I enjoy blending technical curiosity with the power of community. I like to think I bridge the gap between innovation and hard work.
I strongly believe your skils are even more valuable when you share your experience. I help build and run technical communities in the world of Chicago tech. Since 2013, I've lead the Amazon AWS user group in Chicago. We maintain monthtly educational, user-focused events in downtown Chicago. I set events, organize sponsors and hosts, coordintate with speakers, and order the pizza. In 2017 I joined the wonderful DevOpsDays Chicago organizers. DevOpsDays is a worldwide community conference series for anyone interested in IT improvement. I run sponsorships - so I convince awesome companies to send their best and brightest to Chicago in the summertime. Join DevOpsDays in 2018!
I am currently a Solutions Engineer at BreakFree Solutions. Previously, I was the Technical Marketing Specialist at Cohesive Networks, where I built technical documentation, product guides, and customer demos. I managed projects ranging from outreach campaigns to training and was responsible for building Wordpress websites, writing marketing content, managing PR operations, and building technology communities. In 2017 I became an AWS Certified Solutions Architect, Associate.
In a past career, I ran green building LEED certification projects. As a Certified LEED AP O+M, I helped our small team conduct commercial building energy assessments and green building project management. I hold a BSM from Tulane University and a Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge.I volunteer at the annual THOTCON infosec conference in Chicago. I am a past president (2014-2016) of the Chicago Tulane Alumni Association.
I am a product of Nashville, a lover of New Orleans, and a proud Chicago transplant. I adore my dog, Peanut.