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1 December, 2014
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Topsfield Massachusetts 01983
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I am sixty-four years old, born in Boston and raised in Malden, Massachusetts. I graduated from Malden High School in 1968, and chose to pursue a career in the new field of Data Processing. In 1970, I received a Certificate in Scientific Data Processing with Dean's List standing from Bryant and Stratton Junior College of Business in Boston. Starting in 1971, I attended evening courses in Psychology, Statistics, and PROLOG Programming at Northeastern University but the arrival of my first child in 1973 put my pursuit of a Bachelor's degree on hold until very recently. I am currently attending Salem State University to achieve a Bachellor's Degree in History.
I got my first programming position in 1970 at a small bank in Everett, Massachusetts. Over the next 19 years I developed expertise in COBOL and BAL applications programming, project management and management consulting within the banking industry. With my teams, I developed and deployed sophisticated bank accounting systems on a multitude of computers and operating systems. It was towards the end of this period, during my work at a Cambridge based software development company, that I developed an interest in formal methodologies for software engineering. Our projects were never on time and our systems never performed as required. A management consulting firm that had been hired by the company to determine how to streamline its development processes recommended formal software engineering practices using Computer Aided Software Engineering (CASE) tools to increase the rigor of our work. In spite of the obvious advantages of such practices, there was real resistance from senior management to apply these recommendations. In 1989, I joined the aforementioned consulting firm, and developed a training curriculum for software engineering methods that I delivered to clients.
I joined Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), in 1992 as a methodology Consultant in their National Consulting group. My assignment was to deploy a new process framework called CSC Catalystsm, built to guide CSC Consultants in their IT transformation projects. Since then, I have been involved in many engagements with CSC around the world, but my primary focus remains the deployment of CSC Catalyst across CSC. I am currently the Catalyst Learning and Deployment Manager for of CSC's Office of Innovation. I am recognized as one of the leading experts on CSC Catalyst, and I have traveled extensively to provide engagement guidance and coaching for CSC's engagements around the world.
My passion is teaching. My first formal experience was in 1973, when I took a second job as an instructor with Electronic Computer Programming Institute (ECPI) in Kenmore Square in Boston. I taught a class of seven adults the principles of data processing, flowcharting, and several programming languages. Opportunities to teach continually arose during projects I was managing, and by the time I joined CSC, I had become an accomplished trainer and facilitator. Since I was responsible for deployment of CSC Catalyst, it seemed only natural that I should organize training on its content. I delivered Catalyst learning workshops to CSC offices and client locations around the world, always with good feedback. Unfortunately, the events of September 11, 2001, brought an end to onsite learning at CSC.
In 2005, I launched a learning program at CSC known as the Catalyst Virtual Academy (CVA). CVA offers 45+ web-based live training courses that are delivered by certified practitioners, free to CSC staff. The topics covered are Catalyst-related and sessions typically run two hours. Since its inception, CVA has delivered training to over 40,000 CSC staff from 41 countries. Sessions are offered in English, German, French, Portuguese, Mandarin, and Japanese. The faculty consists of over 100 volunteer trainers who collectively deliver an average of 6 sessions per week at times of the day that are convenient for a global audience. I personally am certified to deliver 15 Catalyst courses, and delivered 344 hours of virtual training last year.
Over the last few years, my love of Software engineering has been eclipsed by a growing fondness for genealogy and history. I first became interested in the origins of my family in 1980, and my curiosity has grown into a serious interest in genealogy. In 2000, after 20 years of genealogical research, I privately printed a book "The Wainwright Family of Essex County Massachusetts" based on my research, and gave it as a Christmas gift to my sisters and uncles. In 2004, I published an updated version of my research on a web site www.wainwrightfamily.org that I continue to maintain. I am proud that the material in this extensive work is fully sourced and is considered a valuable resource by New England genealogists. It was cited as a reference in at least one book of which I am aware, "Some Descendants of John Green (1636-1691) and Ruth Michelson of Cambridge Massachusetts" (Halifax Nova Scotia, Peter M. Jangaard, 2006).
Because my genealogy research was primarily focused in Essex County Massachusetts, I found myself learning about local history of places like Gloucester and Beverly. In 2000, I joined the First Parish Unitarian-Universalist Church in Beverly; a congregation first gathered in 1667, a full year before the Town was founded. Through a grant, I had the archives surveyed by a professional archivist. I assessed each individual record, applied archival preservation measures as necessary, and supplied an appropriate storage environment. I developed an inventory database to keep track of over 6000 archival records that is now available online. I photographed one of the four oldest record books, covering the period of 1772-1803 and constructed an online reference database of the names contained within it. I launched a history-related Church web site history.firstparishbeverly.org that contains articles of a historical nature written for the benefit of the congregants and researchers. In 2008, the Church diaconate asked me to prepare a detailed report on the Church's extensive collection of colonial communion silver. When the silver was auctioned in 2009, the auction house used this report to document the provenance of the pieces, boosting their value. A copy was distributed to the national press as a reference source for its coverage of the sale. I have collaborated on three books related to the Church's history, for which I am acknowledged in print: "Mingo" by Lenice U. Strohmeier (New York, Marshall Cavendish, 2003), "The Life and Times of Pemberton Hale Cressey" (Sea Cliff, NY, William W. Cressey, 2002), and "Sober Consent of the Heart: The Bowdoin College Chapel Messages of its First President, Joseph McKeen, DD Delivered 1802-1806" compiled and edited by Robert B. Gregory (Damariscotta Maine; Rocky Hill Publishing, 2011). In September, 2010 and again in September, 2012 I delivered addresses on the history of the First Parish Church at the "Olde Planter's Reunion" sponsored by the Beverly Historical Society. Today, as Church historian, I deliver one or two sermons per year on different aspects of the Church's rich history.
In 2003, the Church's affiliation with several other Beverly Churches and the Beverly Historical Society led to the formation of the Beverly Archives Project (BAP) (www.beverlyarchivesproject.org) for which I served as chair from 2009-2010. BAP is a volunteer collaborative of public institutions dedicated to the preservation of public records in Essex County. BAP first obtained grant funding for its member organizations for archival training, and surveys, and later additional grants were secured for communication and preservation. In 2009 BAP assessed the earliest records of Beverly City Hall, developed a finding aid, and identified distressed records for repair and restoration.