I play bagpipes in the local pipe band and participate in the local Toastmasters club. During the weekdays, I work as a leader at a rapidly growing software company and in the evenings I play nerdy boardgames and deck-building games.
I am a veteran software engineer, complexity scientist and capoeirista... and still love to talk about these topics!
"I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back." - Maya Angelou
I've spent the first part of my life listening and learning. Today, I give back by challenging and encouraging others to be their best. I continue to learn from my mistakes, worry less... and have fun! Because life is short. Let's make every moment count!
SOME THINGS I'VE DONE...
VICE PRESIDENT OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
October 2018 - Present
I joined Toastmasters in February of 2018 to improve my public speaking. I was appointed to be the club's VP of Public Relations.
August 2009 - January 2011
My most favorite job! I got to live in a little cottage located in the heart of the Arboretum. I lead volunteer groups, maintained the grounds, and drove a tractor!
COMPUTATIONAL MODEL SOFTWARE ENGINEER
October 2009 – May 2012
My most fascinating job! I created agent-based models for three research projects: two involving ecological effects of land-use, and another involving the spread of childhood obesity.
MS - ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATICS
September 2008 - December 2010
I was looking to combine my two passions: programming and the environment. Turns out the University of Michigan had a track for that!
SUN CERTIFIED JAVA PROGRAMMER
I had been working for 5 years as a Java programmer and was looking for an interesting challenge. I spent 6 months studying for this certification and got it on my first try!
SENIOR WEB-APPLICATION DEVELOPER
November 2002 – August 2008
My first "grown-up" job after college! I moved to Madison, Wisconsin to work at the brand new web application department at UWHealth
SENIOR NETWORK SOFTWARE ENGINEER
December 1999 – November 2002
My college job! I pulled CAT5 cable for a while, then learned to configure network hardware before writing software for for throttling and diagnostics.