Meet The Team
Gentrification is one of the greatest issues currently facing the city of Austin. This is most evident in East Austin, where small business is being threatened by rapid development in the area. East Austin Digital Connection (EADC), a nonprofit organization, combats this process by connecting small businesses with tech-savvy volunteers who are able to provide digital marketing services such as website creation, graphic design, and social media management. The members of EADC serve as mediators, working for free to connect small-business owners in need of websites with volunteers in need of portfolio work, sustaining a mutually beneficial process.
EADC is heavily focused on community involvement, with all of our volunteers sharing the same goal of sustaining the unique culture of East Austin that helps make our city so great. To do so, we build personal relationships with business owners, helping them find ways to market their products to the new residents of the area. We have worked with several historic businesses to develop websites, including Sam's Bar-B-Que , C&M Auto, and The Big Easy Bar & Grill. Our new platform, EADC Digital Bridge, allows volunteers to become involved with the local community at any time, even from the comfort of their own homes. By accessing our service, volunteers from all over the city can work at their own leisure to develop websites and other design needs for small businesses.
Meet our team of students at LASA High School in Austin, TX
President + Founder
Alex is a senior at the Liberal Arts and Science Academy. In 2016, Alex moved to East Austin and began to notice firsthand a lack of websites, social media and other forms of advertising in many local businesses. This inspired him to found East Austin Digital Connection, a nonprofit organization which links tech-savvy teenagers with owners of historic small businesses, providing services and information that will enable the local practices to continue to thrive. Alex’s other personal hobbies include participating in Entrepreneur’s Club and working on graphic design projects.
Vice President + Cofounder
Vincent is a senior at the Liberal Arts and Science Academy. He has experience working within the field of nonprofits, serving on the Partners and Finance division of TedXYouth@Austin, and co-leading the Social Media division of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Austin Chapter. Vincent’s passion for entrepreneurship and social outreach, combined with a love for the unique culture of Austin, has drawn him towards the goal of sustaining many local Austin businesses and working to keep the vibrancy of the city alive.
Social Media & Marketing Director
Kari Siegenthaler is a senior at the Liberal Arts and Science Academy. She is interested in art and visual design, and is the Vice President of Art Club. She combines this with a skill for social media management and marketing, as she was the co-leader of the Social Media and Marketing division of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Austin Chapter, and is the Social Media Manager for her school’s yearbook. Kari hopes that East Austin Digital Connection can help local businesses flourish, and connect these business owners with the world of social media.
Bela Madrid is a senior at the Liberal Arts and Science Academy with a love for her home Austin, Texas and a passion for community outreach. As a yearbook editor, Bela found a devotion for not only design, but also writing and marketing, skills which she leverages for the organization. Bela has always been an admirer of the East Austin culture, and she believes that EADC can help preserve and support businesses in the area.
Caitlin Tibbetts is a senior at LASA High School here in the wonderful city of Austin, TX. She has a passion for serving and improving the community in any way she can, and lately she has been focusing advocacy for women’s rights. Her other passion (because no one can have too many) is computer science and programming, which is what she wants to go into for college and the years beyond. She is also the webmaster for the LASA Literary Society, a book club at LASA, the junior officer for the Global FEMpowerment Club, which seeks to use education about women in the community and around the world to promote solidarity, and the Website team lead for the TEDxYouth@Austin team. She hopes to help that East Austin Digital Connection will reintroduce the strong and rich culture of East Austin and bring it into the limelight once again by helping locally-owned businesses thrive.
Photo and Video Specialist
Sawyer Timco is a senior at LASA High school, and focuses on anything photo and video related for EADC. He originally got into the field through a website and YouTube channel, TechieGrad, where he makes reviews on the latest and greatest in consumer technology. Through his time at TechieGrad, he has been sponsored by Samsung, Google, LG, AT&T, HTC, and more. Sawyer has also won statewide film competitions, and been given scholarships from people such as the former CEO of AMD, Hector Ruiz. Sawyer has a love for entrepreneurship, and has won business pitching competitions at Camp Enterprise, an event put on by the Rotary Club of Austin, as well as led teams in a business-pitching competition at an internship for the City of Austin Communications and Technology Management Department.
Cade Foster is a senior at the Liberal Arts and Science Academy in Austin, Texas. Having grown up watching the cultural and economic transformation of central and east Austin, Cade works with EADC to modernize yet preserve Austin’s local character. He is Vice President of local volunteering group LBJ Cares, plays recreational and UIL sports, and has a passion for bad TV.
Adi is a sophomore at LASA this year, and has a passion for helping out his community. He also has a passion for programming, graphic design and business. Combining all these interests together, he joined EADC, and helps out with the Web Design aspect of things.