me to finish what I'm working on.
One of my joys of working at OAA is that I'm supporting the staff that support our participants. I optimize and streamline, create processes and procedures, research and develop new ways of doing things so the time we have is focused on supporting clients, not dealing with an IT issue. I'm not always in the background, though. I get to help our participants directly on a daily basis. Sometimes it's just a simple greeting, other times, I'm dispensing syringes or finding a resource for a client. I love keeping that connection alive in me because it feels good to help and the help is appreciated. It helps me remember that I was on the receiving end not so long ago.
Besides all of the above, I am a dad, punk rocker, bicycle enthusiast, volunteer, and discovering addict. I appreciate the services, compassion and understanding Open Aid Alliance provides people like me.