About me

I am a generalist by nature, and a specialist when I need to be to understand how a specialty fits into the big picture. A jack-of-all-trades, master of some.

Although I have worked under many “flags of convenience” (such as Solution Designer, Knowledge Manager, Systems Engineer) over the years, I do my best work, and feel most at home, in the white space between disciplines and functional areas, regardless of title.

I have a keen ability to grasp the value (or not) of new technologies and have been thinking in bits since the early days of the Web, exploring the possibilities of digital thinking beyond the simple translation of analog processes into a “digitized” version.

I bring a human-centered approach to all of my work, striving to co-create solutions to organizational problems that result in successful outcomes for all stakeholders. 

Past adventures

Talks

I have had opportunities over the years to share my thoughts and ideas in a wide array of contexts and events. Here are videos of a few of them

  • EMWCon 2016 – Two talks about how we use MediaWiki and Semantic MediaWiki (SMW) in a large enterprise
  • JiveWorld 2017 – A presentation with the Chief Warrant Officer of the US Army Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps on how we designed and implemented JAGConnect, the Community of Practice for the JAG Corps.
  • World Usability Day 2017 – A panel discussion on the topic IEP as tool for inclusion in support of the 2017 WUD theme of Inclusion through UX.

Projects

I have found over the years that what I do and learn in life can be applied to what I do in work, and what I learn from doing my work can help me in my life. Here are some of my favorite and most successful doings and learnings from over the years. (Note: filling in the details of these projects is an on-going activity.)

Trampoline and Tumbling Meet

When my son’s gymnastics team wanted to host a USA Gymnastics (USAG) sanctioned trampoline and tumbling meet, I volunteered to pull it all together, with the help of other parents of course. Together we created Meet Me in St. Louis, an event that was described by many of the participants (their parents, actually) as one of the best meets they’d ever participated in.

Tactical Communications Service

As the Signal Platoon Leader in an Army Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Battalion, I was responsible for designing and leading the operation of the communications service that connected the Battalion Fire Direction Center (FDC) with the Battalion’s firing batteries and with the Brigade (higher headquarters) FDC.

Fleet Transition

Planned and managed the logistics services for the for the fielding of a new fleet of vehicles and communications systems for an Army Signal battalion. These services included the preparation and disposition of the old fleet of vehicles and communications systems, the receipt and distribution of the new fleet of vehicles and communications systems, and the coordination of all services in support of training personnel on the new systems.

Cross country move

Co-created and implemented a cross-country move from New Jersey to St. Louis with the family.

New Equipment Fielding

Fielding of a new tactical satellite communications system to Army Special Operations units

Community Platform Migration

Migration of a Community of Practice program from one technology stack to another

GlobalHack II

Was a member of the winning team at GlobalHack II The Project OGSystems asked participants to build software that could allow domain experts without coding experience to develop applications that could automatically process dynamic data feeds to provide insights into global economic, political, and humanitarian issues. The Story …coming soon…

#HackAutism

Member of winning team at #HackAutism, a hackathon in support of a local startup. A fun event, with personal meaning. While many St. Louisans held Halloween celebrations during the weekend of October 27, programmers came together for #HackAutism, a coding competition to develop tech solutions for PATHbinder™, a web application and companion binder KIT for … Continue reading “#HackAutism”