Third Cohort of the Cybersecurity Mentorship Program Launches

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
The MassCyberCenter at the MassTech Collaborative


The Fall 2021 Cybersecurity Mentorship Program

The Fall 2021 cycle of the MassCyberCenter’s Cybersecurity Mentorship Program kicked off in October during Massachusetts Cybersecurity Month.  This cycle’s cohort pairs 25 undergraduate students studying cybersecurity at colleges and universities across Massachusetts with 24 mentors from world-class cybersecurity companies/organizations. 

Six new schools and seven new companies have joined the Program this cycle.  In total, 39 mentors from 24 companies/organizations and 60 students from 22 colleges and universities in Massachusetts have participated in the three cycles of the Cybersecurity Mentorship Program.

Student mentees will meet one-on-one with their mentors throughout the fall to discuss careers in cybersecurity and work together on a cybersecurity project.  The goal of the program is to encourage diverse college students to continue to pursue a career in cybersecurity and to promote the diversity of the cybersecurity workforce in Massachusetts.


6 New Colleges/Universities Represented

Program Total: 60 Students from 22 Schools


Cyber Mentorship Map of colleges participating

Fall 2021 Student Mentees

Anastasia Grosch
UMass Dartmouth

Mustapha Ayad   
UMass Lowell
Angelina Zhukova
MassBay Community College
Nil Ngallopi
UMass Boston
Chanthea Quinland
Smith College
Omar Osman
Bridgewater State University
Christian Kayego
UMass Lowell
Pilar Tapia Reyes 
Bay Path University
Clea Demuynck
Tufts University
Rodrigo Desa 
MassBay Community College
Daniel Trejo
Tufts University
Rosemary Davies   
Simmons University
Duamell Gomez
North Shore Community College
Sarah Balch 
Bay Path University
Ebenezer Mireku
Mount Wachusett Community College
Shadia Singo
Roxbury Community College
Hamssatou Almahamoudou Maiga
Smith College
Stanley Ekpong
MassBay Community College
Isra Ali
Tufts University
Stephanie La
UMass Lowell
Jeremiah Stephens
Boston University
Thant Kyaw Hset
Hampshire College
Kevin Zhang
UMass Lowell
Vinh Tran
UMass Lowell
Liberty DeAngelo
UMass Dartmouth


7 New Companies/Organizations Joined

Program Total: 39 Mentors from 24 World Class Companies/Organizations


Image of 7 New Mentorship Companies Joined in Oct 2021


Fall 2021 Mentors

*James Dinneen
Chief Operating Officer
Advanced Cyber Security Center
Clark Cone
Information Security Consultant, Privileged Access Management Program Owner
John McKenna
President & CISO Chair/(Retired) SVP & Global CISO
Advanced Cyber Security Center/(Retired) Liberty Mutual
*Meghan Martinez
Digital Forensics and Incident Response Lead
*Chris Frappier
Senior Customer Success Manager, Technical Team Lead
Sara Hall
Deputy CISO and Head of Security Operations & Engineering
*Chris Schwarzer
Security Architect
*Brendon Chetwynd
Technical Staff
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
*Andrew McDonald
Security Architect
*Dennis Ross
Assistant Group Leader
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
John Giantsidis
CyberActa, Inc.
*Donato Kava
Associate Staff
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Noam Liran
Sr. Director, Customer Success
CyberArk Software
*Mark Zissman
Associate Head, Cyber Security & Information Sciences Division
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Christie Newell
Director GSOC, Americas Region
*Erik Burns
Senior Domain Engineer - Application Security
Leanna Stewart
Operations Manager
*Lloyd Evans
Cyber Security Engineer
Brandan Keaveny
Chief Executive and Principal Consultant
Data Ethics LLC
Mike Wells
Director of Technology
Town & Schools of Westford, MA
*John Danahey
Managing Partner - Systems Engineering
Digital Tech Partners, Inc.
Gerald Gagne
Wolf & Company, P.C.
Chelsea Hill
Information Security Director

Sean Goodwin
Manager - IT Assurance
Wolf & Company, P.C.

*Participated as mentor in a previous Cybersecurity Mentorship Program cycle

Spring 2022

If you are interested in participating as a mentor or mentee in the future, please complete the Interest Form to receive updates on when applications open for the Spring 2022 cycle.


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