SRS Announces 2020 Business Partner of the Year

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Roger Pardo, with his wife Natalie and their children, was instrumental in equipping SRS to provide virtual instruction during the pandemic.

By Teri Dwyer

During the month of August, Roger Pardo’s company, Viper Unified Communications, donated 23 Cisco TelePresence Codec systems to St. Raphael School for video collaboration, 12 of which were integrated into mobile carts for each classroom. During summer and fall, one could find Roger at St. Raphael in the middle of the night and on weekends as he made his generous donation take shape. The Codec systems integrated with the existing Cisco Unified Communications Manager used as our audio phone system. Cisco Expressway Core and Edge devices were deployed on the network to allow for secure video communication to the Webex cloud-conferencing environment. This new way to adapt during the pandemic has helped facilitate a crucial connected learning and teaching experience for the SRS and SRNS communities. Through Roger’s generous work transforming our communication abilities, we were able to pivot to virtual during a time of rising COVID-19 numbers. But Roger’s work doesn’t end there—he continues offering 24/7 professional development and support to our teachers. We cannot thank you enough, Roger!

Roger Pardo and Viper Unified Communications will be recognized at the Catholic Business Network of Montgomery County’s annual Gala on Dec. 3.

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Connecting our students and teachers virtually would not be possible without the donation of equipment and expertise from Roger Pardo.