We Are… IT! Feature Friday – Kevin Byrd

Kevin Byrd

Manager, IT Enterprise Web and Online Applications


What degrees do you hold?
BBA in Management Information Systems – Marshall University
MS in Information Systems – Marshall University

How would you describe your role in 10 words?
Manage the IT Web and Enterprise Applications Technical Solutions Team

What is your favorite thing about working in IT or at MU?
The atmosphere and the co-workers.

What is your favorite restaurant in the Huntington/Charleston are?
Outback.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

OBX, NC. Nothing outdoes the Outer Banks!

Who inspires you?
One of my most recent inspirations comes from a grizzled old gentlemen named CT Fletcher. He’s a motivator, focused on pushing himself to the limits, determined to meet and exceed his goals, and a constant reminder than giving up is not an option. Despite his flaws, and in some cases, in spite of his flaws, I believe he is a constant reminder that there is believably in authenticity, one will find acknowledgment via effort, and there will always be respect in honesty. We are who we choose to be, and and what we work and strive to be, not what people believe or perceive us to be without knowing.

What are you currently watching?
Game of Thrones and Forged in Fire.

Best concert you’ve ever attended?
Gary Clark Jr., in Louisville, KY.

Something you can’t live without?
Integrity. Material things are not essential, unless we’re talking about the Outback salted caramel cookie skillet. The slated caramel cooking skillet is ESSENTIAL.

What is the most adventurous thing you’ve done?
The most adventurous thing in my life was probably my enlistment in the U.S. Army or becoming a father, but at this point in my life it is definitely long distance trips on my Harley.

What is the coolest thing you’re currently working on?
Removing a wall at my house. I am by no means a carpenter, so the results should be interesting.

What are your favorite hobbies/pastimes?
Riding my motorcycle. There’s a peace and satisfaction obtained when one is in the wind, that’s hard to describe. I enjoy it.

What are some additional interests you have?
I also enjoy football, hanging out with friends, good times, and good music. I occasionally enjoy cooking, especially smoking bbq, and relaxing at the Outer Banks.

How can someone from our community reach you?
kevin.byrd@marshall.edu

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Kevin Byrd


We Are… IT! Feature Friday – TJ Lawhon

TJ Lawhon

LMS Administrator


 

What degrees do you hold?
BBA – Management Information Systems from Marshall University

How would you describe your role in 10 words?
Application Administrator for Blackboard & other campus-wide applications

What is your favorite thing about working in IT or at MU?
I love working at Marshall because of the personal history I have here. I grew up a fan of Marshall athletics, went to Marshall myself and now I am helping to move Marshall forward in my own way.

What is your favorite restaurant in the Huntington/Charleston are?
Backyard Pizza and 21 at the Frederick are my two favorites.

What is your favorite vacation spot?
My wife and I love the Gulf Coast of Florida. My favorite place in the world though is St. George’s, Grenada.

Who inspires you?
My wife. She pushes me to be better in every aspect of life.

What are you currently watching?
I am currently re-watching all Marvel Cinematic Universe movies getting ready for the new one.

What’s the best concert you’ve ever attended?
Third Day and while I hate to admit it… Coldpay.

What’s something you can’t live without?
My family and my life as a Christian.

What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve done?
I have done lots of ministry and humanitarian aid trips in the past. While each of them pushed me, going to Haiti after the earthquake in 2010 was definitely the most adventurous.

What’s the coolest thing you’re currently working on? 
Professionally, I’m trying to learn Python.
Personally, I’m trying to build a privacy fence.

What are your favorite hobbies/pastimes?
I love spending my time doing ministry in other countries. I love immersing myself in other cultures and making lifelong friends around the world. On a more boring note, I love going to movies and athletic events such as football or baseball games.

How can someone from our community reach you?
tj.lawhon@marshall.edu

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TJ Lawhon

 


We Are… IT! Feature Friday – Jonathan Langer

Jonathan Langer

Database Administrator


What degrees do you hold?
BBA – West Liberty University
Business Information Systems – West Liberty University
MBA – Marshall University

How would you describe your role in 10 words?
Make new things work / Keep existing things working

What is your favorite thing about working in IT or at MU?
I work in IT and also teach classes – I find it interesting to contribute to the MU community from various viewpoints.

What is your favorite restaurant in the Huntington/Charleston are?
I can’t pick any one restaurant – there are so many!

What is your favorite vacation spot?
Anywhere I’m surrounded by nature.

Who inspires you?
“Why does everyone talk about the past? All that counts is tomorrow’s game.” – Roberto Clemente

What are you currently watching?
NYPD Blue – I’m a sucker for police procedurals.

What are your favorite hobbies/pastimes?
Fitness, baseball, working on my yard, hanging with my two cats.

How can someone from our community reach you?
langerj@marshall.edu

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Jonathan Langer

 


We Are….IT! Feature Friday – Jon Cutler

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Jon Cutler

Chief Information Security Officer

 

 


What degrees do you hold?
B.B.A Emphasis on Business Information Systems – Marshall University
M.S Emphasis in Technology Management – Marshall University
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
ISC^2

How would you describe your role in 10 words or less?
I manage risk and raise awareness of information security around campus.

What is your favorite thing about working in IT or at MU?
The variety of people and professions. One day I may be talking to a faculty member who is an expert in science or arts, the next day I may be talking with a group of students, and after that work with campus administrators over in Old Main. I never go home thinking “Wow, my job is so boring.”

What is your favorite restaurant in the Huntington/Charleston area?
Whatever is new, especially with different types of international food. Most recently I’ve just visited Shangri-La Chinese restaurant, they are great!

What is your favorite vacation spot?
Someplace outdoors, but not too crowded. Recently visited the Pacific Northwest and enjoyed their old-growth forests. Standing in the middle of a grove of trees that have been around for 500-700 years…it can really change your perspective on what’s important.

What are you currently watching/Binging?
I believe our TV is stuck on the Home & Garden (HGTV) channel with the usual group of do-it-yourself and fixer-upper shows. Also enjoy a good sci-fi or psychology-thriller on Netflix.

What are some of your favorite pastime activities?
Planes, trains, and automobiles. I enjoy airshows and aircraft museums. I also have been building and flying model radio-controlled (R/C) aircraft. Growing up in Huntington I have always loved the railroad, but have a deep interest in learning more about the era of ‘big steam engines’ (1900-1950’s). Automobiles, well I love to hop in the car with my wife Mona and go to places where we can see…planes and trains.

What is your LinkedIn?
https://www.linkedin.com/in/cutlerjon/

How can someone from our community reach you?
jon.cutler@marshall.edu


We Are….IT! Feature Friday – Gary Hall

Gary Hall

Manager, Information Services

What degrees do you hold?
B.B.A, Accounting – Marshall University
A.S, Computer Programming – Guildford Technical Community College.

How would you describe your role in 10 words or less?
I manage staff support of TECI and UCF for the campus community.

What is your favorite thing about working in IT or at MU?
The diverse people I work with.

What is your favorite restaurant in the Huntington/Charleston area?
Backyard Pizza, Black Sheep Burritos and Brews, The Ale House, Taste of Asia.

What is your favorite vacation spot?
Florida Gulf. I like the clear water, just the way the beaches are. More Caribbean than the east coast.

What are some of your favorite pastime activities?
Motorcycle riding, brewing beer, reading.

How can someone from our community reach you?
gary.hall@marshall.edu


We Are IT… Feature Friday – Shriya Khanal

 

Shriya Khanal

Database Analyst


What degrees do you hold?
BBA – Information Technology obtained from Pune Univeristy

How would you describe your role in IT?
Ensuring that data is available, protected from loss and corruption, and easily accessible as needed.

What is your favorite thing about working in IT or at MU?
I love that there is always something new to learn in the university, and I consider myself very fortunate to work in a field that is always changing and growing with new technologies, capabilities, and ideas.

What is your favorite restaurant in the Huntington/Charleston area?
Olive Garden and Bricks and Barrels in Charleston.

What is your favorite vacation spot?
I love beaches, and my all time favorites are Myrtle and Virginia Beach.

Who inspires you?
Stephen Hawking inspires me a lot. He was an extraordinary soul from our generation.

What is the best concert you’ve ever attended?
Music Midtown 2017 in Atlanta.

What is something you can’t live without?
The Internet.

What is the most adventurous thing you’ve done?
White water rafting.

What are some of your favorite pastime activities?
I love traveling, playing sports, and reading novels in my free time.

How can someone from our community reach you?
khanals@marshall.edu


We Are… IT! Feature Friday – Sarah Quarles

Sarah Quarles

IT Security Analyst


What degrees do you hold?
BS – Integrated Science & Technology with an emphasis in Digital Forensics obtained from Marshall University

How would you describe your role?
I assist the CISO in protecting the security of IT infrastructure, devices on the network, and sensitive university data. I maintain the client inventory and software deployment system, Symantec Endpoint Protection antivirus management server, and the MU Alert contact database. Also involved in patch management, license compliance, vulnerability testing, incident response, and more.

What is your favorite thing about working in IT or at MU?
Getting exposed to various new technologies and software, while applying my technical skills and ideas. I also enjoy the higher education atmosphere and getting to walk around the beautiful campus.

What is your favorite restaurant in the Huntington/Charleston are?
Jewel City – Best fish tacos in the world!

What is your favorite vacation spot?
The beach or a cabin our in the woods where I can hike or kayak. Anywhere warm and near moving water.

What are you currently watching/binging?
Classic movies from the 30s-50s.

What are some of your favorite pastime activities?
Sewing, classic movies, hiking, kayaking, outdoors, running, lifting weights, and working out.

Any additional interests you’d like to add?
I’m a volunteer seamstress for Sow for Love, a non-profit organization that provides recyclable feminine products, clothing, and hygiene kits to poverty-stricken families in Haiti. I also operate video cameras at my church and the information desk for the children’s ministry.

How can someone from our community reach you?
quarles@marshall.edu

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Sarah Quarles

 

 

 


We Are… IT! Feature Friday – Chelsie Cooper

Chelsie Cooper
Web Developer


 What degrees do you hold?
BS – Digital Forensics Information Assurance obtained from Marshall University

How would you describe your role in 10 words or less?
Designing, coding, modifying content and layout of Marshall’s website.

What is your favorite thing about working in IT or at MU?
I love learning new things, meeting new people, getting new opportunities, and challenging myself.

What is your favorite restaurant in the Huntington/Charleston area?
The Peddler.

What is your favorite vacation spot?
Savannah, GA.

What are you currently watching/binging?
The Blacklist, This Is Us, Grey’s Anatomy, Chicago Fire, 9-1-1

What are some of your favorite pastime activities?
Traveling, hiking, volunteering, spending time with my dog, friends and family

Any additional interests you’d like to add?
I am the biggest dog lover you’ll ever meet. My friends would tell you I’m very outgoing and always looking to go on my next big adventure. I am a proud Big Sister for the Big Brother Big Sister program. I have been a certified lifeguard for 9 years, and a certified professional CPR/AED/First Aid instructor since August 2016.

How can someone from our community reach you?
cooper300@marshall.edu

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Chelsie Cooper

 

 

 


We Are….IT! Feature Friday – JoAnn Black

JoAnn Black

Manager of Computing Technical Support Services

What degrees do you hold?
Bachelor’s in MIS from Marshall

How would you describe your role in 10 words or less?
I am the Manager of the IT Service Desk.

What is your favorite thing about working in IT or at MU?
This place is my second home, it feels like family!

What is your favorite restaurant in the Huntington/Charleston area?
Habachi’s in South Charleston or Sushi.

What is your favorite vacation spot?
Smith Mountain Lake in VA.

What are you currently watching/Binging?
I watch TV with my husband and he watches Street Outlaw, Curse of Oak Island, The Walking Dead and anything on the History channel. I don’t have any favorites I watch on a regular basis.

What are some of your favorite pastime activities?
I love hunting, fishing, boating, cooking and shopping. I have three happy places that I really enjoy one is Smith Mountain lake, Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge and the other is my tree stand on the farm.
How can someone from our community reach you?
joann.black@marshall.edu


We Are….IT! Feature Friday – Jody Perry

Jody Perry

Executive Director, Technology Services

What degrees do you hold?
BBA – Management Information Systems / Math Minor
MS – Industrial Employee Relations
All obtained from Marshall University.

How would you describe your role in 10 words or less?
I assist the university community with all things IT

What is your favorite thing about working in IT or at MU?
I like working at Marshall because I feel like I grew up here. I attended undergrad and graduate school here. After Grad school, I moved away and worked in other higher ed institutions but came back for this role in IT. I find Marshall provides a relaxed and productive atmosphere as well as a nice work/life balance. More specifically, I like working in the Information Technology Division because I feel like we all work as a cohesive team. Even though there are several teams that make up the whole, the whole team functions as one and is able to accomplish some amazing things!

What is your favorite restaurant in the Huntington/Charleston area?
I can’t pick just one! Some of my favorites are BackYard Pizza & Raw Bar, Black Sheep Burritos & Brews, Buddy’s BBQ, Shangri-La and Pho House.

What is your favorite vacation spot?
The Pacific Northwest, a deserted beach, a snowy mountain, or any vibrant city foreign or domestic.

What are you currently watching/Binging?
Everything on Netflix. I’ve almost reached the end.

What are some of your favorite pastime activities?
I love to travel, spend time with my dog, kayaking and being in nature.

How can someone from our community reach you?
jody.perry@marshall.edu