Technical Program Manager

Biography

I am a multi-faceted technical project manager and website development professional with over 25 years experience developing websites, and almost 10 years innovating for and guiding major government agency initiatives. I specialize in bridging the gap between the technical and the practical, effectively connecting developers, content producers, and end users to deliver maximum value to my clients.

I served as web team lead for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for over five years, spearheading an entire site redesign that set this FEMA ahead of all other major agency websites in terms of speed, mobile-friendliness, and positive customer engagement. My team of nine developers was responsible for the day-to-day management of all the websites for the Office of External Affairs, including FEMA.gov, Ready.gov, Careers.fema.gov, and the FEMA mobile app; we supported over 400 content editors, thousands of FEMA contributors, and millions of site visitors per month. My initiative earned me the Bluewater Federal Solutions “Extraordinary Achievement Award” in 2014. Given for outstanding performance, the award highlighted my leadership and specialized skills which helped the company to win and keep the FEMA contract.

As a technology leader and innovator I am always looking for ways to improve efficiency, efficacy, and performance. Whether it’s writing custom bash scripts to install, self-update, and run local Drupal development environments to onboard new team members in 20 minutes rather than the typical several days, improving CI/CD scripts to decrease deployment times from hours to seconds, or finding ways to automate security scans across multiple platforms, my constant driving influence is to increase business value.

Extending to other areas of business, my leadership has encompassed client management, project planning and personnel management, 508 compliance, PII policy concerns, security compliance requirements, and enterprise solutions architecture. I served as technical lead for Bluewater with both the General Services Administration (GSA) and the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS). As Drupal expert, I often lent his expertise during the proposal writing process for new business.

Interests

  • Project Management
  • Infrastructure Architecture
  • Containerization
  • Team Management

Education

  • BA in Creative Writing

    Florida International University

Skills

Project Management

Leadership, Planning, Delivery

Infrastructure

AWS, Containerization

Docker

Compose, Custom Containers

Drupal

Modules, Themes, Architecture

Developer

PHP, Python, Bash

Sysadmin

Redhat, Linux

Projects

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Bash Script for Backing up Files

This script backs up one or more files to a target directory, and keeps rolling copies up to a set number.

Docker Compose Examples

A collection of useful, working examples of applications deployed using docker-compose.yml.

install-atom.sh

A simple bash script to pre-install a bunch of Atom plugins, so that everyone on your team has the same Atom configuration.

SSHuttle Wrapper

Those who use sshuttle with hostnames whose IP addresses change (such as tunneling to a hostname behind a CDN), this script automates connecting, disconnecting, and keeping track of IP addresses.

Accomplish­ments & Certifications

AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

AWS Cloud Practitioner exam enables individuals with an overall understanding of the AWS Cloud to validate their knowledge with an industry-recognized credential. It provides individuals in a larger variety of cloud and technology roles with a way to validate their AWS Cloud knowledge and enhance their professional credibility.
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DHS Office of Accessibility 508 Certified “Trusted Tester”

Students will learn about the Section 508 Standards applicable to the web, how to install and use web accessibility test tools, and how to apply the Trusted Tester process for testing web sites and web applications for conformance to the Revised Section 508 standards.

Recent Posts

How to Install Docker on Amazon Linux 2

After doing your initial sudo yum update -y you can install docker with: sudo yum install -y docker Add the ec2-user to the docker group (to avoid the need to sudo when running docker commands): Note! Log out and back in for this change to take effect. sudo usermod -a -G docker ec2-user Enable the service to start automatically after a reboot, then actually start the service itself:

My Approach to Leadership: A Study of Style

All the points below are just variations of the central theme: a good leader’s job is to encourage, support, and empower. It’s really not about you at all. A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. - Lao Tzu Get Out of Your Team’s Way If you don’t trust each member of your team to do a great job then they shouldn’t be on your team.

How to Forward SSH Port Using UFW/Iptables

How to forward the default SSH port from the public internet to an internal containerized service.

Hugo for Beginners

Hugo Site Hugo is a static site generator platform, see https://gohugo.io/ It’s very, very fast, very easy to use, and the simplest to get started (I think). Quickstart: git clone <this repository> git submodule init and git submodule update --recursive --remote to update local copy of academic theme. brew install hugo Running the site locally: hugo serve to preview the site locally on http://localhost:1313/ (Ctrl+c to stop) Consider hugo serve --disableFastRender --disableLiveReload --gc in case you’re having caching issues.

Read a filtered list of files from a directory and ask the user to choose one (Bash)

One of the most powerful aspects of Docksal is how easy it is to extend base functionality with Bash scripts. A common use-case is to automate importing databases when initializing projects. The snippet below reads all DB files from a directory and presents the user with a choice about which file to import:

Contact

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