Career Profile

Welcome to my online portfolio!

My work experience in K-12 Public Education molded me into a general "jack of all trades." However, I'm most specialized in Networking, Project Management, Security and Servers/Storage. I'm knowledgeable about technology in many industries but most passionate and specialized in Education and Government.

I take great pride in developing self-sufficiency within IT departments. To achieve this, I'm a firm believer in extreme ownership and the importance of collaboration, knowledge management and transparency.

Experience

Systems Administrator

2017 - Present
City of Decatur, Decatur, IL

At the city, I am primarily responsible for the management and security of the network. The city network encompasses many different departments such as Fire and Police, which requires a great deal more complexity beyond the scope of most networks. Additionally, I manage the technical side of the always growing City Fiber network.

    Primary Responsibilities
  • Active Directory and Group Policy Management
  • Configuring, installing and maintaining Firewalls, Routers, Switches and Wireless Access Points
  • Creating and Maintaining thorough Network and Process Documentation
  • Leading the Change Advisory Board
  • Securing the Network against ever-evolving Threats
  • Technical Lead on City of Decatur Fiber Project

Network Analyst

2015 - 2017
DPS #61, Decatur, IL

DPS61 provided an excellent opportunity for me to expand my skillset while bettering the district. My troubleshooting skills made me a catch-all for assisting with complex problems. I enjoyed the process of working as a team in providing the best service possible to our students and staff. Additionally, I had many opportunities to lead and participate in many large and complex projects. During my time at DPS61, I developed into the lead on all things, network, security, and server related. The skills and projects were great. However, looking back, I'm most proud of helping interns and fellow staff grow professionally through mentorship and training.

    Primary Responsibilities
  • Active Directory Management
  • Configuring, installing and maintaining Cisco switches and wireless access points
  • Creating and Maintaining thorough Network and Process Documentation
  • Firewall and Web Filter management
  • Management of over 120 total Physical and Virtual Servers
  • Project Management
  • Software Deployment and update patching via Group Policy, SCCM and WSUS
  • Staff Development
  • Troubleshooting a wide array of Apple, Chrome and Windows devices

District Computer Technician

2012 - 2015
Mattoon Community Unit School District #2, Mattoon, IL

Served on a small team that supported the technical needs of a K-12 school district comprised of over 3500 students and staff.

    Primary Responsibilities
  • Computer Imaging
  • Configuring and installing network switches
  • End User Device Deployment
  • Help Desk/End User Support
  • Network and PC Troubleshooting
  • Hardware and Software Deployment
  • Installation of Copper and Fiber Cables
  • Software Deployment

Assistant High School Boys Basketball Coach

2012 - 2014
Mattoon Community Unit School District #2, Mattoon, IL

For two seasons I coached the Sophomore Boys Basketball team. During this time I also assisted with the Freshman, JV and Varsity squads.

Network Technician

2011 - 2012
Quality Network Solutions, Mt. Vernon & Sullivan, IL

Served the IT needs of assigned K-12 school districts throughout Southern and Central Illinois. Assignments included overseeing several independent networks comprised of over 1000 end user devices and 15 physical servers.

    Primary Responsibilities
  • Active Directory/Group Policy Management
  • Anti-Virus and Firewall Management
  • Computer Imaging
  • Data Backup Solutions
  • Help Desk/End User Support
  • Hardware and Software Deployment
  • Mobile Device Management
  • Physical and Virtual Server Management
  • Software Deployment

IT Intern

2009 - 2011
Justrite Manufacturing, Mattoon, IL

Assisted the Network Administrator in managing a network that consisted of multiple locations worldwide.