Who We Are

We are a group of volunteers who want to help bring computers and free and open source software to disadvantaged kids. You can read more about us on the About Us page.

2015-2016 Board (bios below)

  • Avni Khatri, President
  • Randy Tate, Vice President
  • Javier Henderson, Secretary
  • Serena Robb, Treasurer (Non-voting)
  • Robin Kimzey
  • Stormy Peters, Co-Founder
  • Thomas Peters
  • Jeff Pullen
  • Gustavo A. R. Silva

Volunteers

 

Board Bios

Avni Khatri, President 

Avni Khatri joined Kids on Computers as a volunteer in October 2010 to realize her dream of setting up computer labs for kids in impoverished areas. She was elected to the board in August 2011 and has served as President since 2012. As part of Kids on Computers, she has traveled to Oaxaca (México), Assam (India), and Ouaouizeght and Beni Mellal (Morocco).

She is also Program Manager of the Knowledge and Learning Technologies Group at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Lab of Computer Science where she creates medical informatics applications using FOSS and open hardware.

She graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a BS in Computer Science and has been contributing to FOSS projects since 2000.

Randy Tate, Vice President

Randy Tate first learned of Kids on Computers while attending OSCON in 2012, and joined quickly thereafter in August. He was first drawn to the organization for the repurposing of donated hardware with Linux. Since he has joined the team, Randy has traveled to México, Nepal, and Morocco to set up computer labs for underprivileged schools.

Randy is currently the CTO for BatteryHeads.com and Software Architect for Optum (part of UnitedHealth Group). There, he is a lead developer for EDI clearinghouse products and tools which are used for transacting HIPAA X12 healthcare data.

Randy graduated from the University of Utah in 1998 with a B.S. in Computer Science and has actively worked as a software engineer and architect for over a decade.

Javier Henderson, Secretary

Javier Henderson currently holds the role of Secretary on the KOC Board of Directors, having joined in late 2013. He traveled to México with KOC in 2014 and 2015.

Javier has been with Cisco since 1996, where he is a senior network engineer. Before working at Cisco, Javier was a systems and network manager at UCLA and Avnet, Inc.

Serena Robb, Treasurer (Non-voting)

Serena Robb joined Kids on Computers in 2009, and has served as Director and Treasurer for KOC since its formation. Serena was instrumental in securing state nonprofit and federal 501(c)3 status for the organization.

Robb is also currently a Board Member and the Webmaster of Steppin’ Out, Inc., a non-profit organization that assists foster children who have aged out of foster care to locate suitable work and living conditions. In the past, she has also worked as a volunteer Coordinator and Program Manager for a variety of different foundations and organizations that help young people obtain better, more fulfilling lives.

Robb graduated from Grand Canyon University in 1989 before finishing her Masters Degree at Colorado State University in Computer Science and Mathematics in 1995. Since her graduation, she has made it a mission to aid underprivileged children. Additionally, she has also worked as a Software Engineer for major corporations like Honeywell.

Robin Kimzey

Robin Kimzey has been working with Kids on Computers since 2009. Robin is working with a company educating patrons about the vast array of opportunities their libraries provide. He is also a member of the Colorado Boys High School Volleyball Association.

Robin was a Ruby on Rails developer in the Network Security group at Verizon. Prior, he was a technology technician at Discovery Canyon Campus in Academy School District 20. And before that, in the US Navy, he was cryptologic technician stationed in Japan and Hawai’i.

Robin graduated from Hawai’i Pacific University with a B.S. in Computer Science.

Stormy Peters, Co-Founder

Stormy Peters is a founding member of Kids on Computers and served as its first President. Stormy currently works as Vice President of Developer Relations at the Cloud Foundry Foundation. She is also on the board of directors for Software Freedom Conservancy.

Previously she was Director of the Mozilla Developer Network and served as Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation. Before that, she worked at OpenLogic where she set up their OpenLogic Expert Community. At Hewlett-Packard she founded and managed the Open Source Program Office that is responsible for HP’s open source strategy, policy and business practices. She has also acted as an advisor for HFOSS, IntraHealth Open and Open Source for America.

Stormy graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in Computer Science.

Thomas Peters

Thomas Peters is from South Dakota, has an M.A from the University of Northern Iowa, and has traveled around the world teaching English.

He’s been with Kids on Computers (KOC) since it’s inception in 2009 when he found the very first school for a KOC lab, 18 de Marzo, in the Oaxaca area of México. He set up contacts with the school principal, local authorities, and extended community.

He continues to play an organizing role, finding new schools in Oaxaca, evaluating them, and establishing relationships. He’s made contacts with the local University (UTM), city and state government officials, and technical members of the community.

He spends a lot of time volunteering for Kids on Computers in México and has traveled to Assam, India to help set up two labs.

Jeff Pullen

Serving on the board since 2015, Jeff Pullen has focused on the technology KOC depends upon. That includes testing new hardware such as the Raspberry Pi as well as testing new distributions to support those such as Raspbian. He has also been largely responsible for the KOC Website maintenance.

Outside of KOC, Jeff Pullen is a Senior Consultant for Red Hat. He also serves as a member of the Army National Guard.

Gustavo A. R. Silva

Gustavo A. R. Silva was born in Oaxaca city. He joined Kids on Computers in the Fall of 2014. Months later he was part of the group that attended the first Kids on Computers summit at SCALE 13x. Since then, he has been a passionate volunteer and was elected to the board in 2015 and leads the Education committee. He keeps close contact with school principals in Oaxaca and is in charge of planning and coordinating trainings for the teachers. He is also the KOC champion for the  Emiliano Zapata and José Vasconcelos schools, both located in Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán, Oaxaca, México.

Gustavo is currently a Senior Embedded Linux Software Engineer working on Verizon Telematics projects. He has also contributed to the Linux Kernel since 2010.

He graduated from Universidad Tecnológica de la Mixteca, Huajuapan de León, Oaxaca  with a BS in Computer Science in 2008.