David Raymond

David Raymond is a retired Army officer with a background in both cybersecurity operations and education. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from West Point, a Masters in C.S. from Duke University, and a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Virginia Tech, as well as CISSP and other security certifications.

Exercise Area

Lee Doughty

Lee is one of the many jack-of-all-trades at the Virginia Cyber Range; he is primarily responsible for ensuring the exercise area remains up-and-running! He enjoys working with the “whole picture” of IT: from operating systems, to infrastructure, to applications, and code. Lee has a Bachelor's in Applied Information Technology from George Mason University, and a Masters in Information Technology from Virginia Tech.

Nithiwat Kampanya

Nithiwat is a passionate, hands-on software development manager who enjoys building a winning team that delivers quality software, while still having fun doing it. Before joining the cyber range, he previously worked as a software architect at Rackspace. He earned his Master's degree in Computer Science from Virginia Tech and certified as a Software Architect Professional from Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University.

Jimmy McAvoy

Jimmy is a junior at Virginia Tech, currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in electrical engineering. In addition to engineering, he has interests in sports, fashion, sustainability, and mental health. In his free time, Jimmy likes to write, run, and hike.

Brian McCoy

Graduate from New River Community College and current student at Radford University interning at the Virginia Cyber Range assisting with Customer Support and DevOps.

Gregory Niebanck

Greg is a language-agnostic, full-stack developer with degrees from Virginia Tech and Oregon State. He combines his strengths in relationship building and strategic thinking to create robust software while cultivating team-oriented office culture.

Julez Slomin

A ball of energy and oddity, Julez brings her diverse background to the Range as a member of the Ops team. You can catch her hooping or doing partner acrobatics when she's not behind the screen.

Adam Tapp

Virginia Tech 2020 Computer Science major. I learned to enjoy the little things while growing up in South East Virginia. When I'm not coding for the Cyber Range, I'm creating apps or going to the gym.

Thomas Weeks

Tweeks is a Consulting Engineer at the Cyber range, is a seasoned RHCE / Linux Sys-Admin author, and has 25 years of deep Linux/Networking industry experience. He helps other Cyber Range exercise authors get their content working in the range, helps create new Range OS images.. and in his community helps lead the RBTC regional Cyber Security forum and teach kids C++ and robotics programming. Full Bio.


Sandra Schiavo

Sandra Schiavo is the Lead Courseware Coordinator at the Virginia Cyber Range; she works with content authors throughout Virginia to provide cybersecurity materials for our online Courseware repository. She came to the Virginia Cyber Range in February 2017 following a 27-year career as a naval officer.

Tylisia Crews

Ty earned her M.S. in strategic communication and her B.S. in communication studies both from Radford University. She also worked as a communication instructor before becoming the instructional content coordinator for Virginia Cyber Range. Ms. Crews also enjoys graphic design, cooking, and reading in her free time.


Michael Velle

Michael Velle is a Business Development Intern at the Virginia Cyber Range. He spends most of his time conducting research, compiling data, and preparing for the 2019 Conference. Outside of the Range, Michael is working toward a business degree at Virginia Tech while participating as a member of the Ice Hockey Team.

Kathrinna Hammon

Kathrinna is a Business Development Intern who works to create content, update all of our social media, draft articles & blog posts and also helps prepare for the annual conferences. She is working towards her Bachelor's degree in Public Relations at Virginia Tech. Outside of work she loves to read, blog and cook. 

Christina Kim

Christina is a Business Development Intern at the Virginia Cyber Range. She conducts market and competitor analyses by researching the cybersecurity industry as a whole. Christina is working towards her PhD in Chemistry at Virginia Tech, and looking to transition into management consulting after graduation.

Maureen Lawrence-Kuether

Maureen leads the marketing and outreach efforts for the Virginia Cyber Range. As the unofficial Chief Morale Officer, Maureen strives to make the Cyber Range a fun and rewarding workplace with activities like office game days and social gatherings. She is a two time Virginia Tech graduate with a B.A. in English and M.A. in Communication.

Executive Committee

Steven Carrigan

Mr. Carrigan’s educational background includes Associate in Applied Science Degrees in Microcomputer and in Networking disciplines through Danville Community College; Bachelor's Degree in IT from Old Dominion University; and Master’s Degree in IT from Old Dominion University. Mr. Carrigan also has a Network Security Certificate from Radford University offered through the NSA.

Peggy Brouse

Dr. Peggy Brouse is a Professor in the Systems Engineering and Operations Research department and the Director of the Cyber Security Engineering undergraduate program at George Mason University. Before Mason, Dr. Brouse worked as a Program Director at the MITRE Corporation, a database analyst at CACI and systems analyst at the U.S. Army Computer Systems Command. Dr. Brouse is a member of the Virginia Cyber Range Executive Committee. She is also a member of the IEEE, ASEE and INCOSE. Within INCOSE, she served as the director of the Academic Forum. Degrees earned: BS in Computer Science, American University; MBA, Marymount University and Ph.D. INFT, George Mason University.

Jim Jones

Dr. Jones is an Associate Professor in the Digital Forensics and Cyber Analysis program within the ECE Department. Dr. Jones earned his Bachelor's degree from Georgia Tech (Industrial and Systems Engineering, 1989), Master's degree from Clemson University (Mathematical Sciences, 1995), and PhD from George Mason University (Computational Sciences and Informatics, 2008). He has been a cyber security practitioner, researcher, and educator for over 20 years.

Benjamin Delp

Mr. Benjamin T. Delp is the Director of Research Development and Promotion at James Madison University.  In this capacity, he leverages the resources of the university to identify research and scholarship opportunities for JMU faculty and students, while cultivating strategic alliances with government, university, and private sector partners. He is a graduate of James Madison University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science as an Honors Scholar, and Master of Public Administration as a Fellow with the Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance.

M. Hossain Heydari

Dr. Heydari is Professor and Director of the Graduate Information Security Program at JMU.

Darrell Carpenter

Dr. Darrell Carpenter is an Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Cyber Security and the Director of the Center for Cyber Security at Longwood University. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the Cyber Security Center as well as the strategic direction of the Center's research and outreach efforts an the University's academic programs in Cyber Security. 

Dean Schwartz

Mr. Dean Schwartz serves as the Assistant Director of the Center for Financial Responsibility and Cyber Security at Longwood University.

Henry Coffman

Professor of Information Technology for 14 years and Program Manager for CAE2Y Cybersecurity Academic curriculum at LFCC. Henry also has 8 years experience at Interpol and 16 years experience with the U.S. Bureau of Naval Personnel Technology Service Organizations. Henry was also the Vice Chair of Interpol’s Standing Committee on Information Technology for two years. Henry lead the Cybersecurity program to earn the Virginia Teaching Excellence CTE Program Award. Dr. Coffman has a CISSP certification and holds a Bachelors degree from UVA, Masters degree from American University, and a Doctorate degree from George Mason University.

Melissa Stange

Melissa Stange has over 25 years of experience as a technology professional working in the industries of Government, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Non-Profit, and Education. Melissa has worked in numerous types of technology positions including computer programming, systems analyst, systems design & administration, project management, technical research, technical trainer, and technical support. She holds several professional certifications and has a variety of research publications. She has been teaching at LFCC since 2004 and leads the Computer Science program. Dr. Stange holds an Associates degree from Chattahoochee Valley Community College, Bachelors degree from Shenandoah University,  a Masters degree from Averett University and Nova Southeastern University, and a Doctorate degree from Walden University.

Claude Turner

Dr. Claude F. Turner, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science at Norfolk State University (NSU). He is a graduate of the City College of the City University of New York (CUNY), where he earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1993 and 1995, respectively. In 2003, he earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from The Graduate Center of CUNY for work in network traffic analysis. His research interests include cybersecurity, computer forensics, information privacy, data analytics, financial computing, signal processing, and computer science and cybersecurity education.

Aurelia Williams

Dr. Aurelia T. Williams is the Founding Director of the Cybersecurity Complex at Norfolk State University (NSU) and the PI of the Consortium Enabling Cybersecurity Opportunities and Research (CECOR). In various capacities, she has helped Cybersecurity to grow across the departments at NSU, regionally and nationally.  As the CS department Chairman, the Cybersecurity initiative received 35 million dollars in Cybersecurity funding.

Kwabena Konadu

Professor Konadu is currently working for SE Solutions as a consultant for the Department of Homeland Security. He teaches Cybersecurity and Information Technology courses at the Woodbridge Campus. Konadu’s primary focus includes System Monitoring, Infrastructure Protection, Malware Analysis and Reverse Engineering, Cyber Robotics, and hardware development. He spent the first 12 years of his career building and testing space hardware applications for nuclear vulnerability/survivability assessment, and more than 10 years working as an Information Systems Security Engineer. Professor Konadu is also a Faculty Coach and the Director of Engineering for Cybersecurity Competitions at the Woodbridge Campus where he is responsible for providing virtualization platform infrastructure for offensive and defensive cybersecurity. He holds an M.S. in Telecommunications Network and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from George Mason University.

Alex Seminario

Professor Seminario teaches IT and security courses at the Annandale Campus. He has over 18 years of experience in IT. He has worked on securing federal grants for physical security projects and has managed various projects involving building security, electronic door access, biometrics, intrusion detection and camera surveillance systems. Professor Seminario has a master's degree in Information Systems Network Management.

Hongyi "Michael" Wu

Michael is the Batten Chair of Cybersecurity and the Director of the Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research at Old Dominion University (ODU). Before joining ODU, Wu was an Alfred and Helen Lamson Endowed Professor at the Center for Advanced Computer Studies (CACS), University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL Lafayette). He received the B.S. degree in scientific instruments from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in 1996, and the M.S. degree in electrical engineering and Ph.D. degree in computer science from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo in 2000 and 2002, respectively. 

Prem Uppuluri

Dr. Uppuluri is a Professor in the Department of Information Technology at Radford University.  Professor Uppuluri’s expertise is primarily in the area of cybersecurity.  He has been PI or Co-PI on six NSA funded projects in the area of Cybersecurity and has served as Co-Director of the RUSecure CTF Contest for the past five years.  Dr. Uppuluri also serves as Director of the Center for Information Safety and Security at Radford University.

Michael Mann

Michael Mann is Associate Professor of IT at Thomas Nelson Community College and the program head for Networking and Cybersecurity. He has been teaching at Thomas Nelson since 2009.

William Clement

Bill Clement is the Dean of IT and Business overseeing the Cyber Security and IT programs at Tidewater Community College. He is also a full Time IT faculty member at Tidewater Community College serving on the Virginia Beach campus as a program lead in the Web Development Specialist curriculum specializing in Web graphics, design, interactive Web site development, Web server administration, networking and computer hardware. Bill earned his Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Oswego in Industrial Technology and a Master’s of Science in Instructional Design and Technology from Old Dominion University. He also holds Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology Leadership from Goucher College. 

Robert Guess

Robert Guess is a professor of Information Systems Technology and a senior security engineer at a Fortune 100 organization. Professor Guess possesses a Master of Science in Information Assurance and has over a dozen industry certifications, including the Certified Information Systems Security Practitioner (CISSP). He is the program head for Tidewater Community College's cyber security program on the Chesapeake Campus.

Ahmed Ibrahim

Ahmed received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Kentucky in 2016. He also holds two M.Sc. degrees in Computer Science, one from the University of Kentucky in 2014 and one from Egypt in 2009. Due to Ahmed’s enthusiasm in teaching and his joy in seeing people learn, he joined the Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program at the University of Kentucky and earned a Certificate in College Teaching and Learning in 2014.

Randy Marchany

27 yrs in Cybersecurity, SANS Institute instructor, Center for Internet Security charter member, REN-ISAC board, Educause HEISC, VASCAN, VA Tech IT Security Lab Director.

Scott Midkiff

Dr. Scott Midkiff serves as the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer for Virginia Tech. In this role, he has overall responsibility for the university’s information technology strategies, services, and infrastructure in areas including high-performance computing, technology-enabled teaching and learning, enterprise systems, networking, identity services, and cybersecurity. Midkiff is also a Professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.