Speakers are listed in alphabetical order by first name. To read speaker biographies, hover over the speaker's photo.


Mr. Albert Palacios is an Education Specialist in the Division of Academic and Technical Education at the U.S. Department of Education focusing on College and Career Transitions. He collaborates with the Senior Advisor on STEM Education on cybersecurity issues and participates on the National Initiative on Cybersecurity Education committee. He manages the Rigorous Programs of Study grant program to promote the alignment of high school career and technical programs with postsecondary education and contributes his expertise in information technology, advanced manufacturing, transportation, virtual environments, and STEM, to career and technical education.

Albert palacios

Education Program Specialist, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education

Presentation Title - Moderator - Career and Technical Education Panel


Siraj is the Director of Cybersecurity Education, Research, and Outreach Center at Tennessee Tech and Associate Professor of CS. She is Founder of the Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) Initiative. She leads several funded projects including NSF Cybercorps and NSA GenCyber camp at Tennessee Tech.

Dr. ambareen siraj

Professor, Computer Science Department; Tennessee Tech Director, Cybersecurity Education Research and Outreach Center; WiCyS Founder and Chair

Presentation Title - Introducing CyberSecurity with Hands-on Activities: Cyber Defense against the Dark Arts (Yellow Track - Increase Cybersecurity Career Awareness)


Dr. Amy Fox teaches computer science, computer applications, and math at Valhalla High School (VHS) in New York, and is a district Technology Integration Liaison.  She is currently founder and president of the Computer Science Teachers' Association (CSTA) Lower Hudson Valley chapter and is an adjunct professor of computer science at Westchester Community College.  Amy completed her doctorate in Computing at Pace University, where her research focus was in the use of virtual world learning environments in education, and its impact on student achievement, higher order thinking skills, and motivation.

Dr. Fox has been a leader and supporter of many technology initiatives at VHS, including being a member of  the districts Technology Task Force for curriculum and professional development, rebuilding the VHS computer science program, implementing Google Apps for Education, and co-developing a digital citizenship and cyber safety program for the high school.

Additionally, Dr. Fox has presented on many topics related to computer science education, from recruiting girls and minorities to computer science topics to teacher professional development.

Dr. Amy fox

Computer Science Educator, Valhalla High School

Presentation Title: Teaching cybersecurity in the computer science classroom (Yellow Track - Increasing Cybersecurity Career Awareness)


Ann Wright-Mockler holds a BS from University of Oregon and a Master's degree from Washington State University.  She worked in laboratory support roles, served as a network administrator, taught math and science at the high school level, and conducted laboratory research before joining Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Office of STEM Education. Wright-Mockler is a 2005 Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Mathematics and Science.  Her current work includes STEM and computing education.

Ann Wright-Mockler

Sr. STEM Education Consultant at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Office of STEM Education

Presentation Title - K-12 Cybersecurity Awareness, Exploration and Skills Development (Orange Track - Infusing Cybersecurity Across the Education Portfolio)


Bill Littleton, M.S. Information Assurance, U.S. Coast Guard Retired. Mr. Littleton is an adjunct professor for Information Assurance since 2009 at Capitol Technology University in Maryland teaching Introduction to Information Assurance, Penetration Testing and File System Analysis. He is currently employed at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic as the Cyber Forensics Integrated Product Team Lead. He is responsible for overseeing a team of 12 forensic and data recovery analysts which include managing cost, schedule and performance of all cyber forensic case work, procurement, tool development and data recovery operations.  He is also responsible for developing statements of work, test plans & reporting, and business planning.  


Mr. Littleton assists in conducting advanced data recovery, forensic analysis and incident response activities. In addition to his responsibilities as an IPT Lead, he is also the STEM Cybersecurity Outreach Team Lead. Over the years he was responsible for assisting the South Carolina Department of Education in developing 3 high school cyber security courses, development and deployment of a Cyber Collaboration Suite allowing for live virtual-hybrid online high school cyber classes. Bill is also the Director of the Palmetto Cyber Security Summer Camp that he developed in 2012 that focuses on teaching middle and high school students various areas of engineering and cyber security. He is also the Director of the Palmetto Digital Forensics Competition which focuses on teaching preparing high school students in the domain of digital forensics through the use of a capture-the-flag event.


Mr. Littleton also competes in various “cyber” competitions including the DC3 Digital Forensic Challenge in which his team placed 2nd in the 2012 competition and 1st in the 2013 competition in the DoD category.  In his spare time he continually presents as a guest speaker at various events such as the SBIOI, Association of Old Crows Cyber training, CDCA conference, and the C5ISR conference.

bill littleton

Practitioner & Professor - Capitol Technology University; Cyber Forensics Integrated Product Team Lead - Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic

Presentation Title: Building an Effective Cybersecurity Summer Camp: SC model (Yellow Track - Increase Cybersecurity Career Awareness)


Bill Newhouse is the Deputy Director of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), and Security Engineer at the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE). Both NICE and the NCCoE are part of the Applied Cybersecurity Division in the Information Technology Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

As the deputy director of NICE, he leads and promotes efforts to foster, energize, and promote a robust network and an integrated ecosystem of cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development that can more effectively secure cyberspace and is lead author of the NICE Workforce Framework, NIST Special Publication 800-181.

At the NCCoE, he is leading the drafting of practice guides that address broad technology gaps in cybersecurity implementations that affect areas of risk in the retail, hospitality, and Federal sectors. These projects rely on insight and passion from members of various industries who share a common goal of addressing cybersecurity risk by demonstrating that commercially available technologies can be configured to improve the ability of sectors to address cyber risk.

Additionally, Mr. Newhouse promotes cybersecurity R&D coordination efforts as a co-chair of a federal cybersecurity interagency working group and as a regular representative of NIST at Federal cybersecurity focused R&D working groups.

Bill Newhouse

Deputy Director, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE); Program Office; Senior Security Engineer, National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence; Federal Cybersecurity Research & Development Interagency Groups

Presentation Title - NICE Framework


Bill tomeo

Cybersecurity Instructor, Early College High School – Career Pathways at Colorado Springs School District 11

Presentation Title - Academic & Career Cybersecurity Pathways That Work: Pikes Peak, CO case study (Green Track - Identify Academic & Career Pathways)


Carlos Garcia is now a cyber-security and networking instructor at Jackson College, Michigan. In 2015, while an instructor at the Capital Area Career Center, he started the first K12 Cyber Security and Digital Forensics program as New and Emerging Program. Carlos has 14 years of high school and eleven years of teaching experience as an adjunct professor and part time lecturer at several post-secondary institutions. Carlos is a co-founder of the Michigan Initiative for Cyber Education (MICE), a Co-Chair to the National Initiative for Cyber Education (NICE) for K12 Education, and a Team Lead for the Michigan Cyber Civilian Corps.

carlos garcia, MS InfoSec

Cybersecurity Lead Instructor, Business and Computer Technology Department, Jackson College

Presentation Title - Michigan Initiative for Cyber Education (Blue Track - Stimulate Innovative Educational Approaches)


Chelsy Harris

Dean of High School Programs, Pikes Peak Community College

Presentation Title - Academic & Career Cybersecurity Pathways That Work: Pikes Peak, CO case study (Green Track - Identify Academic & Career Pathways


Chris Carter is the Deputy Director for the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) and serves as a project coordinator for VSGC’s role in the Hampton Roads Cybersecurity project (HR Cyber) funded by NICE. Carter is also the PI on the Geospatial Technician Education-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (GeoTEd-UAS) project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program. Carter also served as the PI for two previous NSF-ATE funded GeoTEd projects. As the Deputy Director of the VSGC, he oversees the Consortium’s comprehensive higher education, precollege, and outreach programs including VSGC’s scholarship and fellowship program and several internship programs. The VSGC receives seed funding from NASA to coordinate and develop STEM education, research, and workforce development programs statewide. Carter holds a B.S. in Management Science from Virginia Tech and an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology from East Tennessee State University (ETSU).

Chris carter

Deputy Director, Virginia Space Grant Consortium

Presentation Title -  Closing the Gap: DHS K-12 Curricula & Resources for Cybersecurity Education (Orange Track - Infusing Cybersecurity Across the Education Portfolio)


Clarence Williams is the Government Engagement Lead supporting the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education. Within this role he collaborates with governmental agencies and supports initiatives focusing on cybersecurity education, training, awareness, and workforce development. Previously, Clarence worked for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) within the Department of Homeland Security. He was a Regional Information Assurance Manager supporting the Office of the Chief Information Officer, where he advised, consulted, and provided direction in matters of Information Assurance.

Before taking the position at ICE, Clarence worked with the Department of the Navy (DoN), in which he was a civilian system administrator (SA), trainer, and auditor of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI). Within this capacity, he was the lead SA over multiple sites, worked with the Information Systems Security Officer for system updates, created and delivered PKI training presentations to Navy personnel, and audited both ship and shore commands for compliance. Prior to this position, Clarence worked as contractor for the Department of Justice providing Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 support. He also provided technical support to several political offices on Capitol Hill, such as maintaining Correspondence Management Systems.

Clarence graduated from Campbell University in North Carolina with a BBA in Computer Information Systems, and received both his Masters of Science in Information Technology/Cyber Security Policy and Law from the University of Maryland University College.

Clarence Williams

Lead for Government Engagement, National Initiative for Cyberscurity Education (NICE)

Presentation Title - NICE Framework


Cyndi was the force behind the development of the Cyber Training Institute that serves high school,

middle school and adult learners. Her vision to become a hub for Cyber Security Training has proven to

be a benefit to local businesses in the community and the region.


Cyndi Millns has been an IT Instructor at Pinckney Community High School for the past ten years

teaching CCNA content through the Cisco Networking Academy and CompTIA A+, Net+ and Sec+ as a

CompTIA Partner Academy. She also teaches as an adjunct professor at Eastern Michigan University in

the Information Assurance department. Cyndi has successfully coached teams in CyberPatriot, Business

Professionals of America and Cyber Range Capture the Flag Challenges. She has a Master’s Degree in

Education with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Human Resource Management.

cyndi millns

Cyber Curriculum & Instruction Specialist at Pinckney Cyber Training Institute and Sentinel Center

Presentation Title - Pinckney Cyber Training Institute and Sentinel Center - serving the CTE and professional communities (Blue Track - Stimulate Innovative Educational Approaches)


Dan Stein is acting branch chief for Cybersecurity Education and Awareness within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Dan is the former program lead of the National Cybersecurity Education and Training Program (NCTEP), which includes the nationally-focused Federal Virtual Training Environment and Cybersecurity Training Events Program.

Stein has supported DHS's interests in cybersecurity education and training for eight years, both as a federal employee and as a contractor. He has also been active in federal government information security efforts for the past eleven years. Stein recently graduated from the U.S. National War College with a Master of Science in national security strategy. He also holds two master's degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester.

daniel stein

Acting Branch Chief for Cybersecurity Education and Awareness within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Presentation Title -  Closing the Gap: DHS K-12 Curricula & Resources for Cybersecurity Education (Blue Track - Stimulate Innovative Educational Approaches)


Hackers use the characteristics that bind society & civilization together against us. Professor, psychologist, entrepreneur, author, TV Host, Dr. Daria became a Social Engineer in Cyber Security after internet/cyber legal trouble hit her autistic clients & after being hacked 16 times herself. Human Error/Vulnerability accounts for 85% of personal information & data security loss, no matter how advanced firewalls may be. Prevention Devices, Techniques & Strategies are keys to her security work.

Dr. Daria M. Brezinski

Cyber Security Social Engineer

Presentation Title - Basic Tools in Cybersecurity Social Engineering to Disseminate to Students (Purple Track - Promoting Cyber Awareness)


Darren and Beth Laur live in Victoria British Columbia Canada with their son Brandon. Darren , also known as "The White Hatter",  has dedicated his life to public safety, and is a recently retired and highly respected Staff Sergeant with the Victoria City Police Department, with over 30 years of law enforcement experience. Darren is now a “licenced" online investigator, and is a Certified Advanced Open Source Intelligence / Social Media Investigator with a strong interest/background in online and social media investigations. Darren is an internationally court recognized safety and violence prevention expert, award winning published author and highly sought after international keynote speaker, who specializes in online safety and security. To date, Darren and Beth have presented their Internet and Social Media Safety programs to over 400 Schools, 340,000 Jr and Sr secondary students, and to thousands of teachers and parents throughout Canada and the United States, and both are a trusted and respected online safety resource to businesses, government, schools, school districts and Law Enforcement in North America. Darren, and his White Hatter Team, have also been credited with over 148 successful interventions of teens, who were considering self harm as an option because of sexting or cyberbullying challenges gone wrong, and who reached out to Darren for help. Darren is also a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Neuro Linguistic Psychology (NLP) practitioner, and integrates these studies and disciplines into all his programs and presentations. When Darren is not working or presenting, he loves to spend time reading, getting involved in web design, playing on his Mac and travelling with Beth.

Darren & Beth Laur

Chief Learning Officer & CEO at Personal Protection Systems Inc.

Presentation Title - Sexting: Shifting the Focus From Criminalization to Harm Reduction (Purple Track - Promoting Cyber Awareness)


David Jarvis is the Security and CIO Lead at the IBM Institute for Business Value. He is the author of numerous cybersecurity reports for IBM covering leading practices for CISOs, cybersecurity education, and additional topics.

David Jarvis

Security & CIO Lead, IBM Institute for Business Value

Presentation Title - Addressing the Cybersecurity Skills Gap With a "New Collar" Approach (Blue Track - Integrating Innovative Educational Approaches)


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.   

Dr. Davina Pruitt-Mentle

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

Presentation Title - Growing the Cybersecurity Workforce: National Cybersecurity CTE Pilot Program (Green Track - Identify Academic & Career Pathways)


Deborah Knoll is a career cluster consultant with the Tennessee Department of Education. Her

areas of expertise in the Division of College, Career and Technical Education include Advanced

Manufacturing, Information Technology and STEM education. She is the lead advisor for the

STEM Leadership Council that has been charged with implementing the state’s STEM Strategic

Plan. She is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy earning a BS in

Maritime Transportation and an unlimited tonnage 3rd mate’s license. She held a commission

as a LT in the United States Naval Reserve for 9 years. Deborah has worked in industry for

Chrysler Corporation in Detroit, MI; Nalco-Exxon Energy Chemicals in Houston, TX; and

American Commercial Barge Line in Jeffersonville, IN. In 2002, she received a master’s degree in

teaching from Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. She then joined the classroom and taught

for 12 years before accepting her current position with the Tennessee Department of  Education.

Deborah A. Knoll

Career Cluster Consultant, Advanced Manufacturing, Information Technology, and STEM Division of Tennessee College, Career and Technical Education

Presentation Title - State & Local Cybersecurity CTE Panel (Green Track - Identify Academic & Career Pathways)


Dr. Nakama has more than two decades of implementing federal workforce and economic development career pathways from middle school to community college to the workforce. Through a K-20 cross-level teacher and administrators collaborative, Dr. Nakama designs career program of studies using systemic intervention strategies as a way of informing K-12 and college stakeholders of effective methods for increasing the college transition rates of underachieving and underrepresented students.


•TITLE IX COORDINATOR, University of Hawaii Maui College (UHMC)

•EARLY COLLEGE COORDINATOR, University of Hawaii Maui College (UHMC)

•PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR, SFS: Capacity Building - University of Hawaii Maui College (UHMC): Addressing the Need for Women and Minorities in Cyber-security: A High School Early Admit Study (2015-present) Website:

•MEMBER, NICE (National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education) Working Group and K-12 Working Group

•Co-PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR, SFS: Capacity Building: Cybersecurity Education Across Discipline with Focus on Minorities and Women (2014-present)

Dr. Debra A. Nakama

Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Title IX Coordinator at University of Hawaiʻi Maui College

Presentation Title - Hawaii Pathways Project: A Connection to Careers - CTE Programs (Green Track - Identify Academic & Career Pathways)


Dennis Klaas has over 15 years of teaching experience in system administration, cybersecurity/information assurance, and digital forensics. He is currently the Network Administration & Computer Forensics Instructor / Work Based Learning Coordinator at the Warren Career Preparation Center in Sterling Heights, Michigan. In addition to teaching Dennis is the President of Compudene LLC a network consulting company for the past 20 years. Dennis also serves on multiple committees, including the following: Michigan CTE Curriculum Development Group, NICE (National Initiative for Cyber Education) K-12 Subgroup. Dennis is a founding member of the MICE (Michigan Initiative for Cyber Education) group focusing on the expansion of cybersecurity education in Michigan.

Dennis Klaas

Network Administration & Computer Forensics Instructor / Work Based Learning Coordinator at the Warren Career Preparation Center

Presentation Title - Michigan Initiative for Cyber Education (Blue Track - Stimulate Innovative Educational Approaches)


Doug Streit has served as a systems engineer, a technical manager and an IT Director at Old Dominion University for 20 years.  Current responsibilities include strategic and operational planning, an Information Security Program, in-house identity and middleware development, IT Project Management, and University Records Management.  He enjoys working with a talented and committed team.  He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy and he maintains a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification.

Doug Streit

Director, IT Security & Planning at Old Dominion University

Presentation Title - Multi-faceted Cybersecurity Education (Green Track - Identify Academic & Career Pathways)


Eric Green is the Security Strategist for Cyber adAPT. He’s been consulting as a subject matter expert (SME) with primarily the FORTUNE 500 and Federal Agencies on the subject of mobile security and management. This includes serving as an SME for both the NSA’s National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) in developing the requirements for the mobile device management protection profile used to create a Common Criteria for mobile device management as well as for CompTIA in the creation of a mobile security management certification.

Outside of that role, he has been involved in the security industry for over a decade.Past experience also includes running a technology book division publishing 12 books with a wide variety of industry luminaries, primarily in security.

For the last 9 years, Eric has and continues to also serve as program director for SC Magazines SC Congress events.

Eric Green

Security Strategist for Cyber adAPT

Presentation Title - Creating a Safe Environment for Students in an Era of Omnipresent Technology (Purple Track - Promoting Cyber Awareness)


Hank serves as the lead security engineer for the US Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic by day and serves as a STEM educator after hours. He owns and operates an online academy providing computer science classes to home school teens. He has over 25 years of technology experience in industrial, government, education and healthcare sectors. Hank has extensive experience in information security management, secure network design, systems administration, and security operations. His security roots trace back to his military service maintaining remote communications systems, intrusion detection systems, and launch-critical electronic monitor, command, and control systems on unmanned Intercontinental Ballistic Missile systems for the US Air Force.


Hank has served as a volunteer coach and mentor since 2014 with US CyberPatriot - The National Youth Cyber Education Program. He has also served in several capacities with the Palmetto Cyber Defense Completion (PCDC) over the years including: Red Team, Gold Team, Scoring Judge, Blue Team Mentor, and Key Note Speaker.

Hank Osborne

Lead Systems Engineer at US Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Home School STEM Educator

Presentation Title - Using competitions and school challenges to create the next cyber workforce (Yellow Track - Increase Cybersecurity Career Awareness)


Holly leads iKeepSafe’s Privacy & Security program with a focus on strengthening protections for student data within educational environments, among other areas. She is a passionate advocate for the protection of children with more than 20 years’ child safety experience in both for profit and nonprofit sectors. Holly has developed national prevention programs, designed best practices for youth protection and privacy, and built national awareness campaigns.

Prior to iKeepSafe, Holly served as Vice President of Programs and Outreach at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), and AOL’s Director of Global consumer Policy and Child Safety. She served on the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation, the board of the Family Online Safety Institute and was an advisor to Enough is Enough. She was also a member of the European Commission’s Social Networking Principles Task Force, Internet Watch Foundation and the UK Council for Children and Internet Safety (UKCCIS).

Holly Hawkins

President and CEO at iKeepSafe

Presentation Title - Data Privacy In Education - an iKeepSafe Training Course (Purple Track - Promoting Cyber Awareness)


Jacob Strickler

Undergraduate computer science and cybersecurity student at Tennessee Tech

Presentation Title - Introducing CyberSecurity with Hands-on Activities: Cyber Defense against the Dark Arts (Blue Track - Stimulate Innovative Educational Approaches), Student Panel (Day 2 9:40-10:30am)


Jake Officer is an 8th Grade student at the White County Middle School in Sparta Tennessee where he serves as the Student Body President.  He enjoys Reading, Mathematics, Coding, Cyber Security and Mechanical Engineering. He received state honors through the Duke Talent Search in 2017.

Jake Officer

8th Grade student at White County Middle School

Presentation Title - Student Panel (Day 2 9:40-10:30am)


Dr. Jessica Ivy is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at Mississippi State University. Her research work includes technology integration in secondary STEM classrooms and mathematics teacher preparation. Dr. Ivy's current research interests include educational technology integration in secondary mathematics classrooms, exploring students' learning of algebra, as well as establishment and support of professional learning communities.

Dr. Jessica Ivy

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at Mississippi State University

Presentation Title - Innovation in STEM Education: Training Teachers to Integrate Cybersecurity (Orange Track - Infusing Cybersecurity Across the Education Portfolio)


Jill Cook is assistant director of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), where she helped develop and continues to oversee the National School Counselor of the Year and Recognized ASCA Model Programs. Jill also serves as a liaison to numerous K-12, nonprofit and for-profit organizations that work on issues related to the well-being of our nation’s students.


Jill has been the chairperson of the National Consortium for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and is a member of The College Board’s Member Engagement Advisory Committee; the National Working Group on Foster Care and Education; the Evidence Based School Counseling Conference; the Coalition to Support Grieving Students, the Stem Equity Pipeline through the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity and the National Coalition of Personnel Services in Special Education and Related Services.  She also represents ASCA in the Council of National School Counseling and College Access Organizations.

Jill cook

Assistant director of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA)

Presentation Title - School Counselor Panel (Day 2 Lunch Keynote)


Ms. Joanne Sexton currently serves as Director, Augusta University Cyber Institute at Augusta University and has overall responsibility for the cyber defense program study. In addition to developing the cybersecurity curriculum for computer science and information technology programs at Augusta University, Ms. Sexton was instrumental in Augusta University designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency/Department of Homeland Security in April 2016.  
Ms. Sexton has the following industry certifications in information security and global information assurance: CISSP, ICCP, GSEC, GCIH, GCIA, and GPEN and will serve as a co-investigator on the project lending expertise in cyber security and cyber education. Prior to joining the  faculty at Augusta University, she served as the first Commanding Officer of what is known today as Navy Information Operations Command Georgia and brings a wealth of Navy IT related experience providing hardware maintenance, software development and support, telecommunications, computer center operations, quality assurance, space operations management, project management, and information security practice.

Joanne Sexton

Director at Augusta University Cyber Institute

Presentation Title - Remote Virtual Lab Access: A Model to Building K-12 Career Pathway in Cyber (Blue Track - Stimulate Innovative Educational Approaches)


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) and was the chief information officer of the National Defense University. Joe’s focus is on cybersecurity training and education through the Michigan Cyber Range.

Dr. Joe Adams

Vice President for Research & Cybersecurity at Merit Network, Inc.

Presentation Title - The Michigan Governor's High School Cyber Challenge (Blue Track - Stimulate Innovative Educational Approaches)


Jonathan King, Chief Strategy Officer of i-SAFE Ventures, is a leading subject matter expert with over 20 years of experience in the information technology and e-Safety education industries. As a recognized leading authority in identity management, Mr. King is regularly invited to speak at national and international conferences on child privacy, identity, online safety, and cyber security. Mr. King also collaborates with industry leaders from Fortune 1000 companies to enhance their initiatives.

Jonathan King

Chief Strategy Officer at i-SAFE Ventures

Presentation Title - Multi-Faceted Cybersecurity Education (Purple Track - Promoting Cyber Awareness)


Josef Klein is an Information Security Specialist at the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS) with over ten years of administrative and operational support experience in real estate, engineering, and financial service companies. Josef recently graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). He has a supporting role within the Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO) Standards Organization as well as in the production of community education and training programs offered by the CIAS. He has produced interactive network visualizations for cyber defense competitions, including the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC) for 2015 and 2016, and he has played a primary role in the development of several educational cybersecurity games for children, including Dangerbots, Security Showdown 2, Packet Protector, and the Cyber Threat Defender card game.

josef klein

Information Security Specialist at the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS)

Presentation Title - Cyber Threat Defender: Hooking Students into Cybersecurity! (Blue Track - Stimulate Innovative Educational Approaches)


Judith sams

Specialist, Business and Information Technology and Related Clusters at Virginia Department of Education

Presentation Title - State and Local CTE Panel