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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.
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 Treasurer
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.
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 Assistant Secretary
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 Assistant Treasurer
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.
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.
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.
Chuck joined Bridges in 2004 as Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, Chuck prepared the company for hiring employees, winning, and executing prime contracts by developing the infrastructure, policies, and business practices to scale. In 2010, Chuck was promoted to Chief Executive Officer to lead Bridges through successful growth that continues today. He leads by hiring exceptional talent in their positions, collaboratively developing the vision, and supporting execution to deliver customer, employee, and company outcomes. Bridges is a mid-sized company supporting the Intelligence Community delivering network engineering, network security, big data analytics, and application development to secure, protect, manage, and defend networks and infrastructures from external and internal threats. Bridges has a 20 year track record of success and has built an exceptional reputation in our industry. Bridges has recently been nominated as a 2020 finalist for Government Contracting company of the year by the Maryland Tech Council. Bridges is an active member of the FMA, AFCEA, and CAMI.
Chuck graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and The George Washington University with a M.S. in Electrical Engineering, specialized in telecommunications and computers. He has a PMP, and has obtained many technical certifications. He is a lifetime learner and is inquisitive about leadership, technology, cyber security, and what drives people to high performance. He started his career with IBM developing software to automate manufacturing and industrial food production. He then moved to PEC Solutions building IT infrastructures, network architectures, and developing business applications for the Federal Government. At PEC, he rose from Junior Engineer to Director managing a $15M per year portfolio of prime and sub programs supporting the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security. He left PEC to join his father to build Bridges.
Chuck is married, has 2 daughters, and lives in Chevy Chase, MD. He enjoys almost any outdoor adventure sport, especially with his kids: skiing, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, kite boarding, and sailing. He is also a certified Rescue Diver with over 500 dives around the world. Chuck volunteers by running a golf tournament to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, judging entrepreneurial programs at high schools, and supporting industry groups.
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.
Gwen Greene, Ph.D., is the Founder, CEO, and Senior Information Systems Security Engineer at Applied Information Technology (AiTech). She has been in the technology industry for nearly 20 years. She has been in the technology industry for nearly 20 years.
Gwen Greene had worked with a leading Department of Defense (DoD) company for 12 years after graduating from college. She has 15 years of experience in Federal contracting and cybersecurity. She is also a published author and a respected consultant in the area of effective change in organizational security culture. AiTech consultants believe the benefits of working with a company whose foundation is security awareness and literacy, customers can derive remarkable value in legal and regulatory compliance, avoid data security breaches, and streamline their security business practices.
Gwen holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Bowie State University, a Master of Science (MSc) in Management of Information Systems from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and a Doctorate in Information Technology from Towson University.
A strong advocate of diversity and mentorship, Gwen Greene is most passionate about empowering others to realize their full potential in their career goals. She is also a bodybuilder competitor and loves spending quality time with her husband and 3 children.
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.
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 W. Majernik is Vice President at PLEX Cyber. The PLEX Cyber team holds the National Security Agency (NSA) accredited vulnerability assessment services (VAS), one of only 5 companies in the world have earned this distinction under NSA’s National Security Cyber Assistance Program (NSCAP)
PLEX’s NSA accredited team provides our clients the best in adversarial mindset and proven methodology when conducting security assessments. Specializations include Active HUNT, MITRE ATT&CK, CUI Audits, Red Team/Blue Team, Adversarial Emulation and Incident Response.
Christina is charged with leading the PLEX Cyber team of certified cybersecurity practitioners, 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.
A passionate advocator of expanding women and diversity in cybersecurity, Christina is an active volunteer and advisor to a number of workforce development initiatives.
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, two children and her cocker spaniel in Baltimore, MD.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sarah is a senior executive marketing professional and nonprofit leader with 25+ years of industry experience in cybersecurity, biotechnology, consumer products, education, and healthcare. She has successfully grown Procter & Gamble brands, SMBs, emerging-growth ventures, startups, and nonprofits. She is valued as a trusted partner, insightful strategist, collaborative leader, team motivator, and spokesperson.
Sarah enjoys continuous learning along with her MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler School of Business and a BS in Honors Biochemistry and BA in Chemistry from North Carolina State University as a J.T. Caldwell Scholar.
Sarah brings nonprofit experience as the Executive Director of the P&G Alumni Foundation and extensive Board experience with The Family Tree as a Board Member, Marketing Co-chair, former Board President, and former gala chair. She also serves as Marketing Advisor to the Women in Cybersecurity Critical Infrastructure Community and co-founded Essential Hugs, a grassroots nonprofit to support essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Outside work, Sarah is an avid traveler, paddleboarder (often with her yellow Labrador onboard), sailor, slow runner to great music, pickleball beginner, mother of two sons, and happy gatherer of friends and family.