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.
Ralph 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.
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.
Preston handles all the student recruiting and social media marketing for Computer Mentors. Preston is a graduate from the University of South Florida with a B.A. in English. Preston previously wrote grants for Computer Mentors.
We are currently seeking someone for the position of TEENTech Program Manager.
Dennis is a Computer Mentors alumnus who now attends University of South Florida. When he is not busy with his studies, Dennis builds phone apps and mentors high school students in our TEENTech Program.
Ebin is a student at the University of South Florida and is majoring in Computer Science. Besides being employed with the organization, Ebin also volunteers with CMG and has a passion for training youth.
Kirk is a military veteran who is now giving back to the community. Kirk holds several industry certifications including the one pursued by our youth in TeenTech.
Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Tampa Bay Wave
Nisi Management Services LLC, President/Consultant
Retired form Connectwise
Senior Channel Program Manager, Panasonic
Information Security Engineer, AmGen
Partner, Arriba Advisors
SVP, Services and Education at ConnectWise
Systems Engineer, Systems Branch Intelligence Directorate (CCJ23)
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 | Machelle Maner Former CMG Board Chair | Mark LaPlante Former CMG Board Chair