Why We Do What We Do

 

Low-income families and children without ready access to computers face significant challenges as employment services and other critical life needs become increasingly reliant on new technology. Only 47% of low-income families report having a computer at home. Without computer literacy and regular access, a world of content and knowledge is unwittingly beyond the reach of these families.

In Houston, 38% of children, live in poverty. Linked with a lack of educational success including difficulties in high school, college and entering the economic mainstream, poverty is a major obstacle to ensuring these children are able to reach their potential.

Early introduction to technology and computer literacy are essential in ensuring the success of children in their educational pursuits, careers and ultimately, their lives.

To make the American Dream a reality for all, and to ensure our country has a competitive and productive workforce in the years to come, we must invest in initiatives which develop the potential of home-grown talent and ensure all students can continue to push forward toward a future in which access and opportunity is a given regardless of your economic situation.

History

 

CompUDopt was founded in 2007 with the belief that every child deserves equal access to education and opportunity. We realized that the life cycle of a computer in a corporate environment is typically less than three years. Usually sent to landfill or shelved, these lightly used tools can become a dream come true for a young learner ready to broaden their skills and knowledge, as well as an opportunity to demonstrate good environmental stewardship by our partner organizations. Our programs serve to eliminate limited access to computers by placing them directly in the homes of applicants, as well as fostering and supporting education for the youth of Texas. Each of our programs facilitates growth in technical and digital literacy skills, which are increasingly essential for success in education. In addition, students gain an understanding of the importance of education and the breadth of the impact technology has across industries including science, engineering, and many others.

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OUR TEAM

 
  • John Osha

    President

     

     Managing Partner, Osha Liang LLP

  • Art Huffman

    Chairperson

     

     Retired CIO, Halliburton

  • Jenny McCauley

    Vice-Chairperson

     

     Vice President, Southwestern Energy

  • Chrissy Wilson

    Treasurer

     

     Partner, Desroches Roth

  • Angie Halderman

    Secretary

     

     Vice President, Business Development and Channel Sales, Docusign

  • Carlyn Burton

    Development Committee Chair

     

     Partner, Osha Liang LLP

  • John Campbell

    Growth Committee Chair

     

     COO and Vice President of Operations, Sierra Resources

  • Brian Williams

    Technical Operations Committee Chair

     

     Former Project Manager, BP

  • Kimberly Penn

     

     President and CEO, Webtropolis

  • David Dell'Osso

     

     Vice President and General Manager, Southwestern Energy

  • Bruce Misamore

    Emeritus Board Member

     

     Retired CFO, YUKOS Oil

  • Larry Smith

    Emeritus Board Member

     

     Senior Vice President, Wealth Enhancement Group

  • Taseer Badar

    Honorary Board Member

     

     Chairman and CEO ZT Wealth

  • Megan Steckly

    Executive Director

     

     

  • Julissa Chappell

    Program Operations Director

     

     

  • Colin Dempsey

    Education Director

     

     

  • Brittany Faske

    Development Manager

     

     

  • Chris Lopez

    Trainer

     

     

  • April Wood

    Trainer

     

     

  • Phillip Ulloa

    Technical Operations

     

     

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