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Alan Paller founded SANS, a college and professional cybersecurity training school that trains more than 30,000 cybersecurity technologists each year. Alan oversees a global program that identifies and celebrates people responsible for remarkable improvement in cyber risk reduction and chairs the annual RSA keynote panel on the “Seven Most Dangerous New Attack Vectors." He has testified before the US Senate and House of Representatives and was an initial member of the President’s National Infrastructure Assurance Council. He was chosen by OMB and the Federal CIO Council as the 2005 Azimuth Award winner, a lifetime achievement award recognizing outstanding service of a single, non-government person to improving federal information technology. In 2010, the Washington Post named him one of seven people “worth knowing in cyber security.” Alan co-chaired the DHS Homeland Security Advisory Committee’s 2012 Task Force on Cyber Skills and headed the Task Force on Best Practices in Cybersecurity for the FCC Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council. Earlier in his career Alan helped build one of the first large software companies, took it public, and merged it into a larger company listed on the New York Stock Exchange

Alan Paller

Director of Research, SANS Institute

Presentation Title - CyberStart: Noteworthy Data from the $25 Million UK and US Pilot Programs (Day 1, Session 3, Green Track - Designing Cybersecurity Academic and Career Pathways)

Presentation Title - CyberStart: An Online Aptitude and Attitude Game for Introducing Cybersecurity (Day 2, Session 4, Blue Track - Stimulate Innovative Educational Approaches)


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 -  Developing a Statewide CTE Pathway Program (Day 1, Session 2, Green Track - Designing Cybersecurity Academic and Career Pathways)

Presentation Title - Alternative Academic Pathways (Day 2, Session 3, Green Track - Designing Cybersecurity Academic and Career Pathways)


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 (Day 1, Workshop Session, 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: Infusing Cybersecurity in the Computer Science Classroom (Day 2, Session 3.1, 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, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Office of STEM Education

Presentation Title - K-14 Cybersecurity Career Awareness, Exploration and Skills Development (Day 1, Session 4.1, Orange Track - Infusing Cybersecurity Across the Education Portfolio)


Ms. Barbara Teraji is the Academic Outreach Lead for the National Security Agency - Hawaii (NSAH). Ms. Teraji facilitates all levels of engagement between NSAH and academic institutions, to include colleges and universities, the State Department of Education and K-12 schools. She oversees programs that introduce NSAH professionals into schools to educate students about NSA's missions, NSA as a workplace and NSA and the national workforce need for college graduates with STEM-C (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Computing) and foreign language degrees. Ms. Teraji has a broad range of experience in NSA's operational and liaison organizations. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Foreign Service and aMaster's Degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University.

Barbara Teraji

Academic Outreach Lead, National Security Agency, Hawaii Academic Outreach

Presentation Title - NSA Does Cybersecurity for K-12. Find Out How You Can Benefit! (Day 1, Session 1, Yellow Track - Increase Cybersecurity Career Awareness)


Brigadier General Bernie Skoch (USAF, Ret.) was named National Commissioner of CyberPatriot, the Air Force Association’s National Youth Cyber Education Program, in 2010. Skoch graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. Upon graduation he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. His 29-year Air Force career took him throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and the Middle East on permanent and temporary duty until retiring at the rank of brigadier general.

Skoch has more than 20 years of experience in leadership positions developing, managing and implementing communications and information systems for the United States Air Force as well as the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). During his time at DISA he served as the Principal Director for Customer Advocacy and also as the Principal Director for Network Services. Within the USAF he served as Director of Mission Systems, Director of Communications Operations, and Director of Chief Information Officer Support where he was responsible for aligning information technology systems with business process improvements. He has developed policies for global telephone, video, radio, voice, data and satellite systems. Before joining CyberPatriot, Skoch was a consultant in the cyber and IT industry.

As Commissioner, Skoch oversees the planning and implementation of CyberPatriot and provides leadership and support for the program’s development. In this role, Skoch is able to further student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics related studies, as well as increase their awareness of cybersecurity threats.

Bernie Skoch

CyberPatriot National Commissioner

Presentation Title - CyberPatriot: Attracting Students to STEM and Cybersecurity Education and Careers (Day 1, Workshop Session, Blue Track - Stimulate Innovative Educational Approaches)


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: Using Competitions and School Challenges to Create the Next Cybersecurity Workforce (Day 1 Session 4.1, Yellow Track - Increase Cybersecurity Career Awareness)

Presentation Title: Building an Effective Cybersecurity Summer Camp: SC model (Day 2, 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 - The NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NICE Framework) (Day 2, Session 3.2, Orange - Infusing Cybersecurity Across the Educational Portfolio)


Bill tomeo

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

Presentation TitleAcademic & Career Cybersecurity Pathways That Work: Pikes Peak, CO Case Study (Day 1, Session 5, Green Track - Identify Academic & Career Pathways)

Presentation Title - Alternative Academic Pathways (Day 2, Session 3, Green Track - Designing Cybersecurity Academic and Career Pathways)

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Brent Yamagata

Leilehua High School Cybersecurity Instructor (HI)

Presentation Title - The Emergence of Innovation: Hawaii High School Career and Technical Education Convergence of Cybersecurity Education


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

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

Presentation TitleMichigan Initiative for Cyber Education (Day 2, Session 1, Blue Track - Stimulate Innovative Educational Approaches)


Chelsy Harris

Dean of High School Programs, Pikes Peak Community College

Presentation TitleAcademic & Career Cybersecurity Pathways That Work: Pikes Peak, CO Case Study (Day 1, Session 5, Green Track - Identify Academic & Career Pathways


Charles J. Brooks is currently co-owner and vice president of Educational Technologies Group Inc., as well as co-owner of eITPrep LLP, an online training company. He is in charge of research and product development at both organizations.

A former electronics instructor and technical writer with the National Education Corporation, Charles taught and wrote on post-secondary ETG curriculum, including introductory electronics, transistor theory, linear integrated circuits, basic digital theory, industrial electronics, microprocessors, and computer peripherals.

Charles has authored several books, including multiple editions of A+ Certification Training Guide, The Complete Introductory Computer Course, and IBM PC Peripheral Troubleshooting and Repair. He also writes about green technologies, networking, residential technology integration, and IT convergence. His latest endeavors are centered on Cyber Security training materials ranging from middle school through university level content. He is a co author of the Cyber Security Essentials series developed at Educational Technologies Group and author of the Industrial Control Systems Network Security course. Mr. Brooks is also the editor for the Complete Introductory Networking, Complete Introductory Cyber Security courses, Digital Forensics and Ethical Hacking courses being development there.

Charles J Brooks

Vice President, Educational Technologies Group Inc

Presentation Title - Implementing National Standards in your Cyber Security Training (Day 2, Session 2, Blue Track - Stimulate Innovative Educational Approaches)


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 -  Aligning Curriculum With Workforce Needs - Developing a Curriculum (DACUM) Chart for a Cybersecurity Analyst (Day 2, Session 4, 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 - The NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NICE Framework) (Day 2, Session 3.2, Orange - Infusing Cybersecurity Across the Educational Portfolio)


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, Pinckney Cyber Training Institute and Sentinel Center

Presentation Title - Pinckney Cyber Training Institute and Sentinel Center - Serving the CTE and Professional Communities (Day 1, Session 3, Blue Track - Stimulate Innovative Educational Approaches); 

Presentation Title -  Developing a Statewide CTE Pathway Program (Day 1, Session 2, Green Track - Designing Cybersecurity Academic and Career Pathways)


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 (Day 1, Session 4.2, 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, Personal Protection Systems Inc.

Presentation Title - Sexting: Changing the Focus from Criminalization to Harm Reduction (Day 1, Session 1, Purple Track - Promoting Cyber Awareness)


David Hernandez is the Arizona NICE RAMPS Grant Project Coordinator where organizes K-12 cybersecurity workshops and brings unity between the cybersecurity community. He also stands in the leadership team for the Arizona Cyber Warfare Range where he conducts real world hands-on cybersecrutiy workshops for people of all ages.

David hernandez

Arizona NICE RAMPS Grant Project Coordinator

Presentation Title: CyberExplorers: The Struggles and Success of Starting a Cybersecurity Summer Camp (Day 1, Session 4.2, Green Track - Designing Cybersecurity Academic & Career Pathways)


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 (Day 1, Session 2, 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: The National Cybersecurity CTE Pilot Program (Day 1, Workshop Session, Green Track - Identify Academic & Career Pathways)


Dr. Deanne Cranford-Wesley is currently Department Chair Davis iTEC/Cyber Security Center at Forsyth Technical Community College. She also leads efforts for the Center of Academic Excellence Regional Resource Center where one of her initiatives focus on K-12 cybersecurity pipeline. She has design curriculum for K-12 programs as a consultant and is a member of the Cybersecurity Taskforce. Dr. Cranford -Wesley is a cybersecurity professional and has appeared as a subject matter expert on Fox8 and Time Warner News discussing innovations in cyber security and cyber-attacks. She also teaches information security, computer forensics and networking courses in the Business Information Technology Department with the Davis ITec Center. Additionally, Dr. Cranford-Wesley sits on the Board of the Colloquium of Information System Security Education Conference (CISSE) and has presented at various conferences including several presentations at The Colloquium Information System Security Education Conference and Women in Cybersecurity (WicYs). Most recently she is featured in the Winston Salem Monthly Magazine; “Twin City Innovators”.

Dr. Cranford-Wesley holds a PhD in Education Leadership with a focus in Instructional Technology and a Master of Art in Administration. Furthermore, she has obtained the following certifications; Security +, Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Instructor (CCAI)

Dr. Deanne Wesley

Department Chair, Davis iTEC/Cyber Security Center at Forsyth Technical Community College

Presentation Title - Pathways from High School to Cybersecurity Careers for First Generation College-Bound Students (Day 2, Session 1, 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 -  Developing a Statewide CTE Pathway Program (Day 1, Session 2, Green Track - Designing Cybersecurity Academic and 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 TitleMichigan Initiative for Cyber Education (Day 2, Session 1, Blue Track - Stimulate Innovative Educational Approaches)


Dr. Dipankar Dasgupta: is a professor of Computer Science at the University of Memphis. He is the founding
Director of the Center for Information Assurance (CfIA) ) which is a National Center
for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE-IAE) and in Research (CAE-R). Dr.
Dasgupta is diligent in his efforts to make cyber security education widely available and relevant to today’s
challenges. He has introduced a Graduate Certificate Program in Information Assurance and undergraduate
concentration in Cyber Security to provide students with hands-on experiences on various computer security-
related tools. Because of his wide range of activities, the University of Memphis is in the forefront of information security research, education, and outreach in the state as well as in the region.

Dr. Dispankar dasgupta

Professor and Director, University of Memphis Center for Information Assurance

Presentation Title - Puzzle-Based Learning in Cybersecurity Education (Day 1, Session 3, Yellow Track - Increasing Cybersecurity Career Awareness)


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, Old Dominion University

Presentation Title - Multi-faceted Cybersecurity Education (Day 1, Session 4.1, Green Track - Identify Academic & Career Pathways)


Elerod Morris II is a 2012 graduate of Winston Salem State University. He is currently employed as an Information Technology teacher at Carver High School and Instructor at Forsyth Technical Community College. He has been married for two years to Aiesha Morris and is the father of 2-year- old Elerod III and newborn Levinson. Mr. Morris is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and Prince Hall Affiliate.

Mr. Morris has committed to the service of his community and provided opportunities for the

less fortunate with the goal of career development and advancement. Bee Geek, Inc. is the nonprofit

organization founded by Mr. Morris with the mission to serve the at-risk community by teaching digital literacy. Free technology classes are offered to gain the literacy and skill set needed to allow participants to pursue technological employment. During the 2016-17 school Mr. Morris created the first IT Academy for the Winston Salem Forsyth County School System. The first ever Academy of Information Technology at Carver High implemented and administered by Mr. Morris has exceeded its expectations and has become a profound program in the Triad area. The IT Academy is for students in grades 9-12 and provides the opportunity for students to be certified in Information Technology with employment after high school. The program is partnered with Forsyth Technical Community College and provides students with advanced training after high school.

Elerod Morris

Information Technology Teacher, Carver High School; Instructor, Forsyth Technical Community College (North Carolina)

Presentation Title - Alternative Academic Pathways (Day 2, Session 3, Green Track - Designing Cybersecurity Academic and 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, Cyber adAPT

Presentation Title - Creating a Safe Environment for Students in an Era of Omnipresent Technology (Day 1, Session 2, Purple Track - Promoting Cyber Awareness)


Eric Larson is senior director of Creating IT Futures' signature initiative, IT Futures Labs, which develops innovative non-profit programs to help women, ethnic minorities, and unemployed or under-employed individuals obtain careers in the IT sector. Creating IT Futures is the tech workforce charity of CompTIA.

Larson has worked in the journalism and non-profit fields for more than 20 years. In the 1990s, he served as a staff writer at the Anniston Star newspaper, where he won Alabama Associated Press awards for community service writing and deadline reporting and later served as a stringer for Newsweek. At the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, he successfully wrote for more than $6 million in grants funding. He has served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer and founded his own multimedia company. Larson joined Creating IT Futures in 2011.

IT Futures Labs researches best practices in tech-based STEM programs and workforce development across the nation. In the past few years, IT Futures Labs’ research has led to its first investigative study on what teens really think of tech careers. Larson currently is directing the multi-year NextUp initiative which aims to attract more teens to tech careers. In 2017, NextUp is working with the following partners: FUSE (through Northwestern University), New York Academy of Sciences, and TechGirlz.

Larson graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English from Duke University and earned his MBA from East Carolina University.

Eric Larson

Senior Director, IT Futures Labs, Creating IT Futures

Presentation Title - Closing the Confidence Gap: Busting the Myths of Cybersecurity Job Skills to Prepare the Next Generation of Workers (Day 1, Session 4.1, Blue Track - Stimulating Innovative Educational Approaches)


Gary C. Border, Ph.D., is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the College of Technology at Bowling Green State University. Dr. Border's professional activities are focused in the fields of communication, computer and control systems engineering. He has published/presented dozens of papers at a variety of technical conferences. Gary holds two U.S. Patents on control systems and served for ten years on Hewlett-Packard's Real-Time Advisory Council. He completed his PhD in Engineering at the University of Toledo and earned his BSEE at Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Gary Border

Adjunct Associate Professor, College of Technology, Bowling Green State University

Presentation Title - CyberSecurity: The Year in Review (Day 1, Session 4.2, Orange Track - Infusing Cybersecurity Across the Educational Portfolio)


Dr. Greg von Lehmen is special assistant for cybersecurity at the University of Maryland University College. His is one of the co-leads in the development of the educational programming of the Cyber Center for Education and Innovation (CCEI), an initiative of the National Cryptographic Museum Foundation.

Dr. Greg von Lehmen

Special Assistant for Cybersecurity, University of Maryland University College

Presentation Title - CCEI: A ‘New’ Partner in K-12 Cybersecurity Education (Day 2, Session 2, Yellow Track - Increase Cybersecurity Career 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, 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 Cybersecurity Workforce (Day 1, Session 4.1, Yellow Track - Increase Cybersecurity Career Awareness)


Harmony Paz is currently the Engineering Pathway instructor at Leilehua High School (Wahiawa, Hawaii). With degrees in Biology and Secondary Education, she has taught various science and engineering/robotics courses in her 13 years at LHS. Harmony is also the Chairperson for the CTE department at LHS.

Harmony Paz

CTE Department Chair, Leilehua High School (HI)

Presentation Title - Presentation Title - Alternative Academic Pathways (Day 2, Session 3, Green Track - Designing Cybersecurity Academic and Career Pathways)


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, iKeepSafe

Presentation Title - Data Privacy In Education - an iKeepSafe Training Course (Day 1, Workshop Session, Purple Track - Promoting Cyber Awareness)


Jacob Strickler

Undergraduate Computer Science and Cybersecurity Student, Tennessee Tech

Presentation Title - Introducing CyberSecurity with Hands-on Activities: Cyber Defense Against the Dark Arts (Day 1 Workshop Session, Blue Track - Stimulate Innovative Educational Approaches)

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


Jake Mihevc serves as Associate Dean of Business, Cybersecurity, and Computer Sciences at MohawkValley Community College (MVCC), a CAE2Y in Upstate NY. Jake is also the Director and PI of theNortheast Regional Resource Center for the CAE program.

Jake leads the cybersecurity programs at MVCC, which began in 2010 with a 2.8M non-credit grant program that provided free training to over 2,200 participants and culminated in a 155-student CAE- designated Cybersecurity AS program in 2016. Jake is also a co-founder of the Central New York Hackathon, a regional cybersecurity competition that brings over 100 students from eight cybersecurity programs together each semester to test their skills.

Jake Mihevc

Associate Dean of Business, Cybersecurity, and Computer Sciences, Mohawk Valley Community College

Presentation Title - Growing the Cybersecurity Workforce: the National Cybersecurity CTE Pilot Program (Day 1, Workshop Session, Green Track - Identify Academic & Career Pathways)


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, White County Middle School

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


Dr. Tracy has an MA and a PhD in History from Stanford University. He earned an MBA with a Certificate in Public and Nonprofit Management and an EdM in Higher Education Policy, Planning, and Administration from Boston University. Dr. Tracy was also a Columbia University Klingenstein Fellow. He has significant global experience, including fundraising in over 30 countries and consulting to international leaders. Dr. Tracy received an executive certificate from MIT Sloan in Strategy and Innovation. He was a visiting fellow at Yale, Co-Founder of the Future of Work Institute, Founder of the Theology/Technology Annual Global Summit, Founding member of the Future of Work Working Group at Mass Robotics, an education advisor to Singularity University, Senior Advisor to the Board of LearnLaunch, and an Affiliate of Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. He has advised Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) on the Future of Work Issues and is currently on US Representative Jim Langevin’s (D-RI) Strengthening Rhode Island Committee and Education Advisory Committee. Dr. Tracy is co-authoring a book with Greg Toppo, USA Today’s national K-12 education writer, about the future of jobs, analyzing how artificial intelligence and robotics will change employment and education opportunities in the future. Dr. Tracy serves on the advisory board for Digital Learning and Innovation. Upcoming speaking engagements include: The Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council “Transform” conference at the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston, intended for C-Suite Executives.

Dr. James Tracy

Head of School, Rocky Hill School, Rhode Island

Presentation Title - The Center for Innovation: Building Partnerships Between Industry and Education (Day 2, Session 4, Green Track - Designing Academic and Career Pathways)


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, Mississippi State University

Presentation Title - Innovation in STEM Education: Training Teachers to Integrate Cybersecurity (Day 1, Session 5, 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, 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, Augusta University Cyber Institute, Augusta University

Presentation Title - Remote Virtual Lab Access: A Model to Building K-12 Career Pathways in Cybersecurity (Day 1, Session 5, Blue Track - Stimulate Innovative Educational Approaches)


Jodi Ito is the Chief Information Security Officer at the University of Hawaii (UH) since 2000 and has been with the University since 1982.

She is responsible for the security and protection of the information assets across the entire the University of Hawaii System which includes the development and management of policies and procedures related to information security and assurance, risk & vulnerability analysis for critical assets, investigations of cyber incidents, & providing training on information policy & security issues across all 10 UH campuses and affiliated research & education centers.

She is actively involved in the “cyber-ecosystem” in Hawaii: organizing and executing community cybersecurity exercises; running cybersecurity exploration camps for high school students, working to develop the Hawaii Cybersecurity Workforce Initiative (architecting academic and career pathways in cybersecurity); and is one of the principal organizers of CyberHawaii.

Jodi graduated with both BS and MS degrees in Computer Sciences from UH Manoa.

Jodi Ito

Chief Information Security Officer, Information Technology Services, University of Hawaii

Presentation Title - The Emergence of Innovation: Hawaii High School Career and Technical Education Convergence of Cybersecurity Education (Day 1, Session 1, Green Track - Designing Academic and Career Pathways)


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, Merit Network, Inc.

Presentation Title - The Governor's High School Cyber Challenge: Reaching Students in Under-served Areas of Michigan (Day 1, Session 1, Blue Track - Stimulate Innovative Educational Approaches)


John Sands is the director of the Center for Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA) NSF ATE project #9950037 which is one of the country’s first comprehensive cyber defense centers. John has over thirty years of experience in CTE education specializing in information technology management and cyber defense. He lead the efforts to develop and implement a nationally recognized dual credit program between Moraine Valley Community College and over a dozen local high school CTE programs in IT and Cyber Security. As a thirty-year employee of Moraine Valley Community College, Dr. Sands is currently the department chair of the Computer Integrated Technologies department. John has also developed and taught several classes for Northwestern University Graduate School of Continuing Studies in the area of Information Security Management. John has served as a senior researcher for Cisco Learning Institute in the area of career and technical education. John holds several industry certifications including CISSP, CCIA, A+, Network+ and Security+.

Dr. John Sands

Director of the Center for Security and Information Assurance, NSF ATE (CSSIA)

Presentation Title -  Growing the Cybersecurity Workforce: the National Cybersecurity CTE Pilot Program (Day 1, Workshop Session, Green Track - Identify Academic & Career Pathways)


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, i-SAFE Ventures

Presentation Title - Equipped and Empowered: Ensuring Student Data Privacy & Security in Education (Day 1, Session 4.1, 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, Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS)

Presentation Title - Cyber Threat Defender: Hooking Students into Cybersecurity! (Day 1, Session 4.2, Blue Track - Stimulate Innovative Educational Approaches)