Professional: I am a the Director of Technology for suburban Chicagoland school district. I believe that all students can learn and that technology is a powerful tool in engaging students in the work that they need to do to grow academically and socially.
I have spoken at the IETC conference on two separate occasions on integrating open-source tools into the educational environment to increase services while decreasing costs. I am also a member of the Illinois CTO Group for K-12 CIO’s and CTO’s.
I provide consulting on OS X and integrating it into a Novell eDirectory environment.
Personal: I am a co-founder of the on-line gaming guild called the Guild of the Zodiac. This is an all adult organization created in 1997 to provide a place for mature adults to find safe and trustworthy gaming partners. It is one of the oldest continuously running on-line gaming guilds on the net.
I enjoy athletic activities and participate in my church’s flag football league in the fall and softball league in the summer. For the past five years I have made an annual trip to Colorado to climb 14,000 foot mountains with mixed results. In December, 2007 I did my first multi-day climb on Pike’s Peak, an over 7,000 vertical foot climb. I and my partners failed to summit due to below zero temperatures and high snowfall. We later learned nobody had summited on foot in six weeks.
I’m a woodworker and am working my way through my house to make as much furniture as is possible. Currently all of the bedroom furniture in the house, along with my office furniture, a pantry, and some family-room tables have been completed along with outdoor furniture and gifts for friends and relatives.