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Keetra Baker

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About my work

It all started by accident back when I was in grade school. I was more or less competing with two boys in my grade to see who could complete more math assignments every night. We were driving the teacher crazy, finishing an entire year's textbook in only a couple months. That's when the three of us were dropped in front of the school's new Apple II to keep us otherwise occupied.

I wrote my very first computer program in Applesoft BASIC. It displayed a menu when loaded, with a list of poems I had written. Select the number, and it displayed the poem. At the bottom of the screen, there was an option to return to the menu or exit. It was such a simple start, really, but a passion was born.

I took computer classes in junior high and high school, even participating in the computer club in junior high. But it took until I was in college to really understand how much I wanted and needed computers in my life. I started college as an accounting major, taking my general education classes and core business classes. As I advanced in my accounting classes, I struggled to understand why I was pushing pencils and using paper ledgers when there were cool programs like spreadsheets and actual accounting software on the market! I understand, of course, that they were teaching us the concepts, but I longed for the technology and efficiency computers offered. So I changed majors. The rest, as they say, is history.

MY STORY

"We told Keetra what we wanted from an online database, and she made it happen. It required migrating a non-professional spreadsheet through multiple intermediate software programs to get it into usable form. She then created a way for additional entries to be made in a user-friendly format. We get compliments on it all the time!"

Mara M., Oshkosh Public Library
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"I've known and worked with Keetra for years. Throughout that time, I have never seen anyone with a stronger work ethic. She comes up with solutions to needs that no one else thinks of, and has the skills to make those solutions happen. Keetra will do whatever it takes to solve a problem, and isn't afraid to ask for help if she needs it. She's one of the greatest people I've worked with, and it's been an honor to work by her side."

Jody C., Winnefox Library System

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MY SKILLS

  • Jul. 2001 - present Database Application Developer
    WINNEFOX LIBRARY SYSTEM, Oshkosh, WI

    Develop specialty database-driven applications for libraries, including genealogy indexes, summer library program sign up databases and a cooperative online book ordering system. Manage authenticated access to electronic content (ebooks, e-audiobooks, etc.) and subscription databases, and provide support to users of these databases.

  • Dec. 1998 - Jun. 2001 NT Server Manager
    WINNEFOX LIBRARY SYSTEM, Oshkosh, WI

    Implemented our first Windows servers for file sharing and library websites. Installed new computers as we transitioned users from terminals to PCs for both staff and public, employing security software on the public computers.

  • May 1996 - Nov. 1998 PC Specialist
    WELLS MFG. CORP., Fond du Lac, WI

    Assisted employees with the transition from terminals to PCs. Provided hardware and software support to users. Provided backup on network management.

  • Oct. 1993 - May 1996 PC Intern
    MID-STATES ALUMINUM CORP., Fond du Lac, WI

    Assisted employees with the transition from terminals to PCs. Trained users on WordPerfect and Quattro Pro. Provided hardware and software support to users.

  • Sept. 1989 - May 1996 B.B.A.
    UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN AT OSHKOSH, Oshkosh, WI

    Obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in Management Information Systems, minoring in Computer Science.

About MeAbout Me

I'm not all work and no play...

Born and raised in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, I've lived within a half hour of my hometown all my life. I currently live between Peebles and St. Peter, two tiny 'burbs, just outside of Fond du Lac, with my husband Chris, and our two furkids. While I'll always call Fond du Lac my home, I do like to travel. We have retirement dreams that involve an RV!

Outside of work, I have lots of hobbies to keep me busy!

Scenery

My first love when it comes to photography. I picked up my first camera in my early teens and would bicycle around town taking pictures. Scenery is still one of my favorite subjects.

Portrait

With the birth of my oldest niece, I discovered portrait photography, documenting all my nieces and nephews through the years. I've since been asked to photograph a couple weddings, do senior pictures, and family photos.

Action

My husband has always been involved in active sports, go-karting, motorcycling, bicycling. I wanted to support him in the best way I knew how.

Birds

As our yard has drawn a wider variety of interesting birds (orioles, rose-breasted grosbeaks, hummingbirds, to name a few of my favorites), my interest in capturing nature has expanded (or perhaps narrowed) to capturing my feathered friends on film.

Photog

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A newer fascination of mine. I love taking beads and making something beautiful out of them. I started with stringing and eventually moved on to stitching. I have a wide variety of patterns I make, and am always interested in trying out a new one.

Beader

Bicycling

I rode bike a lot in my teens and recently picked it up again. My greatest accomplishment on a bicycle was a 70 mile ride in September of 2015. I hope to exceed that at some point during the 2016 season.

Walking & Running

The staple of my exercise program. I try to hit 10,000 steps in one way or another every day. My current goal is to run a half marathon. I like to participate in fun runs too, like Run or Dye and Dirty Girl.

Weight Lifting

While I love my cardio, I believe it is also important to build muscle! (And I do better with this over the winter when the weather isn't luring me outside all the time!) I try to lift a couple times a week.

Eating right

I rejoined Weight Watchers in January 2015. I had been a member years ago, around the time of my wedding, but never reached goal. Eventually I quit and didn't maintain. (I think this is the story of many members!) This last time I joined, however, it was different. I had the fitness piece of the puzzle already in place... I just needed to get in control of my eating. This didn't mean depriving myself. It meant making smart choices most of the time, and planning for indulgences. I stuck with the program until I met my goal in December 2015, maintained for six weeks and reached Lifetime status in February 2016. I continue to attend meetings, I weigh every week, and continue to live the program.

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