In my role as the Chief Architect of Initiate Government Solutions, I am in the unique position of helping the VA modernize its Electronic Health Registry (EHR). In this role, I am the sole architect, developer, and implementer of the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) that is responsible for migrating the VA's VistA data from the VX130 Federated Data Warehouse to Cerner's HealtheIntent API's and ultimately into Millennium. This ESB transmits gigabytes of data daily via hundreds of thousands of API calls with four nines (99.99%) level of up-time in a highly secure environment 24 x 7 x 365. Throughout the lifetime of this ESB, we have transmitted nearly 30 terabytes of information with more planned past the initial offering in March of 2020.
I heavily rely on my Master of Software Engineering from Penn State, technical certifications, experience in the technology and healthcare industries. I also rely on feedback generated from stakeholders and colleagues to ensure any solution that I architect can withstand the test of time, is easily maintained by changing teams and environments, and is capable of seamless operation with minimal costs. I have experience in all of the major cloud platforms, including AWS, Azure, and the Google Cloud Platform, as well as with traditional on-premises data centers. Additionally, I continuously demonstrate a high level of professionalism where I strive to ensure anyone I come in contact with can say that our discussion improved their day.
Background & Expertise
Senior Systems Consultant - Windstream
February 2020 - Present
Support Windstream IT customer use of tooling capabilities (Azure Pipelines and related configuration management build/release activities, Azure Boards, Azure Repos, Azure Artifacts and Test Plans)
Provide administrative support for Windstream's application teams through configuring build agents and team projects, troubleshooting user issues and advising on CI/CD capabilities
Evaluate, provide recommendations, and enhance the existing TFS & Azure DevOps architecture, configuration, procedures and processes to provide a more robust, dependable, efficient and flexible system
Implement automated processes to support streamlining of engineering/administrative duties using PowerShell against TFS/Azure DevOps APIs
Ensure tools/environments are leveraging security configuration correctly. Proactively govern security and enforce policies
Chief Architect - Initiate Government Solutions
June 2015 - February 2020
Educated less experienced architects/developers and interns and trained new team members which lowered onboarding time by 25% and increased velocity of new team members in their first 90 days by an average of 30%.
Architected the VX130 Data Migration Engine for the Veterans Affairs which sends gigabytes of data per day to Cerner's HealtheIntent with an error rate less than .25% and a four-nines uptime over the last eight months.
Coordinated projects in the Data Migration and Data Syndication efforts within the Veterans Affairs including defining scope, shaping milestones, and forged strong relationships with all stakeholders and personnel which has led to consistently strong customer reviews and repeat business
Senior NetSQL Developer - IDEA Public Schools
March 2014 - June 2015
Implemented a Data Warehouse which stores all grades, demographics, and vital information necessary to generate complex and actionable dashboards that are used to improve student education, teacher success rates, and in the first year increased the average state test scores by 12% across the district.
Established a redundant and fault-tolerant hardware infrastructure capable of handling over 1 million IOPS with four nines up-time that decreased the use of paper by 99% across the district helping them achieve their go green goals by the end of 2015
Slashed data entry errors by 78% by delivering an online grade entry system that allowed teachers to enter grades online rather than on paper, then online by interns
Senior Software Engineer - Tom Rowe & Associates
April 2013 - March 2014
Boosted efficiency of and turnaround time for advertisers by 99% by creating a self-service portal that allowed advertisers to build their own ads which were fully compliant with business policies
Remodeled front-facing customer website which boosted traffic by 300% in the first six weeks after distribution.
Applied automated deployment techniques using Jenkins which cut the error rate by 95% and negative user feedback by 45%
IT Project Manager & Senior Software Engineer - Invoice Cloud
February 2012 - April 2013
Reduced new client onboarding from an average of 73 days to 17 by implementing consistent coding standards, project tracking, and proper asset management strategies
Overhauled communication strategies with clients which led to a 19% increase in customer satisfaction survey scores in the first 90 days after implementation
Trained help-desk staff and amplified cross-training with the development team which decreased the average ticket response time from 13 days to 2 in the first 60 days of operation.
Lead Desktop Engineer - Teleperformance USA
August 2004 - February 2012
I held a range of positions with Telepeformance including Assistant Center Manager, Lead Desktop Engineer, and Software Engineer. As a Lead Desktop Engineer I was responsible for six physical locations located around the United States. I had five desktop engineers who reported directly to me who handled on-site support at each of the locations. I was directly responsible for a network of nearly 8,500 computers across my six locations. I handled all network, systems administration, and reporting for all locations.
Where I Studied
2017 - 2019
Penn State - Master of Software Engineering
This program helped cement my understanding of Software Engineering through software analysis, design and architecture, system verification, and data storage and retrieval. As a graduate I have been able to implement new technologies in one of the fastest growing professions with confidence.
2006 - 2015
Kaplan University - Bachelor of Applied Science
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My Skills & Accomplishments
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer - App Builder
The Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer certification validates that I have the skills needed to build modern mobile and/or web applications and services.
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert
I currently hold three MCSE certifications in Azure DevOps, Data Management and Analytics and Business Intelligence which has given me the ability to manage one of the largest data warehouses in the world.
Microsoft Certified Trainer
Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) are the premier technical and instructional experts in Microsoft technologies. The MCT program is for educators around the world who actively deliver training on Microsoft technologies.
Programming Languages & Environments
"Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next."