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Our Mentors

Computer Mentors is a place where passion meets empowerment.

Our mentors are credible, business professionals from the technology sector who believe in the growth of our students. Our programs are designed to ensure each of our students’ receive personalized attention from their mentor. This specialized attention ensures students are given the opportunity to develop superior technology skills that are needed to guide them into successful IT careers. Guiding students through each step of the program, our mentors enable students to find courage in their personal abilities. With the help from our mentors there is no limit to success.

The Founder

Founder & Executive Director
Ralph Smith

Ralph_SmithRalph Smith is a 60 year-old computer professional with a passion toward underprivileged youth.  He is the founder and current Executive Director of Computer Mentors Group (CMG). CMG was founded in 1997 as a volunteer project by Ralph.  CMG started with five teenagers and the idea of providing computers for the homes as a reward for learning.  The vision was to form a volunteer network of computer professionals that would mentor minority and “at risk” youth, and point them in the direction of Information Technology (IT) careers.  Ralph originally got the idea of starting a “small computer school for youth” when he volunteered with the Juvenile Justice System in Lansing Michigan when he was 25 years old. Ralph came to Tampa in 1993 and has dedicated himself to this community ever since.  Prior to becoming the full-time director of CMG he held professional computer related positions ranging from computer technician, computer operator, to computer programming, systems analyst, network engineer, and manager. His last fifteen years prior to becoming the full-time director of Computer Mentors Group was with Citibank where he was an Assistant Vice President in the North American Trade Finance Division. Ralph has a wide variety of Information Technology experience.  As an owner of his consulting company R & L Computing Services, Ralph specialized in non-profits and small businesses.  He positioned R & L Computing Services as a one-stop IT company providing technology consulting, web and email hosting, website development, networking, database design and applications, equipment maintenance, and security.

The Initiators

TSL Program Director
George Bolden

George Bolden has 35 years of experience in nonprofit management and grantsmanship. He has served as executive director of three nonprofits focused on employment training, youth development and community economic development. Outside of work, George volunteers with organizations addressing homelessness, housing and hunger. He has earned degrees in philosophy, social work, and theology, and a graduate certificate in nonprofit management and innovation. An ordained clergyman, his interests and hobbies include inspirational writing, radio broadcasting, theater, and fishing.

Human Resources Manager & Volunteer Programs Coordinator
Courtney Douglas

Courtney_DouglasA native Marylander, Courtney Douglas fell in love with nonprofits after moving to the Tampa Bay area of Florida.  Courtney has dedicated her talents by volunteering her time to various charitable organizations.  Inspired by working with youth and young adults with learning and developmental disabilities, to further their career goals, Courtney quickly developed a deep passion for charitable work as it relates to entrepreneurship or employment.  This resolve stuck with her, and she has since worked in the nonprofit management sector since 2005.  In the Spring of 2015, Courtney will have completed her Certificate in Human Resource Management.

Development Director
Mike Floyd

Mike Floyd is an entrepreneurial minded, results-driven business leader with over 20 years of hands-on financial, operational and technical expertise. He is responsible for developing and implementing CMG’s strategic plan to raise funds for the organization as well as maintain day-to-day financial and accounting functions by creating long-term value and growth for the organization through cultivating community relationships, donor partnerships and market opportunities. Mike is a native of Tampa, a devoted husband and an involved citizen in the Tampa Bay Community. He has a Bachelors in International Business and a MBA with a concentration in Accounting and Financial, both from The University of Tampa.

STEM Corps Program Director
David Harris

David_HDavid Harris brings 14 years of education experience and 7 years management experience to the STEM Corps High School Program.  David is passionate about the power of education as a community solution. He uses emerging technologies, established education philosophies and results driven instructional design to develop innovative curriculum that empowers learners. As the founder of a web design firm, he brings information architecture experience that will grow the CMG brand in the community through effective public relations and a dynamic web and social media presence. David designed and implemented an on-boarding and talent management system as a corporate training manager for a local tech firm, so he understands how to empower his team to work towards the CMG mission. He brings his passion for education as a community solution and master’s degree in instructional technologies, curriculum and instruction to ensure our students have the best available supports in developing skills to be successful in the information technology industry. David is very excited to be a part of CMG, and he feels, “This isn’t a job, it’s a mission.  It’s not a company, it’s a solution.”

The Mentors

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Web Design Coordinator, STEM Corps KidsCode Instructor

Meghan Frisco

Meghan began at Computer Mentors in 2004, first as a student studying for her Microsoft Office Certification. After graduating in 2005, Meghan joined the Mentor staff as a Technical Trainer and has since then held a variety of roles within the organization.

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Mobile App Coordinator, STEM Corps KidsCode Instructor

Nyjel Dukes

Nyjel began at Computer Mentors as a student in 1999 until he left for college in 2006. Nyjel returned as a Mentor after earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Game Design.

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Mobile App Mentor, STEM Corps

Raymond Lian

Raymond volunteered in the Summer of 2014 and has been at Computer Mentors ever since. Raymond studies Computer Science at the University of South Florida.

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Videography Coordinator, STEM Corps KidsCode Instructor

Isiah Miller

Isiah started at Computer Mentors in 2014. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications. When Isiah is not at Computer Mentors, he is working as a freelance filmmaker.

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Videography Mentor, STEM Corps

Kanica Him

Kanica has been with Computer Mentors since 2014. She holds a Certificate in Digital Video Production from St. Petersburg College. She enjoys directing music videos and hopes to work on feature length films in the future.

Board of Trustees

Chairperson

Machelle Maner

VP Community Development Officer, Community Relations, Wells Fargo

Vice-Chairperson

Wendell Duggins

CEO W&D Associates, LLC

Secretary

Akinlawon Tabari Frierson

Senior Technical Specialist, Citigroup

Board Member

Diane Drum

CEO, Drum Associates, LLC

Board Member

Benny Gonzalez

Executive Director, JPMorgan Chase

Board Member

David Eason

CEO, Pario Solutions

Board Member

Mark Foust

Technology Strategist, Microsoft

Board Member

Solomon Davis Jr.,

Owner, Sol Davis Printing

Board Member

Altren W Neumann IV

System Engineer, Suncoast Credit Union

The Honors Board

Arthenia Joyner  Supporter and State Senator | Betty Reed  Former Board Member and State House Member | Bob Buckhorn  Former Board member and Mayor of Tampa | David Omlor  Former CMG Board Chair | Hank Gill  Former CMG Board Chair | Juan Davis  Former CMG Board Chair | Shirley Houston  Former CMG Board Chair | Susanne Gill  Former CMG Board Chair