B.S., M.S. Ed., M.A.S., OTL, CUA
CAREER SUMMARY AND GOALS
Following a successful twenty-five year career within the semiconductor industry working for Intel Corporation, I was one of several thousand employees worldwide that were laid off. My last day with the company was June 24, 2016.
Rather than look for a similar position, I decided to initiate a second career; this one in the aviation industry. I anticipated that transitioning between industries as diverse as semiconductors and aviation would not be easy, and would take me far beyond my comfort zone, but aviation has always held a deep interest of me. In anticipation of my goal, I had completed a Master of Aeronautical Science degree at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and hoped to leverage the degree in my new career.
A career change is not for the faint of heart, nor easily managed. It took me until February 2017 to secure a new position. I accepted a position as a Crew Scheduler I with Spirit Airlines at their company headquarters in Miramar, Florida and relocated. Unfortunately, I quickly found myself extremely homesick for my dogs and the desert. Rather than prolong the inevitable, I packed up my trusty Jeep Wrangler and moved back to Arizona, where I secured a position as a Senior Records Analyst with Mesa Airlines in Phoenix, Arizona. Several months later (November 2017, to be exact), I accepted a Customer Relations Representative position with American Airlines in Tempe, Arizona.
As expected, switching career paths and industries was not an easy journey, but the experience I gained during that period was invaluable. However, I had to acknowledge that continuing to pursue a long-term career in the aviation industry was not feasible given other life circumstances that were occurring, so I reluctantly began looking for another job outside of the aviation industry.
Switching career paths again was equally difficult. I had invested a lot of time and energy breaking into the aviation industry so it was soul-wrenching having to back-pedal on that effort. As a result, I switched constantly between looking at opportunities outside of the aviation industry and at opportunities within the aviation industry, and constantly weighed my options. In the end, I secured a Curriculum Developer Specialist position with OnTrac at their corporate headquarters in Chandler, Arizona.
My life between June 24, 2016 and January 7, 2019, proved to be quite the ride. While I may regret specific instances of the overall experience (and wish I could redo others), I'm glad that I had the opportunity to break out of the career rut that I had been in. I met some fascinating people, learned a lot about myself, and I got to experience the inner workings of the aviation industry.
"If you want what you've never had, you need to do what you've never done" (Author unknown)
My life is not an open book but I can offer you a pamphlet...
Currently employed as a Curriculum Developer Specialist with OnTrac in Chandler, Arizona.
Self-directed professional with multiple years of experience working within high stress, fast-paced corporate environments.
Demonstrates strong safety, results and customer orientation, attention to detail, and informed risk-taking skills.
Experienced individual contributor, team member, and project team leader.
Holds a Bachelors degree, two Masters degrees, and a graduate Certificate.
Continuously seeking opportunities to learn and develop.
Master of Aeronautical Science
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide Campus/Daytona Beach, Florida (May 2015)
Master of Science in Education
California State University, East Bay, Hayward, California (March 2010)
Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning
California State University, East Bay, Hayward, California (June 2009)
Bachelor of Science
University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, Maryland (December 2008)
Dean's List 2005
Certified Usability Analyst (ID: 2013-4147)
Human Factors International (HFI), Fairfield, Iowa (March 013)
Criterion-Referenced Instruction (Fourth Edition)
Mager Associates (March 2006)
Associate member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE)
Volunteering with the Arizona Poodle Rescue as a foster parent
Pursuing professional and personal education
Traveling to both domestic and international locations
Cooking and baking occasionally
Reading novels and industry publications
Lying on the floor with my three dogs and listening to them breathe...it's a very relaxing activity
FUTURE EDUCATIONAL GOALS
Pursue a Master of Arts in Professional and Technical Writing (PTW) degree at the University of Arkansas Little Rock (UALR link)
Complete a doctorate program in something...just 'cause
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