Most Recent Work History

IT professional that combines senior experience in both server and network administration with a liberal stretch of programming and database experience. This experience was built on the solid foundation of science and electronics education. Starting with a diploma in Broadcast electronics and putting in my time on the component repair bench and designing small electronic interfaces and graduating to a full Bachelors in electrical engineering technology.

Specific technologies come and go with the four winds, knowing the logic of troubleshooting and acquiring new technical skills is forever.

Since earning the nickname "professor" in the eighth grade I've always jumped at the chance to teach. I'm always the one to create those instruction sheets for undocumented processes or formally cross train the department. I've run numerous formal and informal training sessions.

This life long love of learning and sharing that knowledge led to a masters in theology and a side job in religious education. I also teach undergraduate classes in church history and adult education in scripture and liturgy. I serve as a teacher and coordinator for the religious education program at my parish, Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church Mckees Rocks, PA. I've also given a few single topic speaking engagements.

Singing has always been a joy. My love of ecclesiastical chant at an early age put me at the feet of the cantors of my home parish in Manville, NJ. On my move to Pittsburgh John Skreptach at Holy Ghost took me under his wing. Since then I've had the pleasure of formal training for two years under master cantor Jerry Jumba and successfully earned a diploma in Church Music from the Metropolitan Cantors Institute. I serve as a cantor at Holy Ghost.

2015 - DQE Communications, Pittsburgh, PA

Senior IP Engineer

  • Administer ISP related functions such as routing using Juniper routers, DNS, web servers, email servers, etc.
  • Monitor, analyze day-to-day operational issues and anomalies affecting end-customer network performance. 

  • Provide Tier-2 customer technical support calls, including rotation covering 7x24 customer outages and NOC reported alarms. 

  • Assist in design of customer IP/network solutions; specify, install, upgrade and configure switches, routers and firewalls. 

  • Provide project management for basic networking projects, including equipment specification and schedule management. 

  • Perform onsite datacenter and/or Master Switching Center work, such as Power Distribution Unit installation, etc. 

  • Provide Network design solutions for new customer installations and projects.

2012 - 2015 UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA
Expert Network Security Engineer

  • Member of a team that installs, manages & supports network security hardware and software
  • Team manages 350+ firewalls
  • Primary platform Juniper ScreenOS & SRX
  • VPN aggregator Cisco 7200 for partner & vendor connections
  • Application Firewall Palo Alto
  • Manage & support all deployed platforms
  • Design and implement new systems and connections
  • Monitor systems and research and respond to anomalies and issues
  • Provide level II/III support on escalated incidents from help desk
  • Participate in on call rotation

2008 – 2012  Liberty Dialysis, Pittsburgh, PA (Purchased by Fresenius Medical Care February, 2012)
Senior Network Administrator

  • Firewall and VPN network maintenance, troubleshooting and installation
  • Server farm maintenance, troubleshooting and installation
  • VMware ESXi Server
  • Storage systems management SAN & NAS
  • Technical project management and systems design
  • Second level support

2006 – 2008    Phoenix Business Technologies Group, Pittsburgh, PA
Senior Network Engineer

  • IT service company managing multiple client company systems
  • Manage programming department
  • Hosting systems installation and support
  • Exchange Server 2003 support
  • VMware ESXi Server
  • Server systems maintenance, troubleshooting and installation
  • Firewall and VPN network maintenance, troubleshooting and installation
  • 3Com NBX IP Phone systems maintenance, troubleshooting and installation
  • Second level technical support

2005 – 2006    University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Pittsburgh, PA
Systems Programmer

  • Manage web server and site for the school
  • Maintained support for web applications and databases.
  • Create new web applications for academic needs
  • Technology planning for the overall school needs

2001 – 2004    Exhibitgroup/Giltspur, Pittsburgh, PA
Web Specialist

  • Managed four web applications and two marketing web sites.
  • Coordinated programming and hosting contracts with five providers.
  • Coordinated needs analysis on web projects.
  • Maintained support for web applications and databases.
  • Training and support on GBMS workflow system rollout.
  • Technical Lead on Macintosh OSX rollout and Macintosh support.
  • Technical lead on office relocation in 2004.

1999 – 2001    Elan Communications, Pittsburgh, PA
(Division of Exhibitgroup/Giltspur-closed in 2001, transferred to parent company)
Technology Director

  • Created and implemented annual technology plan.
  • Managed web programmer and multi-media project manager
  • Evaluated and implemented trade show booth interactive technology for client projects.
  • Managed web and multi-media projects and servers.
  • Provided computer training for office applications and remote access systems
  • Implemented technology project bidding system.
  • Nortel PBX moves/adds/changes
  • Managed leasehold improvements, computer systems and budgets.
  • Evaluated and selected technology systems.
  • Expanded backup and disaster recovery system to include workstations
  • Technical lead on office relocation (In 2000 and again in 2001).

1989 – 1999    Ketchum Advertising, Pittsburgh, PA
Technology Director

  • Created and implemented annual technology plan.
  • Managed LAN manager and AV center
  • Server and network management
  • Lucent Definity G3 moves/adds/changes
  • Evaluated new technology and provided computer training on Microsoft office products.
  • Reduced annual lease expense by $48,000 during a company downsizing.  I reopened our largest lease.  We returned and sold unneeded equipment to reduce the debt.  We then extend the term 12 months to further reduce the monthly payments.
  • Team lead in changing in production from Donavan to Datatek and accounting from Ross to Computron.


Management Skills

  • Technical project lead
  • Budget management
  • Project management
  • Technology Business planning
  • Software license management
  • Contract negotiation and legal evaluation

Technical Skills

  • Project management
  • VMware ESXi Server
  • Sonicwall & Juniper Firewalls
  • Microsoft IIS & SQL Server
  • Veritas, Arcserve and Retrospect backup software
  • Macintosh 
  • PC and Microsoft office support
  • LAN cabling and infrastructure
  • Office relocation expert
  • Color pre-press systems management
  • Quick study on new technology

Customer Service Skills

  • Requirements gathering and expectation management
  • Training experience
  • Phone support experience


2007    Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
Master of Arts, Theology
Joint degree program with Saints Cyril & Methodius Seminary concentration in Scripture.
1994    Point Park College, Pittsburgh, PA
B.S., Electrical Engineering Technology
1984    Cleveland Institute of Electronics, Cleveland, OH
Diploma in Broadcast Electronics
2006    Metropolitan Cantors Institute Pittsburgh, PA
Diploma in Church Music
1981-1983    SS Cyril & Methodius Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA
College Seminarian, Eparchy of Passaic


2013    March - JNCIP-SEC - Juniper Networks Certified Internet Professional Security
2012    March - JNCIA-Junos Juniper Networks Certified Internet Associate Junos
2012    August - Juniper Ambassador
2012    April - MCP 70-270 Microsoft Certified Professional Configuring Windows XP Professional
2012    March- JNCIS-SEC Juniper Networks Certified Internet Specialist Security (SRX Firewalls)
2011    June - Juniper J-NET support forums - Distinguished Expert
2011    January - Juniper J-NET support forums - Trusted Expert
2010    JNCIS-SSL  Juniper Networks Certified Internet Specialist SSL-VPN
2010     September first "Member Spotlight" Juniper J-NET support forums
2010    MCTS Windows 7 - Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist Configuring Windows 7
2010    Juniper J-NET support forums - Recognized Expert
2010    JNCIS-FWV Juniper Networks Certified Internet Specialist Advanced Firewalls
2010     MCP 70-290 Microsoft Certified Professional Managing Server 2003
2010    JNCIA-EX Juniper Networks Certified Internet Associate Enterprise Switching
2009    JNCIA-ER Juniper Networks Certified Internet Associate Enterprise Routing

2008    Level I Catechist Certification
Byzantine Catholic Metropolitan Church of Pittsburgh
2008    Level II Catechist Certification
Byzantine Catholic Metropolitan Church of Pittsburgh


2009   Juniper Networks JUNOS Switching Bootcamp
One-day seminar
2008    Juniper Networks JUNOS Bootcamp
Two—day seminar
2007    3Com NBX IP Telephony Installation & Configuration
Five—day seminar
1995    Novell NetWare Administration 520
Novell four—day seminar
1994    Managing Appleshare Servers and Backups
Network Solutions—four-day seminar


2011 - IEEE Computer Society

2008 - Present International Organization for Septuagint & Cognate Studies

2007 - Present North American Patristics Society