Massachusetts Native and University of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and working in Public Health Informatics for over 10 years. John started as a technical consultant, right out of college, for Consilience Software, and was assigned to The New York City Department of Health and Mental Health’s new Electronic Disease Surveillance System (Maven). He had the opportunity to work with the Tuberculosis, Sexually Transmitted Disease, and Vaccine Preventable Disease Programs before being called to the South Dakota Department of Health, which became his new home and passion. John served as the chief engineer on the South Dakota Disease Surveillance System (SDEDSS) for near 5 years. This time saw them completing major Meaningful Use Initiatives in Electronic Lab Reporting and Syndromic Surveillance and developing novel methods for digitally responding to disease outbreaks (white papers still available). Several years were then spent traveling and working with Health Departments, and other State and Local Entities, across the globe in a technical sales role for Xerox. He was called back to South Dakota, eventually, to be the Informatics Surveillance Lead for the program. This role was expanded throughout the pandemic response. It offered incredible opportunity to modernize and rethink Public Health Analytics and the developmental approach of its goals. These efforts continue today.