We are volunteers, bridging the digital divide. Teaching older adults and others to embrace technology. Enriching lives since 2019. Non profit since 2020
Leah Baum volunteers her time for Tech Pals and makes a living as a high end residential finishes panting and construction contractor. She owns Paint Baum, a high-end residential painting company servicing Boulder, Colorado and the Greater Front . Leah is also Paint Baum's Division Director of Shield Panels and Fibo CO authorized online retailer and wholesaler of Fibo wall panels. Shield Panels also install Fibo wall panels through Boulder, CO.
Before teaching older adults how to use technology, Leah spent years tutoring Organic Chemistry and is a patient, natural born teacher. She received dual degrees from the University at Buffalo graduating Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Chemistry and a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences. In 2015 she started her PhD in chemistry at Syracuse University but ultimately decided not to finish and go in a different direction. In 2019 she hooked up an Alexa device for her then 76 year old father. The technology blew his mind. It enriched his life. He said, "You know Leah, you could start a business doing this." And thus his legacy was born, Tech Pals.
In loving memory. 12/7/1943 - 12/21/2020
Father of Founder Leah Baum, Dr. Baum was the impetus of Tech Pals. It was his idea for Leah to start a business installing smart technology for seniors after she hooked up an Alexa device he had in his drawer for years. Dr. R. Bruce Baum was Professor Emeritus at Buffalo State College in the education department and President of the Sunrise Rotary Club in Buffalo, New York and was no stranger to non-profits. He was also a humorist and magician and spent his Tuesdays at Roswell Cancer Research Institute performing magic tricks and giving out candy to kids with cancer. There is a Bench in his honor in Buffalo, NY and a scholarship from Rotary in his honor.
Trudi is a Boulder, CO business owner and retired Chemist. She met Leah volunteering at Meals on Wheels which provides meals for seniors. They bonded over chemistry as Leah was once a chemist and they have been friends for years. When she heard about Tech Pals, she loved the idea and wanted to help. She helped Tech Pals get their 501(C)(3) and when they needed board members, she was one of the first on board.
Seven years ago, Suzi left the Healthcare IT world for another journey which has included teaching skiing as a PSIA Certified Instructor at Copper Mountain and tour guiding for a Boulder Hiking and Biking Adventure Company. Suzi spent over 20 years implementing various IT systems in hospitals and working with all levels of clients in the acute care setting from clinicians to CEO’s.
Suzi enjoys working with folks of all ages and loves when success is reached whether a 6 year old skis downs the mountain or a 70 year old figures out new technology on any device. Suzi’s philosophy is to spend as much time as possible outside and she continues to bike, hike, and ski whenever she can in Colorado. Additionally, Suzi is a Clemson alumni with a passion for college football only second to the outdoors. Go Tigers!
Jeremiah is a Proprietary Consultant of Information Systems at Irie IT Solutions LLC engaged in providing technology solutions to help people navigate everyday technology.
He has over 20 years experience providing hands-on one on one tutorials; end user technology support for thousands of people in personal computing, enterprise business information systems, and small business technologies over a vast array of platforms and hardware. Strength in troubleshooting, research and development, patience and kindness.
Daisy Saunders is 76 year olds and is Tech Pals Healthy Aging Advocate. She is an author, a public speaker, and a Zumba instructor! She teaches Zumba Gold for seniors and Chair Zumba. She is the author of ZEAP, Zestfully Embracing the Aging Process and her Zumba YouTube videos have 1,000s of views. We met Daisy in Sarasota, FL and did a Zumba expertise which is up on YouTube. You can learn more about Daisy by visiting her website by clicking the button below. You can find links to purchase her book which is also available on Amazon and can subscribe to her YouTube channel by searching Daisy Saunders for all the latest Zumba exercises and Latin dances for seniors videos. Too view her videos, you can click the link below.
Dr. Ricardo Esparza is a nationally recognized clinical psychologist - one of the very few bilingual, Latino practitioners with a Ph. D. He has operated his own clinical practice for more than 40 years focusing on individual and couple's psychotherapy, head injury rehabilitation, and cognitive testing. Given his background his patients are often Latino and low-income individuals who seek out Dr. Esparza for his unique ability to identify with their experience.
In addition to his practice, Dr. Esparza has been a guest lecturer and later Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Colorado Department of Medicine. He has long serve as a trusted consultant to various physicians, hospitals, and community service organizations. Today, this advisory work has evolved to include engagements with various corporations and other institutions around issues of diversity & inclusion, organizational health, and change management.
Originally from Southern California and the oldest of twelve children, Ricardo graduated from St. John's College, earned a Masters in Social Work from UCLA, then went on to become a Ford Foundation Fellow and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan - the first Latino to earn a Ph.D. in CLinical Psychology from the University of Michigan. Ricardo lives with his wife, Maryann, in Boulder, Colorado ans is the proud father of two children and two grandchildren.
Camille works in the data and analytics space. In her spare time, she enjoys persuading her family members to optimize their personal tech stack. Her hobbies also include shopping and sending her oversees family members the latest and greatest video chat devices and helping them set them up.
She finds starting traditions of the digital age to be highly satisfying. Having mostly accomplished this with her family and close friends, she's decided to extend the help in her local community after being inspired by a colleague who recently shared her experience of being an informal tech pal .
Anil (Maddy) has been working in the technology industry and worked for IBM for 7 years. He has worked at designing and developing android and iOS apps for multiple businesses.
In his spare time, Maddy enjoy photography and practicing new technology. He has a passion for helping senior embrace technology and loves being a Tech Pal.
Eli is a college student at Colorado Mesa University. He is studying film to become a skateboard filmmaker. As well as film, he enjoys skateboarding, snowboarding, and graphic design.
Sande has years of experience in educational publishing and online course and product development. She is mission-driven and thrives in service-oriented environments.
Sande met Leah this past year and is eager to jump on board to help others navigate the sometimes intimidating world of technology. Herself a self-proclaimed technology-novice, Sande understands first-hand how frustrating new tech tools and processes can be. But she operates from a philosophy that technology is just another tool and one to be leveraged to meet our personal and professional goals, rather than one by which to feel intimidated.
When not working, Sande loves to play with her pooches, travel to remote places, and hang out with her awesome family.
Connor Jordan is a Digital Content Specialist for an educational publisher in Erie, PA. During his undergraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh, Connor developed a passion for technical support while completing a year-long Information Technology internship in the Department of Psychology on campus. While searching for service opportunities after graduation, Connor found Tech Pals online, and thought contributing to the organization would be the perfect opportunity to use the skills he has developed in technology and education to make an impact in his community. He is excited to begin working to bring Tech Pals to Pennsylvania in 2022!
During his free time, Connor enjoys running, computer programming, music, and keeping up with the latest technology.
Hi all! My name is Hannah, and I am currently a senior at Emory University that is majoring in sociology! I am interested in all things sociotechnology and I am a staunch advocate for bridging the digital divide!
Hannah Chong is paving the way for Tech Pals boots on the ground in person workshops in Atlanta GA
Mateo Leyva is the middle child of five siblings and is currently a college student studying Cyber Security at The University of Tampa. He’s had a passion for technology and electronics since childhood and has always wanted to work somewhere where he can pursue his passion while learning more about the industry and helping others. He has experience with Windows, Android, iOS, and macOS devices and has recently gotten into exploring the countless amounts of Linux distributions. He was born in Houston, Texas, and moved to Boulder, Colorado in 2016 where he graduated from Fairview High School in 2021. When he’s not working on his computer, he’s pursuing his love for longboarding and taking care of his dogs.
Michelle Watson is a Colorado native who does a lot of our admin work.
She spends her days routesetting at local climbing gyms or climbing outside and often helps out tech pals in the evenings. Ever having problems? shoot her an email!
Hi! I’m Tejas, an 8th Grade student at Boulder Country Day School. I’ve always had a love of tech, including software/operating systems, programming, and computer hardware. I love to help people use their tech effectively and help the community. I really love Tech Pals because I feel that it truly provides me with an opportunity to help others with something I love to do!
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