Our Team

Melissa Dark, PhD

Melissa Dark is committed to developing, supporting, and stewarding cybersecurity education in the United States.  She has worked in this area for the past 20 years where she has been fortunate to lead a number of creative and impactful projects ranging from studying the effect of various representational forms on cryptography learning and neural connections to developing cybersecurity concepts lessons for integration into the Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles high school course.  Her early work in cybersecurity education focused on the graduate level and has progressively grown down to community college, and now high school, in response to two needs: robust cybersecurity literacy among all cybercitizens and closing the cybersecurity workforce gap. In 2015, she founded DARK Enterprises, Inc., a non-profit which advances the mission of developing, supporting, and stewarding cybersecurity education initiatives in the United States through:

  • D – Design and Development
  • A – Assessment and Analytics
  • R – Research
  • K – Knowledge Transfer. 

Teach Cyber is a flagship project within DARK Enterprises, Inc.

Jenny Daugherty, PhD

Jenny Daugherty is a Research and Curriculum Lead for DARK Enterprises, Inc. Jenny has over 15 years of experience in K-12 STEM education with expertise in curriculum development, teacher professional development, and educational research and evaluation. She has served as Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator on numerous projects in the fields of Cybersecurity, Science, Technology, and Engineering education. Jenny earned her doctoral degree in Human Resource Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where she was awarded a doctoral fellowship with the National Center for Engineering and Technology Education. Prior to her position with DARK Enterprises, she worked at Purdue University, where she earned tenure as an Associate Professor, and at Louisiana State University, where she served as the Leadership Development Institute Director. 

Nancy Stevens

Nancy Stevens is a Curriculum Lead for DARK Enterprises.  Nancy taught AP Computer Science Principles, Python Programming, and Intro to Computer Science at First Flight High School in North Carolina. Prior to starting the computer science program, she taught a variety of Business and IT courses. Nancy has worked with the Friday Institute as a Code.org facilitator since 2017 in both the Computer Science Discoveries and Computer Science Principles programs. She has led numerous workshops in Computer Science education. Nancy was inducted into the North Carolina Business Educator Hall of Fame in 2016. She was the honored recipient of the Dr. Orus Sutton Award in 2017. She has a BA in Business Management from the University of Northern Iowa, and an MA in Education from East Carolina University.

Sabrina Smiley

Sabrina Smiley leads Operations for DARK Enterprises.  Sabrina earned her undergraduate degree in education and her master’s degree in special education from Ball State University. In 2018, Sabrina began contributing to the DARK Enterprises, Inc. team. She enjoys her role as an editor and copy editor, and she also assists in performing data collection and analysis. She contributes to various cybersecurity projects within DARK Enterprises, Inc.

Judi Emmel

Judith Kain Emmel (Judi) heads up State and Local Relations for Teach Cyber.  Judi started her career as a junior high school teacher, then spent the next 37 years with the National Security Agency (NSA).   She first worked as a Farsi linguist in a 24-hour watch center, providing support to US Military deployed overseas.  She was the only female, non-military person to work this critical environment.  Ms. Emmel transferred to the Communications Division and became NSA’s first Chief, Public Affairs, then was asked to serve as the first Director, Public Affairs, for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. She was next assigned to the White House where she served as Assistant Director of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.  While there, she was responsible for preparing recommendations for the President.  Ms. Emmel’s last position was as NSA’s first Director of State & Local Affairs where she engaged with state governments throughout the country.  Mrs. Emmel joined the ranks of the Senior Executive Service in 2001 and has been the recipient of the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, a National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation, the Federal Executive Board’s Outstanding Supervisor Award, the Meritorious Civilian Service Award and the Superior Civilian Service Medal.  She has received countless letters of commendation, to include a citation from the Maryland Senate and the Governor’s Office.  She was also given the US Secretaries of State award for her exemplary service to state governments.   Mrs. Emmel is a graduate of Rutgers University and holds a Public Administration Management Certificate from the University of Southern California. She is extremely proud of the many firsts she has accomplished and continues to mentor women to help them achieve their dreams.  She is especially happy to be back to her roots in the education environment working with the Teach Cyber team.

Beth Cerronne

Beth Cerrone is a Master Teacher for Teach Cyber.  She received a BS in Quantitative Business Analysis from Penn State University, a Secondary Mathematics teaching certificate from Bridgewater State College, a Master’s in Education Technology from Boise State, and a Cybersecurity Certification from University of Colorado – Boulder.  Beth taught all levels of math from Algebra 1 to IB Math HL for the first seven years of her teaching career.  She worked for IB as a moderator for four of those years.  Beth started to teach Computer Science 18 years ago and has loved the problem solving and gritty nature of the subject. She has taught all levels of courses including Intro to Programming, Web Design, App Development, AP Computer Science Principles, and AP Computer Science.  She was a reader for AP Computer Science Principles for two years.  Beth started teaching Cybersecurity four years ago and has really enjoyed learning how to protect systems and individuals from cyber threats.   Beth piloted the Teach Cyber curriculum last year and it has really helped her build her Cybersecurity knowledge and she has loved sharing that knowledge with her students and other teachers!  

Diane Glasgow

Diane received her BS in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech. She worked as a computer engineer leading a design and development team producing state of the art telemetry data processing systems used for flight test and space applications. After 25 years in the flight test world, Diane received her Masters of Arts in Leadership in Teaching from Notre Dame of Maryland. She taught mathematics for 5 year and received the 2019 SMECO Outstanding Mathematics Teacher award. Diane began teaching computer science 3 years ago and teaches AP Computer Science Principles and AP Computer Science A. She was a pilot teacher for TeachCyber last year and really enjoys applying her computer science knowledge in a new way.

Sklyer Austen

Skyler Austen is a student at the University of Central Arkansas majoring in computer science and cybersecurity.  In addition to contributing to the Teach Cyber monthly newsletters, Skyler conducts cybersecurity education and training research through the Schedler Honors College and the State of Arkansas.  He plans to pursue a graduate degree in cybersecurity after completing his undergraduate studies.

Ian O'Dwyer

Ian O’Dwyer is a videographer, photographer, graphic designer and social media curator living in greater central Arkansas.  They’re currently pursuing a B.A. in Digital Filmmaking – emphasizing in video editing and minoring in Computer Science – at the Schedler Honors College at the University of Central Arkansas.

Workshop Leaders

Dan Bonarigo

Daniel is a workshop leader with Teach Cyber and earned his bachelors in mathematics with a minor in physics from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI and his masters in Educational Technology from Concordia University in River Forest, IL. Daniel has been teaching mathematics, including Calculus, Statistics, Pre-Calculus and Computer Science at Riverside Brookfield High School in Riverside, IL for the past 18 years. Daniel has also been working with the College Board and ETS as an AP Computer Science Principles reader/table leader and question leader for the past 6 years and is a member of the AP Computer Science Principles Development Committee. Daniel enjoys challenging students with the advanced placement curriculum and hopes to continue to push students to study computing and computer science related fields for years to come.

Ben Crenshaw

Ben Crenshaw is a workshop leader with Teach Cyber and a seasoned cybersecurity specialist who has spent decades designing, installing, and overseeing vital IT programs and technologies in various industries. He is a subject-matter expert in all facets of IT organization, functionality, and security. In addition to working at Oracle as a Vulnerability Analyst, he teaches a high school Cybersecurity CTE course where students learn networking and ethical hacking skills. His students often compete in national cybersecurity competitions.  Ben holds over 20 industry certifications from Cisco, CompTIA, and EC-Council and has earned a Master’s Degree in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance. He is an active member of the Utah chapter of ISACA and the Computer Science Teachers Association. Ben has helped develop and write the Utah CTE IT Skills Exams for Networking Fundamentals and Cloud Computing. He enjoys traveling to Security conferences across the United States, especially DefCon. He advocates student engagement in all things cyber with the mantra: learn once, apply many times.

Mark Emry

Mark Emry earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and his teaching certificate was earned through South Dakota State University. He earned his Master of Arts degree in Educational Technology from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD. Mark has 28 years of teaching experience ranging from Middle School Language Arts and Science to his current position as a Computer Science teacher at McNeil High School, Round Rock Independent School District, Austin Texas. Among the courses Mark teaches are AP Computer Science A and AP Computer Science Principles (AP CSP). He has served as a leader for the reading of the AP CSP exam since its inception in 2017, this past summer as “Assistant to the Chief Reader”. Mark was awarded the 2019 NCWIT Aspirations Educator Award. In addition, he has designed and presented numerous professional development workshops in the region including functioning as lead facilitator for the “Expanding Pathways into Computer Science across South Dakota” workshop located at Black Hills State University. As part of the Research Experiences for Teachers grant, Mark developed a Cybersecurity curriculum which has been implemented in high schools across South Dakota. He grew his background in coding and cybersecurity while working as a software engineering lead for various contractors of the United States Geological Survey. 

Jamie Fagan

Jamie is a workshop leader with Teach Cyber.  He earned his bachelors in mathematics from SUNY (State University of New York) College at Brockport and his masters of science in mathematics education from SUNY College at Brockport.  Jamie has been teaching computer science and mathematics in the Rochester, NY area for twenty years.  He has been a reader/table leader for the AP Computer Science Principles for five years. Jamie advises the school math league team, computer programming competition team, and ski club. 

Brandon Milonovich

Brandon earned a Bachelor of Arts in Adolescent Mathematics Education from The College of Saint Rose, a Master of Science in Teaching and Curriculum with Emphasis in Math Education from Syracuse University, and a Master of Science in Education in Higher Education Leadership & Administration from The College of Saint Rose. He went on to earn a Master of Philosophy in Mathematics Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. He is currently working towards a PhD in Mathematics Education from Teachers College and teaches mathematics and computer science at Ardsley High School, in Ardsley, New York. He also serves as an adjunct instructor for The College of Saint Rose departments of computer science and mathematics, where he teaches elementary statistics, educational computing, and introduction to computer science. He has received multiple awards, including the LHRIC TELL Outstanding Innovative Teacher Award and the NCWIT New York Hudson Valley Affiliate Educator Award Honorable Mention. Brandon is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Computer Science Teachers Association where he has actively served as the Lower Hudson Valley Region Vice President for several years. Brandon has been a reader for the AP Computer Science Principles course and is also a mentor for the College Board AP Mentoring program in AP Computer Science A. He believes meaningful learning occurs when students take an active role in their own education and the teacher takes on a role focused on facilitation. He has a passion for inspiring students to study computer science, as well as the growing role that cybersecurity education can play in the K-12 space.

Tom Polliard

Tom Polliard earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education (Earth/Space Science) from the Pennsylvania State University.  He received his Master of Science degree in Earth Science from Northern Arizona University.    Tom spent 17 years teaching high school in the Glendale Unified School District where he taught courses which included Earth Science, Biology, Computer Programming and Networking.  Currently he is a Computer Information Systems faculty member and Occupational Program Director for Cybersecurity at Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) in Avondale, Arizona.  There he teaches Cybersecurity, Networking, Network Security and Linux courses.  Outside of teaching classes Tom was the co-organizer for the Advancing Arizona Cyber Education Forum, served as the lead instructor for a Raspberry Jam as well as multiple Ultimate Technology Summer Camps for disadvantaged youth.

Contributors

Bobbie Bastian

Bobbie Bastian is a CTE Computer Science Teacher at Bollman Technical Education Center in the Adams 12 School District in Colorado where she teaches Intro to Computer Science, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles, Cybersecurity, and Senior Projects.  She has 13 years of teaching experience in both the elementary and secondary levels.  Bobbie is a Code.org CS Principles Facilitator and is a co-designer / co-instructor of Relay’s Computational Thinking Professional Learning Course for elementary educators. Additionally, she is the President of the Colorado Chapter of CSTA and served on the Colorado Computer Science Standards Committee.  She loves teaching both students and adults how to program. Bobbie’s TSA students have placed in the top 10 at Nationals. She was selected as the 2017 Colorado TSA Advisor of the Year. Bobbie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems and a Master of Arts degree in Education.  She is currently pursuing her cybersecurity certificate at CU Boulder. 

Dan Massey, PhD

Dan Massey works on cybersecurity with applications ranging from network security to cyber physical system security. He serves on several boards from school district advisory boards to the Neutral Vehicle Consortium that is developing secure interoperable standards for vehicular data.  He is currently a full professor at CU Boulder. Prior to joining CU Boulder, Dr. Massey was a Program Manager in the Cyber Security Division, Science and Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). At DHS, he developed and managed the Cyber Physical Systems (CPSSEC) program that focused on cyber security for automobiles and other systems that combine the cyber and physical worlds. He has more than 25 years of research and management experience and is the author over 100 peer reviewed publications on networking and cyber security.

Filipo Sharevski, PhD

Filipo Sharevski is a cybersecurity researcher and tactician who constructs and manipulates reality as it unfolds across the cyber-physical spaces, particularly focused on human-centered security, machine learning for cybersecurity, and secure cyber-physical system interactions. His academic work has been published internationally, including a book on cellular network forensics, cybersecurity curriculum under the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP), and academic articles in renewed cybersecurity journals and conferences. His research areas include: malware-supported online/social media information campaigns, adversarial user experience design, secure human-interaction design, machine learning approaches for detection and testing of mechanisms for coordinated information manipulation online. Dr. Sharevski holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Cybersecurity from Purdue University, West Lafayette. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University, where he co-founded and co-directs the Divergent Design Lab.

Jennifer Peyrot

Jennifer Peyrot endeavors to make this world a better place than she found it. Professionally, she has done this for the past 13 years as a public school educator. Some of her roles during this time included teaching high school students social studies and various technology courses ((including an Introduction to Cybersecurity) and serving as an instructional technology coordinator, creating and implementing professional learning for educators. Jennifer has co-facilitated education conferences, facilitated the development and implementation of district-wide programs, and developed student-centered curriculum for in-person and online learning environments. Ms. Peyrot is an Army veteran and her experiences as a SIGINT analyst allowed her to see the need for cybersecurity education in the K-12 setting. This caused her to shift her professional work to bring opportunities in cybersecurity to middle and high school students. Currently, she is pursuing a master’s degree in cybersecurity at CU Boulder and working on projects related to cybersecurity education. 

Jesse Hairston

Jesse R. Hairston is a research engineer at The University of Alabama in Huntsville’s (UAH) Center for Cybersecurity Research and Education where he creates cybersecurity curriculum and provides research expertise to government and industry. He is a seasoned program director for UAH’s GenCyber programs, offering unique and meaningful experiences for North Alabama teachers as well as high school students with hearing and vision loss. Jesse also developed and taught U.S. Cyber Camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. He received the 2018 Cyber Huntsville Educator of the Year award and maintains industry certifications such as CISSP, Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified EC-Council Instructor, and Security+. As a CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service recipient, Jesse earned his M.S. in Cybersecurity and B.S. in Computer Engineering. Currently, Jesse is pursuing his PhD in Computer Engineering at UAH.

Tania Williams

Tania Williams works at University of Alabama Huntsville as a Research Engineer. In her role, she provides curriculum development and instruction of cybersecurity education courses and camps for The University of Alabama in Huntsville’s Center for Cybersecurity Research and Education. A former teacher at Lauderdale County High School where she taught for 19 years, she achieved 2016’s and 2018’s Teacher of the Year Award. She was also recognized as Cyber Educator of the Year at the 2019 National Cyber Summit. She holds a M.S. in Cybersecurity, is a CyberPatriot mentor, is the K12 Team Lead for her local WiCyS affiliate, and teaches Security+ prep courses. Her qualifications include Security+ certification, a State of Alabama Certificate of Teaching, and an EdS degree in Teacher Leader. She is an associate of ISC2 and is currently pursuing a PhD in Information Systems at Dakota State University.