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I am focused on applying my technological and organizational skills to enterprises that:
I established LiveModern, Inc. in 2003, the largest and fastest growing social network of its kind, to make modernism more accessible. I have extensive experience as a "marchitect"—creating systems to connect consumers and producers in emerging markets. As the primary marketing and sales representative for Michelle Kaufmann Designs from 2003-2008, LiveModern established MKD as the market leader in modern, prefab housing in North America.
I recently developed and now host the Helena Institute website. I was a founding Board member of the Helena Institute, so this is the best way that I can now contribute my skills and experience to its continued success.
Currently, I am traveling extensively and will be publishing a website soon of social comment photography about being an amateur "anthropologist" in America.
Prior to establishing LiveModern, I was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of TechRocks. As the CEO of TechRocks, I was responsible for providing organizational leadership at a $2.7M national technology assistance nonprofit organization. I focused on creating database technologies for internet organizing, and provided leadership to a national network of staff, database developers and social change nonprofits to create the next version of ebase.
While at TechRocks, I also helped start several national initiatives to accelerate nonprofit access to technology, including NTEN, NOSI and TechAtlas. During the heady days of the internet's hyperbolic growth, funding for this work also rapidly rose.
Once that movement was flourishing and nonprofits had much better access to the tools and techniques that are second nature to business, I started looking for another social cause to help jump start. LiveModern is it!
Prior to founding TechRocks, I founded and directed Desktop Assistance, one of the first nonprofits in the country to provide mission-specific technology assistance to nonprofits. In previous lives, I have been a community and political organizer, a chef and a "French service" waiter, a finish carpenter, a professional photographer and a college professor, not necessarily in that order.
I was awarded a Bachelor of Arts by The Colorado College in 1974, and a Master of Fine Arts by the University of California at San Diego in 1981. I live in Helena, MT with my life partner of 32 years. We have one son who also lives in Helena, but no longer with us :).