Technical, Creative, Producer, Innovator.
07/14 – Present: NoblEffort
Self – Employed, IT Contractor
Web Engineering / Design / Hosting, UNIX Server, LAMP-J Stack / Middleware Admin, Googleverse Admin, New – Multi Media Production / AR & VR / WebGL / Animation, Distributed Collaboration and Productivity Implementation and Support, Mobile and Web App Development / Implementation / Maintenance, Engagement / Gamification / Game Development / Interactive Storytelling, PM & CRM Enterprise Efficiency Engineering, API / RESTful / Web Services, Data Science & Visualization / Predictive Analytics and Social Intelligence, Using Technology to Heal
It’s exciting to be entrepreneurial, it allows me the chance to get to know a diverse group of clients. Recently I’ve assisted SwimCreative , a Duluth MN advertising and marketing agency in their attempts to upgrade their physical and enterprise systems. We’ve implemented Google Apps for Business and Basecamp3 for project management. It’s rewarding to be a part of the process of change.
09/09 - 07/14: College of St. Scholastica
System Administrator, Project Manager, Authentication and Identity Architect, Digital Community Producer, Innovation Evangelist
Architect and Implement Integrated Enterprise Portal System, Implement Single Sign On and Identity Management infrastructure, Administer and Maintain a 12+ server Development, Test , and Production Red Hat Enterprise Linux / Tomcat / Apache Environment, Manage Migration to Google Applications, General Technology Support for Education and Enterprise in Higher Education, Identify, Explore and Evaluate Emerging Technologies as Effecting Higher Education. Identify and Realize Opportunities for Multidisciplinary and Cross Functional Efficiencies, Develop and Foster Digital Community, Innovate at All Cost.
At CSS I have had the honor and opportunity to take the skills and talents I’ve developed over my professional (and personal) career and apply them in a challenging and rewarding environment. The work I’ve done in the implementation of both Google Apps for Edu and the enterprise portal have been the most technically, and politically, challenging of my life and also the some of most rewarding. I’ve developed a significant IT skill set related to enterprise systems administration, architecture and application development and project management. Especially related to Enterprise Server Side Java. Some notable activities with elements of college level learning include:
● Managing, administering and ongoing support of a migration from legacy email and calendaring systems to Google Apps / Cloud based applications for email, calendaring and productivity applications.
● Developing through practice, professional development and self study industry standard skills in:
○ Linux / Unix server administration
○ Spring / Hibernate Java Database Connectivity
○ Tomcat / Apache web server administration
○ Java & Groovy on Grails Application development
○ RESTful and Web Service API Development
○ Authentication, Authorization and Federation Infrastructure Design, Implementation and Administration
○ SSL Certificate processes
● Creation, Implementation and ongoing Maintenance of Institutional Communication plans and policy related to Information Technologies and Change Management
● Utilizing Analytics and Metrics for Data Driven Decision Making
● Gamification for Enterprise Engagement
● Developed a visceral understanding of the challenges associated with enterprise evolution and technological change
07/02 - 09/09: Harbor City International School
Technical Coordinator / Technology Instructor / Student Advisor
Design, Implement, Maintain Educational Information and Technology Environment – Including Dynamic Networking, School Operations, User Accounts and System Security, Wireless Access. Instruct, Facilitate and Encourage Students and Staff in the Use and Acceptance of Technology, Support Staff Curriculum Needs, Coordinate Internal and External Communications.
This is where I truly discovered my vocation.
Some notable activities with elements of college level learning include:
● Implemented and Administered mandated computer based yearly testing for state reporting
● Designed, implemented, maintained and expanded an innovative open source information infrastructure based on Linux Terminal Services
○ 2/1 student to computer ratio
○ Custom designed workstations, which were then built by the students
○ Roaming Profiles, LDAP, Centralized File system and Linux/Windows Cross platform access
● Created and Implemented Student and Family on-boarding and advisement processes which
○ Insuring, within the letter of state law, incoming students and families understood unique nature of the learning community
○ Were directly exposed to the nature of work and assessment in which they would be expected to participate
○ Resulted in significant student success and significant reduction in discipline issues
● Designed, refined and taught a technologies fundamentals curriculum to all 9th graders. “Tech Fu” satisfing half of the district required technology credit requirement
○ modules in support of learning objectives included Keyboarding, Productivity Applications Platform (Document, Spreadsheet, Presentation) competencies, Computer Basics, Media / Internet Literacy
○ Document / writing skills integrated with concurrent objectives in language arts courses
○ I worked with a master teacher as a mentor. Satisfied U of M student teaching / in-classroom requirements for degree work in vocational technical education licensure
● Designed, Project Managed, and Oversaw initial use and integration into school state of the art, $750,000 theater space
○ Used architect CAD tools to create 3D initial design renderings for the performance / lecture / Cinema space in the 2nd floor of the Harbor City school
○ Designed, purchased technology theater and sound reinforcement systems for ADA compliance
04/00 – 05/02: Murphy McGinnis Interactive
Web Developer / Media Specialist / Interactive Producer
Media Services, RealMedia Tools, Site Construction, Project Management, Client Relationship Support, Graphic Design, Media Conversion, Video/Audio Compression
My work at Murphy McGinnis Interactive allowed me to call myself a technologist. While all of my previous professional and artistic efforts involved some form of technology, this was the first time I was professionally involved with storytelling using the internet as a medium. I also was able to use and grow my coding skills. Some notable activities with elements of college level learning include:
● Co-developed, administered and maintained a proprietary secure client accessible content management system
● Portal administration / Content Strategy for city wide portal Duluth.com
● Design, Implementation and Administration of First Generation Web Based Video Media Server
● Daily Production of Web Video News Segments ( in 1999!)
● Code and create template driven websites based on communication objectives identified through a project management process
● Account / Client Management
● Technology Strategy Development / Change Management in Print Journalism Industry
Work I did at Murphy McGinnis Interactive gave me the skills and confidence I needed to become a technology professional. This was my first exposure to information technology as the primary means of achieving business objectives.
The following employment experiences can be grouped into a Media Production Category.
The experiences I had while working at the following represent a great deal of what might be termed vocational skill development. From artistic videography, lighting design for film and field audio production to Emmy award winning artistic digital compositing, production advancement and logistics I use skills I developed in this category every day.
Unless specifically noted, college level learning which occurred during my time at these jobs include the following:
● Project Management
● Client Communications
● Media Production
● Script Writing Editing
● Budget development
● Grant Writing / Reporting
1/99 – 04/00: WDSE TV Videographer/Editor/Digital Compositor
“Seasons of Change” Long Form Documentary Ojibwe Culture Beta SP Videographer, Avid NonLinear Editing, Animation/Digital Compositing, Media Streaming Support, Project Management. Awarded a Midwest Regional Emmy for this work.
7/97 – 1/99: Parthé Productions
Field/Line Producer – Director,Media Technical
Editing Tape, NonLinear, Digital Audio, Digital Compositing, Graphic Design, New Media, Website Design and Construction, Electronic Client Support
Other Duties: Location Support, Location/Studio Sound Recording and Editing, Lighting, Grip, Script Supervision, Project fulfillment, Pre and Post Production Support.
9/90 – 3/97: Pro Video Productions
Location Support, Location/Studio Sound Recording and Editing, Lighting, Grip, Script Supervision, Project fulfillment, Pre and Post Production Support.
5/86 – 8/90: Technical Director / Resident Company Member / House Manager Dudley Riggs Comedy Theater (Mpls)
Improvisation and Comedy Writing, Set / Sound / Lighting Design, Nightly House Management. Tour Advancement, Media Production
University of Minnesota Duluth, St. Paul
Technical Theater, Interdisciplinary Studies, Vocational and Technical Education — 1983 – 2008
College of St. Scholastica, Duluth
Computer Science — 2009-2014, in progress.
Kevin Werbach, Coursera Gamification Fall 2012
I’m lucky and driven enough to have taken the opportunity to actually work in the fields of my interest rather than pursue them on a traditional higher education path. While I continue to work at earning a degree, I haven’t found it a priority for employment purposes. I truly represent the oncoming wave of credential seekers and lifelong learners who are yearning to communicate their skills, aptitudes and masteries how ever they’ve been achieved.
Rob MacKay, Software Engineer – Ellucian
William Schwalbe, Internet Engineer – Amazon Web Services
Patrice Bradley, CEO Swim Creative (Advertising/Interactive)