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.
IST Alumni Society Board Members
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.
Cory Gehr ’15
Cory earned a bachelor's degree in Information Sciences and Technology and a minor in Security and Risk Analysis. He currently works as a security engineer in Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence and Research organization in Redmond, Washington.
Joshua Hoch ’09 ’14g
Joshua is a software engineer for Capital BlueCross, leading the way for integrating the company’s legacy systems with more modern applications and technologies. Before joining the IST Alumni Society Board, he served in several roles with the Capital Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association, including president and vice president. Josh lives in the Harrisburg area with his wife, dog, and two cats.
Kelsey Karpinski ’16 - President
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.
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.
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 senior vice president of product operations for CA Technologies, where he focuses on empowering general managers and their broader organizations to execute against and realize their product strategy through transparency, consistency, and pragmatic insight. Previously, Colin held several roles at CA, including chief of staff, portfolio strategist for the chief product officer, acquisition integration executive, and general manager for CA’s privileged access management business.
Colin has more than 15 years of strategy development and operational experience in multiple B2B verticals across several Fortune 500 organizations. Most recently, Colin served as Global Vice President for Strategy and Corporate Development at Unisys, a $2.8 billion player in the IT services space. He has also held both strategic and operational roles at The Boeing Company, was an engagement manager at global management consulting firm Oliver Wyman, and a member of the enterprise risk/cybersecurity consulting practice at Deloitte. Colin earned two graduate degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and is an advisory board member for the Cybersecurity Certificate Program at Rutgers University.
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.
Steve Ney ’10
Steve works in health insurance informatics, and previously worked in healthcare as an IT technical analyst and in research for orthopaedics and pediatric oncology. A graduate from Penn State World Campus, Steve earned his degree as an adult learner while also working full time and caring for his family. He earned several scholarships and grants for academic excellence through a strong work ethic, and believes that with technology, science, and passion, the tremendous potential for impactful environmental and humanitarian solutions are out there waiting to be discovered. Steve lives in central Pennsylvania with his wife and three kids
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 IT audit and assurance associate with KMPG’s New Jersey/New York advisory services practice. In this role, he provides audit support while assessing IT controls for Sarbanes-Oxley reporting of large Fortune 500 companies in order to effectively identify risks to financial reporting and provide guidance of best practices within the retail and financial industries. He is active in his department’s community service and outreach initiatives and assists in many of KPMG’s recruiting efforts at Penn State and IST. As a student, Nikita served as president of the IST Student Government, as the IST student representative on the Penn State Faculty Senate, as the IST representative on the University Park Undergraduate Association, and on the DLAC Sub-committee on Student Data Privacy. Additionally, he represented the Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity as president and sat on the executive board for the annual Penn State Movin’ On music festival.
Luke Simonetti '07 - President Elect
Luke is a deputy global and NA security practice lead for Gartner, Inc., and leads the Global Security and Risk Management Consulting practice for the North America commercial industry segments. Luke regularly serves an executive advisor his clients' leadership and boards of directors, and he 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 joining Gartner, Luke was a principal consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton where he was responsible for managing the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Cyber Security Operations and Response Center which included managing a team responsible for incident detection, response, and mitigation for multiple DEA programs and security engineering development. Luke lives in State College with his wife and four children.
Nick Tarsi ’16
Nick is an associate partner at Morgan Hill Partners, a venture services firm. In his role, he has worked on multiple projects that span companies of differing stages (discovery through scale), industries (Blockchain, gaming, cloud migration, parking, and RFID) and disciplines (investment, strategy, marketing, sales, and talent). Prior to Morgan Hill, Nick worked at KPMG as part of their Tech Enablement Management Consulting practice and at Liberty Mutual as part of their firewall team. Nick has played a critical role in helping to build out Morgan Hill internally and has led multiple initiatives within the firm including startup partnerships, marketing automation, sales process development, and more. He has a strong passion for 21st century organizational design initiatives and their effects on a constantly evolving workforce.
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.