Staff Profiles


Patricia Shirer (Network Consultant/Principal):

Patricia Shirer

Patricia Shirer has worked in the Information Technology field since 1984. Most recently, Tricia obtained her GCWN (Certified Windows Security Administrator) from SANS Institute. She has held management positions in the Technical Service and Help Desk departments at Lykes Bros. Steamship and International Shipholding in New Orleans, and has been an independent consultant since 1997. Using her expertise networking, project planning, communications and trouble-shooting, she formed Beyond Networks, Inc. with the goal of bringing corporate quality technology services to small and mid-sized businesses in the New Orleans area.


Rendell Jones (Network Technician):

Rendell JonesSince 1999, Rendell Jones has dedicated his time to the Louisiana National Guard.  In addition to his duties in the Guard, he received extensive training in the IT field, earning the title Computer Repair/Network Administrator.  His list of accomplishments includes Network and Security Certification and Telephone System Training, as well as the title of Technology Services Supervisor of the New Orleans Convention Center.  Rendell's work ethic, exceptional customer service and passion for technology make him invaluable member of our team.


Akesha Allen (Network Technician):

Akesha is fairly new to the Information Technology field and joined the BNI team in 2013. She has most recently acquired the CompTIA Network + Certification and has become an Axis Certified Professional.  She has received an Associates of Applied Science in Computer Networking from Delgado Community College and currently pursuing advanced IT Certifications. During her limited time in the IT field, she has quickly developed an increased knowledge of Network Operations and greater passion for ever-changing Technology.



Pam Perret (Network Manager, Systems Admin):

Pam is a VMware Certified Professional 6. She started her career in 1986 with the Louisiana Air National Guard as a Combat Communications Technician. During her career she has worked as an IT Coordinator operating networking and systems for a small region of a large global company. Pam has worked as a Systems Team Lead for Bureau of Safety Environmental Enforcement for several years.  Handling security concerns for over 200 servers and managing Enterprise IT projects for servers. Recently Pam was the Systems Manager for the City of New Orleans, managing the VMware environment and network storage.

Rita Winters Shirer (Office Manager)

Rita Winters Shirer has been an Office Manager since the day "Secretary" was considered a respectable title.  She is the person you call when you need to schedule an appointment or if you have any general questions about our services, our staff, or an invoice.