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Personal Profile

GET TO KNOW ME

My favorite quote is "Those who say it can't be done are usually interrupted by the people doing it."  My pet peeves are indecisiveness, waste, personal agendas, and incorrect grammar. Meyers-Briggs has me pegged as ENTJ, which puts me in the same league as Margaret Thatcher and Jean-Luc Picard. I speak English, German, French, and some Italian and Spanish--and am obviously a fan of the Oxford comma.

To learn more about my professional projects, take a look at my Project Portfolio.


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Professional History

Award-winning, inspiring leader with 10+ years of success in getting the job done on time and on budget in private and public industry.  Guided local and distributed teams from 5 to 50 through complex systems implementations with budgets up to $2m and managed cumulative risk on billion-dollar programs while constantly keeping an eye out for synergies and improvement opportunities.  Excel at designing Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management structures around large datasets for well-managed data-driven decision making, with emphasis on actionable results and ease of strategic implementation.  Strong technical background and extensive knowledge of system and network-level hardware and software systems, including regulatory frameworks such as COBIT, SOX, HIPAA/ HITECH, PCI-DSS, NIST, ISO 27001, and others.  Bilingual German/ English (comfortable in French).

IT PROJECT MANAGER, NORTHERN TRUST WEALTH MANAGEMENT SERVICES

MAY 2016 - JANUARY 2017

Managed IT development and modernization projects of varying complexities for Microsoft Sharepoint group and Electronic Data Management group, including comprehensive database (Oracle), middleware (IBM MQ, Solace), and complete system upgrades.  Led international teams of up to 20, with budgets up to $500k.

PROJECT AND PROGRAM MANAGER, NISOURCE

AUGUST 2012 - MAY 2016

  • TDSIC Program:  Managed engineering, materials, land, and services planning and procurement, permitting, construction oversight, and detailed forecasting/ executive reporting on gas transmission and distribution projects and programs. Locally distributed teams from 5-15, with budgets up to $2m.

  • IT Projects:  Led project recovery on high-profile corporate IT projects and managed component development projects of multi-vendor mainframe-server-client-based Customer Information System to support gas and electric meter management, financials, and Rate Cases, for 1.5 m customers in 8 states.  Ensured SLA compliance for Application Availability and Project Performance across distributed teams.

LECTURER AND BLACKBELT, VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY

AUGUST 2011 - PRESENT

Teach graduate courses in IT Risk Management, IT Auditing, Data Mining, Databases, IT Project Management, Six Sigma, and Health Informatics. Coach Greenbelt candidates on various industrial process improvement projects. 

  • Directed M.S. Thesis to mine active Twitter streams for criminal organizing vocabulary.

  • Led NSA Center of Excellence in Information Assurance (IA) accreditation initiative for Cybersecurity program.

  • Developed and implemented Six Sigma Greenbelt certification program and PMO, with $500k process improvements generated in various national and international organizations within first year.

RISK ANALYST, ITT MISSION SYSTEMS (NOW HARRIS), SLRSC CONTRACT

NOVEMBER 2009 - JULY 2011

Managed multimillion-dollar technical and business risk volume cradle-to-grave on $1.3B program with 69 projects to integrate, modernize, and maintain Eastern and Western Spacelift Ranges at Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg AFB.

SR PROJECT ENGINEER, RISK MANAGER, SR SOFTWARE ENGINEER, LOCKHEED MARTIN

AUGUST 2003 - NOVEMBER 2009

Managed planning, organization, control, integration, and completion of engineering projects and processes, incl.

  • CMMI audit across 39 programs within Space Systems Company,

  • Quality testing of 50+ software and hardware packages on GEO3 Satellite

  • Multi-tiered risks and opportunities for $800m program.

Designed, developed, and configured COTS-based network management systems for bicoastal Spacelift Ranges  and managed Oracle backend databases using PL/ SQL, Tivoli, and other languages.