Cyber Summit Speakers 2022

Keynote & Featured Speakers

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is a lifelong Michigander who is focused on getting things done that will make a difference in people’s lives. She’s an attorney, an educator, former prosecutor, State Representative, and Senator. But the most important title she boasts is MOM. Inspired by her family, she’s devoted her life to building a stronger Michigan for all and governed through unprecedented, colliding crises.

As Governor Whitmer has led Michigan through this extraordinary time, she’s remained focused on doing the right things: acting decisively, following the science, and listening to the experts. Her leadership helped get the once in a century pandemic under control and laid the groundwork to rebuild Michigan’s economy back stronger than ever.

The Governor ran on fixing the damn roads, cleaning up drinking water, and expanding opportunity for all. In two years, the Whitmer’s administration has created 11,000 new auto jobs while working to diversify the economy, made the largest investment in K-12 schools in state history without raising taxes, established the Michigan Reconnect and Futures for Frontliners programs to create a more dynamic, educated workforce, and is fixing crumbling roads and water infrastructure while creating 7,500 jobs in the process.

She remains dedicated to investing in small businesses, the lifeblood of our communities, making sure they have the support they need to stay afloat and help rebuild our economy. The Governor is also taking bold steps to improve schools, build a more skilled workforce, and create better jobs for Michiganders. She’s made historic investments in education and is offering free community college and job training to adults over 25 and essential workers, making education accessible to those who can’t afford it.

Governor Whitmer achieved this progress alongside the most diverse cabinet in state history and three dynamic elected leaders: Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist, Attorney General Dana Nessel, and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.

The Whitmer administration will continue working to ensure that every Michigander has a great public education and a path to a good-paying job, every community has clean, safe drinking water, and everyone can drive to work or drop their kids at school safely, without blowing a tire or cracking a windshield. She will keep fighting for Michiganders every day and tackling the big challenges Michigan faces with bold solutions and decisive leadership.

Governor Whitmer and her husband Marc Mallory live in Lansing with Kevin and Doug, the First Dogs of Michigan. Her older daughter, Sherry, is a student at the University of Michigan, and her younger daughter, Sydney, will be joining her sister in the fall. Her three stepsons, Alex, Mason, and Winston all live in Michigan as well. Governor Whitmer earned a bachelor’s degree and law degree from Michigan State University. A lifelong Michigander, Gretchen Whitmer is honored to serve as Governor of Michigan.

Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II

Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist has dedicated his career to solving problems. An engineer by training, he uses thoughtful innovation, progressive reform, and efficient modernization of policies and programs to make the work better for hardworking families. From spearheading campaigns for equality and justice to harnessing technology to solve real problems, his focus has consistently remained on serving the public and getting things done.

He brings a lifetime of experience to the task, receiving his first computer at age five and setting up a computer lab in a Detroit community recreation center using computers that he built himself at age 16. Lt. Governor Gilchrist studied computer engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan, graduating with honors, and later had a successful career as a software engineer at Microsoft, helping to build SharePoint into the fastest growing product in the company’s history.

Lt. Governor Gilchrist spent the next several years of his career as a social entrepreneur and community organizer who helped people in communities across America realize their full economic and political potential. Upon returning home to Detroit, Lt. Governor Gilchrist worked in local government to make sure build systems that made the government more responsive, transparent, and accountable to city residents. This experience prepared him for a key priority: to bring Michigan’s state government fully into the 21st century on every level.

As part of the Whitmer Administration, Lt. Governor Gilchrist has sought to address injustice and inequity across our state at every level. From co-chairing the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration to helming the Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities, these task forces have taken actions that saved lives and protect our most vulnerable populations. Lt. Governor Gilchrist’s approach to addressing these disparities is deeply rooted in fact-based practices, science, and connecting with individuals across Michigan.

Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist and his wife, Ellen, reside in Detroit where they are raising their twins, Emily and Garlin III, and daughter, Ruby.

Jen Easterly
Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency

Jen Easterly is the Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Ms. Easterly was nominated by President Biden in April 2021 and unanimously confirmed by the Senate on July 12, 2021. As Director, Ms. Easterly leads CISA’s efforts to understand, manage, and reduce risk to the cyber and physical infrastructure Americans rely on every day.

Before serving in her current role, Ms. Easterly was the head of Firm Resilience at Morgan Stanley, responsible for ensuring preparedness and response to business-disrupting operational incidents and risks to the Firm.

Ms. Easterly has a long tradition of public service, to include two tours at the White House, most recently as Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director for Counterterrorism. She also served as the Deputy for Counterterrorism at the National Security Agency.

A two-time recipient of the Bronze Star, Ms. Easterly retired from the U.S. Army after more than twenty years of service in intelligence and cyber operations, including tours of duty in Haiti, the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Responsible for standing up the Army’s first cyber battalion, Ms. Easterly was also instrumental in the design and creation of United States Cyber Command.

A distinguished graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Ms. Easterly holds a master’s degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She is the recipient of the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation American Hostage Freedom Award and the Bradley W. Snyder Changing the Narrative Award.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a French-American Foundation Young Leader, Ms. Easterly is the past recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Aspen Finance Leaders Fellowship, the National Security Institute Visiting Fellowship, the New America Foundation Senior International Security Fellowship, the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship, and the Director, National Security Agency Fellowship.

Chris DeRusha
Federal Chief Information Security Officer, Office of Management and Budget and Deputy National Cyber Director for Federal Cybersecurity, Office of the National Cyber Director

Mr. DeRusha was most recently the Chief Information Security Officer for the Biden-Harris campaign. Prior to joining the campaign in June 2020, he served as the Chief Security Officer for the State of Michigan. DeRusha has extensive experience managing cybersecurity and critical infrastructure programs and operations both in the public and private sectors. DeRusha led Ford Motor Company's Enterprise Vulnerability Management program and has over eight years of Federal Government experience working both at the Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He holds a Master’s Degree in Security Studies from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from James Madison University.

Laura Clark
Chief Information Officer
Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget

Laura Clark serves as the chief information officer and chief security officer for the State of Michigan directing the state’s technology and security efforts. As Deputy Director for the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget (DTMB), she oversees operations for the department which provides information technology, business, and administrative services to Michigan's residents, businesses, state agencies, state employees, and retirees.

Through her effective leadership, the Michigan Cybersecurity and Infrastructure team ensures that critical processes are audited, reviewed, and designed for maximum effectiveness, and that structures for all cybersecurity and infrastructure protection are effectively delivered and operationalized throughout the enterprise.

Clark, a 20-year veteran of public service IT, can balance her strength, which include leadership, vision, and strategic and tactical planning, along with the ability to promote collaboration at all levels to support high-level, critical statewide projects to successful completion.

In Nov. 2021, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appointed Clark as chief information officer for the State of Michigan. Clark began her career in state government in 2001.

Clark graduated from Michigan State University in 2000 with a bachelor of science in geography.

Jayson Cavendish
Acting Chief Security Officer
Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget

Jayson Cavendish is the acting Chief Security Officer for DTMB's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection.

Jayson brings a unique blend of strengths to the role, including leadership, vision, and strategic planning, along with the ability to promote collaboration at all levels to support critical, high-level statewide projects to successful completion. As part of DTMB's leadership team, Jayson has helped to formulate and implement policies, strategic plans, directives, and organizational structure. Jayson leads several Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection committees, as well as programs at the local and state level.

Jayson has four years of experience in state government and has steadily built his in-depth IT/security architecture knowledge while serving in various leadership positions his career including Information Security Management roles, Director of Technical Services, and Data Warehouse Manager/Architect roles. In addition, he has numerous certifications including CISSP, CISA, PMP, and is a Licensed Professional Investigator in Michigan.

He is a graduate of Northwood University and Campbell University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management and an associate degree in accounting.

Tracy Barnes
Chief Information Officer
State of Indiana

Tracy serves as Indiana’s Chief Information Officer, appointed by Gov. Eric J. Holcomb in March 2020. In this role, Tracy sits on the Governor’s Cabinet overseeing the Indiana Office of Technology and provides strategic oversight of the State’s technology portfolio, as well as leadership on technology and cybersecurity policy.   Tracy also serves as the Co-Chair for the Indiana Executive Council on Cybersecurity.

Tracy brings significant business leadership and information technology experience to his role, having previously served as Chief of Staff for the Lieutenant Governor, and as Deputy Auditor and IT Director for the Indiana Auditor of State. Before joining the public sector, Tracy served as president and chief executive officer for ENTAP, Inc., an IT consulting services firm that designed and delivered effective enterprise focused information technology solutions to organizations in various industries across the globe.

Tracy was recently recognized by StateScoop magazine as a GoldenGov State Executive of the Year. Previously, he has also been recognized by the Indianapolis Business Journal as one of the 250 most influential business leaders in Indiana and has also received accolades from the TechPoint MIRA awards and the IBE Governor's Award for Achievement in Technology.

Tracy holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Butler University and a M.S. in Cybersecurity Law from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. He also holds a certificate from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Tracy sits on the board of directors for the Mitch Daniels Leadership Foundation, NXG Youth Motorsports and Force Indy race team.

Kelly Bartlett
Connected and Automated Vehicle Specialist
Michigan Department of Transportation

Kelly Bartlett is a Connected and Automated Vehicle Specialist for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).  He analyzes state and federal regulations and policies on automated vehicles, mobility and related topics.  He was very involved in the drafting of the 2016 Michigan legislation on automated vehicles.  He also assists the Michigan Council on Future Mobility and Electrification and the state’s Office on Future Mobility and Electrification as both consider and develop new policy recommendations.  In addition, Mr. Bartlett participates in national work groups on federal policies.  Prior to his current position, Mr. Bartlett was Senior Policy and Legislative Advisor for MDOT, and previously was a policy advisor in the Michigan Legislature.

Andy Brush
Michigan Cyber Partners Program Manager
Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget

Andy Brush is the program director for Michigan Cyber Partners for the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget. In this role, Andy seeks to improve the cybersecurity posture of local governments across Michigan by finding innovative ways of working together across all sectors.

Prior to joining the State of Michigan, Andy served Washtenaw County in southeast Michigan for 17 years in various roles including webmaster, knowledge manager, innovations manager, and seven years as the head of the IT organization.

Trent Carpenter
Chief Information Security Officer
Sparrow Health System

Trent has more than 25 years of experience in Information Security and is currently the CISO for Sparrow Health System.  Prior to that he was the CISO for the State of Michigan and oversaw the State’s Cyber Security Operations Center (SOC).  Trent is currently a Michigan InfraGard Board member and co-facilitates it’s Sector Chief program.  He is also InfraGard's Michigan Healthcare Sector Chief, helping to facilitate partnerships and information sharing between the FBI and Michigan’s Healthcare industry.  In addition, Trent participates on numerous cybersecurity focused workgroups and committees to help improve Michigan's information security posture.

Donna Davis
Chief of Staff to the Office of the Chief Security Officer
Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget

Donna Davis is the Chief of Staff to Michigan’s Chief Security and Chief Information Officer where she supports the programs and staff that work for the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget’s (DTMB) Office of Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection.

Previously, she held the position of Privacy and Information Security Officer with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Ms. Davis is a huge fan of the “green and white” and a supporter of her two alma maters: Michigan State and Eastern Michigan Universities.

Eddie Doyle
Sales Leader
Check Point

Eddie Doyle works with enterprise organizations, university think tanks & corporate leaders to articulate the complex subject of cyber security in an engaging manner, championing his customer’s initiatives to fruition & finding the holy-grail of cyber security… making cyber a profit center for the business.

LinkedIn recognizes Eddie’s forté as a keynote speaker & livestreamer of cyber security mesh architecture, cyber-savvy Boards, identity-first security, & breach/attack simulation.

Proudly working in the sales & marketing teams for the world’s leading cyber security firm, Eddie owns a global responsibility for revenue growth & has led sales teams in local & international markets.

D/F/Lt. Jim Ellis
Cyber Commander
Michigan State Police – Michigan Cyber Command Center

D/F/Lieutenant Jim Ellis is the commander of the Michigan State Police (MSP) Cyber Section within the Intelligence Operations Division. He leads a team of over 100 MSP and affiliate law enforcement members, two cyber K9 dogs, located in seven offices throughout Michigan. He established and has oversight of the Michigan Cyber Command Center (MC3), leads the Computer Crimes Unit (CCU), and the Michigan Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC).

He is on the executive board of directors for the Michigan Healthcare Cybersecurity Council (MiHCC), the national Cybercrime Support Network (CSN), and participates with other national, state, and local groups. He works in collaboration with the State of Michigan; Department of Technology, Management, and Budget, the Michigan National Guard, and critical infrastructure to promote and advance Michigan’s cybersecurity.

D/F/Lieutenant Ellis earned a Bachelor of Science degree and is a 28-year member of the MSP. He maintains multiple cybersecurity industry certifications including being a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Deb Fett
Chief Information Officer
Ingham County

Deb Fett, who serves as CIO at Ingham County, has extensive information technology experience in private-sector, education, and government. With a background built on strategy, leadership, networking, programming, and cybersecurity, she shares her talents not only with Ingham County, but also on the board of Mi-GMIS where she serves as Past President. She is also a current member of the Innovation Committee of the GMIS International organization and the former Chair of the Capital Area IT Council as well as the former Vice President of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Lansing chapter.

Katrina Flory
State Chief Information Officer/Assistant Director
State of Ohio

Ms. Flory has had a successful career in public service including Franklin County, the Ohio Department of Taxation and the Ohio Department of Administrative Services. She drives statewide efforts across organizations improving operational excellence and realizing transformational program outcomes.  She was instrumental in building OIT from its roots and driving the technology agendas of four Governors and seven State CIOs.

She has led efforts to establish and communicate the strategic direction for OIT, oversee operations of critical enterprise shared services such as OAKS, the InnovateOhio Platform, Ohio Business Gateway and eLicense system, as well as act as a dynamic change agent for various technology initiatives.

Ms. Flory has a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Betsy Freeman
Radius Advisory Group

Betsy Freeman is the CEO and Founder of the Radius Advisory Group, LLC, a Management Consultancy focused on helping organizations build business resilience to strengthen performance. Through strategic advisory services and technology use cases, RadiusAG helps organizations identify and adapt to emerging opportunities and build resilient organizations, well positioned to capture near-term competitive advantage and strengthen long-term performance.

Betsy was previously the Department of Defense (DoD) Deputy, CIO for Business Process and Systems Review (BPSR), where she initiated the creation of a data analytics function to provide transparency on Information Technology (IT) spend and potential process efficiencies across the DoD. She is credited with instilling an early OSD understanding of data analytics and its role in support of senior leader decision making. Managing a team of over 50 analysts, her neutral approach to financial, cyber security and operational data provided valuable, fact-based insights, highly valued by senior DoD leaders.

Prior to her CIO assignment she served in the Executive Office of the Secretary of Defense where she was a member of the Defense Efficiencies Task Force (EFT) under Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. She also served the Department under Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta as the Director of Operations for the Secretary’s Budget Outreach Group, which acted as a Liaison from the DoD to the Congressional Joint Committee on Sequestration.

Freeman’s industry experience includes PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she held concurrent positions as Chief of Staff to the America’s Utility Industry Chairman and Senior Director for Marketing and Business Development. During her PwC tenure she developed a best practice for building new business from the existing client base, resulting in substantial near-term revenue growth.

Betsy began her career as a U.S. Air Force active-duty officer and was appointed as the DoD Liaison to the White House Office of Drug Interdiction during her first Pentagon tour. Additionally, she served as Media Relations Strategist and Public Affairs Advisor to the USAF Deputy, Chief of Staff for Operations and the Air Force General Counsel, during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Betsy currently serves as the Vice Chair for the Michigan Healthcare Cyber Security Council Board of Directors (MiHCC) and is a Ponemon Institute Fellow.

Tiziana Galeazzi
General Manager
Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget

In her role as general manager for the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget (DTMB), Tiziana is accountable for all IT services provided to the Office of Michigan Attorney General, the Executive Office of the Governor of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, and the Michigan Department of Transportation. She oversees IT strategic planning and governance of IT investments, with a focus on customer service, innovation, and new technologies to achieve strategic business objectives for the agencies.

With more than 24 years experience in IT, Tiziana has held several senior executive and IT management positions. She is the recipient of the Governor’s Coin for Leadership, Governor’s Coins for Excellence, and was also recognized by StateScoop in 2018 with the State Leadership of the Year award. Under her leadership, Michigan also received two national IT Recognition Awards by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers.

Tiziana holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Management of Information Systems.

Kelley Goldblatt
Cybersecurity Advisor
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Kelley Goldblatt is a Cybersecurity Advisor for Michigan with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). In this role, Ms. Goldblatt supports the mission of strengthening the cyber resilience and security of the nation’s critical infrastructure. Prior to joining CISA, Ms. Goldblatt worked for the State of Michigan as a member of the Michigan Cyber Command Center (MC3). Ms. Goldblatt has also worked for Washtenaw County. In both positions, Ms. Goldblatt focused on helping Michigan organizations and residents become more cyber secure.

Steven Herrin
Director, Information Protection and Security and Chief Information Security Officer
DTE Energy

Steve Herrin is the Director, Information Protection and Security and serves as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for DTE Energy, joining the company in May 2021. He has oversight of Cybersecurity Governance, Risk and Compliance. Previously he was the Program Director for the United States Energy Association in support of the Utility Cyber Security Initiative in Europe and Eurasia. He was also with the Electricity Information Sharing Analysis Center (E-ISAC) as the Director of Operations and manager of the Cybersecurity Risk Information Sharing Program (CRISP). He spent 8 years with the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Infrastructure Protection as the Branch Chief of the Infrastructure Analysis Branch evaluating the potential consequences of disruption from physical or cyber threats and incidents. After graduating from Georgia State University with a Bachelors in Business Administration in Risk Management and Insurance, he joined the insurance brokerage firm McGriff, Seibels and Williams, Inc. as a Marketing Account Executive managing portfolios for many large electric utility clients. Steve received his Executive MBA from Georgetown University in 2015 and also served in the US Navy Submarine Service for over twelve years.

Alexander Joves
Regional Director, Region 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH WI)
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Alex Joves is the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Regional Director for Region 5 covering Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Regional directors serve as the CISA senior leader in each of the ten regions. Through their leadership and management of field-based resources and capabilities, regional directors represent all CISA programs.

CISA protects the Nation’s critical infrastructure from cyber and physical threats by working with partners to defend against today’s threats and collaborating to build more secure and resilient infrastructure for the future.

Mr. Joves was selected as Regional Director in 2016. He brings 25 years of government service to the position, working in the federal Civil Service and U.S. Coast Guard, including tours in the White House Situation Room, White House Military Office, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary’s Office, and seagoing, law enforcement assignments in both the Atlantic and Pacific areas. He held leadership positions across DHS with the Principal Federal Official Program, Special Events Working Group, Office of Operations Coordination, Incident Specific Preparedness Review for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Counterterrorism Advisory Board, National Terrorism Advisory System, National Infrastructure Coordinating Center, Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards, Office of Infrastructure Protection, Transportation Security Administration, and U.S. Secret Service.

A career member of the Senior Executive Service, Mr. Joves is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and The George Washington University Law School. Prior to his federal career, he was an attorney in private sector practice. He currently serves on the FBI Chicago Field Office Joint Terrorism Task Force Executive Board and Chicago Federal Executive Board Executive Committee.

Brian Kennedy
Financial Specialist
State Budget Office of Michigan

Brian Kennedy is a Financial Specialist at the State Budget Office (SBO) where he currently supports the development and implementation of the state budget for the Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB). Prior to joining SBO in 2014, Brian interned with the White House Council of Economic Advisers, the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan, and a United States Senator. Brian graduated from Michigan State University where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and Public Policy. Brian is a lifelong Michigander from Metro Detroit and a current resident of the City of Lansing.

Daryl Knopf
Senior Solutions Architect

Daryl is a Senior Solutions Architect at GitLab and has been working with Security Software for over 25 years in multiple roles. Before joining GitLab in 2019, Daryl worked as a technical strategic leader with government and commercial customers both nationally and internationally.  Daryl lives in northern VA with his wife and two daughters.

Ron Kraus
Cyber Specialist
Michigan State Police

Mr. Kraus is a Cyber Specialist with the Michigan State Police Information Technology Division. He earned his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Michigan State University. Mr. Kraus was a founding member of the Michigan State Police Computer Crimes Unit. He has extensive experience as a Digital Forensics Examiner for criminal investigations. Next, he became part of the Michigan Cyber Command Center focusing on cyber security criminal investigations and cyber critical infostructure protection. Currently he is assigned to lead cyber automotive initiatives for the department. This includes working on private/public partnerships to advance awareness and improve the cyber posture of law enforcement vehicles.

Doug Miller
Director, Upper Peninsula Cybersecurity Institute
Northern Michigan University

Doug Miller is a retired U.S. Army Aviation Officer with 24 years of active duty service and an additional 3 years supporting the Army as a government civilian. Doug’s assignments have included leadership positions in operational, experimental test pilot, program management, and international technology coordination positions in the United States and Europe.

After graduating from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1989, Doug was commissioned from the ROTC program into the United States Army and completed initial helicopter flight training. Following multiple operational assignments, Doug attended the Naval Postgraduate School and received a Masters of Science in Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation. Doug’s most recent assignments included duty as the Director of the Office of Defense Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy in Oslo, Norway, Program Manager for Network Integration for Ground Combat Vehicles at Warren Michigan, Program Manager for the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle, and the Director of the US International Technology Center in England.

Since January of 2019, Doug has been the Director for the Upper Peninsula Cybersecurity Institute (UPCI) at Northern Michigan University. The UPCI offers professional certification courses in cybersecurity and networking topics, outreach and support for Upper Peninsula K12 cyber and networking teachers, and general cyber hygiene outreach for the community and small businesses.

Doug’s civilian and military education includes: Undergraduate degree in Geography from the University of Colorado (1989); Masters of Science in Computer Modeling, Virtual Environments, and Simulation from the Naval Postgraduate School (1999); Masters of Arts in International Relations and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College (2003); Naval Experimental Test Pilot School graduate (2004); Doug has over 2,000 flight hours in over 20 different aircraft and is also a graduate of both the Airborne and Air Assault courses.

Cindy Peruchietti
Senior Deputy Director, Agency Services
Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget

Ms. Peruchietti started her career at the State of Michigan as a Central Michigan University intern for the Michigan House of Representatives.  This internship led to a full-time job with the Legislature in multiple staff and leadership roles from 1982 – 2010.  Moved to Treasury as Budget and IT Director for 7.5 years and then took the position of Senior Deputy Director with the Department of Technology Management and Budget over Agency Services.  Agency Services is responsible for delivering all technology solutions to our State agency partners and in-turn, our State agency citizen, tourist and business clients.  Collectively, our goal is to leverage enterprise solutions to help reduce costs and standardize on similar platforms.

Kristie Pfosi
Executive Director of Product Cybersecurity

Kristie leads the cybersecurity team at Aptiv, an automotive Tier-1 supplier, for global incident responses, vulnerability management, penetration testing and risk assessments at Aptiv. Her work also involves developing and integrating cybersecurity protection into advanced vehicle electronics with a focus on defense-in-depth and next-generation security.

Kristie holds bachelor degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering from General Motors Institute (Kettering University) in Flint, MI. She has passion for building the next generation of professionals, and is a founding board member of the Women’s Security Alliance ( Additionally, Kristie is the Chair of the Auto-ISAC Education & Training Standing Committee.

Dennis Pipper
Computer Information Technologies Program Director
Lansing Community College

Dennis Pipper is the Program Director for the Computer Information Technologies in the Technical Careers Division at Lansing Community College. Dennis has been in higher education for over 25 years serving in various capacities such as Assistant Program Director at WLNZ-FM, Lead Faculty, and 22 years as a faculty member. Before his higher education career, Dennis worked for 7 years as a radio personality in Lansing and Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dennis holds a position for the Capital Area Information Technology Council (CAITC). Dennis has a Bachelor's degree in Telecommunication and a Certificate of Completion in Geographic Information Systems.

Doug Robinson
Executive Director
National Association of State Chief Information Officers

Doug Robinson has served as Executive Director of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) since 2004. Founded in 1969, NASCIO is the only national organization representing state chief information officers of the fifty states and territories.  He is responsible for the overall executive leadership of the association including strategic plan and policy execution, government affairs, strategic alliances, emerging issues and board and committee oversight.  He also provides strategic direction for NASCIO’s initiatives and advocacy positions on issues such as cybersecurity, enterprise architecture, IT governance, information sharing and business innovation.  Doug is a frequent speaker, panelist, author and recognized national expert representing state CIOs, policy issues, priorities and trends in state government IT.

His career spans over forty years in public sector information technology including positions in state government, higher education and IT consulting.  Prior to joining NASCIO he served as Executive Director in the Governor's Office for Technology, Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Hector Roman
Chief Information Officer
Wayne County

Hector Roman is the Chief Information Officer and Director of Information Technology for Wayne County, MI.  He was appointed in 2022 by Wayne County Executive, Warren C. Evans.  He has spent nearly 20 years with Wayne County in various roles, with the most recent prior to his appointment being Director of Enterprise Computing and Infrastructure.

He is a strong leader with an extensive technical background and is looking forward to implementing strategic IT initiatives such as increasing digital services, application modernization and implementing automation to enhance productivity and efficiencies.

Hector is a graduate of Wayne State University with a bachelor’s in Computer Science.

Megan Schrauben
MiSTEM Network Executive Director
Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity

Megan Schrauben is the MiSTEM Network Executive Director for the State of Michigan which includes facilitating the activities of the Governor’s MiSTEM Advisory Council and managing state and federal dollars for STEM programming. The state office for MiSTEM is housed at the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) and coordinates efforts with the MI Department of Education (MDE). Megan holds a B.S. in physics and mathematics education from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Applied Science from Michigan Technological University. During her tenures at these institutions her passion for integrated STEM instruction grew out of research internships at CERN in Switzerland, Fermilab near Chicago, the NSCL at MSU, and a teaching/engineering position in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

Prior to coming to LEO, Megan taught high school physics and math in Jackson, MI, was Director of the Mathematics and Science Center in Jackson County where she also served as President of the MI Mathematics and Science Centers Network, then moved to the MDE where she was the Integrated Instruction Consultant and served a term on the board for the Council of State Science Supervisors.

Joshua D. Spence
Chief Information Officer
State of West Virginia

Joshua Spence was named Chief Information Officer for the State of West Virginia, Office of Technology, in November 2018.  Under his leadership, the state has begun a digital transformation designed to build a digital government capability seeking to leverage technology to improve both citizen services and internal government operations. To date, the state has embarked on a number of initiatives to include: establishing a holistic cyber risk management approach to cybersecurity, the modernization of the physical technology infrastructure with data center 2.0, and a workforce technology development endeavor dubbed Project Sunrise.

Prior to the appointment to CIO, Josh served as the Chief Information Security Officer for the state. Under his leadership, West Virginia implemented a new cybersecurity strategy, resulting in capabilities enhancements in all four strategic initiatives (risk, outreach, protection and operations). He holds expertise in cybersecurity strategy, risk management, certification and accreditation, cryptography, and incident response. Spence also serves as a Cyber Operations Officer in the West Virginia Air National Guard with over 21 years of service.

Spence holds a Master of Science in Information Technology Management from Marshall University. He has achieved numerous industry certifications, including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and has spoken at numerous technology conferences and events.

Sarah Tennant
Sector Development Director & Cyber Initiatives
Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Sarah Tennant is the Sector Development Director & Cyber Initiatives at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Serving as the State's program expert and advisor to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). Sarah collaborates with other government agencies, academia and industry on raising awareness and promoting the growth of the cyber ecosystem within the State of Michigan. Sarah’s focus is on cultivating cybersecurity talent through statewide education, with an emphasis on the emerging embedded systems security space while promoting a collaborative statewide approach to cybersecurity. Sarah also heads up the MEDC’ s broadband efforts with a focus on access, affordability and adoption, and a commitment to enabling equitable economic opportunities for all Michiganders.

Previous to joining the MEDC Sarah was the DOD OEA Grant coordinator for the Macomb/St. Clair Workforce Development Board where she oversaw a $6.7 million dollar Southeast Michigan Defense Industry Adjustment grant, supporting 15 projects intended to identify and diversify Michigan’s defense portfolio, expand educational and workforce training for emerging markets including the cyber range hub expansion in Michigan, and provide opportunities for Michigan companies engaged in the defense economy.

Additionally, Sarah also serves on several non-profit boards and advisory committees and currently serves as an Advisor to the Board of Directors for the Women in Defense Michigan Chapter.

A Michigan transplant, Sarah is a proud graduate of the University of Windsor holding a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Art Thompson
Chief Information Officer
City of Detroit

Art Thompson is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Detroit, Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT). Prior to this appointment, Art served as the Director of Public Safety and Cyber Security for DoIT. Art is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Supply Chain Management.  He has over twelve (12) years of technical experience with the public safety environment and managing both union and non-union employees across multiple areas.

Art possess strong technical skills include radio management, Cyber Security, mobile technology, and desktop installation, as well as software and hardware maintenance. His responsibilities included, but were not limited to, managing Desktop Support, Mobility Support, Network Administration and Cyber Security Teams all of which he confidently championed.  Art began his career with DoIT as the Manager for Mobility Support.  His accomplishments as Manager further revealed his advanced technical skills and managerial abilities, which lead to his promotion to Director.  After serving nearly three (3) years as Director, he further excelled in management and in handling budgetary issues. Art’s vision, dedication, motivation, and commitment to the City of Detroit, ultimately lead to his appointed as CIO.

Starting his career in the emergency response sector, Art quickly learned how to operate in the rapidly changing and demanding medical field. Quickly rising through the ranks to grow and develop in the private industry. Frequently traveling and working with various partners across the Midwest to help grow companies thru technical advancements.

CIO Thompson is a result-driven, motivated and efficient technology professional. He is an effective communicator and presenter recommending solutions for top-level management. He is a resourceful big-picture thinker who confidently accomplishes business objectives through outstanding technical direction.  Art is a proactive and committed individual recognized for his multi-tasking ability and getting the job done!

Jennifer Tisdale

Jennifer Tisdale is the CEO at GRIMM, a cyber research firm headquartered in Reston, Virginia. She is a cyber-economics strategist recognized for building cybersecurity strategies and programs for industry, government, and academia. Her expertise has been concentrated on the security of connected Cyber-Physical Systems and technologies. Her portfolio includes expertise in Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT), Smart Cities development and planning, Critical Infrastructure and Advanced Transportation Mobility, including Connected & Automated Vehicles, Aerospace, and the securing of unmanned military platforms.

Previously, Jennifer was recognized for holding the first “mobility” job in the United States, serving as the Cyber-Mobility program strategist for the State of Michigan. Jennifer’s work created the foundation for Michigan’s economic strategy to band together automotive, defense and aerospace industries with embedded systems cybersecurity, charting a new economic development path for the state. In 2018, Jennifer was voted one of SC Magazine’s “Women to Watch” in Cybersecurity and advocates for increased diversity, equity, and inclusion in the industry. She values partnerships and the need to build trust in a zero-trust world.

Samir Tout, Ph.D.
Professor, Information Security and Applied Computing
Eastern Michigan University

Mr. Tout has a Ph.D. from Nova Southeastern University, MS from The University of Western Ontario and BS from The University of Western Ontario. He has been a professor with Eastern Michigan University since 2014. Prior to his career with EMU he was a software designer/developer as well as a system architect and security consultant.

He has more than 17 years of experience in the industry where he participated in and received recognition and awards for multiple successful security/software architecture and development projects. He is also an avid and longtime researcher, especially in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and in the last seven years: Vehicle/IoT Cybersecurity and Deep Learning.

Katherine Walther
Vice President of Innovation

Katherine Walther is the VP of Innovation at Trace3, where she transforms enterprise challenges into innovative solutions. Dedicated to disseminating information about the future of technology to IT leaders across a wide variety of domains. Pairing a unique combination of real-world technology experience with insight from the world’s largest venture capital firms, her focus is to deliver market trends in the key areas impacting industry leading organizations. Based out of Phoenix, Arizona Katherine leverages her 20 years of both tactical and strategic IT experience to help enterprises cut through the buzz words and tackle their toughest technical and business challenges.

Cheryl Wilson
Computer Science Consultant
Michigan Department of Education

As the Computer Science Consultant at the Michigan Department of Education, Cheryl Wilson works with K-12 school districts throughout the state of Michigan to implement computer science education, which includes computer science and cybersecurity topics. Her classroom teaching background includes thirteen years in middle school mathematics and K-8 computer science as well as nine years as a district technology consultant. She led the Cyber Curriculum and Training workgroup of the Cybersecurity Education and Workforce Framework (CEWF) that addressed awareness and building capacity of computer science and cybersecurity education in schools.

Ali Ziaee
Cyber Risk Services|Metaverse

Ali is leader who helps large technology and media organizations with their emerging Cyber Security and Privacy challenges. Over the last 13+ years, he has helped several Fortune 500 organizations strategize, reinvent, rethink, build and operationalize their Cyber Security & Privacy Programs.

His current focus is to help organizations develop their Cyber and Privacy focused Metaverse capabilities. He also works closely with some of the largest social media, advertising and technology organizations develop and roll out global programs designed to protect and appropriately enforce control over the (highly sensitive) data they need to share with their third and fourth parties.

Ali speaks often at leading industry events regarding emerging risks, complexities and potential solutions associated with handling and protection sensitive data. He also holds a Masters’ degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California (USC).

Breakout Session Speakers

Wolfgang Goerlich
Advisory CISO

Wolfgang Goerlich is an Advisory CISO for Cisco Secure. Prior to this role, he led IT and IT security in the healthcare and financial services verticals. Wolfgang has held VP positions at several consulting firms, leading advisory and assessment practices. He is an active part of the security community, co-founding and organizing security conferences and events. Wolfgang regularly advises on and presents on the topics of security architecture and design, identity and access management, data governance, secure development life cycles, zero-trust security, and more.

Greg Gogolin, Ph.D
Director of Cybersecurity & Data Science
Ferris State University

Dr. Gogolin is a full professor in Information Security and Intelligence at Ferris State University. Dr. Gogolin was the initial author of both the undergraduate and graduate degrees in Information Security and Intelligence, which are ranked in the top 25 nationally, as well as the undergraduate degree in Artificial Intelligence. He is a Distinguished Professor and Fulbright Scholar (Universidad de Chile 2013), and has taught Digital Forensics in Latin American, Asia and Europe. Dr. Gogolin has received funded research grants from the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and other organizations.  He has numerous publications and has presented at multiple conferences and locations within the United States and Internationally. He has testified in criminal and civil cases, and his research has been cited in the U.S. Supreme Court (Riley v. California). Dr. Gogolin has trained the entire cyber crime forces for the Policía de Investigaciones de Chile and the Policía Nacional del Perú.  His primary technical and research interests are Digital Forensics, Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence.

Chris Gough
Worldwide General Manager Intel Health & Life Sciences
Intel Americas, Inc.

Chris Gough is Worldwide General Manager for the Health & Life Sciences team at Intel. In this role, he leads a team of technology leaders and subject matter experts to develop solutions that use information and communication technology to transform the health and life sciences industry. He works with organizations and governments around the world to help make this digital transformation a reality. With over 15 years of industry experience, Chris brings deep healthcare and life sciences expertise along with a foundation in technology and its application to multiple industries. He’s been with Intel for over 20 years and has previously served as Chief Healthcare Solution Architect and both product and security architect in Intel’s Digital Health Division. He holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from the University of California at San Diego.

Levi Gundert
Senior Vice President of Global Intelligence
Recorded Future

Levi Gundert is an accomplished executive with 20+ years of experience working for financial services, tech start-ups, and law enforcement. Throughout his career, Levi has developed a unique skill set and has been recognized for his ability to blend his expertise in threat research, intelligence, and cyber security to identify, mitigate, and manage risk for both established and emerging companies on a global scale.

An industry leader, Levi has been tapped as a frequent invited speaker for conferences and events to deliver expertise on building cybersecurity programs to reduce risk. Levi is the author of multiple publications and white papers, including The Risk Business: What CISOs Need to Know about Risk-Based Cybersecurity.

Levi’s expertise is complemented by a Master of Science in Cybersecurity Risk Management from Indiana University. Additionally, Levi possesses a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Levi holds multiple security certifications including the CISSP, SSCP, and CEH.

Michel Hébert
Research Director
Info-Tech Research Group

Michel Hébert is a Research Director with Info-Tech Research Group's Security and Privacy practice. A skilled researcher and facilitator, Michel advises clients on how to develop security strategies, implement security incident management programs, and improve ransomware resilience. Before joining Info-Tech Research Group, Michel was faculty at Western University and Huron University College and served as a Commissioned Officer with the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Sohail Iqbal
Chief Information Security Officer

Sohail Iqbal is a distinctive cybersecurity leader and practitioner. Sohail has led to successful security practices and developed effective security programs. He has been instrumental in developing and maturing security practices as Head of Cybersecurity Operations at Dow Jones / WSJ, CISO at J2 Global, Head of Information Security at CarGurus and now CISO at Veracode. He also served as Director for MediaISSF (Media Industry Security Sharing Forum), a CISO-led board to share common cybersecurity challenges faced by Media Industry. He has also served on the Cybersecurity Advisory Council for Rutgers University, NJ. Sohail is an active member of many security conferences and seminars and contributes frequently to the cybersecurity community.

Terence Jackson
Chief Security Advisor

As a leader in the Cyber Security and IT space with more than 20 years of public and private sector experience, Terence Jackson currently serves as a Chief Security Advisor at Microsoft. Previously he served as the Chief Information Security and Privacy Officer at Thycotic Software (now called Dilinea) which was acquired by the Global Investment Firm TPG in 2021. He helps security leaders understand where to focus and the tools needed to address cyber threats and creates strategic plans to align cybersecurity efforts with varying levels of corporate risk.

An industry-acknowledged expert and public speaker, Terence is regularly invited to speak and share his insights by some of the largest and most respected organizations in the world including Forbes, Dark Reading, BrightTalk,  Cloud Security Alliance, SC Magazine, InfoSec Magazine, Tech News World, The Guardian, Hedge Fund Monthly and Spectrum News. He has been recognized by Cyber Defense Magazine in 2020 and 2021 as a Top CISO award recipient.

Terence is passionate about serving others by helping them develop their careers in IT and Cybersecurity.

He’s been a successful advocate for mentoring and hiring people of color and women into the field. In 2022, Terence earned an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security & Data Privacy from Albany Law School. Since then, he’s become an ambassador for the program and partners with Albany to showcase and advocate for the skills needed in today’s dynamic and ever-changing cyber landscape.

When not studying and learning about all things tech, Terence is a proud Christian, husband, and father of two. He serves his church congregation in the Audio-Visual Ministry and is actively involved as an alumnus of Howard University’s School of Business, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts. For fun, Terence is an avid Marvel Comics Universe fan, and you can find him every autumn Saturday afternoon rooting for the University of Alabama football team.

Preston Jennings
VP, Information Security & Chief Information Security Officer
Trinity Health

Preston is a well rounded security executive with over 25 years experience dealing with information risk and security related issues impacting Fortune 500 companies. He has in depth experience addressing the complex business and compliance related problems faced by businesses today.

Preston is responsible for a wide range of activities including executive communication, strategy development, budget management, staffing acquisition and retention, and sponsorship of enterprise wide initiatives. He has built a program that addresses all facets of the information risk and security, including: Creation of a state of the art Cyber Fusion Center; Redefinition of the endpoint and server security model; Governance of firm information security policies and controls; Implementation of security program to support analysis, investigation and remediation of security threats; Management of an firm wide information vendor security compliance program;

Ownership of a broad range of risk and security compliance related activities (Internal Audit, Internal Controls over Financial Reporting, etc.); and Specialties: Information Security, Cyber Security, Privacy, Compliance, Identity Management.

Sean McKeever
Program Manager

Sean McKeever Is a Program Manager and Security Researcher at GRIMM, previously he worked as a Cybersecurity Architect at global automotive OEM where he secured advanced transportation mobility platforms and served as the company’s Bug Bounty Program Manager. Outside of Sean’s employment, he co-founded the Detroit chapter of the Automotive Security Research Group (ASRG), developed the RoboCar Platform, and contributed to CTFs at DEFCON, GRRCon, Converge and BSides Detroit.

Kevin McLaughlin, Ph.D.
Vice President, CyberSecurity, CyberRisk and IT Compliance

Dr. Kevin L. McLaughlin, PhD, Certified CISO, CISM, CISSP, PMP, ITIL Master, GIAC-GSLC, CRISC - A U.S. Army veteran who proudly served and a prior U.S. Special Agent, Dr. Kevin L. McLaughlin has compiled over 39 years of Law Enforcement, Corporate & Cyber Security experiences. Kevin has had an interesting career during which he’s been involved in creating three Global Cyber Security Programs, Global Security Operations Centers & designing & implementing the Global Cyber Security Architecture for three Fortune 300 companies. Dr. McLaughlin has also led over 800 Global cyber investigations, was a SWAT team leader, conducted Federal anti-terrorism activities & has provides solid executive management for global Cyber and Corporate Security teams. Kevin is an expert in Executive protection, securing Critical Manufacturing, Manufacturing, Consumer Goods and Health Care environments.

Michele Myauo, Ph.D
North America Public Service Security Lead

Michele Lynn-Moore Myauo, Ph.D., is a cybersecurity and IT executive, author, speaker, and professor. Myauo has over 20 yrs. experience leading cybersecurity, IT systems engineering and services business execution globally across academia, industry, and government, including the U.S. Intelligence Community and departments such as Commerce, Defense, Energy, Homeland Security, and State.

At Accenture Myauo is a Managing Director leading the North America Public Service Security Industry focused on empowering state and local governments, educational institutions and non-profits in rapidly adopting secure and resilient cybersecurity solutions to innovate and achieve more sustainably.

Prior to Accenture, Myauo worked at Microsoft, leading the Azure Global Special Capabilities Infrastructure and Innovation Cybersecurity group.  She was also Director of Cybersecurity Services Delivery for the Global Secure Infrastructure practice for the company. Michele also worked at IBM holding various leadership positions in cybersecurity, and George Washington University as a professor with a focus on cybersecurity policy and compliance.

Myauo holds a Doctorate in systems engineering from The George Washington University, a M.S. in industrial and organization psychology from University of Baltimore, and a B.S. in psychology from Bethany College.

Sam North
Detective Sergeant
Michigan State Police

D/Sgt. Sam North is an enlisted member of the Michigan State Police. D/Sgt. North joined the Michigan State Police in 2014. Detective Sergeant North served at the Lansing Post as a trooper and human trafficking subject matter expert, the Diversion Investigation Unit, and the First District Cold Case Team prior to his current position with the Michigan Cyber Command Center, where he conducts investigations into cybersecurity related criminal activity.

MK Palmore
Director, Office of the CISO
Google Cloud

MK Palmore currently serves as Director, Office of the CISO, for Google Cloud. His responsibilities include support of strategic customers engaged in a digital transformation journey. Prior to joining Google Cloud, MK served as the Field Chief Security Officer (Americas) for Palo Alto Networks. MK spent an extensive career in the U.S. Federal Government prior to entering the private sector. In a 22-year career in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), MK provided leadership and conducted investigations in a number of areas including Cybersecurity, Crisis Response/Management, Risk Management Advisory, and Counter-Terrorism. MK’s cybersecurity certifications include the CISM, CISSP, GCCC and the Carnegie Mellon University CISO Certification. He earned a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy and an MBA from Pepperdine University, Graziadio Business School. MK began his professional career as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.

James R. Parry, Jr.
Senior Vice President
Mason McBride

With 35 years of experience in the insurance industry, Jamie specializes in insurance risk management, placement, and consulting services for large and small businesses, especially in the healthcare, technology, manufacturing, and financial services sectors. In addition, Jamie has held senior management roles in sales, business development, strategic alliances, and marketing.

For the first 15 years his career, he worked for Sedgwick and then Meadowbrook Insurance Group, two of the largest insurance brokers in the United States.

Then in 2000, Jamie established the Detroit office for Summit Global Partners, Inc. (SGP), a large independent agency headquartered in Dallas, Texas. At SGP, he was involved in all facets of office establishment: administration, insurance carrier negotiations, and, most importantly, business development.

Known as a practice leader in SGP's Healthcare and Technology divisions (national/local levels) with insurance carriers. Jamie also developed robust affinity programs for physician organizations, the United States Postal Lessors Association, and an exclusive employment practices liability (EPL) program for 1000+members of a human resources consulting group.

In 2005 when SGP was sold to USI, Jamie established Summit Risk Management of Michigan and New Jersey. In 2006, Summit Risk Management joined forces with Mason-McBride, an independent agency established in 1916.

Various groups and clients have asked Jamie to speak on trending topics such as Cyber Security, Cyber Liability Insurance and its effects on Business, and No-Fault Auto Reform in Michigan.

Vinesh Prasanna Manoharan
Customer Engineer Lead

Vinesh is a cybersecurity practitioner, leading a customer engineering team at Google. He is a developer/trouble maker on the cloud open source team and an ambassador of the Google For Startups program. Hs is the one Developers yell at when the platform isn't working how they want; Also the one the engineers yell at when the developers aren't using it right. He helps customers stay safe, innovate & continually thrive in a digital world by harnessing the power of software.

Robin Purnell
Senior Security Engineer
Trend Micro

Robin Purnell recently moved to the United States from the United Kingdom with Trend Micro where he is now working as a Senior Security Engineer. He has 15 years’ experience working within cyber security helping customers across many disciplines from end user, workload & cloud and network solutions. Robin has worked with local and central governments and global organizations helping them develop strategies to cope with the evolving threat landscape. Recently Robin has been focused on helping customers utilize Trend Micro security solutions to improve visibility, asses risk and respond appropriately”

Kasey Thompson, Ph.D.
Ferris State University

Dr. Kasey Thompson earned a Ph.D. in Values-Driven Leadership from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL and joined the Ferris State University’s College of Business in 2017. Dr. Thompson has over twenty-five years of professional experience including leading Global strategic initiatives for McDonald’s Corporation where she served as the Director of Global Menu Strategy. Dr. Thompson led platform innovation teams for the 35,000 restaurants globally as a strategic director for the world’s 90th largest economy. Most notably, Dr. Thompson co-wrote the full strategic marketing plan for Redbox, the world’s first fully automated DVD system.

Dr. Thompson is the Owner of Pendulum Publishing, a consulting firm in Big Rapids, Michigan and the Co-Owner of Fatty C's Dog House restaurant also in Big Rapids.

Dr. Thompson serves on multiple community boards including as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Big Rapids, MI.

Dr. Thompson is the author of Fall Down, Gritty Up: The Unconventional Mental Map for Becoming Your Own Hero and is passionate about crisis management, leadership, ethics, and entrepreneurship with research interests in trust and trust-related phenomena in organizations.

Carlos Valarezo
North America SASE Sales Leader, Public Sector
Palo Alto Networks

Carlos Valarezo is the SASE Sales Specialist leader for Palo Alto Networks US Public Sector organization. Carlos has been in the Cybersecurity industry for 17+ years and has been closely aligned with Public Sector customers for 14+ years. Carlos specializes in solving complex business problems with Cloud and SaaS adoption in the areas of Threat Protection, Data Security and Application Governance that impact Public Service, Government and Education Constituents.