MEET OUR TEAM

The 501tech staff offers the nonprofit organizations we serve more than 100 years of collective IT experience.

Leanne Dale

Business Manager

Leanne Dale joined the 501tech team in February of 2015 and is bringing 5 years of accounting experience. She is currently attending Northeastern State University with the goal of getting her CPA. In her spare time, she likes to camp, read books and spend time with friends and family.

Erick Cortes

Systems Support Engineer

Erick joined the 501tech team in December 2011 after successfully completing the Network Administration Program at Tulsa Technology Center. Erick enjoys improvisational acting, writing and community outreaches. He also is involved with overseas Humanitarian and Medical missions work.

Matt Dewart

Systems Support Engineer

Matt joined the 501tech team in February of 2012 after successfully completing the Network Administration Program and interning with the IT department at Tulsa Technology Center. Matt is a lifelong Tulsan who is passionate about technology on- and off-the-job. Matt thoroughly enjoys staying abreast of technology changes and in helping others use it to do more.

Brandon Merriman

Senior Systems Support Engineer

Brandon joined the 501tech team in October 2011 and is the most senior member of the service delivery team. He has 13 years of IT experience with six of those working for a Tulsa nonprofit. In his spare time, Brandon enjoys fishing, traveling, and spending time outdoors with this family.

Daniel Varnell

Systems Support Engineer

Daniel moved to Tulsa from San Antonio in 2000 and has eleven years of IT experience, including three years in the nonprofit sector. He enjoys learning new things, particularly in regards to technology, and has been a passionate football fan and a San Francisco 49er fan his whole life. He has played fantasy football for ten consecutive years in a Tulsa league he founded and has won multiple championships.

Mark Whitmire

Program Director

Mark joined Tulsa Community Foundation in June 2010 to create the program now known as 501tech. He is a graduate of Memorial High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Sciences from Oklahoma State University. Mark has 35 years of IT experience having held senior leadership positions with several Oklahoma-based organizations.

Michelle Wigington

Systems Support Engineer

Michelle Wigington joined the 501tech team in March of 2013 while completing the Cisco Certified Network Professional program at Tulsa Tech. She has competed and won national competitions in networking, but enjoys all things technological, both at home and in the workplace.

Jesse Nunez

Systems Support Engineer

Jesse joined the 501tech team in June of 2015 bringing 5 years of IT experience from Dell and the US Military. Jesse moved from California to OKC in 2008 and found his way into IT. In his off time he enjoys cooking, camping, sculpting, drawing, and reading.

Shelby Bartlett

Shelby Bartlett joined the 501tech team in October of 2016 (our newest team member!) after serving as an intern through the Goodwill TulsaWORKS Career Academy. A passionate and quick learner, Shelby has quickly become an integral part of the team. When not basking in the warm and familiar glow of a monitor’s screen, she enjoys travelling, the outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.

Matt Murphy

Matt Murphy joined the 501tech team in May of 2016 bringing with him more than five years of IT experience in the public and private sectors. A staunch advocate of technology, Matt enjoys exploring new approaches to its application which hold the promise of making life more efficient and rewarding. In his spare time, Matt enjoys traveling, reading, and the outdoors.

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