curriculum vitae

Cybersecurity enthusiast with 3+ years of professional experience in network and security administration and 9+ years of personal Linux workstation and server maintenance. A diverse skill set, including phishing methodologies and mitigation strategies, rhetorical analysis, network/systems administration, higher education, and programming. Master's research examined language and rhetorical appeals in phishing and malware attacks. Hobbies include network security, front and back-end web development, CTFs, bare-metal, music making, and miniature painting.

# unique achievements

# technical skills

  • CIA Triad
  • cyber intel & threat feed analysis
  • familiarity with incident response processes
  • network activity monitoring
  • network management
  • packet capture analysis/pcap
  • systems administration - linux & windows
  • vulnerability scanning & remediation

# additional skills

  • Attention to detail
  • Efficient & effective communication
  • Research skills, including:
  • data collection
  • analysis
  • time management
  • source verification
  • creative
  • relationship building
  • time management

# certs

  • IBM Cybersecurity Analyst Professional Certificate
  • IBM (Coursera)
  • Nov 2021

  • Cybersecurity Capstone: Breach Response Case Studies
    Cybersecurity Roles, Processes & Operating System Security
    Penetration Testing, Incident Response and Forensics
    Cyber Threat Intelligence
    IBM Cybersecurity Analyst Assessment
    Network Security & Database Vulnerabilities
    Cybersecurity Compliance Framework & System Administration
    Introduction to Cybersecurity Tools & Cyber Attacks

  • Certificate Verification

  • Security Analyst Fundamentals
  • IBM (Coursera)
  • Nov 2021

  • Certificate Verification

  • IT Fundamentals for Cybersecurity
  • IBM (Coursera)
  • Sept 2021

  • Certificate Verification

  • Python Programming for Beginners
  • Stone River eLearning
  • April 2020
  • Cert ID: cert_9582w8dy

# academics

  • English - Rhetoric & Writing, MA
  • Saint Cloud State University
  • August 2015 to December 2019

  • ⁖ Graduate Teaching Fellowship
  • ⁖ Co-founder of the Coalition of English Graduate Students

  • Master’s portfolio project focusing on phishing methodologies and mitigation strategies. I examined the language in phishing and malware attacks, seeing how rhetorical appeals are used to exploit and compromise individuals.

  • History, BA
  • The College of Saint Scholastica
  • August 2011 - May 2015

  • ⁖ Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program
  • ⁖ Increasing Women in Technology (IWIT) Scholarship Recipient
  • ⁖ MICS 2012 - Robotics Competition
  • ⁖ Secretary for the Mathematics Society

  • Initially a Computer Science major with a focus in software engineering. Intending on Bioinformatics, I cross trained in Chemistry. Following other passions, I ultimately completed a History degree focusing on sociopolitical issues in both the modern Middle East and ancient Roman history. Gaining these varied, multidisciplinary knowledge sets gives me a unique understanding of both scientific and historiographic analysis, which served to further my research in rhetoric and cybersecurity contexts.

  • Lake Superior College
  • Network Administration and Security, AAS
  • June 2011 - August 2012

  • Transferred to College of St. Scholastica on IWIT Scholarship

# career

  • Freelance/Ghost Writer
  • Online/Various | St. Cloud, MN
  • July - October 2018

  • Created blogs, articles, and buying guides for a variety of topics. Focused on creating engaging, customer-oriented content for affiliate sales programs. SEO and copywriting focus.

  • Instructor (Rhetoric)
  • Saint Cloud State University | St. Cloud, MN
  • August 2015 - January 2018

  • Instructed a freshman-level composition course on rhetoric, writing, and argument formation through the use of rhetorical appeals and critical thinking skills.
  • Developed course methodology with a focus on digital spaces - students played with digital identities to understand and argue what was important within their world, using their own voice, with or without identification.
  • Taught students how to understand argumentation using a variety of sources, including critical rhetorical theory, popular culture, and visual media, and how to apply those fundamentals in their own research.
  • Focused on building effective proposal arguments with an emphasis on personal, professional, and community-specific issues.
  • Held regular one-on-one meetings with all of my students to ensure their success in the class, and to discuss any concerns or solve problems they were having (whether class-related or otherwise.)
  • Used unique and creative ways to capture attention and provide a solid platform for students’ ideas to jump off and grow into their own.

  • Historical Archives Intern
  • The College of Saint Scholastica | Duluth, MN
  • 2015

  • Digitized and organized historical archives from The College of Saint Scholastica using proper archival techniques and traditions.
  • Created displays to convey ideas and educate students, faculty, and visitors on their historical significance to the students at The College.

  • Technology Services Assistant (Network & Security)
  • The College of Saint Scholastica | Duluth, MN
  • January 2013 – May 2015

  • Maintained workstations and lab systems on and off-site.
  • Assisted in vulnerability management efforts and malware/exploit remediation (CryptoLocker).
  • Performed deployments and remote security measures through Novell/ZenWorks and Faronics.
  • Assisted faculty with classroom technology, including but limited to A/V and remote learning systems.
  • Performed hardware diagnostics and physical repairs on lab equipment.

  • Online Course Development Assistant/Instructional Design
  • The College of Saint Scholastica | Duluth, MN
  • March 2012 – May 2015

  • Helped develop & maintain ront/backend of The College of Saint Scholastica’s flagship MOOC: Intro to Anatomy and Physiology.
  • Voiced and produced the advertisement for this MOOC, which aired between episodes of Doc C's Anatomy & Physiology podcast on iTunes.
  • Produced marketing materials, course content preparation, podcast advertising and support, quality assurance, and per-semester revisions to course content.
  • Created online courses in CMS (Blackboard and Moodle) using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
  • Created multimedia presentations that fit a standardized distance learning template from provided materials using Camtasia and Articulate.
  • Provided transcription services for all audio & video lectures using Dragon NaturallySpeaking.
  • Prepared resources for students with disabilities and various learning styles/special needs, including visual and audial aids. Worked closely with Disability Services to help with specific requests.

  • Undergraduate Researcher
  • The College of St. Scholastica | Duluth, MN
  • February - September 2013

  • Researched antioxidant properties of hops using spectroscopy (UV-VIS) and HPLC. Analyzing degradation during wort boiling and beer brewing processes.

  • Adjunct Faculty
  • Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College | Superior, WI
  • July 2011 - August 2013

  • Co-taught an annual robotics unit during the College for Kids summer session.
  • Utilized Lego NXT, RobotC, and related technologies to inspire children to create their own robotics projects
  • Final projects for the unit were competition-based, creating sumo bots and drag racers.
  • Areas of focus included radar/sonar, IR sensing, gyroscopy, and general pathfinding.

  • Computer Services Technician
  • Lake Superior College | Duluth, MN
  • January - May 2011

  • Recovered sensitive data for clients, upgraded and installed operating systems, troubleshooted software and hardware complaints, organized computer sales.

  • Freelance Computer Technician
  • Duluth, MN & Superior, WI area
  • March 2009 - December 2012

  • Performed on-call freelance work for end users and small businesses on Linux, Mac, and Windows systems.
  • Hardware and software troubleshooting, including physical hardware work (soldering, replacement) and malware remediation.
  • Set up a networking and security environment for a small business of ~5 workstations.
  • Helped create data backup strategies, and performed data recovery on bricked devices.

  • Sales Representative & Team Lead
  • Teleresources, Inc
  • Duluth, MN
  • January 2009 - November 2011

  • Focused on improving morale, hitting team-wide sales targets, metrics, performance monitoring, and script optimizations.
  • Operated in both B2B and B2C telemarketing services.
  • Personally broke numerous sales records and set a precedent for future campaigns, earning formal recognition by both Tele Resources and their clients.

# conf and pub

  • Navigating the Academic Seas
  • Saint Cloud State University Student Research Colloquium | St. Cloud, MN
  • 18 April 2017

  • Infographic poster project discussing a pilot project for a dedicated departmental advisor within the Community Psychology department. Survey results show that meeting with a departmental advisor improved potential student outcomes. Implications of meeting with an advisor are presented.

  • what has been taken...
  • Survive & Thrive: A Journal for Medical Humanities and Narrative as Medicine
  • Vol. 3 : Iss. 1 , Article 6
  • April 2017

  • Three poems on loss.

  • Free to Prey: Driving the (Financial) Stake into MMORPG Toxicity
  • Midwest Pop Culture Association 2016 | Chicago, IL
  • 07 October 2016
  • Please see Digital Spaces for more information, including full abstract.

  • Exploration of relationships between power, motive, and financial expenditures within MMORPGs, the influence of socioeconomic and demographics in player profiles, and how they compare between subscription-based versus free-to-play models.

  • The Invisible Wound: Racial and Cultural Trauma in America
  • The Survive & Thrive Experience
  • 22 October 2015

  • "Cultural, racial, and national trauma - what are the invisible wounds from them and what does it mean that we often suffer this trauma in silence. This group of experts and celebrators of life offer us insights into what we share as a people both good and bad and what we might do about the invisible wound of cultural, racial, and national trauma."

  • Antioxidant Activity in Different Forms of Hops
  • National Conference for Undergraduate Research | Lexington, KY
  • 04 April 2014

  • Lupulin compounds in the hops plant (Humulus lupulus) have been studied in recent years for their potential antioxidant properties. The reaction with DPPH• (2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl) was used to determine the antioxidant activity of the hop extracts with Simcoe hop cones and pellets was investigated. This showed a rapid decrease in radicals over a period of 30 minutes.
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