career summary

Systems Engineer/Systems Administrator with a Public Trust Clearance Level. Background in Linux and Windows administration, proficiency in networking, automation, configuration as code and scripting. Excels at working as part of a team, communication, and bringing new ideas to existing workflows.


• Linux – Administration expertise in SELinux enabled environments, shell scripting, and DISA STIG implementation.
• AWS – Familiarity with automation of EC2, VPC, CloudFront, and Load Balancer Deployments. Creator of custom CloudFormation templates.
• Chef – Creator and Maintainer of enterprise cookbooks, role files, and environment files in numerous domains.
• Ansible – Produced playbooks for DISA STIG implementation, server configuration and updates, and SELinux module installation.
• Zabbix – Formed monitoring templates for servers and services as well as tracked historical data in troubleshooting.
• Windows Server – Deployed ADDS with Custom OUs and Group Policy. Familiarity with MSSQL Administration, Powershell and Light Powershell Scripting.
• Splunk – Configured server log ingestion. Forged alerts and dashboards for service monitoring. Competent usage of Splunk Query Language.
• Virtualization and Containers – Installed and administered ESXi and vCenter servers. Automated ESXi VM Creation via Packer. Maintainer of ProxMox in home lab environment. Fundamental knowledge of Docker.

work experience

System Administrator II (August 2019-Present)
Clinical Reference Laboratory, Lenexa, KS

System Engineer – Emerging Technology Services (July 2018-August 2019)
Cerner Corporation, Kansas City, MO
Worked in Emerging Technology Services Team Forge HealtheLife on Patient Portal, Consumer Portal, and other solutions. 
• Administered hundreds of Red Hat and Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.9+/7.0+ and Windows Server 2008R2+ Servers.
• Introduced Ansible for running system upgrades, minor configuration changes outside of Chef, and automating other manual tasks
• Crafted Zabbix Templates and Splunk Alerts for monitoring as well as Splunk Queries and Dashboards to monitor service performance and reliability
• Revised Chef and Spinnaker configuration-as-code for automated deployments and OS configuration
• Uplifted internal RabbitMQ Chef cookbook to utilize latest RabbitMQ revisions, as well as wrote BASH wrapper script for automated RabbitMQ shoveling
• Wrote BASH wrapper script for automated SSL certificate acquiring via CloudFormation created ALB and CloudFront stacks
• Maintained other services such as Apache, Nginx, Celery, Tomcat, Gunicorn, and F5 BIG-IP

Summer Client Technology Intern (May 2017-August 2017)
Volkswagen Credit Inc., Libertyville, IL
• Imaged thousands of Laptops and Desktops at a self-managed pace
• Supported end-users with software and hardware troubleshooting
• Replaced end-user laptops, desktops, and monitors, including transferring data
• Managed inventory, Active Directory, and SCCM for new and old devices

more experience

Southern Illinois University
• Designed and implemented a mock CCDC Environment including the ESXi host, virtual switching and routing, configured a Palo Alto firewall and an Enterprise Dell Switch for physical switching and routing
• Professor’s Assistant for Enterprise Networking Course – Drafted new labs, fielded technical questions, critiqued student networking diagrams and project proposals

• Designed, implemented, and currently maintain a home lab environment with internal networking (VLANs, IPS, firewall rules), host publicly available webserver, private VPN, HAProxy configuration, DNS and Active Directory
• Configured GitLab Runner that utilizes custom made docker images, packer, kickstart, and govc to automate VM builds when configuration-as-code changes are made for SecurityDawgs CyberStadium


Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
Bachelor of Science: Information Systems Technologies (May 2018)

• Graduated Cum Laude
• Elected as Chief of Infrastructure for Security Dawgs (Cyber-security focused student organization)
• 2017 NCL Fall Split 343rd Individual Placement
• 2017 NCL Fall Split 5th Place Team Member
• 2017 Mid-West CCDC Regional 2nd Place Team Member
• 2018 Illinois CCDC 2nd Place Team Member