Deb Johnston has proved over and over that she is not afraid of change. From trying different hobbies to embarking on new career paths, Deb approaches everything she does with the same outlook: enjoy life and don’t get hampered by circumstances beyond your control. Since starting with the department in August, Deb has done her best to spread that attitude.
As the ITSM Change Management Lead, Deb’s main focus is enabling the university’s IST personnel to do their job as expediently and efficiently as possible with the least amount of risk. Deb ensures every request for change that comes her way is aligned with current change management policies.
“It’s a lot of responsibility,” she admits, “but everyone here is very knowledgeable, so that makes my job a lot easier.”
Before starting a career in IT thirteen years ago, Deb worked as a teacher’s aide with deaf children, acting as interpreter between student and teacher. Once her own children finished high school, however, Deb decided to go back to school and pursue a degree in Information Technology.
“I was torn between teaching and IT,” Deb recounts. “But as it turns out, I really, really enjoy programming. It just went on from there.”
So far, Deb finds the university to be warm and accommodating. “It sounds cliched, but ‘family’ is the best word for it,” says Deb. “Working here is like being welcomed into a big family. Everyone is very friendly, very open and helpful. I’m really glad to be here, and I’m happy I jumped on this opportunity.”