**Updated 4/27/2018 **
The GWDC Officer Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the candidates for Chapter Officers. On April 17, 2018 we opened voting for our biennial election of new Chapter Officers for the two-year term beginning July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2020. The deadline to vote is May 18, 2018.
Please direct any questions regarding the election or voting link to Danielle Hollomon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The candidates for each Office are as follows:
|Jason Yakencheck||Alok Kakker||Nadine Beach||Ujwal “Mickey” Gandhi|
|Eric Palmer||Zhiwei Fu|
All candidates (or their nominators) were asked to provide a biography and description of their service experience and interest with the GWDC and/or non-profit organizations similar to the GWDC. These are provided for each candidate below. For reference, Roles and Responsibilities for each position may be found here.
Voting officially opened on Tuesday, April 17th – if you did not appear to receive an email from us, please check your junk mail folder or simply cast your vote here by the May 18th deadline! Elected Officers will be announced and installed at our Annual General Meeting.
Candidate: Jason Yakencheck
Jason Yakencheck is a Senior Manager within IBM’s Public Service division. He has a strong background in cybersecurity and program management. He performs complex consulting services for government agencies and private sector companies. Jason demonstrates consistent success and wide ranging leadership experience within IBM, ISACA International, and ISACA GWDC. Jason led or is involved in many key ISACA International initiatives over the last decade and is currently developing solutions and services to provide additional support services to ISACA Chapters worldwide.
Jason was a recipient of many IBM Service Excellence Awards, the GWDC President’s Award, and holds the following certifications: PMP, CISSP-ISSAP, CISM, and CISA.
Jason currently serves as the GWDC Vice President and prior to his term as VP, he served as a Director for several years. Jason is exceptionally well versed in all aspects of Chapter operations. His experience as VP positions him well for a smooth transition into the President role and sets up GWDC for success. Jason serves on the ISACA International Leadership Development Advisory Council and Chapter Services Working Group. His involvement uniquely positions him to advocate for GWDC at the highest levels, shape the future of chapter support, and facilitate enhancement of opportunities that GWDC can offer members.
Jason is very passionate about GWDC and ISACA. He has a strategy and vision to build upon past success and incorporate new innovative ideas to streamline backend operations and increase what we do for members. Jason plans to emphasize growing business partnerships and academic relationships, as well as, increasing CPE and education opportunities for membership.
Candidate: Alok Kakker
Mr. Alok Kakker is CEO/President of Annuk Inc. leading team of highly seasoned and SME’s across Technology Risk Management, Cyber Security, Security of critical infrastructure, and Program management. Mr. Kakker has CISA & CRISC and 21 years of Governance, Corporate Compliance, Technology Risk Management, Project Management and Technical implementations experience. Mr. Kakker is SME in PCI DSS, COBIT, ITIL and SSAE16 SOC. Mr. Kakker has a track record of implementing solutions, security architectures and creating technical audit programs for emerging technologies. Mr. Kakker has contributed to ISACA membership and spreading the ISACA values to IT and audit communities. Also, he is an adjunct faculty at George Mason University and teaching courses in Information assurance and audit. He loves coaching and mentoring. He is living in Fairfax, VA over two decades with a wife and two beautiful daughters. Mr. Kakker loves to spend time with family and playing sports with her daughters.
Mr. Kakker has been working with ISACA and GWDC for over 12 years. Acting as Director of programs for GWDC, he managed all the conferences, special and executive seminars. Under Mr. Kakker’s leadership, the number of training events were increased to 15+ throughout the year resulting in $200K+ revenue which was spent on new training initiatives. Programs continued to be the biggest revenue generator for the chapter. For the past five years high quality & well evaluated conferences were offered resulting in increase in member participation. Mr. Kakker is well experienced with all the operations of the chapter and over the years has groomed incoming new board members & officers. Mr. Kakker has also brought sponsors/alliances to provide quality events & raise revenue. Mr. Kakker received the most prestigious award The V. Lee Conyers Award, and also, Meritorious Service Award. It will be an honor to serve in the new position of Vice president and take ALL GWDC offerings to higher levels.
Candidate: Eric Palmer
I have been actively involved in ISACA since 2006 and served on the chapter boards for the Atlanta and Greater New Orleans chapters in officer positions. My background includes managing and performing IT audits within the healthcare, financial, and government sectors. In addition to holding both the CISA and CRISC certifiecations, I am an exam writer for the CISA. I also have been certified as a COBIT 5 Foundation instructor.
Volunteering with ISACA has been very rewarding for me. It has helped me to grow professionally and allowed me to meet many great people. Having also volunteered with related organizations such as the IIA, I continue to be impressed with the organizational values and quality of content within ISACA.
My focus as a volunteer is continually making sure that we provide value to our members. Members come from different experience levels and have different needs from a professional organization. I enjoy helping our members meet those needs – whether it comes from increased awareness of existing ISACA resources, introducing them to subject matter experts, or coming up with new ideas.
Candidate: Jermaine Stanley
Jermaine Stanley, currently with Deloitte’s Cyber Risk practice, is a Cybersecurity and IT Risk Advisory leader with more than 20 years of experience. Throughout his career Jermaine has worked with Financial Services, Technology, Insurance, Non-Profit, and Government organizations. He is a thought leader in the industry whose focus is advising organizations on complex IT Risk and Cybersecurity compliance challenges related to NIST, FISMA, FedRAMP, COBIT, and other frameworks and standards. Jermaine has also published white papers and participated and moderated several panel discussions related to Cybersecurity and Cloud. Throughout his career he has mentored inner-city youth, recent college grads, and young professionals on topics related to education, training, and careers.
Known among fellow Board members for being an excellent communicator and for his collaborative approach to solving issues facing the Chapter, Jermaine is well positioned to fulfill the duties of Vice President.
Jermaine has been a member of ISACA since 2005, serving the Detroit, Phoenix, and GWDC Chapters. Joining ISACA GWDC in 2011, he has held several roles on the Board, served on Committees and is currently the Director of Outreach & Professional Development.
Jermaine and his team has reinvigorated the Sponsorship program by introducing new Event sponsorship packages, retained GWDC sponsors and attracted Event Sponsors. In an effort to bring new content to GWDC members, Jermaine established partnership agreements with organizations and product vendors that allowed GWDC members to attend, free of charge or at discounted rates. Under his leadership, Academic Outreach introduced the highly successful Cyber Night series at Marymount University and Northern Virginia Community College that will expand to other area schools. For the past year, through the Guiding Eyes for the Blind organization, Jermaine and his family have been raising a black Labrador to become a guide Dog.
Candidate: Ken Myers
Kenneth is an information security and privacy professional with 13 years of experience. He strives to identify gaps in IT governance, security, privacy, and communication processes and implement effective and value enhancing solutions. Kenneth was formerly an active duty U.S. Marine and served for nine years in a variety of operational roles from technical testing, IT operations, and physical security. He has international experience in the Far East and Central Asia, Middle East and Southern European regions. These roles involved collaborating with local law enforcement and security forces to improve US relations and national security. He received multiple military achievement awards for his managerial skill in time sensitive and often hazardous environments which he has adapted in aiding organizations to identify and implement valuable solutions.
Kenneth has a life-long passion in learning and giving back. His main interest in volunteering for this position is to grow the GWDC membership and participation through supporting the GWDC President and GWDC local and national initiatives. He has volunteered and led a number of non-profit organizations similar to the GWDC.
1) Vice President for Volunteering of the Single Marine Program Okinawa, Japan (Non-Profit | 2005) – The coordination and planning for this role are similar to GWDC coordination and collaboration with local associations and ISACA International.
2) Assistant Scoutmaster of Boy Scouts of America US and Japan Troops (Non-Profit | 2005 – 2008) – Assisted running the Boy Scout troop in planning events and budgeting similar to assisting the GWDC President in running the GWDC Chapter.
3) Homeowners Association President (For-Profit | 2013 – 2018) – Responsible for strategic direction, daily operations and budgetary planning.
Candidate: Mike Howard
Mike is an experienced IT Auditor, with over 23 years of experience in performing OIG audits across a wide variety of technologies. Mike has audited everything from mainframes to desktops and the tech in between. His work often results in significant changes to IT technology and processes. Mike applies his auditing and technology skills and experience in new and creative ways, such as learning the latest technology, automating processes, and solving problems.
Mike has a B.S. in Accounting from Old Dominion University and an M.B.A from George Mason University. Mike has been Certified Information Systems Auditor® (CISA®) since 2001.
Mike served as the Chapter’s Internet/Communications Director from 2001 to 2016. In this role, Mike developed and managed the chapter’s websites, registration and survey systems, and e-mail communications. Given his experience with Chapter operations, Mike also assisted other Board Members when needed. Mike also presented at several Chapter events.
I am running for VP because I want to serve the members in a new role that can better leverage my extensive Chapter experience and skills. In managing Communications, I not only had experience running the website and sending e-mails, but also in the processes used throughout the Board. I even assisted at times by helping a member in registering for an event or sending a CPE certificate. As VP, I would bring my experience and creative ideas to provide oversight, guidance, and historical perspective to the position. Working together with the Board and its volunteers, my goal is to continue and enhance the Chapter’s long tradition of member service.
As VP, I would develop analytics that can be used by the Board to govern and enhance services. As Communications Director, I developed website and social media metrics to help manage communications. As VP, I would develop analytics to measure the reach of services to the members and identify areas where services can be improved.
Candidate: Nadine Beach
I am Cyber Security Program Manager. I currently serve as ISACA Greater Washington, D.C. Chapter (GWDC) Board of Directors Secretary. Served as the team Lead for the Cybersecurity Network Defense (CND) cyber network engineer. was appointed to the Stafford County School Board Technology Advisory Committee and the Stafford County School Board Career & Technical Educational Advisory Committee, as the Rock Hill District Representative in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
I have held a variety of cybersecurity and technology roles in the Government and private sector and I continue to use my influence to promote strong STEM programs in the schools to build the future of cybersecurity.
ITIL® Foundation in IT Service Management
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certified
Department of Defense – DAWIA Level III Information Technology Certified
I am a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and the current Vice-President Psi Psi Omega Chapter Stafford, Virginia. I am the Chapter Organizer of the Stafford County Chapter of Top Ladies of Distinction Inc.(TLOD), Federally Employed Women (FEW), the National Naval Officers Associations (NNOA), Blacks in Government (BIG), the secretary for the National Montford Point Marines Association Inc. Quantico Chapter, IEEE Women In Technology, and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).
Given the opportunity to serve a second term, I will present with integrity, accountability, innovation, transparency, and actions that align with the best interests of GWDC. I will work to ensure actions taken are in accordance with the governance practices reflective of the secretary’s responsibilities and organizational effectiveness, to protect and ensure that the documents of GWDC are protected. Finally, to utilize advanced technology to efficiently and accurately.
Candidate: Zhiwei Fu
Security and risk management executive with extensive experience in Enterprise Risk Management, IT system and service management and cyber security and compliance programs in both the public sector and financial services industries. Currently a senior leader of cyber security & risk management at Common Securitization Solutions,LLC. with project/program management, business transformation, IT service management, performance management experience.
Zhiwei was a speaker at the ISACA Future of Information & Technology Governance where he was one of a few select speakers to address the importance, need for and experience in implementing Information & Technology Governance and COBIT at Fannie Mae and DuPont.
Candidate: Ujwal “Mickey” Gandhi
Mickey is the current treasurer of the chapter who has been associated with the chapter in various capacities, including Coordinator for CISM and CGEIT, Legal Advisor (overseas lawyer), served on the chapter board in the past. He is a CPA and also holds the CGEIT and CISA certifications.
Mickey has been a very loyal and dedicated worker with a strong willingness to support and volunteering for the Chapter. With his over 7 years of active volunteering at the chapter and over 25 years of professional experience in the areas of IT, financial, and legal arenas he is looking forward to serve GWDC and take the chapter to the next level of financial transformation.
Established in 1974, ISACA GWDC is one of the oldest ISACA chapters and has a strong history of serving its members. The GWDC is comprised of over 3,300 members in a variety of IT professions across the Washington, D.C. area.