2018 CompTIA DC Fly-In Attendee Biographies

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Nyika Allen
President & CEO
New Mexico Technology Council

Nyika Allen is the President & CEO of the New Mexico Technology Council (NMTC) - the State’s only business association for the technology industry. She is passionate about technology, entrepreneurship, women's issues and the economic health of New Mexico. Along with her position at the NMTC, she is the ‘Tech Expert’ on Fox New Mexico, Chair of the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry’s Entrepreneurship and Technology Committee, Chair of the TechHire NM business advisory council and a 2015 TEDxABQ main event speaker. She holds a BBA in International Management from the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico and the UNM Honors Program. Nyika graduated magna cum laude with both university and scholastic achievement honors and a special international designation. Ms. Allen has both worked, studied and traveled to over 19 different countries. She currently serves as a board / advisory council member for multiple organizations such as: the Small Business Assistance Program (managed jointly by Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories), New Mexico EPSCoR, UNM Anderson Alumni Council, UNM Economic Development Forum, Albuquerque Economic Development, Kirtland Airforce Base Honorary Commander, the Mid-Region Council of Governments - Workforce Connections of Central NM and was recognized as an Albuquerque Business First 2016 Women of Influence honoree, a 40 Under 40 honoree and the most influential 40 under 40 for the class of 2016.

Charles Apigian
Professor & Chair of Information Systems & Analytics
Middle Tennessee State University

Dr. Charles Apigian is a Professor and Chair of Computer Information Systems for Middle Tennessee State University, where he teaches predictive analytics and development. He believes in helping younger students develop a passion for IT and turning that passion into a career. In addition to his teaching and research, he is responsible for the Information Systems and Analytics department at MTSU, which has over 400 undergraduate and 100 graduate students majoring in Information Systems. The recent accomplishments within the ISA department include an emphasis on bridging the gap between industry and academics through mentoring, internships, and relevant initiatives that have also led to three concentrations at the graduate level; Information Security, IT Project Management, and the new Business Intelligence & Analytics program. Dr. Apigian has also been involved in working with schools in Rutherford County on curriculum and pathways in IT, has helped develop dual enrollment courses at high schools in Williamson County, and developed an IT career fair with over 200 students and 25 companies.

Vijay Basani
Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO
Cygilant, Inc.

Vijay Basani is the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Cygilant, Inc. a Security as a Service provider that is helping mid-market organizations and government agencies build an enterprise class security program to protect against cyberattacks and comply with regulations. Cygilant combines people, process and technology to deliver 24x7x365 cloud native security monitoring, vulnerability and patch management. Basani is a serial entrepreneur with a track record of building successful businesses delivering enterprise-class solutions. Before starting Cygilant, in 2001, he founded AppIQ, an application storage resource management provider acquired by Hewlett Packard in October 2005. In 1996, he co-founded WebManage Technologies, a policy-driven content delivery solution provider acquired by NetApp in August 2000. Vijay is the co-owner of five patents for the architecture and design of the WebManage Content Delivery system, Adaptive Policy Engine, and SLA Management. He earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree in electronics and instrumentation as well as an MBA and post-MBA degrees from Baruch College in New York. He completed Owner/President Management program at Harvard Business School and is a HBS Alumni.

Christopher Bayham
SVP & Chief Information Officer
Change Healthcare

Christopher A. Bayham currently serves as SVP & Chief Information Officer of IT Infrastructure, Operations, and Cloud Services at Change Healthcare. He is responsible for the company’s enterprise technology infrastructure, including data center, server, database, middleware, data and voice network, storage, backup, desktop support, employee help desk, 24/7 command center, and IT service management. He recently assumed responsibility for bringing together combined infrastructure organization that includes teams from Legacy CHC, Altegra, MHS, RHI, IW&CS, and BPS. He resides in Brentwood, TN with his wife and two kids. He serves on the Board of the Nashville Technology Council and the Board of Visitors for the College of Commerce and Business Administration for the University of Alabama.

Adam Bosnian
Executive Vice President

Adam Bosnian is Executive Vice President at CyberArk where he is responsible for managing and expanding global strategic relationships with technology partners. With more than 10 years with the company, Bosnian has a strong product and strategy background, and has served in a range of sales and marketing executive roles. As an early member of the CyberArk management team, Bosnian led the industry to define the market for privileged account security and helped to secure CyberArk’s leadership in the space. Bosnian has contributed perspectives to multiple cyber security trend articles and is an experienced industry speaker, mostly recently speaking at events including RSA, Gartner Identity & Access Management Summit, Harvard Business School, Citi Cybersecurity conference, Gartner Security & Risk Conference, HostingCon and FS-ISAC. Prior to CyberArk, Bosnian was the Co-General Manager at Elron Software.

Michelle Capezza
Epstein Becker Green

Michelle Capezza is a Member of Epstein Becker Green in the Employee Benefits and Health Care and Life Sciences practices, and co-leads the firm's Technology, Media, and Telecommunications (TMT) service team. She practices law in the areas of ERISA, employee benefits, and executive compensation. For more than 20 years, Capezza has represented a range of clients in these types of matters, from Fortune 500 companies and multinational corporations to non-profit entities, medium-sized businesses, and individual executives. Capezza provides counsel on qualified retirement plans, ERISA fiduciary responsibilities, nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, employee welfare benefit plans, equity/incentive programs, and benefits issues that arise in corporate transactions, across various industries including financial services, health care, technology, media, telecommunications, hospitality, and retail. Capezza was recommended for her work in employee benefits and executive compensation on a national level in The Legal 500 United States (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017). She was selected to the New York Metro Super Lawyers (2014 to 2017) and Top Women lists (2014 to 2016). She is also a frequent national speaker on a variety of employee benefits and executive compensation topics including health reform, financial regulatory reform, fiduciary issues under ERISA, the future of work and impact on workplace benefits, and overall trends in these and other areas, and she has been a featured faculty speaker for continuing education programs through Strafford, Lawline, Clear Law Institute, and The Knowledge Congress. She has published numerous articles in various publications such as The Employee Benefit Plan Review, The BNA Health Insurance Report, The BNA Pension & Benefits Reporter, The BNA Health Law Reporter, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, Confero, and TechNews.

Stephen Cobb
Security Researcher

Stephen Cobb has been researching information security and data privacy for 30 years, helping companies, consumers, and government agencies to understand and manage cybersecurity risks. A member of the CompTIA community since 2011, Cobb served on the IT Security Executive Council for several years and is currently Vice Chair of the CompTIA Advisory Council on Policy. He also serves on the board of the National Cyber Security Alliance. The author of numerous works on data security and privacy, Cobb has been a CISSP since 1996 and holds a master’s degree in security and risk management.

Lindsey Cox
Director of Operations & Government Relations
Launch TN

As Director of Operations and Government Affairs, Lindsey Cox assists CEO Charlie Brock with operations and policy strategy, and leads efforts for 36|86, LaunchTN’s annual entrepreneurship festival. Cox has been with LaunchTN since September 2013.

Matthew Cushing
Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer and General Counsel

Matt Cushing is Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer and General Counsel of Pegasystems Inc., responsible for the global Business Officer and Legal functions. In addition to directing Pega’s day-to-day legal operations, including strategy, IP, litigation, corporate governance and compliance, he is a strategic executive focused on developing mutually beneficial and sustainable commercial relationships with our valued clients. Cushing also serves as our Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer. Cushing has more than 20 years of business and legal experience in the technology sector. Previous roles include general counsel at energy management technology firm EnerNOC, and general counsel at Acme Packet prior to its acquisition by Oracle. He was previously a partner at Bingham McCutchen (now Morgan Lewis), then a global, Boston-based law firm where he provided business advice and legal counsel to public, private and emerging growth companies, as well as investment banks and private equity and venture capital firms, in a wide range of matters, including venture financings, PIPEs, IPOs and follow-on public offerings of equity and debt securities, the acquisition and sale of organizations, operating assets and intellectual property, joint ventures, and securities law compliance and class action litigation. While at EnerNOC and Acme Packet, he oversaw all corporate, litigation, M&A and regulatory legal matters. As EnerNOC’s General Counsel, he was responsible for the company’s successful legal strategy in EPSA v. EnerNOC and EPSA v. FERC at the Supreme Court of the United States of America in which EnerNOC prevailed on both questions considered by the Supreme Court thereby preserving the enormous economic and reliability benefits of “demand response.” Cushing is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, where he earned his undergraduate degree in both economics and political science. He earned his Juris Doctor with honors from the Fordham University School of Law and graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif. He is a member of the Dean’s Planning Council at Fordham Law School and the Board of Trustees of St. John’s Preparatory School.

Mauris DeSilva
CEO, Director & Founder
3D Printing & Advanced Robotic Solutions

Dr. Mauris DeSilva is the CEO & Founder of 3D Printing and Advanced Robotic Solutions d/b/a 3D PARS (HQ-MN & FQ - CA, MD, NY, United States) and Founder & Director of 3D PARS Limited (London, United Kingdom). Dr. DeSilva created 3D PARS as a Virtual Launch Pad (VLP) that operates as a lean, flexible, and geographically responsive product driven consulting company with expertise in delivering BioTech and Defense & Space related services and research products to a wide array of customers in a variety of settings. By bringing scientists, technologists, engineers, policy makers, resource managers and educators together, Dr. DeSilva envisions 3D PARS as a facilitator for innovative and translational RDT&E in BioTech and Defense & Space overarching 3D printing, robotics and automation with the use of emerging technology capabilities such as AI, Deep/Machine Learning, Cognitive Algorithms, AR, VR, and MR. 3D PARS is also developing novel training and education programs concurrently to companies’ RDT&E efforts that are geared to inform professionals and engage K-20 students about emerging technologies. More information about his companies can be found at: www.3dpars.com/3dpartners. Prior to starting his own company, Dr. DeSilva served as a Principal Investigator at the Naval Medical Research Unit San Antonio, Texas (NAMRU-SA). He conducted innovative research addressing gaps in military medical care which required the development of novel methods and materials. Dr. DeSilva has conducted research in infection & bio-film prevention, tissue engineering, 3D Printing, Aerosol Jet Printing, BioPrinting, drug & toxic substance testing on the nervous system, pain control, traumatic brain injury, stem cells, coating technologies for extended-release of drugs, opto-acoustics, micro-nano-fabrication technologies, nanomaterials, nanoparticles, magnetic micro-nano-particle technologies, medical implants & devices, robotics & automation, magnetics-lasers & metamaterials, space physics and Earth’s magnetic field & atmospheric chemistry. He has extensive experience in government funding procedures, acquisition, program development, project management, cross functional team building and leadership for supporting translational biomedical engineering. Dr. DeSilva earned a bachelor’s degree with double major in Physics and Applied Mathematics from Augsburg University (MN), a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering with specialization in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, and completed a post-doctoral position at University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine.

Trevor DiGirolamo
Director, Member Recruitment
The ASCII Group

Trevor DiGirolamo Director of Member Recruitment, The ASCII Group Trevor DiGirolamo joined The ASCII Group in 2008 as the Director of Member Recruitment. He is responsible for educating potential members of the group on the 70+ benefits the ASCII members receive. Before joining ASCII, DiGirolamo was in the financial services industry, which has given him a unique perspective on small business owners and how ASCII can help them with the various financial pressures affecting small businesses. He is a Washington, D.C. native, and possesses a BBA with from Loyola University New Orleans with majors in Marketing, Management, and International Business.

Marc French
Senior Vice President & Chief Trust Officer

Marc French is the Senior Vice President and Chief Trust Officer at Mimecast. As the CTrO of Mimecast, he leads the team responsible for ensuring our customers’ confidence in Mimecast products and services through the 3 pillars of trust: Security, Privacy, and Transparency. Throughout his 25+ years as a technologist, his variety of roles in engineering, operations, product management, security, and privacy have led to this unique and pivotal role for Mimecast. Marc joins us from Endurance International Group, where he served as Chief Security Officer. There he was responsible for all facets of security, compliance, and privacy for this global multi-billion-dollar organization. Previously, he spent several years in the security space, holding a variety of CISO/senior security roles at EMC/RSA, Iron Mountain, Digital Guardian, and Dun & Bradstreet. Marc is a frequent speaker at US and international security conferences and holds a variety of board positions in the Boston-area security community. When not working on these, he is focusing on his passion of growing new and upcoming security professionals through mentoring and coaching.

Marc Haskelson
Compliancy Group

Marc Haskelson is the President and CEO of Compliancy Group. He has over 25 years of sales, marketing, compliance and operational leadership experience, and has held executive positions at Hearst Publications, Experian, and AT&T. He is an innovator who develops new products and solutions to address the challenges of the small and midsize market. Haskelson is the Chair of the CompTIA Business Applications Advisory Council and is a Visionary Level Contributor to the American Optometric Association Political Action Committee. He focuses his knowledge of compliance, technology, security, customer care, and payment processing on improving market inefficiencies. Compliancy Group prides itself on education and advocacy in the security, health care IT, and compliance industries. He is a certified speaker for many CE-approved events (including COPE). He has spoken at events organized by the American Optometric Association, PAHCOM, SAASMax, The Telemental Health Institute, Oregon Optometric Physician’s Association, Wyoming Optometric Association, PERC, PRIMA, First Eye Care, Coherent Eye Care, CompTIA, Everything EHR, OD Excellence, HITECH Answers’ HIPAA Chat, and many others. He has been cited in publications across the industry, including Channel E2E, Becker’s Hospital Review, and CRM. He hosts webinars on a monthly basis for Compliancy Group’s HIPAA Educational Webinar Series, the largest HIPAA education program of its kind online. Visit http://www.compliancy-group.com to learn how simple compliance can be.

Tom Hopcroft
President & CEO
Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC)

Tom Hopcroft is President and CEO of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC), the largest non-profit, non-partisan technology association in New England. He is passionate about the future of technology and talent in Massachusetts. He was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick, and reaffirmed by Governor Charlie Baker, to serve on the state’s 13-member Board of Higher Education, where he serves on the Executive Committee and as Chairman of the Fiscal Affairs and Administrative Policy Committee. In addition to his role on the Board of Higher Education, he is Chairman of the Board for the MassTLC Education Foundation, a charitable non-profit focused on computer science education, particularly for girls and underrepresented minorities. He is on the Board of Directors for the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA), an association of over 50 tech organizations representing over 22,000 companies across North America, and MassRobotics, a new Massachusetts non-profit innovation center and shared workspace designed to educate, inspire and bring robots and IoT companies to life. He lives in Winchester, MA, with his wife and two boys.

Muhannad Kanaan
Program Director / Information Security Officer

Muhannad Kanaan (MK) is a cultivated senior Technical Manager/Program Director and Solution Executive with over 25 years of noteworthy success with Information Technology programs supporting various federal government clients. Kanaan joined CSC in 2003 through the DynCorp acquisition and is currently an IT Program Director and a Solution Executive with the CSC Government Solution (a subsidiary of CSRA). He has been supporting IT solutions activities for various government agencies (e.g. EPA, NIH, NASA, DOE, PBGC, DEd) since the early 90s. He assisted in creating the CSC NPS Solution Leadership Institute (NSL Institute) and its predecessor pilot program, the Solution Architect Development Program (SADP). He has served as a Management Board Member of the NSL Institute. Kanaan served as a member of the NPS Civil CTO Council and also a member of the CSC NPS CIO Council. Through his involvement in the CTO/CIO councils, he provided a vision, strategy and direction for technology that ensures a strategic, wide approach to IT that minimizes duplication of effort; ensures interoperability, transparency, openness, compatibility and collaboration. He is active in a number of strategic initiatives outside of CSC. He represented CSC at the American Technology Council (ATC)/ Industry Advisory Council’s (IAC) Emerging Technology and Enterprise Architecture Special Interest Groups. He has a MS Environmental Engineering/Environmental Management from Johns Hopkins University. He has received a graduate certificate from George Washington University in Information Security Management and another certificate from GWU in Information Systems. He also received a certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornel University

Marla Lamont
Manager, Recruiting
Tractor Supply Company

Marla is an HR professional with over 13 years of experience in Talent Acquisition and Management. She is currently the Manager of Talent Acquisition at Tractor Supply Company (TSC). She is responsible for talent acquisition strategy and all aspects of recruiting talent for Tractor Supply’s headquarters in Brentwood, TN. She is an expert in recruiting top talent, building relationships in the community, managing effective teams and developing the talent strategy for the future of TSC. Prior to joining TSC, Marla was the Senior Talent Acquisition Manager at NorthHighland, where she recruited top IT talent for companies throughout Middle Tennessee. Lamont has also worked for other companies in the area building their corporate recruiting functions and helping develop high achieving teams. She holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Lipscomb University with a concentration in HR Strategy. She also holds a Bachelor of Science from Middle Tennessee State University. In addition, she is active in her community. She currently serves as the President of Women in Technology Tennessee (WiTT), ex officio board member with NTC, Williamson County Chamber and NRF Talent Acquisition Group.

John Lormand
Senior Director, Data & Analytics

John Lormand is currently the Sr. Director, Data & Analytics at Asurion, a privately held company based in Nashville, Tennessee that is a leading provider of device insurance, warranty & support services for cell phones, consumer electronics & home appliances worldwide. He joined Asurion in 2014 to lead a global data transformation that included delivery of a cloud-based data lake and data warehouse solution to enable modern analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities. He has over 28 years of expertise spanning many industries including financial services, eCommerce, manufacturing and healthcare delivering enterprise-class solutions to further businesses knowledge through data

Nicole Martel
Quebec Technology Association

Nicole Martel’s career is an eloquent testimony of the great milestones that’ve marked the development of the Quebec ICT industry during the last decades. After several years at the head of her own company, Martel joined the Quebec Technology Association (AQT). Back then, the industry was still in its early stage and everything was to build. The challenges the technology companies were facing motivated her to form an Association fostering the business networking. The Association now has 500 members representing the most dynamic companies in the industry. Always on the lookout for new ideas, Martel was the instigator of major initiatives that have played a leading role in the ICT community over the years, including CEO Vision, a summit exclusive to Tech CEOs. The complicity and involvement of ICT leaders eloquently demonstrate her unifying spirit. She represents the industry both at the business, media and public policy levels. She regularly contributes her time to the media (print, radio, TV, web) by sharing her expertise on technology & Business. She is also a regular blogger for two business media. She is currently serving on several Boards and Advisory committees such as: TELUQ University, where she is also a member of the Audit committee, she is a member of the Digital Economy Strategy Advisory Board, the Government IT strategy Advisory Board, both lead by the Provincial Government. She holds the Canadian designation ICD.D, granted by the Institute of Corporate Directors. Nicole extends her involvement to causes she cares for. She sat as a member of the Fundraising Cabinet of the "Make a wish" Foundation, leading her to form a group of technology people that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars through four consecutive years of a cyclist challenge called 48-Hour Ride for Wishes.

Marci McCarthy
CEO & President

Marci McCarthy is currently the CEO and President of T.E.N., an information security executive networking and relationship marketing firm. McCarthy has more than 20 years of business management and entrepreneurial experience, including founding T.E.N.’s flagship program, the Information Security Executive® of the Year (ISE®) Program Series, which is lauded by the IT industry as the premier recognition and networking program for security professionals in the U.S. and Canada. In 2015, McCarthy launched ISE® Talent, which specializes in executive-level searches as well as high-demand security industry skill-sets and specializations across all industry verticals. A 2012 recipient of a 4th Congressional District of Georgia citation, McCarthy was lauded for fostering greater visibility and professionalism for the IT security industry. McCarthy was named a 2015 Top Entrepreneur in the Middle Market Entrepreneur Category by the Atlanta Chapter of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs). In 2013, she was named the Leadership Character Award Winner in the Small/Medium Business Category by the Turknett Leadership Group. As a finalist in the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) 2012 Tech Marketing Awards, she was recognized for demonstrating exemplary competency in using technology to excel in both marketing and business. McCarthy has been recognized in “Who’s Who in Georgia’s Technology Community” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle and as a WIT “Woman of the Year” Award Nominee. In 2016, McCarthy was also welcomed as an honored member to the Atlanta Girls’ School Board of Trustees to contribute her extensive knowledge and experience in cultivating young girls’ minds and futures. In January of 2017, she was named the Inaugural Advisory Board Chair for the National Technology Security Coalition (NTSC), a non-profit, non-partisan organization that serves as the preeminent advocacy voice for Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and through dialogue, education, and government relations, unites both public and private sector stakeholders around policies that improve national cybersecurity standards and awareness. In 2017, McCarthy—along with her husband, Robert—served as an underwriter of the 58th Presidential Inauguration Committee (PIC), a non-profit organization that was charged with organizing President Donald J. Trump’s Inauguration Day and Week. McCarthy is also a member of the advisory board for the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP); serves on the Board of Directors for TechBridge; and Council Member on the Fulton County Chairman’s Council on Cyber Integrity. She also partnered with the ICMCP to help create “The Marci McCarthy Cybersecurity Certification Scholarship Program”, which provides $5,000 over a two-year period to help talented women and minority students advance in cybersecurity and obtain their Security+ Professional Certification via CompTIA. In January of 2017, Marci was named the Inaugural Advisory Board Chair for the National Technology Security Coalition (NTSC), a non-profit, non-partisan organization that will drive the national dialogue on technology security in the United States. McCarthy is a contributing author to the WIT book, “CLIMB: Leading Women in Technology Share Their Journeys to Success.” She has been a guest lecturer at George Washington University; speaker and moderator at national conferences such as the ISE® Executive Forum and Award Program Series, ISSA International Conference, Local ISSA Chapter Conferences to include the ISSA Middle Tennessee’s InfoSec Nashville, ISACA, TiECON, and more; and is a nationally sought-after speaker on cyber security, women in technology/security/business, STEM, entrepreneurism, and leadership topics.

Siva Narendra
Tyfone, Inc.

Siva G. Narendra is CEO and co-founder of Tyfone – a leading innovator of digital security. He is an inventor is over 300 issued/pending patents and has authored over 70 papers/articles. Dr. Narendra serves on the board of director or advisor of technology and financial institutions. Dr. Narendra is a frequent speaker at a wide range of forums including ones sponsored by academia and industry as well as organizations such as IEEE, FSTC, CTIA, SmartCard Alliance and the FTC. Dr. Narendra served as Adjunct Faculty at Oregon State University and Portland State University. He was in the Executive Committee and was Chair of Technology Directions sub-committee and technical program committee of several international conferences. He has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from MIT and lives in Portland, OR.

Ashley Neu
Director, Sales & Marketing
Phoenix Technology Solutions

Ashley Neu is currently the Director of Sales and Marketing for Phoenix Technology Solutions. Phoenix TS is a world-class professional training and certification company servicing the U.S. DoD, U.S. civil government agencies and the worldwide private sector with cybersecurity, leadership and information technology services. Neu has successfully developed and administered customized processes and tools to support organizations’ internal learning management programs. Additionally, she has partnered with industry-recognized certification vendors, such as CompTIA, to provide approved avenues for continued education and professional development.  Neu was born and lives in the Baltimore, MD metropolitan area with her husband and daughter.

Michael O’Hanlon
Vice President, Government & Industry Relations

Michael O'Hanlon currently spearheads government relations and industry strategy, managing ongoing collaborations with legislators, policymakers and regulators. Previously O'Hanlon led Wayfair's business development and merger and acquisition strategy, where he developed key strategic partnerships with online marketplaces and media publications, and founded and led Wayfair's Media Solutions business. O'Hanlon also launched Wayfair's European business in UK and Germany, and led the company's buying team. Prior to Wayfair, O'Hanlon spent more than 11 years as an investment banker, and six years as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. He earned an M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Virginia, and lives just south of Boston with his wife and four children.

Shannon O’Meara Smith
Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives
VisSat, Inc.

Shannon O’Meara Smith is executive director of strategic initiatives, government systems at ViaSat, Inc., a global communications provider. Smith has over 20 years of experience in the fields of corporate and military strategy and intelligence; providing critical support to organizations around issues of organizational health and strategic market growth. She has worked for a number of large aerospace and defense technology companies where her responsibilities included developing long-term strategies around the likely evolution of existing markets and the competitive landscape, synthesizing critical trends, and creating new frameworks for identifying risks and disruptive moves in the industry. A career intelligence professional with over 10 years of military intelligence experience, she has served on active and reserve duty with both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy. Her last assignment (2006-2007) was as a Division Intelligence Officer with the Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 2 Battalion located at COB Speicher, Iraq. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, in Liberal Arts with areas of emphases in Russian and English from Excelsior College, and has finished all course requirements for a Master of Science degree in Global Technology and Development from Arizona State University with degree award in 2018. She is also a graduate of Chicago Booth’s Executive Level Corporate Strategy and Leadership course. Smith is also an active commissioner on her hometown’s Municipal Arts Committee and Neighborhood and Family Services Commission. Industry leadership roles include active memberships in AFCEA, the National Defense Industry Association, Women in Defense, Women in Aerospace, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Association of the United States Army, and the Air Force Association.

Carlton Ramsey
Immediate Past President/Chapter Board Member

Carlton Ramsey is the Immediate Past President and Chapter Board Member of the Akron-Canton Chapter of CompTIA Association of Information Technology Professionals. Professionally, he is a Database Administrator for a Savings and Loan where he has worked for the last 20 years. In attempt to be active in the IT community he has been a presenter for regional SQLSaturday events, a Project Manager for the Data Team for a Civic Hackathon working with the City of Akron, a Techie Club Volunteer with Tech Corps where he works with others to teach students in 3rd and 6th grade about various computing topics and held various officer and board position with his cities youth soccer association. He is looking forward to being part of the DC Fly-In team.

Doug Robertson
President & CEO
Venn Innovation, Inc.

Doug Robertson is the founding President and CEO of Venn Innovation Inc. Established in 2010, Venn has grown to become one of Atlantic Canada’s leading innovation hub organizations, providing a range of targeted programs and services including incubation, acceleration, co-working services, customized programs and services for firms at different stages. Robertson is a member of the Board of Directors of the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA), and of the Advisory Board for the Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN). He is also a member of the Board of Directors of 3Plus Corporation, a regional economic development organization serving the Greater Moncton region, and the Advisory Board of the Technopolicy Network, an international organization focused on science-based regional development. Prior to founding Venn in 2010, he served as the Director of Innovation Policy and Research Projects for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. From 2001 to 2008, he was a member of the City Council of Moncton, and was the inaugural Chair of the Economic Affairs Committee of Council. In 2004, he established and Chaired the Moncton Technology Planning Group, local innovation ecosystem leaders interested in advancing strategies to accelerate innovation-based economic development in the region. Passionate about his community, Robertson served as Chair of the Local Organizing Committee for the 2013 and 2014 Canadian Track and Field Championships, as a member of the Cabinet for the PGI NB Tournament for Literacy from 2002 to 2013, and has been involved in a number of other community organizations and initiatives.

Jeanette Shaw
Director, Government Relations, Forth

Jeanette Shaw leads Forth’s multi-state and federal advocacy work. She is an experienced public policy advocate with an accomplished career in fast-paced high-tech environments, trade association and non-profit development and management, and government staff positions at the state, county, and city levels. In addition to representing Forth, she serves as the Advocacy Committee Vice Chair for the Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) and serves on the Career and Technical Education Revitalization Grant Advisory Committee for the Oregon Department of Education. She holds an Executive MBA from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science/Public Service from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Dennis Tomlin
Information Security Officer
Multnomah County

Dennis Tomlin is the information security officer for Multnomah County, where he is responsible for leading the county’s cybersecurity efforts. He manages a team that ensures endpoint and perimeter protection, incident response, forensics, identity management, HIPAA compliance and SAP security. In his role as county HIPAA security officer, he establishes policy, provides leadership and consulting for in-house county security initiatives. He protects county and constituent data and privacy by employing a 3x3x3 security model which consists of cyber intelligence, defense in depth and incident response. This approach is shielded within the CIA Triad of Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability while considering people, process and technology. Previously, Tomlin was the information security and governance program manager for Papa Murphy’s International, leading efforts to align the company with Sarbanes-Oxley and PCI-DSS security and compliance requirements. He was also responsible for authoring and maintaining IT policies and procedures, partnering with management on budget forecasts, and ensuring quality data is processed. He also worked for 13 years for Lake Oswego medical device firm Biotronik in various roles, most recently as senior information security and GRC manager, where he was responsible for the global company’s IT security, governance, risk and compliance. He focused on HIPAA, FDA and ISO IT compliance within an ITIL and COBIT framework. Tomlin has degrees in elementary education from Portland State University and forestry from Mt. Hood Community College. He also served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay from 1978 to 1981.

Michael Swanson

Michael Swanson founded ISAM in 1996 and led it to become an industry leader in Software Asset Management having managed over USD $15 billion dollars in software costs across 1000 companies and government agencies worldwide. Swanson’s team at ISAM has played an integral role in the software asset management industry for over 20 years by: negotiated many of the first software enterprise license agreements in the industry; and the first outside consulting company brought in by a major software vendor to assist companies on software audits. ISAM has helped the Social Security Administration to be the only federal agency to receive an "A" on every FITARA report in Portfolio Management category. Clients globally have utilized ISAM’s GreenBook® and expertise to reduce their long-term software expenses by over one billion dollars.

David Weber
Vice President

David Weber is a leader in Conduent's Government Healthcare Services business unit, which focuses on State Medicaid program solutions. His leadership roles in Sales, Marketing, Finance and Operations, have enabled him to bring a unique perspective to his teams that have transformed client value and implemented innovative technology solutions. Weber has leveraged his experience and contributions across a number of industries including healthcare, business information and IT software services, to effectively manage organizational and market change, while driving customer value.

Brad Wood
First Secretary of (Commercial), Embassy of Canada

Brad Wood is responsible for industrial and innovation policy at the Embassy of Canada.

Dawn Yankeelov
President & Executive Director
Aspectx and Technology Association of Louisville KY

Dawn Marie Yankeelov is president of US-based Aspectx specializing in business strategy, competitive intelligence, marketing, and public relations for growth technology companies, and technology-driven corporations. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky. As a marketing and public relations practitioner for 29+ years, she has counseled many companies and organizations on their marketing needs and executed effective campaigns in targeted, select markets--using internet tools and traditional methodologies. Aspectx has added advocacy and public policy work in DC to its list of service areas in recent years. As executive director of the area tech council for Kentucky called TALK (Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky), Yankeelov has strong ties to federal agencies involved in the topic of cybersecurity planning and cyber education methodologies, include NIST (National Institute of Standards & Technology), and its recently-developed NICE (National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education) Framework. Yankeelov has championed the adoption of federal cyber education curricula for K-12 for the state of Kentucky this year and the beginning of a rollout will occur in 2017 for state school districts. She is active in CompTIA, the largest US IT trade association, as well TECNA (Tech Councils of America). She also contributed to the American Bar Association's Emerging Businesses Series for 2005 and 2010, handbooks for companies in growth sectors. In recent years, she has focused on competitive intelligence related to cybersecurity, mobile applications, and training. Her articles on tech topics have appeared over the years in various publications, including Louisville Business First, Tech Republic, MedCityNews, InformationToday, Electronic House, and The Lane Report.

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