My career has had many turns, some good and some unexpected. I have had a full career: served as an electronics technician in the military, worked over 28 years as a Senior IT Technician in three US Federal agencies, managed a small business that served microbusinesses world-wide, and worked with at-risk children and adults with mental challenges and some with autism. I am now in a new phase of my career as a writer and life coach. I plan to publish my fantasy fiction stories and perhaps publish articles discussing my examination of microbusinesses. Most importantly, I am preparing to help others in their struggle to regain their health. Currently, I am beating my diabetes. I have lost 50 lbs (22kg), eliminated my insulin, lowered my blood pressure, and developed several strategies that have nearly eliminated anxiety attacks that have plagued me for most of my life. I would like to help others overcome their challenges.
For the past 10 years, I divided my time between consulting services to microbusinesses and working on various individual improvement projects. Much of my current work is as a volunteer and sometimes with compensation as a nanny, tutor, companion, and mentor. I provide date-night and overnight care! I work with agencies and independently to assist my clients to deal with a variety of issues including homelessness, mental illness, mobility challenges, confidence, and executive function challenges. I have experience working with non-verbal and self-injurious children and adults dealing with stress and depression. I believe in fact-based behavioral approaches that involve developing emotional connections between “caregiver” and “care receiver”. I strongly support experiential peer-based approaches where there is no delineation between support and patient therapy. Despite my acceptance of peer-based approaches, I believe strongly in the appropriate but limited use of medication and therapy, application of journaling and reflective practices, and physical work/conditioning.
My accomplishments include a statistical methodology to determine markers of activity (CronoBiology Today publication), an approach for marketing to a sector of small business, microbusiness, and various projects that dramatically affected the efficiency and efficacy of my organization’s main-line of work: Orange Book (FDA); document publishing (FLRA); ticketing system (FLRA). I have always focused on projects that, when simplified, provided profound business advantages. I based my work on an idea I had when I was 19; I called it McDonalization. Yes, named after the world-famous burger manufacturer. I have had the privilege of working with hundreds of small microbusiness organizations. I provided the organizations that worked with me business process improvement and flexible Project Management that mirror Agile concepts. Even if I never check one of the classic success boxes (money, prestige, etc.), I am so proud of this work!
In my spare time, I love cooking, music, meditation, and physical fitness. I will have been married to the same woman for 40 years in August 2022. We have two sons married to wonderful women. I have three grandchildren: Josue, Mia, and Ayara.
My work is also presented in my profiles on CARE.com and LinkedIn. I would love to hear from you regardless if you are looking for assistance or you would like to share your experience. I received my second COVID-19 vaccine in Feb 2021. My CPR, AED, and First Aid Certifications were updated through NHCPS in June, 2021. My driving record and Criminal Background checks are available on CARE.com
Please send me a note ….. use my contact form. Tell me about yourself. I look forward to hearing from you! – Jim Pestaner