Our Story

Joshua Geise, The President and Co-Founder of  The Shore Foundation, was extensively involved with VASTAR while attending Forest Park High School.  VASTAR is a student operated computer refurbishment program in Northern Virginia. Joshua was a Program Manager during his Junior and Senior year of high school. When he began school at the Rochester Institute of Technology, he felt compelled to continue providing computers to those in need. During his time in the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity at Rochester Institute of Technology, he created a committee to continue donating computers with the expertise he developed at VASTAR. With the help of Co-Founder Brian Martens, they successfully held multiple computer giveaway events for the Hillside Family of Agencies in Rochester, NY. After seeing the profound impact of their philanthropy, they saw a great opportunity to expand their efforts. This was made possible with the help of their colleagues Charles Henle and Chance Wright who were inspired to join the team. Together they founded The Shore Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the community by delivering usable, reliable computers. Collegue Nathan Bracalente and associate Rob Poltrino joined the team shortly after and together they work everyday to empower their community by enhancing technological access, awareness, and ability.


Meet the Team

Joshua Geise - President

Raised in Virginia, currently completing his BS/MS in Computing Security at Rochester Institute of Technology, Josh has an extensive background in the IT field. Starting with his time at Forest Park High School he has made it a passion to donate computers to those in need. Routinely he is doing work at his computer, but occasionally you can find Josh gaming or spending time with his friends.

"No one is useless in the world who lightens the burdens of another." 

― Charles Dickens

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Chance Wright - Vice President

Raised in Wyoming, educated at Rochester Institute of Technology with a BFA in Advertising Photography and completing his MBA. Chance Wright is a creative, traveler, and adventurer. If he isn't working at his desk you can likely find him in the field trying to capture the world around us with his camera.

 

“If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.” 

― Albert Einstein

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Brian Martens - Treasurer

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Brian has lived all across the world due to his family's military background. While attending Forest Park High School, he developed a love and appreciation for technology which he aims to translate over to The Shore Foundation. Educated at the Rochester Institute of Technology with a BS in Management Information Systems, Brian is an avid learner with interests present across all fields. He spends his free time studying history and gaming with friends.

“The birds of the air each sing their own song and nature responds in understanding.”

-Chinese Proverb

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Charles Henle - Secretary

Born in Baltimore, Charles is pursuing his BS in Mechanical Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology. With a wide array of interests, ranging from design and engineering to art and music, there is almost nothing that he wont find an excuse to learn more about. Charles enjoys socializing and meeting new people in his free time and is always geared up for a new and exciting experience. 

 “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

-Arthur C. Clarke

 

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Nathan Bracalente - Board Member

Nathan is a well-versed Mechanical Engineering student at the Rochester Institute of Technology currently pursuing his B.S. Nathan has worked in the aerospace industry for several years on everything from aircraft parts to rocket launch structures. Nathan loves to problem solve, find new and efficient ways to do things, and think outside the box.

“There’s a way to do it better - find it.”

-Thomas Edison


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Rob Poltrino - Board Member

Rob moved to Rochester from Boston in 2000 to pursue engineering and technology degrees. Since then, he has attended Monroe Community College and Rochester Institute of Technology and has worked in the construction, information technology, and business development industries. He is committed to developing strong partnerships that will provide opportunity to all of Rochester’s residents and solidify the city as a technology hub.

“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”

-Henry Ford