CyberFest @ Cortex!

November 17, 2022

8:00 am
Cortex (4240 Duncan Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110)

Come join us as we bring together experts, leaders, and community members to discuss all things Cyber! We will host workshops, panels, and a job fair for anyone interested in joining the Cybersecurity field.


8am: Registration Opens

9am: Welcome and Conference Opening - MANIFEST ROOM

9:15 – 10:15 am: Workshops

  • Workshop Option 1: Future Vision: The Impact of Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Other Emerging Technologies on the Cybersecurity Workforce - Presented by Kelvin Taylor - HAVANA ROOM
  • Workshop Option 2: Health Care Critical Infrastructure Risks, Threats, and Solutions - Presented by Matt Modica (BJC Healthcare CISO) and Gary Chan (SSM Health CISO) - MANIFEST ROOM

10:30 – 11:30am: Workshops

  • Workshop Option 1: Emerging Cyber Forensics Methods - Presented by Richard Dipple (Webster University), Doug Menendez (Webster University), Patrick Wilds (Police Detective), and Timothy Reboulet (SpearTip) - HAVANA ROOM
  • Workshop Option 2: The Triad of Disruption: How Democracies will be Defeated - Presented by James Curtis (Webster University) - MANIFEST ROOM

11:00 – 1:30pm - Career Fair - join us on the 1st floor of 4240 Duncan and meet GCC member employers who are looking for new Cyber talent for their organizations. Companies the likes of Emerson, MasterCard, Enterprise, RGA, Netskope, GDIT, BJC, AON, and more will be there, and they want to meet you!

11:30 - 1pm - Lunch - join us for delicious lunch catered by Pickles Deli on the 2nd floor Kitchen Area.

1:15 – 2:30pm - Panel: What Employers Need in Cyber Professionals – An All of the Above Approach; Moderated by Joe Scherrer (Washington University); Panel members include: Luis Arzu (Urban1), Marc Ashworth (First Bank), Pat Origliasso (Spire), and Heather Caban (Microsoft) - MANIFEST ROOM

2:45 – 4:00pm - Panel: Best Practices for Enhancing Diversity and Inclusion in Cybersecurity; Moderated by Brian Gant (Maryville University), Erica Wilson (RGA), Lamont Orange (Netskope) and Joan Kelly (UMSL) - MANIFEST ROOM

EXPERT WHO ARE JOINING US ON PANELS AND WORKSHOPS (in alphabetical order by last name)

Luis Arzu, CISO, Urban One Inc

Luis is an Information Security Executive with an extensive IT background spanning over 20 years with a pragmatic hands-on approach and a proven track record for building Information Security and Risk Management Programs. Effective team leader that continuously empowers staff through training, guidance and motivation. Creative problem solver and strategic decision maker in fast-paced fluid environments. Luis holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Thomas Edison State University; a master’s degree in Information Security & Assurance from Western Governors University; a master’s in IT Management also from Western Governors University and an Executive Masters in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut.

Marc Ashworth, Senior VP and CISO, First Bank

Marc Ashworth, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at First Bank, is a respected IT executive with over 30 years of experience in cyber and physical security, IT/security architecture, project management, author and a public speaker.  He is a board member of St. Louis Chapter of InfraGard, Co-Founded the State of Cyber annual security conference, and a Lifetime member of FBI Citizens Academy. Possessing security certifications in CISSP, CISM, CRISC, Security+ and other certifications.  Mr. Ashworth currently oversees First Bank’s information security, fraud, physical security, and the network services departments. You may reach him at,, or via LinkedIn at

Heather Caban, Global Security and Compliance Deployment Strategy, Microsoft

Heather Caban leads Global Security and Compliance Deployment Strategy at Microsoft. Her focus is creating a companywide vision and executing programs globally with the goal of enabling customers to fully adopt and operationalize their Microsoft investments. Prior roles include CISO strategy and technical SME for identity, mobility, and security.  

In July 2017, Heather was awarded the Microsoft Circle of Excellence Platinum Club Award.  This award program honors the top performing employees worldwide. Based on contributions and impact to the business, only 1 percent of Microsoft employees will earn this award throughout their Microsoft career.

After graduating with honors from Youngstown State University with a degree in Business Administration, Heather worked for cybersecurity companies Proofpoint and Websense before joining Microsoft nearly 7 years ago. She currently resides in St. Louis with her 4 children.

Her philanthropic passions include driving diversity and inclusion and mentoring foster children.

Gary S. Chan, CISO, SSM Health

Gary S. Chan helps organizations innovate, stay secure, and meet compliance using information security as the vehicle. He has architected anti-fraud systems for state agencies, led the information security teams for a large-cap technology company, leads the information security department for a large multi-state healthcare system, owns an information security consulting company, and is an evaluator and mentor for cybersecurity start-ups. He served as President of the FBI St. Louis Citizens Academy Alumni Association and as Technology Officer on the board of the Greater St. Louis Area Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. An adaptable individual with international experience, Gary has been based out of Asia, Europe, and the U.S. and has a refined ability to resolve conflict through negotiations and mediations. He holds four security certifications and a degree in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from MIT.  On a fun note, he performs security-based mentalism:

James Curtis, Ph.D, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, GHW School of Business & Technology, Webster University

Dr. James Curtis is the Chair of the Math and Computer Science Department and Cybersecurity/IT Program Director at Webster University, St. Louis, MO. His areas of expertise include social engineering, information warfare, critical infrastructure, and transportation systems. He is a retired United States Air Force officer who was awarded more than two dozen combat and service decorations to include the Defense Superior Service Medal and a Joint Service Commendation Medal for a Special Act of Courage.  Colonel Curtis was a White House Presidential Communications Officer serving Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. After military retirement, he was a Vice President and Midwest Regional Director of SRA International. 

 Dr. Curtis is one of the co-authors of the book "Cyber Forensics: Examining Emerging and Hybrid Technologies" and the originator of the "Triad of Disruption" framework of Information Warfare used by nation-states and terrorist organizations against America and other democracies. He frequently serves as a cybersecurity subject matter expert to national and regional media services.

Rich Dippel, JD, MBA, CPA, Associate Professor, GHW School of Business & Technology, Webster University

Rich Dippel is an Associate Professor of Accounting in the Business Department at the George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology at Webster University.  Rich has represented clients in a variety of business civil litigation matters including disputes involving corporate, commercial and bankruptcy issues.   He also has managed the financial aspects of various businesses and advised businesses on a variety of legal and business topics.  

Rich earned his B.S. in Business Administration, Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor degrees from Saint Louis University.  He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and is licensed to practice law in the state courts of Missouri and Illinois and several federal trial and appellate courts including the U.S. Supreme Court.  He is an Associate Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the American Accounting Association, the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Missouri Association of Accounting Educators.  

Joan Kelly, Group Executive, Global Technology and Operations, MasterCard Worldwide

Joan Kelly served as Group Executive, Global Technology and Operations for MasterCard Worldwide until her retirement.  In this role, she managed software development and software engineering practices for MasterCard’s Credit and Debit processing systems which extended to Fraud detection and Security products, overseeing delivery teams in four continents of the world. As a female leader in STEM, Joan has been recognized nationally as a STEM advocate as well as an advocate for mentoring of women and innovation. Today, she serves as a Lead mentor with Capital Innovators, the region’s first seed Accelerator program.

Joan was recognized nationally as one of the Top 100 Women Leaders in STEM, by the STEMconnector organization in 2012.  She was an early advocate within MasterCard for promoting young girls into STEM and now MasterCard Worldwide has a program in place, which has already reached 500,000 girls in 28 countries, with a goal of reaching ONE MILLION by 2025, committing to the importance of this education.  Joan was keenly involved in promoting opportunity for women.  She was a member of the MasterCard Global Diversity and Inclusion Council.

She was named as one of U.S. Banker Magazine’s ‘Top 25 Nonbank Women in Finance’ in 2008 and 2009, and named among Bank Technology News’ Top 25 Innovators in Financial Services in 2008. In April 2009, Joan was on the cover of Bank Systems & Technology publication, leading an in depth article covering Core Systems Transformation.  

At Washington University, Joan earned her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. She is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award as a graduate of the College Arts and Sciences.

Matt Modica, CISO, BJC Health

Matt Modica has a long tenured career in the Information Security field at multiple Fortune 1000 companies in the financial services, healthcare and data services industries. Modica holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Southeast Missouri State University and is currently attending Webster University's MBA program. He is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. Modica is passionate about preparing the next generation to serve in CyberSecurity and STEM related roles. He serves on the St. Louis CISO board and CyberSecurity advisory committees for Southeast Missouri State University, Webster University, Washington University, SecureWorld St. Louis and the Evanta STL CXO Summit.

Lamont Orange, CISO, Netskope

Lamont has more than 20 years of experience in the information security industry, having previously served as vice president of enterprise security for Charter Communications (now Spectrum) and as senior manager for the security and technology services practice at Ernst & Young. Prior to joining Netskope, Lamont was CISO for Vista Equity Partners/Vista Consulting Group. He was responsible for managing the cybersecurity programs and development of cybersecurity talent within the Vista portfolio, which included more than 50 companies. Prior to Vista, Lamont was Information Security Officer for Websense. In that role, he was responsible for developing, maintaining and socializing the company’s internal security program.  He was also responsible for working with current and potential customers demonstrating security of the solutions and the connection to the overall security ecosystem.

Pat Origliasso, Managing Director, Information Security and Compliance, Spire

As managing director of information security and compliance for Spire, Pat Origliasso is responsible for leading the cybersecurity team in protecting Spire’s employees, assets, and data, while managing cyber-related risks and defending against threats to the organization. In addition, he leads implementation of federal regulatory requirements placed on critical pipeline operators.

Pat joined Spire in 2019 after serving in various information security roles with Enterprise Holdings for nearly 20 years, ultimately responsible for the development of strategic roadmaps and operational performance for multiple teams in the Security Operations division.

Pat holds two bachelor’s degrees from Lindenwood University in computer science and mathematics and a master’s degree from Lindenwood in business administration. In the community, he is an advisory board member for the Joshua Chamberlain Society.

Timothy Reboulet

Timothy Reboulet has over 20 years of international and domestic law enforcement experience. As a Senior Special Agent with the United States Secret Service, Tim has served on the Presidential Details of President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama and more recently focused on federal cyber security risk detection and mitigation. Tim’s cyber background includes leading the USSS Electronic Crimes Task Force inclusive of government and corporate participants and assignments to Europol (European Cyber Crime Center —EC3) and Critical Systems Protection division.

Kelvin Taylor, CIO, Midwest Bank Centre

Kelvin earned a B.S. in Mathematics & Economics from Morehouse College with an additional three years of Economics studies at University of Maryland College Park specializing in Econometrics and Game Theory. After graduate school, Kelvin worked as an Actuary for various consulting companies, as well as the Department of Labor in Washington D.C.

In 2007, Kelvin launched Taylored Analytics. In doing so, he’s had the ability to bring extensive marketing experience and industry knowledge to Fortune 500 clients in the restaurant, retail, utility, financial, and telecommunications industries. Kelvin's specific area of expertise centers on the application of statistical analysis to continually improve the quality and effectiveness of business-related decisions. Ensuring that companies effectively translate their financial goals into well informed business strategies and tactics is what he is most passionate about.

Kelvin joined Midwest BankCentre in 2019 as CIO after he and his wife, Tammy, sold Taylored Analytics to Midwest BankCentre where Kelvin continues to lead the analytics consultancy in addition to his CIO responsibilities.

Patrick Wilds

Patrick Wilds is a retired police officer and detective of 26 years, having spent the last 15 as a digital forensic examiner and supervisor for the digital evidence section of the St. Louis County Police Crime Lab. He is now a Senior Security Monitoring and Response Analyst at Mastercard, continuing his work as a digital forensic examiner.

Pat has given his time as an instructor and adjunct professor teaching courses on forensics and information security to law enforcement, prosecutors, private sector entities and graduate students. He was also a member of the FBI Cyber Crime and Violent Crime Task Forces, as well as the Secret Service Cyber Fraud Task Force.

He holds two bachelors and a master's degree along with the CISSP and CFCE certifications.

Erica Wilson, VP Global Security and Privacy Risk Management, RGA Reinsurance Company

Erica Wilson has more than twenty years of IT experience, majority of which have been directly in cybersecurity.  She has worked in various industries including manufacturing, higher education, financial services and most recently reinsurance.  She has served in all capacities of security, including the role of Chief Information Security Officer.  Erica is currently the VP of the Global Security and Privacy Risk Management for RGA.  In this role, she serves as a key advisor for the organization regarding technology risks and leads and dynamic team of professionals that ensure security and privacy issues are effectively addressed and managed. Outside of work, Erica is an advocate for helping girls and women explore career options in STEM & Cyber. Learn more at:

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