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Tiffin University recognizes that cyber issues permeates nearly every aspect of the public and private sectors. Tiffin University is committed to increasing capacities for cyber security personnel, public awareness, and research throughout the University and the surrounding community. With this in mind, Tiffin University created the Center for Cyber Defense & Forensics to coordinate these activities.


The Center will enhance the cyber capabilities of education, private, and government sectors through collaborative efforts in training, education, research, services, and outreach.

The Center will:

  • Provide training, information resources, and research platforms for educational, private, and government sectors.
  • Collaborate with foundations, not-for-profits, educational institutions, private and government sectors to develop and fund state-of-art education and training scenarios.
  • Enhance Ohio’s cyber defense and forensics workforce by focusing on under-served populations and reintegrating military veterans.
  • Serve as an internship clearing house for cyber defense and digital forensic students.
  • Provide industry certification opportunities to students, veterans, government, and private sector personnel.
  • Perform cyber-related community outreach.

Organization Name

The name of this organization shall be the Center for Cyber Defense & Forensics at Tiffin University. (CCDFTU)


The CCDFTU shall be housed in the School of Criminal Justices and Social Sciences.

The CCDFTU shall be funded through the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences budget.


Executive Director

The Executive Director is appointed by the President of Tiffin University.

The Executive Director is responsible for the following:

  • Liaison local, regional, national, and international organizations with which CCDFTU is affiliated.
  • Chair CCDFTU Advisory Board.
  • Seek and maintain accreditation, certification, or designations related to cyber security.
  • Collaborate with other educational institutions, from K12 through graduate schools.
  • Coordinate cyber security course content with other departments within Tiffin University.

Advisory Board

The CCDFTU will have an Advisory Board that will guide the efforts of the CCDFTU. The members of the Advisory Board will be appointed by the Executive Director.

First nameLast nameCompanyPosition
ChrisAbramsKayred SystemsPresident
JimBlevinsCooper TireInformation Security Manager
ChrisBoeschTrustedSecVP, Sales & Marketing
NickConsoloProperty WizardsCISO
JoeGreeneAmerican Chemical SocietyChief Information Security Officer
JasonHoodOnPoint GroupVP of Infrastructure
AdamLuckIGS EnergyInfrastructure Manager
TinaLydenElysian FiberFounder
MAJ KevinMamulaOhio National GuardCyber Network Defense Team Lead Ohio National Guard
ConnieMatthewsReynConn Educational Services & TrainingCEO
TinaODellJuniper NetworksGlobal Channel Marketing
JoshuaSkeensCerdantDirector of Engineering
RichUllomWestern Reserve GroupAssistant Vice President, IT Security and Compliance
ChadWhiteRogue TalentFounder


  • The membership of the CCDFTU will be comprised of qualified faculty and staff.
  • Members will serve on a volunteer basis and shall be approved by the Executive Director.
  • Membership responsibilities include:
    • working toward the mission of CCDFTU
    • incorporating cybersecurity content into courses whenever appropriate
    • participating in CCDFTU events when possible
    • contributing to the success and promotion of the CCDFTU
    • attending any CCDFTU meetings as called by the Executive Director


CCDFTU will make use of classroom and computational resources made available through the School of Business and the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences.

CCDFTU will maintain a website that houses information about the current efforts, degree programs, this charter, and other information deemed necessary by the Executive Director.


  • Amendments must be brought to the Executive Director, who will present them to the Advisory Board.
  • Amendments must be approved by the members of the Advisory Board.