Category Archives: IT Staff News

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.

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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.

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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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New Staff Additions: Sherrell Pierre and Joe Horrigan

We are pleased to welcome two new additions to our IT staff, Sherrell Pierre and Joe Horrigan.

Sherrell Pierre began working in September and will be working 10-12 hours each week through early December as part of her program at Roxbury Community College (RCC).  She is a candidate for an associate of science degree in information systems technology. Sherrell manages and teaches at a computer laboratory at the Grove Hall Apartments and has formerly worked for RCC as a computer lab assistant.

Sherrell is our fourth coop in the the HSPH-RCC partnership coordinated by the HSPH Office of Human Resources.

Sherrell Pierre

Sherrell Pierre, Roxbury Community College Intern

Joe Horrigan also began working in September as a contractor and will be with User Services through early December.  Joe has been working in IT for nearly 10 years and brings excellent computer and communications skills to the department.

Both Sherrell and Joe will be providing computer support to the community at the Helpdesk, as well as in the field, with support and training provided by our User Services team.

Joe Horrigan

Joe Horrigan, User Support Technician

Please join us in welcoming Sherrell and Joe to the Harvard School of Public Health.

Congratulations to Laurie Sutherland

The Department of Information Technology is pleased to announce that Laurie Sutherland has been promoted to Senior SIS Programmer and Application Developer.

Laurie has met each new challenge in the SIS project head-on and delivers superior results, such as the online registration checklist, which was built from the ground-up and implemented ahead of schedule.

We thank Laurie for her continued contributions and commitment to improving the Student Information System at HSPH.

Laurie Sutherland

Laurie Sutherland, Senior SIS Programmer and Application Developer

Please join us in congratulating Laurie on this well-deserved promotion!