|I grew up on a dairy farm in
southwestern Colorado. After finishing a four year tour
in the U.S. Navy as an aviation electronics technician, I
received a B.S. in Animal Science, Nutrition and my
D.V.M. from Colorado State University. I practiced as a
veterinarian in Idaho and Colorado from 1978 to 1989,
owning and managing my own practice specializing in dairy
medicine in Western Colorado from 1982 to 1986. Taking a
new direction, I received a Masters degree in Computer
Science from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
In July, 1991 I began a postion with the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, working with the DairyChamp dairy herd management program and designing a small animal epidemiological data collection program for PetChamp. DairyChamp was written in
Pascal and used its own proprietary database while the data collection system for PetChamp used C and Paradox databases on DOS and distributed AIX Unixsystems. I later worked with the Center for Farm Financial Management at the College of Agricultural Economics. There we teamed in Pascal and C on farm financial planning software and software for minimizing farm environmental impact. I left the U in 1995, took classes in Oracle design and Unix administration, then worked for Programming Alternatives on a couple contracts designing Paradox and MS Access database systems.
I began full-time employment with EDS in spring 1996 working with manufacturing sales software designed in Foxpro for Windows, Visual Foxpro, Visual Basic, and C.
Since leaving EDS in March, 1999, most of my energy has gone into establishing a business in veterinary and agricultural computer support and training, JRW Consulting. To that end I've: taken a few projects utilizing my skills in Visual Foxpro, Visual Basic, and MS Access; designed web pages for a startup small business, family, and a couple local bands; taught computer and web basics classes at the Hennepin County Library. I also plan to get MS certification in VB and MCSD.
In my spare time I enjoy bluegrass and acoustic music, hanging out at Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association (MBOTMA) events. As a result, I served on the MBOTMA board of directors for three years and as secretary, and still serve on program and festival planning committees. I have also enjoyed volunteering at the Cedar Cultural Center, hanging out at Loon County, and catching the local traditional acoustic luminaries at Dulono's Pizza and Homestead Pickin' Parlor. I still hope to learn to play the violin.
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