Category Archives: IT Staff News

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.

New Staff Member: David Marshall

The HSPH Department of Information Technology welcomes new hire David Marshall. David will work as a senior web and application developer for the HSPH web team. David replaces Blain Smith, who left IT to become a partner at Mad Glory Interactive, a boutique design and development studio that builds online products for entertainment properties.

David joins us from US Sailing, where he was their web manager.  He led moving their site to WordPress, the same platform adopted by HSPH for content management.  He has excellent experience with and knowledge of open-source technologies/languages, including PHP, WordPress, AJAX and MySQL.   He has a portfolio of more than a dozen clients.

David has a bachelor of arts in biological sciences from Connecticut College, where he graduated summa cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  He was also named a Winthrop Scholar, the school’s highest academic honor.

David Marshall

In his new role as senior web and application developer, David will contribute to many important processes and projects, including:

  • HSPH website redesign and maintenance and enhancement of WordPress environment
  • MyHSPH portal development
  • Maintenance and enhancement of the HSPH web team’s portfolio of web applications
  • Oversight of our Google technologies (search, analytics)
  • Training end users on use of web technology

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

Interesting facts: 
Away from work, David is an avid sailor.  He competed on his college sailing team and continues to race in both national and international competitions.

SIS Team Joins the Department of Information Technology

We are pleased to announce that the Student Information System (SIS) team has joined the Department of Information Technology.  The SIS team was formerly located at Smith Street under the direction of the Student Services.

The Department of Information Technology has managed the SIS server and network infrastructure since launching the system in 2010.  Our aim with this transition is to coordinate programming, database, and customer-service activities with other similar operations within IT.  IT management will continue to work closely with the functional groups (Registrar, Admissions, Financial Aid, Office for Students, and Career Services) to plan upgrades and enhancements to the SIS and MyHSPH.

SIS team members are:

  • Alex Garcia-Rangel, SIS manager
  • DBA, vacant
  • Laurie Sutherland, Programmer and Application Developer
  • Craig Davis, Programmer/Analyst
  • Anne Marie Stathis, Technology Support Specialist

Alex Garcia-Rangel, SIS Manager

Deane Eastwood provides direction for the group.

The SIS team may be reached by coming to the HSPH Helpdesk.  Their new office space is in the Kresge Building in the former computer laboratory, Kresge LL10, which was renovated in the late fall.

New Staff Member: Jacob Yerdon

The HSPH Department of Information Technology welcomes new hire Jacob Yerdon. Jake will work as a senior web and application developer for the HSPH web team. Jake replaces Kevin Wnek who left IT for Thomson Reuters and the position of senior web and streaming developer.

Jake joins us from Lockheed Martin where he worked for four years in two different roles; first as a systems integration analyst and more recently as a data warehouse analyst.  Prior to his work at Lockheed, he was a computer specialist for Madison-Oneida Regional Information Center where he helped coordinate the mass  implementation of a school management software used by over 30 New York public schools in central/upstate New York.

Jake has excellent experience with and knowledge of open source technologies/languages including PHP, WordPress, AJAX and MySQL.  He has become an immediate asset in working on the HSPH website rebranding and migration to WordPress, a project that is scheduled for launch in November.

Jake Yerdon

Jake has both a bachelor of science and master of science degree from SUNY Institute of Technology.

In his new role as senior web and application developer, Jake will contribute to many important processes and projects, including:

  • HSPH website redesign
  • MyHSPH portal development
  • Maintenance and enhancement of the HSPH web team’s portfolio of web applications
  • Oversight of our Google technologies (search, analytics)
  • Training end users on use of web technology

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

Interesting facts:
Away from work, Jake enjoys candy-making and spent several years making gourmet chocolate before trying his hand in the Italian wine industry.


HSPH IT Welcomes Fall Coops

We are pleased to welcome two coops this fall from Roxbury Community College, Hansel Ruiz and  Moses Mokuolu.  This placement is part of a new partnership coordinated by the HSPH Office of Human Resources.

Hansel and Moses will work ~10-12 hours each per week.  They are both candidates for an associate degree in Information System Technology and have outstanding technical skills.  They will provide computer support to the community at the Helpdesk as well as in the field with support and training provided by our User Services team.

New HSPH coop Hansel Ruiz

New HSPH coop Moses Mokuolo

Our Harvard Hero

Congratulations to Sarah Bearse, HSPH Leadership Studio Technical Manager, for being recognized by the University in the Harvard Heroes Program.  With many outstanding candidates from all over the University, only 49 individuals from more than 12,000 Harvard staff were selected as Harvard Heroes in 2012.


On June 5th, Sarah and her invited guests (family, friends, and colleagues) will attend a celebration for 2012 Harvard Heroes in Sanders Theater hosted by President Faust with a reception in the Harvard Faculty Club.

Sarah received the news from our HR Partner Elissa Chambers and Robin Herman, Director of the Forum at HSPH



Deane Eastwood to participate in Frye Leadership Institute

I am very happy to announce that Deane Eastwood, Assistant IT Director, has been chosen to participate in the Frye Leadership Institute.  The Institute, sponsored by CLIR, EDUCAUSE, and Emory University, will be held June 3-8, 2012, in Washington, DC.

Following a competitive process within Harvard University, Deane was one of two candidates nominated through the Harvard CIO Council and the President’s Office.  Deane was then selected by the Frye Institute as one of 41 candidates to participate in this national program.

The program combines a week of intensive study with post-program project work (see: Frye Leadership Institute 2.0: Educating, Incubating, and Innovating Change (PDF) for more information on the program).

Congratulations Deane!

Taso Markatos
HSPH Chief Information Officer

Deane Eastwood (right) and Office for Educational Program’s Amy Cohen at Harvard Commencement in 2010




TODAY: Watch Live Forum Webcast

FIGHTING THE CLOCK: How America’s Sleep Deficit is Damaging Longterm Health

Presented in Collaboration with The Huffington Post

  • Date: Tuesday, March 6
  • Time: 2-3 PM ET
  • Watch at and share the link with your colleagues.


Join the live chat at 1:30 p.m. ET, which will be featured on The Forum’s Fighting the Clock: How America’s Sleep Deficit is Damaging Longterm Health web page. We’ll also be live-tweeting from @ForumHSPH.


  • Alana B. Elias Kornfeld, Editor In Chief, Healthy Living, The Huffington Post


  • Charles Czeisler, Chief, Division of Sleep Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Professor of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Susan Redline, Professor of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Director, Programs in Sleep and Cardiovascular Medicine and Sleep Medicine Epidemiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Frank Hu, Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Lucian Leape, Chair, Lucian Leape Institute at the National Patient Safety Foundation, and Adjunct Professor of Health Policy, Harvard School of Public Health

American society conspires against the need for sleep. Children set off for school before many workdays begin. Tough financial times push cash-strapped workers into seeking multiple jobs. Shift work conflicts with the body’s natural clock. Hard-charging executives push themselves to work long hours. The cost is more than fatigue. Sleep deprivation has been associated with a myriad of health problems, including increased risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke and depression. Cognitive abilities decline as people tire. Risky behavior, such as driving while deeply fatigued, can put others in harm’s way. This Forum event — held just days before the country will lose an hour of sleep due to daylight saving time — will explore what we mean by “sleep deprivation,” what happens in tired brains and bodies, what are the longterm health risks for children and adults, and what kinds of policies should be considered for schools and businesses to protect health. And a good night’s sleep.

Migration Team Additions to IT Staff

The Department of Information Technology is pleased to welcome three migration team staff members, Dulex Cherenfant and Marc Narcisse.  These staff members will be with us through the email migration and will work in the field getting users up and running on their migration day.  All have outstanding experience with Microsoft Outlook and mobile devices.

Dulex Cherenfant
Dulex joins the staff fresh off a Microsoft Outlook migration at another organizationHe is A+ computer-certified, has a computer support technician diploma, and has earned several other computer certifications.  He has outstanding customer service skills.

Marc Narcisse
Marc rejoins the HSPH staff after being a Year Up Boston intern for us in 2010-2011.  Marc has excellent general computer skills and is familiar with the HSPH Helpdesk operation.  As an intern, he was a top performer in closing tickets.  We welcome him back to HSPH.

For more information on the email project, please visit


Congratulations to our "Stars!"

The Department of Information Technology would like to recognize our long-service employees who were celebrated at the annual HSPH Celebration with the Stars on February 16, 2012.

Celebrating 10 years of Service

Celebrating 20 years of Service

Celebrating 30 years of Service

  • Taso Markatos, Chief Information Officer

A special thank you to Christopher Riley for his video production work for the Celebration with the Stars event as well as Nathan Varney, Michael Demarco, and David Shelton for their supporting roles in the production.