Category Archives: IT Staff News

New Staff Additions: Chris Doherty and Deion Barawid

We are pleased to welcome two new additions to the Department of Information Technology, Christopher Doherty and Deion Barawid.  Both Chris and Deion are Northeastern University students and will be working for 6 months full-time as co-ops at HSPH as part of their degree program.  They replace Lina Ji and TJ Porter, who completed their assignments with great success.

Chris Doherty

Chris Doherty, Co-op

Chris Doherty is a candidate for a bachelor of science in information science and business and will graduate from Northeastern in May 2016.  His last co-op was with John Hancock – Investment Division in Boston, where he was a project coordinator supporting the Resource Allocation process for the Investment Division. He was selected as a John Hancock High Performer Co-op.

Chris studied tenor saxophone for 9 years and achieved best soloist award at the Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival.

He will be working the 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM shift.

Deion Barawid

Deion Barawid, Co-op

Deion Barawid is a candidate for a bachelor of science in computer science and cognitive psychology and will graduate from Northeastern in May 2016.  This is his first co-op position.

He was a National Director for the Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue, Inc., from August 2012 to May 2013, where he collaborated with other national directors across the East coast to help plan and organize larger-scale conferences.

Deion has designed and built sets and organized light fixtures/wiring with a team for theatrical productions. He also has studied saxophone and percussion!

He will be working the 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM shift.

Please join us in welcoming Chris and Deion to the Harvard School of Public Health!

New Staff Addition: Jeffrey Myers

The HSPH Department of Information Technology welcomes new hire Jeffrey Myers as Assistant Director of IT Infrastructure Support and Project Management.  He replaces Bill Mahoney, who will be retiring in August after 45 years of outstanding service to the Harvard School of Public Health.

Jeffrey will provide direction for the HSPH Helpdesk, desktop support, and our technical infrastructure, including servers, network, and security.  Managers Brian Pedranti, Christopher Cahill, and Andy Ross will report to Jeffrey.

Jeffrey Myers, Assistant Director of Infrastructure Support and Project Management

Jeffrey Myers, Assistant Director of IT Infrastructure Support and Project Management

Jeffrey has 14 years’ technology experience solving business challenges and designing innovative technology solutions to support the teaching, research, and service mission of Higher Ed.  He has had the opportunity to work closely with faculty and most administrative offices across a wide range of universities such as Haverford College, Penn Law, and the Villanova University School of Law.

Jeffrey arrives to us from the University of New Hampshire as Director of Information Technology for Advancement where he built an IT team to support a newly formed 120-person development, alumni, and communications office that raised an institutional annual record of $35 million in FY13.

Prior to UNH, Jeffrey was at Lehigh University as Director of Information Technology for the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, where he worked closely with the Dean to develop an IT strategic plan that focused on the marketing/communications, business intelligence, productivity, and customer service goals of the college’s strategic plan.

Jeffrey has outstanding customer service and project management skills and will lead a number of key HSPH initiatives in 2014–2015, including moving Microsoft email services to the cloud (Office 365) and assessing virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) for expanded use at HSPH.

Jeffrey attended Colgate University before transferring to Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia where he earned his bachelor of science degree in an interdepartmental major between chemistry and computer science.

Please join us in welcoming Jeffrey to our technical staff and to the HSPH community!

Interesting fact:  In addition to his impressive career in higher education, Jeffrey has 16 years of experience as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician (EMT-B).

 

New Staff Addition: Cassandra Depietro

We are pleased to welcome Cassandra Depietro to the Department of Information Technology. Cassie began a summer internship on June 4 working for the Media and Educational Technology Services (METS) team.

Cassie DepietroShe is currently a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst studying applied mathematics where she maintains an impressive 3.7 GPA. In 2013, she completed her bachelor of science in mathematics at Fairfield University where she was a member of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society.

She will assist the METS team in preparing for our migration from iSites to Canvas learning management system as well with testing statistical software within our virtual desktop infrastructure environment.

Previously, Cassie has worked as a teaching assistant at UMass, a research assistant at Fairfield, and a math tutor at Mathnasium Learning Center. She has also studied abroad at Regent’s American College in London.

Please join us in welcoming Cassie to the Harvard School of Public Health!

Celebration with the Stars Honorees

The Department of Information Technology congratulates its staff members honored at HSPH’s recent Celebration with the Stars

Honorees included:

  • Sarah Bearse for 5 years in service
  • Alex Garcia for 15 years in service
  • Deane Eastwood for 20 years in service
  • Brian Pedranti for 20 years in service
Alex Garcia-Rangel, Brian Pedranti, Deane Eastwood and Sarah Bearse

Left to Right: Alex Garcia-Rangel, Brian Pedranti, Deane Eastwood and Sarah Bearse

 

 

New Staff Addition: Nick Kashner

Nick Kashner

Nick Kashner

Nick Kashner began working as a co-op on February 5 and will be working 10 hours each week through June as part of his program at Roxbury Community College (RCC).  He is a candidate for an associate degree in Web Technologies with an anticipated graduation date of June 2015.

Nick is a Pawlet Scholarship Award winner and a member of the Alpha Delta Phi Literacy Society at Northeastern University. He has an impressive 3.75 GPA.

Nick is our seventh co-op in the HSPH-RCC partnership coordinated by the HSPH Office of Human Resources.

Please join us in welcoming Nick to the Harvard School of Public Health!

New Staff Addition: Velex Desir

Velex Desir began working as a co-op in early February and will work part-time through May as part of his program at Roxbury Community College (RCC).   He received a Certified Computer Networking Associate (CCNA) in the Cisco Certification Program in January 2014.  He is a candidate for an associate of science degree in computer science with an anticipated graduation date of May 2014.

Velex is fluent in French, Spanish, Creole and Latin!  He is our sixth co-op in the HSPH-RCC partnership coordinated by the HSPH Office of Human Resources.

Velex

Velex Desir, Roxbury Community College Co-op

Velex will work Monday – Thursday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Please join us in welcoming Velex to the Harvard School of Public Health!

New Staff Addition: Helton Alves

Helton Alves began working as a co-op on January 16 and will be working 10-12 hours each week through early May as part of his program at Roxbury Community College (RCC).  He is a candidate for an associate degree in network administration with an anticipated graduation date of May 2014.

At RCC, Helton is a team leader for the “Find My Fine Application” academic support group.  One of this group’s recent accomplishments was to create a helpdesk ticketing application using the .NET technologies.

Helton Alves

Helton Alves, Roxbury Community College Intern

Helton is our fifth co-op in the HSPH-RCC partnership coordinated by the HSPH Office of Human Resources.

Please join us in welcoming Helton to the Harvard School of Public Health!

New Staff Additions: Lina Ji and Thomas (TJ) Porter

We are pleased to welcome two new additions to the Department of Information Technology, Lina Ji and Thomas (TJ) Porter.  Both Lina and TJ are Northeastern University students and will be working for 6 months full-time as co-ops at HSPH as part of their degree program.  They replace Anastasiya (Stacey) Gudoshnik and Joe Horrigan, who completed their assignments with great success.

Lina Ji is a candidate for a bachelor of science in industrial engineering and will graduate from NEU in May 2015.  Her last co-op was with Agricultural Bank of China in Shanghai, China, where she was a systems engineer responsible for building LINUX servers.

Lina is fluent in Mandarin and is a Northeastern Student Ambassador, which helps new international students become acquainted with the campus.

She will be working the 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM shift.

Lina Ji

Lina Ji, Northeastern Co-op

Thomas (TJ) Porter is candidate bachelor of science in business administration. He will graduate from NEU in May 2016.

His last co-op was with New England Baptist Hospital as a General Stores co-op, where he helped stock operating rooms.  While there, he discovered annual cost savings opportunities in the amount of $9000 in their supply ordering chain.

For you gamers, he is a published contributor to Alienware as an arena writer! He is also a referee and scorekeeper for the Hudson Youth DekHockey League.

He will work the 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM shift.

TJ

TJ Porter, Northeastern Co-op

Please join us in welcoming Lina and TJ to the Harvard School of Public Health!

Congratulations to Erin Provensal!

We are pleased to announce that Erin Provensal, an instructional technologist in Media and Educational Technology Services (METS), was selected as one of HSPH’s first A.C.E. Award recipients.

Mike Kan, Executive Dean for Administration with Erin Provensal

Mike Kan, Executive Dean for Administration, congratulates Erin on the A.C.E. Award

Erin was selected for her outstanding work supporting new educational initiatives, including:

  • providing staffing and production support in HSPH’s distance learning studio for programs in Saudi Arabia, Cyprus and other locations;
  • working with faculty and teaching assistants in the Edx/HarvardX platform for pilot flipped classroom courses; and
  • creating pilot courses in Canvas as part of the Harvard Learning Management Ecosystem project.
Deane Eastwood (left), Erin Provensal, and Taso Markatos (right)

Deane Eastwood (left), Erin Provensal, and Taso Markatos (right)

Please join us in congratulating Erin!

About the A.C.E Awards
Acknowledging Commitment and Excellence (A.C.E) recognizes those who go “that extra mile” in any of a number of ways. Once a quarter, up to 5 employees will be awarded a gift card through A.C.E. to be delivered by an HSPH Senior Leader.

For more information on recognition programs at HSPH, please visit the Office for Human Resources website.

A Future NPR Host in the HSPH Family

Ian Tosh, HSPH’s new manager for Media and Educational Technology Services (METS),  had an eventful Halloween.  Ian’s year-and-a-half old son Nolan shares his father’s enthusiasm for audio-visual devices and loves to play with an old microphone around the house.  An idea for a unique Halloween costume was hatched as his son also bears some resemblance to NPR’s OnPoint host Tom Ashbrook, a family favorite.

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Halloween costume!

When the costume was a big hit in his neighborhood, Ian decided to send Tom a photo of the young broadcaster.   This led to two NPR blog posts, hundreds of Facebook “likes,” and a gracious invitation to tour the NPR studio and meet Tom.

Enjoy the articles below!

Read more about it on NPR

Host Tom Ashbrook shows Nolan where to stand in order to reach the studio’s mic. (Jese Costa / WBUR)

Host Tom Ashbrook shows Nolan where to stand in order to reach the studio’s mic. (Jesse Costa / WBUR)

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