I'm Kirsten "Kay" Benzel, a SQL DBA-Developer, voracious reader, and wannabe photographer.  I received my BA in Philosophy from Northern Arizona University in 2007 (I could have graduated early in just three years but online Spanish 202 took me a few attempts to tackle!). 

Failing to find a position as a town philosopher, I joined the ranks in Information Technology with GoDaddy and accumulated 6+ years working with SQL Server in various capacities ranging from Business Intelligence to T-SQL design to query optimization. I then joined SurveyMonkey as a SQL DBA-Developer in 2014 and have since been promoted to Senior Database Engineer.

I'm currently living in Portland, Oregon. When not working you can find me exploring the city, hunting for sea glass on the coast, or lifting weights.