AWS Certified Solutions Architect


Work Experience

HelloWorld - Systems Architect

July 2017 - Present

Develop and build tools and infrastructure to support an ever growing portfolio of in-house applications. Designed standard specifications for rapid development of services in a Service Oriented Architecture.

WorkForce Software - Application System Administrator Team Lead

December 2016 - July 2017

Design, build, and maintain complex, highly available systems such as Nagios, Tomcat, Jenkins, Ansible, Chef, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, NGINX, and others. Provide leadership on best practices for both management and technical problems.

Provide automation through the use of automated deployment pipelines and configuration management.

HelloWorld - Systems Engineer

March 2015 - December 2016

Gauge the effectiveness and efficiency of existing systems; develop and implement strategies for improving or further leveraging these systems. Monitor and test system performance; prepare and deliver system performance statistics and reports. Collaborate with other teams to ensure smooth and reliable operation of software and systems for fulfilling business objectives and processes. Design and perform server and security audits, system backup procedures and other recovery processes in accordance with the company’s disaster recovery and business continuity strategies. Create and maintain documentation as it relates to system configuration, mapping, processes and service records. Conduct research on software and systems products to justify recommendations and to support purchasing efforts. Write scripts, automated configuration recipes, as well as user-facing tools to automate and optimize workflows. Help diagnose and resolve issues with systems and promotions. Take part in an on-call rotation with the other team members. This involves being the designated point of contact for after hours monitoring and support one week every 1-2 months.

WorkForce Software - Systems Engineer

July 2013 - March 2015

A very wide range of responsibilities in a 24x7, highly available Linux SaaS environment. Was a Subject Matter Expert for many different technologies including Linux, Ansible, NGINX, and our flagship software product. Identified and performed projects and tasks both individually and as part of a team. Wrote and maintained a large library of automation scripts using Python (preferred), Bash, and Perl. Maintained and optimized Nagios solution which not only monitored our infrastructure, but hundreds of SLA-backed sites as well. Designed and implemented a brand new configuration management solution using Ansible. This was after comparing the Ansible solution to others such as Chef, Puppet, and Salt. Ansible architecture can be provided by request. Performed leadership duties for the SaaS Operations team including delegating, assigning tasks, identifying problems/solutions, and consulting on other team member’s projects.

Supported Infrastructure: Windows Active Directory. Databases: Oracle 11g and 12g, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and 2012. CentOS, Ubuntu, and OpenBSD servers providing most of the infrastructure. Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2 performing Windowsspecific services. NGINX reverse proxy set up in highly available pairs. VMware ESX/vSphere.

Plymouth Christian Academy - Network Administrator

September 2007 - June 2013

Responsible for network design and maintenance including network topology design, access and permissions, security policy management, security auditing, and basic helpdesk functions. Was the primary decision-maker for infrastructure/systems design. Notable projects included: Full network redesign/implementation, full Active Directory redesign/implementation, introduction/implementation/support of Linux servers performing various functions, and internet/intranet website hosting.

Supported Infrastructure: Windows Active Directory. Routed network including 10+ VLANs backed by CISCO routers and switches. Microsoft Hyper-V servers including replication from a primary host to a standby host for business continuity. Multiple VMs to support Vendor applications, databases (Microsoft SQL Server 2008, MySQL), Microsoft Exchange, WordPress, and a home-grown off-site backup solution.


Eastern Michigan University - Bachelor of Science, Information Assurance 2008-2012