Brad Otto has worked with companies large and small, as well as with people in their homes, teaching technology and making lives better through IT since 1996. This has included running his own technology consulting company since 1996, working for five companies as a core asset in their IT department, and working for a global technology consulting firm managing projects as large as 70,000 seats – where he moved from an analyst to a manager level in just four years. Brad has a Bachelor of Science in IT with a minor in Computer Science from Marquette University where he also won the IT Award from the College of Business Administration.
Brad’s role as an independent consultant directly benefits MATC and its students because he instructs people and businesses in the use of new technologies daily on the job. His personal role has been to act as an IT department for hire to those small businesses and homes that would not need a full-time IT person. In business, he solves technology problems, infrastructure setup, and training needs for the client list of 275+.
Dan Johnson has worked for more than 20 years as an IT professional in both the white-collar and blue-collar fields. His most recent position is with Business Reporting at the Wells Fargo office in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. The Business Reporting team is responsible for analyzing wholesale sales functions within Wells Fargo to their retail partners (e.g., Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, UBS, etc.). Dan’s current title is an Analytics Consultant/Data Scientist in helping Wells Fargo with predictive analytics and data mining ventures.
Dan has background knowledge in various areas of IT and has switched from IT to IS (Information Systems) focus in the last 10 years of his career. Dan has an Associate’s degree from MATC in Information Security, a bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in Information Science and Technology from the School of Information Studies, and a master’s degree in Management Information Systems from the Lubar School of Business at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and is SAP Terp 10 certified, with a graduate certificate in ERP systems.
Jim Stark has been an instructor at MATC for the past 11 years teaching in the ITSUP and ITNET departments. Prior to joining MATC, Jim spent 20 years in the IT industry, including 14 years as Vice President of JEM Consulting. JEM’s primary business was providing computer hardware and services, including design and installation of Local Area Networks for small and medium-size businesses. Consequently, he brings an entrepreneurial point of view to education.
Jim has earned bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
His current interests include network communications, operating systems and computer hardware. He holds certifications in Novell Netware, Apple Hardware Repair, Cisco Instruction and VMWare VCP.
Jonathan Arnold worked for 10 years as an IT professional. His most recent position was with IT Asset Management at the Johnson Controls corporate office in Glendale, Wisconsin. The Asset Management team was responsible for designing and implementing a configuration management database used to track and analyze data, which helped to manage the company’s 100,000 PC and 7,000 printers across 140 countries.
Jonathan has background knowledge in help desk support, deskside support, email administration, end user computing process and design, and IT asset management. Jonathan has a bachelor’s degree in music theory and composition from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, a master’s degree in business administration from the Lubar School of Business at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and is ITIL v3 foundation certified.
After working as a programmer, technical writer, and IT support technician for over 10 years, Sue Kress was hired as a full-time IT faculty member at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Because it is important for her to see her students succeed, her goal is to bring much enthusiasm into the classroom and provide flexibility where needed. Whether it’s networking or computer support, her classes include many hands-on labs as she believes students enjoy and benefit the most from those activities.
Sue has attained multiple degrees ranging from an associate degree in IT Programmer/Analyst at MATC, bachelors and masters degrees from Cardinal Stritch University, as well as various Microsoft, Novell NetWare, and CompTIA certifications.
Vadim Mikhailenko is an experienced educator and information technology/business consultant.
Vadim has more than 17 years of experience working as an advisor and consultant for large and medium-size business in the United States. Vadim had helped to complete complex enterprise security implementations, SAP conversions, manufacturing dashboard installations, EDI solution design and installation, web application design, development, integrating ERP and information security systems into the enterprise, working as a consultant, leading challenging implementations and delivering solutions to the clients on time and on budget.
Vadim is specializing in IT computer support, data analysis, infrastructure, application development, enterprise security and data conversion delivery. Vadim emphasizes excellent self-management skills and being an effective team player, passionate about technology and focused on adding value to the client. He is proficient working on all phases of project delivery in different roles: define the requirements and project objectives, architecture, design, development, quality assurance, implementation and support of delivered solution.
Vadim is a passionate instructor and teaches IT computer support courses at MATC. He makes students his top priority and is always excited to share his knowledge and experience with students as part of his classes.
Vadim has an MBA and master degree in Computer Science.