Category Archives: IT Staff News

New Staff Member: Kofi Baffour Mireku

The HSPH Department of Information Technology welcomes new hire, Kofi Baffour Mireku.  Kofi 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 Julie Lantz who left HSPH to return to her hometown of Baltimore and for employment at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Kofi has worked for the past two years in Las Vegas, NV.  First, he worked at the Wynn Resort, where he was part of a team that installed and tested hundreds of computers and systems throughout the new Wynn Encore casino from construction through the grand opening.  More recently, he worked at United Health Group where he provided phone support for healthcare professionals on hospital systems.

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We are excited by Kofi’s mix of technical and customer service skills and in a variety of settings.  He’s an A+ certified technician and has taken courses in both Cisco networking and Microsoft server technology.

Kofi worked previously at CVS-Caremark Headquarters in Rhode Island as an information systems technician.  At this position, he provided daily desktop support in a busy office setting. Kofi attended college at University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College.  He plans to continue his studies here at Harvard.

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

Interesting fact: Away from work, Kofi is an avid musician and enjoys playing drums.

New IT Intern: Marc Narcisse

The HSPH Department of Information Technology welcomes full-time intern, Marc Narcisse. Marc will work in our User Services Group and will provide helpdesk, desktop, classroom, and media services support to the community through January 2011. 

Marc replaces Kianna Perry who successfully completed her internship and has begun full-time work at another college. Marc is a Year-Up Boston intern.  At Year Up, he successfully completed their outstanding computer technician curriculum which included training in MS Office, desktop imaging, virus scanning, and troubleshooting computer hardware.

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

New IT Coop: Lawrence Tai

The HSPH Department of Information Technology welcomes full-time coop, Lawrence Tai. Lawrence will work in our User Services Group and will provide helpdesk, desktop, classroom, and media services support to the community.  Lawrence replaces Nick Wong who has completed his internship and returned to school.

Lawrence is a current senior at Northeastern University where he is studying business administration and finance. Previously, Lawrence worked as a coop at State Street Global Advisors where he was a member of their computer and engineering team.  He brings outstanding technical skills and customer support experience to HSPH.

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

Interesting fact: Lawrence is from Hong Kong and is fluent in Chinese and Mandarin.

Staff Promotion: Nate Varney

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Nathan Varney from User Support Associate to Senior User Support Associate.

Nate joined the User Services team one year ago and has quickly become a key technical resource in the department.

Nate led the development of new HSPH computer images for all models of Dell computers, rebuilt our computer laboratory PC image, and has been instrumental in our laptop encyrption project.  He also has excellent audio-visual skills and has provided oustanding support to Sarah Bearse, audio-visual systems engineer and group leader for media services, in a number of major upgrades.  These include the renovations of Kresge G2, Kresge G3, FXB G11, FXB G12, and FXB G13.

Please join us in congratulating Nate!

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Staff Promotion: Mike Demarco

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Mike DeMarco from Senior User Support Associate to Instructional Technologist in the Instructional Computing Facility. Mike replaces Fred Sheahan, who left HSPH in early July, after five years of outstanding work at HSPH.

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Although Mike has been at HSPH for less than a year, he’s made an immediate impact with his outstanding technical and customer service skills.

In his new role as instructional technologist, Mike will contribute to many important processes and projects, including:

  • Supporting the HSPH Courseware (Harvard’s iSites)
  • Overseeing HSPH computer laboratory operation in all locations (Kresge LL19, Shattuck, Landmark)
  • Managing HSPH computer classroom operation (Kresge 209, 210, 213, LL10, and LL6)
  • Teaching training sessions to faculty and students on a variety of technologies including Cisco telepresence, video conferencing, web conferencing, Skype, and other software packages.

Please join us in congratulating Mike!

Congratulations to Amy and Deane!

The HSPH Department of Information Technology offers congratulations to the two new Harvard graduates on our staff.

After three years of hard work, Amy Cohen, Manager of Instructional Computing, has graduated from Harvard ‘s Graduate School of Education with an Master of Education (Ed.M) degree.  Her specialized degree program focused on curriculum development for adults learning statistics and data analysis.

Also after three years of hard work, Deane Eastwood, Assistant IT Director, has graduated from Harvard’s Extension School with a Master of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies with a concentration in management and operations.  Coursework included courses in human resources, organizational behavior, finance, accounting, and general management studies.

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Amy and Deane wait for the procession to begin into Harvard yard.

Amy and Deane join Fred Sheahan, who graduated in 2009 with a Ed.M in Technology, Innovation, and Education, as IT staff members who have recently taken advantage of Harvard’s tuition assistance program (TAP) to receive their master’s degree.

We are also very pleased that a high percentage of IT staff members are currently taking advantage of TAP and are enrolled in courses for both professional and personal development.

Staff members have recently enrolled in a wide variety of courses including JAVA programming,  web application development, development communications, financial accounting, marketing, principles of finance, technical writing, and theoretical physics.

New IT Staff Member: Tom Gatton

The HSPH Department of Information Technology welcomes new hire, Tom Gatton.  Tom will work on our server team as an administrator filling the vacancy left by Andy Ross.  Andy is now the school’s security manager.

Tom is a graduate of Bentley College where he earned a bachelors of science in computer information systems. He is currently pursuing an ALM in information technology from Harvard University Extension School.

Tom is transferring from Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences where he has worked since 2006.  His work included maintaining a number of web, application and database servers.  Tom worked with GSAS leadership and consultants on launching the new GSAS website.  He has considerable experience with server security and resource planning.  Prior to his work at GSAS, Tom spent 5 years at Harvard’s University Information Systems where he was a desktop and network support technician.

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We are excited by Tom’s mix of desktop, web, and server skills. He is a A+ certified desktop technician and currently seeking Microsoft server certification.
Please join us in welcoming Tom to our technical staff and to the HSPH community!

Interesting fact:  In his time away from work, Tom is an avid photographer as well as a musician. 

New Staff Member: Patrick Creedon

The HSPH Department of Information Technology welcomes new hire, Patrick Creedon.  Patrick 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.

Patrick is a graduate of Emerson College where he earned a bachelors of arts degree in television video. Patrick is transferring from Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study where he has worked since 2008.  His work included coordinating Radcliffe’s meeting spaces, managing events, and working with AV vendors on room repairs.  He has significant AV troubleshooting expertise in a classroom and auditorium setting.

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Patrick worked previously at Boston University overseeing their “Experience Room.”  The Boston University Experience is “a unique and compelling multimedia presentation that showcases the University’s long—standing tradition of academic excellence and leadership for social change. This state-of-the-art facility is one of a kind-no other university or
college has such a facility.”  The Experience Room was used for both admissions and for special events.

Patrick also completed several internships in the television industry at WBZ TV/CBS 4 Boston.

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

Interesting fact:  Patrick works part-time at the Apple Store in Hingham MA as a Mac Specialist.  We are very excited to have a Mac expert on staff.

New IT Intern: Kianna Perry

The HSPH Department of Information Technology welcomes full-time intern, Kianna Perry. Kianna will work in our User Services
Group and will provide helpdesk, desktop, classroom, and media services support to the community through July 2010.

Kianna is a Year-Up Boston intern.  At Year Up, she successfully completed their outstanding computer technician curriculum which included training in MS Office, desktop imaging, virus scanning, and troubleshooting computer hardware.

Kianna has quickly become a valuable team member closing helpdesk tickets, recording classes, and working on a number of projects including assisting in planning of our HSPH Technology Day on March 16, 2010.

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