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The 2016 Judging Committee will be announced March, 2016

2015 GISLA® Judges


 Peter Gouldmann, CISSP, Director of Information Risk Programs, Office of Information Assurance, U.S. Department of State

Mr. Peter Gouldmann is the director of information risk programs at the Department of State.  In this role, he is responsible for strategy and implementation of the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) Risk Management  Framework and Information Security Continuous Monitoring programs.  Most recently he was the Project Manager for the State and USAID IT transformation Initiative - an international shared services and network  and systems consolidation effort.  Prior to this he held several roles in the State Department's Office of Information Assurance including Risk Officer, Chief of Systems Authorization, Security Architect and  NIST/Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) Liaison. 

 For over 30 years, Mr. Gouldmann has held IT and IT security-leadership positions within the Department of State, the private sector and the United States Air Force.  He holds a Masters Degree in Information  Management from Syracuse University, a Bachelor of Science in Management, and is a distinguished graduate of the National Defense University's Advanced Management Program.  Mr. Gouldmann has been awarded  the CIO certificate in Federal Executive Competencies from the CIO University, and holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) credential and Project Management Professional (PMP)  certification.

 Mr. Gouldmann is a frequent speaker at IT security forums, and is an expert on the topic of information risk management. In addition to his State Department activities, he has participated in and led many IT security policy discussions government wide.  Mr. Gouldmann has served as co-chair of the CNSS permanent subcommittee, co-chair of the Risk Assessment Methodology working group, and as a member of the NIST Joint Taskforce Transformation Initiative Interagency Working Group.  Mr. Gouldmann is also a current member of the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2) Government Advisory Board.


 Mary Heard  Mary Heard, CISSP, CDP, CPA, CISA, CIA, CGFM - Senior Advisor and Chief, Continuous Process Improvement
Mary Heard currently heads the Continuous Process Improvement Program within the Office of Chief Information Officer, United States Department of Agriculture.  Previously, she was Acting ACIO for Cyber Security from March 2008 through May 2009 and Deputy ACIO in the Office of Cyber Security.   A member of the first cadre of computer specialists in the USDA Office of Inspector General, Ms. Heard returned to USDA in January 2006 from the State Department, Office of Inspector General, where she was responsible for the audits of global IT inspections. 

Ms.Heard has a dual certification as both a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).  Mary has also worked overseas with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Mary Heard was born in Northern Virginia where she currently resides. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and her Master of Business Administration Degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  She currently is pursuing a Juris Doctor at the David A. Clarke School of Law, University of the District of Columbia.


CharlesMcGann2012 Charles “Chuck” McGann, CISSP, CISM, IAM, manager of corporate information security, U.S. Postal Service

Charles L. (Chuck) McGann, Jr. is the Corporate Information Security Officer for the United States Postal Service (USPS). In this capacity, he has the responsibility of securing an intranet that is one of the largest maintained by any organization in the world with over 145,000 workstations and more than 10,000 servers.  The USPS infrastructure encompasses over 600 business applications that support all aspects of business operations as well as movement of the mail. 

In his 23 years with the Postal Service, McGann has held numerous positions, entering as Manager, Information Systems for the Springfield, Massachusetts district, and later served as an acting postmaster, business systems analyst, business project leader, distributed systems security specialist and CIRT manager.

McGann holds an MBA from Strayer University, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, and two associate’s degrees from Springfield Technical Community College. He is a certified information systems security professional (CISSP), a certified information security manager (CISM) and holds a certification for information assurance methodology (IAM) from the National Security Agency (NSA).


 Brad NixBrad Nix, CISSP, CISO, USDA Food & Nutrition Service

Brad Nix is the Deputy Director of the Department of Homeland Defense (DHS) United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT).  US-CERT is charged with leading DHS efforts to improve the nation’s cybersecurity posture, coordinate cyber information sharing, and proactively manage cyber risks. Arriving at DHS in May 2014, Mr. Nix is responsible for ensuring day-to-day operations meet with the strategic focus for cybersecurity within the US Government.  Prior to joining DHS, Mr. Nix served 6 years as the first Chief information Security Officer at USDA’s Food & Nutrition Service.

Mr. Nix has almost 20 years of IT experience, with extensive consulting experience with small and large enterprise security programs. During the past 15 years, he has specialized in enterprise information security with a focus on information security program assessments and development; governance, architecture, technical vulnerability assessments; and product assessments. 

In his current position, Mr. Nix directs and manages activities that focus on large-scale intrusion detection and prevention, advanced malware analysis and detection, cyber threat analysis, incident response, and exchanging critical cybersecurity information with trusted partners in Government, Industry, and International.

Mr. Nix holds a Master’s in Management Information Systems from the University of Virginia, and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from James Madison University.  He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and an American Council for Technology / Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) Fellow and Executive Council member.


 Jerry Jerry G. Ormaner, CISSP, CIO, CISM, Senior Information Technology Project manager, Operations Services staff, U.S. Departmentof Justice

Jerry Ormaner currently serves as Senior Information Technology Project Manager for Department of Justice's (DOJ) Operations Services Staff. Jerry manages critical DOJ services for the following DOJ customers: Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); DHS US-VISIT; DHS U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; and DOJ's Litigation Case Management System (LCMS). These customers' systems involve sensitive but classified information and critical infrastructure data. Jerry's job responsibilities involve: mitigating security concerns or risks associated with these enterprise-wide critical systems; mitigating complex technical challenges as they develop; testing disaster recovery capabilities; assisting customers with certification and accreditation activities; and working with customer senior management executives to escalate and resolve risks to systems as they may develop.

 Jerry Ormaner served as Assistant Director for U.S. Department of Justice's Security Program for over twelve years. In this very important role, Jerry managed the operational security program for the Department of Justice's critical infrastructure: enterprise-wide voice and data networks; data centers; and related systems. He coordinated the certification and accreditation for IT systems/networks and data centers; managed the contingency planning activities for the Operations Services Staff and the Continuity of Operations Planning for the DOJ's Office of Chief Information Officer; and evaluated vendor security support including training programs for the Department. He has utilized contracted security vendors as well as internal resources to provide security management training for DOJ and other Information Resource Management employees.

 Mr. Ormaner assisted the FBI with certification and accreditation of their critical systems and with DOJ Information Management and Security Support, he managed the security oversight and issuance of policy guidance for DOJ's sensitive but unclassified systems and networks. In addition to establishing one of the first successful penetration testing and follow-up security improvement programs in the civilian government, he also supported the Federal Government and the Department's PKI working group and related pilots for DOJ, FBI and DEA.

 Prior to this, Mr. Ormaner held several positions with the InternalRevenue Service, including the Information Resources Management and Infrastructure Technology Group. He led the design of up-front security forenterprise-wide data systems involving electronic filing applications for the multi-billion dollar Tax Systems Modernization Program and the Secure Dial-In (SDI) Network for IRS. With the General Services Administration FTS 2000, Mr. Ormaner coordinated the design and installation of new FTS data and voice circuits for federal customers. Prior to government service, he was with American Telephone & Telegraph, Communications where he was a Network Designer and Market Administrator for National Accounts.

 Mr. Ormaner holds a BA from State University of New York in Business and English, an MBA in Management and Marketing from Marymount University, Virginia, and Chief Information Officer Certification from Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania. He is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (ISC)² and Certified


 Roger Seeholzer  Roger Seeholzer, CISSP- Chief Information Security Officer, as the Security Architect, Architecture & Engineering Division, Department of Homeland Security

Roger currently works for the Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Chief Information Security Officer, as the Security Architect, Architecture & Engineering Division. Among all the duties in security architecture, he has authored and worked on several landmark efforts such as the Department’s Defense in Depth strategy, Intrusion Defense Chain methodology, and currently a threat focused security architecture.  He also writes the information security strategy for the CISO and directs the activities of a ten member contract team providing architecture, engineering, and program support for the CISO.  For outside activities, he is an active member of the Federal CIO Council’s Information Security Identity Management Committee, Mobile Technology Tiger Team and is currently involved with application vetting for the mobile environment. He also actively supports the Department’s mentoring program, volunteering some time to develop individuals exploring leadership and management. 

Previously, Roger worked in the Pentagon for the US Army, G-2, Military Intelligence, Information Management, CIO Technical Initiatives Division, as an Enterprise Storage Program Manager.  Prior to this he served in Pittsburgh, PA, as the Information Management Officer for a network spanning five states and more than 4,000 users. Before Stateside employment, he held positions all over Germany in radio communications, broadcast radio and television, telecommunications, policy and network planning, network administration, information assurance, and systems analysis. 

Academically, Roger instructs as an Adjunct Associate Professor for the University of Maryland, University College, Adelphi, MD.  He focuses on subjects around networking, security, and emerging technology.  His formal training includes ongoing progress towards a PhD with Nova Southeastern University in Information Systems; completed degrees consist of a Master of Science from Bowie State University in Information Sciences and Systems, a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maine in Industrial Technology and an Associate of Applied Science in Ground Radio Communications Technology from the Community College of the Air Force; commercial certifications include a CISSP through (ISC)2; MCT, MCSE, MCP+I, and MCP through Microsoft; and A+, Network+, and Security+ through CompTIA.

Personally, he is married to Heike for 35 years, has three children, four grandchildren and enjoys a full life.  Roger also volunteers to work with Celestial Manna in providing food to Wounded Warriors, Fischer Houses and homeless miniseries around the National Capital Region. He likes to run and has completed over 40 marathons at various locations in Europe and the United States.  His favorite color is blue and he is an INTJ under the Meyers Briggs assessment. 

Dan Waddell 2015 Dan Waddell, CISSP, CAP, PMP, Director of Government Affairs, NCR of (ISC)²

Mr. Waddell is responsible for managing operations in the National Capital Region (NCR), which primarily focuses on supporting U.S. government members, customers and strategic partners.  He also leads all U.S. Government Affairs activities and is the primary (ISC)² official responsible for interacting with public sector entities (i.e. federal, state and local governments); major corporations; universities and other higher education institutions; and professionalization organizations through... out the U.S.  Mr. Waddell serves as the principal point of contact for various trade associations; public interest groups and other entities focused on information security and information security workforce issues.  He has over 20 years of experience in information technology, information assurance, and cybersecurity, with over 15 of those years in management. He is currently the co-chair for the U.S Government Advisory Council, and received the (ISC)² President’s Award in 2013.