I was born in South Africa. At the age of five, my parents joined the diplomatic service. As a result, I spent most of my childhood moving from one country to the next, including: Holland, Belgium, Greece, Zimbabwe, and Canada. I have also traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and Africa. Recently I had the opportunity to add Brazil to the list of countries I have visited twice now. I would very much like to go there again.
In 1975, I graduated with a diploma in Photography and Journalism, with ambitions of becoming a war correspondent. I later went on to earn a BA degree in Criminal Justice, and then a MS degree in Telecommunications from Saint Mary's University in Minnesota. My dream of becoming a war correspondent did not quite work out as planned; instead, I ended up as an active duty intelligence officer. Retiring from the force in late 1979, I got my journalism career back on track, or so I thought....little did I know that I was on a convergence course with the computer.
In 1981, while on assignment, I discovered the computer, and fell in love -- no longer did I have to retype copy repeatedly for finicky editors I could now cut and paste and even spell check my work. One of the highlights of my brief press career was the coverage of the Zimbabwe Independence celebrations. Bob Marley put on a great performance :)
I soon realized that the computer could provide me with even more opportunities. I learned to program, and even started building my own computers. The computer had become a tool that enabled me to merge science and art. Things only got better. I then discovered modems, and another world opened up to me. I started to see how the computer could enable us to communicate without barriers.
Over the next twenty years, I evolved with the computer. From writing simple applications to keep track of my stock images, to developing multimedia applications, to developing very sophisticated audio text systems, to developing one of the first Internet e-commerce sites. In 1993, I was a member of the team that built Apple Computer's online service eWorld. My last project at Apple was the creation of the 1996 Grammy Awards web site.
As computing became more distributed, so did the need for good security. Drawing from my background in the intelligence field, I have been very active in the security field, receiving numerous commendations for work done in that field. This includes a commendation from Governor Perpich of Minnesota.
I have held membership, and board positions in: The American Society for Industrial Security, The Computer Security Institute, The Association of High Tech Investigators, The National Association of Chiefs of Police, the Information Systems Security Association, The High Tech Computer Crimes Network, The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the IEEE.
I held the Certified Protection Professional (CPP) designation, the Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and the Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) designation. I have also completed the NSA Information Assessment Methodologies certification.
I previously taught for the University of Redlands, and the University of Phoenix at both a graduate and undergraduate level. My focus was on telecommunications and new technologies. Prior to that, I taught multimedia and video at Platt College.
My interests include drones, philosophy, multimedia and technology in general.
In my extra spare time, I pursue an interest in oriental philosophies and have been awarded an honorary Ph.D in Chinese Medical Philosophy for research conducted in the field.
Computer graphics continue to be one of my passions too, my work has been published in a number of publications including, "Computer Graphics World Magazine" and "Digital Video Magazine." My work has also been included on a number of commercial CDs; these include the HSC CD, the Ziff-Net CD and the Special Delivery product CD.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Metropolitan State University - Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice
Graduate Degree: Saint Marys University of Minnesota - Master of Science, Telecommunications Engineering
Animation and computer graphics.
Basic Computer Literacy
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
IB Information Technology in a Global Society
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
PC Basic Computer Skills
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Coding