Thom Shavor, MBA, MPH

Project Manager, Software Developer, Home Brewer, Board Game Enthusiast, Vinyl Record Collector, and lover of comic books (mostly Marvel, but sometimes DC)


     

ABOUT

I'm a veteran of the US Army, a former health care epidemiologist, and a graduate of the Nashville Software School's immersive 6 month, full-time boot camp, where I studied Javascript and C#/.NET development, among other topics. I have 10+ years of experience in project management, , and business analysis, and data analysis, and my goal is to work in a mentally stimulating, problem-solving environment, where my experience and skills may be of benefit to an organization, and I feel like I am making the world a better place.

EDUCATION

Full Stack Coding Bootcamp (Cohort 15: Javascript/C#/.NET)
Nashville Software School
Nashville, Tennessee, USA

DEC 2016

Master's Degree in Public Health (MPH: Epidemiology Focus)
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, Tennessee, USA

JUNE 2012

Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

JUNE 2012

Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA: Economics Focus)
Nicholls State University
Thibodaux, Louisiana, USA

JUNE 2012

Bachelor's Degree in Marine Sciences (B.S.)
Nicholls State University
Thibodaux, Louisiana, USA

JUNE 2012



CERTIFICATIONS

Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)
Scrum Alliance
Westminster, Colorado, USA

JULY 2017-PRESENT

Certified Associate in Project Managment (CAPM)
Project Management Institute (PMI)
Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, USA

IN PROCESS

Entry Certificate in Business Analysis (ECBA)
International Institute of Business Analysts (IIBA)
Whitby, Ontario, CANADA

IN PROCESS

ORGANIZATIONS

Scrum Alliance- Active Member
Member #: 123456
Westminster, Colorado, USA

JULY 2017-PRESENT

Project Management Institute (PMI)- Active Member
Member #: 4952716
Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, USA

JUNE 2017-PRESENT

PMI Nashville Chapter- Active Member
Nashville, Tennessee, USA

JUNE 2017-PRESENT

International Institute of Business Analysts (IIBA)- Active Member
Member #: 170790
Whitby, Ontario, CANADA

MARCH 2017-PRESENT

IIBA Middle Tennessee Chapter- Active Member
Nashville, Tennessee, USA

MARCH 2017-PRESENT

Beta Gamma Sigma (National Business Honor Society)
Nicholls State University Chapter
Thibodaux, Louisiana, USA

DECEMBER 1999-PRESENT

WORK

IT Project Coordinator
Associated Packaging, Inc.

I currently assist Associated Packaging, Inc. in the company’s transition to GENERO, a more modern language used by IBM Informix® data servers, over the next 1-2 years. This hybrid role has the following components:

Developer/Data Analyst Duties:

  • Generates compilable code solutions using 4JS BDL/GENERO programming languages for testing potential database conversion programming solutions
  • Refactors existing BDL language web-based Crystal Reports applications using GENERO language data structure
  • Develops business intelligence reports using SQL and/or SAP Crystal Reports for management and staff, as needed
  • Serves as the SME (Subject Matter Expert) for Server Studio software, a software application used for database administration of IBM Informix® data servers

Project Management/Business Analysis Duties:

  • Managed 6-person evaluation team charged with choosing identifying the initial Project Management software package the company would use (i.e. Teamwork)
  • Introduced and implemented Agile/Scrum processes within IT development team
  • Serves as ScrumMaster on the IT Scrum Team; worked with Product Owner in creating User Stories and prioritizing Product Backlog
  • Developed/Updated Sprint Burn-Down Charts to estimate remaining development work
  • Conducts extensive client interviews to determine software transition needs; developed and modified project implementation timelines, as necessary
  • Documents all activities related to Information technology tickets within TeamWork project management software

IT Helpdesk Duties:

  • Utilizes FITRIX help desk ticketing software to assign, manage, and close help desk tickets
  • Promptly (and professionally) responds to telephone and email requests
  • Establishes new users roles/responsibilities within FITRIX application by configuring Microsoft Active Directory, set up remote network printers, email filter software, and database access to the company’s time/attendance software

MAY 2017 - Present

Apprentice Software Developer
Nashville Software School

6 month Full-Stack immersive bootcamp focusing on HTML, CSS, Javascript during the front-end, and C#/.NET during the back-end. Hands on experience with multiple technologies, within group and individual projects, and daily coding exercises. Last 3 months operated in an Agile/Scrum production environment emphasizing test driven development.

During this time, I also Developed APIs, MVC, and Command-Line Apps utilizing Microsoft Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code, used the whiteboard and wireframes to problem solve and design new software applications, presented completed projects to students and staff members, participated in Mob and Paired programming techniques and responded to questions concerning code written, participated in Mob and Paired programming techniques, analyzed database tables using Structured Query Language (SQL), worked with JQuery for JavaScript libraries, and utilized Grunt to automate bundling of modules, JavaScript linting, and compiling SASS.

JULY 2016 - DEC 2016

Technical Assistance Consultant
Global Evaluation & Applied Research Solutions, Inc

I served as a technical consultant for the State of Georgia and Fulton/DeKalb County Health Departments for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Data to Care Program. Data to Care programs use laboratory reports received by a health department’s HIV surveillance program as markers of HIV care and analyze them to identify individuals who either never linked to care after diagnosis or who did not continue to receive care. The program then offers individuals on this list for outreach by health departments, providers, or both to assist them with getting into HIV care.

My involvement with these health departments involves serving as the primary technical assistance resource related to HIV Surveillance processes, demonstrating analytical techniques to utilize person-searching software database collections to identify migration trends among HIV-infected clients, and the practical application of similar principles learned from my experiences in projects I developed and managed in while serving as the Epidemiology and Surveillance Director with the State of Tennessee Health Department's HIV/STD Program.

APR 2016 - CURRENT

Epidemiology/Surveillance Director (Epidemiologist 3)
Tennessee Department of Health

Served as the Surveillance and Epidemiology Program Director for HIV/STD Programs within the Tennessee Department of Health, a program I created in 2003. In this capacity, I directly supervised 4 epidemiologists and 1 program director, and was responsible for the surveillance and data needs for a $50 million HIV/STD public health program. These needs involved providing surveillance data and epidemiological technical assistance to the HIV Prevention, STD Prevention, Ryan White, and HOPWA programs.

Throughout my career, I served as the Primary Product Owner for the implementation of the following large-scale software implementation projects within the HIV/STD Program: (1) STD*MIS, (2) eHARS, (3) PRISM, (4) Ryan White Eligibility System, (5) CareWare

In this role over a period of 10 years, I worked closely with teams of Programmers, Project Managers, and Business Analysts to design, develop, and implement large-scale software applications that are used by public health staff throughout Tennessee.

I have extensive program operations management experience, serving as the principal investigator and primary author on three large, multi-year HIV surveillance cooperative agreements through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). I completed regular process reports to notify federal government project officers on progress made, took corrective action for any deficiencies identified, and created/managed all associated budgets.

JUN 2003 - JAN 2016

Public Health Advisor (Surveillance Specialist)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Served as a Surveillance Specialist on CDC's Syphilis Rapid Response Team (RRT) within the Division of STD Prevention. In that role, team members were sent to an areas of high syphilis morbidity to determine the initial areas to focus immediate improvements, as well as to allocate training resources. Additionally, management and operations staff researched and identified evidence-based and data driven best practices that would be cost effective, easy to implement, and could be time sensitive with immediate results.

In my role on the RRT, I analyzed all potential data sources obtained from worker activity reports and laboratory surveillance reports from STD/MIS (and other locally-controlled databases) to determine if program metrics derived from the CDC STD cooperative agreement (CSPS), were being achieved. Additional data reports that I produced for decision-making purposes included analyses of local syphilis cases, along with epidemiological descriptions of the distribution of diseases among specific sub-populations, open case line listings for the current working month and two months prior, cases with adverse disposition for field investigations, mobile screening activities, and reports identiiying clustering opportunities are initiated where appropriate, and reports describing re-interviews and cluster interviews.

JAN 2001 - JUN 2003

HIV/STD Program Manager
Louisiana Office of Public Health

Served as the Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) supervisor for the Region 3 Office of Public Health. Directed four (4) employees to achieve program goals and objectives as specified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in STD cooperative agreements and various grants.

In this role, I also conducted follow-up and referrals to ensure examination and treatment compliance for infected, exposed and at-risk individuals for HIV/STDs. I interviewed and counseled clients who are at risk for or have communicable and/or chronic diseases and elicit the name of contacts and detailed information about the client's personal behavior, and maintained the confidentiality of all records data and information as required by section, department or state regulation.

I also conducted HIV pre- and post-testing counseling and make referrals to health care providers as appropriate, performed phlebotomy for blood testing, and provided information to the public, educators and health care professionals about communicable and chronic diseases. Additionally, I educated clients about health risks and promote behavioral changes to reduce risks.

JUN 1994 - DEC 2000

Combat Medical Sergeant (E-7)
US Army

Served as the platoon sergeant for a surgical platoon within a MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital). Participated in combat operations during Operation Desert Shield/Storm in 1990-1991 as a member of the 159th MASH, 3rd Armored Division (Spearhead). Area of operations included Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq.
In this role, responsible for directing and managing the administrative and training duties for 30+ soldiers who worked within the medical-surgical unit of this hospital, as well as approximately $10 million worth of surgical equipment used during operational deployments.

During combat operations, I managed work schedules to ensure that surgical suites were adequately staffed, operating rooms were prepared for surgery, ensured all necessary supplies and surgical tools are sterile and ready, maintained control and placement of all items used during surgery. Additionally, I provided other assistance as needed, during the operation to include delivering the patient to recovery, and cleaning up the operating room after surgery.

SEP 1986 - MAR 1993



AWARDS

Most Improved Student Award: Server Side Development
Nashville Software School

JANUARY 2017

Beta Gamma Sigma Inductee, National Business Honor Society
Nicholls State University Chapter

NOVEMBER 1999

United States Army, 3rd Armored Division (Spearhead)

  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Southwest Asia Service Medal
  • Kuwait Liberation Medal (Government of Saudi Arabia)
  • Kuwait Liberation Medal (Government of Kuwait)
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Awarded during my service as a combat medic with the 159th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) during combat operations in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq during Operation Desert Storm.

    1990-1991


    TECHNOLOGIES


    GITHUB CONTRIBUTIONS

    tshavor's Github chart

    PORTFOLIO

    The Vinyl Countdown

    This is a collection app built in Angular, Javascript, and Firebase. Over the past 20+ years, I have obtained a significant vinyl record collection, and this app was designed to help me maintain my collection to avoid repeat purchases.

    front-end capstone

    Health Care Data Dashboard

    This is an MVC app built using C#, .NET Core, Javascript, D3, SQL database, and Bootstrap that allows the user to select data based on their specifications and then displays it in a variety of graphical formats.

    back-end capstone

    Gauntlet

    A Nashville Software School group project written with fellow student, Debbie Bourne. Gauntlet is a fighting game with a medieval theme, and was designed to provide a practical example of prototypal inheritance within Javascript.

    Group Project



    CONTACT ME!

    Email:
    thomshavor@gmail.com

    Address:
    1200 North 14th Street Nashville, TN 37206

    Celluar Phone:
    1-615-788-9047

    Created by Thom Shavor