Summary

I am a System Administrator with experience in many aspects of server system administration and automation/configuration management. I am also well-versed in Ruby with prior experience in Java and PHP. Open-source projects and communities are a passion and I'm currently an active member of GitLab and Chef communities.

In daily work I am exposed to a wide variety of technologies including:

  • Rails/Ruby
  • Chef Configuration Management (including Chef Provisioning)
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • GitLab
  • Logstash
  • Sensu Monitoring
  • Elasticsearch
  • Nginx
  • Tomcat

My strengths include troubleshooting complex issues and researching/implementing new technologies. I love a challenge and enjoy learning new things every day.

Work History

Work History
Aug 2012 - Present

System Administrator/Supervisor

Buckle
  • Work with a team to manage a quickly growing infrastructure that supports Buckle's e-commerce site and internal web systems
  • Heavily emphasize automation through configuration management, build and deploy pipeline, job scheduling and more
  • Supervise and mentor interns and junior system administrators
Oct 2010 - Aug 2012

Linux System Specialist

ESU
  • Server management and maintenance
  • Bash and Perl scripting with light system and web application programming
  • Provided teachers with training on learning management systems
Jan 2010 - Sep 2010

Technology Associate

Ogallala Public School District
  • Work included help desk tasks and system administration
  • Managed and deployed Mac laptops with one-to-one laptop program
  • Administered Sakai Course Management System.

Education

Education
2006 - 2010

Bachelor of Science - Information Management Systems

Chadron State College

Internet Technology and Management options with a Business Administration minor.

OPEN-SOURCE INVOLVEMENT

CHEF BRIGADE

Chef Brigade is a new community organization that hopes to preserve the future of Chef (Software) cookbooks. As cookbook maintainers'​ interests and jobs change over time their ability to continue updating cookbooks may diminish. While Chef Brigade is still in the organizational phase, it is our hope that cookbook authors will build their cookbooks under the Chef Brigade Github and Supermarket organizations. If/when they need to move on, or if they need additional maintainer help, the brigade will help search for new maintainers to step in. This ensures end-users don't find themselves using an abandoned cookbook with too many open issues/pull requests.

GITLAB CORE TEAM

As an active member of the GitLab community, I was invited to be a part of the community core team. The core team consists of about a dozen members that serve as community leaders. We help triage issues and merge/pull requests in GitHub and GitLab and interact with the community via IRC, Gitter and GitLab forum. We are unpaid and participate in our free-time because we love GitLab and want to help the project and the community.

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

HOLY CROSS BOARD OF EDUCATION

Served 3 years total with one year as co-chair person. The Board of Education is responsible for overseeing all Christian education at Holy Cross and works alongside the staff and volunteers to plan classes, activities, and other educational events.

Additional interests

  • Music
  • Piano
  • Volunteering
  • Open-source projects
  • Maker space (Raspberry Pi, Arduino)
  • Gardening

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