I am a former Navy Lieutenant (O-3). I was born in Hahira, Ga on December 27, 1964 and grew up in Lakeland, Ga. I attended Berrien County High school in Nashville, Ga and enlisted in the Navy as a Nuclear Machinist Mate in April 1982.
Once enlisted in the Navy as a Nuclear Machinist Mate. However, I was selected for the Broaden Opportunities for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) Program. During this program, I earned a Naval ROTC scholarship to Hampton University. My major was Applied Mathematics with an emphasis in Nuclear Engineering. I received a commission in the Navy as an Ensign in May 1988.
In August 1988, I was transferred to San Diego, CA. I was stationed aboard several different vessels, and deployed to various places in the southern Pacific Ocean and the Persian Gulf for Desert Storm. I earned my Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) designation, Engineering Officer of the Watch (EOOW), Ship’s Weapons Office and Command Duty Officer certifications while aboard the USS Peleliu (LHA-5). After three years in California, I was transferred to Norfolk, Va in 1992; I was then stationed aboard the USS Nashville (LDP-13) and deployed to the Mediterranean Sea, Somalia, and back to the Persian Gulf. During that last tour, I earned my Tactical Action Officer (TAO) Letter and I applied to Hampton University for a graduate program in mathematics. In January of 1994, I began the graduate program in applied Mathematics with research in the areas of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Aero-dynamics. I was a graduate assistance, student instructor, and research student in the CFD Branch of NASA Langley while working on my Master’s degree.
I completed the MS program in December 1995 and became a Navy Cryptologist. My first assignment was in Misawa, Japan. I deployed to various platforms including the USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) and the USS Blueridge (LCC-19). Also, I began my life-passion of teaching mathematics at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Asian Division. In June 1999, I was transferred to Naval Security Group Activity Fort Meade as a Cryptologic Mathematician in the role of Technical Director and the Military Liaison Division Chief. Also, I taught at UMUC and the Census Corporate University. In March 2001, I was medically discharged from the Navy and took a break from work until 9/11. I became very marketable on that day. In September 2001, I began working in the defense industry.
I have worked at NSA, DIA and CIA as an Intelligence Analyst and IT professional as a contractor. In 2004, I began my doctorate and began my own consulting business, Absolute Veritable Solutions (AVS). I completed my Doctorate of Science (D.Sc.) in Information Systems and Communications in May of 2007 from Robert Morris University. My dissertation was published in May of 2010. In 2011, I was selected as the IT Operations Chief/ACIO at the National Defense University. Then, I transferred to the Department of Treasury as an IT Specialist and was selected to the President’s Inter-Agency Rotation Program and worked at NASA Goddard.
I left the federal government in 2015 to pursue my passion. I worked at Strayer University as a Computer Information Systems (CIS) Advisor and Professor, then I was promoted to the Campus Dean position. I was selected as the Associate Program Director for the School of Computer Science and IT at Stratford. Now, I am an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at Hampton University specializing in Information Systems, Cyber Security and Data Analytics. Also, I am a Cyber Security/IT Consultant for a few small businesses via AVS.