2019 NICE K12 Cybersecurity Education Conference Planning Committee

iKeepsafe appreciates the assistance and support of the 2019 Conference planning committee members:



Career & Tech Ed Specialist — IT, Computer Science, Arts & AV Tech at School District of Palm Beach County, FL

Anthony was a Graphic Design teacher for 20 years, working at all K-12 levels, elementary, middle and high, as well as adult education and as an adjunct at the college level.  Anthony earned a Bachelors in Art Education from Florida State University and a Masters in Educational Leadership at Florida Atlantic University. He is now in his third year in the CTE department at the District of Palm Beach County, Florida. 

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Eric Brown

Assistant Director for the Cybersecurity Education, Research & Outreach Center (CEROC) at Tennessee Tech University

Eric Brown has served as a lifelong information technology practitioner and educator.  He served 20 years with the Computer Science Department at Tennessee Tech University as an instructional and information technology specialist and adjunct faculty member.  Eric worked three years in the Office of the CIO at the Tennessee Department of Education working with K12 district technology directors. In 2016, he returned to Tennessee Tech to become the assistant director for CEROC.


Finn Burrmeister

BSD Education Intern at La Vernia High School, San Antonio Texas

A high school junior, Finn participates in Cyber Patriots, debate, and Business Professionals of America. Last year he was his district’s national alternate in BPA with a proposal on an innovative network design, utilizing things such as advanced MPLS network design. Currently, he is interning with BSD Education to host a Hack-A-thon in the San Antonio/LaVernia area. He also is a frequent volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Shark-A-Thon, and local Cyber Security organizations. He has participated in the 2017 &2 018 So-Hacks Hack-A-Thons, securing first place in 2017 . He has learned cybersecurity, penetration testing, coding, networking, and numerous other technologies. 

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lemi-ola erinkitola

Founder at The Critical Thinking Child

An author and award-winning educator, Erinkitola is deeply passionate about empowering parents and their children. Her tutoring and consulting practice, The Critical Thinking Child LLC, provides parent coaching and fosters students’ academic achievement through the advancement of cognitive brain development and critical thinking skills. Her brain training boot camp program was featured on ABC News. Erinkitola is also the founder and Executive Director of the Children’s Reading Foundation of Greater Chicago. There, she collaborates with community partners to provide literacy support and free books while sharing a love of reading. Additionally, she currently serves as an Ambassador for By Kids For Kids (BKFK), helping to improve educational technology and promote innovation among today’s youth.  Erinkitola is an invited conference speaker at the local, national and international levels on early literacy, gifted education, cyber safety and critical thinking. Holding a Master’s degree from Rush University in Chicago, a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois and specialized training in critical thinking from the University of Edinburgh, she is also the proud mother of three gifted children. In her spare time, she enjoys creating puzzles and traveling.


amanda fitzgerald

Director of Public Policy at American School Counselor Association

Amanda Fitzgerald serves as the Director of Public Policy for the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). She has worked for the association since 2003 in various capacities. While she serves as a liaison for community partnerships, she primarily focuses on government relations efforts for the national office. Amanda serves as a liaison for both congressional offices and the US Department of Education. Amanda earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University, a Master’s of Arts in School Counseling from The George Washington University in Washington, DC and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed the DC Education Policy Fellowship Program in 2010 and is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives and the Association for Women in Government Relations.

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Naganat Guru

Director of Partnerships at Bits N Bytes Cybersecurity Education Corporation

Naganat is an entrepreneur, finance and computer systems and audit professional with passion for cybersecurity awareness and education goals. Naganat volunteers for nonprofits and for profit startups.

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Nancy Jones

Dean of Instruction for Business/CTE at Coastline Community College

Dr. Nancy S. Jones is the Dean of Instruction for Business/CTE at Coastline Community College, the first CAE2Y designated institution in California.  As a full-time faculty member at Coastline for 17 years and currently as a part-time faculty member, Dr. Jones has devoted her energies into the Networking and Cybersecurity field for a total of 24 years specializing in Networking OS, Security, and CompTia certification courses.  She serves as the lead for a variety of grant funded projects including the Southwestern Regional CAE Regional Resource Center (NSA), K-14 CTE Pathways (NSA), LA/OC Regional Netlabs consortium, Regional CyberPatriot, and most recently working on a State and Federally approved Cybersecurity Apprenticeship program serving students in California.


amanda keammerer

Deputy Director, CyberSecurity San Antonio at San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

Born and raised in San Antonio, Amanda Keammerer is the deputy director of CyberSecurity San Antonio at the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.   There, Amanda works to educate, engage, and elevate the CSSA TX community by sharing resources, fostering collaboration, spurring economic development, strengthening the talent pipeline, and increasing brand recognition of Cyber City USA.

Before the Chamber, Amanda served as a special assistant and policy advisor to the Federal Chief Information Officer during the Obama administration. Prior to the White House, Amanda was a digital marketing and analytics manager at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a health policy think tank. Amanda started her career as a community relations manager with LULAC, a civil rights and advocacy organization.

Amanda earned her MA in Global Communication from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, where she concentrated on national security policy and IT policy. Amanda earned her BA in Russian Studies from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. A proud SAISD alum, Amanda graduated from GW Brackenridge High School. Amanda is a CyberPatriot mentor, and a member of the Association for Latina Alumnae of Smith College, the Digital Inclusion Alliance of San Antonio, and the AFCEA Alamo Chapter.


amber lindsay

Vice President of Operations at iKeepSafe

Amber has an extensive background of working with schools, corporate partners, and organizations on nationwide initiatives. Her gift is the ability to bring together various stakeholders to successfully work toward a common goal. Prior to working at iKeepSafe, Amber served as the Manager of Marketing and Outreach for the NetSmartz Workshop and at The Constitution Project. Amber holds a B.A. in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations.

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Monica Masino

Programme Officer, Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Unit, Office of the Deputy Principal at The University of the West Indies Open Campus

Dr. Monica Masino is an educator, administrator, and consultant. Currently, Dr. Masino is a Programme Officer in the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Unit at The University of the West Indies.


Brandon Milanovich

Computer Science Teacher at Ardsley High School, Ardsley New York

Brandon Milonovich teaches computer science at Ardsley High School in Ardsley, NY. Brandon holds master’s degrees from Syracuse University, The College of Saint Rose, Teachers College, Columbia University and is a PhD Candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University studying mathematics education. His research interests include the flipped classroom, active learning environments, and computer science education. Brandon was a 2017 LHRIC TELL Outstanding Innovative Teacher Award winner and has presented at numerous state and national conferences.

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ed mondragon

Career & Technical Education Coordinator, IT/STEM at Granite School District, Salt Lake City, Utah

Ed Mondragon is a 29-year veteran business/computer science educator serving as the IT/STEM curriculum specialist for the Granite School District (Salt Lake City) CTE Department with a passion for computer science, physical computing, and cybersecurity education. Ed considers himself an edupreneur regarding developing and implementing new curriculum within the IT/STEM areas, and is passionate about getting students prepared for 21st century careers through engaging, problem solving learning opportunities.


Collin Newberry

IT Security Compliance and Governance Sr. Analyst at American Family Mutual Insurance Company

Collin Newberry is an accomplished information security professional with over a decade of experience in working with information technology. Collin's experience includes installation and maintenance of networking systems, satellite communications, configuration and security of international networks, and teaching security principles to students and professionals through volunteering across southern Wisconsin. 

Mr. Newberry’s current role as an IT Security Compliance and Governance Sr. Analyst includes policy writing and review, organizing and coordinating IT Security Audits such as Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, reviewing application security, and managing security awareness programs.

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Charles (Scott) Nichols

Technology and Engineering Education Supervisor at Maryland State Department of Education 

Scott Nichols is the Technology & Engineering Education Supervisor at the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) where he serves at the State Consortium Director for Engineering by Design. Additionally, he oversees K-12 Computer Science and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) implementation. Scott previously worked with the Baltimore County Public Schools as a STEM Chair where he was awarded the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) Teacher Excellence Award, the Technology and Engineering Educators Association of Maryland (TEEAM) Award of Excellence, and both County Council and Governor Citations for Excellence in STEM Education. He has also served as a PLTW Master Teacher for Digital Electronics where he led core training institutes to prepare teachers from around the nation to teach PLTW curricula. Currently, Scott is a content leader in the Advancing Excellence in P-12 Engineering Education framework development project. Scott has presented on integrative STEM Education at several local and national conferences including the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) STEM Forum. He is currently working with faculty from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, North Carolina State University, and Ohio State University to prepare presentations for the upcoming 2019 ITEEA Conference. In addition, he serves on the Executive Board for the Technology and Engineering Educators Association of Maryland, the Maryland Science Olympiad Executive Board, the National Computer Science Education Week/Hour of Code Advisory Committee, the Maryland Title I Committee of Practitioners, and is currently a 21st Century Leadership Academy Fellow. He will also serve on the upcoming standing committee for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Technology and Engineering Literacy Assessment. 

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Kevin Nolten

Director of Academic Outreach at Cyber Innovation Center

Kevin Nolten serves as Director of Academic Outreach for the Cyber Innovation Center. With 13 years of management experience, six of which in K12 education, Kevin is responsible for the operations of the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC), an organization funded by a multi-million dollar federal grant, charged with developing STEM, cyber, and computer science curricula, professional development, and other resources for K12 educators, school districts, and state departments of education across the country. Kevin’s visionary passion and philosophy has led to the expansion of Cyber Innovation Center’s workforce programs to communities across the county – all with the goal of developing the next-generation cyber-literate workforce. Prior to joining the Cyber Innovation Center, Kevin served as an Assistant Principal of a K8 school in Louisiana.


loyce palen

Director at Center for Security Studies

Dr. Loyce Best Pailen has more than 35 years of experience in information technology, having worked in cybersecurity, software development, project management, telecommunications, risk management, and network and systems security and administration. Currently she is a collegiate professor at UMUC teaching cybersecurity policy and technology courses. She is also the Director for the Center for Security Studies at UMUC. She has held director-level information technology positions at the Washington Post, Graham Holdings, UMUC, and Computer Sciences Corporation (contracting for the U.S. Department of Defense - Defense Cyber Investigations Training Academy). Pailen is a member of the Executive Board of the ISC2-NCR Chapter and the Technical Working Group of FISSEA at NIST. Pailen earned her doctoral degree at UMUC. She is also a Computer Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Pailen is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.


Philip Peavy

Computer Science teacher at Paul Duke STEM High School, Norcross, GA

Philip Peavy is a Computer Science teacher at Paul Duke STEM High School in
Norcross, GA. Philip graduated with his B.S.Ed. from the University of
Georgia and his M.Ed. from Boise State University where he was opened up to
the area of technology and Computer Science. He enjoys learning about new
concepts in the area of Computer Science and helping students learn about
how to use it in their lives. Philip is helping start the CyberSecurity
pathway in his school as well as his district.


davina pruitt-mentle

Lead for Academic Engagement at National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE)

Dr. Davina Pruitt-Mentle serves as Lead for Academic Engagement of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Prior to joining NICE, she was a senior researcher and policy analyst for Educational Technology Policy, Research and Outreach (ETPRO) and served as the Co-PI for the National Science Foundation (NSF) supported National Cyberwatch Center (NCC). Previous to NCC leadership, she served as faculty within the College of Education at the University of Maryland, College Park, and served as Director of Educational Technology Outreach within the College of Education at UMCP from 2001-2008. She has spent the past 20 years conducting research on student and educator cyberawareness, and developing programs to help increase the cybersecurity workforce pipeline. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Technology Policy from the University of Maryland, her M.Ed from Lynchburg College, and her B.S. from Virginia Tech. 


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felicia rateliff

Senior Program Manager at iKeepSafe

Felicia has extensive experience in nearly every area of marketing, including content development, company and product messaging, public relations, event management, and graphic design. Her passions include developing holistic solutions and programs that encompass all angles of marketing strategy. Prior to working with iKeepSafe, Felicia is also a High Growth and Tech Commercialization Specialist for the Missouri Small Business Development Center, and faculty member at University of Missouri Extension. Previously Felicia served as the US Marketing Manager for Impero Software, an international education technology company, where she was instrumental in developing the US version of the keyword library for their flagship online safety monitoring product, Education Pro. Before entering the marketing field, she created the first Career and Technical Education Graphic Arts program in Mexico, Missouri, where she taught for seven years. Felicia holds an MSM in Organizational Development & Change Management; MBA with Marketing emphasis, and lifetime Missouri Secondary and Postsecondary Teaching Certifications in Graphic Arts, Graphic Communications and Illustration. She also holds a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification in Hatha Yoga.


David Raymond

Director at Virginia Cyber Range

Dr. David Raymond is Director of the Virginia Cyber Range, which provides infrastructure and courseware for hands-on cyberseucirty education in Virginia. He is also Deputy Director of Virginia Tech’s IT Security Lab and adjunct faculty in VT’s Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering where he teaches courses in networking and cybersecurity.


Karen Ribble

Assistant Director, Cyber Institute at Augusta University 

Karen Ribble currently serves as the Assistant Director, Cyber Institute, Augusta University (AU). As Assistant Director, Ms. Ribble assumes overall responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the institute including academic support, faculty development, financial operations, faculty recruitment, marketing and outreach. Prior to her tenure at Augusta University, she worked as K-12 Outreach Manager for a small start-up communications company and co-authored a school publication entitled, Consistent Communication Equals Parent Involvement. In addition to her experience in K-12 and higher education, she also has over ten years of corporate experience as a Network Administrator managing the upwards of $6.8 million in capital to support network implementation plans with the Fortune 100 telecommunications company, Verizon.


Kristi Rice

CTE Instructor at Spotsylvania High School

Kristi Rice is a career switcher finishing up her third year of teaching at Spotsylvania High School. She is currently teach Cybersecurity Fundamentals, Cybersecurity Software Operations, Computer Information Systems, Advanced CIS, and Design, Multimedia and Web Technologies. She is a co-writer of the Cybersecurity Curriculum for Spotsylvania County Public Schools. Kristi is currently the Germanna Regional Representative for the Virginia Business Educators Association. Advisor to FBLA and Cyber Knights Cybersecurity Club.  

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Tania Williams

Research Scientist, University of Alabama in Huntsville

Tania Williams oversees curriculum development and instruction of cybersecurity education courses and camps for the University of Alabama in Huntsville's Center for Cybersecurity Research and Education. A former teacher at Lauderdale County High School where she taught for 19 years, she achieved 2016’s and 2018’s Teacher of the Year Award. She holds a  M.S. in Cybersecurity, is a CyberPatriot mentor, and teaches Security+ prep courses. Her qualifications include Security+ certification, a State of Alabama Certificate of Teaching, and an EdS degree in Teacher Leader. 



Community Manager & Educator at California Cyberhub

Passionate in serving underserved student populations in her role as Community Manager for California Cyberhub, Donna is thoroughly dedicated to the shared mission and vision of NICE, and the outreach to all cybersecurity educators, coaches, mentors, and business leaders, to share resources and best practices, while offering equitable access to all students who endeavor to pursue viable ICT/Cyber careers.  Donna has a Master of Science in Workforce Education Development focused in ICT/Cyber Academic Pathways, and has served as a CTE/ICT Instructor for 20 years at Moreno Valley Unified School District in Southern California. Distinguished honors include Riverside County Teacher of the Year and Model of Academic Excellence and Innovation.