This session will be Chaired by Yenny Yi and focus on several ways states can reach down into the K-12 space and encourage awareness and help seed the education and career pipeline with a diverse student population. Representatives from Michigan, Wisconsin and Louisiana with discuss their different approaches for working with K-12 and their industry partners.
Ms. Yenny Yi is the Site Director of the UCLA After School Program at Franklin HS. She has been designing and implementing programs at Franklin HS for the past 9 years, but has been working as an educator since the year 2002. She received her B.A. from UCLA in Psychology and minored in Policy Studies and Education. She originally wanted to go into Educational Policy to help write and carry out legislation to support the youth and communities which she felt were being underserved. However, she soon found out that the law was not as effective as direct action and continued to pursue her efforts in community organizing and development. Her job as the Site Director of the after-school program in a community in Los Angeles that has had a history of gang violence, few resources, and low standardized test scores was the environment that Ms. Yi felt her skills would be best served. She has designed a comprehensive list of programs that foster academic achievement, leadership development and artistic expression; all things she believes that young people need for healthy living. 8 years ago, she took on the challenge of coaching a CyberPatriot team at a school that did not offer any computer science courses. She managed to coach that team to the National Finals and has taken a team to the CyberPatriot Nationals 5 out of the past 8 years. 6 years ago, she took the first majority female team to the Finals. Her students have gone on to pursue cyber security and major in Computer Science in colleges such as UC Berkeley and MIT. Over the past 5 years, she co-chaired 5 CyberGirlz events for students in LAUSD to promote our young women to pursue a career in cyber and to provide a space that mentors would be able to share their experiences. Promoting underrepresented young people in cyber and STEM and providing resources and opportunities to help support these young people is what drives her, students achieving is what keeps her going.
Tom Hendricks is the Dean of Business and Information Technologies for Oakland Community College in Michigan. He has been with the college since 2001 and has held a variety of positions. As the Dean, he has worked with faculty to modify curriculum and reduce credits to make degrees more attainable for a two-year institution. Tom has worked with community partners both educational and professional to build alliances and foster articulations to make students more successful.
Tom has a Master of Business Administration from Northwest Missouri State University and a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Development from Oakland University. He is currently pursuing a Post-Master's Certificate in Higher Education Leadership.
David Raymond serves as Director of the Virginia Cyber Range and Deputy Director of Virginia Tech's IT Security Office and Lab. He also teaches courses on networking and cybersecurity in the Virginia Tech Masters of Information Technology program. David previously served on the faculty at West Point where he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Director of Education Research in the Army Cyber Institute, an Army-level research and outreach center. He is co-author of On Cyber: Toward an Operational Art for Cyber Conflict and has published over 25 journal and conference papers in the areas of cyber operations, information assurance, secure wireless protocols, and online privacy. David speaks regularly at industry and academic conferences such as Black Hat USA, RSA, Shmoocon, and the NATO Conference on Cyber Conflict.
Director UDM's Center for Cyber Security & Intelligence Studies and the Michigan CyberPatriot Program. Tamara Shoemaker began her professional career as Lead Investigator and owner of Quest Private Investigations. After twelve years in the Criminal Justice world she brought those talents to the Center for Cyber Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Detroit Mercy. An accomplished investigator and entrepreneur, Tamara handles all aspects of running the Center, coordinating all interactions with state and federal agencies, as well as international, educational and business contacts for the Center. She is also the Operations Manager for the national Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE) and Vice President of the Michigan Midwest Regional Chapter of CISSE (MCISSE).
As a founding Board Member of the Midwest CISSE Chapter, she has helped form partnerships with schools and industry, across the region. She and her husband Dr. Daniel Shoemaker travel extensively spreading awareness of the work that the UDM Center has carried out in the area of Cyber Security Education for such entities as the Department of Defense. Her primary mission has been to address the critical shortage of specifically educated and trained Cyber Security professionals.
Tamara Shoemaker has become an evangelist for the CyberPatriot Program, founding the Michigan CyberPatriot program to grow the number of teams participating across Michigan. In October MCISSE was honored to become the 12th Center of Academic Excellence with the National CyberPatriot program for the work Tamara spearheaded. In April MEDC partnered with UDM on this project and funded two summer camps and team registrations across Michigan. It is her hope to have CyberPatriot camps across the state and to make sure that every school that wants to participate in this amazing program will receive the support she and her amazing group of volunteers can provide.
Thomas Kaczmarek, Ph.D., employed elements of his industry and academic experience to create the Center for Cyber Security Awareness and Cyber Defense at Marquette University. He joined Marquette as the Director of Graduate Studies for the MS in Computing program in 2010, a role he maintains. He is also serving as the chair for the Symposium on the Ethics of Big Data III. Prior to joining Marquette he was responsible for Global Identity and Access Management services and associated security systems at a large global manufacturer. He has managed consulting services and done research and development in applied artificial intelligence.
Cyber Innovation Center
Marrci Conner has been a full-time faculty member of Henry Ford College for the past 8 years. She has over 15 years experience as an IT Professional specializing in Computer Security. She currently teaches computer programming, digital forensics and cybersecurity courses. Her educational background includes a Bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems from the University of Detroit-Mercy and a Master's in Business Administration/Information Assurance from Walsh College. She holds a Computer Information Systems Security Profession (CISSP) and CompTia Network+ certifications.