Title:Software Engineer, Developer Relations, IBM Software Group
Degree/Graduation:Bachelor of Science, Computer Information Systems (1989)
I support our Business Partners - the people who use our software. I provide technical enablement, in other words, solve problems as well as handle proof-of-concepts and pre-deployment issues. In addition, I create educational materials for classes.
So much has changed since I completed my studies at DeVry University in 1989. However, the life skills I learned such as meeting deadlines, paying attention to details and managing my time are still very valuable today.
Service is the key reason for reconnecting and joining the DeVry Alumni Advisory Board. DeVry University has given me the opportunity to showcase my talents and skills in the work environment, therefore, I want to be an ambassador and represent my alma mater. Talking to potential students and graduates is very high on my list. Giving back by means of service is mandatory at this point in my life.
I often attend Career Day at DeVry University, where I'm asked to speak to several classes about my career experiences while providing helpful advice to the students. I also proudly serve as VP of Community Relations for the DeVry Alumni Association Chapter in Dallas. In addition, I'm the founder of B.I.G. D.O.G.S. Youth Organization located in Irving, TX. We have a Math & Reading, Life Skills, Mentoring, and Community Service awareness programs in place.
I currently serve on the Campus Improvement Committee (C.I.C.) for Stipes Elementary School in Irving, on the District Improvement Committee (D.I.C.) for the Irving Independent School District, the YMCA board for the Irving Community, and as VP for Irving Boys' Football Association.
I have served as the President for Irving Boys' Basketball Association, the Citizens' Community Task Group in Irving and I was the Chair for the Technology Group that put a budget in place for the upcoming bond election.
Service is the key element for my call to duty. The common denominators are youths, education, and awareness.
For recent grads, the main benefits of joining the DeVry Alumni Association include job connections and career placement, networking, and staying in touch with the school. Once established in their careers, the benefits switch to helping, giving back, and becoming a resource for others. They have the opportunity to tell their stories and inspire others to push forward.
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