Speaker Bios

Michael Almvig
Mike graduated from the University of Washington in Electrical Engineering in 1982. He then went to work in Aerospace for 12 years before taking a job as the Information Services Manager at Skagit County. He has worked at Skagit County since 1994. As the Information Services Manager, Mike is responsible for implementation of just about everything relating to technology at Skagit County. His team runs the public safety system, Skagit 21 television studio and public web site, as well as over 50 major systems. In September of 2011, Skagit County became the first County in the nation to have a HIPAA breach. Mike was intimately involved in leading the incident management team that was put together to mitigate the breach and meet the subsequent work required by the Department of Human and Health Services, including meeting the deadlines of the Corrective Action Plan.

Evan Anderson
Evan Anderson is the director of Marketing at Strategic News Service and the director of Research at INVNT/IP. Over the past year, his position at INVNT/IP has been focused on a seminal research project which will soon be publicly available.

With a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of British Columbia, Evan also maintains a focus on developmental aid work. He is currently offering his services to Ti Kay Haiti, a tuberculosis and HIV clinic in Port-au-Prince, where he spends part of his time doing everything from basic patient care to logistics and management.

Mark Anderson
Mark’s 10-year, publicly graded accuracy rate is over 93%. Mark is a frequently sought speaker at corporate meetings and conferences around the world, and he provides top-level strategic reviews for management teams. His long-running weekly newsletter, Strategic News Service (SNS), counts a stellar readership, including the likes of Michael Dell, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. Mark regularly comments on CNN TV, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Wall Street Review and the New York Times. He chairs the annual FiRe Conference and SNS Project Inkwell.

Sean Bozorgzad

Jackie Calapristi
Jackie Calapristi is a software engineer located in Bellingham, WA with a love for all things related to data, business intelligence and full stack development. She currently works in analytics at Conversica, a fast growing sales automation startup powered by machine learning. Before work Jackie serves as an  AP Computer Science teaching assistant at Sehome High School through a program ran by Microsoft. In her free time she performs quarterly guest lectures at WWU to show college students real-world examples of SQL and PHP use cases. She has participated in numerous public speaking events for the last 5 years to encourage women and youth to pursue careers in STEM. Her current hobbies include jazz choir, soccer and learning french.

Shay Colson
I am a full-time Cybersecurity Engineer for the United States Department of the Treasury. I have previously worked for the United States Senate (Sergeant at Arms) doing a comprehensive cybersecurity review. I helped detectives handle cases in court for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Dangerous Drug Offenders Unit. I’ve worked for startups, started (and killed) a startup of my own, and worked for multiple higher-education institutions. My personal mission is to help use technology to improve the lives of real human beings. That starts with making sure security is an enabler – powering anything you use technology to do. Let me handle the security, you take care of everything else.”

Scott L. David
Executive Director, Law, Technology and Arts Group, UW School of Law.

David’s practice focuses on intellectual property and technology counseling and transactions, and he has become a leading expert in these areas nationally and internationally. Scott has been a partner at K&L Gates (formerly Preston, Gates & Ellis) since 1992. Prior to joining K&L Gates, he was an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York.

Matthew Dunn
Matthew Dunn is founder and Chief Explainer at Say It Visually. A former TAG board member, Matthew has been a founder, startup CEO, corporate Senior VP & CIO, 9-year Microsoft veteran, professor and teacher. He’s also an award-winning writer, director, designer and serial inventor. He brings a distinct blend of scholarly, technical, business and arts experience to mapping the technology landscape.

Barbara Endicott
Barbara Endicott-Popovsky is the founder and lead instructor for the Certificate in Information Security & Risk Management. She also teaches cybersecurity in several UW degree programs and is the executive director of the Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity, responsible for developing cybersecurity curriculum and programs. She won a Teaching Excellence Award from UW Professional & Continuing Education in 2008. She also received the University Professional & Continuing Education Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award for their West Region in 2014; the Certificate in Information Security & Risk Management won the UPCEA’s Outstanding Credit Certificate Award in 2014.  Endicott-Popovsky is a member of several national committees shaping cybersecurity education. She has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and has an edited book coming out in 2015. She has successfully pioneered online delivery models including in-class, online synchronous, a for-credit certificate option and even a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), all of which are used in the Certificate in Information Security & Risk Management program. She earned her doctoral degree from the Center for Secure and Dependable Systems in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Idaho.

Brittany (Peterson) Fero
With a passion for growth, innovation and human insight – Britt has built her career helping a wide range of recognized brands re-energize their businesses all around the world, including United Airlines, Islands of the Bahamas, HP, the International Olympic Committee, Capella University, American Girl, Aflac among others.

Prior to founding her own business, Britt was the Chief Strategy & Media Officer at Publicis Seattle where she drove the agency’s overall strategy and led the charge in unlocking clients’ potential.  With her leadership, the agency experienced double digit growth, started a media offering and launched a ‘story incubator’ for start-ups in town.  Prior to Publicis, Britt was a Partner at Cole & Weber United where she drove the vision, development and day-to-day operations of the business.  Prior to that she held a different role at Publicis as the director of development and innovation and spent the majority of her career at Fallon in both Minneapolis & New York.

She has driven two award-winning research pieces around the sociability of brands (Project Butterfly) and how consumers shop convenience stores (Project See Store) as well as having been a contributor and speaker for Forbes, Fast Company, MediaPost, NXNW and the DMA.  She is also a frequent mentor and speaker at the University of Washington Women in Business group.  Her efforts have contributed to honors from Communications Arts, the OneShow and Cannes and have been featured in Juicing the Orange, Brand Apart and ‘Your Ad Here.’

Today Britt runs PB& – a strategically driven SWAT team that uses creativity to solve problems, unlock business potential and add value to people’s lives.

Macgregor Gainor

Zachary Glick
“Since October 2013 I have worked as a member of the AWS Security Operations team. I joined this team as their first external hire as a Security Support Engineer, with the expectation of promotion to full security engineer within 12-18 months. In my first year with AWS Security I worked with my manager to demonstrate the value of this program. In this time period three additional Support Engineers have joined the Security Operations team with the expectation of additional headcount in the upcoming year.

In September 2014 I was promoted to Security Engineer and joined the Security Operations on call rotation. This rotation is manned 24/7 x 365 and is responsible for the initial engagement on all security issues across AWS. Core goals of this team are to: respond to security incidents, keep leadership apprised of these incidents, develop security automation and to be focused on our internal and external customers.”

Brent Hurtig
Since 2007, Brent has led C-, V-, and Director-level searches on behalf of Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures, Earlybird Venture Capital, DFJ, and other top-tier VCs. His global assignments include clients such as Google, Eventbrite, Unity, Zalando, D-Wave, SoundCloud, and YouTube. With two decades of Silicon Valley experience as a founder, COO, and product leader, Brent especially loves serving innovative startups. Prior to launching Motive in 2015, he was a Partner with the search firm Parker Remick. He has published over 200 articles for Wired, Outside, National Geographic Adventure, and other outlets, and he holds a dual-major in Sociology & Urban Studies from Brandeis University.

Werner Koepf
Before joining Conversica, Werner was Vice President of Engineering for Ticketmaster, where he led the team that built out the order processing service behind Ticketmaster’s new TM+ product. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Technology and Product at Wetpaint, a Seattle startup attempting to revolutionize the publishing industry. Previously, he served as Vice President for Application Architecture at Expedia, where he modernized Expedia’s applications through the migration to a Service Oriented Architecture. Werner also worked at Amazon.com, where he managed the teams that owned Gifting, Repeat Purchases and Rich Media and was CTO of MAYA Viz, an information visualization start-up acquired by General Dynamics. Werner holds a Ph.D. from the Technische Universität München in Theoretical Nuclear Physics.

Lincoln Lee
As Director of Sales for the Pacific NW and Western Canada, Lincoln Lee is responsible for PhishMe’s sales and partner alliance activities. With over 17 years of experience in technology solution sales within the state and local government, as well as commercial markets. Lincoln has a proven track record of building and maintaining winning sales organizations and a culture of sales excellence. By combining his extensive background in Cyber Security, Storage Area Networks, systems design and high performance computing, he has helped turn PhishMe into one of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the country.

Before joining PhishMe, Lincoln was A Regional Sales Manager with Quantum Corporation where he sustained a track record of consistently exceeding aggressive annual quotas. Lincoln has also held leadership positions at SHI International, Synrad and Lambda Phisik.

Gabe Martin
Gabe Martin is a WWU Computer Science alumni with 20+ years of development experience in desktop-based software for government and large scale enterprises, native Android apps, and full stack SaaS web solutions.  Gabe is now serving as Development Manager at Bellingham’s fastest growing software company, Emergency Reporting, helping build an extraordinary development department to extend ER’s premier fire & EMS Records Management Solution (RMS). Gabe is excited about the opportunity to contribute to software solutions that serve communities, first responders and government agencies.

Dwayne Neufeld

Eric Raisters
Eric Raistsers is a dedicated certified secure software development professional who has defined processes and taught all aspects of a Secure Development Lifecycle (SDLC). He instituted a SDLC for all products at Attachmate cooperatively with all product development directors and leads by educating and training all development staff and helping the teams customize the SDLC to their product’s attack surface and threat models.

He also coordinated Attachmate’s security incident response between all product teams and the technical documentation team to provide a standardized vulnerability responses to our customers.

“Just as functional testing can’t build quality into products – only tell you what your level of quality is – vulnerability and penetration testing can’t build security into products – only tell you whether your product is secure or not.”

Kris Rides
Kris believes that there is no substitute for building long term relationships with clients and you do that by providing them a great service. This is his 16th year in the recruitment industry and he has built and managed both permanent and contract teams over multiple disciplines in both the UK and all over the USA. Kris is passionate about recruitment and still keeps in touch with both people he placed when he first started his career and clients he worked with. He has spent almost all of his working career in Tech recruitment and he understands his candidates needs as well as the difficulties clients have in some of these niche areas.

Kris started his career recruiting network engineers and has gone on to managing teams providing IT staff for all types of projects including risk and governance projects in the finance industry (Basel II, COBIT, SOX, Dodd Frank etc). It was this time spent in New York that really opened Kris’s eyes to the need for a specialist agency just in the security arena. Kris got to talking with an old friend of his based out of Los Angeles who had worked in the InfoSec industry his whole career and had founded 2 successful (6 and 7 figure exits) InfoSec businesses previously. Having his technical know how to hand in conjunction with Kris’s recruitment knowledge has really set Tiro Security apart from their competitors and enabled them to come up with total solutions. This is how Tiro Security was born.

Tim Ritchie
Tim Ritchie serves as Vice President of Sales and Account Management at Buddy Platform, one of the world’s first integrated solutions companies for IoT and connected devices. A geek at heart, Tim has sought opportunities throughout his career to solve problems for major enterprise accounts by leveraging best of breed technology. When offered an opportunity to help shape the direction of the fastest growing, most impactful set of technologies seen in generations, he jumped at the chance. For Tim, IoT is more than tens of billions of devices generating exabytes of data, it’s the potential of a network of sensors and technologies intelligently working in concert to fundamentally improve the human condition and positively impact the environment.

With twenty five years of experience in customer-facing roles, nearly half of that with SaaS companies, Tim has helped clients like Apple, Accenture, Starbucks, CBS, Microsoft, Vodafone, and March of Dimes navigate complex technology ecosystems to take advantage of the unique opportunities new technologies present to solve problems and drive new business models.

Tim takes a client-centric approach to customer and prospect engagements, looking to deeply understand their challenges and objectives, then bringing Buddy’s solutions and his network to bear on driving positive business outcomes.

Tim currently serves as an advisor to a number of young technology companies, is a speaker at the University of Washington school of entrepreneurship, and actively participates in IoT industry events in North America and abroad to increase awareness of the potential of the Internet of Things to gain new customer insight, deliver new and amazing customer experiences, solve difficult problems, and increase revenue.

Julian Rrushi
Julian Rrushi is an assistant professor with the Department of Computer Science at Western Washington University.

He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2009 from the University of Milan. His doctoral research explored novel approaches to discovery and mitigation of vulnerabilities in industrial control systems.

He was on the faculty of the British Columbia Institute of Technology for a year.

He spent two years in industry as a code breaker in that area. He has discovered and analyzed numerous 0-day vulnerabilities in industrial control systems, which have been reported to the affected vendors. His background includes cryptanalysis, which he has applied to break proprietary cryptographic algorithms residing in the original design of new industrial devices destined for the market.

He spent one year as a postdoctoral research fellow with the University of New Brunswick. He mainly worked on malware analysis, in addition to advising doctoral students and managing a research project.

Julian has many hobbies. He mostly enjoys being together with his wife and children. He exercises in martial arts, muay thai, and enjoys visiting historical places.

Shannon Smith
With over 25 years of executive leadership and technology sales experience, Shannon is a serial entrepreneur and veteran of the computer & content security industries, serving in a variety of positions at Activated Content, IOActive and Bishop Fox.  Shannon earned an MBA in Innovation, Strategy & Information Technology from EDHEC Business School in France.  He received his BA in Information Systems & International Business from Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.

John Somm

Jill Stanton
Jill Stanton is a software professional with over 20 years of development and management experience.  Her diverse experience includes developing database drivers in Verona Italy, operating system automated test development at Microsoft, consulting on global exercise scheduling software tools for the US Air Force, and teaching software development classes for a Special Operations unit of the Jordanian Armed Forces.  Jill received a BS in Computer Science from WWU in 1994, serves on advisory committees for CIS at Whatcom College and CS at WWU.  She currently manages the Software Development Team at SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, in Bellingham Washington.  Jill is passionate about advancing opportunities for women in STEM related fields, participating in events and organizations such as Girls Go Tech at Whatcom College and The Creators & Innovators Club for Girls, establishing a new Robotics Club for middle school girls in Bellingham.

Janice Walker
Janice Walker is Dean for Workforce Education at Whatcom Community College (WCC) in Bellingham, WA, and senior personnel on several National Science Foundation grants funding regional and national cybersecurity education (CyberWatch West and C5) and workforce capacity building projects. She also serves on the Northwest Workforce Management Team and the executive committee of the State Board of Community & Technical Colleges Workforce Education Council.   Prior to joining WCC Janice worked at SPIE (formerly International Society for Optics & Photonics) for 23 years, most recently as Senior Director of Events & Global Services.

David Veith
Dave Veith is a Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services (AWS), the top global cloud computing service provider. At AWS, Dave works with companies of all sizes around the world to optimize their adoption of AWS’s reliable, scalable, and inexpensive cloud computing, storage, and processing services, as well as its application frameworks and media delivery solutions.

Dave began his 32-year IT career at AT&T with Pacific Northwest Bell and continued post-AT&T divestiture to lead IT infrastructure transformations at US West Communications, Qwest Communications, and CenturyLink before joining AWS in 2012.

Throughout his career, he has inspired and motivated teams with his dedication to excellence and strong leadership and mentoring skills. His unique ability to communicate complex technical concepts to engineers and business people alike sets him apart.  Dave has led organizations to dive deep and solve some of the most complex corporate IT challenges while always having fun along the way.

Tim Wallach
Timothy Wallach is an FBI Supervisory Special Agent who leads the Cyber Task Force in the Seattle Field Office of the FBI. In this capacity he manages and oversees the FBI’s Cyber Crime program in the State of Washington. Prior to his current assignment he served as the FBI’s Legal Attaché in The Hague where he was responsible for all FBI matters in the Netherlands. Mr. Wallach has been an FBI Special Agent since 1996 and has held previous assignments in the San Diego and Washington, DC Field Offices, the FBI Legal Attaché Office in Switzerland and FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC. In addition to Cyber Crime he has worked in several FBI programs including Counterterrorism, Executive Protection and Organized Crime/Gang investigations.

Mr. Wallach holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to his career with the FBI he was a Fire Fighter with the Honolulu Fire Department.

John Yeoh
With over 15 years of experience in research and technology, John provides executive-level leadership, relationship management, and strategy development. He is a published author, technologist, and researcher with areas of expertise in cybersecurity, cloud computing, information security, and next generation technology (IoT, Big Data, SecaaS, Quantum). John specializes in risk management, third party assessment, GRC, data protection, incident response, and business development within multiple industry sectors, including government. His thought leadership has been presented in SC Magazine, USA today, Information Week, and others.

John’s contributions continue with involvement in professional organizations such as CSA, IAPP, ISSA, ISC2, and ISACA. John sits on numerous technology committees in government and industry with the FCC, NIST, ISO, CSA, IEEE, and CIS.