About Me

I am a Linux systems administrator with over 17 years of professional experience. I specialize in managing, maintaining, and engineering high traffic, public facing cloud applications.


Kubernetes, Docker, Akamai, Amazon (AWS), Apache, Bash, Bind (DNS), CDN Caching, F5 (Load Balancer), Fedora, Http, Iptables (Firewall), Ipv4, Linux, Nagios, Netscaler (Load Balancer), Nginx, Perl, Postfix (email), Puppet, Red Hat, SSL, SoftLayer, Splunk, Subversion, Varnish (Caching), VMware (ESX, NSX, Vsan), Vyatta

Work Experience

Cloud Archetect


September 2014 - Present

I work closely with high profile clients to assist them with migrating their web applications into the IBM Cloud. Application and security requirements vary greatly from customer to customer. I consult with customers to understand all of their requirements. I then architect and implement their cloud migration. Migration/integrations required interactions with sales and project managers.

Senior Systems Administrator


March 2011 - September 2014

I manage/maintain over 100 CentOS 6 servers within Amazon’s cloud to keep petfinder.com up and running. On a daily basis I use (and constantly tweak) tools like Nagios, Splunk, Puppet, and Bash scripts to help me keep the system up and running. In 2013 I single-handedly migrated all of Petfinder’s systems out of a physical data center (Equinix) into Amazon’s cloud (AWS).

Senior Web Systems Engineer

National Geographic Society

June 2006 - March 2011

I was responsible for network security as well as the daily maintenance of over 60 Enterprise level Redhat servers across 2 data centers. I also maintain and administer over 60 virtual servers running on 2 VMWare ESX servers primarily used for web development and web staging. National Geographic also utilizes several F5 BigIP load balancers, NetAPP and Isilon storage appliances, Oracle, Postgres, and Mysql databases.

Network Operator


April 2001 - April 2005

Primary responsibilities included monitoring NASA’s shuttle mission critical IP network using HP’s Open View and maintain several conversion devices running Red Hat Linux. Also to provide interactive support, address and resolve issues, outages and/or anomalies using Solaris NMS. Document all issues using Remedy ticketing software. Writing PERL scripts to assist in troubleshooting efforts, logging into Juniper, Cisco, 3COM, and Nortel routers to observe network configurations, and assisting with network infrastructure installs and upgrades as needed.


Red Hat Certified Engineer # 805010146549147


Received the Red Apple Award in the 3rd Grade for sharing :)