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Melrose Kids Get Lesson in Tech Careers at SDM

Wicked Local Melrose - July 2017

 

Melrose Nonprofit SDM Hosts Free Tech Classes for Kids and Parents

Wicked Local Melrose - June 2017

 

Alderman Gail Infurna discusses how seniors are using social media and how SDM can help.

Wicked Local Melrose - May 2017

 

Watch Lauren Grymek's Chamber Chat MMTV show with Executive Director Kristin Thorp:

MMTV Chamber Chat - March 2017

 

A lovely article in Melrose Mirror by Debbi Collar:

Melrose Mirror - February 2017

 

Local show mentions SDM Foundation

MMTV Have You Been There- January 2017

 

Melrose Free Press introduces SDM Foundation to Melrose:

Melrose Free Press - October 2016

 

Melrose Weekly introduces SDM Foundation to Melrose:

Melrose Weekly - September 2016

Our Mission

store-front-1The SDM Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) private operating foundation that produces educational programs and services for non-technical people in order to facilitate easier access to information through advanced technology (such as the internet). In everyday language, this means helping beginners use email, the web, digital photography, online music and all of the other ways that people interact, learn and participate in society using computers.

The SDM Foundation was created in 2015 by Stuart D. McIntosh in a bequest upon his death. Mr. McIntosh was born in 1921 and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, where, after the death of both of his parents, he attended the University, received degrees in Chemistry and Library Science and began to make his way in the world.

Stuart’s early business focus was to make data munadjustednonraw_thumb_9ore available to the actual business user. He started this kind of work with printed forms and Kardex systems and eventually made his way to the hubs of early computing at Stanford and MIT in the 1960s. He was fond of saying that he did the same work all of his life, and only the tools changed over time. While he never wrote an email or looked up a website by himself, he was a voracious reader and followed technology trends, medical advances, and politics all his life.

Stuart wanted to be able to help people use technology to make their lives better. He realized that the advantages of being able to use current technology were enormous, but that it was very difficult for people not already in the know to gain access. He hoped that others could benefit from assistance focused on what they wanted to do, not on what the computer was able to do. His view was that the computer should work for the user, not the other way around. While he died a man of means, he grew up with very little, and was always proud to be able to assist others.

MIT Document Archive (Stuart's documents are being added to the archive)

Our Team

Kristin Thorp
Executive Director
kbthorp@sdmfoundation.net

 

Kristin moved to the Boston area from Minneapolis in 1984. Over the next three decades, her work with Stuart McIntosh focused on the ever-expanding world of online information, and how to make it more accessible to users. She and her husband raised their three children in Melrose, where they participated in schools, clubs and organizations. After 11 years as an elected member of the Melrose School Committee, she is now focusing her time and energy on SDM Foundation.

Janet-HeadshotJanet Nevin
SDM Foundation Associate
jmnevin@sdmfoundation.net

 

Janet and her family have been Melrose residents since 1990.  She and her husband have been active volunteers in the community since their two sons started in the Melrose schools in the mid-1990s. Janet counts her involvement with The Bridge, Melrose Alliance Against Violence and several other organizations as among the most meaningful connections she has made in the City.  Additionally, she has worked in Melrose City Hall in the Health and Elections Departments.  Come and learn with us.

JD-HeadshotJosh Dick
SDM Foundation Associate
jrdick@sdmfoundation.net

 

Josh is a Melrose resident who has studied digital media and design at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.  He has a passion for technology and teaching people how it can make their day to day lives easier.  Josh has a strong interest in developing apps and games and is always looking for new technology to learn.  Josh enjoys making complex concepts simple to understand and technology accessible for people at any skill level.

Beth-HeadshotBeth Lucien
SDM Foundation Associate
balucien@sdmfoundation.net

 

Beth and her family just moved back to Melrose after 8 years in Maine.  Beth has worked in college admissions, marketing, Mayor Dolan's Office, and, most recently, at Yarmouth High School in Maine.  Beth has tutored students in math and other subjects.  When not working, Beth and her husband, Peter, are busy raising their 3 children.  Beth enjoys working with people and is excited to help people get more comfortable with technology.

Aaron Sansone
SDM Foundation Associate
ajsansone@sdmfoundation.net

 

Aaron’s family came to Melrose in 1972 and still lives here.  Raised in Melrose, he studied Information Systems Security at ITT Technical Institute.  Aaron has filled multiple IT support roles in the past, including working as an IT Specialist for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and most recently as a Data Storage Engineer for Hitachi Data Systems. Aaron is passionate about technology, learning new things, and sharing his knowledge. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family.