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Andrew Sears, Executive Director, TechMission; President, City Vision College
Andrew has worked in community computer centers since 1997. He most recently served as the co-founder and director of the PREP Community Computer Center, which serves approximately 600 students annually. He regularly gives talks at conferences on faith based organization and the Digital Divide including CTCNet, Kingdomworks, the Christian Community Development Association and the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions. He grew up in an inner-city environment, and was the son of a Baptist preacher in a Black storefront church in Kansas City (Andrew's testimony). He later received his MS in Technology and Policy and MS in Computer Science at MIT. While at MIT, he co-founded the Internet and Telecoms Consortium, a research group with an annual budget of over $1 million. He has also worked as summer staff at the City Union Mission in Kansas City and at Cape Town City Mission Homes in South Africa. He and his wife Heather live in Dorchester, MA and are active in their local church.
Harriet Hodge-Henry, Director of Operations
Harriet is responsible for the daily administration of the organization. She previously worked as an administrative supervisor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the New England Medical Center. She also worked at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Accounting Department. She was a production manager at Digital Equipment Corporation in Roxbury, MA. Harriet is an active member of her church – The Gathering Christian Fellowship – and she also is the director and founder of a youth organization – The Kids Klub of Roxbury. Harriet received her BS in Operations Management from the University of New Haven.
Rev. Michael Liimatta, Chief Academic Officer, City Vision College
Starting in January 2008, Michael has served as Director for City Vision College, TechMission's accredited distance-learning institution, which provides online instruction for urban ministry leaders. He previously served as Director of Education for the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, a position in which he managed Rescue College (now City Vision College) and the other instructional programs of the AGRM. To read his full biography and testimony, click here.
Ali McCracken, Lead Web Developer
Ali is our one of our Web Developers at TechMission, programming for ChristianVolunteering.org, as well as providing other website and technical support. Ali previously served as a TechMission Corps member at the PREP Community Computer Center before joining the team at TechMission HQ in June, 2006. While at PREP, she provided general computer lab support, computer and Internet instruction, and facilitated a computer club for youth. Ali graduated from Gordon College in 2004 with a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science. She has also served as a short-term missionary to Piet Retief, South Africa. With her previous church, she attended and later co-led youth group missions throughout the United States as well as serving as the pastor's assistant with the confirmation class. She is currently a member at Park Street Church in Boston.
Evan Donovan, Web Developer
Evan serves as a Web Developer for TechMission, primarily on the City Vision College and UrbanMinistry.org sites. He also works on the Salesforce system that is used by the City Vision and TechMission Corps programs. He previously served as Online Publications Editor for TechMission, in which capacity he led several projects to expand the range of content offered on the site. Before coming to the main office in July 2007, he served with TechMission Corps at the Metropolitan Baptist Church After-School Program in Dorchester, MA, as a tutor and technology coordinator. In 2006, he received his B.A. in English from Covenant College, a small Christian liberal arts college in Lookout Mountain, GA. He is active in Christ the King Dorchester, a local church plant of the Presbyterian Church in America.
Jonathan Spain-Collins, Online Services
Jonathan joined TechMission in 2011 when he began working for us in Online Services. Jonathan is a Dorchester native who is very active in his church Christ the Rock, where he serves in the worship band.
Rachael Jarboe, Administrative Assistant
Rachael works primarily in assisting students with all types of student support from technical to financial aid. She also helps with technical support for TechMission projects. Prior to her appointment to Administrative Assistant, she served TechMission as a Volunteer Coordinator. Rachael received her BA in Interdisciplinary of Missions and Music from Nyack College in 2002, followed by her MA in Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies from Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary in 2004. Rachael resides in Maryland where she is an active member of Our Father's House, Assemblies of God church where she serves as the outreach and missions coordinator.
Laura King, Bookkeeper
Laura is responsible for approving accounts payable and assisting in the financial management of TechMission. She has previously worked for Faith Alliance Church in Attleboro, MA admistratively in budgeting and in children's ministries, serving as a teacher and site leader for many events. Laura is pursuing her BS from Gordon College and will graduate in 2015. She is a Finance and Accounting double major with a minor in Economics. After graduating from Gordon, Laura hopes to earn and MBA from New York University, followed by a PhD in Microeconomics with an emphasis in Market Research and Labor Markets. She attends Faith Alliance Church, Christ the King Presbyterian, and First Presbyterian in Ipswich.
Joel Versypt, Administrative Assistant
Joel serves as an Administrative Assistant for TechMissoin. Previously, he served as interim housing minister for the Baptist Student Foundation, taught courses on Introduction to Physics and on Career Theory at the University of Illinois, and worked as a graduate assistant at the Illini Student Union. Joel earned his BA in Biblical Studies and Psychology from Judson University and his M.Ed in Higher Education Administration and Leadership from the University of Illinois. Joel is involved in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Graduate Christian Fellowship. He and his wife currently live in Dorchester where they attend Park Street Church.
Nancy Young, Director of Admissions
Nancy is responsible for communicating with potential City Vision College student and assisting them with the admissions process. Nancy received her BS in Criminal Justice from Central Missouri State University and is currently working toward her BS in Addiction Studies at City Vision College. She presently lives and works in Missouri.
Alexandra Herbert, Internship Coordinator
Alexandra is our Internship Coordinator for City Vision Internships and is responsible for connecting interns with our ministries. Prior to joining TechMission, she held several internships with the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, the National Defense University, and the US Department of State. She attended Boston University (BU), where she earned her BA in International Relations with a minor in Political Science. While at BU, she was a part of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship and currently attends three different Orthodox churches in Boston
Madeline Vilar, Financial Manager
Madeline joined the TechMission team in 2013. She serves as Financial Manager and assists with Accounting. Madeline is responsible for helping students with financial aid and managing PELL and LOAN funds. Before coming to TechMission, she worked as the Administrative Assistant at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando. She has attended Seminole Community College, Valencia Community College, and is now a student at City Vision College where she is completing her degree in Nonprofit Management. Madeline is an active member of Christ the Rock church where she helps in the TinyTots ministry.
Bess Maketansky , Marketing Coordinator
Bess is our Marketing Coordinator, responsible for marketing City Vision internships. She has held former internships with the Boston based public relations firm Melwood Global and with the nonprofit Rehabilitative Resources, Inc. She also served as a youth leader, Bible study leader, and sunday school teacher at the Holland Church in Holland, MA. Bess attended Palm Beach Atlantic University, The Master's College, and is presently working toward earning her BS in Business Administration/Marketing from Post University. She resides in Dorchester and regularly attends Hub Church in South Boston.