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Founder, President, & Past CEO
MBA | CISSP | ECSA | C|EH | SCNP | MCSE | CCNA | SCSA | Network+ | A+
Lisa Jiggetts is the founder and CEO of the Women's Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC), one of the fastest growing nonprofits dedicated to women in cybersecurity. WSC provides women with the resources and support required to enter and advance as a cybersecurity professional. Her organization uses a holistic approach to develop programs that train women in both the hard technical skills and soft skills, leaving them feeling empowered to succeed. She is most proud to be known as a straight-up but down-to-earth motivator with the women whom she mentors. Jiggetts and her organization have been profiled in Fortune Magazine, SC Magazine, and Pentest Magazine among others. She is a sought after presenter and has been a guest speaker for numerous conferences and recorded podcasts. Jiggetts, a service-disabled veteran, began her cyber career in the military where she excelled as an IT security specialist. With over 20 years of Information Technology experience, 17 of which are in cybersecurity, her experience spans risk assessments, penetration testing, vulnerability assessments, and policy development across military, government, and commercial industries. She holds a variety of technical and management certifications as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from the University of Maryland University College and an MBA. Not just a full time geek with a passion for making a difference, Jiggetts is also an accomplished artist.
Vice President, Chief of Development & Funding
MBA | PMP | CISSP
Jessica Gulick is founder, president, and CEO of Katzcy Consulting, a woman-owned growth strategy and marketing firm specializing in cybersecurity start-ups and SMBs. A CISSP and PMP, Gulick is a 20-year veteran in the cybersecurity industry with proven experience in strategy, cyber policy, business metrics, global marketing and security program management. She has successfully launched multiple award-winning global cyber marketing campaigns for services, products, and cyber competitions. Her portfolio of work also includes the authorship of strategic cybersecurity plans for federal government agencies and whitepapers for private companies, cybersecurity consulting, and engineering projects for national security and financial clients, and a public-private initiative launching the first Maryland Cyber Challenge and Conference.
MSIS | CISSP | GSEC | GMON | GCIH | GPEN | GCFE | C|EH | CCNA Security | CCNA | Security+ | IT Project+ | MOS
Mari Galloway is the Chief Executive Officer and a founding board member for the Women's Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC), one of the fastest growing nonprofits dedicated to women in cybersecurity. WSC provides women with the resources and support required to enter and advance as a cybersecurity professional. Galloway began her cyber career with Accenture where she excelled as a Network Engineer. With over 9 years of Information Technology, 8 of which are in cybersecurity, her experience spans network design, risk assessments, vulnerability assessments, incident response and policy development across government and commercial industries. She currently works as a Sr. Security Architect for a large casino in Las Vegas. She holds a variety of technical and management certifications as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Columbus State University and a Master of Science in Information Systems. Mari also guest blogs for a variety of security related publications across the country and is an Adjunct Professor for UMUC Online. Outside of being a geek, Mari enjoys arts, puzzles, and legos!
MBA | CISSP | Security+ | C|EH | Threat Intelligence Analyst
Elena Steinke is a strategic & tactical architect, with over 15 years of systems engineering, and information security experience in developing solutions, providing strategic direction, designing, building, and directing cybersecurity operations across continents on multi-national projects, in the financial and US Federal sectors. Steinke stood up and directed multiple Security Operation Centers, Network Operation Centers, Data Centers, and management of virtualized storage technologies and elastic cloud environments. She lead security efforts across the globe for Automotive and Mobile Security, Banknote Processing Systems, Electronic Payments, eSIM, and IoT Technologies. She built and led Threat Hunting, Vulnerability Management, Security Assessment, Penetration Testing, Risk Management, Secure Credential Management, Key Management, and Security & Awareness Training programs.
She holds a Bachelors in IT, an MBA, and is pursuing her second Masters from Mercyhurst University in Applied Intelligence. When Elena is not being a geek, she enjoys racing triathlons.
Executive Leadership Team
The Executive Leadership team is responsible for the day-to-day operations of running WSC. Those in these positions will also have opportunities to provide input on strategy developed by the Board of Directors.
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Chief Operating Officer
M.S. Cybersecurity Operations & Leadership
Mansi Thakar is the Chief Operating Officer and has over 5 years of experience leading national nonprofits. She has a flair for sustainable innovative ideas and a history of implementing them successfully. With an undergraduate degree in chemistry, Thakar decided to get a cyber security degree after becoming intrigued with the field and realizing how highly transferable and applicable a degree in the discipline would be. To Thakar, cyber security is a field where you can be a superhero. But when you’re a modern-day tech protector facing millions of malware threats, you need backup. That is why she is drawn to the space where cyber security meets machine learning. Thakar wants to help shape how we meet the growing magnitude of cyber threats through data and automation. This challenge energizes her – the same way she is energized by the challenge of being one of the few women in the field, even though it is sometimes difficult. She knows that what she achieves can have a ripple effect and inspire others. She also plays a Lead role in the PBS Documentary, Life Hackers and is a key member of the DefCon NOC. When she isn't discussing infosec, she can be found crocheting InfoSec memorabilia for the community.
Dr. Crystal Williams
South East Regional Chapter Director
CISSP | C|CISO
Dr. Crystal Williams began her professional career in the IT field when she graduated from high school and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. She is currently the Information Security Certification & Accreditation Manager for a Department of Defense (DoD) organization and an Adjunct Professor at Campbell University. She has over 30 years of experience in the Information Technology field and over 15 years of experience specializing in Information Assurance (IA) / Cybersecurity.
Williams has worked in various areas of Information Technology to include regulatory adherence, programming, user training and support, policy, implementation, acquisition, technical support, certification and accreditation (C&A), computer network defense (CND), and risk management.
Williams has also performed in numerous roles within diverse organizations to include Help Desk Analyst, IT Specialist, Systems Operator, Systems Engineer, Senior Information Security Analyst, Systems Administrator, Site Lead, Team Lead, Information Assurance Manager (IAM), Information Systems Security Manager (ISSM), and Senior Information Security Engineer.
Williams has completed three Master's degrees and earned a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Information Technology specializing in Information Assurance and Security from Capella University. To supplement her degrees, Williams has obtained several certifications to include the Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), and EC-Council Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO).
Williams is described as an achievement and success-oriented individual with a superior work ethic. She believes in community, family, serving as a positive role model, teamwork, education, and maintaining a positive mental attitude in her personal and professional endeavors.
Chief of Women’s Education
Kristi Horton is a pioneer with an entrepreneurial spirit. She challenges conventional thinking and encourages peers, team members, and students to seek solutions from other disciplines and leverage any resources at their disposal to overcome barriers to success. Horton has built and led cyber threat intelligence programs for a top 10 US financial institution, founding and running a commercial digital forensic practice for a Fortune 500 firm, developing new courses and training modules in cybersecurity, intelligence, and digital forensics along with developing assessment exercises, and serving as an evaluator and coach for forensic professionals. Horton has mobilized collaborative groups in the financial services industry to develop a common lexicon to enhance threat information sharing among cybersecurity peers, and initiated a forum for the discussion cyber intelligence strategies. Horton is active in the community through presentations, panel discussions, and organizing training for intelligence analysts on topics ranging from "what is intelligence," to "Applying Analytic Tradecraft to Overcome Bias". Her work has been recognized by government agencies and commercial firms alike.
Chief of Girl’s Education
Kandis Weiler, Founder, President & CEO of User Telecommunications & Technologies, Inc. (UT&T), an 8(a)/SDB woman-owned business. UT&T specialized in voice & data services for the Federal Government, Military and Private Sector. Weiler also attended the Executive Leadership Program at the University of Texas, El Paso and was ranked #165 on the Inc. 500 list for the fastest growing company. After 12 years of running the company, she decided to turn her focus to her family and stay at home with her three kids. In 2012, Weiler returned to government contracting part-time to work for a small woman-owned business where she wears multiple hats and is the resident Facility Security Officer, Quality Manager, and Program Manager for the Navy's Sea Services Security Assistance Council (SSSAC) contract. Weiler has always had a passion for volunteering and giving back to her community. In 2015, she joined Cyberjutsu Girls Academy (CGA), an extension of Women's Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC) as a volunteer when her daughter participated in the STEM Workshops and CyberPatriot program. The program's mission had such a positive impact on Kandis and inspired her to dedicate more time and effort into expanding the program and seeing more young ladies and women grow in the field of technology. Weiler is also a Strategic Advisor for Defender Academy, a woman-owned company whose mission is to also educate middle and high school students in the field of cyber security.
Chief of Competition Programming
CSX-P | GCFA | GCIA | GCIH | GPEN | GISF | GSEC | GCCC | C|EH | CCNA | Security+ | Network+ | ACE
Marcelle Lee is an industry professional, an adjunct professor in digital forensics and network security, and provides security consulting and training services through her company Fractal Security Group, LLC. She is involved with many industry organizations, working groups, and boards, including the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu, the NIST NICE Cyber Competitions Working Group, and the ISACA CSX Certification Task Force.
Lee holds four degrees, including a recently completed Master’s Degree in cybersecurity. In 2016 she received the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council Women in Tech (WIT) Award. Lee regularly presents at conferences and training events (speaking list) and has volunteered as a CFP reviewer and speaker mentor. She is passionate about cybersecurity workforce development and is a cyber-competition enthusiast.
Strategic Advisory Board
The Strategic Advisory Board provides non-binding strategic advice to the Board of Directors and the Executive Leadership team.
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