Category Archives: IT Staff News

TV Off, Oven On

Congratulations to Kevin Wnek, HSPH senior web developer, and his student project team from MGMT E-6640 Social Media Marketing at Harvard Extension School for having their blog featured on the main HSPH Facebook feed this week.

“TV Off, Oven On is an online community supporting busy parents with recipes, resources and ideas. Our mission is to give people the tools and confidence they need to foster healthy eating habits for the entire family and re-engage around the kitchen table.”

Kevin’s eggplant, caramelized onion and goat cheese pizza recipe looks delicious!

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Educational Efforts in HSPH Department of Information Technology
A high percentage of HSPH IT staff members are enrolled in courses or degree programs.  We have celebrated with three staff members over the past three years as they received Harvard degrees.

New Staff Member: Erin B. Leveille

The HSPH Department of Information Technology welcomes new hire Erin B. Leveille. Erin will work as an Instructional Technologist in the Instructional Computing Facility. Erin replaces Amy Cohen who has left IT for the Office for Educational Programs and the position of director of educational technology.

Erin joins us from the Department of Economics at FAS where she worked for three years providing webmaster and computer support to the busiest and largest department of the College. Erin provided support and training on the use of Harvard’s iSites learning management system. She also provided support for more than 20 faculty members as part of a team, maintained the department’s website and staff wiki, produced a weekly newsletter, created promotional materials for the department, and provided general software and hardware troubleshooting to staff.

Erin has also spent time as a Service Desk Technician at Kennedy School of Government where she provided phone support for the community and routed calls to technical staff in the field.

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Photo by David Shelton

Erin is a graduate of Stonehill College where she earned a bachelor of arts in English and economics. She is currently a master of liberal arts (ALM) degree candidate in the visual arts program at Harvard Extension School.

In her new role as instructional technologist, Erin 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.
  • Working on special projects for the Department of Information Technology

We are very excited about Erin’s mix of technical, writing, and customer service skills. Please join us in welcoming Erin to our technical staff and to the HSPH community!

Interesting facts:
Away from work, Erin greatly enjoys various types of crafting, reading, cooking, baking, attending sports events and developing photography skills.

New IT Intern: Marleny Bojorguez

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

Marleny is a Year Up Boston intern and the the Department’s third intern from Year Up.  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.
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Photo by David Shelton

Marleny joins fellow Year-Up intern Marc Narcisse who will be extending his internship for three months to help the Department of Information Technology complete the Smith Street move.

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

Congratulations to Blain Smith and Kevin Wnek

The Department of Information Technology is pleased to announce the promotion of Blain Smith and Kevin Wnek, both to Senior Web and Application Programmer.

Blain and Kevin have jointly developed a number of key HSPH applications including the HSPH Publisher, our website content management system that has ably and cost-effectively powered the HSPH website for more than 4 years.

Blain has worked at HSPH for 5 years and has provided outstanding and consistent programming work since his arrival at HSPH.  He is the lead developer of a number of key academic and administrative programs including the HSPH course evaluations, degree planner, and HSPH directory.

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Blain works closely with server administrators and Andy Ross, our security manager, on infrastructure and security planning for all web and application servers.

Kevin Wnekhas also worked at HSPH for 5 years providing support and development for a number of projects. Kevin has an outstanding mix of programming, database, and user interface design skills.

Kevin is the lead developer of Labpoint, a laboratory management software produced for the Longwood Medical Area’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety.  The application is currently used by HSPH, Harvard Medical School, Harvard Dental School and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Labpoint has received rave reviews for quality of data and presentation by the Boston Fire Department.  Data from the system has been used for Department of Homeland Security reporting.  The application dynamically generates safety placards for all labs and inventories are fully searchable.  A major upgrade is set for October 2010.

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We look forward to Blain and Kevin’s continued contribution to web and application development at HSPH. A collaborative project with HSPH, HMS and HDS, the Harvard Longwood Campus Research Administration portal, is set to launch in October as is a new site for the Forum at HSPH.

Please join us in congratulating them.

New Staff Member: Paul Katz

The HSPH Department of Information Technology welcomes new hire, Paul Katz.  Paul 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 has been promoted to senior user support specialist.

Paul joins us from CRICO/RMF where he worked closely with the Harvard physician community as an IT support technician in a support environment that is similar to HSPH.

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Photo by David Shelton

Paul is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University where he earned a bachelor of science in networking technology.  While a student, Paul spent 2 years at Central Connecticut State’s IT Office, working as a support technician at their Help Desk.  Central Connecticut State’s IT Office is a busy hub providing support to a population of more than 1,000 faculty and staff and over 12,000 students.  Paul received hundreds of calls weekly during peek time periods. Paul has experience working in student computing laboratories as well as in the field resolving issues for faculty and staff.

We are excited about Paul’s technical and customer service skills.  He’s Dell-certified and also brings considerable windows and PC-hardware and software experience to HSPH.

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

Interesting fact: Away from work, Paul greatly enjoys going to the gym and kickboxing.

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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Photo by David Shelton

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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Photo by David Shelton

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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Photo by David Shelton

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!