Meet Mike Papas of Three Rivers Youth!
TNotes: What is your job title?
MP: IT Specialist
TNotes: How did you get into working in nonprofit technology?
MP: After working for a few major companies, I wanted to try something different where it felt like I had a part in what the company did.
TNotes: What do you like best about dealing with your organization’s technology?
MP: The best part of working with technology at my organization is that it is “true IT.” Instead of buying something to make everything easier, you have to find alternative solutions.
TNotes: What do you least like about dealing with your organization’s technology?
MP: The hardest part would be educating employees on how to use new technology and about how it will simplify daily tasks, when they have done their jobs just fine without it for so long.
TNotes: What is your big dream for technology in your organization?
MP: I would like to see Three Rivers Youth to continue on working its way to being a true network with all of its locations. The cost savings with being centrally managed would be a huge plus.
TNotes: How do you manage your technology role within your organization?
MP: I have to be active with our systems. I would rather be proactive and catch the small issues, than have to react because they became something huge and avoidable.
TNotes: You are a regular attendee at one of the Bayer Center’s Bagels & Bytes group – what do you get from going to those meetings?
MP: Coming from the profit world to nonprofit is a big step. The Bagel & Bytes meetings give me a chance to hear from others who have been in the nonprofit business longer than I, and to learn how others work out their IT issues on a limited budget.
TNotes: Any words of advice or encouragement for other nonprofit techies out there?
MP: Sometimes you need to take a step back, have a cup of coffee, and the answer will come to you.