Our Team

Our events, programs and benefits would not be possible without our Executive Committee and Board of Governors. Get to know them below.

Ambareen Siraj

Dr. Ambareen Siraj, WiCyS Founder, Executive Committee Board Member

DIRECTOR, CYBERSECURITY EDUCATION, RESEARCH AND OUTREACH CENTER, TENNESSEE TECH UNIVERSITY

Dr. Ambareen Siraj is a professor of Computer Science and the founding director of Tennessee Tech’s Cybersecurity Education, Research and Outreach Center (CEROC). She has served as the leader on several NSF and NSA education and workforce development grants. She has secured external grants totaling $7.6 million through 2020.

Siraj’s efforts to educate students and enhance the cybersecurity field of study goes beyond classes, research, outreach projects, workshops and conferences. She is very passionate about training the next generation of cybersecurity professionals, and encouraging women and other minorities to pursue an education in Computer Science and other STEM programs.

Dr. Siraj’s research focus is on security in cyber-physical systems, Internet of Things, situation assessment in network security, security education and workforce development. She has authored or co-authored more than 50 publications.

She is a frequent speaker in various cybersecurity conferences on topics ranging from education, curriculum, workforce development, outreach, security issues & solutions for cyber-physical systems to diversity and inclusion in cybersecurity.

Dr. Siraj is recipient of the ­Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education Exceptional Leadership in Education Award in 2018 and ABET Claire L. Felbinger Award for Diversity and Inclusion in 2020.

Find Dr. Siraj’s testimony to Congress titled “Developing the U.S. Cybersecurity Workforce” HERE where she addressed the Congressional House Committee on Science and Technology and the Subcommittee on Research and Technology in 2020.

Learn more about Dr. Siraj

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Lynn Dohm

Lynn Dohm, Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS)

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Lynn Dohm brings more than 25 years of organizational and leadership experience to the WiCyS team. She has successfully collaborated with businesses, nonprofits and NSF-funded grants and helped produce outcomes that aligned with their cybersecurity business goals. As a solution- oriented strategist, Lynn focuses on nonprofits by facilitating process improvements, coordinating project management and using resourceful operations to achieve strategic objectives.

Lynn has long been committed to cybersecurity education and for the last 14 years held active roles in grant-funded programs and nonprofits that assist in providing educational solutions for the cybersecurity workforce. She is passionate about the need for diverse mindsets, skill sets and perspectives to solve problems that never previously existed and aims to facilitate learning opportunities and discussions on leading with inclusion, equity and allyship. Lynn lives each day fulfilled as she continues to crusade, along with the strong and committed community of women, allies and advocates within the WiCyS organization, to bridge the cybersecurity workforce gap and improve the recruitment, retention and advancement of women in cybersecurity. 

In addition to Lynn being awarded Top 100 Women in Cybersecurity by Cyber Defense Magazine, she accepted the Nonprofit of the Year Award for WiCyS in 2020 and 2021, is on numerous cybersecurity judging panels, advisory boards, and is an inaugural member of (ISC)2’s DEI Task Force. She has been interviewed on TV and radio throughout the nation and is a keynote presenter, panelist and moderator for multiple international conferences, events and organizations.

Lynn Dohm

Morgan Garland, Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS)

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Morgan Garland brings a background in event planning and non-profit work to the WiCyS team. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Illinois University. Her undergraduate studies are in Psychology and Sociology. Prior to her work with WiCyS, Morgan worked for the American Cancer Society working with volunteers to help drive the mission and raise funds to end the fight against cancer.

In her role with WiCyS, Morgan is responsible for implementing programs, projects and activities designed to increase, retain and support members within the communities of the nonprofit.

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Charquetta McCoy, Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS)

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT/HUMAN RESOURCES

Charquetta McCoy is a recent graduate of Capella University with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources. Prior to joining WiCyS, she  lived in Houston, TX for five years and was able to gain professional experience from her work as a Medical Assistant, Client Service Representative and through volunteering at Senior living facilities. She is excited to utilize her transferable skills to assist with the growth and development of the WiCyS organization. 

 

Lynn Dohm

Lana Richardson, Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS)

COMMUNITY CARE MANAGER

Lana Richardson serves as the financial associate for Tennessee Tech’s CyberSecurity Education, Research and Outreach Center (CEROC).  Her responsibilities include: managing the financial operations of the center, its grants program and event planning.  Lana has extensive experience in institutional proposal development and pricing, training, program development, and supervision from her 17 years with GTE/Verizon. 

As WiCyS Community Care Manager, Lana handles the operational aspects of WiCyS affiliates.  She also manages communications and logistics for conference sponsors in preparation of the annual conference.   Lana also serves as the bookkeeper for the WiCys organization as well as the “and other duties” and “go to” person for the staff.  

Lynn Dohm

Jessica Robinson, Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS)

vCISO

Jessica Robinson is CEO of PurePoint International, and the brand Consciously Secure Living, helping CEOs and C-level leaders bridge the gap among data security, cyber risk and privacy. PurePoint International provides cybersecurity consulting and training for financial services, insurance and other middle market global companies with start-up to $350M in revenue. Jessica’s vision to create a different kind of security company has earned the company and award for International Affairs and Women’s Security from Jaycees Philippines-New York Chapter for their work with Consciously Secure Living. Jessica is also on the board of the authentication technology company Netlok, Board Chair of World Pulse and co-leads the Racial Equity Committee for Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS).

Lynn Dohm

Peter Baldwin, Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS)

vCFO

Peter is a pioneer and thought leader in the Fractional CFO Services Industry, having spent nearly 20 years upgrading the operational finance and accounting departments in over 32 privately held, family-owned businesses in a variety of industries including manufacturing, distribution, professional services, and entertainment.

He is the author of Profit Peak for Entrepreneurs and host of the show of the same name. His next book to be released in 2021 is titled: Winning in Business: Seven Leadership Secrets from the Battlefield. He is a former Big 4 management consultant and a frequent presenter at industry associations seeking his strategic finance and enterprise leadership expertise. Peter received his business degree from Brigham Young University and an M.B.A. from the University of Oregon.

He enjoys studying history with an emphasis on Central European History. He is fluent in Hungarian. Married with four children, Peter enjoys rugged outdoor activities as well as tennis and basketball.

WiCyS Board of Governors

Dr. Janell Straach

Dr. Janell Straach, Chair of the Board, Executive Committee Board Member

FACULTY, RICE UNIVERSITY

Dr. Janell Straach has a diverse background including academic and industry experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science in CS degree from Angelo State University, a Master of Computer Science degree from Texas A&M University, an MBA from The University of Dallas and a Masters and PhD from UT Dallas.  Her PhD research was in intelligent systems and recent work has focused on CyberSecurity.  Prior to her current assignment with Rice University, she was a member of the faculty at UT Dallas in Richardson, TX.  Before her academic assignments, she worked in industry for IBM and a large electric/gas utility organization. She has taught at the college, university and corporate level.  Janell’s passion is recruiting and retaining females into technology careers.

Video Link: Dr. Janell Straach – Meet the Prof

Dr. Costis Toregas

Dr. Costis Toregas, Treasurer, Executive Committee Board Member

DIRECTOR, CYBER SECURITY AND PRIVACY RESEARCH INSTITUTE, GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Dr. Costis Toregas is the Director of the Cyber Security and Privacy Research Institute at The George Washington University, where he manages scholarship programs and research projects in cybersecurity. His research interests include workforce development, the role of insurance in cyber risk management, and exploring a fuller utilization of Community Colleges in the cybersecurity work force strategies.  He is the IT Adviser to the Montgomery County MD County Council, a board member of the National Cyber League and a consultant for the National Cybersecurity Training and Education Center. He is a respected consultant to national governments and intergovernmental organizations, and a much sought-after speaker on the impact of technology in government and society. Dr. Toregas has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Environmental Systems Engineering from Cornell University.

Dr. Dawn M. Beyer

Dr. Dawn M. Beyer

SENIOR FELLOW, LOCKHEED MARTIN SPACE

Dr. Dawn Beyer is a Lockheed Martin (LM) Senior Fellow. She has over 30 years of experience covering cybersecurity, security engineering, systems engineering, and military intelligence. She recently led the development and implementation of the LM Cyber Resiliency Level® (CRL®) framework as a standard way to measure the cyber resiliency maturity of weapon systems.

Dr. Beyer is a strategic leader in LM and Industry. She provides leadership with the visibility into strategy, workforce talent, technology, capabilities, risks, policy, and opportunities. At LM, Dr. Beyer is the LM Cybersecurity Fellows Action Team Chair and the LM Strategic Technology Advisor for Cyber. She founded and was the first Chair of the LM Women’s Fellows Network (WFN). The goal of WFN is to attract, develop, and retain women in top talent initiatives. She also engages in industry exchanges and Co-chairs the Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center Information Sharing Working Group. Dr. Beyer is on the Board of Governors with the Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) organization.

Dr. Beyer is a retired Air Force Intelligence Officer with 24 years of service. She is a recipient of the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award for the College of Engineering and Computing—highest and most prestigious honor NSU bestows upon its graduates. Dr. Beyer was recognized by SC Magazine as a “Women in Security: PowerPlayer” in cybersecurity.

Dr. Beyer earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University, Master of Science in Information Systems from Hawaii Pacific University, and Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland University College. She maintains the following certifications: Project Management Institute’s Program Management Professional (PMP) ®, (ISC) 2 ’s Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) ® and Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP) ®, and ISACA’s Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) ®.

WiCyS Board Member, Dr. Dawn Beyer, from Lockheed Martin – Lockheed Launches New Weapons Cybersecurity Strategy

Jenn Henley

Jenn Henley

VICE PRESIDENT, INFRASTRUCTURE AT FACEBOOK

Jenn Henley is Vice President, Infrastructure at Facebook supporting a global organization of Technical Program Managers.  This organization partners to maintain and advance Facebook’s Infrastructure in creative and strategic ways, balancing fast execution with long term strategy and vision.  Jenn also created, spearheaded, and is one of the executive sponsors of Facebook’s Return to Work Program.  This program works to support those who have taken a two year or more break in their career reentering the workforce.

Previously, Jenn worked in the Information Security team within Facebook as Security Operations Director.  In this role, Jenn was responsible for strategic leadership and planning across the entire Security department along with leading and deploying the Security mission, strategy, and vision across all of Facebook and externally.  In addition, she was responsible for all day to day operations of the department including budgeting, hiring, communications, and operating rhythms to drive the heartbeat of the team.

Jenn has also served as Chief of the Staff to the CISO at PayPal and the CIO at eBay, Inc prior to joining Facebook.

Jenn graduated from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, CA with a BA in Communications, and holds an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from BayPath University.

Prajakta Jagdale

Prajakta Jagdale

SENIOR MANAGER, INFORMATION SECURITY, PALO ALTO NETWORKS

Prajakta Jagdale (PJ) manages the Red Team program at Palo Alto Networks and is focused on ensuring the security of the company’s infrastructure. Her red teaming success can be attributed to the 7+ years as an application security researcher at Hewlett-Packard. During this period, her research on vulnerabilities in web technologies like JAVA, SQL, Flash, HTML5 and others contributed towards a software product designed to mimic a human hacker.  Then as a product security architect at Intuit, she spent her time identifying and demonstrating, to architects and engineers, the exploitable security flaws in designs of complex, large-scale network and software infrastructures responsible for delivering the financial, accounting and tax preparation services.

Over the years, Prajakta has had the opportunity to present her work at several security conferences including Black Hat Federal, RSA Europe, Shmoocon, InfoSec World and others.

Diana Kelley

Diana Kelley

FOUNDER AND CTO, SECURITYCURVE

Diana Kelley’s security career spans over 30 years. She is Co-Founder and CTO of SecurityCurve and donates much of her time to volunteer work in the cybersecurity community, including serving on the ACM Ethics & Plagiarism Committee, as CTO and Board member at Sightline Security, Board member and Inclusion Working Group champion at WiCyS, Cybersecurity Committee Advisor at CompTIA, and RSAC US Program Committee. Diana produces the #MyCyberWhy series, hosts BrightTALK’s The Security Balancing Act, and is a Principal Consulting Analyst with TechVision Research and a member of The Analyst Syndicate. She was the Cybersecurity Field CTO for Microsoft, Global Executive Security Advisor at IBM Security, GM at Symantec, VP at Burton Group (now Gartner), and a Manager at KPMG. She is a sought after keynote speaker, the co-author of the books Practical Cybersecurity Architect and Cryptographic Libraries for Developers, has been a lecturer at Boston College’s Masters program in cybersecurity, the EWF 2020 Executive of the Year, and one of Cybersecurity Ventures 100 Fascinating Females Fighting Cybercrime.

Jay Koehler

Jay Koehler

SOFTWARE ENGINEERING MANAGER – AI SERVICES AT RED HAT

Jay Koehler is a cyber security professional with 20 years of experience at Cisco in technology and people. Jay’s career started as a software engineer and grew into a senior manager of cyber software engineer.

With her unique experiences and backgrounds, and early on realizing there was a need for more diversity in the world of tech, she transitioned her focus to diversity, equity and Inclusion (DEI). Jay implemented her vision to bring a holistic DEI and talent strategy program to the Security and Trust Organization at Cisco. In this role, she focused on cultivating, recruiting, and developing security talent, while also working towards an environment that fostered inclusion and belonging to all. Jay addressed challenges faced by women in the workplace, created support for early in career, developed programs to bridge the cyber skill gaps, and was a valued consultant to c-suite and executive leaders on DEI and talent strategies that spanned the broader enterprise.

Jay’s passion for people, diversity, and helping others is evident in her support of Women in Cybersecurity, Diversity Women’s Leadership, Athena of the Triangle, and Women Business
Collaborative.

Jay has a a master’s degree in computer science and a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Tennessee.

Allison Miller

Allison Miller

CHIEF INFORMATION SECURITY OFFICER AND SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AT UNITEDHEALTH GROUP/OPTUM

Allison Miller serves as the Vice President of UnitedHealth Group’s Global Enterprise Information Security Office. Allison has accountability for the Enterprise Information Security Officers for the Group, Security Incident Response/Technical Investigations, Security Policy and Global Cyber Regulatory Programs. In her existing role, Allison has developed a global security framework for the enterprise with a focus towards patient safety, security of clinical operations and a global cyber crisis response plan.

Prior to her role with the Global Enterprise Information Security Office, Allison served as the Director of National Healthcare Compliance for UnitedHealthcare, Chief Privacy Officer for OptumHealth and Deputy Privacy Officer, National Privacy Director for UnitedHealthcare.

In addition to Privacy and Security, Allison has over 20 years of experience in health information systems and crisis management. During her tenure at UnitedHealth Group, Allison developed systems to identify the gaps in care and predict health outcomes for individuals with chronic conditions. Allison is a volunteer EMT and First Responder in the State of Louisiana serving residents during Hurricanes Katrina and Isaac. Most recently, Allison had the privilege of serving Refugees in Greece providing healthcare support to the clinics on the frontlines.

Allison’s undergraduate (BA) studies were in Political Science and Sociology; she has completed Executive Education & Management post-college at Wharton, Kellogg Executive Education and MIT Sloan. She was part of the cohort that authored and attained the ISC2 Healthcare Information Security and Privacy Professional Certification and holds her HCISSP, in addition to holding certifications from GIAC, ISACA, HCCS and other technology areas of focus beyond security.

Allison continues to volunteer her time across organizations to help raise the level awareness regarding emerging cyber security landscape and the threats they present to patient care globally.

Allison is ranked #7 by IFSEC Global 

Noureen Njoroge

Noureen Njoroge

DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL CYBER THREAT INTELLIGENCE AT NIKE, INC.

Noureen Njoroge is a passionate Cybersecurity Professional with vast experience in multi-faceted, complex, fast-paced environments in the public and private sector. She is a strategic thinker with vast knowledge of business management & Cybersecurity practices. She has proven leadership experience on issues concerning Security and Data Privacy. Noureen demonstrates consistent client & business success by delivering strategic solutions, applies creativity and judgement, to effectively negotiate mitigation solutions and proactive threats prevention. She thrives in leading high-performance teams and is currently the Global Director of Cyber Threat Intelligence at NIKE.

Noureen is an astute problem solver, an effective translator between technical and non-technical entities in Cybersecurity. She is a Global keynote speaker, Award winner of 2021 Cybersecurity woman supporter, listed among Top Global Influencers in Cybersecurity by Europe IFSEC, awarded Global Cybersecurity Ambassador by Rocheston, 2020 Cybersecurity Woman of the year, named 2019 Cisco Cybersecurity Champion, and is listed among the Top 30 Most Admired Minority Professionals in Cybersecurity in UK.

Noureen is a people leader and very passionate about mentoring others. She sets an example for others to follow in her hard work to keep ahead of the pack in a rapidly changing industry, her commitment to generously share insights on an ongoing basis, and her desire to help clients protect their business and their data in a complex and uncertain world. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from the University of Massachusetts (UMASS) and is a graduate of the Cybersecurity program at (MIT).

Noureen is ranked #3 as Cyber Security Professionals by IFSEC Global (https://www.ifsecglobal.com/global/influencers-in-security-and-fire-2021/)

Noureen Njoroge

DR. GREG SHANNON

CHIEF SCIENTIST, CERT® DIVISION, SOFTWARE ENGINEERING INSTITUTE (SEI), CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY

Dr. Greg Shannon is a computer scientist with diverse experience and a leading expert in science, technology, and policy for cybersecurity. He recently served in the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy as the Assistant Director for Cybersecurity Strategy and has testified before Congress on cybersecurity, science for security, critical infrastructure, resilience, and cyber threats. He served as the first Chair of IEEE’s Cybersecurity Initiative and the General Chair for the 2015 IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy.

Dr. Shannon received a BS in Computer Science from Iowa State University with minors in Mathematics, Economics, and Statistics. He earned his MS and PhD in Computer Sciences at Purdue University, with a fellowship from the Packard Foundation.

Noureen Njoroge

Marian Merritt

DEPUTY DIRECTOR AND LEAD FOR INDUSTRY ENGAGEMENT, NATIONAL INITIATIVE FOR CYBERSECURITY EDUCATION (NICE), NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Marian Merritt is the Deputy Director for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)/ U.S. Department of Commerce. Her areas of focus include workforce management, apprenticeship, and small business cybersecurity. Marian has over 24 years of experience working in the cybersecurity industry, with experience in product management, corporate website management, family online safety programs and corporate philanthropy. She previously was with Symantec Corporation as their Director of Cyber Education and Online Safety Programs.

Marian attended Boston University’s Questrom School of Business for her undergraduate degree and holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.