Advisory Board
Dr. Bob Spear
Prince George's Community College

Senior Advisor to the National CyberWatch Center and Chair of the Community College Cyber Summit, has worked in the computer field since 1968. His career spanned 7 years as an MIS specialist at the Navy Department, 6 years as vice president for McLaughlin Research Corp. and for Dynamic Data Processing, 27 years as a professor of IT at Prince George’s Community College, and, since retiring from full-time teaching in 2008, 7 years at National CyberWatch Center. Dr. Spear's strengths are in computer security management, information systems education, distance learning and instructional technology, systems engineering, database systems, systems analysis and design, and computer programming. His publications include computer programming textbooks, numerous textbook reviews and technical reports, and journal articles in education and distance learning. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, master’s from Georgetown University, and doctorate from George Mason University, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Computer Security Management from Capitol College.


Dr. Sheryl Hale
Oklahoma State University

Sheryl Hale, Ed.D., is the Associate Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development for Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology. She provides direct supervision of the Economic Development and Training Center, the OSUIT MidAmerica Industrial Park Training Center, the Institutional Research Office, Grant and Sponsored Programs and the Adult and Basic Education/GED Program.


She has co-authored three Advanced Technological Education National Science Foundation grants, resulting in $6,598,000 in awards. She serves as Oklahoma’s state director for the Cyber Security Education Consortium ATE grant to help reverse the outsourcing and offshoring of high-tech jobs. Sheryl works with the University of Tulsa and CSEC’s consortium of eight states to create centers of excellence in cyber security, control systems, secure coding and mobile communications devices. Sheryl holds a doctorate from Oklahoma State University in occupational and adult education with an emphasis on evaluation and measurement.

Dr. Gary Kessler
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Gary C. Kessler, Ph.D., CCE, CCFP, CISSP, is a Professor of Cybersecurity and chair of the Security Studies & International Affairs Dept. at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. He is also a member of the North Florida ICAC, and president and janitor of Gary Kessler Associates, a training and consulting company specializing in computer and network security and digital forensics. Gary is the co-author of two professional texts and over 70 articles, papers, and book chapters, a frequent speaker at regional, national, and international conferences, and past editor-in-chief of the Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law. He is also a Master SCUBA Diver Trainer and UCSG-licensed boat captain. More information about Gary can be found at his Web site,


Dr. Glenn Dardick
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Glenn Dardick is on the Faculty of Embry-Riddle University where he teaches and develops courses on Homeland Cyber Security. Glenn S. Dardick is also the President and Director of the Consortium of Digital Forensic Specialists as well as the founder and Director of the Association of Digital Forensics, Security and Law (ADFSL) - the publisher of the Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law and organizer of the annual academic Conference on Digital Forensics, Security and Law.

Glenn S. Dardick also serves as a consultant on technology matters for the legal community and has been admitted and has appeared as an expert witness in Federal, State and Sectarian Courts.  He has consulted on copyright issues as well as conducted forensic investigations involving security breaches, media, Internet access, and financial records. He also serves on the adjunct faculty of Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia.

Captain Dan Purcell
Seminole County Sheriff's Office

As a 20-year veteran of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office in Central Florida,  Dan has held numerous assignments during this tenure, most of which have been in investigative disciplines.  Presently, he is the Captain of the Seminole Neighborhood Policing, West Division, where he leads the organization’s patrol division and related support functions.


In 2000, Dan began his training in computer/digital forensics and founded the SCSO’s Digital Forensics Unit.  Dan holds numerous certifications in digital forensics.  He has served on numerous state and federal task forces such as the FBI’s Innocent Images Task Force, United States Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force, and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  Dan regularly instructs digital forensic courses at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and the University of Central Florida’s Master of Science in Digital Forensics program.  Dan graduated in the first class of the UCF MSDF program in 2008.  Dan is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy, 254th Session.


Dan is a Lifetime Member of the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS).  During his tenure with IACIS, he served in many volunteer and leadership capacities to enhance both training and certification programs.  He also served six years on the Board of Directors where a majority of his service was in the capacity as the Chairman of the Board.  Dan also led the organization to be one of two certifying bodies through the Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board (FSAB).


Sergeant Erik Zabik
Seminole County Sheriff's Office

Erik Zabik has been serving the Central Florida community in a sworn law enforcement capacity since 1999 and is currently the sergeant in charge of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Digital Forensics Unit. In his current assignment, Erik actively conducts digital forensic examinations, oversees daily laboratory operations and supervises seven digital forensic examiners. Since 2005, Erik has dedicated his time and his career to the field of digital forensics. In addition to his law enforcement role, Erik has trained and mentored countless numbers of digital forensic practitioners by way of the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialist (IACIS) and by instructing classes and presenting lectures throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. Erik is also an active member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), The United States Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force (ECTF) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Innocent Images Task Force (IITF). Erik’s cumulative knowledge in the field of digital forensics has deemed him a qualified subject matter expert in both state and federal courts of law.


In addition to his extensive training in digital and mobile device forensics, Erik holds many advanced digital forensic certifications to include; Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE), Certified Electronic Evidence Collection Specialist (CEECS), EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE), Access Data Certified Examiner (ACE), Certified CelleBrite Mobile Device Examiner (CCMDE) and the Certified CelleBrite Physical Examiner (CCPE) certifications.

Scott DeVault
Florida Cyber Alliance

Scott DeVault is the President of the Florida Cyber Alliance; a non-profit whose mission is to enhance the Florida Cybersecurity community by fostering strategic partnerships while providing security training, outreach, and economic development.  In addition, Scott is the Chief Security Engineer for AEgis Technologies Group and in charge of Security Engineering for the Air Force Modeling & Simulations Training Program, supporting the Life Cycle Management Center and NORAD. 


Scott graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology and earned a Master’s of Science in Information Systems Technology and Computer Security at Capella University.  He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP), and a Certified Authorization Professional (CAP), conferred by (ISC)2.  Scott is married to his wife Diana of over 20 years and has five children.  He has worked in computer security for over 25 years, is an Air Force veteran of Desert Storm, and a mentor for the U.S. CyberPatriot program.


Daniel Spletter

Daniel Spletter leads a team of technicians who support a bundled VoIP product suite that is deployed across a nationwide customer base. The product bundle includes a managed VoIP PBX, network switches, phones, routers, and firewalls. Daniel’s team heavily relies on network forensics applications such as Wireshark to determine where a point of failure may be in a customer’s network.


Daniel is a graduate of Daytona State College with a B.S. degree in Engineering Technology and an A.S. in Network Administration.


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