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Mental Health Security

Redondo Beach, CA
March 25, 2021

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John James Ahearn, CISSP, MISM

***** ***** ******, **********, ** 91325

Telephone: (949) 295 – 0956



United States Security Clearance: Secret


Senior level technology development professional with extensive experience in designing, implementing and managing complex multi-vendor software development environments for cloud, private and locally hosted environments. Highly knowledgeable and experienced in all areas of computing technologies and developing technology based programs for the operations of a business. Also, knowledgeable and experienced in managing budgets and risk through security mechanisms, compliance monitoring and computer forensic programs. Natural ability to build teams and educate management and staff in technology operations and design to achieve desired strategic goals. Experienced in emergency repair and an effective change agent; adept at combining business process restructuring, enterprise integration and forming business partnerships with new technologies to create best fit solutions in business enterprises that desire enhance functionality and productivity.


Senior IT Technologist II / Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems (10/2018 – present)

This position is in a new business unit called ECC (Enterprise Collaborative Classified) that streamlines processes and reduces costs of starting and maintaining classified government programs. My position in ECC is to perform SDA (Software Deployment Automation) to facilitate the creation, maintenance and retirement of all Operating Systems, Applications and Security requirements. The main tool set composed of the following products:

Jira [for Project Planning & ticketing]

BitBucket [for Source Code management]

Artifactory Pro [for storage of packages]

git [for version control]

Jenkins [to automate builds]

Docker [for software packaging]

Chef / Chef Automate [for Automated Releases]

Ansible [for Automated Releases]

Microsoft SCCM [for baselines in Windows]

Microsoft MDT [for operating system builds]

Red Hat Cobbler [for operating system builds]

SCAP STIG from DoD Cyber Exchange NIPR [for compliance]

Nessus scanner by Tenable [for vulnerabilities]

Senior Manager IT: Infrastructure, Architecture and Client Services / Dine Equity (8/16 – 6/18)

This position is responsible for the overall management of the IT infrastructure. This includes systems engineering & administration, operations, and network support. With more than 3,700 Applebee's and IHOP restaurants in 19 countries and a 100%-franchised system of nearly 400 franchisees, DineEquity is one of the largest full-service restaurant companies in the world. Some of my projects have included Microsoft O365 upgrade, Cisco phone system upgrade, Oracle cloud migration and AWS cloud migrations.

IT Director / Align (5/12 – 8/16)

Design and maintain computer and secure communication systems between all business partners at this leading global supplier of hardware and related components that also provides innovative supply chain solutions. Align Aerospace takes full advantage of state-of-the-art software and processes to achieve best-of-breed relationships with its business partners leveraging SAP cloud computing services. Successfully transitioned the company out of ITAR and into a complete commercial standing. Engineered, programmed and implemented the B2B (Business to Business) infrastructure that utilizes the most recent security technologies available to provide Electronic Commerce with our business partners and customers. Created remote data collection program through remote hand-held computers and secure file transfer methods that then integrated into our ERP system SAP.

Computer and Technology Consulting / (8/11 –5/12)

Worked in technology consulting on various MS Windows clients and servers that include XP, Win 7, 2000, 2003, 2008, 2010 Operation Systems with AD, Exchange, SharePoint, MS-SQL and Office. Knowledgeable in most switches, routers and firewalls including Cisco, Sonicwall, Websense, HP, 3Com, etc. Also supporting mobile platforms like Blackberry Enterprise Server, I-Phone and Android. Provide network engineering and computer security assistance.

Director of Engineering / Americhip, Los Angeles, CA (1/11 – 5/11)

Developed state of the art embedded systems, digital communications and display technologies for international digital marketing company. Created new product line of wireless, battery-operated display systems with content management applications. Engineered technological drawings, specifications and bills of materials. Researched and linked to vendors in China to complete full supply chain. Designed and supported complex Linux systems utilizing a wide range of new communications technologies that included Mobile, Internet, wireless and touch screens.

Interim Director and Dean of Online Education / Fremont College Los Angeles, CA (9/10 –11/10)

Contracted to operate and expand the college’s online campus, including the development of content, courses and the integration between the e-College learning platform and the ERP system Campus Vue. Research includes utilizing Ed 3.0 and Web 3 concepts.

Campus Computer Support and Leadership / Argosy University (A Holding of EDMC) (04/09 – 09/10)

Serve to support the entire Los Angeles, CA campus on a part time basis while in graduate school. Provide leadership and advice in technology for all campus directors and chairs. Work with EDMC (Educational Management Corporation) to support the corporate infrastructure and directives through products like Altiris, Citrix, Campus Vue, e-College, Lawson, ADP, Cisco Clean Access, Deep Freeze, etc. Assisted in moving the campus from collocation with the Art Institute in Santa Monica, CA to a stand-alone location at LAX. I helped launch and support the bisynchronous online education component of the new e-College video conferencing modality.

Director of IT / American Career College and West Coast University (10/06 – 09/08)

Served as leader of all technology programs in a fast-growing educational environment that specializes in the training of medical technologists and nurses. Planned and implemented the building of a new security program, two new campuses, an on-line university, a new campus management application suite (Campus Vue by Campus Management Corporation), a new Mitel phone system, and the restructuring of the entire communications infrastructure using Cisco smart switches, ASA firewalls, Websense and a Citrix MetaFrame server farm. Worked closely with all accreditation and compliance agencies to interpret and implement technology related programs and directives.

Chief Information Officer / Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center (5/04 – 10/06)

Served in a hands-on executive capacity for a large, freestanding, mental health facility that has nine locations throughout the Los Angeles, CA area. In charge of technology and business operations for the company.

- Developed and implemented custom applications for the automation of clinical charts, scheduling and billing for the entire agency while providing EDI interfaces to various government agencies. Started HL-7 planning with the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health

- Developed an Agency wide data warehouse and centralized reporting system that utilizes MS SQL.

- Developed an effective and comprehensive HIPAA and Corporate Ethics Compliance package for the Agency that reduces risk and liability.

- Completed a very large communications and network overhaul to provide security, auditing, monitoring and to ensure quality of service through the latest in technology switches, routers and firewalls.

- Reorganized the Billing and Business Office operations for the agency resulting in superior service, accountability and revenue realization, while identifying areas for cost reductions.

V.P. of Networking and Systems Engineering / PC Fix Inc. (8/02 – 4/04)

Worked directly with the owner of PC Fix Inc. to grow the existing company ( into a larger operation that now includes a full range of services and large commercial accounts. Developed and managed teams of programmers and technicians. We had just recently opened a new company called Network Troubleshooters ( that specialized in advanced computer communications consulting.

-Developed, implemented and supported custom systems for a variety of businesses.

-Performed evaluations and repairs of businesses networks, systems and security environments.

- Performed successful emergency repair and recovery operations for many clients across many types of systems.

- Specialized in Open System development using LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP/Perl.)

- Lexus and Toyota Dealership Experience.

Teacher and Course Designer / University of California, Irvine (1/94 – 1/2006)

Redesigned the Network and Communications Engineering Certification program. Designed, certified and taught over 30 classes in advanced computer technology including Advanced Computer Communications, Voice and Data Integration, TCP/IP, Routing Protocols, Novell NetWare, Relational Data Bases, Windows NT IPC Programming, The Future of Network Computing, Windows NT Server Migration, Wireless, Security, Client Server, Open Systems, Distributed Systems, Electronic Commerce and Advanced Internet technologies.

National IS Director / Audio Visual Headquarters (5/99 – 3/02)

Head of computer operations for corporate holding office, nine regional offices and 28 district offices around the United States. Completed IS portion of corporate reorganization. The old entity was Carabineer International and traded on the NYSE under the symbol CWC. CWC was reorganized under the guidance of the SEC and certain operations were sold off. The remaining companies, systems and assets were put under our new parent company AVSC/AVSG, trading on the NYSE under the symbol AVC. The holding offices and operations were moved from Manhattan, NY to Long Beach, CA and was an 800 million dollar company.

- Transitioned custom software package from failure to use in 10 out of 12 district offices, providing inventory, logistics and sales functions for the corporation, integrated into an enterprise reporting system utilizing data warehousing.

- Implemented national VPN (virtual private network) and Internet firewall/monitoring system, thus saving corporation approximately fifty thousand dollars in tie-line costs annually.

- Developed a help desk support structure, operational procedures, security policies and training for each regional office, which reduced costs and increased functionality.

- Implemented national intranet and extranet application, which utilized Oracle enterprise reporting and data warehousing.

- Overhauled existing digital communications architecture to support client-server and distributed applications that depend on QOS (Quality of Service) to support critical functions.

- Researched, engineered and help program an RF/ID system for the inventory and asset management of rental equipment.


Masters of Information Systems Management and Information Security, Keller Graduate School - 2010 4.0 GPA

B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics - 1986; Southeastern Louisiana University

High School Diploma 1978, Saint John Vianney Preparatory High School, New Orleans, LA

Designated Subjects Teaching Credential, Computer Applications - 1989; State of California

Certified Intermec RF/ID Software and Hardware Developer -2000

Certified Network Instruments Observer Protocol Analyzer 2001

Certified SonicWall Firewall Engineer 2001

CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) 2002

Net Analyst Certification Pine Mountain Group -2004

Raytheon Six Sigma Certification – 2018

CompTIA Security+ - 2019

United States Secret Security Clearance – 2019 (Active)

Raytheon Agile Safe - 2020

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