QUALIFICATIONS / SKILLS
A Master of Arts degree in
linguistics, seven years of computer programming experience within the
aerospace and insurance industries, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in computer science is
comparable to a background in computational linguistics. I possess proficient programming experience,
knowledge, training, and end user experience with a variety of computer languages,
computer systems, and telecommunications including:
- COBOL II, Lisp, Pascal, Perl, and QBASIC programming and testing,
- Coding JCL with VSAM, sequential, partitioned datasets (PDS) and
generation datasets (GDS),
- Familiarity with Windows 95/98/Me
- Experience with Unix-based web development and Unix commands,
- Experience with using a variety of email systems (Yahoo!, Pine,
- Online access and experience with the Internet (Netscape, Internet
Explorer), information systems
(AOL, Delphi), and bulletin board systems (BBS),
- Familiarity with a variety of PC-based dial-up software,
- And vendor training in Novell NetWare administration and
GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, Washington, DC,
computational linguistics curriculum
GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY, Washington, DC,
Master of Arts degree in Linguistics
UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA, Cedar Falls, IA,
Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science
CORNELL COLLEGE, Mount Vernon, IA,
computer science curriculum
THE PRINCIPAL FINANCIAL GROUP,
Des Moines, IA 50392-0001, http://www.principal.com/
December 16, 1996 to July 22,
to a dedicated project team converting all ANSI COBOL batch programs to COBOL
II in the
Pension Business Systems department.
At the near completion of this project, I was placed on the Y2K
dedicated project team as well.
- Changed programs for the Year 2000 conversion that became part of
the project as of March 3, 1997
- Became familiar with a broader variety of insurance mainframe
batch systems departmental-wide.
- Revamped the Consolidated Monthly Listing from old punch card
instream input to sequential files.
- Learned the more technical aspects of system programming, like
AMODE/RMODE issues, etc.
September 18 to December 15,
1996, Medical Leave for spinal disc fusion
June 1, 1994 to September 17,
to a general maintenance area within the Pension Business Systems department on
1, 1994 after the completion of the 401(k) on-line development project.
- Maintained ANSI-COBOL and COBOL II programs and JCL jobs.
- Worked with CICS and Intercomm screens.
- Was responsible for coding and testing nightly cycle programs.
- Supported clients from the Actuarial and Dividend departments.
- Analyzed and set up scheduling for jobs through in-house transfer
screens for CA-7 / CA-11.
- Coded and tested scheduling programs that use internal and
external scheduling transaction records, pending records, and records on
the system stack.
- Provided programming support, especially balancing, of monetary
reserves in the life, retirement, and death insurance payment system
consisting of VSAM extracts, batch calculation jobs, and actuarial
September 13, 1993 to May 31,
the 401(k) on-line development project as described below through RSA as a
- Designed the 401 Standard data entry system specifications from
existing 401 Plus specifications.
- Designed the 415 limits section of the data entry system.
- Developed VSAM records for the interfacing portion of the 401(k)
project dealing with vesting, loans, money types, and other insurance
applications and concepts.
RESOURCE SUPPORT ASSOCIATES, INC.,
Englewood, CO 80111, http://www.rsacompanies.com/
24 to September 10, 1993, Contract Consultant / programmer analyst
was an on site 'contract for hire' consultant with The Principal Financial
Group, Des Moines, IA 50306 as a client.
- Assisted in the development of a COBOL II / CICS on-line 401(k)
proto adoption data entry system.
- Exhaustively tested the error messages and data entry portion.
- Coded and tested informational view screens based on data entered
into the system.
- Created a check-in, checkout module to lock up records for
- Programmed a module to build default record values for ONA (Old
- Researched the proto-documents for 401 Plus / Standard, Money
Purchase Plus / Standard, and Profit Sharing Plus / Standard to find
common data entry fields and incorporated them into the 401(k) system for
HUGHES AIRCRAFT & RADAR, Los
Angeles, CA 90009, http://www.hughes.com/
July 23, 1990 to April 16, 1993, MCS-1
Business / computer programmer
though this position was permanent, I was frequently loaned out to other
maintenance and dedicated project teams.
- Maintained ANSI-COBOL programs with imbedded IMS database calls
and JCL jobs.
- Coded and tested database conversions.
- Was responsible for ABEND-AID and core dump analysis and
- On call via a beeper on a rotational basis for weekend abend coverage.
- Saved company about $25,000 in 1991-1992 through the company
sponsored cost savings program (CIP).
- Programmed on projects involving in-house systems consisting of
Manufacturing Configuration Control System, MRPII, Info Link IMS-based
electronic messaging system, Change Analysis, Labor and Attendance, and a
variety of other applications.
- Enhanced the default serial number display function within the
manufacturing parts listing system containing 34,000 lines of source code
in four integrated drivers and two nested subroutines.
- Modified an on-line change analysis system to allocate excess
stock within departments to other departments with stock demand.
- Modified major manufacturing re-netting
procedures to interface with an expanded make / buy database field.
- Analyzed, tested and implemented source
code modifications in three nested subroutines and two drivers without
any prior exposure to the system except for a general concept of
manufacturing called “netting”.
- Created an innovative table search
algorithm based on index pointers for a table containing information
collected from four databases to support the processing and updating of
huge amounts of part scheduling data.
- One screen request processed 350 part
number segments for half hour after project completion.
Waverly, IA 50677
September 1989 to
May 1990, Junior Programmer /
This position was a
cooperative education placement through the University of Northern Iowa.
- Programmed in QBASIC on a PC-based student management system, the
main software product offered to private colleges in the United States.
- Created customized reports for each college, documented QBASIC
source code, and upgraded the report generator within the student
management system to produce up to ten breakdowns.
- Created an ASCII design of an opening screen logo and tested the
installation of a QuickBBS system for customer support.