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Patricia Shirer (Network Consultant/Principal):

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.


Andrew May (Network Technician)

Andrew has worked in the Information Technology / Telecommunications field for over seven years. Andrew started as a fiber optic technician working for organizations such as Entergy, Avondale, and Boomtown Casino. He owned his own business implementing VOIP and telecommunication solutions for SMBs. He has a MIS degree from Auburn University which has given him a foundation in project management, database design, systems analysis and design, network design and implementation, and object-oriented programming. He has obtained Cisco CCENT and Microsoft Professional certifications.


Blake Simeon (Network Technician)

Blake has worked in IT for 3 years, starting with the New Orleans Convention Center, assisting in the design and support of Convention networks. Through another IT support company, he has provided IT support for businesses and schools in the New Orleans area. Blake has a degree in Management with a Concentration in Information Systems from UNO where he acquired knowledge in database design, decisions support systems, project management, programming, networking, and Microsoft Windows environments. He also has experience in web design and programming, including PHP, MySQL, ASP, HTML, and JavaScript for both server-side and client-side scripting.


Debra Maier (Development Lead)

Debra Maier has 24 years of experience in Computer Programming and Systems Analysis, 12 years of experience in Database Administration. Areas of experience include development and maintenance of software systems while in the employment of two consulting firms, a software service center, an insurance company, two banking financial institutions, a managed health care organization, a university and two ocean carriers. She is currently working as a DBA and Oracle Developer Lead in the New Orleans area. Debra has experience with both Oracle 8i and Oracle 9i in a Sun UNIX and Windows NT environment. She is experienced as an Oracle 11i Applications DBA and has developed web applications using Java, JavaScript, HTML against an Oracle Database using JDBC and SQLJ. Also, Debra is fluent in SQL, MicroFocus Cobol, PLSQL, Oracle Designer, Forms and Reports.


Douglas Pease (Web and Software Consultant)

Douglas Pease is a software generalist who has worked in Information Technology since 1979. He has an MS degree from Penn State. He was Data Center Manager for two Fortune 500 companies and has done contract work for multiple businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits. Doug successfully implemented a billing and collection system that has generated 90% of the client's operating revenue for many years. He has considerable experience with other business applications, including billing, financial, payroll, document management, Internet, and preventive maintenance systems.


Janet Ward Pease (Web and Software Consultant)

Janet Ward Pease is a software specialist who has been in the Information Technology field since 1985. She has an MBA from the University of New Orleans and has worked as a Systems Engineer for EDS and Gulf Systems, Inc. and as an Applications Manager for International Shipholding. Janet is experienced in both product selection and software development and can lead businesses from the requirements-gathering phase of a technology project through development, training and implementation. She has also developed and optimized web sites for businesses and non-profits and is skilled in Flash, ASP, Visual Basic, Microsoft Access and COBOL programming and in the production of web graphics.









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