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Melrose's SDM Foundation continues with tech help during the pandemic - Melrose Free Press September 2020

TechTalk@SDM - January 2020 - Episode 1 on MMTV (Melrose Municipal Television)

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Our Mission


SDM StorefrontThe SDM Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) private operating foundation. We focus on teaching people how to use technology, such as computers and the Internet, to enrich their lives. This means helping people use email, the web, digital photography, online music, and all of the other ways that people interact, learn, and participate in society using phones, tablets, and computers. We also help small businesses and nonprofits develop and maintain websites, social media, and other technology to run their businesses. Our focus is on teaching, so if your focus is on learning, we are a good match!

SDM accomplishes this by offering FREE lessons and one on one appointments for people to work with our professional associates to learn what interests them.  SDM staff is highly trained, extremely patient, and they work with clients at the client's pace.

For more information about our benefactor, Stuart D. McIntosh, click here.

Our Team

SDM Associates are professional staff with strong technical and interpersonal skills

Kristin Thorp
Executive Director


Kristin moved to the Boston area from Minneapolis in 1984. Over the next three decades, her work with Stuart McIntosh focused on the ever-expanding world of online information, and how to make it more accessible to users. She and her husband raised their three children in Melrose, where they participated in schools, clubs and organizations. Kristin served for 11 years as an elected member of the Melrose School Committee. The SDM Foundation is her vision of the embodiment of Stuart's bequest.

JD-HeadshotJosh Dick
SDM Associate


Josh is a Melrose resident who has studied digital media and design at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.  He has a passion for technology and teaching people how it can make their day to day lives easier.  Josh has a strong interest in developing apps and games and is always looking for new technology to learn.  Josh enjoys making complex concepts simple to understand and technology accessible for people at any skill level.

Aaron Sansone
SDM Associate


Aaron’s family came to Melrose in 1972 and still lives here.  Raised in Melrose, he studied Information Systems Security at ITT Technical Institute.  Aaron has filled multiple IT support roles in the past, including working as an IT Specialist for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and most recently as a Data Storage Engineer for Hitachi Data Systems. Aaron is passionate about technology, learning new things, and sharing his knowledge. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family.

Sara Murray
SDM Associate


Sara moved to Melrose from Scotland in 2012. She has a background in engineering design and project management. Moving to the US gave her a chance to explore more creative avenues and she now writes, manages several websites, takes far too many photos and spends a lot of time on Instagram. She loves sharing her technical knowledge and helping others get the most out of their devices and apps. She is a mum to three, which keeps her more than busy when not working.

Patrick Barosy
SDM Associate

An educator and technologist, Patrick has been living in Malden for the last 3 years.
Self-taught web developer. Photographer. Videographer. Technologist. Educator.

His passion is navigating the intersection of education and technology.  His tech journey has progressed from someone whose only computer expertise was playing solitaire to becoming a staunch advocate for tech accessibility to all. Patrick has worked in M & A, crypto, content marketing, and education.

Always looking to help educate and empower others.

Thatcher Ackerman
SDM Associate

Thatcher has been a resident of Melrose for most of his life and has grown up in tandem with technological advancements. Most of his educational background can be credited to Melrose Public Schools however he spent some time at Boston College High School, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and North Shore Community College. But his thirst for knowledge and interest in computers thrived outside of the classroom most, giving years of experience with both software and hardware. He is a self-proclaimed nerd who plays lots of video/computer games and enjoys teaching others as well as continuing to learn.

Collin Gray
Past SDM Associate

Collin is currently away attending school. We hope he will be able to rejoin us in the future.

Collin has been with us since his sophomore year in high school. He works summers and Saturdays, and if you stop in then, you will find him knowledgable and patient!

 Janet-HeadshotJanet Nevin
Former staff member


Janet was one of our original employees at SDM and helped get us off the ground. She continues to be a supporter and champion of SDM and our work, although she is no longer working with us on a daily basis.

Beth-HeadshotBeth Lucien
Former Staff Member


Beth was instrumental in the development of SDM and how the shop was run. She started the newsletter and our lessons for students.

Beth passed away in February 2019. She was a wonderful, happy, smart, hardworking addition to our staff. Her patient style was appreciated by so many of our clients. Beth continued learning every day, which made her a great role model, and she took on new challenges with incredible energy.

Beth was only with us for two years, but she will always hold a special place in our hearts.

Our Benefactor - Stuart D. McIntosh

Photo of Stuart McIntosh.   Stuart McIntosh golfingPhoto of Stuart McIntosh  Portrait of Stuart McIntosh

SDM Foundation was created by Stuart D McIntosh in 2015 by a bequest upon his death at the age of 93. Because of this, we are fortunate to be able to provide professional help to people without any cost to them.

Mr. McIntosh was born in 1921 and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, where, after the death of both of his parents, he attended the University, received degrees in Chemistry and Library Science, and began to make his way in the world.

Stuart’s early business focus was to make data more accessible to the actual business user. He started designing printed forms and Kardex systems and eventually made his way to the hubs of early computing at Stanford and MIT in the 1960s. He was fond of saying that he did the same work all of his life; only the tools changed over time. He was a voracious reader and followed technology trends, medical advances, and politics all his life.

Stuart wanted to be able to help people use technology to make their lives richer. He realized that the advantages of using technology were enormous and that it was very difficult for people not already in the know to gain access. Even the specialized technical language used is a barrier. He hoped that others could benefit from assistance focused on what they wanted to do, rather than what the computer was able to do. 


ArchiveSpace at MIT (A list of Stuart's documents being added to the archive)

McIntosh_MC-0719 (PDF list of documents held in MIT's archive)

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