Saturday, April 29, 2017

President Profile: Ebenezer Kyei-Baffour (BDPA Southern Minnesota)

Rochester, Minnesota
BDPA Southern Minnesota chapter was chartered in May 1999. The chapter has been financially supported by Mayo Clinic over the past decade.  This chapter has one of the smallest population bases with the BDPA family, however, the chapter has managed to win seven (7) High School Computer Competition (HSCC) national championships.

Ebenezer became the president of BDPA Southern Minnesota in 2016 when the former president, Will Smith, became the Midwest Regional Director. The BDPA Southern Minnesota chapter not only has a track record and a powerful legacy in the HSCC program at the National level, but it’s also respected by the Rochester Minnesota Community as an organization making huge impact in the lives of middle and high school students. My goal is to attract new volunteers, aggressively look for new grants funding, and increase our membership by attracting the college communities and also IT professionals in Southern Minnesota.

Ebenezer Kyei-Baffour, President
BDPA Southern Minnesota Chapter

PO Box 6981
Rochester, MN 55903

Favorite quote? “As long as poverty, injustice, and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest” – Nelson Mandela.
Ebenezer Kyei-Baffour

Ebenezer Kyei-Baffour is a supervisor in Research Finance at Mayo Clinic responsible for the management of research grant funds from the federal government, foundations, industry, benefactors, and internal Mayo funding. He has over twenty five years of experience in financial management particularly in the areas of commercial credit analysis, financial analysis, financial reporting, financial forecasting, budgeting and variance analysis, capital expenditure analysis, project management, grants and contracts management, and strategic financial management.

Favorite motto or favorite scripture?“If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied” – 1 Corinthians 15:19.

Part of the success formula for BDPA Southern Minnesota is the effort that they place in recruiting middle- and high-school students for their computer camp. The chapter's computer camp creates educational opportunities for a diverse range of students. Computer camp students pack the computer lab each Saturday between December and May. The teamwork and enthusiasm displayed by both students and a dozen corporate volunteers from Mayo Clinic and IBM is truly awe inspiring. Computer camp course topics include HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, My SQL and builds towards a goal of attaining high school credit to reward the students for their effort and education.

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