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Hali Ashbeck | (404) 049-4729 | Helena, MT


I am a highly experienced Principal with over 8 years of successful school leadership. I have a proven track record of improving student achievement, developing successful programs, and leading highly effective teams. I have a strong foundation in curriculum and instruction, as well as a passion for creating engaging learning environments that foster creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. My greatest strengths include my ability to build relationships, communicate effectively, and create a culture of collaboration and respect. I am confident that I can provide the necessary guidance and resources to ensure the success of any educational institution.


Principal Software Engineer at American International Group, Inc., MTMar 2022 - Present

  • Led a team of 12 software engineers in the development of a new e-commerce platform that increased sales by 20%.
  • Implemented a continuous integration/delivery pipeline that reduced the time to market for new features by 50%.
  • Developed an automated testing framework that increased test coverage by 30%.
  • Refactored legacy codebase, resulting in a 15% reduction in defects.
  • Mentored junior staff on best practices and industry trends.

Lead Software Engineer at The Principal Financial Group, Inc., MTSep 2019 - Jan 2022

  • Led a team of 5 software engineers in developing a new e-commerce platform that increased sales by 25% within the first 6 months.
  • Implemented a microservices architecture that reduced deployment time from 2 weeks to 2 days.
  • Developed an AI chatbot that decreased customer support costs by 30%.
  • Wrote code for and oversaw the development of 3 major releases of the company’s flagship product.
  • Hired and trained 4 junior software engineers.
  • Conducted performance reviews for 8 direct reports.

Senior Software Engineer at Principal Real Estate Investors, LLC, MTJul 2015 - Jul 2019

  • Led a team of 4 software engineers in the development of a new product line that increased company revenue by 25%.
  • Wrote and executed test plans for 10 major releases, ensuring high quality products with few customer complaints.
  • Acted as lead developer on 3 projects, including a complex e-commerce platform that handled $1M in transactions per month.
  • Implemented several automated build processes that reduced release times from 2 weeks to 2 days.
  • Created 5 custom applications using Java and JavaScript which are currently used by over 1,000 users daily.
  • Resolved 100+ technical issues raised by customers and reported back to management.


Master of Education in Educational Leadership at Montana State University, Bozeman, MTAug 2011 - May 2015

I have learned how to be an effective leader in education.


  • Technical management
  • Strategic planning
  • Technical analysis
  • Research and development
  • Budgeting and forecasting
  • Project management
  • Systems administration

Arnetha Besonen | (870) 927-1500 | Detroit, MI


As a Principal with over 8 years of experience, I have the ability to lead staff and students towards success. I possess in-depth knowledge of school operations, curriculum development, and teaching strategies. My experience includes directing curriculum initiatives and mentoring teachers, as well as implementing effective discipline and accountability policies. I have a proven track record of success in increasing academic performance, developing a positive school culture, and fostering strong relationships within the school community. My leadership style is collaborative, encouraging, and empowering, allowing for creative and innovative approaches to teaching and learning. I am committed to providing a quality educational experience for all students and am driven to ensure their success.


Principal Software Engineer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, MIJun 2022 - Present

  • Led a team of 8 software engineers in developing and releasing a new SaaS platform used by Fortune 500 companies. The platform was developed using Agile methodology and released on schedule.
  • Implemented a new continuous integration/delivery pipeline which reduced the time to release new features from 2 weeks to 2 days.
  • Developed several key features of the SaaS platform, including the user interface, search functionality, and data import/export feature. These features were well-received by users and increased adoption of the platform by 30%.
  • Wrote custom scripts to automate various tasks related to managing server infrastructure (e.g., provisioning servers, monitoring resources). This saved our team 10 hours per week in manual work.
  • Played an active role in code reviews for other members of the engineering team, providing feedback that helped improve code quality across the board.

Lead Software Engineer at Delta Dental, MISep 2020 - May 2022

  • Led the development of a new software platform that increased productivity by 30%.
  • Implemented a continuous integration and delivery pipeline that reduced release times from 2 weeks to 2 days.
  • Developed an automated testing framework that boosted test coverage from 70% to 90%.
  • Refactored legacy code, resulting in a 20% reduction in bugs.
  • Wrote custom algorithms that improved performance by 10x.

Senior Software Engineer at Health Alliance Plan, MIJul 2015 - Aug 2020

  • Led the development of a new software application that increased productivity by 15%.
  • Developed a new algorithm that reduced processing time by 20%.
  • Wrote code for 3 major releases that were shipped on time and under budget.
  • Implemented a continuous integration system that shaved an average of 2 hours off the release cycle.
  • Actively mentored 4 junior engineers, helping them develop their skills and grow in their careers.


Master of Education in Educational Leadership at University of MichiganAug 2011 - May 2015

I have learned how to be an effective educational leader.


  • Management
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Problem-solving
  • Organizational
  • Time management
  • Strategic thinking