SeniorNet International Ambassador Announcement (5/12/15)
SeniorNet International Ambassador Announcement
To follow up on our Newsletter of March 12th regarding the need for an International Ambassador, we are pleased to announce that Jim Burke of the Huntington Center will fill this role.
Jim's responsibilities will include communications with our current international affiliates (sharing processes and best practices for teaching computer skills), establishing relationships with international organizations that want to work with SeniorNet, and increasing our brand globally.
Jim will also be the liaison with international organizations that want to visit our centers. The Center Leaders who have agreed to host international visitors are:
Pat McAsey - Huntington, New York
Dan Halyburton - Dallas, Texas
Jeff Ferrier - San Jose Willows, California
See their bios below.
Leslie M. Smith
Chairman of the Board
Jim Burke currently volunteers at The SeniorNet Center in Huntington, Long Island, NY. He serves as an instructor both in the lab and in the outreach programs and as a SeniorNet Users Group's presenter where the latest topics are taught at local libraries to the general public as a promotion of the SeniorNet Programs. Jim's career was in the educational forums where he taught Mathematics from 5th grade to the university level. Additionally, he introduced the use of computers and their programming starting in 1968 in both public and private schools. After a long association with schools, Jim, acting as a consultant, garnered support from corporate partners including IBM, McGraw Hill, and Pearson to apply the use of technology in those schools where he had served. Jim's experience includes activities with people in countries including England, China, and Cuba focusing on the education benefits of the use of technology as related to both individual and staff support including training using community outreach and development.
Pat currently serves as the Co-Coordinator of the Huntington NY center of SeniorNet. He graduated from Marquette University and has a Masters Degree from New York Institute of Technology. Before retiring in 2012, for 30 years Pat was the President and CEO of the Long Island Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation managing an annual budget of $1,500,000. In addition to SeniorNet, Pat is a volunteer District Coordinator for the AARP Tax-Aide program, responsible for assisting over 1,100 seniors in preparing their income tax returns. Pat also serves on the Board of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County and the Vice President Education Foundation for Suffolk County Extension.
Dan Halyburton is a lifelong gadget guy who discovered broadcast radio in high school. After a distinguished 42 year career in radio, he retired in 2015. Dan has operated radio stations in Dallas, New York City, and several other major markets across the US. He led the technology initiatives for a major radio station group for more than 7 years. Today, Dan is an avid humanitarian. He is the 2015 President of the Dallas chapter of SeniorNet, and a national spokesperson for the American Red Cross. He is a committed teacher and advocate for seniors, and his wife is a charge nurse for an Alzheimer's care facility.
Jeff Ferrier represented SeniorNet in the hosting of 14 government dignitaries from the National Aging Committee of China. A press release was distributed that included a letter from the lead dignitary. The press release was picked up by many eastern countries who have since contacted us wanting to engage.