As part of the City of Boca Raton Recreation Department's STEAM through September program for kids, we're highlighting just a few of the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math careers here at the City of Boca Raton.
These highlights are part of the STEAM scavenger hunt passport for children to learn about careers in these important fields.
Biological Processing Laboratory Technician
Boca Raton Police Services
When Kristen is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and watching Law and Order: SVU.
Gregg Sterling - Network Analyst
City of Boca Raton, Information Technology Dept.
Gregg is responsible for maintaining computer systems at many City locations including City Hall, Sugar Sand Park, Gumbo Limbo, and Patch Reef Park. In his role, Gregg assists City staff with computer issues and any of the devices connected to it such as monitors, printers, or credit card readers. He can access their computer from his desk to try to fix the problem, but sometimes he needs to visit in person to figure out the issue.
No matter what job you have at the City, you will probably need to know how to use a computer. Gregg loves working with all the different people and making them happy by solving their computer problems!
Lauren M. Burack, P.E. - City Civil Engineer
City of Boca Raton, Municipal Services Department
If you’ve ever walked to school or played at a City park, you have Lauren to thank! Lauren oversees the City’s drainage system, roadways, and sidewalks as well as capital projects at City facilities including parks and buildings. She studies the condition of the roads and sidewalks to make sure people can travel through the City safely.
Lauren loves to serve the public and be part of the team that makes the City a great place to live and work. Her favorite part of being an engineer is seeing a project go from idea to construction. She said there is nothing more rewarding than helping a design become reality!
Amy DiNorscio, CVP
Amphitheater and Community Events Manager
City of Boca Raton, Recreation Services
The City hosts a variety of performances throughout the year at the Mizner Park Amphitheater. Amy manages the theater and works to bring all different types of performing arts to the amphitheater stage – musicians of all type, performers, and many community events. Art makes people happy, and the amphitheater is a very popular attraction in the City! Thousands of residents and visitors come each year to enjoy the arts on stage.
The amphitheater area also features two examples of public art year-round. A colorful mural on the stage doors and a walkable labyrinth at the clocktower that pays tribute to some of the incredible performers we have welcomed over the years, each painted by a different local artist.
Fernando J. Villalobos, MBA, CPPB
City of Boca Raton, Purchasing Division
Fernando is a Senior Buyer in the City’s Purchasing Division. When we issue an “Invitation to Bid”, it means the City needs to procure – or purchase – goods, services or a construction, and math is very important in this process. We need to figure out who can supply the items we need for the lowest price.
In the purchasing field all around the world, mathematics is used to analyze the process that is being conducted, no matter what is being purchased. Anything you need to buy will require a math equation to understand the result. Anything you buy, lease, or sell has a number value. In order to be successful and provide adequate services to the City, it is very important to know mathematics!
Fernando earned a certification as a Professional Public Buyer, and earned his MBA in Master’s and Business Administration from Lynn University.