The InfraGardNCR Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of the National Capital Region is comprised of a diverse group of professionals who have devoted their careers to the security of the Nation in both the public and private sector. Board members serve in a voluntary capacity and are committed to making our Nation safer against attacks on its critical infrastructure by improving the opportunities, avenues, and venues in which our members establish trusted relationships and share threat, prevention, and mitigation information.
Steve Bieber is the Chief of Urban Watershed Programs and Homeland Security, Department of Environmental Programs, at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Steve has over 25 years of experience in water quality management, environmental regulation, and public policy. Most of Steve’s experience involves working with the regional Chesapeake Bay Program and related watershed management programs. Presently, he is responsible for managing COG’s regional Anacostia Restoration Partnership, water security programs, energy security programs, critical infrastructure protection, drought management and response, urban stream restoration, green infrastructure, and other related environmental programs for local governments and utilities in the Washington, DC area.
Previously Steve was Chief of Watershed Planning and Outreach for the Maryland Department of the Environment. Steve has extensive experience working with international groups on watershed management and water security issues. Steve holds a B.S. in zoology from Michigan State University, an M.S. in Oceanography from Old Dominion University, and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Baltimore.
Chief Administrative Officer
Brandon Ahrens is a Senior Manager in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP. He leads Threat Management within EY’s U.S. Government & Public Sector market segment. Brandon has nearly 20 years of global consulting and implementation experience utilizing broad capabilities across technology, people enablement, and business processes. He works closely with both the public and private sectors to address risk and threat mitigation, cybersecurity, customer relationship management, data and call center consolidations, cloud migration, managed services, enterprise and performance management, business process re-engineering, training, and system development.
Specific to Threat Management Brandon leads a multi-disciplined team that focuses on identification and mitigation of risks and vulnerabilities encompassing cybersecurity, supply chain, financial, geopolitical, regulatory and compliance, and technical design and construction. He has led programs covering industrial base risk analysis, cyber wargames and tabletop exercises, and security management for government departments such as the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and the Intelligence Community. In 2016 Brandon was an invited participant in the Defense Science Board Summer Study.
Prior to EY Brandon worked at Accenture where he led global implementations and consolidation programs. From IT service management to financial management, Brandon helped various clients standardize operations within multi-level security environments and integrate across multiple agencies.
Brandon graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and is also a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).
Steve has served as a senior executive in business and technology leadership in a variety of vertical markets including government, manufacturing, financial services, and healthcare organizations. He has over 39 years of experience in business, information technology, security and consulting.
Steve has led organizations providing consulting, risk assessments, systems development, and numerous other information technology and security solutions. He has served as Chief Information Officer, Chief Security Officer, Chief Information Security Officer, and was the executive leader for cyber security, security regulatory and privacy compliance, and internal investigations of fraud, cyber, and physical security related incidents.
Steve is an adjunct professor for George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School, Arlington, Virginia. Steve holds a Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Averett University, Danville, VA. In addition, he has professional certifications in Financial Crimes Investigation from Utica College, NY; Leading Operational Excellence from MIT Sloan Executive Education; and, Advanced Cyber Security Management from Stanford University, CA.
Andy is co-founder and Managing Director of The Gate 15 Company, where he oversees team projects providing Gate 15’s threat-informed and risk based approach to analysis, preparedness and operations in support of private sector and government partners across the critical infrastructure environment.
He has nearly 20 years of project and personnel management experience, with extensive experience working in the fields of analysis, operations and preparedness with public and private organizations. In addition to current projects with a variety of information sharing and analysis organizations and government partners, he has previously supported the DHS Office of Infrastructure Protection’s incident response, serving in the IP Incident Management Cell / Crisis Action Team during several incidents. Prior to founding Gate 15, Andy was employed by the FS-ISAC, the Battelle Memorial Institute, and Cintas Corporation. He served 8 years in the U.S. Army assigned to bases in the United States, Germany, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Andy graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Government and Politics and received his Masters degree in Management from Webster University. He skipped his college graduation to marry the former Michelle Wilson of Herndon, Virginia. Andy and Michelle have two children, Thomas and Jackson Jabbour. The family presently resides in Loudoun County, Virginia.
Steve Raia is an IT executive with leadership experience in multiple industries, including higher education, semiconductor manufacturing, defense / government contracting, and financial services. Throughout his career, he has successfully delivered results in areas such as strategy and execution, collaborating with P&L leaders to use IT to enable business success, implementing corporate change initiatives, including M&A transactions, and effectively managing cyber and compliance risk. He currently serves as Vice President and Chief Information Officer at T-Rex Solutions, a federal contractor specializing in cyber security and cloud adoption for federal agencies.
Steve previously served as CIO at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), a non-profit corporation that was established by Congress in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to oversee the audits of public companies. Prior to his time at the PCAOB, Steve held leadership roles in the government contracting industry, including Vice President of Enterprise Applications at TASC and Deputy CIO at CGI Federal. Earlier in his career, Steve was Global Director of IT for Leica Microsystems and Manager at Georgetown University.
Steve graduated from Georgetown with a BS in Foreign Service and a Master's in Public Policy. He also earned an MBA from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). He currently holds CISSP and PMP certifications. In his spare time, Steve enjoys spending time with his wife and watching their children participate in sports. He also enjoys nature photography.
Valeri (Val) Stoyanov is a cyber security, privacy and information technology (IT) executive with more than 20 years of professional experience, of which he spent more than 10 years in CISO-level roles. He is the President and CEO of PCSA Group and E2ECYBER Consulting, specializing in professional and executive cybersecurity consulting.
Val brings extensive experience in the private and public sectors. Prior to PCSA Group, he was the CISO, Interim Privacy Officer and Data Protection Officer at Emmes Corporation, one of the first Clinical Research Organizations to test a Covid-19 vaccine. The rest of Val’s private industry career includes VP of Cybersecurity at Alion Sciences Corporation, Director of Cybersecurity Governance at The Advisory Board Company, CISO at Dickstein Shapiro LLP and Senior Managing Consultant at IBM.
During his tenure at the Federal Government, Val was an Information Security Program Officer at the Federal Network Resilience branch of the Department for Homeland Security (DHS), now Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). He led and supported critical cybersecurity programs of national importance. For his efforts to bring value and to innovate, Val was awarded the “Fierce 15 Award” – one of 15 most innovative federal government employees.
Val is currently an Associate Director and a member of the Homeland Security Committee at AFCEA. Since 2020, he has also actively been supporting the CMMC Ecosystem. In 2019, Val served on the Cyber Advisory Board of the University of Maryland Baltimore Campus BWTECH.
Val is fluent in 7 languages. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, with an M.S. in Cybersecurity and a B.S. in Management of Information Systems (member of Phi Kappa Phi and Upsilon Pi Epsilon honors societies). He also holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto. Val maintains numerous specialized certifications in cybersecurity, privacy, IT and project management.
Executive Vice President
Sam Khashman is president and chief executive officer of Technology Partners, Inc. DBA IMAGINE Software located in Charlotte, North Carolina. He founded TPI with a vision of developing workflow-centric computer systems and, utilizing his experience working with high volume transactions in the financial and insurance industries, he developed the IMAGINE practice management system. IMAGINE is widely recognized as an innovative leader in the field of medical billing/collections.
Khashman has spent his career developing national and international markets for various business software solutions and is recognized in the industry for combining complex processes into single system solutions. He has an extensive background in systems integration, process efficiency and imaging systems, with more than 18 years in executive leadership positions. He has led the development and commercialization of more than 12 software products, which have been utilized by several thousand unique users.
He is also involved in numerous civic organizations and was named “Man of the Year 2000” by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. In addition, he participates in a number of other charitable organizations.
His publications include “Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity,” (co-author, 2005), “Capturing Experience with Technology” (2007), “Lead Like you Mean It” (2008), and “Cause and Effect” (2012).
A native of Germany, Khashman graduated from colleges in both Germany and North Carolina. He is fluent in five languages and currently serves on the board of the National Chamber Foundation, the public policy think tank of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington D.C.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Boykin B. Jordan, Jr., an information technology (IT) expert, is the founder and President/CEO of Cyber Smart Pros, an IT professional services and cyber security consulting company. Prior to working at Cyber Smart Pros, Mr. Jordan worked as President of Dyoptics, a database development and data visualization company. During his successful 26-year Air Force career, he was awarded a Bronze Star for his service during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He received the Legion of Merit for his service as the Strategic Planning Chief in the Air Force’s Business Transformation Office. He received a second Legion of Merit for his accomplishments as a Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Offutt Air Force Base leading a 545-person IT staff and providing IT services to 9,000 end users.
He holds a Master of Science degree in Government Information Leadership from the National Defense University in Washington, DC. Mr. Jordan also holds a MBA with a Computer Resources Management emphasis from Webster University in Saint Louis, MO. He completed his undergraduate work in Math at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina.
His executive professional development includes CIO and CISO certificates from the National Defense University and the Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation. Mr. Jordan currently holds the professional certifications as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Project Management Professional (PMP), and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).
Mr. Jordan is a member of the Citadel Club of Greater Washington (CCGW), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works with young people to promote the development of educational excellence, principled leadership, and god citizenship. As a volunteer treasurer, Mr. Jordan led CCGW’s effort to become a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. He also serves as the President of the Greenwood Homeowners Association (443 homes) and as a council member on The Citadel’s Science and Mathematics Council. Mr. Jordan is also a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
Mr. Jordan has been married to his high school sweetheart, Bonita, for 34 years. They have one son and one daughter. They reside in Springfield, VA – a Washington, DC suburb.
Inspired by a cartoon, she watched as a child, Kristi knew she wanted to use computers and her technical skill to fight crime and protect others. She began her adventure in 2004 at the US Department of Justice where she did just that.
Over time, she served as a contractor for the State Department, the intelligence community, and began to teach digital forensics in a quest to grow additional leaders in the field. She has served as an adjunct instructor in the MS Digital Forensics program at George Mason University. In 2010, she served as the manager of a commercial digital forensic practice in a Fortune 500 firm and founded the Cyber Threat Intelligence program at a top-five US financial institution. Most recently she served as the Chief Intelligence Officer at FS-ISAC, supporting the international financial services community.
Kristi continues to pursue her goal of making the cyber world safer for everyone serving information sharing communities, utilities, financial institutions, small businesses, and families. Kristi founded Horton Innovations, LLC to empower individuals, families, and businesses protect themselves and thwart cyber offenders.
Tatiana is a Department of Defense Collection Strategist. Before federal work, she served in the Chicago nonprofit sector for twenty years. Her philanthropic career included wildlife rescue, finding homes for animals that were getting a second chance, studying wild dolphin behavior in Australia, bringing rehabilitated pit bulls into a juvenile detention facility to teach empathy and reduce recidivism, and all elements of nonprofit leadership. She earned her Master's in Public Administration with a specialization in Nonprofit Management and also served on the board of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Chicago chapter, creating programs that serve nonprofit professionals.
Tatiana has always engaged in volunteerism and service. From beach cleanups to assisting children with special needs to serving on a microfinance alliance; she knows there is always something to do to make a difference in the community. Tatiana followed in her father's bootsteps and enlisted in the Army Reserves, which sparked a career change from local philanthropy to federal service. InfraGard's mission of bringing public and private entities together in the name of national defense is truly aligned with what brought Tatiana to the Capital region.
Peter G. Salmon is Senior Director, Technology & Cybersecurity of the Investment Company Institute, responsible for the Institute’s Technology Committee, Chief Information Security Officer Advisory Committee, ICI Global’s Information Security Officer Committee, and ICI’s Business Continuity Sub-Committee. During the last 19 years Mr. Salmon was also responsible for the Institute’s Small Funds Committee, and End of Day Pricing Forum. Prior to joining the ICI in 1999, Mr. Salmon spent 11 years with The NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc., most recently as Director of NASDAQ International Market Initiatives, Inc., where he was responsible for the general management of a NASDAQ subsidiary that assisted in the development of foreign equity markets from a technological and regulatory perspective.
Mr. Salmon represents the ICI on the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security, United States Department of the Treasury, the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center, Federal Bureau of Investigation’s INFRAGARD (Board Member), the United States Secret Service’s Electronic Crimes Task Force, and the National Cyber Forensics and Training Alliance. Mr. Salmon is a graduate of Villanova University, where he earned a BA in Economics, and The American University, where he earned a MA in Economics. Mr. Salmon has also earned Certificates in Financial Planning from Georgetown University and Cyber Threat Analysis from the National Cyber Forensics and Training Alliance.