ALLISON WOLF, Manager of Information Systems. Allison started her career in New York City designing slide presentations for Wall Street and the advertising industry. After working many years in New York, she returned home to Philadelphia and quickly moved into Information Systems as an email administrator for several large corporations before being promoted to network administrator. After nearly 20 years in the corporate world, she wanted to work for a nonprofit organization and joined Philadelphia FIGHT as its Network Administrator in 2001. Over the past 11 years Allison has been instrumental in guiding FIGHT through all the technological changes a rapidly growing organization has required. During many of those years she has been the technical manager for Critical Path’s email, list-servs, and websites along with all of Philadelphia FIGHT’s information system needs. Many in the community beyond FIGHT know her name and voice as the person on the other end of the phone helping them to set up their email or website. In 2011 Allison especially enjoyed working on the KEYSPOT Project, designing the architecture for the PCC labs—just one more opportunity to help others bridge the digital divide.
JULIET FINK, Director of Education. Juliet started working for the Critical Path Project in 2001, redesigning the website and managing the support services for 10,000 people who were using Critical Path’s dial up services to connect to the Internet and access email. Through the Critical Path Project, she became inspired by the work of Kiyoshi Kuromiya to bring access to the Internet to those who are most in need of the life-saving information found online. In 2004, she received an Ed.M from Harvard University Graduate School of Education with a focus on Technology in Education. After this brief hiatus, she returned to Philadelphia FIGHT to supervise the FIGHT Education Department, including the Critical Path Project, The AIDS Library, Project TEACH, TEACH Outside, Latino TEACH, and Frontline TEACH, Safety Counts, Counseling and Testing, the Youth Health Empowerment Project, and AIDS Education Month. Her work at FIGHT enables her to connect seemingly disparate issues such as HIV and other health related topics, housing and homelessness, sex work, addiction, and youth prevention, with the fight for internet freedom and access to information.
KEVIN YONN, Systems Administrator/ IT Support. Kevin arrived at Philadelphia FIGHT in 2009 through an internship with Lincoln Technical Institute. Shortly after, he accepted a full time position as a Desktop Support Specialist. Kevin provides daily troubleshooting and network support for all of Philadelphia FIGHT as well as Critical Path. He was also a key member of the KEYSPOT team that helped develop and test the architecture of the PCC (Public Computing Center) labs. In 2012, he was promoted to Systems Administrator and continues to be a valuable asset for both programs.
DEAGLAN DAUGHERTY, Digital Inclusion Manager. Over the past ten years, Deaglan has managed technology projects for the public sector as well as small businesses. After graduate studies in social enterprise at Vanderbilt University, he joined FIGHT to expand Internet access and digital literacy across Philadelphia, including by establishing and supporting 27 KEYPSOT public computer centers. Prior to joining FIGHT, he was the Director of Operations at Older Adults Technology Services in New York City, where he developed the infrastructure to manage organizational growth from $80,000 to $1 million budget, 2-person to 14-person staff, and 4 to 40-course offerings. Deaglan served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Austin, Texas after graduating from the School of Arts and Architecture at Penn State University.
ULISES M., Computer Training Supervisor. The core of Ulises’s entire career path involves technology, education, and HIV/AIDS prevention. With a degree and field experience in engineering, he has extensive knowledge of the latest available technologies. As an educator, Ulises has created and delivered a large number of educational materials for different target populations such as at-risk youth, minority women, welfare-to-work programs, GED, and basic adult education. In the HIV/AIDS field, he has worked in several aspects of prevention and education including street outreach, prevention case management, designing and leading workshops to minority women and msm, and facilitating support groups. As an instructor trainer for the American Red Cross Hispanic HIV/AIDS Prevention Education program, he provided culturally sensitive HIV/AIDS training to other American Red Cross educators. Currently he manages computer training as part of the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program grant, which provides open computer access and education to socially disadvantaged communities.
KELLY BINDER, Digital Literacy Trainer. Kelly teaches computer classes and workshops with the Critical Path Team. Previous to FIGHT, Kelly volunteered as an Americorps VISTA at Pathways PA where she taught financial literacy to adults. After Americorps, PathWays PA hired her full time as a GED and EL/Civics Instructor. Kelly has her BS from Temple University in Mathematics, and enjoys tutoring math for FIGHT’s GED class participants.
MENDAL POLISH, Digital Literacy Trainer. Mendal teaches at FIGHT’s Institute for Community Justice as well as weekly classes at two women’s shelters in the community. She graduated with a Film and Digital Media degree from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2002, and has since been working as an educator and film maker, focusing specifically on social justice, media access, and citizen journalism.
JOSH SPRAGUE, Digital Literacy Trainer. Josh started with Philadelphia FIGHT in 2009 and joined the Critical Path team in 2011. He has worked at youth drop in centers and shelters in both Camden (TLC) and Philadelphia (Y-HEP) and has been working at non-profit organizations since 2007. He is a graduate of Temple University with a BA in Film and Media Arts and has helped create video content for Philadelphia FIGHT and AIDS Education Month. Josh currently teaches free computer classes as part of the KEYSPOTS project in Philadelphia and at Philadelphia FIGHT.
SHANTE MILLER, Digital Literacy Trainer. Shante’s educational background includes Master of Arts from Pennsylvania State University. is an advocate for HIV prevention, treatment, and education. In addition, she has extensive training in the education field as well in public service. Her experience includes teaching in the areas of technology, mathematics, history, and literacy to adolescents and adults. In her spare time she tutors elementary students and college-bound youth. Shante believes that with knowledge anything is possible, and that life is limitless.
ROBIN JOHNSON, Public Computer Center Assistant. Robin has been a part of the Critical Path Project since March of 2012. She started taking basic computer classes at Philadelphia FIGHT. She excelled so fast in her class that Johnson started working part time as a PCC (Public Computer Center) Assistant. Johnson has been a certified nursing assistant for 25 years. Her heart wanted more and enjoyed helping people so she expanded herself in the work force. Regardless of her past struggles she never stopped wanting more for herself. She is always eager, and has a readiness to learn new things that she never knew before. Behind her big beautiful smile is a lifetime of struggles that keeps her moving forward. Johnson’s lifetime quote is “People who judge don’t matter and people who matter don’t judge.”
JOE AIKEN, Digital Literacy Trainer and Public Computer Center Assistant. Joe has been a part of the Critical Path Project since October of 2011 as a part-time NLM Library Trainer for the mobile computer lab where his one-on-one tutorial support has helped to improve access to computers and technology by extending the number of work stations and increasing public participation in FIGHT’s NLM program. He started as an AmeriCorps Volunteer through The Philadelphia AIDS Consortium, where he performed National Healthcare Measures such as educating & connecting the public to HIV/AIDS services and received training and certification as a (CTR) HIV Prevention Counselor and Tester. Joe has also been a volunteer with the Literacy Council of Montgomery County PA.
Isaac started out as a volunteer at Y-HEP through the AmeriCorps program. Getting a paid position was a goal he always pushed for. This is his first employed position. Hard-working and consistent are ways you can describe him. He is a college student attending Peirce College. He majors in Entrepreneurship with hopes of owning successful businesses. His business ideas include travel, insurance, and music. Outside of Y-HEP, he enjoys video games, basketball, and running. He is also a rapper who focuses on Christian and conscious themes. Overall, Isaac aims to be the best person he can be. He believes in writing the vision and chasing it until it’s reached.
DENA LEWIS-SALLEY, Public Computer Center Assistant at the AIDS Library Dena started taking computer classes at FIGHT in 2011 with Shante after she graduated from Project TEACH. She enjoyed the classes so much that she continued to take them until she had taken all Shante taught. After that she took the Workforce Development class where she applied for work here at FIGHT. Having been out of work for 20 months and coming from the manufacturing field, working as a PCC has been very rewarding for her. She enjoys her position so much, and she is looking forward to working in the field as long as possible. Dena says, “I get such pleasure from helping people in the computer lab. I didn’t know it was this rewarding working with people. I get to talk to people and help them as much as they help me. This is a very fulfilling position.”