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Cyber Operations and Resilience Staff and Instructors

Current Staff and Instructors


Sin Ming Loo, PhD, Program Director of Cyber Operations and Resilience (CORe) program at Boise State University. Loo is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boise State University. He also holds a joint-appointment with Idaho National Laboratory.


Michelle Bassett is Program Manager of Cyber Operations and Resilience (CORe) program at Boise State University. She handles all facets day to day activities for CORe.

Phone: (208) 426-1896

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Theron Beam

Theron Beam is a Product Engineer for Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories. His area of focus is distribution controls and sensors used to protect power systems. He graduated from Boise State University with a BS in Electrical Engineering in 2020. He obtained his Security+ certificate shortly after graduation.


Brenda Burget has 25 years of experience in IT with 10 years in cyber security in various senior technical and management roles at a large corporation. She left her position in the corporate world to focus on improving community knowledge in cyber security.

She has her certified information system manager (CISM) from ISACA and is currently the program officer at the local Boise Chapter. While active in various corporate roles, she was awarded three patents.


Fuli Chavez, Cyber Operations and Resilience Instructor

Fulcanelli “Fuli” Chavez is currently an Information Security Engineer for Albertsons Companies in Boise, ID. He has over 20 years of experience in Information Technology (IT) and Information Security (IS). Previously, he was the senior security operations analyst at the largest privately held west-coast U.S. financial services company.

Chavez has been a consultant, manager and postsecondary educator. As an educator, he has been an instructor and program chair for accredited associate and bachelor level degrees in IT and IS. He helped define the direction of these degrees through both high-level input and curriculum development.

He earned a Master of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington and holds several IT/IS certifications including CISSP, CISA and MCSE.


Charlene Deaver-Vazquez

Charlene Deaver-Vazquez has 35 years of experience in networking and cybersecurity. As a cybersecurity subject matter expert, Deaver-Vazquez provides risk qualification for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Deaver-Vazquez received her Certified Information Systems Security Professional certification from and her Certified Information System Auditor certification from


Robert Hale

Robert Hale is a Lockheed Martin Fellow with over 30 years of experience in information operations and cyber security. Over his career, Hale has been responsible for conducting and leading information assurance and cyber security activities for federal, state and commercial organizations in the defense, law enforcement, intelligence, financial services, utility and healthcare industries. He has a broad range of experience in compliance and certification activities, security architecture and implementation, security test and evaluation, and operational analysis. He has led compliance and audit teams for KPMG and Ernst & Young in the commercial sector and has taken many systems and programs through compliance and accreditation at both the federal and state levels. Hale is currently leading advanced research and development in cyber security at Lockheed Martin and is also the lead of the 5G.MIL security integrated program team, where he is developing next-generation embedded security services. He holds multiple industry certifications, including the CISSP-ISSAP, and is the author of seven patents. Hale has a Master of Science in Cybersecurity from Capitol Technology University in Laurel, MD.


Michael Hays

Ryan Hays is the Global Head of Red Team for one of the top banks in the United States, where he leads cyber security teams through adept technical expertise within the offensive and defensive cyber security space. With 20 years of experience in the IT and cyber security field, he has worked with a multitude of the top Fortune 1 to 1000 companies, along with various U.S. Government Intelligence agencies. Hays takes pride in giving back to the infosec community by presenting at multiple conferences as well as providing training and mentorship to people across the globe.

Hays holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and a Master of Science in Information Systems from Strayer University.


Kevin Hunter poses in front of a government building.

Kevin Hunter is a 24-year Air Force veteran, where he learned and practiced cybersecurity as part of the Air Force Security Operations Center. He has over 20 years of experience leading and developing people and has developed a passion for helping others get to the next level in their lives and careers. Currently, he is an Air Force Reserve Senior Enlisted Leader, leading the development of the Air Force Reserve’s first Cyber Training Range unit. Hunter is currently a faculty lecturer for the Cyber Operations and Resilience (CORe) program at Boise State University and assists with the day-to-day operations of the program.

Hunter holds an Associate of Applied Science in Cyber Security, an Associate of Arts in Human Resources, a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management and a Master of Science in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance. He also holds the following certifications: CISSP, GCIH, CEH and Sec+.


Wayne Josleyn

Wayne Josleyn brings nearly two decades of experience in digital forensics and data recovery to his teaching. He’s passionate about advancing the field of digital forensics and inspiring the next generation of experts.

As the owner and lead investigator of G2 Research, Josleyn conducted hundreds of digital forensic investigations and provided expert witness testimony for civil, criminal and federal cases throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Josleyn holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in digital forensic science.


Dr. Andre Karamanian, Cyber Operations and Resilience Instructor

Dr. Andre Karamanian’s career spans positions as researcher, data scientist and practical security professional. Currently, he works as data scientist and product security engineer at Cylance, recently acquired by Blackberry.

He is highly credentialed with many industry certifications, has been a speaker at several conferences and has multiple patents. In his current position he works with a team which develops a product for continuous authentication based on behavior analytics, app usage, network and process invocation patterns.


Elizabeth Kahn

Elizabeth Khan, assistant to the director, is a full-time auditor for Saint Luke’s Health System in Boise and is focused on the HIPAA Security and Privacy Rules and their respective protection of protected health information. Khan graduated from Boise State University in 2022 with a Master of Science in Cyber Operations and Resilience, earning her Certified in Cybersecurity from ISACA and Sec+ and Cloud Essentials from CompTIA shortly after graduation. Additionally, as an independent consultant, Khan provides security consulting services in security program development and security training services, and she also participates in community speaking engagements and panels on a range of cybersecurity topics.

Khan brings extensive business and consulting experience to her role supporting the graduate cyber operations and resilience program by meeting with prospective students, overseeing the capstone courses and helping existing students discover and chart their unique career or program credential pathway.


Matthew Kuzman, Cyber Operations and Resilience Instructor

Matthew Kunzman is the Lead Security Engineer at Kount, Inc. where he designs and develops internal security products to enhance the security posture of the business. He researches, tests and reviews network traffic and network devices. Kunzman leads the security team’s incident response efforts to security events. Additionally, he reviews systems and codebases in order to identify potential security weaknesses and recommends improvements to mitigate vulnerabilities.


Erik Peterson, Cyber Operations and Resilience Instructor

Erik Peterson has 20 years of experience in the industry between military and other professional experiences.

Peterson currently works at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in support of maintaining and securing the Department of Homeland Security’s Infrastructure Protection Gateway. While at INL he has continued to expand his knowledge and education to keep up as a SME in IT environments and how they interact with OT. He also supports the Cyber Resilience Department as the Critical Infrastructure Team Lead.


Eric Puype specializes in cybersecurity, physical security and personnel security studies. Additionally, he is a licensed attorney who uses his 24 years of security experience to provide expertise and advise on legal issues concerning privacy and information security.

Puype is a security advisor for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In this capacity, he is his agency’s representative to federal, state, local and private sector stakeholders on cyber and physical security issues. As a security advisor, Puype collaborates with stakeholders to identify various threats, assess vulnerabilities and provide federal resources to deliver effective defenses.

Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Puype served ten years in the U.S. Air Force as an Intelligence Officer. In this role, he served with distinction in several joint service operations with the Defense Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency. During his service, Puype was awarded the Bronze Star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Puype earned a Juris Doctor-Law from the University of Idaho’s College of Law and is a licensed attorney in the State of Idaho. Additionally, he earned a Master of Arts from St. Mary’s University and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Puype is a licensed attorney in the State of Idaho, a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and a Professional Certified Investigator (PCI) from ASIS International.


Dr. Char Sample, Cyber Operations and Resilience Instructor

Dr. Char Sample has over 25 years experience in cybersecurity. Her experience began as a developer and integrator before she moved into research. Dr. Sample has researched a variety of cybersecurity topics including deception, fake news, industrial control systems, artificial intelligence and machine learning and human machine behaviors.

Dr. Sample currently works as a Principal Cybersecurity Investigator for MTSI where she advises and assists DoD leadership.


Quentin Samuels

Quentin Samuels is a cybersecurity professional with a diverse background that blends military service, academic achievement and a genuine love for learning.

After dedicating seven years to the Georgia Air National Guard and earning a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech, Samuels began as a network engineer but found his passion in cybersecurity. Samuels has worked in academia, network optimization, cybersecurity sales, risk management and currently as a cyber system security engineering specialist designing anti-tamper protections for U.S. weapons systems to ensure resiliency against potential threats.

Samuels earned a Master of Science in Cybersecurity from Georgia Tech and as a faculty member brings a wealth of experience and a commitment to sharing knowledge in a field that demands technical expertise, a dedication to lifelong learning, continuous growth and adaptability to reflect the evolving nature of cybersecurity.


Ashley Sequeira

Ashley Sequeira graduated with a Master of Science in Cyber Operations and Resilience from Boise State University. She started a position with Google in July 2022.

Previously, Sequeira worked for Palo Alto Networks and ran the security operations training program, consulted for SOAR platforms, worked as a professional services consultant and ran an employee resource group focused on veterans.

While serving in the U.S. Army Reserve for 13 years, she worked in a security operations center, competed on the National Taekwondo Team in 2011 and 2015, played in the United States Army Band and learned IT fundamentals.

Sequeira holds a Master of Science in Cyber Operations and Resilience from Boise State, a bachelor’s degree in general studies from Southern New Hampshire University and associate degrees in information systems security, English literature and communication, English and general studies. She also holds technical certifications from SANS (GCIH), CompTIA (A+, Mobility+, Security+ and CySA+), and Palo Alto Networks (PCSAE, PCDRA).


Cody Shepherd

Cody Shepherd is the IT operations senior manager for Idaho Power and oversees a team of employees who provide a broad variety of IT services.  Shepherd’s expertise includes all things server hardware, OS, containers, and virtualization, enterprise storage, network, telecom, messaging and collaboration, mobility (internal mobile applications), enterprise application support, DevOps and RPA, cloud, operational security, ITSM, IT compliance and licensing, service desk, desktop support, IT asset management, disaster recovery/business continuity and data centers.

Shepherd has a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Cyber Operations and Resilience in addition to several certifications, including CISSP-ISSMP, CISM, CySA+, CSM, Azure, MCSE and MCITP:EA.

When not working for Idaho Power or Boise State University, Shepherd is a Brazilian jiu jitsu instructor and an avid traveler, golfer, camper and snowboarder.


Vince Skinner, Cyber Operations and Resilience instructor

Vince Skinner is the CISO and VP of Integration & Deployment for Milton Security. Mr. Skinner brings over 20 years of technical IT and Cybersecurity experience. Most recently, Skinner held the position of Vice-President of Cybersecurity for D.A. Davidson, where he led the organization’s cybersecurity and physical security teams.

Skinner is highly recognized for his deep understanding and commitment to cybersecurity program development, operations and improvement. He is a frequent speaker at various IT Security conferences. He is an adjunct instructor at Boise State University and has 14 years of University instruction; teaching classes in IT Audit and Information Systems Security. He is the former President of Boise ISSA, former president and board member for Boise ISACA and a technical advisor for the Boise Collegiate Cyber–Defense Competition. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and a master’s degree in Information Systems. He also holds the following certifications: CISSP, CISM, CISA, CISA, MCSE, CCNA.


Mark Stacy, Cyber Operations and Resilience Instructor

Mark Stacey has experience working within the federal government and private industry helping secure the most sensitive networks and critical infrastructure across the world. He is currently the Director of Professional Services at Dragos, Inc. Stacey graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and Math, and a Masters of Science in Digital Forensics and Intelligence from Utica.


Antonio Tijerino

After a 35-year career in the high-tech industry, Antonio Tijerino recently retired from HP, Inc. where he spent almost 26 years.

Tijerino moved to Boise in 2002 from the Sacramento area, where he also worked at HP in the Roseville Networks Division lab. Tijerino’s most recent experience in the cyber-security field was as a member of a small core team working on developing a security analytics service to help large organizations get information about security events and information on their printer fleets. He has also worked as a print security advisor performing security risk assessments for large organizations and as a program manager in the same organization.

Tijerino has additional experience as a software/firmware security test engineer with full system development life-cycle experience, including designing, developing and implementing test plans, automated test cases and test processes. Prior to working for HP, Tijerino worked as a network/system admin for Intel, Legato Systems (today part of EMC/Dell) and other companies.


Keith Tresh, Cyber Operations and Resilience Instructor

Keith Tresh is the Chief Information Security Officer for the State of Idaho, Information Technology Services. Tresh is a retired military and previously a State of California cybersecurity professional. He has over 15 years of experience in cybersecurity and over 27 years of experience in information technology.

Tresh holds a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the United States Army War College.


Gary Truslow

Gary Truslow is a veteran of the IT industry with over 30 years of experience. Truslow is currently a computer scientist with the federal government and has experience with numerous programming languages, databases and network technologies and extensive experience in software and hardware that ranges down to component-level electronic design.

The ability to rapidly learn and integrate new technologies into existing infrastructures has made Truslow a valuable member of many organizations in industry, academia and government.

Truslow has degrees in electronic (AAS) and computer engineering (BS), computer science (MS) and cyber security (D.Sc.) along with a Master of Science in Government Information Leadership from National Defense University, which uniquely qualifies him to serve in both chief technology officer and chief information officer roles. The breadth of education and experience makes Truslow at home in both the data center and the executive boardroom, able to contribute at all levels, applying technical solutions with a focus on cost-effective results that combine technical and managerial acumen.


Kody Walker

Kody Walker is retired from the military with 20 years of service in the protection realm and three years in the Information Technology sector. He previously worked for a defense contractor as a Cyber Information Analyst. Walker is currently an instructor for the Cyber Operations and Resilience (CORe) program at Boise State University and assists with the day-to-day operations of the program.

Walker has an Associate of Applied Science in Cyber Security, an Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC) in Cyber Security from the College of Western Idaho, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Cyber Operations and Resilience and a Certificate in Cyber Operations from Boise State University. He is currently enrolled in Boise State’s Master of Science in Cyber Operations and Resilience program and is looking forward to graduating in May 2024.


Patricia Watson, Cyber Operations and Resilience instructor

Patricia Watson has extensive experience developing, implementing and directing information security strategies, that are both data-driven and human-centric, across multi-site and multi-cultural cloud, SaaS, manufacturing, energy, corporate and government environments.

In this ever-evolving, globally interconnected society, where cyber-intrusions have a direct and immediate impact to business assets, Watson’s professional goal is to ensure the universal security, holistic integrity, uncompromising confidentiality and conditional accessibility of digital information for her stakeholders. Watson’s leadership experience along with her business acumen fuels her collaborative approach toward supporting people, processes, operations and technology to protect and drive business interests forward.

Watson’s passion for developing talent, optimizing resource allocation, and transferring knowledge through training, awareness and meaningful communications are all hallmarks of her values as a cybersecurity professional.

Former Instructors


Chuck Ames

Chuck Ames is a veteran of the U.S. Army and a cybersecurity professional with over 20 years of cybersecurity experience. Ames has experience in cybercrime investigations focusing on network intrusions, cybersecurity operations and cyber/information security leadership and management.

Ames received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Maryland University College and a Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma State University.


Michael Chaney has extensive experience working in the information operations, network security and information security fields with over 35 years of experience in both the government and private sectors. Chaney’s efforts have included projects focused on control systems, embedded systems and cyber physical cyber security, network defense operations, computer security architecture development projects, Federal Information Security Management Act compliance, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity projects and IT systems auditing projects.

Chaney has his Bachelor of Science in Russian Studies from the University of the State of New York, Albany, with a Master of Science in Computer Science from George Washington University. Chaney is currently a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and has been a member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers for 23 years.


Grant Cummings is a technology leader with strong business acumen. He has extensive experience in leadership, system design, business process improvement and strategic planning/implementation.

Cummings currently oversees the IT department for an international, multi-campus school in West Africa. He also consults with organizations of various sizes about their technology and security needs.


Sandy Dunn, Cyber Operations and Resilience Instructor

Sandy Dunn is a CISO of Blue Cross of Idaho and has 20 years of experience in Cybersecurity. Her roles in Cybersecurity have included Competitive Intelligence, Security Engineer, Information Security Officer, Senior Security Strategist and IT Security Architect. She prioritizes a risk-based, business focused, cyber security strategic approach through process, standards and threat intelligence.

She has a master’s from SANS Technology Institute in Information Security Management. And her certifications include CISSP, SANS GSEC, GWAPT, GCPM, GCCC, GCIH, GLEG, GSNA, GSLC, GCPM, Security +, ISTQB and FAIR.


Kim L. Jones, Cyber Operations and Resilience Instructor

Kim L. Jones is a 34-year intelligence, security and risk management professional with expertise in information security strategy, governance and compliance, security operations and risk management. Jones is a former Chief Information Security Officer who has built, operated and/or managed information security programs within the financial services, defense, healthcare, manufacturing and business outsourcing industries. He is also the principal architect of one of the cybersecurity degree programs at Arizona State University.

Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and a master’s degree in Information Assurance from Norwich University.  He also holds the CISM, CISSP and CDPSE certifications.


Dr. Connie Justice, Cyber Operations and Resilience instructor

Dr. Connie Justice has over 30 years experience in the cybersecurity, computer and systems engineering field. Professor Justice is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional. She created the networking and security options for CIT majors and a Network Security Certificate Program. She has designed and modified many courses in networking and cybersecurity curriculum to meet NSA/DHS Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) requirements and NIST National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Framework.

Dr. Justice consults for and has managed IT departments in small, medium and large sized businesses. She serves as Senior Cybersecurity Advisor for a Fortune 100 company. Her areas of research include: experiential and service learning, information and security risk assessment, risk management, digital forensics, network security, network and systems engineering, network and systems administration and networking and cybersecurity course development.


Brian Mattingly, Cyber Operations and Resilience Instructor

Brian Mattingly has over 20 years of experience in the field of networking and cybersecurity. He also has four years of experience teaching students about his work in cyber security. In the last several years he has focused intently on the weaponization of information to affect societal outcomes.

Mattingly believes there are few more important issues facing our society than the security of our information space and the critical infrastructure networks we rely on.