Technical Advisor, Friends of The Pittsburgh Fisher House

Overview

During my time at Pitt, I was introduced to the Friends of the Pittsburgh Fisher House, a non-profit who supports the VA Pittsburgh Fisher House. The Fisher House is a foundation that houses veteran's families while the veteran is receiving medical care at a nearby VA hospital. Pittsburgh's first Fisher House is located on the campus of the VA Hospital in Oakland, and a capital campaign is under way to build a new Fisher House in O'Hara Township.

My role with the Friends of the Pittsburgh Fisher House originally started out as a consulting role, helping them combine two custom built HTML websites into one CMS built site using Weebly. This included not only the CMS build, but also managing their DNS namespace and email servers. After this project, the Board of Directors of the Friends asked me to stay on as a technical advisor. I've served in this role since 2015.

More recently, I've helped them migrate to a new donation management system and continue to help them manage their website, integrations, email services, and DNS name space.

Contributions

  • Facilitated the combination of donation management system and CRM into Bloomerang

  • Integrated Bloomerang contact and donation forms into the Weebly website

  • Assisted in cleaning up old email accounts and domain names

  • Assisted in on-boarding new part-time assistant for the board of the Friends

  • Design and maintain their website using website creation tools

  • Provide recommendations on new technologies to solve technical challenges

  • Facilitated the deployment of a new donation management system with Donorbox

  • Migrated two old websites into one new site