GirlGeek of the Week
I grew up in St. Louis, MO, and graduated from Princeton
University in 1993 with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science.
I was also on the Varsity Softball team as well as the Varsity Table
Majoring in Computer Science at Princeton was extremely intimidating
and difficult, especially since I knew nothing about computers when
I started. And the fact that there was only one other woman in my
entire class did not help. But I was fascinated by computers and
the logic involved in programming, and so I stuck it out and made
After graduating, I worked as a computer programmer/consultant
for American Management Systems in Northern Virginia for two years.
I was also a volunteer assistant softball coach at George Mason
University from 1993-95, and the head softball coach at Eastern
Illinois University from 1995-97. I then headed out west to California
and began working as the systems administrator and web designer
When did you first discover your love
and/or obsession with computers and technology?
When I first started college, I knew nothing about computers,
but I decided to take some classes and give it a shot. I think I
was hooked from that point on. I have always loved figuring out
logic puzzles or math problems, and for me working with computers
is like solving different logic puzzles all day long.
How do you earn a living?
I am the systems administrator and web designer at MentorNet, a
national electronic mentoring program for women students in engineering,
science, and math. As the systems administrator and web designer
for MentorNet, I have designed, implemented, and supported a successful
web site and database systems, including creating an automated matching
program which implements complex algorithms for matching and sorting
mentors with students.
Most days I am going in about 20 different directions,
but it has been a great opportunity for me to broaden my technical
expertise and help women students at the same time.
Do you consider yourself a Geek?
I'm not sure how to answer that question. I
love computers, but I do not spend much of my time away from work
on the computer. I think I could if I let myself, but there are
so many other things I enjoy doing. However I just tried the GirlGeeks
Geek-O-Meter, and it said I was definitely a Geek.
What is your favorite Web site?
(Just a little plug for MentorNet :)
What do you do when you are not working?
I play soccer, softball, tennis, and any other sport I can think
of. I like to hike, travel, play cards, play with my 6 cats, and
explore the Bay Area.