Giving back to the community is a major goal for tech leader Darleen Johns these days. And at home or office, she spends a lot of time with Barbette and Gecko, her two ‘children’.

Darleen was born on July 30, 1947; she attended Enloe High School.


Her husband and inexhaustible supporter, Robert Johns, passed away in 2001. Darleen’s “children” are two poodles, Barbette and Gecko, who may at any time be taking up residence on her lap while she sits at her desk in the office.

Career path:

State government to private sector employee to business owner.


Community involvement and getting to the beach!

Keys to success:

Relationships, giving back, fairness, loyalty, determination, and integrity

Most memorable success:

My first big sale as a business owner…more than 100 word processors to NIEHS

Most memorable challenge:

Being adaptable enough to stay on the leading edge of technology for 25 years

Favorites song:

“Wind Beneath My Wings” … my husband Robert and I had this has “our song”