I have been an active and enthusiastic member of LOPSA East Tennessee
since 2013. Participating in my local LOPSA chapter has been very valuable
to me personally, and I want to help others find that same value.
My experience in system administration is long and varied. I did not
realize system administration was even a career when I started as a "lab
assistant" in college. After a brief detour as a programmer, I returned to
jack-of-all-trades system administration at the beginning of the .com
bubble. When that wild ride came to a spectacular end, I started working
at a Fortune 1000 as a network administrator. I transitioned into
converged networking, storage, VMWare virtualization, and finally back to
server administration and AWS cloud infrastructure. Two years ago, I
transitioned my career into management with a team of eight cloud
LOPSA has been a wonderful thing for me to be a part of. I have made
professional contacts and personal friends through the organization. I
have learned new things from fellow presenters, and have learned public
speaking by giving my own presentations. Once moving into management, I
have even been able to hire fellow LOPSA attendees.
In short, I value LOPSA, and I want to do my part to help this
organization. As a Board member, I will first and foremost help support
and promote local chapters. The many-to-many personal networking provided
by these groups is invaluable for those willing to take advantage of it. I
also hope that my wide-ranging background will help me keep LOPSA a big
tent, with an eye towards people in other careers than just Windows and
Linux server administration.