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25th Colloquium - Speakers & Presenters

The 2021 conference of the Colloquium on Information Systems Security Education (CISSE) celebrates its 25th year as the senior and premier conference on Cybersecurity Education. The program will be a virtual / online conference from October 4th to 6th, 2021. The following are confirmed conference speakers and presenters. Headshops and bios will be added as received; to submit or request updates, please email

Adkins, Josh

Jayson Berryhill



Jayson Berryhill is a partner and founder of Wholechain, a blockchain based traceability solution that enables trust, coordination, and transparency in fragmented supply chains. Wholechain was initially developed for food & agriculture supply chains, but is commodity and industry neutral with customers including Estee Lauder, Chicken of the Sea, Fair Trade USA, Topco Associates (largest grocery coop in the US) and many more. Wholechain is the winner of the Fish2.0 Award for supply chain innovation at Stanford's Center for Ocean Solutions and has been featured in Forbes, NASDAQ, Computer World, Progressive Grocer and Beauty Inc. Magazine.

Prior to founding Wholechain, Jayson worked for more than a decade in mobile technology developing digital innovations with organizations such as BSR (Business for Social Responsibility), XL Axiata, Unilever and the US Department of State. Jayson holds a BBA from the University of Texas at Arlington, an M-DIV from Baylor University and an MBA from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business.

Jane Blanken-Webb

Assistant Professor

Wilkes University

Jane Blanken-Webb is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Wilkes University, where she teaches in the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership program. Prior to joining Wilkes University, she held postdoctoral positions at the University of Eastern Finland and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she worked at the Information Trust Institute. There, she led a cybersecurity grant funded initiative, Ethical Thinking in Cyber Space (EThiCS), that developed and taught a graduate-level cybersecurity ethics curriculum. Building upon this foundation, she partnered with cybersecurity experts to develop and teach a Cybersecurity for Educational Leaders course at Wilkes University. She holds a PhD in Philosophy of Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her research has been published in numerous peer reviewed journals in the field of education and beyond.

Ethan Bodzin

Intelligence Research Specialist, Intelligence Analysis Branch

CISA Intel

Ethan Bodzin serves as a senior intelligence analyst within the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Intelligence Division. An intelligence community veteran of 13 years with a background in cybersecurity and all-source intelligence operations, Mr. Bodzin brings a breadth of knowledge and expertise on threats to cyber and physical national critical infrastructure; identifying, analyzing, and mitigating the most critical risks facing the Nation.

Prior to joining CISA, Mr. Bodzin worked within The Texas A&M University System's Research Security Office, his work specializing in the foreign, non-traditional collection threat against the proprietary research and intellectual property of 11 universities and eight state agencies.

Mr. Bodzin spent 12 years in the United States Marine Corps, his career split between all-source intelligence analysis and counterintelligence and human intelligence collection. Throughout his military career, Mr. Bodzin's support crossed strategic, operational, and tactical-level boundaries with the goal of providing accurate, timely, and actionable intelligence to customers when and where required to ensure mission success.

Mr. Bodzin's previous roles include serving as the chief counterintelligence to force protection liaison officer for US Embassy Amman, managing direct action liaison for Joint Special Operations Task Force – Arabian Peninsula, Navy Special Warfare Unit Three, and producing actionable intelligence for Task Force 373.

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Mr. Bodzin is a decorated combat veteran whose private sector contributions aided the Texas A&M University System's 2017 and 2019 Award for Excellence in Counterintelligence for achieving extraordinary results in thwarting foreign-directed theft of US technology and the 2020 James S. Cogswell Award for Outstanding Industrial Security. Mr. Bodzin received his Bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University where he graduated as a National Security Agency P3I Cyber Scholar. He is undergoing his Master's degree from The National Intelligence University's School of Science and Technology Intelligence with concentrations in Emerging Technology and Geostrategic Resources and Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Debra Bowen

Assistant Professor and Co-Academic Program Director

National University

Dr. Bowen is an Assistant Professor and Co-Academic Program Director for the Bachelors of Science in Information Technology Management (BSITM) program in the Department of Engineering and Computing (DOEC) at National University. She is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard. Dr. Bowen has over 20 years of experience in global technology and infrastructure project management in private industry. She joined National University in 2013. Currently Dr. Bowen is supporting the BSITM and the MS Cybersecurity programs.

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Steven Brown

Director of the University of the Cumberlands' PhD Program in Information Technology

University of the Cumberlands

Dr. Brown is the Director of the University of the Cumberlands' PhD program in information technology. The University has grown from its private Christian, Appalachian roots to a global University that provides opportunities for personal and professional growth with particular emphasis on meeting the educational and professional needs of diverse populations through a range of professional programs designed for success. In addition to developing an innovative, advanced curriculum and recruiting highly quali_ ed faculty, and his publications and presentations, Dr. Brown has mentored numerous dissertations in information techn ology, cybersecurity, networking, forensics, management, etc., even in music. His philosophy is that it is essential to expand knowledge in multiple research areas to improve one's unique area of expertise.

Dr. Brown's leadership and scholarship draw on a deep and diverse set of experiences acquired in decades developing Cybersecurity Masters / Doctoral programs, and participation in many governmental standard bodies such as the National Security Agency (NSA/DHS) Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance (CAEs) and National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE). He is the developer/creator of the CERTIFIED CYBERSECURITY BEHAVIORAL PROFESSIONAL (CCSPB) certification ( When not working, Dr. Brown enjoys time with family, friends, and practicing Krav Maga at home in North Carolina.

William Butler

Chair of Cybersecurity Programs

Capitol Technology University

Bill Butler is Chair of Cybersecurity Programs at Capitol Technology University (Located in Laurel, Maryland). Bill has over thirty-five years of experience in public and private sectors as a security engineer and consultant. Bill served in the US Marine Corps Reserves and retired as a Colonel specializing in communications systems and security. Bill is an IEEE senior member and a Fulbright cyber specialist (Kosovo). Bill has extensive experience building standards-based courses, certificates, and cybersecurity, wireless, and cloud computing curricula. Bill holds degrees from Brenau University, US Army War College, National Defense University, the University of Maryland, and Capitol Technology University. In 2021 Bill was selected for the prestigious SC Media Leadership Award for Outstanding Educator for 2021. SC Media also recognized Capitol for the best cybersecurity program in 2020 and as a finalist in 2021. Bill was recognized for the faculty teaching award for 2020 and 2021 at Capitol. Bill holds a Doctor of Science in Cybersecurity, which focused on preserving cell phone privacy from the IMSI catcher threat (illegal cell towers). Bill is passionate about preparing underrepresented groups for STEM careers. Bill also volunteers for Team Rubicon in service to his community.

J. D. Chase

Professor, School of Computing and Information Sciences

Radford University

Dr. J. D. Chase is a Professor in the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Radford University. He received his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in 1994. Prof. Chase's areas of specialization include Computer Science Education, Software Engineering, Cybersecurity and Human-Computer Interaction. His most recent research and teaching assignments have been in the areas of cybersecurity and game development, both as areas of study and as strategies in computer science education. Professor Chase has co-authored three computer science textbooks primarily covering CS 2 topics in Data Structures and Analysis of Algorithms as well as more than seventy scholarly publications including journal articles, conference proceedings, and books.

Dr. Chase has served as PI or Co-PI on a wide variety of grants including NSF ATE, NSF STEP, NSF CSEMS, NSA GenCyber, Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI) and NSA MEPP. Professor Chase is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), ODK, and UPE. He is also active in the ACM's Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE).

Chentin, Eric

Sam Chung

Professor & Dean of School of Technology and Computing

City University of Seattle

Dr. Sam Chung is a Professor, the Dean of School of Technology and Computing (STC) at City University of Seattle (CityU) in WA. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida and has two MS degrees in Computer Science from George Washington University and the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. He graduated with a BS from the Department of Electronics/Computer Engineering at Kyungpook National University. Before joining CityU, Dr. Chung was a tenured full Professor and the Director of the School of Information Systems and Applied Technologies at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale, IL. Before joining SIU, he was an Endowed Associate Professor of Information Systems and Information Security and a founder of the BS in Information Technology and Systems program at the University of Washington (UW), Tacoma. Dr. Chung also served as an Associate Director of Cyber-Physical Systems for the Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity (CIAC) at the UW. He joined the UW Tacoma in 2001. He was tenured and promoted to an Associate Professor at the UW Tacoma in 2007. Dr. Chung has led a research group in Smart and Secure Computing (SSC). His SSC research group focuses on making Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) smart and secure by developing and using the Software Reengineering approach with emerging technologies such as Full-Stack Development. Dr. Chung has mentored many undergraduate and graduate students through his student-oriented research program. He was a Co-PI or PI of multiple funded projects from Amazon, NSF, KITECH, T-Mobile, etc.

Clarke, Charles

Ryan Cloutier

President & Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (Various K12 districts accoss the U.S.)


Ryan Cloutier is the President of SecurityStudio, he is an experienced IT / Cyber Security professional with over 15 years of experience developing Cyber Security programs. Ryan is a virtual Chief Information Security Officer for K12 districts across the country and is Certified Information Systems Security Professional CISSP® and is proficient in cloud security, Dev-Ops, and Sec-Ops methodologies, security policy, process, audit, compliance, network security, and application security architecture. Ryan also co-hosts a weekly security podcast and is included on the top 100 most influential people in cybersecurity.

Deanne Cranford-Wesley

Director of the Cybersecurity

North Carolina Central University

Dr. Deanne Cranford-Wesley is the Director of the Cybersecurity at North Carolina Central University (NCCU); in this role she continues to oversee initiatives with the cybersecurity ecosystem, internal/ external partners and in the innovative cybersecurity lab at NCCU. She is the former Associate Dean of the Davis iTEC / Cyber Security Center at Forsyth Technical Community College where she directed the Center of Academic Excellence program designated by the National Security Agency. Dr. Cranford-Wesley is currently a member of the Executive Board for the NC TECH Association as well as member of the Executive Board for the Colloquium of Information System Security.

Dr. Cranford-Wesley was named Innovator of the Year by E-Council in December 2020. She is a cybersecurity professional and has appeared as a subject matter expert on WRAL, Fox8 and Time Warner News discussing innovations in cyber security, cyber-attacks and ransomware. Dr. Cranford-Wesley has vast experience in, curriculum design, grant writing, and program evaluation. She is also a published author. Dr. Cranford-Wesley has a PhD in Education Leadership. Furthermore, she has obtained the following certifications: IC3, Security +, Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Instructor (CCAI) during her career journey.

Paula deWitte

Professor of Practice in the Computer Science and Engineering Department

Texas A&M University

Paula S. deWitte, J.D., Ph.D,. P.E., is a Professor of Practice in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at Texas A&M University, College Station and the Maritime Business Administration Department at Texas A&M University, Galveston where she is building the maritime cybersecurity program. She teaches Cybersecurity Law, Cybersecurity Risk, and Marine Insurance Law. As well, she is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Texas A&M University Law School, Fort Worth, and teaches courses in Enterprise Risk and Data Analytics as well as cybersecurity courses in their Cybersecurity Management Track within the Master of Jurisprudence program. She is a licensed attorney (Texas) and a registered patent attorney (USPTO). She holds a Bachelors and Masters from Purdue University where in 2015 she was honored as the Distinguished Alumna in the Department of Mathematics, School of Science. She earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Texas A&M University (1989) and a law degree from St. Mary's University (2008). She holds a patent on drilling fluids optimization [US Patent US 8812236 B1]. Her research interests are in the areas of cybersecurity law and policy, risk, and cyber-resilient systems especially in systems in the critical infrastructure including the supply chain.

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Barbara Endicott-Popovsky

Executive Director, Center for Information Assurance and Cybsersecurity

University of Washington

Information Assurance (IA), cybersecurity, digital forensics: Integrating experience in academia, industry and government, I apply a multi-disciplinary approach to research questions and curriculum development that address the unintended consequences of society's embrasure of pervasive, networked computing. I have investigated questions concerning: cybersecurity, cloud security, digital forensics, digital forensic-readiness, risk management, cybersecurity pedagogy, secure coding practices, legal and societal impacts, information warfare.

Fretheim, Erik

Gordon, Debbie

Sandra Gorka

Professor and Department Head of Information Technology

Pennsylvania College of Technology

Sandra Gorka is an associate professor and department head of information technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Gorka's primary teaching responsibilities lie within information assurance and cyber security and includes teaching courses such as auditing and cryptography as well as capstone courses in information assurance. Gorka is a member of ACM and has been a member of ACM SIGITE since its inception. She was a member of the committee responsible for completing the original Information Technology Volume (IT2008) of the Computing Curricula series. Since 2011, Gorka has been a volunteer for ABET and CSAB. She is currently an ABET Commission for the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET and serves on the CSAB Board of Directors as Secretary/Treasurer. In 2014 she received a CSAB Certificate of Appreciation for exceeding expectations for service to computing accreditation. Recently, she was a Co-Pi for the National Science Foundation CyberCorps Capacity Building Grant entitled Improving the Pipeline: After-School Model for Preparing Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Professionals (Grant No. 1623525).

Hamilton, Mike

Hinman, Ned

Howard, Rick

Nancy S. Jones

Presidential Appointee, MS / BS Cybersecurity Programs

National University

Dr. Nancy Jones is a Presidential Appointee at National University in the MS / BS Cybersecurity Programs. Previous positions include Coastline CC in California where she was a tenured faculty member in cybersecurity and then an Academic Dean before retiring and returning to her first love, teaching. She has worked on several NSA CAE and K-12 initiatives and now servers on the CAE National Competition team serving as the Southwest Regional Coordinator.

Amanda Joyce

Group Leader, Strategic Cybersecurity Analysis & Research

Argonne National Laboratory

Amanda Joyce has worked as a subject matter expert in cybersecurity since 2011. At Argonne National Laboratory, she provides expertise to DHS as an instructor of cybersecurity. She has lead and co-lead two strategic studies on remote access within industrial control systems and cloud technology (respectively) and written or assisted in 6 published articles.

Ali Khamesipour

Program Manager and Assistant Professor

City University of Seattle

Dr. Khamesipour is the Program Manager and an Assistant Professor at the School of Technology and Computing at the City University of Seattle. He completed his Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Southern Illinois University in August 2018. His previous role was the Director of R&D at HomeWAV, A Video Visitation Solution for Correctional Facilities. He has an M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from the Islamic University of Mashhad in Iran and a BSc. in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the Islamic University of Tehran – Central Branch. His academic research interests are three folds: Bioinformatics, Healthcare / Clinical Informatics, and Bridging Industry-Academia.

Kinsey, Denise

Dan Likarish

Director & Treasurer

The Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education

Dan Likarish is a professor emeritus in the Regis University Anderson College of Business and Computing. He was director of the Rocky Mountain CCDC for ten years while directing the Regis University Center on Information Assurance Studies. He was the PI on significant grants that enabled the Center to educate and train Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region's students, citizens and professionals. He currently leads a technology transfer team in efforts to commercialize the results of their research. His applied research interests are in the application of challenge learning principles to increase student's, citizen's, and societies' communities' awareness of cybersecurity risks. His publications are focused on social behavioral team members and leadership incident response during stable, critical and chaotic events. He is a CISSE board member and is the organization's treasurer serving on the leadership team.

Lally, David

William "Vic" Maconachy

President & Chairman

The Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education

Dr. Maconachy holds a PhD in education from The University of Maryland and has earned several certifications to include Two Professionalization Certifications from The NSA, and appointed a fellow of ISC2. Dr. Machonachy obtained Top Secret clearance while employed with the U.S. Navy and National Security Agency.

Dr. Maconachy is a co-founder and currently the Chairman of Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education. After retiring from federal service, Dr. Maconachy served as Vice President for Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer at Capitol Technology University. Dr. Maconachy served our nation by working at The National Security Agency where he held increasing responsibilities. While there he developed the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, and led the development of the first national education and training standards in what is now cybersecurity education. Prior to that he served as an education specialist for the United States Navy, developing technical training programs in the cryptology field. Dr. Maconachy taught in Prince George's County Public Schools, Maryland, and Allegany County Public Schools, Maryland.

Dr. Maconachy has over 30 publications and contributing authorships. Dr. Maconachy's, A Model for Information Assurance: An Integrated Approach, was used as a teaching model in several U.S. Military academies. His numerous awards include Department of Defense - Meritorious Service Award, and Secretary of Navy Commendation (for actions overseas).

Dan Manson

Professor Emeritus in Computer Information Systems (CIS)

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Dr. Dan Manson is Professor Emeritus in Computer Information Systems (CIS) at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona). Dr. Manson led the effort for Cal Poly Pomona to be designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education in 2005, 2008 and 2014. From 2008 to 2017. Dr. Manson led the Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition and since 2011 has partnered with schools in CyberPatriot. Dan has been Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator on six National Science Foundation grants to support workforce, curriculum and professional development in cyber security.

Dr. Manson is currently part of two NSA CAE Program Office grants that cover mapping competencies to competitions and developing K12 Cyber Pathways. For the K-12 Cyber Pathways grant Dan produces a webcast called K-12 CyberTalk. Dr. Manson currently teaches IS Audit for Cal Poly Pomona and Enterprise Security for UNLV.

Martin, Luke

Isaac Martinez

Chief Information Officer and Director, G6

Army National Guard

Colonel Isaac B. Martinez began his military career as an ROTC cadet at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) and earned his commission in May of 1996 as a Second Lieutenant in the Military Police Corps. His education includes, a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from UNC, a Masters of Education and Human Resources Studies from Colorado State University. His military education includes the Military Police Basic Course, Military Police Advance Course, US Combined Arms and Staff School, and Information Management Systems Manger Course. In 2017 he graduated from the US Army War College with a Master's degree in Strategic Studies. Colonel Martinez, currently serves as the Army National Guard (ARNG) Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Director of the Command, Control, Communications & Computers (C4) Systems Directorate. Colonel Martinez provides direction and guidance to align the ARNG Staff IT portfolio with the Director of Army National Guard strategic priorities. Isaac is charged with setting policy and synchronizing initiatives through coordination with the Army and Joint National Guard.

His early assignments included duties as a platoon leader for the 220th Military Police Company. His first call to action was leading a security detail at Columbine High School after the tragic shootings in 1999. Martinez next served as the Deputy Provost Marshal in Tazar, Hungary from 1999 to 2000, as part of Operation Joint Forge. Shortly after returning home, he led the Colorado Army National Guard's statewide force protection mission to establish airport security immediately following the Sept. 11th attacks in 2001. The following year, Martinez was chosen as The Adjutant General's Aide and just over a year later he assumed command of the 220th Military Police Company and deployed in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. His unit was the first Colorado National Guard to support the war effort as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Upon his return, Captain Martinez was assigned as the 891st Troop Command Battalion Logistics Officer (S4). He was recalled to serve as the commander of the 220th MP Co in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and guided to New Orleans in 2005.

In 2010, Colonel Martinez was serving as the Executive Officer for the 193rd Military Police Battalion, when they mobilized in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. After the deployment in 2012, he was chosen to represent the Colorado National Guard at the State of the State in Colorado's capitol as a special military attendee and personally recognized by Governor John Hicklenlooper. Colonel Martinez would later command the 193rd Military Police Battalion in 2013. Soon after taking command, he immediately was called to support the largest flood relief effort in Colorado history. After command, in Feb 2018, Colonel Martinez also supported response and recovery for the Colorado Department of Transportation Ransomware Cyber Attack. He served as the Liaison Officer to the Incident Command during a significant State cyber response force. Colonel Martinez has recently worked with Colorado Secretary of State with providing cyber security support during three separate Federal elections.

During his career, he earned numerous awards and decorations, most notably, Bronze Star Medal with 1 OLC, Meritorious Service Metal with 2 OLC, the Army Commendation Medal with 2 OLC, Air Force Commendation Medal, the OIF and OEF Campaign Medals. He has earned the Combat Action Badge, German Armed Forces Efficiency Badge and Order of the Marechaussee.

Colonel Martinez has been married to his wife Michelle for 18 years and they have two daughters Alexi and Jasmin. His family are avid baseball fans; they have visited 25 Major League Baseball stadiums in the last 10 years.

Tommy McDowell

Celerium's General Manager and thought leader


Tommy McDowell is a seasoned leader in cyber threat intelligence, risk management, and information security who has helped private sector and governmental organizations transform their cybersecurity understanding and practices. As the General Manager of Celerium, McDowell leverages his nearly 20 years of experience, thought leadership and insight in cybersecurity and threat intelligence to help businesses and organizations defend their supply chains.

McDowell came to Celerium from the Retail & Hospitality Information Sharing and Analysis Center (RH-ISAC). During his tenure as vice president of intelligence, he overhauled the organization’s intel team and capabilities, significantly increasing intelligence sharing and member engagement. He also served as deputy director of the ISAO (Information Sharing and Analysis Organization) Standards Organization, providing strategic guidance and standards review.

Previously, McDowell was senior director of cyber threat intelligence at a global cybersecurity company. In this capacity, he worked to align security posture and business vision, addressed organizational risk through intelligence-led risk management strategies. He has also designed and evolved cyber security programs and practices for critical infrastructure including the development of standards for control systems security with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

McDowell proudly served in the U.S. Army, and also held a position at NCIS.

He holds a Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology, a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems, and post graduate studies in Research Methods and Statistics.

Miller, Stephen

Erik Moore

Editor-in-chief of The Journal of The Colloquium

The Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education

Erik Moore is the Editor-in-chief of The Journal of The Colloquium and Chair of the IFIP Working Group 11.8 that holds the World Information Security Education conference. He was a founding Co-Director of the Regis University CAE, the Colorado Front Range Center for Information Assurance Studies. His Ph.D. in Cybersecurity is from the University of Plymouth, UK. His research includes methods of enhancing cyber defense teams and operations. Currently he is the Executive Director of Academic Computing, at a large suburban school district north of Denver, Colorado where he oversees cybersecurity operations along with regional networks, field operations, and datacenters.

Chris Opp

Director of SMB Cybersecurity Solutions


Chris Opp, Celerium's SMB Cybersecurity Solutions director, has served in the Air Guard as the Network Manager, Superintendent of the Regional Operations and Security Center (ROSC) managing security for around 40 air wings and their associated remote locations. Chris retired as an E8 (Senior Master Sergeant) after 23 total years of service. His past work experience includes IT Manager and Facility Security Officer at an aerospace and defense company, and, since 2006, Chris has taught IT and Cybersecurity bachelor's courses at higher education institutions. Chris holds a Master's degree in Information Systems and Cybersecurity and is 60% done with his Doctor of Information Technology Information Assurance and Cybersecurity (DIT).

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Yesem Peker

Associate Professor

Columbus State University

I received my B.S. degrees in Computer Engineering and Mathematics Departments from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. I also completed my M.S. in Mathematics in the same university. I received my Ph.D. in Mathematics from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN in the USA. I was fascinated by the beauty and power of mathematical thinking and the theories in mathematics during my undergraduate studies and drawn into applications of these theories in particular to information security in my graduate studies. My dissertation was on key exchange primitives -an area of cryptography where two users agree on a secret value over a public channel such as the Internet. My research focuses on designing cryptosystems whose security relies on hard problems that are different from the problems that the systems in use today rely on.

After completing my PhD I, I went on to teach Mathematics first at Pomona College in Claremont, CA, then at Randolph College, in Lynchburg, VA. I joined the TSYS School of Computer Science in the Spring of 2013. Teaching has always been a passion of mine. I feel that I finally have found the perfect place for me where I get to teach, do research on various applications of mathematical theories, and learn new things everyday!

Ron Pike

Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Dr. Ronald Pike is an Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems at Cal Poly Pomona. He spent seventeen years in industry in both the high tech and aerospace industries before moving into academia and currently serves as Director of the Mitchell C. Hill Center for Digital Innovation at Cal Poly Pomona.

Dr. Pike's research and service interests revolve around engaging students in meaningful co-curricular and extra-curricular activities that are highly student directed and integrated with industry. He has published research on cybersecurity and the use of cloud computing as an empowering infrastructure in education. As director of the Mitchell C. Hill Center, Dr. Pike has worked with students to develop a Student-run Data Center and Security Operations Center devoted to developing and operating a modern hybrid-cloud-computing environment to serve education and research.

Joye Purser

Regional Director


Dr. Joye Purser serves as Regional Director for CISA Region 4 (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC and TN). In this role, she is responsible for the cyber, physical, and chemical security of the homeland in the Region 4 area of responsibility. She works with public sector partners such as state, local, tribal, and territorial governments as well as private-sector entities in the financial, sports, manufacturing, education, health, and other sectors essential to our nation's homeland security.

Prior to her role at CISA, Dr. Purser worked in the private sector at a global management consulting firm, advising the Centers for Disease Control on Continuity of Operations as well as Enterprise Risk Management activities, and with Harris County, Texas, on pandemic recovery operations. Before that, Dr. Purser was employed for nearly two decades in public service leadership positions at the Pentagon, White House, and as a congressional staffer. Her experience also includes stints at a research advocacy nonprofit and as a technical consultant for the Department of Energy. A native of Cochran, Georgia, Dr. Purser has a Bachelor of Sciences degree from Georgia Tech and a Doctorate in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Texas. She resides in Atlanta in the vicinity of CISA Region 4 headquarters.

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Chris Simpson

Director of the National University Center for Cybersecurity

National University

Chris Simpson is the Director of the National University Center for Cybersecurity and is the Academic Program Director for the Master of Science in Cybersecurity program at National University. He has developed innovative curriculum and labs in ethical hacking, pentesting, and incident response.

Chris retired from the U.S. Navy in October 2009 after 27 years of service. He has extensive experience as an Information Assurance Manager, including a tour as the Information Assurance Manager (IAM) for the Commander, Combined Forces Command Afghanistan.

Mr. Simpson holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Computer and Information Science (CIS) from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science degree in Information Security and Assurance from George Mason University. His certifications include Computer and Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN), GIAC Python Coder (GPYC), GIAC Certified Detection Analyst (GCDA), Cloud Security Alliance Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK), Navy Master Training Specialist and the KM Institute Certified Knowledge Manager.

Nelbert "Doc" St. Clair

Professor of Cyber Defense

College of Coastal Georgia

Dr. Nelbert St. Clair, preferably known as "Doc", is the first and currently the only Professor of Cyber Defense at the College of Coastal Georgia. He started in June 2019 with the task to build a Cyber Defense program from the ground up. He is also the Director of the Coastal Cyber Center, a non-profit center aimed to provide IT services to non-profit and small businesses. Dr. St. Clair inspires students to begin a career in the field of Information Technology. He brings to the Cyber education world, 23 years of experience in leadership, security and military knowledge (National Guard including two deployments), 14 years in the private sector and 8 years working for the federal government. Dr. St. Clair's main focus is cybersecurity education, but he enjoys recruiting new students and partnering with local businesses, to provide cyber education and services to the community, with the help of his students. In his free time, he enjoys life with his wife, four daughters, and two grandchildren ("Little Man" Lucas and "Little Princess" Naomi).

Michael Stiber


University of Washington

Dr. Stiber received a BS in Computer Science and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Washington University, Saint Louis and his MS and PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has held industry positions with McDonnell Douglas (St. Charles, Missouri), Texas Instruments (Dallas, Texas), Philips (Eindhoven, Netherlands), and the IBM Los Angeles Scientific Center. He was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology and a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Stiber is a frequent visitor to the Department of Biophysical Engineering at Osaka University (Japan). His research interests include: computational neuroscience, biocomputing, neuroinformatics, simulation, scientific computing, neural networks, scientific data management and visualization, autonomous systems, nonlinear dynamics, and complex systems.

M. Scott Sotebeer

Executive Management Consulting

Sotebeer Management Ventures, LLC and USA Strategics

Scott is the founder and CEO of Sotebeer Management Ventures, LLC and USA Strategics, a leadership and change management consulting company in the Greater Seattle, Washington area. His current engagements include providing subject matter expertise to Next Generation (NG)911 projects at Texas A&M, the University of Illinois Champagne-Urbana, and the University of Washington Applied Physics Cyber Security and Computer Science AI Modeling labs. He is the CFO and a managing member for Nodor Fresh LLC in California and is managing member of ADY Creations LLC in Nevada.

Gregory Surber

Associate Professor & Senior Principle Cybersecurity Engineer

City University of Seattle

Greg Surber has more than 20 years of experience in the cybersecurity field in both public and private industries. He has operated in environments governed by an intricate network of local, state, federal, and international policy, from large-scale educational systems spanning a dozen foreign countries to public utilities operating in multiple jurisdictions. His experience encompasses all aspects of cybersecurity from offensive and defensive techniques to regulatory compliance, system auditing, cyber risk management, and policy creation and enforcement. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology / Criminology from the University of Oklahoma and his Master of Science in Cybersecurity from City University of Seattle. He currently holds Security+, CISSP, and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certifications.

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Toregas, Costis

Jonathan Colby Trull

Senior Vice President of Customer Solutions


Jonathan Trull is a longtime security practitioner and CISO with over 18 years of experience in the industry and is currently the Senior Vice President of Customer Solutions at Qualys. His career has spanned operational CISO and infosec roles with the State of Colorado, Qualys, and Optiv to running components of the Microsoft security business. Jonathan also led the Microsoft Detection and Response Team whose members responded to cyber security incidents around the globe ranging from cyber espionage initiated by nation-state actors to ransomware attacks. Jonathan also serves as an advisor to several security startups and venture capital firms and supports the broader security community through his work with the Cloud Security Alliance, Center for Internet Security, and IANS. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University where he mentors and coaches those attending the CISO Executive Education Program. Jonathan is a frequent speaker at industry conferences such as BlackHat, RSA, and SANS and holds several industry certifications including the CISSP, OSCP, CCSP, and GCFA.

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Uppuluri, Prem

Willard, Nancy

Samuel Williams

Student, majoring in Cybersecurity

Radford University

Sam Williams is a second-year undergraduate student at Radford University majoring in Cybersecurity. He has completed two grants regarding hacking IoT devices and a current grant regarding attacking Unmanned Aerial Systems. He is currently working for Radford University as a Cybersecurity Researcher. In addition, Sam has worked extensively with the Virginia Cyber Range located at Virginia Tech as a CTF challenge developer. Currently, he is the president of the Cyber Defense Club at Radford and is an avid participant in Capture the flag competitions and has been studying cybersecurity since he was 12. He served as a junior counselor for the Cybersecurity camp hosted by the FBI and Microsoft.

Morgan Zantua

Associate Professor & Information Security Program Director of School of Technology and Computing

City University of Seattle

Morgan Zantua, M.A., is an Associate Professor and the Information Security Program Director of School of Technology and Computing at City University of Seattle (CityU). She earned M.A. in Whole Systems Design Organization Systems Renewal Antioch University - Seattle and her B.S. degree in Communications from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She earned her CNSS Certificate in Information Security Risk Management from the University of Washington and holds a certificate in Business as An Agent of World Benefit (BAWB) from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio. She is the PI for the NCAE Cybersecurity High School Innovations grant and the DoD CySP Capacity Building Cybersecurity Career Retention Model.

Zeichick, David

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