Category Archives: IT Staff News

New Staff Member: Bill Dantowitz

The HSPH Department of Information Technology welcomes new hire Bill Dantowitz. Bill will work as a user support specialist in our User Services Group providing helpdesk, desktop, classroom, and media services support to the community.  

Bill is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in English.  While a student, Bill spent a year working at OSU’s IT Helpdesk, the main IT support group for one of the largest public universities in the country.  Bill supported the President’s Office and other administrative groups.

Most recently, Bill worked as a Help Desk Administrator at TechTarget, where he won a departmental award for automating and streamlining tasks.

Bill

Bill Dantowitz, User Support Specialist

We are excited about Bill’s technical and customer service skills.  He brings great support experience to HSPH.

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

Interesting fact: Bill is a fan of rugby and played for the OSU Rugby Football Club.

New Coops: Stacey Gudoshnik and Myles Gosmon

We are pleased to welcome two new coops to the Department of Information Technology.

Anastasiya (Stacey) Gudoshnik began working in July and will be working full-time through out the fall semester.  Stacey is a candidate for a bachelor of science degree in information science and business from Northeastern University.

Stacey, HSPH coop

Stacey Gudoshnik, HSPH coop

Myles Gosmon began working in June and will be working 10-12 hours each week as part of his program at Roxbury Community College.  He is a candidate for an associate of science degree in information systems technology.  Myles is our fourth coop in the the HSPH-RCC partnership coordinated by the HSPH Office of Human Resources.

Myles

Myles Gosmon, HSPH coop

Both Stacey and Myles 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.

Please join us in welcoming Stacey and Myles to the Harvard School of Public Health.

Congratulations to Anne Marie-Stathis

The Department of Information Technology is pleased to announce that Anne-Marie Stathis has been promoted to Senior SIS Support Specialist.

Anne-Marie’s dedication to the SIS project and her institutional knowledge has been invaluable in transitioning the SIS team to IT and in upgrading our system in March during spring break.

Please join us in congratulating Anne Marie on this well-deserved promotion.

Celebration with the Stars

The Department of Information Technology is pleased to have a number of employees being recognized at this year’s Celebration with the Stars. 

The event will be held on February 28, 2013 at 2:30, in the Kresge cafeteria.

IT’s 2013 Honorees

5 year milestone
Patrick Creedon, senior user support specialist
Erin Breen Provensal, instructional technologist

10 year milestone
Christopher Riley, video specialist
Anne Marie Stathis, SIS support specialist

15 year milestone
Chris Ternan, Webmaster

Thank you to all for your dedicated service!

Last Year’s Event

Watch a slideshow from last year’s Celebration with the Stars event!

 

New Spring Coop: Lawrence Manigault

We are pleased to welcome a new coop this spring from Roxbury Community College, Lawrence Manigault.  This placement is part of a new partnership coordinated by the HSPH Office of Human Resources.  Lawrence is our third coop with Hansel Ruiz and  Moses Mokuolu completing assignments in the fall.

Lawrence will work 10-12 hours each week 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.

He is a candidate for an associate degree in information systems technology and has outstanding technical skills.

Lawrence Manigault

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

New Staff Member: Dylan O’Connell

The HSPH Department of Information Technology welcomes new hire Dylan O’Connell. Dylan will work as a user support specialist in our User Services Group and will provide helpdesk, desktop, classroom, and media services support to the community. He replaces Nate Varney, who left the User Services team for a promotion with the our server team.

Dylan is a graduate of Tufts University, where he earned a bachelor of science in physics.   While a student, Dylan spent 3+ years at Tufts University IT, working as a support technician at their main computer laboratories.  He has extensive experience with front-line technical support, computer and printer troubleshooting, and audio-visual equipment.

We are excited about Dylan’s technical and customer service skills.   He brings great support experience in an academic setting to HSPH.

Dylan O'Connell

 

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

Interesting fact: Dylan had two outstanding internships while at Tufts.  He first worked a summer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, including imaging work on satellites orbiting Jupiter.  Later, he worked at Rhode Island Hospital’s Department of Radiation Oncology on smartphone applications to reduce treatment errors with safety checklists and information sharing.

Congratulations to Tom Gatton and Nate Varney

We are pleased to announce two recent promotions:

  • Tom Gatton has been promoted from server administrator to server administrator II
  • Nate Varney has been promoted from senior user support associate to server administrator

Tom Gatton

Nate Varney

Tom Gatton has been at Harvard since 2006, working first for Harvard University Information Systems (now HUIT) and then Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS).  Tom joined HSPH in 2010 and has consistently been one of the top ticket closers in IT since his arrival.  He will continue work with Brian Pedranti, server manager, on maintaining HSPH’s server and storage infrastructure that now numbers more than 100 virtual machines, a disaster recovery facility, and more than 80 TB under management.  Tom replaces Alex Garcia-Rangel who was promoted to a management role for Student Information System (SIS) team.

Nate Varney has been with HSPH since 2009, when he joined the User Services team.  Nate was quickly promoted in 2010 to senior user support specialist.  Nate, like Tom, has consistently been a top ticket closer and provided excellent support for our audio-visual infrastructure, classroom technology, and computer laboratory software imaging.  Nate also worked on the production team for many events in the Forum at HSPH and Voices from the Field series.  In his new server administrator role, he will be joining the server team and leaving User Services. He will be involved in a number of important projects including server upgrades, a virtual desktop pilot for instructional and administrative computing, and replacement of the Novell infrastructure.  Nate replaces Tom Gattton.

Please join us in congratulating both Tom and Nate!

Congratulations to Alex Garcia-Rangel

We are pleased to announce that Alex Garcia-Rangel has been promoted to SIS Manager.  Alex has been the interim SIS manager since mid-November on a part-time basis.

Alex has been working on the SIS project since its inception in 2008.  He was on the implementation team as the technical lead.  Alex has built all servers for SIS, maintains our backups, maintains our disaster recovery site, and administers other products/servers that tie into Banner (e.g., EMS and PowerFAIDS).

Alex Garcia-Rangel

Alex has been with the HSPH IT Department for more than 10 years.  He first worked with our desktop team as a technician and was promoted to a server administrator position with the server team in 2006.  In addition to his excellent technical skills, his customer-service focus, strong troubleshooting skills, and outstanding communication skills will be an immediate asset to the SIS team.

Alex’s new responsibilities will include:

  • Managing team of 4 SIS employees.
  • Maintaining and upgrading Ellucian Banner infrastructure and MyHSPH portal.
  • Working with the Registrar, Admissions, and Financial Aid on planning, reporting, feature requests, and training needs.
  • Working with functional users from around the school to enhance and expand our system.

Please join us in congratulating Alex!

New Staff Member: Caryn D’Agostino

The HSPH Department of Information Technology welcomes new hire Caryn D’Agostino. Caryn will work as an Oracle DBA and banner system administrator for the department’s student information system (SIS) team.  She replaces Gagandeep Multani, who was on a contract assignment with HSPH.

With more than 7 years of Banner and Oracle experience in higher education, Caryn will be an immediate asset to HSPH and our department. She has a wealth of experience with upgrading components of Ellucian SIS systems.  Most recently at Emerson College, she successfully upgraded Oracle to version 11g as well as upgraded their software to the most recent versions.

Caryn D'Agostino

Prior to Emerson College, Caryn spent 3 years at Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare as a DBA.  She has also worked for EMC, Sungard/Ellucian and Curry College.   Throughout Caryn’s career, she has blended strong technical skills with outstanding communication skills.  We are looking forward to her contribution in improving our student information system and portal at HSPH.

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

Interesting fact:  Caryn has been studying in the evening since 2008 at Boston University and is nearing completion of a master’s degree in computer information systems. Her undergraduate work was also in computer information systems.