Multi-skilled, task-oriented professional with successful experience managing multiple, concurrent projects with strong problem solving and follow-through capabilities.  Ability to clearly define project goals and effectively use resources to achieve them.



2015 - 2016

Master of Science - Biological Sciences: Molecular Biology

The University of Southern Mississippi

Investigating the association between  Amblyomma americanum and α-galactose in human red meat allergy.

President - Student Veterans of America USM chapter

2013 - 2014

Bachelor of Science - Biological Sciences: Microbiology

The University of Southern Mississippi

2014 Mississippi IDeA Network of Biomedical Reseach Excellence Internship

2011 - 2012

Associate of Arts

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

2002 - 2004

Vocational Diploma

Ulster County BOCES

Cisco Computer Networking and A+ Computer Repair

Work experience

Work experience
2015 - Present

Graduate Research Assistant

The University of Southern Mississippi
  • Lab Manager
  • Teaching Assistant

Undergraduate Researcher

The University of Southern Mississippi
  • Researched the effects of oxidative stress on Rickettsial communities using RNA interference and other molecular techniques in Amblyomma maculatum.
2006 - 2011

United States Navy (Retired) • Secret Security Clearance 

Served in various positions of increased responsibility and complexity at various worldwide locations, demonstrating exceptional knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas:

Training Coordinator & Scheduler

  • Exercise direct responsibility for logistically supporting and developing training schedules for organizational personnel
  • Help coordinate numerous large-scale training evolutions in addition to normal operations
  • Assist senior leadership in designing inclusive plans for each of the four East Coast organizations including scheduling and managing over 1,000 classes with an annual graduation rate of 15,000, which allows the units to attain a high state of operational readiness
  • Utilize Corporate Enterprise Training Activity Resource System (CETARS) – an automated information system to manage and support all Navy training by maintaining accurate student, instructor, and course data
  • Track all course data including master training plans, course schedules, college credits, skill awards, student counseling, real-time data for all student course completions, instructor certifications and availabilities, student enrollments, quota allocations, annual training plans, and training publications

Maintenance Mechanic

  • Planned and scheduled vehicle, equipment, and allied trades maintenance activities for 411 units of Civil Engineer Support Equipment (CESE)
  • Planned and controlled work methods, schedules, operating procedures, and performance standards
  • Ensured vehicles, equipment, parts, and manpower were available to support operational requirements
  • Accomplished precision repair and maintenance on construction and automotive equipment, and craft
  • Administered, managed, and evaluated maintenance operations and material management programs

Safety Program Administration

  • Ensured a proactive approach to accident prevention by training and advising personnel on safety issues
  • Inspected project sites, grounds, buildings, and machinery to isolate hazards to life, health, and equipment
  • Conducted assessments of work center activities according to OSHA regulations
  • Compiled and analyzed mishap data, identified trends, and developed recommendations to eliminate mishaps
  • Planned, organized, and presented weekly safety meetings
2008 - 2011

Reserve Police Officer

Pass Christian Police Department
  • Employ a high level of personal initiative in competently carrying out a full range of responsibilities and duties required of a Police Officer in maintaining law and order, and protecting life, property, and the civil rights of individuals. Exercise authority to arrest violators, assist in the prosecution of criminals, and serve as a source of assistance to persons in emergency situations


Graduate Student Forum Poster Competition - 1st Place
The University of Southern Mississippi - Department of Biological Sciences Graduate Student Forum - April 2015

Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting - Masters Poster Competition - 1st Place
Entomological Society of America - Southeastern Branch - March 2015

Millsaps College - Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Scholars Symposium - 1st Place
Mississippi Academy of Sciences - February 2015
The Investigation of Two Superoxide Dismutase Species in Oxidative Stress Damage and Microbial Community Homeostasis in Amblyomma maculatum

Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology Division Undergraduate Poster Presentation - 1st Place 
Mississippi Academy of Sciences - February 2015
The Investigation of Two Superoxide Dismutase Species in Oxidative Stress Damage and Microbial Community Homeostasis in Amblyomma maculatum

Phi Theta Kappa Junior College Achievement Scholarship - 2013 - 2014
Mississippi Recycling Coalition Scholarship - 2013
Mississippi Beverage Association Scholarship - 2013

Seabee Combat Warfare Insignia - 2009
Iraq Campaign Medal - 2008

Received numerous other awards for outstanding military, humanitarian, and community service