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 skils are even more valuable when shared. I help build and run technical communities in the world of Chicago tech. Since 2013, I've organized the Chicago AWS user group, the 3rd largest user group in North America. We maintain monthly educational, user-focused events in downtown Chicago. I run events, organize sponsors and hosts, coordinate 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 2019!
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.
Before Cohesive, 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.