The IST Alumni Society is committed to providing opportunities for alumni to get involved and support the Society's mission and, in turn, the missions of the College of IST, the Penn State Alumni Association, and the University community.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the IST Alumni Society Board, please contact Kim Woodward or Luke Simonetti, current IST Alumni Society president. You need to be a member of the IST Alumni Society (through your membership with the Penn State Alumni Association) to be considered.
IST Alumni Society Board Members
Dave Costlow ’03, ‘04g MBA
Dave Costlow is software executive currently serving as the COO of Pledge It, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) company specializing in online fundraising solutions. Dave joined Pledge It in 2016 as one of the first employees and lead the company to become the top performance-based fundraising platform in the industry with over 1500 nonprofit organizations and 500+ professional athletes as customers. As an executive, Dave is responsible for setting corporate strategy and providing direct leadership of multiple business units within the organization.
Prior to joining Pledge It, Dave held various leadership roles within the Marketing organization at Minitab Inc, a software company focused on data analysis solutions. Dave led the modernization and globalization of the marketing function, earning several promotions during his 9-year tenure, ultimately serving as Minitab’s Global Director of Marketing. Dave began his career as a corporate strategy consultant with IBM. Dave graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Information, Sciences, and Technology in 2003 and a Master of Science in Business Administration in 2004.
Mike Eisenreich ’03
Mike currently works in New York City for Bloomberg, where he leads the company's global brand strategy, content, creative, and digital marketing efforts. Previously, Mike held multiple roles in GE's corporate technology division, including running GE's global web presence. During his time at Penn State, Mike was proud to be a member of the first graduating class in IST, president of Phi Chi Theta, and a THON dancer. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Mike lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids.
John Esteves ‘18
John lives in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania and is the Manager of the Strategic Integration & Execution team at FreeWheel, a Comcast company. During his free time, he also spends his time serving on the board of directors for the Clinton County LGBTQ Network, to help foster an LGBTQ+ community in Central Pennsylvania, and the North Central District Allied Connections, supporting people living with HIV/AIDS. He also spends some time working on some community building freelance projects. Prior to working with FreeWheel, John worked at Universal Parks & Resorts as an IT Project Manager working on their digital experience. During his time at Penn State, John was heavily involved with Penn State's Theme Park Engineering group and the College of Engineering's Entrepreneurship & Innovation Department. He was also TA for Brad Groznik in Engineering, working on Invent Penn State initiatives. Outside of work and projects, he spends family time with his partner Jeff; Jeff's awesome kids; and their dog, Pride!
Victoria Gibilterra ’16
Victoria Gibilterra is a Senior Cyber Security Consultant at Avanade focusing on Cloud Security. Her work focuses on the development of information security architecture and ensures technology initiatives are implemented to make client’s cloud environments more secure. Outside of the office, Victoria is on the board of Ellevate Phoenix; working to develop women in leadership in the Greater Phoenix Area. Victoria graduated from Penn State in 2016 with a B.S. in Security and Risk Analysis.
Kelsey Karpinski ’16
Kelsey is a solution architect for Atos SE, where she works on the North American Siemens account. She graduated with her B.S. in Security and Risk Analysis with a minor in IST and a certification of recognition in Information Assurance and Cyber-Defense from Penn State Altoona. She also holds a master's degree in Information Systems from Minot State University. Kelsey lives in the State College area and frequently volunteers at the Hintz Family Alumni Center.
Mathew Lamb ‘19
Mat is a Solutions Architect at Palo Alto Networks working as a technology leader focused on CloudOps, DevOps, and SecOps. In his current role, Mat helps State Governments, Higher Education, Local Government, and Lower Education understand, migrate, and secure complex cloud environments. Prior to working as a Solutions Architect, Mat worked as a Cyber Security consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) focused on cloud, automation, and innovation based out of New York City. Mat also serves in the United States Army as an Infantry Officer in the Texas Army National Guard.
Mat graduated from the College of IST in the Spring of 2019. There he earned a bachelor's degree in Security Risk and Analysis with a focus in Information and Cyber Security; as well as minors in Information, Science and Technology and Military Studies. While at Penn State, Mat was a member of the IST Consulting Group and Army ROTC where he was heavily involved in THON.
Mathew was born and raised in Middletown, NJ and currently resides in Austin, TX with his girlfriend (also a Penn State alum!) and two dogs: Brody (Border Collie / Lab Mix) and Meeko (Catahoula / Dachshund Mix). His hobbies include: guitar, golf, running, hiking, reading, and restoring cars.
Scott Lyons '05
Scott is currently the CEO of Red Lion, LLC. With over 18 years in the industry, he has worked for both government and commercial entities, covering an array of security positions. He wrote the vulnerability and incident response manuals for multiple government agencies and commercial entities. As such, he is familiar with the compliance requirements for high-end commercial and government clients and is adaptable to meet environmental requirements anywhere. Scott has successfully repelled hostile incursions by hacktivists against broadcast media corporations. He has also led architecture reviews under tight deadlines and constraints, successfully managing the rollout and replacement of components and systems related to network security across the globe.
Scott is heavily involved in the information security community. He is a staff member at several conferences, including Derbycon, DEFCON, BSidesLV, BSidesDE, and Shmoocon. As a well-known member of the infosec community, he has access to a variety of people and new technologies. Scott has spoken at multiple conferences on business and technical topics and is the proud owner of multiple patents.
Briley Marchetti ’16
Briley is a Technology Consulting Manager at EY in Philadelphia with five years of experience. His work is focused on technology implementation projects related to financial crimes, and he currently holds a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist certification. Over the last four years, he worked at a US financial institution on a team implementing a new industry solution to automate compliance checks.
Prior to his time as a technology consultant, Briley graduated from the College of IST in the Fall of 2016 where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems and a minor in Security and Risk Analysis. While at Penn State, Briley served as the IST Student Government President and the Information Assurance Club Vice President. Briley currently lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and two labs: Pippy and Hazey. His hobbies include road and gravel cycling.
Erin McGovern ’16
Erin McGovern is a technical account manager for financial services clients in New York City. As a TAM, she accelerates and enables her clients’ digital transformation journey, ensuring that they receive the maximum value of their Microsoft investment. She began her career at Microsoft as a secure infrastructure consultant, where she focused on delivering identity and access management solutions across industries in the U.S. and Japan. Erin credits the College of IST for the valuable project management, presentation, and technical skills she learned as a student, which have helped her thus far in her career.
Colin Murphy ’03
Colin is global vice president of customer success & customer support at BMC Software, a KKR portfolio company. Colin is responsible for leading a global organization of 800+ customer success and support professionals responsible for driving BMC solution adoption, post-sales customer experience and overall expansion across BMC’s suite of enterprise software solutions. Prior to joining BMC Software in early 2020, Colin was senior vice president global customer success at New York-based Integral Ad Science, a Vista Equity Partners company.
Colin is a technology executive with 20 years’ experience operating in a broad range of high leverage capacities — across management consulting, strategy/M&A, general management, operations, and post-sales. He held multiple leadership positions at CA Technologies (now Broadcom) including SVP operations and general manager of a multi-million dollar cybersecurity business. Colin also held strategy and operational roles at Unisys and The Boeing Company. Colin began his career with stints at global management consulting firms, Oliver Wyman and Deloitte. He holds two graduate degrees (MBA, public policy) from the University of Texas at Austin and a BS degree from the College of IST at Penn State.
Heather Myers ’14 ’17g
Heather Myers is a business intelligence analyst at a leading professional services company, where she uses both business and technical skills. Prior to entering the data analytics field, she was a web administrator responsible for digital communications and IT consulting and services for a government agency in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In 2017, she was in Penn State’s first graduating class for the M.P.S. in Data Analytics degree. Her professional certifications include Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified ScrumMaster and ITIL Foundation Certification. Heather volunteers as a computer science mentor for the Girls Who Code Club at her local library and seeks additional opportunities to encourage and mentor young women interested in STEM careers.
Ben Niebel '06
Ben is a director in KPMG’s Technology Assurance practice in Pittsburgh, PA. He has worked extensively helping clients to identify risks and controls, and testing those controls for Sarbanes-Oxley, SOC 1, and SOC 2 reports. He earned the Certified Public Accountant (CPA), CompTIA IT Project+, and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certifications. While at Penn State, Ben was a member of the Schreyer Honors College, served as a Lion Ambassador, and ran varsity Track & Field and Cross Country. Ben lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and two children.
Madison Oliver ’16
Madison is an associate vulnerability analyst in the CERT Coordination Center at the Software Engineering Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While in this role, she has published and presented her work at the Three Rivers Information Symposium and ShmooCon. As a student, she earned a minor in Digital Entrepreneurship and IST, and was an active member in many IST student organizations, including the Competitive Cyber Security Organization. Madison earned a master of science in Information Security Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.
Nikita Page ’17
Nikita Page is an IST graduate based out of the greater New York metropolitan area who works as a technology risk professional for Microsoft. His role leads him to conduct independent and objective assessments across the company to provide assurance to leadership that Microsoft is appropriately managing business and technology-related risk. Previously, he has held similar consulting positions at KPMG and Verizon. As a student, Nikita served as president of the IST Student Government and as the IST student representative for the Penn State Faculty Senate, University Park Undergraduate Association, and DLAC Sub-committee on Student Data Privacy. Over the last five years, his Penn State education had effectively prepared him to work across a variety of industries and geographic regions, both domestically and internationally. Originally from Ukraine, Nikita is passionate about implementing a global and inclusive perspective for all the projects of his portfolio. He spends his spare time building up his music production business while performing at shows all over the world! Learn more about Nikita at nikita.page.
Luke Simonetti '07 - President
Luke is a Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton and leads the Global Commercial Strategic Consulting and Advisory Solutions portfolio of capabilities. Luke regularly serves as an executive advisor to his clients' leadership and boards of directors, and is an experienced security subject matter expert with deep levels of experience in security governance, threat intelligence and modeling, network security, application security, information protection, business-IT integration, security operations, process improvement, and risk management. Prior to rejoining BAH, Luke was the Global Security Consulting Practice Lead at Gartner, Inc. Luke lives just outside of State College with his wife and four children.
Ka'Lee Strawbridge ‘18
Ka’Lee Strawbridge is a Senior Consultant at KPMG LLP, specializing in Data Privacy & Protection. His work focuses on partnering with clients to successfully comply with data protection regulatory requirements through technology, automation, and global privacy program centralization. Before, KPMG Ka’Lee worked for Lowe’s Companies, Inc. and IBM, building a career that focuses on delivering best-in-class privacy and data protection solutions. Ka’Lee graduated from Penn State with a B.S. in Security & Risk Analysis in 2018. He resides in Charlotte, NC, where he’s developed a passion for working with undergraduate students in their journey to achieving their post-undergraduate professional goals. Ka’Lee is highly involved and remains connected with Penn State at the undergraduate level through recruiting efforts and program participation and at the alumni level through his work with IST Alumni Board.
Melanie Treff ‘19
Melanie Treff is an Information System Security Officer for Raytheon Technologies in the Washington, D.C. metro area. In this role, she works to ensure DoD clients have both technical and documentation safeguards in place to address national security threats. Prior to joining Raytheon Technologies, Melanie worked for Deloitte & Touche LLP as a Cyber Risk Consultant. She graduated from the University Park campus in 2019 with a B.S. in Security and Risk Analysis, concentrating in Intelligence Analysis & Modeling. Melanie accredits her project management skills, technical skills, and understanding of business acumen to the College of IST. In addition to working full-time, she is currently pursuing her MBA at Georgetown University.
Korey Wallace '09
Korey is a technical applications consultant for DuPont's Global IT & Processes. He graduated with his B.S. in IST, with a specialization in geographical information sciences, and a certificate from the NSA in cyber security. With DuPont, Korey works to standardize global technologies & processes across the organization to reduce the costs when it comes to corporate mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. During Korey's time at Penn State, he was a member of the IST Diversity Network, the Penn State Boxing Team, and worked as a web developer for the Daily Collegian. Korey has just finalized his Master's in Business Administration from the University of Texas and resides in Wilmington, DE.
Andrew Weinert ’09
Andrew is a member of the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Systems Group in the Homeland Protection and Air Traffic Control Division at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. In recent years, he has worked with public safety and academia—including Penn State—on programs to integrate drones into the National Airspace System and enable communication in disconnected and latent environments. Andrew is considered one of the technical leaders in support of the Federal Unmanned Aircraft Systems Executive Committee and the federal government’s drone efforts. Since 2011, he has served as technical lead on an MIT and Penn State collaboration to develop smart information communication systems for first responders. This collaboration has tested equipment at Beaver Stadium and Heinz Field during football games. As part of these efforts, Andrew is a significant contributor to the research and development roadmap for the upcoming nationwide FirstNet Public Safety LTE network.