William (Joe) Adams

Vice President of Research and Cyber Security
Merit Network

Dr. Joe Adams is the vice president of research and cybersecurity at Merit Network, Inc. Retired from the U.S. Army as a colonel, he taught at the U.S. Military Academy (USMA) as an associate professor and was responsible for USMA's cyberdefense course. As the chief information officer of the National Defense University, Joe build an information assurance program that was recognized by the commanding general of the Defense Information Systems Agency in 2010. In his current position, Joe is focused on leading and expanding Merit's network research and cybersecurity programs. He is the director of the Michigan Cyber Range, an internationally recognized platform for education, exercises and testing in cybersecurity.

Joe earned a B.Sc. in computer engineering from Syracuse University and a M.Sc. in computer systems engineering from the University of Arkansas. He earned his Ph.D. in computer engineering from Virginia Tech, where his research focused on network security and access control in mobile ad-hoc networks. He also holds a master's of strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.

Julian Alvarez

Commissioner of Labor
Texas Workforce Commission

Julian Alvarez III is the Commissioner Representing Labor of the Texas Workforce Commission. Gov. Greg Abbott reappointed him to the three-member Commission on March 7, 2017.  His Commission appointment expires February 1, 2023. 

The Commissioner Representing Labor represents the interest of more than 13 million Texas workers with respect to TWC services and ensures that their concerns are considered in all Commission actions.

Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Alvarez served as president and CEO of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership fostering relationships and coordinating programs to advance regional economic development and employment opportunities. He also served as a Texas regional director for the U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson advising on legislative and policy issues related to South Texas. Prior to that, Alvarez served on the South Texas Drug Task Force as a state trooper for the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). After his service with DPS, Alvarez inspired stewardship and leadership as the director of college information for Texas State Technical College in Harlingen.

Commissioner Alvarez had served on boards for:

  • Teach for America
  • Border Trade Advisory Committee
  • I-69 Alliance
  • RGV Lead
  • Hidalgo County Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Texas State Affordable Housing Advisory Committee
  • UT Pan American President’s Circle.
  • North Harlingen Rotary
  • Texas Association of Sports Officials

Commissioner Alvarez earned a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from Texas A&I University in Kingsville.

Raymond Bell

The H.O.P.E. Project

President at R. Emmanuel Bell Consulting

Clarence Chase

US Identity Access Management Leader

Experience Summary:  Cyber Security Leader with over 20 years of Client, Industry, and Technical expertise mitigating risks, improving processes and delivering solutions.

Clarence serves as the US Identity and Access Management Leader responsible for the strategy and implementation of processes and tools to protect Deloitte and client assets. His background in cyber security includes strategic planning, risk management, compliance management, identity and access management, architectural design and operations management.

Prior to his current role, Clarence worked for several fortune 100 organizations and also spent 9 years serving commercial and federal clients as a management consultant.

Mark Ciampa

Associate Professor of Information Systems
Western Kentucky University

Dr. Mark Ciampa is an Associate Professor of Information Systems in the Gordon Ford College of Business at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  Prior to this he was an Associate Professor and served as the Director of Academic Computing at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee for 20 years. Mark has worked in the IT industry as a computer consultant for businesses, government agencies, and educational institutions.  He has published over 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals and is also the author of over 25 technology textbooks, including Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals 6e, CWNA Guide to Wireless LANs 3ed, Guide to Wireless Communications, Security Awareness: Applying Practical Security In Your World 5ed, and Networking BASICS.  Dr. Ciampa holds a PhD in technology management with a specialization in digital communication systems from Indiana State University and has certifications in Security+ and HIT.

Lisa Dorr

Director – Workforce Planning and Development, Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), Deputy Chief of Staff
Department of Health and Human Sciences

As the Director of IT Workforce Planning and Development, Lisa leads HHS’ efforts to develop and implement Department-wide workforce development strategies for its IT and cybersecurity cadre.  The strategy focuses on IT and cybersecurity workforce identification and analyses, targeted recruitment and staffing, professionalization, and talent and performance management. As the Deputy Chief of Staff for the HHS OCIO, Lisa is also responsible for Human Resources (HR) business operations and employee engagement for OCIO-specific staff.

Prior to joining the OCIO COS, Lisa was the Security Governance Division Manager for the HHS OCIO Office of Information Security’s (OIS).  In this role, Lisa led efforts to develop and implement Department-wide cybersecurity policies and processes, execute cybersecurity workforce development strategies, and implement security-focused training and awareness to include enterprise-wide ethical phishing campaign program management.

Prior to Lisa’s tenure at HHS, she served as a cybersecurity workforce development, learning, and change management expert, supporting agencies including Department of Homeland Security, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Navy, and Defense Information Systems Agency.  Lisa led the development of and acted as key author on cyber-focused white papers including: Infusing Change Management into Program Initiatives, Cyber People Readiness, Workforce Assurance, and Operationally Focused Frameworks for Credentialing Cybersecurity Personnel and Transforming Performance through a Competency and Role-Based Approach. Lisa was a also a key contributor on the Partnership for Public Service 2015 Cyber-In Security II: Closing the Federal Talent Gap.

John Dvorak

Chief Information Officer
Salient CRGT

Chief Information Officer

John oversees Corporate IT and Cyber Security for Salient CRGT, a leading technology company providing health, data analytics, cloud, agile software development, mobility, cyber security, and infrastructure solutions to the Federal Government and Commercial marketplace. Headquartered in Fairfax, VA, Salient CRGT has 22 offices, plus personnel in more than 270 locations across the United States and overseas. The Salient CRGT family includes over 2,000 experts serving customers worldwide.

John is a former member of the Federal Senior Executive Service and served at both the FBI and the National Institutes of Health. At the FBI, he led mission-focused, high visibility data integration, visualization, and analysis initiatives in support of intelligence and law enforcement programs. He also established the FBI's Enterprise Data Management Office. At NIH, he oversaw network engineering and network security. Prior to his federal service, he served as a CTO within the telecom industry.


Kenneth Gonzalez

Pentester At IBM X-Force RED
IBM Security-Costa Rica

Kenneth Gonzalez is currently a Pentester Consultant in IBM's X-Force Red. He has several publications including cybersecurity articles and a book related to monitoring tools and methodologies using Qradar. With 10 years of experience in security related products, security threats, cybersecurity defense tactics and offensive security, he also is a certified trainer for numerous security certifications (including COMPTIA) and courses related information security.

Tim Herbert

Senior Vice President of Research and Market Intelligence

Tim Herbert serves as senior vice president of research and market intelligence for The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). Under his leadership, CompTIA publishes a wide range of reports, briefs, and data analysis to make sense of the ever-changing tech landscape. CompTIA’s Cyberstates report is recognized as the definitive guide to tech workforce trends, economic impact, innovation, and more.

Tim regularly pens articles for industry publications, presents at industry conferences, and in his 20+ years as a technology analyst, has been cited in numerous media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Wired Magazine and many others.

John Heyman

Director, Unisys University

John Heyman is responsible for operational management at Unisys University including the creation and deployment of content to Unisys employees. This includes management/maintenance oversight for Unisys University’s Percipio Learning portal, the learning management system utilized by Unisys. He manages both the vendor relationship as well as the team that supports the learning portal. He is also responsible for the third party content purchased by Unisys and the custom content Unisys University develops for its employees and he manages UU’s team of content developers. 

In addition to his LMS responsibilities, John also manages the certification prep programs offered by Unisys University to the employees at Unisys and works with his support teams to build learning programs designed to support preparation for certification exams. Other key responsibilities associated with this role include working with internal trainers to offer certification training when needed, partnering with certification vendors where appropriate and also to provide funding for and access to the certification exams upon completion of the training. Another important element of this role is to manage the external learning process used by Unisys to provide funding for all training not offered internally; the key element of this program is to maximize the funding available to employees who have to go outside the organization for the training needed to prepare for certification exams as well as for the exams themselves.

Joseph Holbrook,Certified Blockchain Solutions Architect

Contract Technical Trainer and Course Developer

Blockchain Evangelist MyBlockchain Experts.Blogger, Author and Conference Speaker
Joe Holbrook has been in the computer field since 1993 when he was exposed to several HPUX systems on board a US Navy flagship. He has migrated from UNIX world to Storage Area Networking(SAN) and Enterprise Virtualization and Cloud Architecture. He worked for numerous companies like HDS, 3PAR, Brocade, HP, EMC, Northrup Grumman, ViON, Ibasis.net, Chematch.com, SAIC and Siemens Nixdorf. He currently is a consulting Blockchain Architect, writer speaker, educator and engineer. SNIA WORLDWIDE ACHIEVER (SCSN-E) http://www.snia.org/education/certification/fame COMPTIA Subject Matter Expert (SME) http://certification.comptia.org/getCertified/examdevelopment/currentSME.aspx Brocade Distinguished Architect (BDA) which is Brocades Highest/Elite Level Certification http://www.brocade.com/downloads/documents/certification_study_tools/bda-honor-roll.pdf PAPERS * Published author in two EMC Proven Professional Competitions on Brocade FCIP and FCR Pre Sales Engineering, Systems Engineering, SAN Design, SAN Migration, FCIP, Data Center design, Data Center Migrations,, VMWare, CEE, RFPs.,RFQs Virtual Storage Platform (VSP), Cloud Computing, Virtualization, Technical Training and Course Development He is also a cryptocurrency hobbyist around Bitcoin/Ethereum) who has a working knowledge in Blockchain such as Ethereum and EOS. Solidity and Smart Contracts Certified Blockchain Expert(CBE), Certified Bitcoin Professional (CBP), Certified Blockchain Solutions Architect (CBSA)

Walt Jaqua

Information Technology Instructor / Adjunct Professor
South Bend Community School Corporation / Vincennes University

Walt Jaqua has actively participated in the corporate I.T. business field for over thirty-nine years with vast experience in managing, administering, servicing, and supporting a wide variety of information systems and networks. His instructional experience began in the early 1980’s while teaching repair classes on the original IBM PC to other technicians looking to advance their skills. Walt continued teaching technology to other technicians nationwide, in addition to his daily corporate duties, until 2009 when he left the business world to build the South Bend Community School Corporation’s Information Technology program from the ground up. 

Through his leadership, high school junior and senior students have had the opportunity to gain invaluable hands-on experience, earn college dual credits, obtain multiple industry recognized certifications, secure internships, and acquire part-time and full-time jobs. His alumni have entered directly into a career, attended post-secondary community college and university, and joined all branches of the military. Walt believes in lifelong learning and sets an example for his students by engaging in I.T. contract work during the summer, keeping his certifications current, and pursuing new certification paths for his students and himself.

Chris Kelsall

Branch Head
Navy Cyber IT/Cybersecurity Workforce

Mr. Kelsall serves as the Navy Branch Head for activities involved in establishing and maintaining overall Department of Defense Cybers workforce capabilities in support of Navy, DON and DoD missions in Cyberspace. This work focuses on workforce initiatives that support Cyberspace Superiority at national, DoD, Combatant Command, and Navy and Marine Corps levels. These acvtivities include Information Network Operations, Cybersecurity, Defensive Cyber Operations, Information Assurance, and collaboration with entities responsible for Offensive Cyber Operations.  He is responsible for planning, programming, policy, and management of Cyber Information Tecnology (Cyber IT) and Cybersecurity (CS) workforce efforts addressing recruiting and retention, education, training, certification, and development of the Cyber IT/CS workforce.

Previously Mr. Kelsall served as the DON CIO’s principal expert on Cyber IT workforce policy and planning; to include manpower, personnel and training system requirements. There he was responsible for development of workforce strategic plans and SECNAV instructions and manuals.

He was a key member of the team that developed the DoD Cyberspace Workforce Strategic Plan and is a member of the DoD Cyber Workforce Training Advisory Council and the DoD Cyber Principal Advisor Cyberspace Workforce team. He also serves on the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Training and Certification Mapping team leading efforts to map commercial certifications to the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce framework.

Chris is a recipient of the 2016 CompTIA Excellence in Cybersecurity Award which he shared with Congressman Mac Thornberry.

Career Summary:  Mr. Kelsall served in the United States Navy, both as an enlisted member and as a Limited Duty Officer for over 29 years.  His duty assignments included USS Meyerkord, (DE-1058), USS Sides (FFG-14), Fleet Combat Training Center Atlantic, Fleet Combat Training Center Pacific, Afloat Training Group Atlantic, USS Mahan (DDG-42), Combat Systems Training Group Charleston, USS Kearsarge (LHD-3), and the Commander in Chief Atlantic staff. He has made numerous deployments to the Far East, Mediterranean, and Persian Gulf areas.

After retiring from the Navy in 2002, Mr. Kelsall went to work for Booz Allen Hamilton as a consultant to the Department of Defense and the Office of the Under Secretary for Personnel and Readiness.  In 2006, he joined DON CIO staff as a consultant for IT civilian and military workforce management. In June 2008, he was selected for Government Service and his current position with DON CIO.   

John Kerr

Senior Vice President Commercial Solutions
Domain 5

John Kerr is Senior Vice President of Commercial Solutions at Domain5. John is responsible for Domain5’s product development and consulting services delivery.

Kerr joined Domain5 in April of 2016 and has more than 26 years of cybersecurity leadership experience spanning security operations, data center services, cloud, and security consulting from early-stage to Fortune 100 companies.

Kerr was the Global Director of Identity and Access Management Delivery and Operations at Verizon.  Kerr worked at MICROS Systems as Vice President of Cloud and Hosting Operations.  Kerr also worked with Verizon Business as the Global Director of Managed Security Solutions.  Before joining Verizon Business, Kerr worked at Cybertrust as Vice President of Managed Security Solutions.  Cybertrust was acquired by Verizon Business in 2007.

Kerr has held senior roles at Betrusted, Security Assurance Group, USinternetworking and Computer Sciences Corporation.

Noel Kyle

Program Manager, Cybersecurity Education & Awareness Branch
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Ms. Noel Kyle is a Program Manager within the Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity Education & Awareness Branch.


Ms. Kyle has 14 years of experience, half of which have been spent immersed in cybersecurity training and workforce initiatives at DHS. She is a subject matter expert in cybersecurity workforce development and has been closely involved with efforts to define and categorize cybersecurity work, as well as to build strategies for cybersecurity recruitment and retention. She also manages nationally-focused cybersecurity training programs such as the Federal Virtual Training Environment (FedVTE).

Previously, working with Fortune 100 companies and small businesses, she managed business improvement programs, financial analysis and reporting projects, and marketing programs. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Miami in Florida and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Old Dominion University in Virginia. She also holds Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certifications.

Rebecca Lake

Dean of Workforce and Economic Development
Harper College

Rebecca S. Lake, Ed.D. is Harper College Dean of Workforce and Economic Development. She is an ApprenticeshipUSA Leader and is director of Harper’s strategic apprenticeship activities. Before coming to Harper, Rebecca created the Community College Leadership (CCL) doctoral program at National Louis University serving as program director for 10 years.  She spent the first half of her professional life involved in health planning, hospital and health care administration, and nursing while the second half in community college teaching and administration.  Dr. Lake has held community college positions of faculty, assistant dean, career and technology (CTE) dean, and academic vice-president.     

Patrick Lane

Director, Product Management

Patrick Lane directs IT workforce skills certifications for CompTIA, including Security+, PenTest+, CySA+, and CASP+. He assisted the U.S. National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCSA) to create the “Lock Down Your Login” campaign to promote multi-factor authentication nationwide.

Patrick has implemented a wide variety of IT projects, including an intranet and help desk for 11,000 end users. Patrick is an Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) lifetime member, born and raised on U.S. military bases, and has authored and co-authored multiple books, including Hack Proofing Linux: A Guide to Open Source Security and Advanced TCP/IP Internetworking. 

Ray Letteer

Dr. Letteer is the Chief of the Cybersecurity Division of the Command, Control, Communications, and Computer (C4) Department, Deputy Commandant – Information, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps. He is responsible for and oversees all Cybersecurity (CY) tasks, standards, and conditions within the Marine Corps, which includes Computer Network Defense (CND), Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO), Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), Electronic Key Management Systems (EKMS), and Authorization & Approval (A&A) under the Risk Management Framework.

Dr. Letteer has been with HQMC C4 for 15 years and has over 33 years of cybersecurity experience, working in DoD, the Intelligence Community, and in Federal Civil Agencies. He serves as the appointed Marine Corps Approving Official (AO) for the Marine Corps Enterprise Network (MCEN), which includes all networks and networked systems whether in garrison or tactically deployed. He is also the Functional Area Manager (FAM) for Marine Corps EKMS/KMI/PKI issues.

Dr. Letteer received both his Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) in Information Assurance and Master of Science in Network Security (with honors) from Capitol Technology University. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Maryland University College, a graduate certificate in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, and a Post-Graduate Intelligence Program Diploma in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University. He is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute’s Leadership for a Democratic Society program. Dr. Letteer was selected as one of Federal Computer Week’s Federal 100 for 2005 and is listed in Who's Who in the World 1996, Who's Who in the Midwest 1994/1995, and Who’s Who among Students in American Colleges and Universities 2012. He is the lead author for the recently published book, The Transitioning Military Cybersecurity Professional.

Dr. Letteer honorably served from 1973 to 1994 in the intelligence, security, and cybersecurity fields with the United States Air Force in the Security Service and later in the Electronic Security Command in locations in Texas, Maryland, Ohio, Okinawa, and Berlin.

Dr. Letteer is a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO), NSA Information Assurance Methodology (NSA-IAM) certified, and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) certified. He is Acquisition Level 1 Certified and an Associate member of the American Bar Association, participating on the Science & Technology Committee. He as certified as a base Special Response Team member while in the Air Force.

Steve Linthicum, JD, CISSP

Deputy Sector Navigator (ICT/Digital Media)
Rancho Santiago Community College District

Deputy Sector Navigator (ICT/Digital Media) at Rancho Santiago Community College District
Steve recently accepted the role as Deputy Sector Navigator (ICT/Digital Media) for the Orange County Region, after retiring from his role as a tenured faculty member at Sierra College in Rocklin, California, in June 2017. Additionally Steve's responsibilities are being expanded to serve as a Co-Project Director for the Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Innovation Grant issued by the California Community College Chancellor's Office to Coastline Community College in Orange County, California. Steve continues to teach and support other community college faculty in a variety of classes that focused on network administration, information assurance and security, and virtualization / cloud technologies. Steve has always been on the leading edge of technology, holding a variety of industry certifications issued by major industry leaders like Microsoft, VMware, CompTIA, ISC2, EMC, and Citrix. The initial focus of Steve's DSN efforts has been revitalizing high school classes to insure they serve as a pipeline to college for students seeking high wage positions in the information technology field. He is currently developing a class that will be taught at three (3) of the region's high schools that will focus on CompTIA A+ certification, coupled with general security concepts, building teams that will compete in the cyber defense "CyberPatriot"​ program.

Stan McChrystal

Former Commander of U.S. and International Forces
Former Commander of U.S. and International Forces in Afghanistan, Author and Co-Founder of the McChrystal Group

To hear McChrystal talk about leadership is like hearing Steve Jobs talk about innovation or Henry Ford talk about productivity. The former general is a warrior and visionary who turned a bulky bureaucracy into a fast-moving force that helped wipe out Al-Qaeda in Iraq and is credited with turning the tide of that war as well as the one in Afghanistan. – Wired Magazine

A one-of-a-kind commander with a remarkable record of achievement, General Stan McChrystal is widely praised for creating a revolution in warfare that fused intelligence and operations. He is also known for developing and implementing the counter-insurgency strategy in Afghanistan and for creating a comprehensive counter-terrorism organization that revolutionized the way military agencies interact and operate.

A four-star general, he is the former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan and the former leader of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), which oversees the military’s most sensitive forces. His leadership of JSOC is credited with the 2003 capture of Saddam Hussein and the 2006 location and killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq. He is also the author of the best-selling leadership books, My Share of the Task: A Memoir and Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World. McChrystal, a former Green Beret, is known for his candor, innovative leadership, and going the distance. Called “one of America’s greatest warriors” by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, few can speak about leadership, teamwork, and international affairs with as much insight.

Thirty-Four Years of Service. The son and grandson of Army officers, McChrystal graduated from West Point in 1976 and trained at the Special Forces School in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was later commissioned as an infantry officer and spent much of his career commanding special operations and airborne infantry units. During the Persian Gulf War, McChrystal served in a Joint Special Operations Task Force and commanded the 75th Ranger Regiment. He also completed year-long fellowships at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1997 and at the Council on Foreign Relations in 2000. He was promoted to brigadier general in 2001.

In 2002, he was appointed chief of staff of military operations in Afghanistan. Two years later, McChrystal was selected to deliver the nationally televised Pentagon briefings about military operations in Iraq. From 2003–2008, he commanded JSOC and was responsible for leading the nation’s deployed military counter-terrorism efforts around the globe, assuming command of all international forces in Afghanistan in June 2009. President Obama’s order for an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan was based on McChrystal’s assessment of the war.

Supporting Military Families and National Service. McChrystal retired from the military in 2010. He now serves on the board of directors for JetBlue Airways, Navistar, and the Yellow Ribbon Fund. McChrystal is the chair of Service Year Alliance, a project of Be The Change and the Aspen Institute, which envisions a future in which a service year is a cultural expectation and common opportunity for every young American. He is also a senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, where he teaches a popular course on leadership.

General McChrystal co-founded the McChrystal Group in January 2011. Its mission is to deliver innovative leadership solutions to organizations which help them transform and succeed in challenging and dynamic environments.

Four-Star Strategy Lessons. A dynamic, powerful speaker, McChrystal impresses audiences with field-tested leadership lessons, stressing a uniquely inclusive model that focuses on building teams capable of relentlessly pursuing results. When old systems fall short, he believes true leaders must look for ways to innovate and change. Citing stories from his career, McChrystal reveals a four-star management strategy, concentrating on openness, teamwork, and forward-thinking.

Pamela McComas

Program Manager, GDIT Cyber Institute
General Dynamics Information Technology, Defense Division

Pamela McComas is a program manager within General Dynamics Information Technology’s Defense group where she leads its Cyber Institute. The Cyber Institute develops, delivers and maintains cyber education and training courseware, simulations and continuing education materials for General Dynamics Information Technology’s customers and internal employees. Before leading the Cyber Institute, Pamela was on the General Dynamics Information Technology team who supports the DC3 Training Academy program, which provides cyber training to Department of Defense personnel.

John McGlinchey

Executive Vice President, Global Certification

John McGlinchey is the Executive Vice President for Global Business Development, for CompTIA, the IT Industry Trade Association. CompTIA represents more than 12,000 member companies and registered users around the world; and is the world’s leading provider of vendor-neutral skills certifications for the global IT workforce. John is responsible for leading the global business development team in the promotion and sales of CompTIA certifications. This includes the development and delivery of partnership relationships as well as cooperating with the education and training communities across the world. 

With 25-plus years of commercial experience, the majority in the IT training and certification industry, John is a successful, dynamic, strategic and highly committed senior executive with a proven track record as a leader, directing sales staff in the consistent achievement of targets and performance metrics. Prior to taking on his current role with CompTIA in June 2013, John served as the organization’s Vice President for Europe and the Middle East, providing senior strategic direction, leadership, management and support to the EME team. He joined CompTIA in 2011 as regional sales director for the United Kingdom. Before joining CompTIA, John held executive sales positions with New Horizons, QA, GTG and Technical Training Ltd.

Alex Meade

Mission Economic Development Corporation

Alex Meade has been serving as the CEO of the Mission Economic Development Corporation since August 2011 and was previously serving as a consultant to the EDC when he was asked to take the lead. The corporation was going through one of its toughest transitions at that time and required a complete overhaul in order to continue to prove to be an asset to the City of Mission.

Since taking the lead role, Mission EDC, has attracted projects that offer significant job creation and capital investment in excess of $300 million. Further, in addition to the EDC’s retention and recruitment role, the organization has developed workforce development programs that have been recognized at the local, state and federal levels, implemented a small business fund for the citizens of Mission called, Ruby Red Ventures, and established the initiatives, Code the Town, which promotes computer science education in the city. In the fall of 2016, he opened Mission EDC’s Center for Education and Economic Development, a dynamic 55,000 sqft co-working facility that aims to create an Entrepreneurial, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (E-STEAM) ecosystem which will lead to more sustainable businesses and a 21st Century ready workforce in the City of Mission.A former Principal of P3 Economics, an economic development consulting firm in Brownsville, Texas, he was dedicated to identifying and marketing opportunities in the Texas Rio Grande Valley communities, focusing specifically on growth areas throughout the Valley corridor. He specialized in establishing public-private partnerships (P3s), conducting economic and market studies, strategic planning, and site selection. His clients throughout his time with P3 Economics included: Harlingen EDC, San Benito EDC, Pharr EDC, the Delta Region, Mission EDA/EDC, Mercedes EDC, Alamo EDC, Vizta Property Management, SpawGlass, Panda Express, Bass Pro Shops, Texas Regional Bank, and other public and private entities.

Prior to starting P3 Economics, he served as the Interim Director and Manager of Economic Development at the Harlingen Area Chamber of Commerce. He has worked at Long Chilton, LLP as a Senior Accountant in Harlingen, at Burton McCumber and Cortez, LLP as the Manager of Litigation Support in McAllen, at Grant Thornton, LLP as a management consultant in the Global Public Sector division in Washington, DC, and at Southern Union Gas Corporation as a Cost Analyst in Austin.

Mr. Meade, a Brownsville native, was recently appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to the Texas State Technical College System Board of Regents and was previously appointed by Governor Abbott to the Texas Economic Development Corporation. He was also previously appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners, and the Governor’s Advisory Board of Economic Development Stakeholders.


Mr. Meade received his BBA in Economics from St. Edward’s University in Austin, his MBA from UT-Brownsville, and an MPA from UT-Pan American. He is certified as an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) by the National Development Council and as a Certified Public Manager (CPM) by the National Certified Public Manager Consortium.

Mr. Meade is married to Casandra (nee Garcia), Deputy State Director for U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, and is the proud father of Sebastian and Emily.

Leila Melendez

Chief Operating Officer
Workforce Solutions Borderplex

Chief Operating Officer at Workforce Solutions Borderplex

Dan Neville

IT Program Director, Rochester NY Market
Bryant & Stratton College

Certification Evangelist and career education specialist
High energy, passionate educator, committed to student success. Specialist in developing certification -based career/technical education programs. Expert in project-based learning and the flipped classroom model. Staunch proponent of certification-based career education systems. Multinational and management experience.

Bill Newhouse

Security Engineer, National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence
National Institute of Standards and Technology

National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education - NICE Framework Security Engineer at NIST's National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) and Deputy Director of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education. Co-author of the NICE Framework.

Anthony Putorek

Lead Global Datacenter Field and Community PM

Lead Global Datacenter Field and Community PM at Microsoft
The Global Datacenter Field and Community PM team (GFCPM) supports Microsoft's Talent, Workforce and Community Development (TWCD) initiatives inside our global datacenters (Field), while at the same time partners directly with communities where our datacenters exist through endowment programs, workforce development and scholarships.

Kevin Sanchez-Cherry

Cybersecurity Policy, Architecture and Training Lead
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) OCIO Office of Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

Kevin Sanchez-Cherry is the Cybersecurity Policy, Architecture and Training Lead for the US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Office of Cybersecurity and Information Assurance, serving as the Program Manager for the Department’s Cybersecurity Policy, Training & Education, and Cybersecurity Workforce Management Programs.  In this capacity, Kevin has led the creation, development and implementation of the DOT Cybersecurity Workforce Management Program and has revised the Cybersecurity Training & Education Program.  He is also a senior advisor to the DOT Chief Information Security Officer (DOT CISO) on cybersecurity policy, training and workforce management.


Prior to joining DOT in 2014, Kevin served four years with the US. Department of Education’s Office of Information Assurance Services (IAS), as IAS Governance Program Manager, Acting Policy and Planning Branch Chief and IAS Records Officer. He also served four years with the United States Secret Service as the Certification and Accreditation (C&A) Program Manager, where he was responsible for leading the Secret Service’s C&A and ISSO Programs. 

Prior to the Secret Service, Kevin served over eight years in a variety of information assurance and IT security positions for the US Department of Commerce, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Department of Justice Antitrust Division, Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Office, the Department of Defense’s Military Health System (MHS), and in the private sector for the FINRA (formerly the National Association of Securities Dealers) Corporate Information Security.


He is the Founder and Co-Chair of the ISIMC Information Assurance Policy Working Group (IAPWG). The IAPWG provides interagency coordination and cooperation in the development and maintenance of cybersecurity policies, standards and governance, as well as discusses current policy issues, shares experiences and information, and reviews federal cybersecurity laws, requirements, directives, and governance for agency implementation.

Stephen Schneiter

Program Manager, CompTIA Instructor Network

Program Manager, CompTIA Instructor Network

Manager of the CompTIA Instructor Network! Assisting instructors Internationally get the most out of CompTIA certifications. The goal is to help instructors with best practices, strategies and tools to help lead a successful training event and help their students attain certification. I support sales personnel and customers aligning certifications to programs, conduct workshops and webinars highlighting certifications and implementation. Specialties: Educational Technology, Professional Development Training, Public Speaking, Open Source Solutions, Networking and Security

Anthony Sequeira

Online Trainer
CBT Nuggets

Anthony Sequeira began his IT career in 1994 with IBM in Tampa, Florida. He quickly formed his own computer consultancy, Computer Solutions, and then discovered his true passion—teaching and writing about Microsoft, Cisco and anything CompTIA offers! He has lectured to massive audiences around the world while working for Mastering Computers. Anthony has never been happier in his career than he is now as a full-time trainer for CBT Nuggets. Anthony is an avid tennis player, a private pilot, a semi-professional poker player, and enjoys getting beaten up by women and children at the martial arts school he attends with his daughter.

Kelly Shotwell

IT Academy Program Coordinator/Trainer
Southern Virginia Higher Education Center

Ms. Shotwell is responsible for program administration, development, and training for the IT Academy.   In addition, she is CompTIA A+, Server+ and Network+ certified and is a regular trainer for A+ and Server+.

Ms. Shotwell collaborates with the IT Academy team and area employers to map out training and certification pathways that create pipelines to employment.  She maintains and reports data on student outcomes and employment, and is responsible for recruiting participants for each new class and additional trainers as needed.  An important aspect of her role is to develop relationships with Southside Virginia employers who hire IT staff.  These employers provide valuable insights into the skills needed in today’s workforce.  Ms. Shotwell organizes a job fair at the end of each A+/Server+ program where employers interview program completers for jobs with their companies. 

Before joining the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in 2015, Ms. Shotwell spent 31 years working in the information technology arena with Vance County Schools, a NC public school system.  She served as Director of Information Systems, and her responsibilities included implementation of North Carolina’s student information system, including designing and delivering training and first-level support for 140+ users.  She also managed system operations for the IBM AS400 computer system (disaster recovery and backups, hardware and software operations, security, procurement, and end user support).  She provided operations support for Nortel/Avaya telephone systems at 17 sites and participated in the selection and implementation of technology initiatives for the school system.  In her years with the school system, she was a part of the technology advances that started with a mainframe computer in the central office and led to laptops and tablets in the hands of students and teachers.

Ms. Shotwell has a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an A.A.S. in Business Computer Programming.

Richard Spires

Learning Tree


Richard has been in the IT field for more than thirty years, with eight years in federal government service.

He has served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as well as CIO for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). He led the IRS’s Business Systems Modernization program for two and half years, one of the largest and most complex information technology modernization efforts ever undertaken.

Richard also served as the Vice-Chairman of the Federal Government CIO Council and the Co-Chairman of the Committee for National Security Systems (CNSS), the committee that sets standards for the U.S. Government’s classified systems.

Richard’s private sector career includes providing program management and IT services to the government, telecommunications, and financial services markets.


Richard has won a number of awards for his leadership in IT, including: 2012 Fed 100 Government Executive Eagle Award, TechAmerica’s 2012 Government Executive of the Year, and Government Computer News 2011 Civilian Government Executive of the Year. He is a co-author and instructor of several Learning Tree courses including: Cyber Security for Management and the Boardroom, Program Management: Essential Skills for Program Success, Improving IT Management Results (FITARA Implementation)

James Stanger

Chief Technology Evangelist

Dr. James Stanger, PhD has consulted with corporations, governments and learning institutions worldwide about IT security, open source, and network administration for over 20 years. Organizations include the British Army, Northrop Grumman, IBM, Oracle, General Dynamics, West Point (U.S. Army), NTT Japan, Symantec, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), the US State Department, New Horizons, Dell, the United Arab Emirates Cultural Division, the Open University (UK), the US Navy, Mesei University and SoftBank. He is a respected authority in security, networking, and open source. His area of expertise includes security analytics, penetration testing, Linux and open source, network administration and monitoring, blockchain, and end point host support. James has provided consulting concerning the business of risk management, as well as network architecting. He has also created education programs and curricula worldwide and published dozens of articles, books, and blogs. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages. Currently, James is Chief Technology Evangelist at CompTIA, where he works with IT professionals, hiring managers and executives worldwide to identify critical skills, and help build CompTIA’s education programs. He lives and plays in the Puget Sound area of Washington State.

Todd Thibodeaux

President and CEO

Todd Thibodeaux is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CompTIA, the leading non-profit trade association for the global technology industry. CompTIA represents more than 2,000 member companies and 3,000 business partners spanning the worldwide technology industry. Since joining the organization in 2008, Todd has led the expansion of CompTIA’s commitment to advancing industry growth through education and training programs, market intelligence and research, networking events, professional certifications, and public advocacy. Todd is a frequent commentator and source quoted in news coverage of the technology industry, including the Associated Press, Bloomberg News, Entrepreneur, Forbes, and USA Today. He also contributed written columns to a variety of business and industry publications, including CIO and InformationWeek Dark Reading. 

Before joining CompTIA in July 2008, Todd spent more than 17 years with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), where he served in a wide range of roles culminating as its senior vice president of industry relations. Todd is a life-long IT and tech enthusiast dating back to his very early years. The son of an electrical and mechanical engineer, his love of technology continues to this day and he has infused CompTIA with a renewed sense of enthusiasm for the industry the organization represents. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (Bachelor of Science, economics, 1988) and George Mason University (Master’s degree in economics, 1997).

Bob Totten

Manager, Intelligence & Security
I&S University with BAE Systems

Bob Totten leads technical skill development for the Intelligence & Security (I&S) sector of BAE Systems, Inc. I&S is comprised of 7,000 employees across the United States and abroad with annual revenue of $1.7 billion. The business provides large-scale systems engineering, integration, and sustainment services across air, land, sea, space, and cyber domains for the U.S. Department of Defense, intelligence community, federal civilian agencies, and troops deployed around the world.

Bob manages I&S University (I&SU), a sector-wide initiative that provides employees free access to a comprehensive catalog of specialized technical courses and certification training. Many I&SU courses are developed in-house by BAE Systems employees who are experts in their field.  Many other courses are developed by leading vendors we partner with, integrated with company experience, and taught by our Subject Matter experts.

During his 18 years at BAE Systems, Bob has supported the Intelligence Community and the Department of Defense (DoD) as a Software Engineer, Program Manager, and Program Director. He is also a 10-year U.S. Army veteran, where he served as a Russian linguist and later led a Fort Meade Language Training program that was recognized as the top language-training program across the DoD.

A self-professed continuous learner, Bob is a Certified Project Management Professional, Oracle Certified Java Developer, and SAFe Agilist. In his spare time, Bob can be found building applications in AWS Cloud as he pursues his AWS Certified Solutions Architect & Cloud+ certifications, or studying his favorite training app, YouTube.

Tejas Vashi

Senior Director, Product Strategy & Marketing Learning

Tejas Vashi is an advocate for learning and its critical impact on business transformation. In his role as senior director of product strategy and marketing at Learning@Cisco, he is responsible for defining the education strategy, driving business innovation and establishing strategic industry partnerships.

A technology industry and Cisco veteran, he has seen firsthand the effect that technology can have in driving business growth and is considered a thought leader in learning as it applies to business transformation. He believes education is essential to activate new technologies, and has devoted his career to redefining talent enablement for today’s digitized world.

Prior to joining Cisco, Tejas gained broad experience in industry. He worked in design, testing, and quality engineering capacities, directed manufacturing projects and led product marketing efforts. Throughout his career, he’s demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for leading business growth and inspiring innovation. In his time at Cabletron Systems, a networking provider, he demonstrated this spirit by expanding the company’s footprint into Asia-Pacific. At Cisco, he helped integrate optical technologies into high-speed data networks to create a new line of business for the company.


Tejas holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University and a Master of Business Administration from Temple University, in Philadelphia, PA.

Mark Verhoeven

Full-Time Networking Faculty
Muskegon Community College

Mark Verhoeven, a member of the Muskegon (Mich.) Community College Business Department’s fulltime networking faculty, has more than 15 years of experience in teaching IT Security and Networking, which includes serving as the Networking and Security program director at Baker College of Muskegon.

Verhoeven holds professional certifications from Cisco CCNA, CCNA Security, CompTIA A+, Network +, Security +, Healthcare IT, IT Fundamentals and CySA+. He has earned an Associates in Computer Networking, a Bachelor of Computer Science, and a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Leadership - all from Baker College.

Jill West

GNTC/MJ West Enterprises, Inc.

Jill West, co-author of Network+ Guide to Networks and instructor at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, brings a unique cross-section of experience in business, writing, and education to the development of innovative educational materials. She has taught K thru college using a flipped classroom approach, distance learning, hybrid teaching, and educational counseling. She regularly presents at state and national conferences and international webinars on CompTIA certifications for students and train-the-trainer sessions for instructors. She’s also a member of the inaugural cohort of Faculty Ambassadors for AWS Educate. Jill and her husband Mike live in northwest Georgia with their four children.

Jack Zinser

InfoSys Security Advisor
General Dynamics Information Technology

Jack Zinser is an information systems security advisor with General Dynamics IT Cyber Institute where he develops and delivers cyber training around the world for incident responders, forensic examiners, system administrators, or anyone who must ensure defense information systems are secure from unauthorized use or counterintelligence threats. Jack has worked as a Network Analyst in both offensive and defensive roles with government agencies and the U.S. Navy. Jack holds numerous IT certifications including CompTIA Security+, CySA+, CTT+ and CASP.