The participants in the Cybersecurity Talent Initiative’s first three cohorts bring a variety of academic and professional experience to the federal government. These recent graduates will spend two years with federal agencies before they consider applying for a job with one of the initiative’s corporate partners. Read below to learn more about where each participant is placed, as well as the experience and background they bring to their cybersecurity role. Some participants are still in the agency clearance process or have chosen not to share their image.

Abay Bekele

Graduating Academic Institution: University of Maryland Global Campus

Placement: Environmental Protection Agency

Degree: Computer Network and Cybersecurity

CTI Participant

Graduating Academic Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Institution and State University

Placement: United States Secret Service

Degree: Computer Science and Mathematics

Adam Bailey

Graduating Academic Institution: Maryville University – St. Louis

Placement: Department of Treasury

Degree: Cyber Security

CTI Participant

Graduating Academic Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Institution and State University

Placement: United States Secret Service

Degree: Computer Science and Mathematics

Afua Amoako-Baah

Graduating Academic Institution: University of Maryland Global Campus

Placement: Department of State

Degree: IT-Information Systems Assurance

Alexander Neubecker

Graduating Academic Institution: American University

Placement: Department of Treasury

Degree: National Security/Cybersecurity

CTI Participant

Graduating Academic Institution: University of Maryland Global Campus

Placement: United States Secret Service

Degree: Information Technology and Information Assurance

CTI Participant

Graduating Academic Institution: City College of New York

Placement: Department of State

Degree: Cybersecurity

CTI Participant

Graduating Academic Institution: George Washington University

Placement: Department of State

Degree: Cybersecurity

Bife Shiela Nyoweke

Graduating Academic Institution: University of Maryland Global Campus

Placement: Federal Deposit Insurance Agency

Degree: Cybersecurity Management and Policy

CTI Participant

Graduating Academic Institution: Purdue University

Placement: United States Army

Degree: Information Technology

David Han

Graduating Academic Institution: Virginia Tech

Placement: Department of State

Degree: Business Information Technology, Cybersecurity Management and Analysis

Grace Uchendu

Graduating Academic Institution: University of Maryland Global Campus

Placement: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Degree: Business Information Technology, Cybersecurity Management and Analysis

Hannah Otis

Graduating Academic Institution: Edgewood College

Placement: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Degree: Business Information Technology, Cybersecurity Management and Analysis

CTI Participant

Graduating Academic Institution: Western Governors University

Placement: United States Census Bureau

Degree: Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

CTI Participant

Graduating Academic Institution: Georgetown University

Placement: United States Secret Service

Degree: Cybersecurity Risk Management

CTI Participant

Graduating Academic Institution: Western Governors University

Placement: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Degree: Cybersecurity

Jarred Jallah

Graduating Academic Institution: The George Washington University

Placement: Department of Defense, Defense Technical Information Center

Degree: Cybersecurity

Kelly Reilly

Graduating Academic Institution: Grand Canyon University

Placement: Department of State

Degree: Cybersecurity

Luke Wambua

Graduating Academic Institution: University of Maryland Global Campus

Placement: United States Secret Service

Degree: Computer Networks and Cybersecurity

Rebecca Mader

Graduating Academic Institution: New York University

Placement: Environmental Protection Agency

Degree: Global Security, Conflict, and Cybercrime

Ryan Do

Graduating Academic Institution: Drexel University

Placement: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Degree: Computing Security and Technology

Sean Patrick Manning Jr

Graduating Academic Institution: Marymount University

Placement: United States Census Bureau

Degree: Cybersecurity

Shaniya Snagg

Graduating Academic Institution: John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Placement: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Degree: Computer Science and Information Security

CTI Participant

Graduating Academic Institution: Western Governors University

Placement: Department of State

Degree: Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

CTI Participant

Graduating Academic Institution: Western Governors University

Placement: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Degree: Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

Weston Wilson

Graduating Academic Institution: Western Governors University

Placement: Department of Treasury

Degree: Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

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

Participant Testimonials

 

“My experience with working for the federal government through the CTI program has been so enriching. My co-workers and my supervisors have taught me everything from policy work to cyber security tools. It’s an amazing feeling to know that I have made a difference in the world and help to protect my nation from cyber security attacks.”

 

—Kevin, Cohort 1 CTI Participant

 


 

“The Cybersecurity Talent Initiative (CTI) provided an excellent opportunity to learn new tools and experience ‘hands-on’ training from Sr. Cybersecurity Engineers in the Public & Private Sectors. CTI provides an opportunity to work with Information Security and Cybersecurity Engineers, which increased my knowledge on proven methods to address vulnerability and incident management, remediations, mitigations along with supporting data analysis using various cyber tools, applications and other resources to research, detect, combat and potentially eliminate future cyber threats.”

 

—Lucinda, Cohort 1 CTI Participant