Voting for the Chapter Officers for the next two-year term (July 1, 2022 and ending June 30, 2024) is now open!
Below are the candidates for this year’s election:
All current GWDC members are eligible to vote. Members will be sent an email with link to the voting website. Members are allowed to vote only once.
Voting will remain open through May 13, 2022. Election results will be announced at the GWDC Annual Meeting in June.
If you have any difficulty voting or did not receive an email to vote, please contact us using the Officer Voting Questions form.
The candidates were asked to write a short bio and describe their interest and experience in serving the GWDC or similar non-profit. Their responses are included below.
Candidate for President
Candidate Bio: I am a Cybersecurity, Information Technology (IT), and Risk Advisory leader with more than 25 years of experience working with Financial Services, Technology, Insurance, Non-Profit, and Government organizations. I am a thought leader in the industry, having advised clients on complex IT Audit and Cybersecurity matters. I am a current Board member for ISACA Greater Washington DC Chapter (GWDC) and also the current Vice President. I also am a Board member for ISACA Global’s One in Tech Foundation who’s vision is to provide opportunity for under-represented individuals to enter security professions and support the advancement of untapped talent into leadership positions. You see, this is my ethos, I am a leader with a reputation for building teams, mentoring, and a passion for creating Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive (DEI) cultures, who strives to help leaders build, launch and lead initiatives that promote DEI within their organizations.
Interest and Experience in Serving the GWDC or similar non-profit organization: First and foremost, I love the GWDC Chapter and our passionate members. Since 2011, when I became a member of ISACA National Capital Area Chapter (NCAC), my goal has been to serve our chapter and have done so as the Director of Outreach and currently as your Vice President. This will not change if elected President. I will continue serving our members, volunteers, and the community of the Washington DC area! As President, I will uphold our tradition of providing innovative learning and networking opportunities and will continue to outreach to our academic, federal, community, regional and national industry partners. Let’s face it, we have been through a lot the past two years and we need one another; our Members, Volunteers, and Board members alike. I will work with our Board to promote a shared vision that teamwork and charity will win the day. And to my fellow Board members, your expertise is a key ingredient in GWDC achieving its objectives and humbly ask for your support.
Candidates for Vice President
Candidate Bio: Mark Fearer, CISA, CISSP leads a team of information technology auditors at the US Securities & Exchange Commission who examine infrastructure of stock exchanges for good practices in efforts to keep them available and secure. Mark and his team reference NIST standards for baseline information security. With three decades of system and network administration experience Mark holds a doctorate degree in computer science, and several industry certifications. Mark has been active with ISACA for ten years. https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-fearer-dsc-cissp-cisa-patent-agent-fac-cor-26b8a615/
Interest and Experience in Serving the GWDC or similar non-profit organization: I manage a team of information security auditors. Our mission is assuring financial firms are available and secure for the US investing public. I have a calling to share my talents, which involves me as liaison with regional schools and industry groups such as ISACA.
Candidate Bio: Dr. Kohy earned a DSc and MSc in cybersecurity Degrees from Marymount University and has multiple industry leading security and privacy certifications. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in cybersecurity, cyber policy and resiliency as an adjunct faculty member at NOVA and UMGC. He is the founder and CEO of CyTalks, an advanced cyber research organization and serves as volunteer board member with regional nonprofit organizations to advance the cyber profession with a particularly focus on building the region’s educational capacity for producing cybersecurity talent. In 2019, Dr. Kohy received George B. Vaughan Leadership award for the Northern Virginia Region recognizing his contributions as a leader in cybersecurity education in the VCCS. Dr. Kohy was the inventor of Virtual Cyber Workshops (VCW) and conducted bi-weekly cybersecurity workshops to continue the service to GWDC members and the local community at the onset of COVID19. winning GWDC an award from ISACA Global.
Interest and Experience in Serving the GWDC or similar non-profit organization: I am Babur Kohy, thank you for allowing me to serve you both as a non-Board and Board member volunteer in the past. As a die-hard Chapter volunteer, I have worked tirelessly to advance the Chapter goals and have achieved unmatched accomplishments for the Chapter over the last 9 years. I would like for you to vote for me because I have both a vision for the chapter and the passion to implement it. Together we can make contributions like never seen before. Dr. Kohy embraces cybersecurity as a lifestyle; passionately sharing his expertise on deep and dark web techniques for the identification and exploitation of darknet gateways to enhance personal security and anonymity with his friends, colleagues, and students. Dr. Kohy has volunteered for the GWDC Chapter since 2014, working in person events and assisting with chapter operations. He was an Associate Director with Academics Committee and has served as the Academics Committee Director.
Gervais T. Mbunkeu
Interest and Experience in Serving the GWDC or similar non-profit organization: Gervais has served in several positions at the state and local level, most recently he was a senior engineer for Montgomery County DOT, he chaired a committee with the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments, and co-chaired the MD Connected and Autonomous Vehicles subcommittee.
CISA, CRISC, CISM, CDPSE, CCAK
Candidate Bio: Sushila has over 30 years of experience in technology focused on cybersecurity and audit. She has been involved with ISACA Greater Washington, D.C. for over 18 years. She plays an active role in the community and was on the ISACA GWDC board of directors from 2016 to 2021. During this time Sushila worked with the board to help grow the chapter from the fourth largest chapter to the largest chapter in the world. She led the charge to expand the chapter offerings by making virtual events available through BrightTALK. She has leveraged her extensive network to help the chapter with finding new and renown speakers. She facilitated new chapter partnerships with organizations like the Cloud Security Alliance and ICIT.
Interest and Experience in Serving the GWDC or similar non-profit organization: Sushila will leverage her 20 years of experience in technical education and her time training for both ISACA Global and the chapter to enable members to have varied learning choices. She started the chapter on this journey by delivering the new ISACA CCAK and the ITCA Cybersecurity Fundamentals making the chapter one of the first in the world to have these courses available. Sushila has repeatedly won awards in recognition for her skills, the ISACA GWDC President’s award, the meritorious service award and the V. Lee Conyers award for outstanding contributions to the security profession. The past two years she has been involved in the ISACA emerging trends workgroup providing thought leadership through blogs, articles and interviews for the press. Sushila is committed to the strength and growth of this chapter. As vice president, Sushila would like to help the chapter return to in person events whilst maintaining the great virtual offerings that we have.
Candidates for Secretary
Candidate Bio: Having been an ISACA GWDC member since 2007, Katherine Scott began her work with the Board as scribe in 2014. Currently, Katherine is the chapter and records Board meeting minutes and maintains chapter compliance and records. Katherine participated in six chapter strategy sessions. Katherine served as Director of Membership from July 2016 to June 2000. She focused on the retention and growth of chapter membership, coordinated social events and organized volunteers for the chapter. Katherine supports the Board and other directorates. She co-hosted the Women in Technology conference for two years, helped at Academics events, supported CPE issuance, and wrote newsletter articles. She wrote a chapter roles and responsibilities document, reviewed Board SOPs, and led the chapter bylaw review. She attended ISACA’s Global Leadership Conference in October 2018 and August 2021 and serves on a task force with ISACA Global to define the role that ISACA plays in helping students get into IT.
Interest and Experience in Serving the GWDC or similar non-profit organization: In the last eight years working with GWDC Board, Katherine has committed to the strength and growth of this chapter. She would like to continue working with the Board as an officer to further her exposure to chapter operations and expand her work with the chapter. As Secretary, Katherine would like to continue to streamline chapter operations and fulfill the duties of the Secretary – work with Director of Membership to fill the Associate Director positions, maintain chapter records, review the chapter bylaws and support the President and Vice President in chapter administration. The chapter has been working on documenting standard operating procedures, and Katherine will continue to facilitate this. Katherine is a dedicated volunteer who has served on other boards and committees in her community.
Candidate Bio: Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and Project Management Professional (PMP), knowledgeable in risk management framework (RMF), systems development life cycle (SDLC), security control assessments, and vulnerabilities management using FISMA, ISACA Risk IT Framework, and applicable NIST standards. Expert in needs analysis, project scoping, policy writing, and strategic planning. Skilled in process improvement, cross-functional collaboration.
Interest and Experience in Serving the GWDC or similar non-profit organization: As I am working in IT field wanted to be engaged with multiple professional that I can share my experience and gain their experience in my area of IT field I am currently a board member for our community board. I also worked as volunteer with Ethiopian Community Development Council(ECDC). We were supporting immigrants.