Hello, my name is Chris LaFave. I have been an avid gamer and tech enthusiast for about as long as I can remember. I have worked as an inventory auditor, kitchen manager, retail clerk and construction worker but I feel as if I have found my passion in IT. The prospects of continued career growth and education are something that I value greatly, and hope to be able to take full advantage of in this field.
I’ve worn a bunch of hats over the years. I toured in a band for a couple years, worked in audio engineering, but I’ve always had a really strong passion for technology. When I was in high school, I started programming Raspberry Pi’s to play old SNES and N64 games on, and I was hooked!
Hi, I’m Lindsey! I’m a newcomer to the IT scene and so excited to be here! I grew up in Kansas City, attended Park University in Parkville where I earned a Bachelors in English, and spent a few years working in the title insurance industry. I started to feel the itch to make a change to a field where there was a lot of room for growth and opportunities for continued learning that would challenge me throughout my career and found IT to be that field.
When I was a teenager, I spent my time reading books and writing short stories. I had an online journal that had an option to edit the HTML; this is when I was first introduced to web development. I taught myself neat tricks to change the appearance of my landing page. I didn’t know what web development was then, but I remember thinking whatever this was, they were lucky to have that kind of job. I joined the military right out of high school and served 8 years. I then worked various customer service jobs, my favorite being a leasing agent for apartments, because of the interactions with residents. I knew I wanted more out of my career, and so my search began at a local community college using my GI Bill. Tapping into what I really wanted out of life, I discovered I am lucky to be the person to edit what goes on behind web pages.
My name is Kayla McCullough. I grew up living the life of a military brat; moving and traveling every other year, not really settling in one place but relocating and adjusting as my father’s profession required. I am grateful that I have seen and lived in some amazing places but had always longed to settle down in one place to call home. 25 years ago we moved from San Francisco, Ca. to Kansas City and raised our children into adulthood and are proud of the people they are becoming. Nowadays, we occupy our time with 3 dachshunds that have just taken over our hearts.
I’m Eric Carter and I am looking forward to starting a career in Web Development. I was trained by the Army as an Intelligence Analyst and spent 4 years serving my country before coming home and trying to find a job that fit. I have been thoroughly enjoying the education at Centriq and love being able to see the inner workings of the future. I’m excited to start a career where I can continue to grow and reach my full potential.
My name is Michael Callis. I have worked in different warehouse jobs over the years. I have worked as a chemical processor, delivery worker and even simple jobs such as shipping and receiving and pulling orders. I enjoy working with people, helping others and working with my hands. I have always had an interest in seeing how things worked and dismantling them and trying to put them back together. That is what sparked my interest in IT.
I’m originally from West Virginia but moved to Kansas City seven years ago. I have a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and 7 years of experience in IT. I started out as tech support representative for Frontier Communications when I lived in West Virginia. When I came to Kansas City, I was a Quality Assurance Tester with USDA.
My name is Abigayle Willis I am a receptionist/swim teacher turned web developer. I have always loved math and science but really wanted to work in a field where I was able to interact with people on a regular basis. Web development feels like a perfect fit because of the logic element I enjoyed from math, the constant changes and new things to learn, and the teamwork element my extrovertedness prefers.
I’m a 5-year US Navy veteran, where I was a supervisor and specialized in driving Search and Rescue/Maritime Interdiction boats. Post-Navy, I went on to obtain my bachelor’s in Criminal Justice at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). Currently, I am an ATM Technician, replenishing and ATMs and troubleshooting malfunctions.