2020 Directors Nominations
I retired in 2018 after a diverse international business career, initially in deep sea ship chartering. For the last 20 years I have worked in various executive roles, mostly in software development and sales and marketing for tech companies serving the maritime transportation industry. I have also served on the boards of a number of non-profit and charitable organizations. I graduated from UBC in 1979 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance and am a self-confessed computer geek as well as a keen traveler, sailor, skier and cyclist.
I see joining the board of Free Geek as a great opportunity to apply my business experience and IT background to a couple of very worthwhile and relevant causes: Protecting our environment by actively recycling computer hardware & Providing an economical way for people to purchase computers and reduce the digital divide.
During my first term on the Free Geek Board of Directors, my goal was to help Free Geek improve its digital marketing. While we made some modest advances in our digital marketing (launched new website, were successful in gaining a Google Grant and free advertising), the majority of my focus on the board over the last 18 months has been on the survival of the organization and trying to remain financially solvent.
I am running for another term on the board to provide the board with much-needed continuity, to continue the work we’ve started to get Free Geek on better financial footing, and to continue to pursue Free Geek’s vision of being a community technology centre.
I am currently working as the Vice President of Finance at Squirrel Systems, an international software company servicing the restaurant industry. Squirrel works with many prominent restaurant chains locally and in the US including Cactus Club, The Keg, White Spot, Brown’s, and Wolfgang Puck. My educational background in Finance includes a CPA designation, Bachelor’s Degree, and Diploma of Technology from BCIT. Currently responsible for overseeing the Finance team, IT, Human Resources, Hardware Repair, and Field Services. Some of my key accomplishments and areas of focus have been the implementation new internal software systems to drive automation, the development of strategic partnerships to expand reach, and converting our operations entirely to a work from home model.
My career success has come primarily from building strong personal relationships and maintaining a hands on approach to operations. Outside of work I am a big fan of sports, food, and travel. I play hockey, golf, ski, and when we are not in the midst of a global pandemic I try to get in at least one international vacation per year.
In recent years I have increased my involvement with not for profit organizations serving the local community (Ex. Give a Damn Vancouver and The Good Soup Truck) and found this to be very rewarding. I believe my experience and skill set lends itself well to the types of challenges facing Free Geek today and I believe in the organization’s mission. For these reasons I am very much interested in joining the Board.
Krusheska Quirós was born and raised in Borikén/Puerto Rico and now resides in the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tselwetuth Coast Salish peoples/Vancouver, BC. She presently works as the Operations Manager of OpenMedia, a digital rights advocacy non-profit organization and throughout her years living in Vancouver, has volunteered for several nonprofit organizations including Free Geek and Vancouver Coop Radio.
One of her main interests is the role of technology and the arts within social movements. She has received grants from the Digital Justice Labs and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), holds a Masters degree in Anthropology from Northern Illinois University and has completed several programs focused on community meshed networks -one of them through the ITU Academy.
Krusheska is building her knowledge base and growing her human network to continue her contribution to the bridging of the technological divide with projects that present technology as a tool to address the needs of our community members while supporting their self-empowerment.
I am coming up to 8 years with Free Geek, first as an Intern, then as Secretary to the Board, then as staff, and now back to the board as secretary. I also currently Work with staff and the accountant to take care of the financial needs of Free Geek. I am committed to get Free Geek through these challenging times.
I am thrilled to put myself forward for a Board of Directors position at Free Geek. I have spent the last 8 years designing and managing websites, and defining digital strategy for retail and travel businesses. I have increased online revenue, traffic and user satisfaction by focusing on what customers need and expect from eCommerce businesses, and I am excited to bring that lens and experience to Free Geek. I am eager to contribute to my community in a meaningful way, and I am passionate about both environmental sustainability and expanding computer literacy and computer access in our city.