Amy Longtin is the founder and CEO of Tech4Kids, a non-profit organization that was created to repurpose used laptops, iPads, and MacBooks that will be donated to children that do not have access to technology in their home.
Longtin is a professional leader in the field of IT. Currently, she is the IT Director at the Fargo Park District. She has a personal investment in fostering leadership among young women, equity in technology education and careers, and she is a positive role model for young women in her community.
Longtin holds a Master of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Mary, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota Crookston. She credits her strong leadership skills to her lifetime love of and participation in organized sports. Mrs. Longtin was a dual athlete in college for both basketball and volleyball and was named MVP and All-Conference, respectively, during her time at the University of Minnesota Crookston.
After 20+ years in the technology industry as a Helpdesk Technician, Network Administrator, Web Developer, and Senior Systems Administrator, Longtin is sharing her wealth of knowledge by serving as an advocate for women in technology.
Mrs. Longtin is the former Mrs. North Dakota America 2020, a graduate of the 2018 North Dakota Women's Leadership Program and a Leading Ladies Honoree recipient 2021. Mrs. Longtin is very involved in her community and always tries to add value to every group she works with.
Longtin is committed to inspiring, empowering, and providing opportunities to help women of all ages build self-confidence, invoke inspiration, and help mold young girls into becoming strong independent women.
Nicole Davidson is the President of The Title Company. With over 20 years of experience, she leads her team in its commitment to providing peace of mind with a smooth real estate closing process for all parties involved. Nicole earned her Bachelor of Business Management through the University of Mary.
Nicole resides in Fargo with her husband Barry. She is a proud mother of Kaden, who is a freshman at NDSU and Kaia, a junior at Davies High School. Nicole enjoys spending time with her family, traveling to warmer destinations, relaxing at the lake, and cheering on the NDSU Bison.
Tech4Kids for Nicole, started out as a project through the 2020 NDWBC Women’s Leadership Program but has led to a steady involvement with the organization. When you look at the statistics for kids without computers/laptops, it really does open one’s eyes. “Not only are we providing technology for the kids in our community, but we are also witnessing pride and happiness from the recipients. We as a community must raise each other up!”
Rachel Schall is currently the Corporate Controller with Aldevron and has over 18 years of experience in the finance field. She began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC, a national accounting firm where she focused on proper business process and IT controls. She also worked at Target Corporation and was the Program Manager for the Sarbanes Oxley program for IT. In addition, she was the Controller at Border States for 7 years.
She is a member of the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants. Rachel graduated from the University of North Dakota in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in accountancy and a Bachelor’s degree in business administration–information systems.
Jill is employed with AgCountry Farm Credit Services as a Farm Accounting Specialist. Jill holds a degree in Accounting from Northwest Technical College and is currently pursuing a degree in Sales & Marketing from UND. A big believer in productivity, work relationships and enthusiasm, Jill supports gratitude and positivity in the workplace.
Jill resides near Nome, ND with her husband where they farm, have cattle, and a seed business. Jill is the mother of 2 grown children, Noah and Sydney, and 3 fur-babies. Jill enjoys spending time with her family, friends and pursuing self-development both personally and professionally.
Why did I join Tech4kids?
That's easy...to make a difference. I can genuinely say that all of the volunteers including myself with Tech4Kids take pride in making a difference in young peoples' lives through technology. It is extremely rewarding to see our hard work transform the lives of many. I enjoy seeing the repurposed laptops go out the door and into appreciative family's homes rather than the landfills. I look forward to a lifelong commitment toTech4Kids that brings positivity and happiness into my life along with both personal and professional benefits being involved with such an outstanding non-profit organization.
Abby Hanson is the Microsoft Modern Workplace Sales Practice Leader at Ingram Micro Cloud and has been in the Microsoft Industry for the last 20 years. Abby is very active with her 3 amazing kiddos, Gabe and Gavin who are 8 and her daughter Payson who is 11. She also owns Abby Hanson Photography. In her spare time she loves to travel and see the world, watch football and spend time outdoors.
Abby says, "Empowering our youth and technology are two of my biggest passions and when the opportunity to join the Tech4Kids board came up there was no doubt in my mind, but to say yes. I am excited to see how the impact of the foundation will positively impact our community by enabling our youth with technology to help them learn and grow."
Samantha Davidson is a Technical Program Manager at WEX, Inc. She leads program level delivery of payment processing and information management services, with technical experts across several countries. Sam resides in Fargo, spending her time with her partner, Jeremy, and his 3 children. She is a life-long Vikings fan, mediocre crafter, enjoys spending time at the lake in the summer and snowboarding in the winter.
Sam first learned about Tech4Kids by connecting with Founder and CEO, Amy Longtin, who was a guest speaker at the Women's Leadership Program through the ND Women's Business Center. There she learned about the organization's mission and was excited to be part of this non-profit, particularly after the pandemic sparked an increased need for the technology that this organization can help provide.
Bobbi Jo Olson
Her “why” for joining Tech4kids:
I joined Tech4Kids because of their mission of providing technology to children in need. In our remote academic world, it is critical that kids have the necessary technology in order for them to succeed. We are responsible for raising the future leaders of the world, so we owe it to them and ourselves to help them succeed however possible.
Hi, I'm Miranda Burfeind. I own Phone-n-Fix inside the West acres mall. We buy, sell, and repair cell phones. I myself have been in the technology world since 2005, and have always had a passion for the inner workings of electronics in general. Technology is just so fascinating.
My husband Carl and I have been married since 2015. Moved to Fargo from Sioux falls also in 2015. Busy year! Lol We have since had two tiny humans. Ryker is almost 5 and Pyper is 2.5 years old. We are very family oriented and do almost everything with our kiddos. It's super nice because my husband and I are just big kids!
For me, I love to play volleyball. I've been on at least one team pretty much year round since I've been in Fargo. I also call myself an amateur photographer, but I just really enjoy taking photos, primarily of friends and family.
Sara Hough is dedicated to helping families and small business owners by customizing financial plans designed to achieve their personal goals. She holds a Bachelors of Arts from the University of St. Thomas in St.Paul, MN and over 15 years of experience in business across the medical/dental and financial services industries. Sara works as a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch, and follows their deep seated tradition of giving back to the community through a variety of different volunteer opportunities.
In 2020, Sara was recognized by the North Dakota Women’s Business Center for her completion of the Women’s Leadership Program. She also contributed to the re-launch of the Red River Valley CHADD in January of 2021, and serves as their Marketing and PR specialist.
Of her many hats, Sara is most proud of her role as a Mother, raising her children to be strong, caring and intelligent young ladies. Sara, husband Dustin and their children reside in Barnesville and enjoy traveling and spending time with friends and family.