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ABOUT US


MN CHAPTER

The Minnesota Chapter of ISSA (MN ISSA) serves the Minneapolis / St. Paul Twin Cities area, greater Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Our membership, over 250 strong and growing, is drawn from a multitude of large corporations, small businesses, government entities and educational institutions in the area. They span all levels of career growth, from students and entry-level to senior management, and cover all industries – finance, medical, government, education, retail, technology, services, and more. This depth of experience and breadth of knowledge provides a dynamic networking environment and a cadre of great individuals to draw from for education, guidance, and thought leadership.

Our bi-monthly chapter meetings, quarterly AfterHours events, and other activities sponsor local subject matter experts and national speakers, foster interaction, and provide networking opportunities. All events are open to ISSA members and non-members alike to provide educational opportunities for practitioners of all types. We simply ask that our guests, after they’ve personally experienced the value of our organization at two meetings or events, consider joining ISSA as full-fledged members – they gain not only membership in our local community, but all the benefits provided by ISSA international. Many organizations, recognizing the value, willingly sponsor their employees for continuing professional development.


ISSA INTERNATIONAL

The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) is a not-for-profit, international organization of information security professionals and practitioners. It provides educational forums, publications, and peer interaction opportunities that enhance the knowledge, skill, and professional growth of its members.

ISSA is the community of choice for international cyber security professionals dedicated to advancing individual growth, managing technology risk, and protecting critical information and infrastructure.

Read more about the ISSA and the benefits of joining.


MN ISSA is also a founding member of the Upper Midwest Security Alliance (UMSA), a non-profit organization that has, since 2004, united security-related organizations in the upper midwest to produce the annual Secure360 Conference, the premier multi-faceted security conference in the Midwest. 




CHAPTER BYLAWS

The MN ISSA Chapter Bylaws define the broad framework for governing our chapter and clarify primary chapter guidelines and objectives.  

The bylaws are reviewed annually by the chapter board.

The current bylaws can be viewed here.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board of Directors for MN ISSA are all volunteers drawn from within the chapter. They are individuals that donate their time, energy and expertise to ensure our membership and the local community benefit from quality educational programs and opportunities for knowledge sharing, networking, and collaboration.

Participation on the board or any subcommittees is an excellent opportunity to build leadership skills, earn CPE credits, and build connections with other dedicated security professionals, all while making a positive impact on the security community.  Please speak with any board member if you have an interest in contributing, or simply to provide feedback on how the chapter is doing.


ELECTED BOARD MEMBERS



PRESIDENT
Ryan Sather
E-Mail
Oversight of: Technology Team, Executive Advisors & Board


VICE PRESIDENT
Ranae Moore
E-Mail
Oversight of: Communications and Program Teams



SECRETARY
Paul Veeneman

E-Mail
Oversight of: Events Team


TREASURER
Candace Morse

E-Mail
Oversight of: Sponsorship and Volunteer Teams


APPOINTED DIRECTORS AND TEAMS


COMMUNICATIONS TEAM


COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
Serenity Smile
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MARKETING COORDINATOR
OPEN
E-Mail


SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR
Abidemi Lawal
E-Mail

BOOTH COORDINATOR

Cintia Zanata
E-Mail



EVENTS TEAM


EVENTS DIRECTOR
Tim Herman



AFTERHOURS COORDINATOR
Brian Serra



EVENT COORDINATOR
Joelle Merhar
E-Mail



VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Diana LaValle


PROGRAM TEAM

PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Lee Ann Villella

PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Shari Ziebell


SPONSORSHIP TEAM

SPONSORSHIP DIRECTOR
Jon Bard

SPONSORSHIP COORDINATOR
OPEN
E-Mail

TECHNOLOGY TEAM

TECHNOLOGY DIRECTOR
Mangaya Sivagnanam

TECHNOLOGY COORDINATOR
David Ma



EXECUTIVE ADVISORY TEAM

Bob Bennett
ISSA Fellow

Curtis Coats
ISSA Sr. Member

Rick Ensenbach

ISSA Distinguished Fellow, Past President

Betty Burke

 Past President, International Board



The Minnesota chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) is a not-for-profit organization of information security professionals and practitioners focused on promoting a secure digital world. Our goal is to be the community of choice for cybersecurity professionals dedicated to advancing individual growth, managing technology risk, and protecting critical information and infrastructure. We accomplish this by providing educational forums, publications, and peer interaction opportunities that enhance the knowledge, skill, and professional growth of our members.



PAST PRESIDENTS

Past Presidents may attend board meetings and serve in a non-voting, advisory capacity to the board. 

  • Betty Burke (2014 – 2019)
  • Bill Strub (2012 – 2013)
  • Jay Jacobs (2010 – 2012)
  • Becky Mossman (2009 – 2010)
  • Scott St. Aubin (2007 – 2009)
  • Rick Ensenbach (2005 – 2007)
  • Kelley Archer (2001 – 2005, two terms)
  • Jayne Logan (1999 – 2001)
  • Dell Hartmann (1995 – 1999, two terms)
  • Bill Aerts (1993 – 1995)
  • Paul Quanrud (1991 – 1993)
  • Jay Dybdahl (1989 – 1991, First President)

    DISTINGUISHED MEMBERS

    Distinguished Fellows

    • Kelley Archer
    • Rick Ensenbach
    • Aaron Wampach


    Fellows

    • Bob Bennett


    Senior Members

    • Curtis Coats
    • Robert W.A. Edinger
    • Michael Haffely
    • William Hille
    • Lawrence Johnson
    • Aaron P Molenaar
    • Richard Peterson
    • Marc Schandl
    • Brian Serra


    Further information on achieving these statuses can be found on the ISSA International site.


    2002, 2016, 2019 Chapter of the Year

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