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My Objective

Create a strong future for organizations that do great things. Work alongside great people and enable them to be the best. Leverage technology, data and culture for robust data-driven decision making.

Professional Experience

Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch
Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Jan 2017 – Present
Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch (YBGR) Caring people preparing youth for life. YBGR provides mental-health services for children and families. YBGR serves roughly 700 unique clients each month. While primarily serving Montana, YBGR has provided services to youth hailing from nearly every US state over the past 60+ years.

In my role as CIO, I get the pleasure of adding to a great mission and workforce, providing leadership and development of the following areas:Clinical Quality – Improvement of outcomes through the use of data to monitor and enhance the business objective. Foster a culture of clinical teamwork and work to reduce silos for information management.Compliance – Navigating local, state and federal laws and regulations to ensure the agency remains protected and provides excellent care. (CMS, HIPAA, COA, etc.)Risk and Reporting – Reduce risk through carefully monitoring facility metrics. Complete mandatory reporting requirements. Identify problems and focus staff on solutions.Technology – Implement a robust technology platform that allows for mobility, security and ease of use. We utilize videoconferencing and mobility to ensure that our staff can be in the communities where youth and families need them.Supervision – IT, EHR, Research and Outcomes, Medical Records
YBGR has built a strong foundation of caring people. It is my distinct pleasure to work alongside a team of 300 caring professionals. Through the expertise and caring of these staff we are able to build an exemplary organization providing amazing care for youth and families.
Director of Information Technology
July 2007 – Jan 2017
Member of an executive-management team that helped grow Nexus, a non-profit organization from 30m to 80m+ through merger and organic growth in three statesProject management for technology in 16 construction projects ranging from 1.5m to 15mSupervised a team of 11 IT professionals supporting 1300 end users on 750+ end-user devicesImplemented all aspects of the technology suite into the business including: voice, video, storage, security, servers, networking, and end-user devicesCustom scripting and application support through Perl/DBI/MySQL including dashboardsBudgeting, vendor managementPolicy creation, enforcement and complianceImplemented videoconferencing for family and customer collaborationFostered a change-friendly culture for technology in a social service-based environment
Gerard Academy (Nexus)
IT Coordinator
May 2005 – July 2007
Design, install and maintain network, server and end-user equipmentCreation of custom scripts including user lifecycle management, dashboards, construction project monitoringDesigned and installed physical and wireless infrastructure into existing and new constructionDay to day IT support including user trainingImplementation of videoconferencing to strengthen family involvement in the treatment and care of clientsPromoted to Nexus Corporate in July, 2007
Public Safety Technology (PST)
Senior Technician/Developer
Jan 1998 – Feb 2004
Supported and developed portions of an E-911 software called E-MapSupported servers, workstations, software and peripherals for Minnesota/Iowa businessesBench repair of computers and peripheralsForensic data investigations for law enforcementSurveillance and security projects
Owners retired in 2004, continued servicing clients through 2007 via a sole proprietorship (ZNIS)
Sole Proprietor/Consultant
Feb 2004 – Present
Consulting for Information TechnologyStaff assessmentsStrategic developmentImplementation and maintenanceFull-time through May 2005 and as-needed after


University of Phoenix
Master of Business Administration
(MBA) Technology Management Focus
Nov 2009 – 3.92 GPA
University of Phoenix
Bachelor of Science – Information Technology (BSIT)
May 2008 – 3.98 GPA
Axia College
Associate in Business (AAB)
July 2006 – 4.0 GPA

Technologies and Certifications

A+ and Network+ CertificationWindows (Server and Client)
Microsoft ExchangeActive Directory
FreeBSD and Linux administrationHyper-V and VMware (Cluster)
Cisco, HP, Dell switchingWatchguard, Sonicwall firewalls
Microsoft SQL, MySQLMicrosoft SharePoint
Network Cabling (Cat5e/6, Fiber Unicam)Adobe CS Suite

With twenty years of experience in the technology industry and a lot of consulting in between there aren’t many things that I haven’t had some exposure to. I started working in a computer shop when I was thirteen and it remains my passion. If you have more specific questions about my skillset please feel free to contact me for further clarification.

Other Experience

Vice President, Board
July 2012 – January 2017
RELATE is a non-profit organization in Minnetonka providing mental-health services to adults and children. I had the pleasure of working with a great team of board members to provide leadership to the organization. During my time I participated in an Executive Director search, implemented various technology projects, and provided financial support.

References and Contact

Available upon request. Please use the online contact form and I would happy to address any questions or thoughts you have.

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