What are your technology specialties?
Over the years, I’ve learned how to research, implement, and support a wide range of technologies from networking, application, and servers to the cloud. I think of an IT infrastructure as one big machine with a thousand different spinning gears. My specialty is seeing it all at once and being able to focus on the gear that isn’t working efficiently, needs to be replaced, or is vulnerable. I work with the “gear experts” to fix the issue without causing a ripple effect in the entire machine. Knowing what, when, and how to implement a change is where I spend most of my time. As you can see, another one of my specialties is coming up with intricate analogies!
What was your first memory of using computers?
I grew up in the Commodore 64 generation. I would spend hours after school playing around on mine. When our school opened a computer lab, I was so excited to learn Basic and figuring out what went wrong with the code was just as fun. By the time I got to line 10, I was totally hooked!
When you’re not found in front of a computer you are…
When I’m not in the office, I’m spending time with my family. My husband and I steal every second we can with our high school boys. We’re usually playing board games, seeing the latest movie, or just spending time with the rest of our extended family.
What was the last great book you read?
One of the greatest books I’ve read and still pick up is, “The Power of Being Yourself” by Joe Plumeri. His true and honest principals can be applied to anyone, no matter their age, who is looking for inspiration or just a simple reminder to follow your passion and be yourself.
What is a silly or interesting event that you’ve participated in previously, and what did you take away from the experience?
My obstacle course race days – hands down! Most people thought I was nuts for crawling under barbed wire, jumping through fire, slogging through swamps, and swimming in dumpsters of ice, but I love a good challenge! To this day, when I’m faced with something seemingly impossible, I remind myself that if I can jump off a plank, grab a swinging bar, and hit a bell before dropping into the water, I can do just about anything!
What would you do if you had an extra 5 hours every week?
If I had extra time in my week, I would spend it at home tinkering around on projects that I’ve fallen behind on. I could teach my dog to wait and greet people, organize the pantry, or garden in the back yard…There are so many things I could get done!
If you could go anywhere for an entire month, where would it be & what would you do (or why would you do it)?
If I could go anywhere for an entire month, I would rent an RV and take the family out to Utah. We’d drive from Salt Lake City down to the Grand Canyon visiting as many National Parks, like Zion and Bryce, along the way. Technology, especially in today’s day and age, seems to drive our lives, so we like to get away from it as often as we can. Before our boys grow up and start lives of their own, I want to take them off the beaten path to a place where they can be challenged, inspired, and educated.
What are you most frequently heard listening to?
I’m happiest when I have my AirPods in, listening to whatever music hit my playlist for the day. My taste in music is all over the place, because I love how each song can tell a different story, transporting me to another time and place.
Favorite sports teams?
I’m happy with any sports team, as long as they’re from New England!