Work History

USAID's Bureau for Global Health - Senior Information Systems Technical Advisor - 09/15 — Present

Description: After taking a fellowship with the Bureau of Global Health, I transitioned to the Policy, Programs and Planning Office in the bureau. As the senior technical advisor, I am responsible for leading a number of efforts, within the Bureau:

  1. Leading the Bureau’s Open Data Policy – Engaging with the Agencies Open Data Team to lead the effort within our Bureau. This effort includes working with the Bureau’s technical offices and all of our Implementing Partners to ensure our Bureau’s compliance with various laws and regulations. To that end, I have spear headed the development of our Bureau’s Operating Procedures, lead trainings with our Bureau staff and Implementing Partners, and worked with Agency leads to assist in policy.
  2. Working with our various offices to develop a Bureau-wide Information Systems/Technology Strategic Plan to assist our bureau with a vision and mission for IT/IS services. This plan will be used to align our IT/IS efforts with our bureaus overall objectives. This is an ongoing effort, spanning multiple offices and divisions.
  3. Assist multiple offices and divisions with developing Bureau-wide IT solutions.
  4. Assisting multiple offices and divisions with procuring and managing IT services.
  5. Liaising between our Bureau and the Agencies CIO to ensure compliance.

USAID's DCH/Oddice of Transition Initiatives - Acting IT Team Lead/Technical Lead - 01/15 — 09/2015

Description:


USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives - Acting IT Team Lead/Technical Lead - 01/15 — 09/2015

Technical Skills: ASP.Net, VB.Net, IIS, HTML, JavaScript, CSS, Oracle DB, and SQL

Description: After nearly a year and a half with USAID's OTI IT office, as a software engineer, I was asked to take over as the IT Department’s Team Lead as well as the Technical Lead for our application development. As part of my responsibilities, I managed an IT team of three software engineers, two business analysts, three interns and two contract companies. I was also responsible for overseeing the implementation of multiple, concurrent, IT project plans. All projects were considered enterprise level and had stakeholders at varying levels of throughout the organization. I was responsible for working with these stakeholders to ensure their input was a part of our development processes.

I was also the technical lead for software applications developed in our department, which were used by offices in 15 countries in our home office in DC. I was responsible for ensuring our applications met the needs of our users and was aligned to the mission of our office.

As the acting IT team lead, I was also responsible for reporting our efforts to the Senior Management Team, where I was required to report on all efforts of the IT team. I was also responsible for leading technical trainings, liaising with outside bureaus, and traveling to various countries, as needed.

USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives - Software Engineer - 09/13 — 01/2015

Technical Skills: ASP.Net, VB.Net, IIS, HTML, JavaScript, CSS, Oracle DB, and SQL

Description: While working as a software engineer for USAID's Office of Transitions Initiatives, I was responsible for manage legacy systems as well as developing new, innovative, web applications. My core responsibilities include developing and supporting innovative and adaptive data management systems. In this role, I actively develop in Backbone.js, CakePHP, PHP, and .Net. Due to the nature of my work, I have gained, and continue to gain, work experience in active conflict zones (such as Pakistan). I also hold an active security clearance.

My accomplishments at OTI include:
  1. Working as a team member to develop an office wide data system (in Backbone.js/jQuery/PHP/MySQL)
  2. Working independently to develop a data collection and analysis tool for a development program in Pakistan (CakePHP/MySQL). I was also responsible for vetting and training new software engineers to manage the developed system.
  3. Working independently to develop a staff management system for our office (CakePHP/MySQL)
  4. Develop ETL software (.NET/MySQL)

Oxford Solutions - Software/Database Designer - 02/12 — Present

Technical Skills: ASP.Net, VB.Net, IIS, HTML, JavaScript, CSS, Oracle DB, and SQL

Description: Hired as a contractor for US Steel's Business Service Center through Oxford Solutions. Responsible for designing and creating software solutions for various technical and business challenges as well as supporting currently utilized online software by implementing customer requested changes and updates. Required to plan and design using multi-tiered application architecture. Responsible for document change management plans, as needed. Participated in project change management meetings while ensuring changes, as well as new software, remained aligned with USS goals and objectives. Developed both web application tools as well as desktop software.

Loud Mountain - Software/Database Designer - 05/11 — 1/2012

Technical Skills: Groovy On Grails, Java, VB.Net Desktop Application, Java, HTML, JavaScript, CSS, MySQL DB, SQL, and Amazon Web Services Hosting,.

Description: Hired as a part time software and database design consultant. Responsible for designing, planning, and creating company web pages and software solutions. Created enterprise level web application to assist in identifying and collecting data on persons of interest. Utilized LinkedIn's Application Programming Interface (API) to collect and store data. Liaised with company employees, management, and CEO to create project scope, design project plan, and implement project specifications. Created data extractor to extract, transform, and load (ETL) large volumes of data between data storage services. Managed web hosting solution through Amazon's Web Service. Web application software written in Groovy On Grails. Desktop software written in VB.net. Database created in MySQL DBMS.

Duquesne University - Graduate Assistant - 02/12 — 12/2011

Technical Skills: Relational Database Design, MS SQL, MySQL, Microsoft Access, VB.Net, ASP.Net, and Java.

Description: Hired as a graduate assistant through Duquesne University's Donahue School of Business. Responsible for various self-directed task. Assisted in creating lesson plans, grading assignments, and tutoring students. Tutored classes in VB.net, Java, and database design. Worked as research assistant responsible for accumulating large volumes of data, writing reports and communications, writing technical documents, and producing presentations materials.

John Snow Inc - Consulting Project Manager/Software and Database Designer 04/08 — 12/2009

Technical Skills: VB.net, ASP.Net, Microsoft Access, VBA, HTML, CSS, JavaScript.

Description: After completing my second year in Peace Corps I began my third year working for John Snow Inc's MMIS project as their data management specialist. JSI is implementing an injection safety contract for the US Government as part of the US Presidents Emergency Plan for Aids Relief. The purpose is to provide immediate relief to decrease unsafe injection practices as a mode of preventing medical transmission of HIV and transmissible infectious diseases in the health sector. Our core areas are looking a waste management, logistics and supply chain, and behavior change and education.

My job responsibilities are varied but could be broken down into two categories. First, I create software/applications to collect, store, and disseminate information that preserves the data's integrity and accurately portrays the real life data we wish to capture. Secondly, the software that I create must be able to present the data in a way that is easily accessed and prepared for use. By fulfilling both mandates I am able to ensure that the data is accurate, cleaned, and ready to use and at the same time drastically reducing cost and time. For live examples of such tools, look at my download page.

United States Peace Corps - Peace Corps Volunteer - 04/06 — 4/2008

The first two years of my service in the Peace Corps I worked as a social worker in Pitsane, a small village in southern Botswana While working in Pitsane, I was responsible to the Ministry of Health. I worked daily as a capacity builder in the Pitsane Social Welfare Office where I acted as a social welfare officer, HIV/AIDS community worker, peer educator/trainer and software/web designer. As a social welfare officer, I was responsible for monitoring the needs and statistics of over 1500 clients including orphans and vulnerable children (OVC's), terminally ill patients with HIV/AIDS, and destitute clients. I engaged in social and community projects to further support and advocate for underserved clients. In response to the destructive effects of HIV/AIDS in his community, I initiated the implementation and management of local community projects to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS such as a successful campaign to encourage voluntary HIV testing. In order to create a supportive community network of those combating HIV/AIDS, I acted as a liaison between government and local clinics, community leaders, community organizations, and business owners. I trained local support groups in marketing income generating projects and HIV/AIDS education. I also allocated time to support local NGOs and human rights/empowerment groups in grant writing, HIV/AIDS capacity building and web design. I applied my knowledge of computers to create a dynamic PHP web page for NGO's and artisans without prior HTML experience to easily create there own web profiles, and designed software for the Social and Community Development (S&CD) office to track clients, keep statistics, and help with report writing. Outside of my site, I represented fellow Peace Corps volunteers as a member of the Volunteer Advisory Committee, which helped in training new volunteers and met regularly to discuss issues facing volunteers and to suggest concrete solutions to these issues. I also volunteered in several side projects including several camps for children infected with HIV/AIDS through Baylor Children's Hospital, youth and gender empowerment camps and seminars, and the designing of Measurement and Evaluation Tools for Local Government offices.

Cornell Abraxas Center for Adolescent Females - Substance Abuse Counselor - 02/04— 4/2006

I have always known that I wanted to work in an industry that would help others. So, after graduating from college I started working for Cornell Abraxas Center For Adolescent Females (CACAF) as a Life Skills II employee. CACAF is a staff secured residential facility. The clients we served were females between the ages 13 - 18 who were delinquent or dependent females with substance abuse or dependency issues and/or a dual diagnosis. As a Life Skills II employee I worked with the clients on a day to day basis by leading/facilitating educational group sessions, assisting with daily activities, securing the facility, addressing behavioral problems and numerous other jobs as needed.

After a year working as a LSWII I was promoted to a counselor positions. I quickly received a caseload of 6 clients. My responsibilities included creating treatment plans, providing individual therapy session, leading group therapy and process sessions, making referrals (as needed), designing and providing aftercare plans, acting as advocate for clients in court hearings, and generally acted as a case manager for each clients. While working as a counselor I became interested in HIV/AIDS work. I became trained as a pre/post test HIV/AIDS counselor and eventually took over the position as lead HIV/AIDS testing Coordinator for our facility (while still retaining my job as a counselor). In this role I ensured that HIV testing was provided to all clients who wished to be tested, liaised with our medical staff, and worked with other counselors to ensure all clients received all the resources we had. I also took over the position of HIV/AIDS and TB trainer for new staff. As I mentioned, staff training was paramount to ensure that new staff came into the position fully equipped for their responsibilities. As such I provided all new staff, and those staff that needed to be recertified, with the necessary training.

After working at CACAF for two years I realized that, although I loved my job, I needed to move on. I applied to the United States Peace Corps and left for Botswana 6 months later.