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Carol A. Harstad, MSIS
Kissimmee, Florida 34759
Phone: (407) 572-3684
(03/19/1997 – 12/30/2002 AKA Carol A. Cottingham)
Acquire a position in a stable organization where my skills, knowledge, and contributions are the basis for opportunities of advancement.
Active DoD Secret Clearance. Current Instructional Systems Designer/Systems Analyst, designing and developing simulation software for the PC, who completed my Masters of Science degree in IS with a concentration on Software Engineering Management and a GPA of 3.917. I have well over twenty years experience as a programmer, and over fifteen years of web design and development. My skills include supervisory, design, programming, quality control, testing, technical writing, documentation, web design and development, training, instructional design, accounting, and more.
Masters Degree: Software Engineering Management, research project completed on Project Management: Avoiding Failure and Achieving Success
General Skills: Working independently as well as on a team; safeguarding confidential information; generating reports; writing and maintaining technical publications and other documentation; written and oral communication; problem solving; establishing priorities; meeting deadlines; and process improvement
Web Development: XHTML, HTML, DHTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL, XML, and Joomla
Graphic Design and Manipulation: Photoshop, Paint.net
Software Tools, Code Management, and Collaboration: JIRA, Crucible, FishEye, Confluence, MS Sharepoint, Tortoise SVN, AIM II v.5.0
Information Systems: SDLC, System Analysis & Design, UML & Data Modeling, Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Testing, Object Oriented Programming, Project Management, Report Design & Generation
Auditing invoices on a daily basis to ensure accuracy
Entering inventory receipts into the computer
Adding new and modifying existing inventory items
Researching inaccurate on-hand inventory items, etc.
Accuracy and attention to detail were required for this position.
Ocean Systems Engineering Corp. (OSEC)
05/19/2003 – 09/15/2004 Instructional Designer/Technical Writer
Developed and produced instructional material for use in the development of interactive courseware (ICW) and web-based training (WBT) on technical based subject matter relating to computer hardware/software, communications, local and wide area networking and other assorted topics.
Wrote the scripts/storyboards and coordinated with graphics designers and programmers on the layout of the course-ware.
Coordinated with SME's (Subject Matter Experts) to obtain required information.
Used Microsoft PowerPoint to create unique interactive training presentations and videos for CD-ROM delivery.
This position required a strong knowledge of animation techniques and visual sensibility, linear and non-linear navigational schemes, and the ability to visually interpret storyboards and scripts.
Gathered and manipulated photo, video, and audio files.
Stat Employment Services
March 2002 – January 2003
11/2002 – 01/2003: Data Entry Clerk for Fredericksburg Police Department.
Entered parking tickets, warning tickets, traffic summons, and accident reports into a software called PISTOL.
04/2002 – 10/2002: Cost Engineering Technician for Therma-Tru, door-manufacturing company.
Set up products in the computer system
Setting up special feature combinations for products
Assigned costs and prices to products
Cross checked computer system with price book and corrected prices when necessary
Assisted Process Engineering Manager where needed.
03/2002 – 04/2002: Receptionist for Therma-Tru, door-manufacturing company.
Screened and directed calls
Greeted customers and clients
Word processing and proofreading
Other various duties as assigned.
Alexandria, Crystal City, & Springfield Virginia and Las Vegas Nevada
Office of Tax & Revenue, District of Columbia
NOS Communications – Las Vegas, Nevada
Nomadic Display, Springfield, Virginia
Naval Sea Systems Command, Crystal City, Virginia
Morant Data Company, Alexandria, Virginia
Expert level Foxpro Programmer for several companies (all versions of Foxpro)
Analyzed, planned, developed, tested, modified, and maintained relational database applications
Designed and generated reports
Certified SBT Programmer
Software Librarian, keeping programs up-to-date, documented and converted when necessary
Helped reorganize and develop a new line of software for Morant Data Company
Created technical documentation
Created and maintained end-user documentation
Woodbridge Senior High School
3001 Old Bridge Road, Woodbridge, Virginia 22192
Degree: H. S. Diploma
Completion Date: June 1986
Major: Vocational (Architectural & Machine Drafting / Auto Mechanics)
Strayer University, Washington, DC
Major: Computer Information Systems, Programming
Cumulative GPA: 4.0
Summa Cum Laude
Degree: Associates Degree
Major: Computer Information Systems, Programming
Cumulative GPA: 3.80
Magna Cum Laude
Degree: Bachelors Degree
Major: Computer Information Systems, Programming
Cumulative GPA: 3.675
Degree: Masters Degree
Completion Date: 09/21/2009
Major: Information Systems, Software Engineering Management
Cumulative GPA: 3.917
Summa Cum Laude
Paralegal Studies, PCDI, Norcross, Georgia, 2002-2003
SBT Programming Certification, Georgia, October 1997
Priorities & Time Management - Seminar, Crystal City, Virginia
Project Management - Seminar, Crystal City, Virginia
HONORS AND ACTIVITIES
Notary Public,State of Florida, 2009-2013 Florida Notary AssociationMember, 2009- IEEE,Member, 2009- Notary Public,Commonwealth of Virginia, 1990-1998 & 2003-2007 Girl Scouts of America - Heart of Florida Council,Previous Leader of Troop #388, Junior Girl Scouts, 2006-2007
Non-Traditional Student Role Model, Previous,Woodbridge Senior High School
Spoke to and recruited students in middle schools for enrollment in programs non-traditional to their gender.
Mentored students who enrolled in programs non-traditional to their gender.
VICA, Previous President, Woodbridge Senior High School
Presided at all meetings of VICA local chapter in accordance with accepted parliamentary procedure.
Was chairman of the Executive Council.
Carried out such other duties vested in the presidency by the organization.
Appointed committees and served as ex-officio member of them.
Coordinated chapter activities and maintained contact with district officers.
Represented the VICA local chapter officially in school-community relations.
VICA, PreviousTreasurer, Virginia District V
Cooperate with the State VICA Director in the collection of all State dues and assessment and will keep accurate records thereof.
Was a member of the budget committee.
Counter-signed with the State VICA Director all checks disbursed in the name of the Virginia VICA Association.
Cooperated with the secretary by keeping an accurate membership roll.
Prepared adequate financial statements and reports.
VICA, PreviousSecretary, Woodbridge Senior High School, Automotive Section
Kept records of all regular meetings.
Had available for the president the agenda for all meetings.
Wrote the communications authorized by the president.
Counted and recorded the rising votes of the delegates or committee members.
Cooperated with the treasurer by keeping an accurate membership roll.
Read communications at meetings.
Had available for each meeting the following: Record and minutes of previous meetings; List of all committees; A copy of the Virginia VICA, Inc. Constitution and By-Laws; A copy of the Official Guide for VICA.
VICA, 1st Place, Opening and Closing Ceremonies, District V Chapter
VICA, 1st Place, Mechanical Drafting, District V Chapter
(NOTE: VICA is now known as SkillsUSA)
Available upon request
MSIS - Software Engineering Management Curriculum
Carol A. Harstad
Kissimmee, Florida 34759
Area I - Core
ACC560 - A - 4.5 - FAL2006 - MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING
CIS500 - A - 4.5 - WIN2009 - INFO SYST DECISION-MAKING
ECO550 - A - 4.5 - SPR2009 - MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS & GLOBALIZATION
MAT540 - A - 4.5 - FAL2008 - QUANTITATIVE METHODS
Area II - Major
RES531 - A - 4.5 - FAL2006 - RESEARCH AND STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION
CIS512 - A - 4.5 - WIN2009 - ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE
CIS517 - A - 4.5 - WIN2007 - IT PROJECT MANAGEMENT
CIS532 - A - 4.5 - SPR2009 - NETWORK ARCHITECTURE AND ANALYSIS
CIS590 - A - 4.5 - SUM2009 - DIRECTED RESEARCH PROJECT
Area III - Concentration
CIS510 - A - 4.5 - WIN2007 - ADV SYS ANALYSIS & DESIGN
CIS515 - B - 4.5 - SPR2007 - STRAT PLAN FOR DBASE SYSTEMS
CIS518 - A - 4.5 - FAL2008 - ADV SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
CIS499 - A - 4.5 - SUM2005 - SENIOR SEMNR IN CIS
Senior Class Seminar
DSP999 - PASSED - DIRECT STUDY PROJECT SEMINAR
[♥ About Me ♥]
I am 46 and mother to four wonderful children - ages 18, 17, 14 & 5. I graduated with my MASTERS degree in Software Engineering Management and a 3.917 GPA. My heritage is Cherokee Indian, English, Irish, German, Norwegian and French. (Wouldn't that make me a Cheroglish Irigerwegianench?). I am 5'1" with red hair and green eyes. I am left handed and love playing the flute, drawing, writing, computer programming, and web design. My favorite foods are sushi, pasta, seafood, and steak.
An interesting fact about me: I have flown a plane!! It was one of those two person types, and my friend showed me how it was done, and I did it! When I lived in Ocala, I flew from Ocala to Gainesville, then down to Orlando, and back to Ocala. Of course, he landed the plane, but it was the most awesomest (is that a word?) experience EVER!
Another interesting fact: On July 19, 2007, I was struck by lightening. I stopped by Walmart on my way home from work for some groceries. When I went in, it was a bit cloudy. When I came out, the skies were very dark and it was starting to rain. I put up the umbrella and started rolling the basket to the van. When I was a few feet from the van, the lightening hit the umbrella!! It came down the shaft of the umbrella and was circling around my hand and wrist. It basically looked like a spiraling blue and white spark that lasted for maybe 10-15 seconds. I was so awestruck by what was happening that I just froze while watching. I didn't realize what actually happened until it stopped. By the time I figured out what happened, I freaked out, and hurriedly threw the groceries into the van and left. That night, I had things I needed to do for work, and was going to work at home. I mentioned to my boss what happened, and he insisted I go to the emergency room. At that time, I felt fine. Mom agree'd with him and wouldn't let up about it, so I went to the emergency room. They x-ray'd my hand and arm and said that nothing was broken. They said I was VERY lucky. So, I went back home, and started working on my stuff. Well, don't you know within a few hours, I was in PAIN!!! My arm felt like someone squashed it in a vice grip, and my head felt like it was about to explode. Worst headache I ever had. Worse than any migraine I've ever experienced, not that I've had many, but have on occasion.
[♥ Hobbies/Interests ♥]
Computers (programming, web design, playing online games)
Football - Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles, Gators
[♥ Heroes ♥]
My parents are my heroes!!! They may not be perfect, but they did what they were supposed to.
[♥ Nicknames Given to me ♥]
Mommy (of course)
[♥ Things I Like About People ♥]
Honesty - Note: You can be honest without being mean.
Intelligence - You don't need an IQ of 136, but stupid by choice is not an admirable trait
Responsibility - If you have responsibilities, take care of them.
Ambition - Get your GED, go to college, aim for bigger and better things. Take your life into your own hands.
[♥ Things I Dislike About People ♥]
Cheating - Stay faithful, or stay single!!! There is NEVER an acceptable excuse for cheating. Cheating is a consicous decision, not a mistake!
Lying - Telling me I look nice in a dress when I really don't might be okay, but other than little white lies are a no-no!
Drugs - Don't want it around my kids! (And yes, marijuana IS a drug!)
Irresponsibility - Pay your bills! Pay your child support! Take care of your kids!
Laziness - Being lazy once in a while is fine and even encouraged, but not everyday!
[♥ Music ♥]
[♥ Movies/Television ♥]
Vin Diesel Movies ♥
Law & Order (all of them)
In Plain Sight
Jose Armando Quiles, M.B.A. - Senior Systems Engineer Embedded with Expertise in Project Management (linkedin.com) Carol is a very detail oriented instructional designer and systems analyst. She is one of the most responsible and reliable individuals I had the chance to supervise. Fast learner and capable of performing multiple roles with accuracy, detail, and requires very little guidance. She will be a great asset to any company she works for.
Tim Davis - Experienced Instructional Designer, Interaction Designer, Business Analyst, Software Tester, and Computer Programmer (linkedin.com) Carol is a highly productive worker with a diversified set of skills that have proven to be very beneficial to the team. I have had the pleasure of working with Carol as her Lead from 2011 through 2014. I am impressed with Carol’s organizational, technical, and instructional design skills. When Carol joined the team, she quickly became knowledgeable of complex systems and took ownership of the products for which she was responsible for delivering. Carol contributed many creative and effective solutions to process and project challenges which contributed to the success of our projects. I highly recommend her.
Michael Feher - Systems Engineer at AVT Simulation (linkedin.com) Carol has grown in the years that I've known her to move beyond simple coding assignments to a full-fledged systems analyst. She understands the concepts of assimilating complex systems into requirements and turning those requirements into designs and other artifacts to help a software simulation team get on their feet and get to implementation. I am impressed with Carol's friendly and helpful demeanor, her dedication to get her job done, and her willingness and curiosity to ask questions. In short, I would recommend Carol to any organization looking for help in the systems analyst/systems engineering realm--she is a valuable team asset.
James Leach - Instructional Designer at Carley Corporation (linkedin.com) I have worked with Carol for over 2 years and find her attention to detail, in turn provides high quality products. She has taught me Systems Analysis in respect to PC Simulation development and also has excelled in Instructional Systems Design at Carley.
Daniel Friedman - Management Consultant at GAI Consultants, Inc. (linkedin.com) Carol is a hard-working, dedicated individual who is able to learn quickly and adapt easily to any situation. While working with Carol, I personally witnessed many times where she would take initiative and solve a task by thinking outside the box. Carol is an asset to any team or company.
Daniel Friedman - 10/5/2009 - www.naymz.com - Carol was a great member of my operations team at Channel Intelligence. She constantly displayed hard work, dedication, enthusiam, and creative thinking in all her endeavors. She also took the lead on several occasions and helped navigate difficult circumstances and create unique solutions. I highly recommend Carol to anyone looking for an asset to their team.
Charles Neal - 8/11/2008 - Facebook - Carol, what a fantastic website. Already I can see it is so expressive of you, who you are, and what you believe--done very creatively, with great sensitivity and candor while expressing your own lovely and profound beliefs that I have already seen surfacing on Facebook. Congratulations.
Hattie Mitchell - 8/10/2008 - Facebook - Took a look at your website and it looks good. I wish I had the same talents as you do....
[♥ My Children ♥]
Cody Cameron Otto
[♥ Extended Family ♥]
Betty: My mom
Dennis: My dad
David: My brother
Lisa: My niece
Talicia: My niece
Chana: My niece
Davina: My niece
Diane Garrity - My bestie since high school. Always will be. She lives in New Jersey, but I wish we were neighbors.
Greg Kish - Met Greg online and he's one of the bestest friends anyone could ever ask for and one of the sweetest guys you'd ever wanna meet.
Carolyn Miner - I met her on Pogo.com many years ago. She's a sweetheart and like another daughter for me. Feel's like I've known her forever.
Jennifer Lawton - My best friend when I was in Ocala. I moved south, then she moved to Arkansas. :( Now, I don't get to visit with her and the children anymore.
[♥ Our Pets ♥]
Keli - RIP. My dog when I was in high school and after. I have to mention her here because she was the best doggie I ever had and she'll always be with me as my angel doggie.
Garo: Dominique's doggy.
Angel (Lion Head): Another kitty.
We also have one rabbit, two guinea pigs, and one hamster.
Art I like
I used to have tons of drawings and paintings. However, due to issues with my ex-husband, ALL those drawings were left in Las Vegas, and God only knows who has them now. Since then, I haven't been too inclined or motivated to do many drawings or paintings. I guess it's time I started my collection over. I mean, it's been almost 15 years...
This was a boat I drew. I scanned it into the computer, then lightened it to use as a background on previous websites.
According to tradition, Chartres Cathedral has housed the tunic of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Sancta Camisia, since 876. The relic was said to have been given to the cathedral by Charlemagne, who received it as a gift during a trip to Jerusalem. Because of this relic, Chartres has been a very important Marian pilgrimage center and the faithful still come from the world over to honor it.
The present cathedral is one of several French Gothic masterpieces built because fire had destroyed its predecessors. After the first cathedral of any great substance burnt down in 1020, a glorious new Romanesque basilica with a massive crypt was built under the direction of Bishop Fulbert and later Geoffroy de Lèves.
The cathedral survived a fire in 1134 that destroyed much of the rest of the town, but was not so lucky on the night of June 10, 1194, when lightning ignited a great fire that destroyed all but the west towers, the façade and the crypt.
The people despaired when it seemed that the Sancta Camisia had also perished in the fire. But three days later it was found unharmed in the treasury, which the bishop proclaimed was a sign from Mary herself that another, even more magnificent, cathedral should be built in Chartres. Donations came in from all over France and rebuilding began almost immediately in 1194. The people of Chartres volunteered to haul the necessary stone from quarries 5 miles away.
The construction project used the plans laid out by the first architect in order to preserve the harmonious aspect of the cathedral. Work began first on the nave and by 1220 the main structure was complete, with the old crypt, the west towers and the west facade incorporated into the new building. On October 24, 1260, the cathedral was finally dedicated in the presence of King Louis IX and his family.
Chartres Cathedral was never destroyed nor looted during the French Revolution and the numerous restorations never have altered its glorious beauty. It always stayed the same: a great triumph of Gothic art.
Be the CHANGE you want to see in the world ~ Ghandi Love starts with a smile, grows with a kiss, and ends with a tear. ~ Unknown Don't cry over anyone who won't cry over you. ~ Unknown Good friends are hard to find, harder to leave, and impossible to forget. ~ Unknown Nobody is perfect until you fall in love with them. ~ Unknown Everything is okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end. ~ Carolyn Myers The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched, but are felt in the heart. ~ Helen Keller Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. ~ Maria Robinson To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure, but risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. ~ Unknown The most important things in life aren't things. ~ Anthony J. D'Angelo Never waste a minute of your precious life by squandering it thinking about people you don't like. ~ Unknown Our attitude toward life determines life's attitude towards us. ~ John N. Mitchell Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. ~ Unknown Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength. ~ Unknown Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be. ~ Karen Ravn Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today. ~ James Dean You are the embodiment of the information you choose to accept and act upon. To change your circumstances you need to change your thinking and subsequent actions. ~ Adlin Sinclair
I am a Capricorn! According to an application on Facebook, Capricorn is harmonious with:
Capricorn has a difficult relationship with:
Capricorn has a turbulent relationship with:
[♥ I'd Like to Meet ♥]
People... All kinds of people. People are cool. Without people, where would we be?
In particular, I think I'd like to meet the following people:
George Bush (I'd like to bitch-slap him for running the country into the ground!)
[♥ My views (rules) on Relationships ♥]
Thou shall not cheat, else thou shalt be castrated with a butter knife! I will not be your backup! If you have a wife/girlfriend, stay away from me! Unless it's friends only.
Once in a relationship, my intuition guides me. Thus far, it's NEVER been wrong.
If I'm in a relationship with you, and it ends because you treated me bad. Then NO, we can't be friends.
If he cheated WITH you, he'll cheat ON you!
Apathy is the beginning of the end.
Don't be a bore. Have some kind of hobby or something. Show ambition!!!! Who wants to be with someone that's always bored, ALL THE TIME!
I like nice guys, but I don't like doormats. Express yourself and have your own opinion! Just don't be a jerk.
Do NOT say you love me if you never MET me.
I'm a keeper, if you fuck it up, sorry for your luck. I've given too many 2nd chances, and not likely to give any more.
Do you have children that don't live with you? If so, do you pay your child support and MAKE the time to be with them without excuses?
You need to be able to take care of yourself. I already have kids, I don't need my man being one also. Unless you're a kid at heart. That's a good thing.
Do you have any problems such as anger management issues, or severe depression, or anything else that is easily addressed?
--- If so, you best be addressing it. I want nothing to do with anyone who refuses to take care of themselves. Take your meds, see your doc, whatever you need to do.
You don't need to be rich, or make a lot of money, but if we're to be together, you will help contribute.
[♥ The Perfect Guy? ♥]
Honest - Speaks for itself.
Handsome (on the inside)
Financially Stable - He doesn't have to be rich, just responsible
Good to his mother
My Guardian Angel!
How to make a Carol
5 parts intelligence
5 parts ambition
3 parts leadership
Layer ingredients in a shot glass. Add a little cocktail umbrella and a dash of lustfulness
First off, I love to draw. Always wanted to be an artist, but hey that won't pay the bills, yanno???
My alter ego!!!
[♥ Movies ♥]
I'm not a real big movie buff. When it comes to movies, I like different stuff like comedy's, science fiction, and love stories. I like the love stories cause you know real life will NEVER be like that, but you can dream, right?
I think my favorite movie is the Matrix movies. It's funny that those movies came out, because I really wonder if that's not what is real... yanno?
[♥ Music ♥]
[♥ Concerts I've been to ♥]
Evanescence - 2012
Paramore - 2010
Buddy Rich - One of the greatest jazz drummers of all time.
Genesis - R.F.K. Stadium Starplex (Washington, DC) - May 26, 1987 (Michelob)
The Monkeys - Gary Pucket & The Union Gap Band - Hermans Hermits - 1986
E.U. (Experience Unlimited) - 1990? - Remember the song "Da Butt"? & Sugar Bear
Guns N Roses/Pantera (1990?)
The Ramones - The Bayou in Washington, DC - Early 90's
Grateful Dead - Charleston, WV - 1995
Nickelback - 2007
Ozzfest - Full tour lineup - 2002 (not all present)
---- Ozzy Osbourne
---- System of a Down
---- Rob Zombie
---- Drowning Pool - Last concert of Dave Williams (RIP)
---- Black Label Society
---- 3rd Strike
---- Pulse Ultra
---- Ill Nino
---- Andrew W.K.
---- The Used
Ozzfest - 1997
---- Black Sabbath
---- Marilyn Manson
---- Type O Negative
---- Fear Factory
---- Machine Head
---- Powerman 5000
---- Coal Chamber
---- Slo Burn
---- Drain sth
---- Vision of Disorder
Lollapalooza - 1996
---- The Ramones
---- Shaolin Monks
---- Screaming Trees
---- Cheap Trick
---- Rage Against the Machine
---- Cocteau Twins
---- Waylon Jennings
---- Violent Femmes
---- The Tea Party
---- Wu Tang Clan
---- Steve Earle
The following are social websites where I have profiles.
If you know me personally, and have a linkedin account, please feel free to create a recommendation for me.
If you know me personally, and have a Naymz.com account, please feel free to create a recommendation for me.
Although, I truly believe Twitter is utterly useless.
Joey is now 1 year old. (1 year, 1 month, 6 days) (October 10, 2009)
Here's the latest update to "Project Peanut". I have surprisingly kept up quite well with this project. I originally thought I'd slack off after
a couple of months, but I haven't! Yay me!!!! I wish I started this when my other children were born. Then I'd have expenses all the way through age 13. That's okay, this will take many years to accomplish, and I just hope I can keep it up.
Out of Pocket Total: $6,626.27
Final formula totals accounted for $1,586.82, and the on-going diaper total is $386.31.
What will interesting is when Joey starts eating table food. I'll try to (as much as possible) account for his portion, but that will be a little difficult. He's still mostly eating toddler food.
Another thing to mention that shouldn't be forgotten, is Joey's portion of water, utilities, bed space, gasoline for baby related trips, etc. Obviously, with a baby, those things go up a little because of bath's, bottles, washing clothes, batteries for toys and his swing, and everything else. However, at this time, I don't think it's worth it to try to figure out that stuff.
Medical Billed: $34,302.46 (of which $479.30 was paid by Carol, rest paid by insurance)