Sara Collier-Byrd

[email protected]
(864) 567-1848

Technical project manager with a background in Network Engineering and Operations, service delivery, business process design, and training curriculum development




02/16 – Current: Program Manager

Windstream Communications

08/14 – 01/16: Project Manager

  • Founding member of a team developed to create cross-market processes and procedures among multiple legacy networks while managing large multi-phased projects with external project dependencies. As a six member team we successfully installed over $1 million in revenue for January 2015.
  • Led cross-functional initiative to forklift a 47 state transport network enabling the business to provide a new range of products and more reliable service to migrated EIA, FttT, and DSL customers
  • Co-managed IPTV launch and BNG architecture upgrade to provide a redundant, high-availability service
  • Managed large-scale, multi-phased MPLS VPN and VPLS deployments with cloud services, firewall, and VoIP for internal, enterprise, and government clients
  • Designed processes and procedures to deliver a unified product set across twelve acquired networks

02/13 – 08/14: NOC Engineer

  • Recovered more than 600 hours of recurring annual training by developing an automated compliance training system
  • Authored root cause analysis reports to the FCC while enforcing compliance throughout the company
  • Assembled charts, reports, and analysis to demonstrate objectives and progress to senior management

06/10 – 02/13: Data NOC Network Analyst

  • Established training and standards for network surveillance
  • Designed workflow following integrations of acquired companies
  • Provided third tier support to all internal and external customers for the 47-state Windstream data network

NuVox Communications

01/06 – 06/10: Data Translations Specialist

  • Provisioned and supported orders for IP, domain, and voice services including web, email, DNS, transport, MPLS VPN, QoS, VoIP, and TDM-based voice services

08/03 – 01/06: Hostmaster

  • Implemented standards, processes, product documentation, and training for all e-mail, domain, and web products
  • Built an automated system to guide customers through domain transfer as well as DNS and e-mail migration
  • Developed an auditing procedure to remove unbilled domains from the registrar account yielding tens of thousands in savings annually

04/02 – 08/03: Technical Support Team Lead

  • Maximized support response to customers by developing a biweekly training and testing program on DNS, webhosting, email, dialup, ISDN, DSL, modems, TCP/IP, routers, switches, the OSI model, firewalls, browsers, email clients, FTP clients, and Linux



  • Ashford University: BA, English – 2013 – 2016 (expected)
  • Alchemy for Leaders: The Leader As Coach – 2012, Leaders Master Class – 2013
  • Greenville Technical College: Supervisory Certificate Series, CCNA Bootcamp, Network+ Bootcamp – 2012
  • Clemson University: 1998 – 2000