February 19, 2020
Let me start off by saying that I am excited to be here at ESU10 and look forward to serving the schools in the area. My name is Rick Mollard and I have been in the networking field for the past 14 years. I have a degree in Computer Science and Information System from UNK which took me 6 years to complete. During my college years, I worked full time so I didn’t have to take out a student loan, which is something I am very proud of. I started out as a student worker at UNK for the Network team and was eventually hired as a Network Admin/Engineer and was there for 12 years. During that time, I worked on a wide variety of projects but some of the biggest ones were; installing the very first campus-wide wireless network, redesigning the entire network architecture, and installing the first campus wide VoiP phone system. (UNK was the first University in Nebraska to have full wireless coverage as well as a full VoiP deployment). I was part of every major building project or renovation to make sure network resources would be available on time. I truly enjoyed my time at UNK and hope that the small part that I played helps them in the future. After my time at UNK, I accepted a position at Kearney Regional Medical Center (KRMC) where I was hired as a Senior System Engineer. During the first half of my stay there my primary job was to maintain the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), and the main server environment. I transitioned back into a networking role where I took care of the network as well as the Voice over IP (VoiP) phone system.
I grew up on a farm in Amherst, Nebraska. We raised cattle, primarily, but did have a couple pivots of corn/beans as well. Most of my summers were spent either on the tractor baling hay or chopping thistles on the 4-wheeler. During the winter after school, I would feed the cattle and check for new calves in the spring which was always fun. When I am not at work I enjoy a wide variety of things from reading, fishing, gardening, or doing my own mechanic work. I have been married for 13 years to my wife, Hannah, and have 3 young kids who are 9,7, and 5. They all enjoy going back to the farm to give cubes to the cattle or riding the tractor to pick up bales so we try to go out there whenever we can.
I look forward to meeting you all in time and will be doing my best to continue to improve the technology experience at ESU10 and the schools it serves.