C4Q is empowered by our dedicated community.


Volunteer for Access Code

We are looking for the best developers and technologists to help us select and train the next generation of tech leaders in NYC. Volunteers can get involved by helping us identify talented candidates in the student selection process, by working one-on-one with Access Coders as TAs or mentors, by sharing their expertise as guest speakers and workshop leaders, and helping to shape curriculum.

To learn more about these volunteer opportunities, please fill out the following form. We are looking forward to working with you!

Volunteer for other C4Q programs

Volunteer Commitments/Expectations:

  1. Monthly committee meeting (led by committee co-chairs)
  2. Quarterly full volunteer meeting
  3. Every donation is important -- doesn’t matter if it’s $10 or $10,000
  4. Learning experience for everyone

To receive information about our upcoming all-volunteer meetups and learn more about joining a committee, please fill out the following form. We are looking forward to working with you!



Volunteer Committee Chairs

Tech & Design


Dion Ridley has spent the last 13 years in the tech startup space. Dion is currently CTO of Merus. Dion's passion for technology has led him to take on many different roles along his journey, building great teams and growing tech companies both in New York and in the San Francisco/Bay Area. Of the companies he has worked for he has helped lead two of them to successful acquisitions by Sybase and Dell.


Dan Vingo is a computer programmer and entrepreneur. Dan has been tinkering with computers since elementary school, yet is increasingly frustrated by how difficult they are to use and program. His main interests revolve around solving this problem by building tools and interfaces that facilitate the use and understanding of information. He is applying that same skill set to help grow the Queens technical community and hopes to lower the barriers of entry for everyone.



Greg Gundersen was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and moved to the east coast to study architecture at Yale University. Currently, he lives in Astoria and works as a software engineer.


Alex Samuel is a Flushing native and a product of NYC public schools. He got his first Commodore at age seven, taught himself some assembly language, and has been coding ever since. He made the mistake of leaving New York for college and grad school, but caught a one-way flight back the day after he finished. Alex now works as a developer in the finance industry, despite having finished all of one computer science course in school.

Marketing, Social Media & Communications


Simon Yi is currently a Director of Marketing at Skift, a business intelligence startup focused in the travel industry. Previously, he was a Digital Marketing Manager at General Assembly and a Strategist at VaynerMedia, Gary Vaynerchuk's social media ad agency. Before jumping into the startup world, Simon held positions in Finance and Management Consulting. When not speaking about himself in third person, he loves discovering new music, meeting new people and exploring all the nooks and crannies of NYC.


Veronica Chan is co-chair of C4Q's marketing committee and heads brand marketing and partnerships at OXO, an international housewares company based in New York City. She was previously Director of Content at Gojee, a recipe discovery start-up acquired by XO Group, and has consulted for companies such as Food52 and Food+Tech Connect. Veronica currently lives in Long Island City where you can find her tending to her plants and hosting dinner parties on her rooftop in the warmer months.

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Rhoni Blankenhorn works at LeadDog, a turnkey marketing agency in NYC.  Previously she managed content at an online marketplace for original art and prints and brokered sponsor and media relationships for an emerging art fair.  Having grown up in the heart of Silicon Valley, Rhoni has an innate affection for tech and the world of start ups.  This affection - coupled with the indisputable awesomeness of Queens -  has led her straight to C4Q.  She has coded one ridiculous program in python that creates randomized poetry and has a weakness for all Szechuan food in Flushing.

Tech Events


Aaron Christopher Cohen is a New York City startup community veteran. He has been personally involved in the founding and financing of four startups which have raised a total of $8.5 million of venture financing. Aaron is both alumni and former staff of DreamIt Ventures, the international seed stage accelerator ranked by Forbes as the third best accelerator in the world. In addition to hosting Queens Tech Meetup, he leads the business development team at Fueled, the award-winning mobile development shop and coworking space in SoHo.

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Dan Calamai is the Director of Implementation Services & Support at Operative, an advertising software company based in NYC. He was hooked into the technology world at a young age when he co-founded a computer repair company in his Connecticut hometown. Dan is also the co-founder of Spikeball NYC and lives in Long Island City, Queens.

Partnerships & Fundraising

Derek is a lifelong New Yorker. He was raised in Queens and attended school at Hunter College High School in Manhattan.  After four years at Pittsburgh in Carnegie Mellon, he returned to NYC to work for various ad tech startups for the past nine years. Derek is focused on product and enterprise software. As a lover of cattle and barley, you can often find Derek enjoying medium rare bone-in ribeye and scotch.