I'm an entrepreneurially-minded leader with 20+ years building, launching, and scaling technology businesses, mainly in deep learning (AI & machine learning), ed tech, and cybersecurity. I'm uniquely experienced in rallying Software Development, UX, Product Management, Data Science, DevOps, Customer Service, and Digital Marketing teams toward business objectives, and I'm equally comfortable at the command line and the board room. As a leader I have a passion for creating environments that foster diversity, creativity, learning and growth.
On-demand CTO for universities, institutions, and startups in the education space. I help organizations build internal capability in technology, product management strategy, security, and data privacy. In this role I define, develop and deploy software-based solutions that support student success and achievement. I work with organizations to hire, train and retrain software developers, product managers, site reliability engineers, and more. I advise organizations and individuals on education technology investment opportunities.
Think Through Learning Inc
Partnering with the executive team, grew TTL from $5MM to $20+MM in annual revenue. Rebuilt the company's entire product platform to support growth in usage from 150,000 students per year to 3.3 million students doing over a billion math problems per year (roughly the same size as Khan Academy). In October 2016, Think Through Learning was acquired by Imagine Learning.
Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University
Line-Of-Business Manager for the SEI CERT Program's Cyber Security e-learning support for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Federal civilian agencies. My team's mission was to invent, prototype, and launch solutions to unique problems in cyber security. Partnered with military and federal agencies to reduce risk, save money, and save lives through advanced cybersecurity training and education.
Project and technical lead focused on large-scale implementations of presentation-layer experiential and functional Web properties. Led a $1.8 million full redesign of the corporate presence and reservation engine for a major cruise line, managing information architecture, design, copy, search engine optimization, and online video updates. Led the transfer of the Web presence of a major data warehousing company from an external hosting vendor to an internal data center.
The U Productions
Independent consultant to regional businesses focused on web design, development and deployment. Implement workflow-based web applications and digital marketing initiatives.
BiT Group, Inc
Project lead for client engagements responsible for leading Web application design and development teams of up to 13. Managed schedule, budget and deliverables for a $2m Web-based custom workflow application for the temporary staffing arm of Fidelity Investments.
Project manager, client partner and implementation lead for User Experience Design projects and engagements of strategic and financial importance to the organization. Acting Group Director from April 2000 through October 2000; responsibilities included resource allocation, training and development and human resources for branch project management resources.
GTE Internetworking, Powered by BBN (now Level3)
Department controller with fiscal responsibility for internal operations and project budgets. Led the roll-out of a customizable Internet-based knowledge management product. Primary project coordinator for alpha implementations. Launched an e-business consulting and implementation group within the company connecting custom web application development with the company's core internetworking products.
Implemented Cerner's client-server clinical data repository, patient registration system and pharmacy information system at a multiple campus acute care and teaching hospital system in Ontario. Led a client team through product design and build classes, current state analysis, process improvement workshops and benefits realization seminars.
Publications and Presentations
Twice-invited panelist and judge for the Hack-a-Startup weekend project at Carnegie Mellon University.
In-class tutor and support for the Hour of Code initiative.
I developed and run The Soft Stuff, a curated list of tools, processes, and resources for leaders and managers of technical staff. The Soft Stuff features open source job descriptions, career ladders, interview questions and processes, diversity & inclusion resources, OKR frameworks, and more.