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Dianne Barrett, President

Diane Barrett is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, and Digital Forensic Certified Practitioner.  She has been a forensic practitioner for a number of years and most recently served as the manager of research and training for Kroll’s cyber and forensic division.

She is the program chair for the Conference on Digital Forensics, Security and Law as well as a section editor for the Journal of Digital Forensics, Security, and Law.

Diane has been involved in collegiate-level forensic education through the development of curriculum and teaching at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, American Military University, and the University of Advancing Technology.

Diane is a PhD candidate at Northcentral University in the School of Business and Technology Management where her dissertation is on the application of current forensics investigative methods to cloud computing environments.

She has been a volunteer for ISC2 since 2007 in the areas of item writing and review for the CISSP and ISSMP exams.  She has co-authored several computer forensics books including Computer Forensics JumpStart, Computer Virtualization and Forensics, and Cybercrime and Cloud Forensics: Applications for Investigation Processes.

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Greg Kelley,Vice President  

Greg Kelley is co-founder and current CTO of Vestige, Ltd. Greg oversees the day-to-day operations, internal Information Systems infrastructure and engagements being performed by Vestige's analysts as well as handling some of Vestige's engagements himself. Greg has over 15 years of experience working in the computer industry and has been involved in computer forensics since 2001. Greg's previous positions and responsibilities include custom software design and implementation, network management and security, database programming, disaster recovery and end-user support.

Greg has worked on criminal and civil litigations covering areas such as intrusion and incident response, intellectual property theft, fraud and uncovering assets. Greg has testified in State court and Federal court in both civil and criminal cases. Greg holds the professional designations of Encase Certified Examiner and Digital Forensics Certified Practitioner. He is an active participant in the computer forensics industry having spoken at conferences such as Techno Forensics, ISS World, CEIC and PFIC. Prior to Vestige, Greg was a founder in two predecessor companies that performed computer consulting services in the Ohio region. Greg graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and a minor in artificial intelligence from Case Western Reserve University. 

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Timothy LaTulippe- Secretary-

Phil Rodonkanakis - Chair, Marketing & Communication

Phillip Rodokanakis is the Managing Director of U.S. Data Forensics, LLC, a company providing computer & digital forensic examinations, expert witness and litigation support services. Mr. Rodokanakis is a computer forensics and data recovery expert. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), an EnCase® Certified Examiner (EnCE), and a Digital Forensic Certified Practitioner (DFCP) with more than 30 years experience in international and domestic investigations. He has participated in prosecutions of numerous complex financial frauds, and has developed a solid professional background in computer forensics and advanced Information Technology systems. A retired special agent, Mr. Rodokanakis conducted a broad range of criminal, civil, and administrative investigations in more than 60 countries. He interacted with senior public and private sector officials at the highest executive levels, both in the United States and overseas. During his career with the Federal Government, Mr. Rodokanakis served as a Foreign Service Officer before being appointed to the Department of Interior where he oversaw and managed investigations for the Office of Inspector General. Mr. Rodokanakis conducts many lectures and seminars and has been invited to address national conferences. An accredited college instructor, he has taught college courses in Criminal Justice. He has developed training modules and delivered specialized training presentations in the areas of digital forensics and white collar crime investigations. Mr. Rodokanakis also taught Computer Forensics and Incident Response courses for The Learning Tree International, a world leader in hands-on training for Management and Technology Professionals. He currently serves as a faculty member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. He has also appeared as a guest on a number of radio and TV shows.

Mr. Rodokanakis earned a Master of Education degree in Human Services from Boston University. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Certificate of Studies in Law Enforcement from the University of Maryland. Mr. Rodokanakis has received advanced training in Computer Fraud, Computer Forensics, Government Fraud, White Collar Crimes, Public Corruption, Money Laundering, and Financial Investigations.

 

Michael Kessler, Chair, Ethics & Professional Conduct

Michael G. Kessler, founder and principal of Kessler International, has been at the forefront of the digital forensics industry for over three decades. Mr. Kessler has served as Chief of Investigations for the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance, Director for the NYS Revenue Crimes Bureau, Deputy Inspector General for the NYS Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Assistant Chief Auditor/Investigator for the NYS Special Prosecutor (Attorney General) and Senior Fraud Auditor for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Greater New York.


Gregg Gunsch-

Dr. Gregg Gunsch is a Fellow of the DFCB and holds a Founder DFCP certification.  He retired from Defiance College in May 2015, after establishing and teaching the Digital Forensic Science undergraduate program for nine years.  He is also a retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel, with fourteen years of graduate-level teaching and research in computer security and applied artificial intelligence at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT).    During that time he established the Information System Security and Assurance specialization for the computer engineering, computer systems and computer science graduate degrees, leading to AFIT’s designation as a national Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.  Gregg’s previous certifications included CISSP, GFCA and CCE, but for now, he is content to simply remain a registered Professional Engineer in Ohio.

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Jason Paroff, Esq., Chair of ByLaws-

Jason Paroff, Esq. is the director of computer forensics operations with the Electronic Evidence Services group of Kroll Ontrack Inc. In addition to his management role, Mr. Paroff has examined numerous computers and computer systems for evidence of fraud, theft of trade secrets, harassment and other improper civil and/or criminal conduct. Mr. Paroff has testified in federal district court as an expert witness in the field of computer forensics and has been a conference panel member and presenter, as well as a guest lecturer at Columbia University’s School of Business. Mr. Paroff also teaches computer forensics to Fortune 500 corporations and has taught computer forensics to members of foreign police and intelligence agencies.

Mr. Paroff has completed course work in computer forensics given by the National White Collar Crime Center in conjunction with the New York City Police Department and the SEARCH Group, which is funded through grants from the United States Department of Justice. Prior to joining Kroll Ontrack, he worked as prosecutor for six years in the Rockland County District Attorney's office in New York. The majority of Mr. Paroff’s career has been dedicated to investigating and prosecuting white-collar crime, computer crime and civil asset forfeiture cases. During his tenure with the District Attorney's office, Mr. Paroff headed the asset forfeiture section and supervised major criminal and civil investigations involving insurance, bank, consumer, credit card and other frauds. Mr. Paroff was actively involved in the seizure and subsequent search of many computers and also sat on the County of Rockland's Computer Network Committee.

Mr. Paroff holds a B.A. degree from the University of Rochester and a J.D. degree from Pace University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in the state courts of New York and Connecticut as well as before the federal courts of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. He has served as the president of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association’s Northeast Chapter, and also held positions as secretary, treasurer, and 1st vice president of that chapter.

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Bill Spernow, Chair Recertification-

Bill Spernow, whose current and former certifications include CISSP, CISM, DFCB, ACE, CEH, PMP, CHS III, Net+, Sec+ and GAPPI/GCPI has spent two decades mitigating internal and external events that threaten enterprise level IT infrastructures.  On the academic side, Mr. Spernow holds an MBA and BS in Business from California State University at Sacramento. He specializes in planning and implementing security awareness programs, and security controls designed to make sense to all involved.

Mr. Spernow's previous employment experiences include: Director of Information Security, Investigations and Incident Response for Experian, CISO for a Georgia State agency, Research Director with the Gartner Group specializing in enterprise security solutions, head of Cyber Investigations for Fidelity Investments, Security Strategist for Coca-Cola Enterprises, California law enforcement as a sworn Deputy, and former Computer Engineer with the Data General Corporation.  He has an extensive background in computer forensics and Internet investigations (he investigated his first criminal computer crimes case in Dec. 1989) due to his employment with the SEARCH Group and the National While Collar Crime Center where he designed and implemented some of the very first hands-on training courses in computer forensics for State, local and Federal law enforcement.  Mr. Spernow holds a certificate from the California Department of Justice, Institute of Criminal Investigation as a "Computer Crimes Investigation" specialist.  He is also certified as a "Master Instructor" by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.  Previously, he was the President of the New England Chapter of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association.

Mr. Spernow experiences in both the public and private sectors has resulted in the creation of a unique blend of strategic and tactical skills capable of resolving corporate security incidents both before and after-the-fact.  Mr. Spernow's current focus is providing litigation support to Attorney's in the Atlanta, LA and NYC area on high profile civil cases were settlements range between $100M and $250M.  Mr. Spernow is a licensed Georgia Private Investigator (ID# PDE-047910)

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