Patt Furr - Patt founded Computers for Classrooms (CFC) in her home. Pat’s background includes teaching, business and graduate studies in Computer Science. Having served as an elected unified school district trustee, Pat has been a continuing supporter of education and technological literacy. “All students need a level playing field when getting an education”. In today’s world, everyone needs access to technology.
CFC is a non-profit volunteer organization that has been refurbishing computers since 1991and has furnished over 40,000 computers to schools, non-profits and low-income families.
Pat’s desire is to encourage others to develop refurbishing programs because reuse is 25 times better for the environment than just recycling.
Bruce Buckelew - After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Industrial Engineering, Bruce Buckelew spent the next 25 years working for IBM in various marketing, technical and management positions until taking early retirement in 1991. Bruce then completed the coursework for a Masters Degree in Educational Technology at SF State and began his second career working to provide technology to the youth and families of Oakland. Since founding and directing the Oakland Technology Exchange (OTX) and OTXWest in 1995, Bruce's organization has provided over 30,000 refurbished computers to the Oakland community, including computers for schools, homes and non-profits. OTXWest (and Bruce) remain committed to ending the digital divide in Oakland and providing all residents with the tools necessary for success in the 21st century. Bruce is married to Kate Buckelew and has four grown children and one grandchild.