Biographies: Welcome to Our TALK Cybersecurity Summit Speakers

TALK Cybersecurity Summit 2017 Date: June 15, 2017
Speaker Biographies To Review and Contacts

Rodney Petersen, Director of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE)

Rodney Petersen is the director of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce. He previously served as the Managing Director of the EDUCAUSE Washington Office and a Senior Government Relations Officer. He founded and directed the EDUCAUSE Cybersecurity Initiative and was the lead staff liaison for the Higher Education Information Security Council.
Prior to joining EDUCAUSE, he worked at two different times for the University of Maryland – first as Campus Compliance Officer in the Office of the President and later as the Director of IT Policy and Planning in the Office of the Vice President and Chief Information Officer. He also completed one year of federal service as an Instructor in the Academy for Community Service for AmeriCorps’ National Civilian Community Corps. He is the co-editor of a book entitled “Computer and Network Security in Higher Education”. He received his law degree from Wake Forest University and bachelor’s degrees in political science and business administration from Alma College. He was awarded a certificate as an Advanced Graduate Specialist in Education Policy, Planning, and Administration from the University of Maryland.

Chris Goggans, VP/Senior Security Engineer, PatchAdvisor,

In 1991, Chris Goggans started one of the first companies to ever provide comprehensive penetration testing/vulnerability assessment services. He has examined hundreds of networks in every industry sector, in dozens of countries.

Robert Brown, Attorney-At-Law, Lynch, Cox, Gillman and Goodman,

Robert Brown practices law at Lynch, Cox, Gillman, and Goodman, where he advises on trade, investments, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures for U.S. companies and foreign companies’ operations in the U.S., including manufacturing, distribution, sales, retail and wholesale operations.
For the past 20 years, he has worked closely with companies as an investment banker and attorney, serving both in-house and as an outside advisor, worked in Louisville, London, New York City, Tokyo, San Francisco and San Diego. Robert is admitted as an attorney in New York, Washington, D.C., California and Kentucky, and is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and in Hong Kong. From 1991-1993 he was admitted as a foreign lawyer in Japan.
He has two Ph.D. degrees. The first was from Cambridge University and studied Japanese privatization, while the second one was from The London School of Economics and Political Science and dealt with Indonesian legal reforms and creditor relations. He also has a Master’s degree from Jochi University in Tokyo, and an Advanced Accounting Certificate from Bellarmine University. Recently, he completed an LL.M from the University of London in international trade and development. During three years of law school, he earned J.D., M.B.A. and Masters Degrees from the University of Louisville. Robert has taught law and economics courses at the law schools of the University of San Francisco and University of California Berkeley, as well as accounting, business, economic and finance courses at the school of business of Bellarmine University, where he served as dean from 2015-16.
He is the author of many books, including:
• The Concise Guide to Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures. Palgrave/Macmillan. 2007.
• Emerging Companies. ABA. 2005. 2010.
• Buying a Business. Aspatore. 2013.

He also serves as an officer and a board member of many organizations, including:
• Section of International Law, American Bar Association, Vice Chair
• District Export Council of Kentucky and Southern Indian, Chair
• National District Export Council, Chair

Kevin Nolten, Mr. Kevin Nolten, M.B.A., Director of Academic Outreach,
Cyber Innovation Center, National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC),

Kevin Nolten serves as Director of Academic Outreach activities for the Cyber Innovation Center, headquartered in Bossier City, Louisiana. In this role, he is responsible for the operations of the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC) where he oversees the development and distribution of STEM, cyber, and computer science curricula, professional development, and other resources for K-12 educators, school systems, and state departments of education across the country. Kevin’s passion and visionary philosophy empowers educators and school systems with resources and confidence to transform classrooms into 21st century learning environments. Prior to joining the Cyber Innovation Center, Kevin served as an Assistant Principal of a K-8 school in Louisiana. Kevin is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master’s in Business Administration.

Scott U’Sellis, IT/Media Arts Program Consultant, Kentucky Department of Education
Office of Career and Technical Education,

Scott U’Sellis serves as the IT/Media Arts Program Consultant for the Kentucky Department of Education in Frankfort, Kentucky. In this role in the Office of Career and Technical Education (OCTE), he is responsible for working with business and industry partners and other stakeholders to develop standards, courses, and career pathways for use in IT and Media Arts programs in schools throughout Kentucky. Scott’s educational philosophy is connected to the core belief that students’ best interests should be at the center of every decision made. He believes in the power of new and emerging technologies to transform education in regard to how students engage with one another and learn in the 21st century. Prior to joining the Kentucky Department of Education, Scott served as both a Business and IT secondary teacher in Shelby County, Kentucky. Scott is a graduate of Sullivan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Business and Marketing Education from the University of Louisville.

Ryan Deal, Business and IT College and Career Readiness Specialist, Jefferson County Public Schools,
Ryan Deal is the business and IT College and Career Readiness Specialist at Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, KY. He facilitates teacher training, helps design and implement curriculum, and supports business and IT career pathways. He also works with business, industry, labor, and post-secondary institutions to create partnerships with Jefferson County Public Schools. Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in Telecommunications and a Master’s degree from Bellarmine University in Applied Information Technology.

Daniel Spector, Co-Founder and Principal, Simon-Everett,

Daniel Spector is a co-founder and principal at Simon Everett, an analytic design firm. Simon Everett conducts objective, expert-led research to enable strategic planning on issues related to economic development, international affairs, and technology. On behalf of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Simon Everett recently completed the state’s first-ever cybersecurity industry study. Simon Everett’s clients include the US Trade and Development Agency, the Department of State, and small businesses in the information technology, defense, and manufacturing sectors.

Prior to Simon Everett, Dan served in account management and senior analytic roles for small and large organizations alike. Dan was the business area manager for the US-based Cyber and Information Sharing practice at Detica, a BAE Systems company. Dan also served as Director of Planning and Engagement at the Washington Cyber Roundtable, a non-profit dedicated to constructive public-private dialogue on cybersecurity issues.

Dan received his bachelor’s degree in international politics from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Dawn Marie Yankeelov, President/Founder, Aspectx And Executive Director & CEO, Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky, and

Dawn Marie Yankeelov is president of US-based Aspectx specializing in business strategy, competitive intelligence, marketing, and public relations for growth technology companies, and technology-driven corporations. As a marketing and public relations practitioner for 30+ years, she has counseled many companies and organizations on their marketing needs and executed effective campaigns in targeted, select markets–using internet tools and traditional methodologies.

Aspectx has added advocacy and public policy work in DC to its list of service areas in recent years. As executive director of the area tech council for Kentucky called TALK (Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky), Dawn has championed the adoption of federal cyber education curricula for K-12 for the state of Kentucky this year and the beginning of a rollout will occur in 2017 for state school districts.

She is active in CompTIA, the largest US IT trade association, as well TECNA (Tech Councils of America). She also contributed to the American Bar Association’s Emerging Businesses Series for 2005 and 2010, handbooks for companies in growth sectors. In recent years, she has focused on competitive intelligence related to cybersecurity, mobile applications, and training. Her articles on tech topics have appeared over the years in various publications, including Louisville Business First, Tech Republic, MedCityNews, InformationToday, Electronic House, and The Lane Report.

Kevin Hofstra, Chief Technology Officer, Metova CyberCENTS,
Kevin Hofstra has over a decade of experience within DoD Cyber Operations, including the Air Force Network Integration Center (AFNIC), 38th Cyberspace Readiness Squadron (38 CYRS), 835th Cyber Operations Squadron (835 COS) and the Air Force Cyber Protection Teams (CPTs). Prior to joining Metova he led the development of the SCOPE Genesis component of the AF Cyber Vulnerability Assessment/Hunter Weapon System and helped build the first AF CPTs at Scott AFB. In his current role, Mr. Hofstra leads the development of the Metova Cyberoperations Enhanced Network and Training Simulators (CENTS®) product portfolio used for cyber training for DoD, Federal, and Commercial customers. In 2016, he led the Metova delivery of the Air National Guard’s Virtual Interconnected Training Environment (VITE), Navy Cyber Operations Training Simulator (NCOTS) and Army Cyber Battlefield Operating System Simulation Tools for LVC Simulations SIBR (CyberBOSS). His background includes a BS – Computer Science from Yale and two MEs – Telecommunications & Engineering Management from the University of Colorado.
Kevin has a strong technical background with certifications that include: CISSP (ISC2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional), CAP (ISC2 Certified Authorization Professional), CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker), Cisco (CCIE #14619, CCDP, CCNP, CCNP Security), Microsoft (MCSE 2012, 2008, 2003, NT 4.0), VCP-NV (VMware Certified Professional – Network Virtualization), Project Management Professional (PMP) and Six Sigma Black Belt (SSBB). Kevin also serves as the Communications Sector Chief for the Denver FBI InfraGard and is a strong advocate for public/private/academic partnerships and information sharing.

KY Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton (Executive Operations: LeMaster, Ruth (Gov Office)

On November 8, 2015, Jenean Hampton was elected as Kentucky’s 57th Lt. Governor on a ticket with now Governor Matt Bevin. Lt. Gov. Hampton became the first African-American in Kentucky history to hold statewide office and the fourth woman to serve as Lt. Gov.

Lt. Gov. Hampton holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and an MBA with concentrations in marketing, entrepreneurship, and e-commerce. She served for 7 years in the United States’ Air Force and has 25 years of experience in manufacturing, including the automotive and packaging industries.

The Lt. Gov. is focusing her efforts on what she is calling the 4 E’s: Entrepreneurship, Education, Emergency preparedness, and being an Example. She is also working on the Lt. Governor’s Challenge Series, which currently includes the Entrepreneurship Challenge and the Bluegrass Book Buddies Challenge.

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About Louisville Central Community Center LCCC is a 501c(3), private, non-profit community-based organization based in the Russell Neighborhood in West Louisville, one of the area’s pooriest regions economically. It offers a variety of programs and services in support of children and families. Early childhood education, youth development, arts education and other after school programs, employment services and job training for adults, money management, and homeownership are just some of the services provided.

About Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky The Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky (TALK), is a tech council, one of 53 tech councils in North America, including Canada, and a member of TECNA (Tech Councils of America and CompTIA). TALK is an independent, non-profit educational organization, a registered 501C3, established officially April 22, 2014 with its first meetup in February 2013. The tech council mission: workforce development and economic development. The council looks to create opportunities for job growth, job training, STEAM curriculum, plus public policy and advocacy around technology subjects in DC. In short, TALK’s purpose is to create and identify jobs, and train people. See for more information. Find us on Facebook, Linked In, and Twitter @talklou.

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