Dear Members,

The voting process for the National Capital Chapter board of directors election starts at 12:00 p.m. EST, on Monday, December 6, 2010.

Only members in good standing as of December 6, 2010 are eligible to cast their vote. Don't miss your chance to impact the direction of your chapter, follow the link below and register your vote for the candidates nominated by our members. Voting will close promptly at 11:59 a.m. EST, Saturday, December 18, 2010.


The National Capital Chapter Board of Directors Slate

Nominee for President
Thomas Hallewell

Tom Hallewell has been Director of Programs for the National Capital Chapter since 2008 and has engaged all the meeting speakers (and many of the snacks) since that time.
He has worked in the Information Security space for more than a decade and is currently employed at the Department of Homeland Security. He is also pursuing a degree at University of Maryland University College (UMUC), and is a proud father.

Vision: As President, I will work to build on our success and take the Chapter to the next level: More members, more sponsors, more great events. The Chapter Board will develop a vision based on member feedback and, with member support, strive to make this vision a reality.


Nominee for Executive Vice-President
Michael Vernon

Currently I am the IT Project Manager on an effort to implement BigFix Network Scanning system within the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation LAN. Within this project I am solely responsible for managing all stakeholder relationships including; vendor, project sponsor, contract support and Federal management interactions. The project is ahead of schedule and within budget. In addition to this, I have attained professional certifications as a; CISSP, CISA, CISM and CCNA/Security, and have previously held positions within other Federal agencies where I received awards for my IT Project Management expertise. I retired from the United States military, after 22 years of service, in 2008.


Nominee for Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer
Eddie Schwartz

Mr. Schwartz is Chief Security Officer of NetWitness and has 25 years experience in the information security and privacy fields. Previously, he was CTO of ManTech Security Technologies Corporation, EVP and General Manager for Global Integrity, SVP of Operations at Guardent, CISO for Nationwide Insurance; and as a Senior Computer Scientist at CSC he was Technical Director of the DSS Information Security Laboratory. Mr. Schwartz has advised a number of security companies, and served on the Executive Committee for the Banking Information Technology Secretariat (BITS).  Mr. Schwartz has a B.I.S. in Information Security Management and an M.S. in Information Technology Management from the George Mason University School of Management.

SOI:  I'd like to continue as Treasurer of ISSA-DC so that I can help the chapter to grow its financial resources and have the financing to offer better opportunities for its membership.


Nominee for Vice-President of Communications/Secretary
Branko Bokan

If re-elected as the VP of Communications for the National Capital Chapter, I will continue to serve the best interests of the National Capital Chapter and improve communication channels between the chapter and its members.  Over the past two years, as Communications VP for the Chapter I was responsible for the development of the chapter’s web presence, email services, and audio netcasts.

I have over 15 years of experience in IT management and information security. I hold a BSc in Information Systems from the London School of Economics, and an MSc in Information Security from Royal Holloway, University of London. I currently work as a cyber security analyst at Innotion Enterprises Inc. for the USDA.  


Nominee for Vice-President of Education 
Patricia Summers

I have served for the past year as VP of Education.  If re-elected, I will work to expand the opportunities for education and training for our members, and will continue to serve the best interests of the National Capital Chapter.   Information Security is a moving target, and staying up to speed in the field is a constant struggle.  Education is not restricted to certifications, conferences and traditional classroom training.  If elected I will continue to do my best to make a variety of opportunities available to the ISSA-DC Chapter members.

I have been a member of ISSA for over 5 years and a member of the DC Chapter for several of those years.  I have over 17 years of experience in Information Security and over 25 years experience in trying to get needed training. 
My certifications include CISSP and FITSI, and like everyone else I am persuing additional certifications while maintaining those I have.


Nominee for Vice-President of Programs


Nominee for Vice-President of Membership
Fred Kolbrener

Fred Kolbrener is an IA Security Analyst and Planner at Smartronix, Inc.  At the present time he supports USMC network planning.  His duties in the past have included program management of an Information Assurance contract support to the Director of Security of an Army agency and he was responsible for overseeing another contract in support of the Army.  He was been directly responsible for direction of a computer incident response team, certification and accreditation activities, and administration of a connection approval process covering the network backbones.  He also supervised varied network security engineering tasks.  He has over 40 years of hands-on managerial and technical experience in information assurance, program management, financial management, contingency planning, education, nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) defense, office administration, marketing, and remote site management.  Fred holds a Masters Degree from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Alfred University.  He is retired from the US Army where he was heavily involved in varied security areas.  He was a participant on several IA panels conducted at the 18th – 23d National Information Systems Security Conferences (NISSC).  He has served as the VP for Membership for the past nine years.


Nominee for Vice President of Strategic Relations
Virginia Elharam

Mrs. Virginia Elharam has over 10 years of experience; combined both as a government employee with NIH and as a consultant with several US Federal Government Agencies and Departments.  Mrs. Elharam is currently working for SRA International as a Information Assurance Team Lead supporting a US Federal Government Agency.  Mrs. Elharam holds a B.S. in Computer and Information Science from UMUC and a M.S. in Information Technology from UMUC.

ISSA National Capital Chapter Proposed Bylaws

Before casting your vote, please take a moment to review the proposed Chapter Constitution and Bylaws. At the end of the voting ballot, you will have an opportunity to approve or disaprove this document.


As always, we strive to ensure a fair and convenient voting process. Should you have any questions about the election or any of the candidates, please feel free to send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you for your support!
ISSA-DC 2010 Elections Committee 

The calendar and process for the nominations and elections are described below.


CEO of Chapter. Primary liaison to International headquarters. Presides over all Chapter business meetings and Board meetings. Primary point of contact (POC) for Chapter members for Chapter activities. Sets and maintains calendar with the advice of the Board.  

Executive Vice-President
COO of Chapter. Serves as Chief of Staff to President for Board activities. Responsible for successful performance of all events. Assumes role of President when needed.  

Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer
CFO for Chapter. Maintains all bank accounts, pays all bills and develops financial plans and Chapter budget. Ensures annual audit is done. Prepares receipts and ensures all participants have paid. Defines signature authority and ensures correct officers are on signature card. Maintains general ledger for Chapter of income and expenditures. Maintains all financial accounts and any credit cards. Maintains financial records for the Chapter. Prepares and monitors Chapter and event budgets.  At the direction/approval of the Board, pays all Chapter bills.

Vice-President of Communications/Secretary
Responsible for all Chapter Communications and data storage. Also serves as Chapter Historian. Records, maintains and publishes all minutes and proceedings. Responsible for maintaining/managing Chapter’s web site and its content, and producing all advertising, announcement and promotional materials.  Responsible for routine e-mail notices to Chapter members.  Initiates official Chapter correspondence not prepared by other functional areas. Maintains business records for Chapter. 

Vice-President of Education 
Responsible for all Education activities for Chapter whether for members or as a sponsor for other education (Outreach). Specifically responsible for two Education events a year. Prepares candidate lists, and assists in developing topics, building curriculum and obtaining educational staffs.

Vice-President of Programs
Specifically responsible for ensuring program topics, quality, schedule, and logistics are in place for all regular Chapter meetings; with the advice of the Board, schedules programs and speakers for Chapter meetings.

Vice-President of Membership
Responsible for Chapter Membership. Works with the VP of Communications to recognize members’ accomplishments; ensures membership rosters are kept current; makes all joining material available and assists new members in joining and integrating into Chapter.  Advocate for ongoing membership activities and focal point for all questions regarding membership. Assists in Internal communications and helping members in status changes and renewals. Custodian and purveyor of Chapter paraphernalia. 

Vice President of Strategic Relations
Primary Liaison for all sister organizations and ensuring ISSA is promoted.  Responsible for developing and promoting awareness of Chapter and International goals and vision. Establishes locations and venues for events. Responsible for recruitment and the needs and concerns of sponsors, whether Chapter or Event. Primary lead on any joint ventures, whether events, meetings, Chapter sponsorship, etc. Heads any charity or service functions the Chapter performs/does.  

- November 15 through November 26, 2010 - Nominations collected
- November 29, 2010 - Candidates announced
- December 06, 2010 - December 18, 2010 - Ballots collected
- December 21, 2010 - Election results announced and new officers take office immediately after the meeting

All nominations must be received by November 26, 2010 at 11:59 PM. To nominate an individual, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You must be a member of the National Capital Chapter on the day you submit your nomination. The Election Committee will contact nominees to confirm acceptance of the nomination and to request a candidate bio.
All candidates, including self-nominations, are asked to provide a statement/bio to the general membership regarding their candidacy for the position.  The statement will be made available to members for review before voting begins.
All nominees must be active general members of ISSA and the National Capital Chapter in good standing. In addition, candidate for President is also required to have served on the National Capital Chapter Board in the year prior to his or her nomination.

Ballot and candidate information will be emailed to chapter members on December 06, 2010. Detailed information for casting your ballot will be made available at that time. Election ballot collections will be closed at 11:59 AM on December 18, 2010. Incoming officers will be announced and will formally begin their new posts at the general meeting on December 21, 2010.

Elected Officers of the National Capital Chapter of the ISSA serve one-year terms.
If you have any questions regarding nominating a candidate or other matters related to the nominations and elections process, please contact the ISSA-DC Election Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ISSA-DC Election Committee
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