The participants in the Cybersecurity Talent Initiative’s inaugural class bring a variety of academic and professional experience to the federal government. These recent graduates will serve a two-year fellowship at seven federal agencies before applying for a job with one of the initiative’s corporate partners. Read their bios below to learn more about where each participant is placed, their experience and background and their motivation for working in the field of cybersecurity.

Adjua Lake

Graduating Academic Institution: University at Albany

Placement: Army Cyber Command

Degree: Cybersecurity

Akosua Nsowah

Graduating Academic Institution: George Washington University

Placement: State Department

Degree: Cybersecurity

Benjamin Quinn

Graduating Academic Institution: Florida Atlantic University

Placement: United States Secret Service

Degree: Computer Engineering

Cherrylita Turner

Graduating Academic Institution: George Washington University

Placement: United States Coast Guard

Degree: Cybersecurity Policy and Compliance

Daniel Embry

Graduating Academic Institution: George Washington University

Placement: United States Coast Guard

Degree: Cybersecurity

Emely Toledo Cruz

Graduating Academic Institution: George Washington University

Placement: Census Bureau, Office of Information Security

Degree: Cybersecurity

Frederico Colon

Graduating Academic Institution: George Washington University

Placement: State Department

Degree: Cybersecurity Policy and Compliance

Jayro Espino

Graduating Academic Institution: Metropolitan State University of Denver

Placement: Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Degree: Cybersecurity

Jillene Vannostrand

Graduating Academic Institution: Western Governors University

Placement: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Degree: Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

Joseph Roesch

Graduating Academic Institution: George Mason University

Placement: United States Coast Guard

Degree: Information Technology

Laurence Pagan

Graduating Academic Institution: George Washington University

Placement: State Department

Degree: Cybersecurity Policy and Compliance

Marji Symonds

Graduating Academic Institution: Oregon State University- Cascades

Placement: United States Coast Guard

Degree: Computer Science

Maurice Prunty

Graduating Academic Institution: Walden University

Placement: State Department

Degree: Information System Security and Information System Management

Michael Austin

Graduating Academic Institution: West Virginia University

Placement: United States Coast Guard

Degree: Computer science- cybersecurity

Nicholas di Mauro

Graduating Academic Institution: William and Mary

Placement: Department of Health and Human Services

Degree: Computer science

Olivia Janssen

Graduating Academic Institution: Dakota State University

Placement: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Degree: Network Security and Cyber Leadership

Ramatu Mohammed

Graduating Academic Institution: Fordham University

Placement: State Department

Degree: Cybersecurity

Ryan Walsh

Graduating Academic Institution: Indiana University Bloomington

Placement: State Department

Degree: Cybersecurity Risk Management & Political Science

Sammy Noman

Graduating Academic Institution: George Mason University

Placement: State Department

Degree: Information Assurance and Security- Applied Cybersecurity

Sangeetha Ranadeeve

Graduating Academic Institution: University of Houston

Placement: State Department

Degree: Management Information Systems and Supply Chain Management

Lucinda Brooks

Graduating Academic Institution: Regent University

Placement: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Degree: Cybersecurity Management

Manpreet Duggal

Graduating Academic Institution: University of Albany, State University of New York

Placement: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Degree: Digital Forensics, Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity

Kristin Miyoko Lockwood

Graduating Academic Institution: John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Placement: Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Degree: Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity

Michelle Massarik

Graduating Academic Institution: University of Albany, State University of New York

Placement: Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Degree: Cybersecurity Informatics

Steve Muthomi

Graduating Academic Institution: University of Maryland Global Campus

Placement: Environmental Protection Agency

Degree: Cybersecurity Technology

Carroll S. Rich

Graduating Academic Institution: Marymount University

Placement: Environmental Protection Agency

Degree: Cybersecurity

Joseph Salisbury

Graduating Academic Institution: Western Governors University

Placement: Federal Election Commission

Degree: Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

Kevin Smith

Graduating Academic Institution: Maryville University

Placement: US Army Cyber Command

Degree: Cybersecurity