Kelsey Bailey, '11
- President, College of IST Alumni Society
Kelsey is a 2011 graduate and currently works as a supply chain IT consultant for MEBC, Inc. She graduated with a B.S. in Information Sciences and Technology, a B.A. in Political Science, and a minor in IST in Telecommunications. While at Penn State, she was happy to serve on the executive committee of WIST (Women in IST) and participate in Phi Beta Kappa, the IST Honors Society, IST THON, the Information Assurance club, and the Political Science Honors Society.
Now, Kelsey is a project implementation lead at a Fortune 500 apparel designer based in New York City. In her down time, Kelsey enjoys rooting for the Phillies and Eagles, hiking, reading, visiting her nieces and nephew, and planning exotic vacations.
Kelsey is excited to serve as the Alumni Board's president and looks forward to facilitating the engagement of IST alumni by connecting them to their college and University community
Chris Grega, '15
Chris is a 2015 Graduate of the College of IST. Formerly a resident of Scranton, PA, he currently resides on the North Shore of Pittsburgh working for PPG Industries as an Programmer Analyst for their many Oracle Applications that are used globally. During Chris’s time at IST, he was actively involved as a Learning Assistant, Student Government Member, and a member of the THON Technology Committee. Additionally, he came from a commonwealth campus participating in the 2+2 program.
In his spare time, Chris is also a Volunteer Firefighter and EMT as he enjoys giving back to his community. He also enjoys collecting Lionel Trains and helping people with their computer problems, particularly when he is not at Penn State rooting on the Nittany Lions Football team. Chris looks forward in working with the College, University, and the largest Alumni Association in the world to help give back to the students.
Adam Krempasky, '13
Adam graduated in 2013 from the College of IST with a B.S. in Information Sciences and Technology and a minor in Security and Risk Analysis. He is from Pittsburgh, PA. Adam currently works for PNC Financial Services as a Quality Assurance Analyst. During his time at Penn State, Adam was involved with IST Student Government, the IST Honors Society, Homecoming Technology Committee, and served as the Executive Chair of IST FTK. Adam has served on the IST Alumni Society board for the past two years and is excited to continue to serve the College, the students, and the alumni.
Garrett Miller, '11
Garrett is a 2011 graduate of IST and the Schreyer Honors College, holding a B.S. in Information Sciences and Technology and a minor in Security and Risk Analysis. Originally from Conneaut Lake, PA, Garrett is currently pursuing graduate study at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. During his time at Penn State, Garrett was involved with IST Student Government, the Information Assurance Club, IST Interest House, and served as the first Director of IST's Undergraduate Learning Assistant (LA) program. Perhaps most fittingly, he served as Alumni Relations Chair for IST THON during its recent revitalization. As a member of the IST Alumni Society executive board, he strives to leverage and share this love of IST and Penn State with our ever-growing alumni community to increase participation and engagement to new heights.
Josh Miller, '05
A central PA native, I graduated from IST in 2005 after attending both Penn State Altoona and University Park. Since that time I've worked in defense, manufacturing, health care, and higher ed, where I currently work as the Software Engineering Lead for Penn State's Telecommunication and Networking Services.
Aside from my work as a staff member, I'm also an adjunct professor for IST at Penn State Altoona, and an IST Alumni Volunteer. I believe that it is our duty as IST alumni to share our knowledge and experience with students and help prepare them for a successful transition to industry. Through my work as both faculty and staff I bring the experience necessary to help students, and alumni, engage with the college and university effectively.
Kyle Paukert, '09
Kyle is a 2009 graduate of IST, holding a Bachelor's degree in Information Sciences and Technology and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Mississippi. Kyle works as an IT Team Leader for TE Connectivity in Harrisburg, PA. His team is responsible for the hardware/software interaction of the ERP systems and serves as the liaison between the application and infrastructure teams. Kyle lives in Mechanicsburg, PA with his wife and daughter and frequently returns to the Penn State campus for various activities. Kyle likes to volunteer with the United Way of the Capital Region whenever he gets the chance. As a member of the IST Alumni Society executive board, he is interested in helping to further promote IST to prospective students and to increase the already strong engagement of our alumni network to help IST students succeed through internships and full-time employment opportunities.
Mark Poblete, '07
Mark, a 2007 graduate of the College of IST, is a manager with Capital One's Corporate Audit Services department. Based in Fairfax County, Virginia, he delivers internal audits of information system controls and processes across the bank’s lines of business to support regulatory compliance requirements and operational effectiveness priorities. Additionally, Mr. Poblete leads the department’s campus recruiting efforts at Penn State and is the project manager for a series initiatives designed to raise the digital fluency of associates throughout the department.
As an undergraduate at Penn State, Mark was a four-year member of the Penn State University Marching Blue Band, a three-year member of the University-wide Homecoming Overall Committee (including serving as the Overall Chairperson in 2006), and student director of IST’s Student e-Portfolio Initiative. Mark is currently continuing his Penn State education as a graduate student in the College of IST's nationally recognized Master of Professional Studies in Information Sciences (Cybersecurity and Information Assurance) program, offered through the Penn State World Campus.
In addition to his role as Immediate Past President of the IST Alumni Society, Mr. Poblete is an appointed representative to the Penn State Alumni Association’s Alumni Council, where he serves as Vice-Chair of the Membership committee as well as a member of the Young Alumni and Student Engagement committee. In addition, Mark co-chairs the Homecoming committee for the Penn State Alumni Blue Band Association Affiliate Program Group and is an active alumni volunteer with the Undergraduate Admissions Office in the metropolitan Washington, DC, region.
Corbin Reno, '15
Corbin is a 2015 graduate of the College of IST, holding his M.S. in Information Sciences and Technology with a graduate minor in Computational Science and Engineering. He also holds a B.S. in Finance from the Smeal College of Business and a B.S. in Information Sciences and Technology. After graduation, Corbin joined PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as a Management Consultant in their Analytics practice, working to solve clients’ complex business problems through the use of data science and statistics. He specializes in the biopharmaceutical industry, and has experience in marketing analytics and R&D strategy and operations. Corbin actively volunteers in PwC’s recruitment efforts at Penn State, including both recruitment at Smeal and in STEM fields across the university.
While at Penn State, Corbin was an active student leader, serving as THON Communications Director, Homecoming Technology Director, Lion Ambassador, and student representative on the HUB-Robeson Center Advisory Board. As an alumnus, Corbin continues to be engaged as the Alumni Events Director for the Dance Marathon Alumni Interest Group (DMAIG), and as a Social Media Manager for the New York City Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association.
Jeff Reyes, '10
Jeff Reyes is a 2010 graduate from the College of IST, holding multiple B.S. degrees including Security & Risk Analysis as well as Information Sciences & Technology. He has since leveraged his learnings from Penn State as a Manager and consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in their Cybersecurity & Privacy Advisory practice. He has assisted several Fortune 500 clients across multiple industries in evaluating and improving their information security postures.
As a student, Jeff was an active member and leader of Lion Scouts, volunteering to assist the Penn State Undergraduate Admissions office with recruitment efforts. He was also a member of the Greek fraternity Alpha Sigma Phi, serving as a multiple term philanthropy director.
Similarly, Jeff was heavily involved in and continues to support Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON). As an alumnus, Jeff serves as President of Dance Marathon Alumni Interest Group (DMAIG). Jeff works closely with students on THON’s Executive Committee, staff of Hershey Medical Center, and directors of the Penn State Alumni Association to provide opportunities for alumni to give time, money, and resources to aid Four Diamonds in the conquering of childhood cancer.
Jeff has been an at-large member of the IST Alumni Society Board of Directors since 2015. With strong business acumen as well as seasoned practice in alumni engagement, Jeff looks forward to contributing a balanced perspective to the Society’s leadership and efforts.
Luke Simonetti, '07
Luke Simonetti is a 2007 graduate IST. Luke currently lives in State College with his wife and three children. He is a Director for Gartner, Inc.and leads the Global Security and Risk Management Consulting practice for the Manufacturing, Energy & Utilities, Retail, Consumer Products and High-Tech & Telecom Providers (HTTP) industry segments. Luke regularly serves an executive advisor his clients' leadership and Boards of Directors and is an experienced security Subject Matter Expert (SME), 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, Mr. Simonetti 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 Drug Enforcement Administration programs, as well as security engineering development.
During his time at Penn State, Luke was a Penn State Cheerleader for three years and actively supports the teams as an alumni. Last year he volunteered as one of the mentors for the IST 390 course and plans to continue volunteering for the IST program to help students and alumni.
Andrew Weinert, '09
Mr. Andrew Weinert is a 2009 graduate from Penn State. He is currently 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.
Mr. Weinert is currently considered one of the technical leaders in support of the Federal Unmanned Aircraft Systems Executive Committee (UAS EXCOM) and the federal government’s drone efforts. Since 2011, in addition to his drone work, Mr. Weinert 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, Mr. Weinert is a significant contributor to the research and development roadmap for the upcoming nationwide FirstNet Public Safety LTE network.