Background and Introduction
Over the past 15 years I have been fortunate in opportunities to grow and develop personally, academically, and professionally across a number of fields and disciplines with experience ranging from instructional design and presentation, information technology, business development, management, and virtually every aspect of operations in between. I offer this introduction and history of my background to reach out to my peers and colleagues in industry and academia, whole providing some context surrounding my interests and publications on this site.
Early Career (1995-2003)
I’ll spare you the details of keeping the books for the family business, working at Denny’s as a waiter, the country club as a busser, for a distribution company stocking the freezers, or as a driver stocking retail. The experiences, while valuable, are standard fare – but have cemented my perspective on the importance of continuous lifelong education. It certainly took me too long to learn some of the lessons in humility, thinking that being creative & the smartest person in the room would be enough to open the doors to success. Classic to growing up in small towns, I’d always been the big fish in a small pond when what I needed to learn was how to be a whale.
My professional career, for all intents and purposes, began between 1995 and 1996. A small startup ISP called SantaNet in North Pole, Alaska (yes … really) needed some websites “designed” for themselves and their clients. This being the mid ‘90s; designed is probably a strong word, and it was the era hallmarked by the <blink> tag, animated GIFs, and for the really adventurous – client side scripting!
Between 1998 and 1999 I attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), as a computer science (CS) student. I did very well in the math and technical courses, but wasn’t particularly motivated to walk uphill to the human sciences buildings, at 8 a.m., when it was -50F as an ambient temperature. Ok, this might seem like a line; but from the Patty Center … I really did have to walk uphill both ways, in the snow, and in freezing weather. After finding my way onto the Dean’s list (not the good kind) and Academic probation; I stuck through to raise my GPA enough to be eligible for re-admittance and dropped out of the program.
Mid Career (2003-2010)
Completed Bachelors of Science in Information Technology in February, 2010
Completed Master of Science in Information Security and Assurance
Enrolled in Doctorate of Philosophy in Information Technology, specializing in applications to Information Assurance, Management, and Organizational Behavior.