I am a Quality Engineer, Customer Advocate, Coach, Community Volunteer, and Homebrewer.
After 17 years in Web development, I was offered a position as a Quality Engineer. I fell in love with testing after I began to use Test Driven Development. I discovered that I am a better “breaker” than I am a “maker”. I enjoy working with the customer at the beginning of the project. Then working with developers, and testing all along the way. I first manually test the feature, and then automate that test to guard against regression bugs.
I want my automated checks to become tests in the future. That is why I am studying Artificial Intelligence. I am optimistic about AI’s role in quality assurance. I do not believe that AI will replace testers. I see a future where AI reports its findings to a Quality Analyst. The analyst will review the report and see if it is a bug, feature, or if the AI needs better training.
College for Financial Planning, Centennial, CO
2005 – Present
Title: 2014 – Present. Quality Engineer
Description: Established QA practices in an Agile Continuous Delivery workflow. Wrote test cases in Tricentis qTest. Manually tested both Web and Windows applications. Wrote automated tests using Java and Selenium. Contributed additional unit tests using C# for better code coverage. Performed support and maintenance development on existing applications.
Title: 2005 – 2013 Developer
Description: Created new ASP.NET MVC C# websites to replace classical ASP websites. These sites used NHibernate as the Object-Relational Mapper. Maintained and enhanced websites that used both ASP and ASP.NET C# Web forms. Added value by allowing custom branding of course content delivery system for corporate clients using CSS. Updated existing MS SQL Server data model and stored procedures to meet business needs using TSQL. Delivered a monthly Web statistics report using Google Analytics. Used Crystal Reports to deliver business intelligence reports. Mentored other team members through structured training sessions.
Indigio, Denver, CO
Title: Contract Software Developer
Description: Development using ASP.NET C# on existing websites to meet business needs. Built console applications using C# to transfer files and process emails to a MS SQL Server database. Helped redesign an existing legacy ASP website.
Cadpo (now iKnowledge Solutions), Westminster, CO
2002 – 2004
Title: Software Developer / Team Leader
Description: Led a team of three developers upgrading the existing ASP i.get.it Learning Management System to ASP.NET C#. Built stored procedures with SQL for all data transactions. Normalized the existing relational database reducing it by 62%. Designed the site with CSS to make it compliant with Section 508. Provided customer service to all internal and external customers. Made the existing courseware in the system compliant with AICC.
petroWEB Inc., Denver, CO
2000 – 2002
Title: Software Developer
Description: Used AP.NET C# to access oil, water, and gas production XML data transforming it into a Web report using XSLT. Chart FX.NET was implemented to display the data graphically. Developed a classical ASP employment site for the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists. Maintained legacy ASP site interfacing with AutoDesk MapGuide plug-in.
Lipper Inc., Denver, CO
1998 – 1999
Title: Data Collection Associate
Stillwater NewsPress, Stillwater, OK
1997 – 1998
Title: Web Content Administrator
Description: Converted daily newspaper articles to HTML for publishing to the website.
Western International University, Phoenix, AZ
2008 – 2012
Masters in Information Systems Engineering
Information Technology Institute, Denver, CO
1999 – 2000
Certificate in Applied Information Technology
Completed projects in ASP, Visual Basic 6, Java, and Oracle.
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
1995 – 1998
Bachelor of Science Human Resource Management
Dean’s Honor Roll 1998.
Webmaster for Human Resource Management Association.
Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK
1992 – 1994
Trinity Christian School, Stillwater, OK
1988 – 1992
High School Degree
Tutor in math and science.
Microsoft Certified Application Developer
Children’s soccer coach
Dare to Care
2015 – Present
Worked on various community projects.
Lifebyte, Denver, CO
2000 – 2014
Lifebyte received and refurbished computer equipment in the Denver area. The equipment is given to recipients through the MORE Life Center. Lifebyte also has a monthly “PC Wash” as a fundraiser. I managed Lifebyte’s IT services and record keeping.
Rocky Mountain Tech Trifecta, Denver, CO
2011 – 2012
Helped with the set-up and tear-down of the Rocky Mountain Tech Trifecta conference.