Chairman of the Board
Gregg Smith is a security and mobile technology industry veteran with 20+ years of experience. Gregg is currently CEO of Attila Security, a secure communications company based in Maryland. Gregg is also on the boards of Kesala, Datatribe and Evergreen Advisors. Prior to Attila Security, Gregg was CEO of Silent Circle, Acuity Mobile, KoolSpan and Acuity Mobile. Gregg was also President of Aether Systems (NASDAQ: AETH) and SVP of TeleCommunincations Systems (NASDAQ: TSYS) Gregg has led 7 companies to successful exits. Gregg is a much sought-after speaker at mobile, wireless, and security industry events.
Shelley Lombardo, Chief Operating Officer, Evergreen Advisors
Board Member & Vice Chair of the Board
Shelley is the Chief Operating Officer at the firm and manages the Corporate Advisory practice of Evergreen Advisors. She has a broad background in corporate finance focusing on small business and the middle-market. Shelley has over 20 years of experience working with middle-market companies in including healthcare, Fintech, business processing outsourcing, and cyber. In her pre-Evergreen life, she earned her stripes at a number of financial institutions working in the commercial, retail, and marketing areas. Shelley obtained her M.B.A. from UMUC and her B.A. from Greensboro College in North Carolina. She also completed the Graduate School of Retail Bank Management at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia. She is currently serving as Past President of XPX Maryland, Chair of the Board for the ETC (Emerging Technology Center), serves on the board for the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland and the Maryland Industrial Partnership (MIPs), and is a co-chair of the Glenelg Country School Speaker Series.
Gina Abate is the President and CEO of Edwards Performance Solutions (Edwards), a Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) helping organizations achieve secure operational performance. Ginas strong leadership and industry knowledge enables strategic plan development for growth and to advance the companys mission. Under her leadership, Edwards expanded its offerings to include cybersecurity and IT services, complementing a strong enterprise management and training history.
She is featured in multiple publications promoting cyber awareness and was recently recognized by The Daily Record as one of their Most Influential Marylanders for her contributions to current and emerging technology.
Prior to joining Edwards, Ms. Abate was a Vice President at NTT Data Federal Systems (formerly Keane Federal Systems) and BAE Systems. She has 30+ years of proven leadership with executive, technical, and business management experience in the Federal Government as a Civil Servant and a commercial sector contractor.
Board Member & Executive Committee Secretary
Darrell Laffoon is the Chief Technology Officer for Sontiq, an industry-leading provider of identity protection services to consumers and small businesses. In this role, Darrell has executive responsibility for the strategic planning, development, implementation, security, compliance and overall administration of distributed and centralized enterprise information systems. With EZShield since its inception in 2001, and then acquired by parent company Sontiq in 2018, Darrell has established the companys technological vision and infrastructure, and he provides technical leadership and IT alignment across the organization. Darrell and his team work closely with product development to identify, assess, and recommend appropriate emerging technologies and oversee their integration and alignment with Company needs.
With more than 30 years of technology experience in key and executive leadership roles, Darrell possesses a deep knowledge of application and web development, enterprise architecture, security, network infrastructure, R&D and IT governance processes. He has a fundamental belief that the goal of technology, in any organization, is to meet the strategic enterprise goals by leveraging technology resources to produce the highest return on investment and support growth. He studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at University of Maryland and received his Certified Information Executive (CIE) certification from The Institute for CIO Excellence. Darrell is an active member of the IT Committee for the Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland.
Darrell and his wife of 30 years, Robin, are the proud parents of six adult children and the doting grandparents of one grandchild. He and his wife reside in Bel Air, Maryland with their new children, their four Chihuahuas.
Board Member & Executive Committee Treasurer
Jay B. Turakhia is the Business Banking Market Leader for SunTrust in Maryland. In this role, Jay leads a team of exceptional bankers who provide counsel to clients from start-up to 25 million in sales. Prior to transitioning to his current role, Turakhia spent time as a relationship manager in both commercial and small business banking. In both roles, his primary responsibility was advising clients throughout Maryland on strategies to effectively manage cash flow and grow sustainably.
A native of Baltimore, Turakhia was named one of Marylands 20 in their 20s an award based on professional accomplishment, civic involvement, and impact of achievement. In addition to serving on CAMIs board, Turakhia is proud to serve on the board for the Harbour School a school designed to provide individualized education to students with learning disabilities.
Turakhia graduated from the University of Maryland in 2011. He helped establish the nations first living-learning entrepreneurship program, Hinman CEOs, and volunteered in the College Park Scholars Advocates for Children program. He is an Alumnus of the Robert H. Smith School of Business with dual degrees in International Business and Marketing.
Board Member & Executive Committee Assistant Treasurer
Evan co-founded Point3 in 2014 and serves as Chief Executive Officer. He worked as a Computer Network Operator for the National Security Agency back when Cyber meant something totally different. Before co-founding Point3 Evan was Director of Customer Experience at Vulnerability Research Labs, a security research firm acquired by Computer Sciences Corporation.
He holds a M.S. in computer science from The George Washington University and has fathered four ridiculously good looking children.
Board Member & Executive Committee Legal Counsel
Mr. Mezzanotte has more than two decades of experience in complex real estate and business transactions. He is the Co-Chairman of WTPs Real Estate Section and Real Estate Development, Leasing and Land Use Industry Group. Mr. Mezzanottes practice encompasses a full range of complex commercial real estate transactions and development work including acquisitions, dispositions, financings, entitlements, leasing and corporate matters relating thereto. In addition to his real estate practice, Mr. Mezzanotte has also served as outside General Counsel and a strategic advisor to privately held corporations and not-for-profit institutions.
Chris Sachse, CEO and Co-Founder, Think|Stack
Board Member & Executive Committee Assistant Secretary
Chris is a passionate leader and entrepreneur. His career started early, founding his first business during his sophomore year of college. Since that time, he has continued his growth in business, community and family. As a proud Baltimore resident, Chris has focused his growth in his city and hopes to lead change and revitalization in his hometown.
Today, Chris spends the majority of his time leading and cultivating the culture of Think|Stack. Think|Stack is the only human centered technology services firm in the world. They lead FIs through digital transformations; designing, building and maintaining their infrastructure and cyber security platforms.
When he is not at Think|Stack he can be found serving on the Maryland Governors Workforce Development Board as the Chairman of the Cyber and IT Taskforce. His work there helps to create policy to develop the future workforce for tomorrows jobs. His passion for workforce development has led to a partnership with YearUp Baltimore, a technology internship training program that serves underprivileged youth in Baltimore.
For fun, Chris started Sachse Ventures, which supports Baltimore startups. This provides Chris with a creative outlet for his entrepreneurial spirit and also helps to cultivate successful startups in his home town. Through Sachse Ventures, Chris is a mentor, investor and board member for a variety of startups.
During his career Chris had the pleasure of graduating with his BA in business management and MA in Leadership from Notre Dame of Maryland University. He also completed the CUES Executive Innovation Program at Stanford and MIT.
Along his journey, Chris has been supported by his wonderful and growing family. His wife, Jordan, daughters Maguire and Emerson and son Connor, make it all worth it. Chris works hard to find balance, spending as much time as he can with his family.
At Think|Stack, we design meaningful customer experiences and innovative technology solutions for conscious brands. We believe that technology should support experiences that bring people together rather than encouraging isolation. Whether designing experiences that delight customers or creating social impact, people should come before the technology. We are entrepreneurs, project managers, engineers, and technicians who respect the interconnectedness of technology systems. We collaborate within an agile environment to design innovative solutions to real problems.
Linda Conrad, Principal, Corporate and Information Security Risk Management at Exelon Corporation
Linda is responsible for driving strategic risk activities and engagement with the Board, Cyber Security and Information Technology, Enterprise Risk Management, Supply Chain and Legal teams. Linda is establishing opportunities for innovation, including Robotic Process Automation and Artificial Intelligence applications. She is developing dynamic dashboards and Risk / Cost / Value tools to quantify Return on Investment and analyze corporate, cyber and supply Key Risk and Performance Indicators, to enable data-driven decisions.
Conrad is partnering with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Robert H. Smith School of Business on development and predictive analytics of the cyber supply chain risk portal, which received the 2017 Cybersecurity Award for Practice from Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Linda also consulted on the Munich Reinsurance Innovation Lab team, supporting business launch from product design, addressable market and distribution channels, to customer and capital investor strategy. https://www.linkedin.com/in/lindaconrad1/
Linda served as interim Chief Executive Officer of Climassure, where she led a team which pioneers innovative financial and technology products, data modeling, and advisory solutions to help mitigate the economic impacts of extreme weather and flooding. For 15 years prior, Linda managed a global team responsible for delivering tactical solutions to Zurich Insurance and customers on strategic issues such as business resilience, cyber and supply chain risk, Enterprise Risk Management, and Total Risk Profiling.
Linda addresses enterprise resiliency issues in print and television appearances, including CNBC, Fox Business News, The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, AM Best, and Business Insurance. She holds a Specialist designation in ERM, and serves on the global Education Advisory Board of the Institute of Risk Management in London. She is deputy member of the ERM Committee of RIMS, on the NIST cyber-portal project, sits on the Supply Chain Risk Leadership Council, consults for Gerson Lehman Group, and was Chairwoman of the Asian Risk Management Conference. She taught at University of Delaware Captive program and in the Masters on Supply Chain Management program at University of Michigans Ross School of Business, where she serves on the Corporate Advisory Council. Linda studied at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland and Fox Business School.
Heather Gramm, CEcD, Senior Director, Strategic Industries & Entrepreneurship at Maryland Department of Commerce
Heather Gramm joined the Maryland Department of Commerce as Senior Director of Strategic Industries and Entrepreneurship in June 2019. In this role, she oversees the development and implementation of the states efforts to grow the strategic industries of biohealth and life sciences, cybersecurity and aerospace, manufacturing, energy and agriculture. In addition, she oversees Commerces strategic initiatives for entrepreneurship, small business, and workforce development.
Prior to this role, she served as Deputy Director for the Frederick County Office of Economic Development overseeing the countys business development efforts, including business attraction, retention and expansion, small and minority business development strategies, as well as industry-sector development in the countys targeted sectors.
Heather has more than 17 years of experience in municipal, county and state economic development in a variety of roles including business development, community development and downtown revitalization. She earned a B.A. in Business Administration from Hood College and the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) certification through IEDC. She serves as President of the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) Board of Directors.
Krysta Herring, Director of Asset Management & Leasing, Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT)
Krysta Herring currently holds the position of Director of Asset Management & Leasing at Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) [NYSE: OFC], an office real estate investment trust that specializes in owning and developing properties in strategic/ mission-critical locations. In her current role, she is responsible for providing leadership, oversight and strategic direction to the asset management and leasing functions. She is responsible for generating and maintaining revenue for the company, overseeing customer satisfaction and for the financial performance of a 4.9 million square foot portfolio of office buildings in Maryland.
Krysta has over 10 years of real estate experience. Prior to joining COPT, she was a Vice President at Cushman & Wakefield, where she specialized in project leasing for institutional clients in the Northern Virginia market. In that role, she exclusively represented property owners, providing leasing and strategic advisory services for ground up office developments, redevelopments and the repositioning of existing assets. She completed leases for over 2 million square feet of office space while there.
Krysta is active in a number of local industry organizations, including the Maryland Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP). She has served on the executive committee for March of Dimes and the fundraising committee for Women & Wine benefitting the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Krysta earned her Bachelors degree from the College of William & Mary. She is a Baltimore native and alumna of The Bryn Mawr School. She now lives in Annapolis with her husband Tilghman, son Bennett and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
John Leitch, President and CEO, Winquest Engineering Corporation
John Leitch is the President and CEO of Winquest Engineering Corporation which operates Winquest Cybersecurity as one of its business divisions. Prior to founding Winquest in 2010, John served as a Senior Technical Manager and is a former U.S. Army Infantry, Armor, Military Intelligence Officer and Master Parachutist. John's information assurance experience dates to the late 1990s and includes drafting Department of Defense policies for Computer Network Operations and serving as the U.S. Army's first Brigade Information Operations Branch Chief. John is passionate about making cybersecurity affordable for all businesses and has been featured via television, radio, newspapers, magazines, industry conferences, academic symposiums and as a speaker including members of Congress, Directors of the National Security Agency and various C-level executive groups.
Tim Lorello, President & CEO, SecuLore Solutions
Tim Lorello is President & CEO of SecuLore Solutions, a Cybersecurity firm focused on solutions for our Public Safety Infrastructure. Prior to founding SecuLore, Mr. Lorello was SVP & Chief Marketing Officer at TeleCommunication Systems (TCS), a NASDAQ company headquartered in Annapolis. TCS was well known for its pioneering innovations benefiting Public Safety and spearheaded Regulatory (FCC) and Legislative activity to support the advancement of our 9-1-1 system. Mr. Lorello held a broad range of roles during the 21 years of his tenure at TCS, including SVP and GM of TCS Network Intelligence Division, responsible for the development and global deployment of messaging and location technology platforms for wireless operators on six continents. As part of the C-suite, he was directly involved in raising capital for TCS, including a $10M mezzanine financing round in 1999; and his commercial expertise provided the foundation for TCS to become a publicly-traded company in 2000. Prior to TCS, Mr. Lorello worked for 11 years at AT&T Bell Laboratories where he specialized in R&D for one of the worlds preeminent telephony switching platforms and the creation of AT&Ts Advanced Intelligent Network platform. Mr. Lorello holds 20 patents and has an MSEE from Northwestern University and a BA in Physics from University of Chicago.
Christina Majernik, Senior Vice President, Client Solutions, Domain5
Christina W. Majernik is Senior Vice President, Client Solutions at Domain5. Domain5 is a wholly owned subsidiary of FEDDATA, a $350M leading provider of technology and data security services to industry and government.
Christina is charged with driving Domain5s entrance into the commercial cybersecurity market by building critical partnerships and relationships, ensuring exceptional client experience and deliverables, and developing its market strategy. In addition, as a practitioner of risk management, cyber governance, organizational resilience, and regulatory compliance (FFIEC, GLBA, SEC, FINRA, NYS DFS), Christina has a unique background to advise her clients on best practices in securing their enterprise alongside her technical teams of experts.
Prior to joining Domain5 in August 2017, Christina held several senior leadership positions in Cybersecurity:
Founder, President and CEO of Secquity Advisors. Christina helped clients clearly and proactively address the complex nature of cybersecurity through holistic assessments of organizational and technical risk, prescriptive roadmaps to achieve cyber maturity for compliance, effectiveness, and resilience.
Vice President of Cybersecurity Services for Optio Labs, a mobile security platform, operated and funded by Allied Minds. In her role, Christina worked directly with clients to provide cybersecurity services and next generation solutions. Her practice areas included large universities, financial and professional services firms, and state and local governments.
Director of Cybersecurity Services (Art of Exploitation) at TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) Cyber Intelligence Group, where Christina led the creation and successful development of TCSs enterprise cybersecurity services and solutions and international cybersecurity training.
Prior to TCS, Christina founded the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Training Centers Center for Cybersecurity Training, where she developed training partnerships with large commercial clients, provided corporate information security consulting to Fortune 500 companies and expanded the Centers national and international training practice via online and channel partnerships.
Christina earned BAs in Psychology and Political Science from Canisius College of Buffalo, and an MA in Urban Planning from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Christina lives with her husband Matt and children Cole and Melana and her two dogs, Prescott and Murray in Annapolis, MD.
Kent Malwitz, President, UMBC Training Centers
Kent Malwitz is the President of UMBC Training Centers, UMBCs non-credit professional and workforce development enterprise. Under Kents leadership, Training Centers has become a world class provider of professional and technical training to the federal government, businesses and individuals seeking new careers and professional development.
Training Centers core training and certification areas include:
Kent is a graduate of UMBC with a degree in Information Systems and has 30 years of experience in the field of IT talent, covering technical consulting services, IT staffing and technical training.
S. Keith Moulsdale, Partner, Whiteford Taylor Preston
Mr. Moulsdale co-chairs the Cyber Security, Information Management & Privacy practice at Whiteford Taylor & Preston. His practice focuses on licensing, IP, data security, privacy and other e-commerce and technology-related legal issues that organizations face, both in the U.S. and internationally. He regularly counsels a wide range of organizations including financial institutions, software vendors, and trade associations in connection with their most significant data security concerns, including: data security breach attempts; cross-functional assessment, containment and response efforts; mitigation strategies; information security policies; and compliance with statutory notification requirements.
In addition, Mr. Moulsdale regularly represents software and technology companies that develop and distribute products and services that mitigate data security risks, as well as cybersecurity forensic companies.
J. Thomas Sadowski, Vice Chancellor for Economic Development, University System of Maryland (USM)
With more than 25-years in the economic development profession, Tom has worked with partners in industry, higher education and at every level of government. His career projects exceed $10 billion in value and 50,000 jobs; these include the 2005 BRAC win for Aberdeen Proving Ground and numerous corporate and agency headquarters, research laboratory and industrial projects for major private sector and government clients.
Tom has held leadership positions at the local, regional and currently the state level. His work with the University System of Maryland is focused on fueling company creation and tech commercialization, growing R&D partnerships with industry and government, developing internship and apprenticeship programs, and launching the USMs new $25 million early-stage Maryland Momentum Fund. His efforts span all industry sectors, to include: aerospace, cyber/data sciences, bio-health, virtual and augmented reality, autonomous systems, energy, environmental sustainability, additive manufacturing and education-technology. Prior to the USM, he served as President & CEO of the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore.
He is a lifelong resident of Maryland, a proud husband, father and graduate of UMBC. He enjoys coaching and is active on many boards related to finance, economic development, public policy, education and health.
2016 UMBC Alumni of the Year for Distinguished Service; 2015/2013 Daily Record, Marylands Most Admired CEOs; 2014 Baltimore Museum of Industrys Industrialist of the Year.
University System of Maryland is a $5 billion global institution with more than 164,000 students enrolled across 12 campuses, 2 regional higher-education centers throughout the State of Maryland and more than 6,000 enrolled from outside MD and the United States. The System conducts nearly $1.3 billion in sponsored research annually for the federal government and industry.
Board Member & Executive Committee Assistant Treasurer
As the lead for PSAs Cyber Risk Solutions Practice, Mike Volk is responsible for helping clients make informed decisions about cyber insurance and develop strategies to reduce cyber risk. For the past six years he has worked in several roles where he helped individuals and organizations navigate the complex cybersecurity landscape. Prior to joining PSA in 2016, Mike worked with individual job-seekers, industry experts, as well as government organizations and contractors in areas related to cybersecurity training and workforce development. He has also authored several articles on topics related to cyber risk, cybersecurity education/training and cybersecurity workforce development. Mike contributed to Anne Arundel Community College as the Business Development Coordinator for the CyberCenter and Instructional Specialist for the Cyber and Technology Training area. Before that he served as the Cybersecurity Navigator and Project Coordinator for the Mayors Office of Employment Development in Baltimore City.
Prior to joining PSA in 2016, Mike worked with individual job-seekers, industry experts, as well as government organizations and contractors in areas related to cybersecurity training and workforce development. He has also authored several articles on topics related to cyber risk, cybersecurity education/training and cybersecurity workforce development. Mike contributed to Anne Arundel Community College as the Business Development Coordinator for the CyberCenter and Instructional Specialist for the Cyber and Technology Training area. Before that he served as the Cybersecurity Navigator and Project Coordinator for the Mayors Office of Employment Development in Baltimore City.
Mike received his Masters in Public Administration from the University of Baltimore and a Bachelors degree in Political Science from McDaniel College. Additionally, he held a CompTIA Network+ certification from 2/2013-2/2016
BUSINESS/CUSTOMER SERVICE PHILOSOPHY
In an environment where businesses must become increasingly reliant on technology to compete, my approach is to partner with our clients in a consultative role to help simplify security in the cyber age and give them the guidance and support they need to make informed decisions about how to manage cyber risk. I also value partnerships that enhance my ability to serve our clients.