Spring Cybersecurity Mentorship Program Participants Selected

Monday, April 5, 2021
MassCyberCenter at the MassTech Collaborative


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Students From Across Massachusetts Will Work Together With Industry Leaders on Cybersecurity Projects

WESTBOROUGH – The MassCyberCenter at the MassTech Collaborative has selected the participants for the spring cohort of its Cybersecurity Mentorship Program, an effort that aims to increase diversity within the cybersecurity workforce in Massachusetts. A total of 25 undergraduate students from 14 different schools across the Commonwealth have been paired with 22 mentors from 14 different organizations.

This cohort of the Cybersecurity Mentorship Program expands upon the fall 2020 Pilot Program, which included 10 student mentees and mentors. The Pilot Program confirmed that mentorship from industry professionals can play a powerful role in encouraging diverse student talent to enter the cybersecurity profession. In Massachusetts’ technology and innovation ecosystem, which includes cybersecurity, only five percent of workers are Black, seven percent are Hispanic, and one-third are women, according to the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council.

Students will meet virtually with their mentor one-to-one throughout the Program to discuss cybersecurity careers and work together on a cybersecurity-related project. For their project, students may build, break, secure, and administer a virtual machine; evaluate a cybersecurity policy or procedure for a business; draft a policy recommendation for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; create or evaluate a cyber incident response plan, or develop a cyber education and awareness product. The program will conclude in mid-May 2021 with a showcase event where students present their completed projects.

The participants in the Cybersecurity Mentorship Program this spring are:


Frederick Anim-Amofa    
Assumption University
Miranda Hill
Bay Path University
Chantel Tetreault
Bay Path University
Le Nguyen Thi
Bay Path University
Jamie Cores    
Bay Path University
Ashley Franco    
Bay Path University
Mariana De Paiva
Boston University

Jahmel Wint
Bridgewater State University

Mekiya Alemu
Bristol Community College
Laura Keefe
Cape Cod Community College
Peter Kariuki
Massasoit Community College
Cynthia Muchugia
Middlesex Community College
Samantha Wilks    
Mount Wachusett Community College

Hava Kantrowitz
Northeastern University

Jamal Adan
Northeastern University
Chad Toussaint
Springfield College
Madeline McLaughlin
Tufts University
Skylar Gilfeather
Tufts University
Sam Chung
Tufts University

Jose Fernandes    
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Christa Davis
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Jayla Galvez
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Jovannie Velasquez
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Nathan Agyeman
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Yorgo Kennos
University of Massachusetts Lowell


James Dinneen
Chief Operating Officer
Advanced Cyber Security Center
Fabio Martins
Research Information Security Office
Mass General Brigham
Erik Burns
Senior Security Solutions Engineer
Garrett Gross
Technical Advisor
Chris Schwarzer
Security Architect
Andrew McDonald
Security Solutions Architect
Jeffrey Gardner
Practice Advisor, Detection & Response
Richard Walzer
Chief Information Security Officer
Clean Harbors
Chris Frappier
Senior Customer Success Manager

Marc Zissman
Associate Head, Cyber Security, and Information Sciences Division
MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Thomas Hart
Cyber Guide
Lodrina Cherne
Principal Security Advocate
Maggie MacAlpine
Security Strategist
Sam Curry
Chief Security Officer
John Danahey
Managing Partner
Digital Tech Partners, Inc.

Sonia Arista
VP Global CISO and Compliance
Everbridge, Inc.

Ariel Weintraub
Chief Information Security Officer
Meghan Martinez
Digital Forensics and Incident Response Lead

Jeff Gottschalk
Assistant Head, Cybersecurity and Information Sciences Division
MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Brendon Chetwynd
Technical Staff
MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Dennis Ross
Assistant Group Leader
MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Lloyd Evans
Cybersecurity Engineer
TDMK Digital

On April 12, the mentors and mentees will gather for a one-hour webinar that focuses on the soft skills required for a career in the cybersecurity industry. The webinar is open to the public, and those interested in attending can register here.  

For more information on the Cybersecurity Mentorship Program visit: https://masscybercenter.org/mentorship.

About MassCyberCenter

The MassCyberCenter was launched in September 2017 with a vision to enhance opportunities for the Massachusetts cybersecurity ecosystem to compete as the national cybersecurity leader while strengthening the resiliency of the Commonwealth’s public and private communities. Learn more at www.masscybercenter.org.

Media Contact: Brian Noyes, noyes (at) masstech.org