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The IST Alumni Society is committed to providing opportunities for alumni to get involved and support the Society's mission and, in turn, the mission of the College of IST, the Penn State Alumni Association, and the Penn State University community at large.

Current Alumni Society Board Members

Mike Eisenreich '03


Mike Eisenreich is a 2003 graduate of the College of IST. He works in New York City for Bloomberg and leads the company's brand strategy, content, creative and digital marketing efforts globally. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Mike held multiple roles in GE's corporate technology division, including running GE's global web presence.

Mike created his first website in the fall of 1996 and has been passionate about digital technologies ever since. His interests in technology and marketing trace back to a very young age. He started playing the piano at age 5 and was classically trained as a musician. That love of music evolved into a passion for art and science and how the combination of creativity and technology can produce unconventional and impactful work.

During his time at Penn State, Mike was proud to be a member of the first graduating class in IST (which meant spending an exorbitant amount of time in the Boucke Building), President of Phi Chi Theta, and THON dancer.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Mike lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids.

Cory Gehr '15


Cory is a 2015 alumnus from the College of IST where he majored in IST with the Design & Development option and minored in SRA. He currently works at Microsoft in Redmond, WA as a Security Engineer in the Artificial Intelligence and Research organization.


Jeffrey Gorzkowski '11

Jeff is a 2011 graduate from the College of IST and currently works for the federal government in Washington DC. He graduated with a B.S. in IST and SRA. His love for the University and his proactive attitude led him to become highly involved with the College of IST's numerous programs, committees, and clubs. He was happy to serve on the Fall Career Day and Future Forum Committees and to which he eventually became Chair of both. He served as the co-chair and co-founder of the IST Ball as well as the first TedxPSU web cast crew, was President of the IST Diversity Club, and was active within IST Student Government. He was an active IA Club member where in 2011 he helped the IA Club win the Golden Wrench in Shmoocon's Hack Fortress Capture the Flag competition for the College of IST which helped draw the attention of security companies to IST students' talents and skills through the academic program. For his many accomplishments, leadership, and service to the College of IST, he was the recipient of the Senior Year Award by the college in 2011.

After graduation, Jeff went on to work for Northrop Grumman where he went on to work as a Test Engineer and Systems Engineer. During his time at Northrop Grumman, he often returned during the fall and spring to recruit IST students. Even now as he switched careers to fulfilling his passion for public service, he is actively promoting the College of IST and the University to his superiors.

Jeff is excited to serve on the Alumni Board. He looks forward to working with the college and the alumni in fostering better engagements and relationships to further strengthen ties to the college.

Joshua Hoch '09

Joshua Hoch is a 2009 graduate of the College of IST with a B.S. in IST and focus in Integration & Application. Josh is also a 2014 graduate from the Penn State World Campus with an M.P.S. in Information Sciences with a focus in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance. Josh lives in the Harrisburg area with his wife (PSU ’15 Finance) dog and two cats. He is a Software Engineer for Capital BlueCross leading the way for integrating the company’s legacy systems with more modern applications and technologies.

Upon graduating, Josh’s love for the University led him to become highly involved with the local alumni Chapter (Capital Area Chapter of the PSAA – formerly the Harrisburg Chapter). He was involved with the local chapter for five years serving as the IT Chair, event planner, board member, Vice President and President. While wearing many hats during his time with the local alumni chapter, Josh was able to create many connections within Penn State’s strong alumni network. After his time leading the local alumni chapter concluded, Josh was searching for new ways to give back to the University and he decided to run for the College of IST Alumni Society Board. He is honored to serve on the IST Alumni Board and hopes to play a vital role in assisting the IST Alumni Society and University’s targeted goals of interacting with alumni.

Kelsey Karpinski '16 - President


Kelsey is a 2016 graduate and currently is a Solution Architect for Atos SE working 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 the Altoona College. She also holds a Master’s in Information Systems from the Minot State University.

Kelsey lives in the State College area and frequently volunteers at the Hintz Family Alumni Center at Penn State. In her down time, Kelsey enjoys cheering for PSU football, walking, reading, and photography.

Kelsey is eager to work with the Alumni Board and help give back to the college and University community.

Scott Lyons '05


Scott is a visionary in the information security industry. With over 18 years in the industry, he has worked for both government and commercial entities, covering almost every security position there is. He wrote the vulnerability and incident response playbooks/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 Derbycon, DEFCON, BSidesLV, BSidesDE, Shmoocon, and several other conferences. His duties range from Security, to garnering Sponsorships, to leading teams of people through stressful and difficult situations. As a well-known member of the community, he has access to a large number and variety of people and new technologies. Scott has spoken at multiple conferences on business and technical topics and also, is the proud owner of multiple patents.

Scott is currently the CEO of Red Lion, LLC.

Erin McGovern '16

Erin McGovern is a December 2016 graduate of the College of IST, where she majored in Security & Risk Analysis and minored in IST.

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. Recently, Erin took on a new role as 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.

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. She’s looking forward to serving on the IST Alumni Society board and having an opportunity to collaborate with faculty, staff, students and other board members.

Josh Miller '05


A central PA native, Josh graduated from IST in 2005 after attending both Penn State Altoona and University Park. Since that time he has worked in defense, health care, higher ed, and technology, where he currently work as a Product Technologist for Dell Technologies. Josh is also an adjunct professor for IST and an IST Volunteer. Josh feels that it is our duty as IST alumni to share our knowledge and experience with students to help prepare them for a successful transition to industry.

Colin Murphy '03


Colin Murphy joined CA Technologies as Senior Vice President of Product Operations in April 2018. His focus in Product Operations is to empower the general managers and their broader organizations to execute against and realize their product strategy through transparency, consistency and pragmatic insight. Colin originally joined CA Technologies in 2013 in Corporate Strategy. From 2013 through 2017, Colin held several roles at CA, from corporate strategy, to chief of staff and portfolio strategist for the Chief Product Officer, to acquisition integration executive (Xceedium, leading player in cybersecurity) and general manager for CA’s privileged access management business.

Overall, Colin brings 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 $2.8b player in the IT services space. Prior to CA, Colin held both strategy and operational roles at The Boeing Company and was also an Engagement Manager at global management consulting firm Oliver Wyman. Prior to Oliver Wyman, Colin spent time in the enterprise risk/cybersecurity consulting practice at Deloitte.

Mr. Murphy holds two graduate degrees from the University of Texas at Austin (MBA, Public Policy) and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Information Sciences & Technology from Pennsylvania State University. In 2018, Mr. Murphy joined as an Advisory Board Member for the Cybersecurity Certificate Program at Rutgers University. In his spare time, Colin enjoys running, coaching and playing team sports, staying current on public policy and studying American history.

Heather Myers '14


Heather Myers graduated in 2014 with a B.S. in Information Sciences and Technology. 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 is a native of Harrisburg, PA and currently works as a Business Intelligence Analyst at a leading professional services company where she utilizes 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.

She 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. As a PSU IST Alumni Society Board member, she is looking forward to facilitating support and outreach opportunities related to the women in IST and World Campus IST programs.

Steve Ney '10


Steve is a 2010 IST graduate from the Penn State World Campus. Steve lives in central Pennsylvania with his wife and three kids and works in health insurance informatics. Prior to his position in informatics, Steve worked in healthcare as an IT technical analyst and in research for Orthopaedics and Pediatric Oncology.

During his academic pursuit in IST, Steve attended the World Campus as an adult learner while also working full time and caring for his family. He was able to earn several scholarships and grants for academic excellence through a strong work ethic. He hopes to bring his academic and work experiences to help engage and expand the efforts of students and alumni.

As a member of the IST Alumni Society and Penn State Alumni Association, Steve sees great hope in having an opportunity to meet and work alongside wonderful people and being able to expand the awareness of the impact that information sciences has in today’s world. He also believes that with technology, science, and passion, the tremendous potential for impactful environmental and humanitarian solutions are out there waiting to be discovered.

Madison Oliver '16


Madison is a 2016 graduate of the College of Information Sciences and Technology, receving a Bachelor of Science in Security and Risk Analysis and minoring in Digital Entrepreneurship and IST. While at Penn State, she was part of many of the clubs in IST but was most active in the Competitive Cyber Security Organization. She spent all four years at University Park campus, but dual enrolled at the Greater Allegheny campus and began taking SRA courses her senior year of high school.

Madison went on to receive a Master of Science in Information Security Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University directly following her time at Penn State. Her current role is as an Associate Vulnerability Analyst in the CERT Coordination Center at the Software Engineering Institute in Pittsburgh, PA. While in this role, she has published and presented her work at the Three Rivers Information Symposium and ShmooCon. She hopes to bring her unique experiences as a PSU and CMU recent alumna, native Pennsylvanian, and as a lifelong woman involved in technology to benefit the college and university as a whole.

Nikita Page '17


Nikita Page is a 2017 graduate of the College of Information Sciences and Technology with a major in IST, Integration & Application, and a minor in Digital Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Following graduation, he began his professional career with KPMG LLP as an IT Audit & Assurance Associate within KPMG’s New Jersey/New York advisory services practice. Through his position 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, alongside his team, he assists in many of KPMG’s recruiting efforts within the greater Penn State community, and more specifically, the College of IST.

Nikita’s undergraduate years were dedicated to making the College of IST a richer experience for all students, staff, and faculty. He served as President of the IST Student Government, where he strived to promote student unity and enrichment in order to build a culture of learning and leadership that would be expected of tomorrow's leaders. He also served as the IST student representative on the Penn State Faculty Senate, taking note of the student voice on the faculty agenda and all prospective policies. His other IST involvements included sitting on the DLAC Sub-committee on Student Data Privacy and serving as the IST representative on the PSU University Park Undergraduate Association. Outside of academia and governance, 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 2007 graduate IST. Luke currently lives in State College with his wife and four children. He 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 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, 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 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 alumnus. He had 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.

Nick Tarsi '16Tarsi, Nick Headshot_0.jpg


Nick currently works at Morgan Hill Partners, a venture services firm he joined as the first full-time Associate Partner in May 2018. He has worked on multiple projects that span companies of differing stages (Discovery through Scale), industries (Blockchain, Gaming, Cloud Migration, Parking, RFID, etc.) and disciplines (Investment, Strategy, Marketing, Sales, Talent).

Nick has been a key cog 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. Nick has a strong passion for 21st century organizational design initiatives (Holacracy, teal organizations, etc.) and their effects on a constantly-evolving workforce.

Prior to Morgan Hill, Nick worked at KPMG as part of their Tech Enablement Management Consulting practice and also spent time at Liberty Mutual as part of their firewall team.

Nick graduated from Penn State in 2016 with a BS in Security & Risk Analysis. His favorite class while at the College of IST was SRA 211: Threat of Terrorism and Crime with Don Shemanski.

Andrew Weinert '09


 Andrew 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.

Andrew 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, 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.

Sarah Weller '04


Sarah Weller is a 2004 graduate of the College of IST. She is a business savvy solution seeker with 15+ years of project planning, product development, and global software implementation experience. As Lead Strategist at Weller Smith Design, she designs and delivers forward-thinking products and solutions to clients. She also serves as the Technical Project Manager for LENDonate; a marketplace lending platform that connects investors and philanthropists with nonprofits.

Sarah began her career in technology consulting at CGI where she held a variety of roles across the software development lifecycle, including client-facing customer support and implementation positions. She received a Peer Recognition Award for her work on the Product Team that designed the first iteration of Supply Chain Management product offerings. As a team member, other responsibilities included on-boarding, training and mentoring new team members.

As an IST Alumni Society Board Member, Sarah is looking forward to engaging with current and prospective students to share her unique knowledge and experience. She is currently located in Pittsburgh, has traveled to 30+ countries and still sends greeting cards via snail mail.



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