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Jill Baird, a former English teacher, has a passion for exploring technology and finding ways to bring it to the classroom. She has been with EduTech for 10 years. While she has been with EduTech, she has trained teachers on the use of different technologies for the classroom, effective use of technology integrated into curriculum, and the risk and rewards technology can bring to education. Jill has a Bachelor of Science in English Education and a Master of Science in Teaching and Learning.
Specialties: CYBER.ORG curriculum, Digital Citizenship, Digital Reading, Digital Career Connections
Nicholas Flom started his career in aviation when he graduated from the University of North Dakota. Mr. Flom spent the early part of his aviation career flight instructing, flight management, and obtaining a Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate for a start-up company to provide on-demand air taxi operations. During this time Mr. Flom acquired over 4,000 flight hours and earned his Airline Transport Pilot certificate.
In 2016, Mr. Flom became the Executive Director of the Northern Plains UAS Test Site. Mr. Flom is now responsible for Vantis, the state of North Dakota’s statewide beyond visual line of sight initiative. Under Mr. Flom’s leadership, North Dakota was selected as one of 10 participants of the UAS Integration Pilot Program, selected to participate in the FAA’s UTM Pilot Program and has supported multiple Federal agencies like CBP, NASA and DHS. Mr. Flom has also been instrumental in the advancement of beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations for multiple users and use cases and is currently participating on the FAA’s BVLOS Aviation Rulemaking Committee.
Supervisory Intelligence Analyst Chey Gethers entered on duty with the FBI in September 2009 and was assigned to the Memphis Division, Nashville RA, Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). She served on the JTTF for three years, after which she was appointed to work with the Tennessee Fusion Center (TFC). During her time at the TFC she worked with executives from various state and local entities to promote intelligence sharing across jurisdictions. In December 2016, she was assigned to work with the Violent Crimes and Gangs Task Force in the Nashville RA. She has also represented the FBI as the Senior Intelligence Analyst for a Law Enforcement team within the Department of Defense, while serving in an overseas capacity. SIA Gethers was the FBI intelligence team supervisor during the 25 December 2020 Nashville bombing. 
Mr. Michael Gregg has authored/co-authored more than 25 books; some include: CISSP Exam Cram 2, Que; Inside Network Security Assessment, SAMS; CEH Exam Prep 2, Que; Hack the Stack, Syngress; Security Administrators Street Smarts, Sybex; Emerging Threat Analysis 2006, Syngress; CHFI Study Guide, Syngress; Que CISA Exam Prep 2, Que; Security+ Study Guide, Syngress; How to Build Your Own Network Security Lab, Wiley.

Michael has testified before U.S. Congress as an expert witness on cyber security and is frequently cited by major and trade print publications as a cyber security expert and has appeared as an expert commentator for network broadcast outlets and print publications such as FOX, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNBC, local broadcast television, The New York Times, Kiplinger’s, and Women’s Day.  He has also spoken at major security conferences such as Hacker Halted, ChicagoCon, HouConSec, etc.  

Emily Harding is deputy director and senior fellow with the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). She joined CSIS from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), where she was deputy staff director. In her nearly 20 years of government service, she has served in a series of high-profile national security positions at critical moments. While working for SSCI, she led the Committee’s multiyear investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections. The five-volume, 1,300-page report reshaped the way the United States defends itself against foreign adversaries seeking to manipulate elections, and it was lauded for its rigor, its thoroughness, and as the only bipartisan effort on election interference. During her tenure on the Committee, she also served as the subject matter expert on election security, counterintelligence and associated cybersecurity issues, and the Middle East. She oversaw the activities of 18 intelligence agencies and led SSCI staff in drafting legislation, conducting oversight of the intelligence community, and developing their expertise in intelligence community matters.

She began her career as a leadership analyst at CIA, and then became a manager of analysts and analytic programs. She led the Iraq Group during the attempted Islamic State takeover of Iraq and Syria and led a multidisciplinary group of analysts working crises worldwide, drawing from many perspectives to provide rich analysis to policymakers. During a tour at the National Security Council, she served as executive assistant to the deputy national security adviser for global democracy strategy and then as director for Iran, where she led interagency efforts to create innovative policies drawing on all elements of national power. After leaving the White House, she served on a team running the first Office of the Director of National Intelligence-led presidential transition, where she was responsible for liaising with both campaigns and briefing the incoming administration on a wide range of intelligence topics. Harding holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia.

Darin Hanson is the Critical Infrastructure Program and Security Manager for the ND Dept. of Emergency Services.  He is a conduit between the State of North Dakota, the private sector, and the North Dakota State & Local Intelligence Center (NDSLIC) in order to identify, catalogue, assess, prioritize and report on North Dakota’s Critical Infrastructure while advising on safety and security for the infrastructure stakeholders.  Retired from the MT Army National Guard, he has over 20 years of Military Police, Military Intelligence and corporate security experience. 

Mr. Hanson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Management as well as a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Mary and recently completed a Master’s in Homeland Security from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, earning the Mark Carr Esprit De Corps Award. He serves as a subcommittee member for the national fusion center private sector outreach committee, CyberCon Chairman, ex-officio Board Member of the ND Infragard chapter, co-chair of the North Dakota Cybersecurity Task Force, and as a member of the ND School Safety Partners working group.  Darin lives in Mandan with his wife Lynn and daughter Delaney.
Jon Heard is a Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst working at the North Dakota State & Local Intelligence Center (NDSLIC) for North Dakota Information Technology (NDIT). A graduate of Gwinnett Technical College and the SANS Technology Institute, combined with his years of experience as an analyst in the U.S. Army, who found his passion in securing networks from all threats, foreign and domestic.
James Hudler is a Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst working at the North Dakota State & Local Intelligence Center (NDSLIC) for North Dakota Information Technology (NDIT). Previously he was a Telepresence Engineer for Cisco and is a graduate of Texas State Technical College’s Cyber Security program.
Dr. Doug Jensen became the seventh president of Bismarck State College on July 1, 2020. Prior to BSC he served as president at Rock Valley Community College in Illinois and before that as the president of the Alabama Technology Network (ATN) in the Alabama Community College System. 
He has more than 25 years of experience in higher education and is a proud community college graduate, earning an Associate of Science degree from Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, PA, his Master of Science and Bachelor of Science from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA, and his Doctorate of Education from Edgewood College in Madison, WI. 
He and his wife, Karen, have two grown sons, and enjoy exploring the region with their dog, Oliver. 
Lisa McKee, CISA, CDPSE, PCIP, is a Sr. Manager of Security and Privacy solutions at Protiviti. She has nearly 20 years of industry experience in Cybersecurity, Information Technology, Privacy, US and International Data Privacy Laws, Vendor Management, Software Development, IT Audit, Compliance, PCI, Risk and Governance. Lisa assists companies conducting security and privacy assessments, implementing security and privacy programs, and managing PCI compliance. She is a highly regarded consultant in the Midwest security and privacy industries and a regular featured speaker at IAPP, ISACA, IIA, ISC2 and NEbraskaCERT. She speaks at conferences locally, nationally, and globally for IAPP, ISACA and RSA. Lisa is also a member of the Accredited Standards Committee X9 providing input on industry standards, a member of the IAPP National Privacy Engineering Advisory Board, a leader for the NIST Privacy Workforce Working Group task force for Risk Assessments, ISACA SheLeadsTech Ambassador and Director of Programs and Events for the WiCyS South Dakota Chapter. She is passionate about privacy and security. 

Larry Ewert, FirstNet Built with AT&T
Supporting Public Safety

•Complex Solutions SME- Verizon Public Safety Team, 2003-2018
•Information Systems Security Professional
•Contractor, Tech Services- City of Houston/Houston Police Dept.
•Contractor, Tech Services- Harris County/ HCSO
•Results-driven Solutions Architect with response operations support experience
• Mobile First Responder solutions consultation to support CJIS readiness and compliance
•Critical Infrastructure (SCADA)-  private network design and implementation.
•Telecommunications CSC Member,  Infragard.
• National Organization of Technical Investigators (NATIA) - private sector partner.

 Industry Certifications

•Certified Info-Sec Systems Security Professional (CISSP) 
•Cisco CCNA
•Cisco CCENT
John Mess is NCI’s Senior Security Advisor with 16 years in technology and sales. He has spent the last 10 years focused on cybersecurity, specifically related to NIST/ISO based risk assessments, PCI and penetration testing. John lives in Battle Lake, MN and loves spending time with his family and is very passionate about golf.

Rodrigo Nieto-Gomez works as research professor at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) and at the National Security Affairs (NSA) Department of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.

His research takes place at the intersection of the accelerating pace of innovation and security, safety and defense policies. In particular, he studies how the government can adapt in a more effective way to counter the deviant innovation capacities of criminal organizations, and he has managed projects to create Information Technology tools to better prepare decision makers when confronted by adversarial innovation.

With more than a decade of experience working on the geostrategic implications of deviant innovation for the American territories,he is also a subject matter expert on the geopolitics of North America and border management.

He is the leading professor at CHDS for strategy and planning and for the Internet, Society and Cyberconflict class, and also teaches the classes on Border Security and Mexico Politics, Policies and Government at the National Security Affairs Department.

Rodrigo imparts seminars and lectures (graduate level and training)  to the senior leadership of the homeland security community of the United States at the federal, state and local level, including the armed forces, police, fire departments, public health, emergency management, immigration and customs, port authorities, Governor's Office Staffs and cabinets, radiological experts, crisis managers as well as the business continuity and planning executives of big corporations.

Nick Prince has spent his career learning and gaining experience in the fields of IT Operations, Information Security, and Cybersecurity. Over the past few years, he has been focused on helping companies add to their Detection and Response capabilities. He currently performs technical pre-sales activities for Arctic Wolf Networks, and always loves seeing organizations working to actively mature their security programs.
Dr. Ashley Podhradsky is the Vice President of Research and Economic Development and Professor of Digital Forensics at Dakota State University. Ashley is also a board member of the First Bank and Trust Board of Directors. Ashley has been an invited speaker at several events and universities including The Pennsylvania State University, Bureau of Justice Affairs, Women in CyberSecurity, InfraGard, OSMOSIS Conference among others. Her research teams have received over 15.8 M in competitive grants and contracts. Current awards include an NSF REU site, NSF NRT program and NSA GenCyber. In addition to her academic and professional work, she has a strong passion for increasing gender diversity in cybersecurity. She is the co-founder of CybHER™, an initiative to increase gender diversity in cybersecurity. Ashley was the recipient of the EmBe 2017 “Young Woman of Achievement”, The 2017 Merrill Hunter Award for Excellence in Research, 2017 and 2018 New America Cybersecurity Fellow, and is a 2019 American Association for the Advancement of Science IF/THEN Ambassador. 
Travis Rich has spent the last 11 years working for AT&T in the wireless mobility and telecom industry. This experience includes Business and Government sales, mobility and integrated solutions consulting including wireless, wireline, SaaS and security solutions in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota.

Before AT&T he worked for the State of North Dakota at the North Dakota Youth Correctional Center for 2 plus years.

Travis attended the University of Mary and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a minor in business administration.

Tanya Taplin is a Cybersecurity Advisor with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.  She is also an Adjunct Professor at University of Mary.  Previously, she was an Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity at Bismarck State College.  She has over 20 years of industry experience through consulting and previous roles at the State of North Dakota.  Some of her experiences include cyber assessments, networking, technical support, project management, disaster recovery, policy development, end-user training, technical liaison between various government entities, as well as system, network, and database administration.

She is currently pursuing her Master of Science Degree in Cyber Defense from Dakota State University and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from University of Mary and an Associate of Applied Science Degree from Bismarck State College.  She is a member of WiCyS (Women in Cybersecurity) and is a BSC CyberCon committee member.

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