2020-21 Chapter Elections - Cast Your Vote

Greetings ISACA RTC Chapter Members –

I hope you and your family are safe and well during this Global Pandemic.  Pursuant to the resolution from July 9th, 2020, it is now time to cast your vote for the 2020/2021 officers of the ISACA Research Triangle Chapter.

Instructions on completing the ballot and returning the ballot.  Deadline: September 6th, 2020.

Please reply to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your vote of for each position listed.  You can just copy and paste the ballot to cast your vote. Bios and photos for each candidate can be found at https://isaca-rtc.org/chapter/2020-21-candidates. 

THE BALLOT: Pick ONE name for each position

President:    

Dustin Zimmerman

 

1st VP / Program Chair:    

Ben Hunter

 

2nd VP / Membership:    

Alan Roth

 

Treasurer:    

Karl Gyorfy

 

Secretary:    

Shefali Bhalla

Renuka Chhatre

Laura O'Grady

Chris Seppala

Choose 1

Director (social media) 2-year term: 

Joanna Wolfe

 

Director 2-year term:  

Christina Freeman

Scott Hanchett

Rosebelle W. Njoba

Choose 1

The ballots will be counted by a committee appointed by the Board and results will be reported to the Board and then to the membership. The new officers will take office upon completion of the communication of the election results to the membership. 

Thank you for your support as we continue to transition to online meetings and provide new opportunities to connect and obtain CPE.

Please watch your email and visit the chapter website www.isaca-rtc.org for any new announcements. 

Thank you for your support,

Jaye Anna Hill

President

2020-21 Elections - Meet The Candidates

PRESIDENT – 1 candidate

Dustin Zimmerman

dustin zimmerman 

I am seeking the position of President of the RTP ISACA Chapter in order to continue the amazing work of my predecessors. I intend to meet members needs through the continued delivery of quality speakers providing required ISACA certificate holder CPEs at a reasonable cost, better our chapter through the application of lessons learned identified from other chapters during ISACA leadership events, actively support key ISACA initiatives such as She Leads Tech and ISACA CommunITy Day, and work with our members to identify additional needs that require attention.
Dustin has been an ISACA member since 2006, becoming a director for the ISACA RTC chapter in 2017, and serving as chapter treasurer in 2018. Dustin has worked in IT Audit since 2004, beginning with KPMG, transitioning to Internal Audit with Capital One in 2011, and moving to Internal Audit Management in 2014 with First Citizens Bank. Currently, Dustin is a Senior Vice President and Senior Audit Manager for all IT Audit and Audit Data Analytics functions. Dustin holds bachelor degrees from Salisbury University in Accounting as well as Information Systems Networking and Management, and maintains CISSP and CISA certifications.

1st VICE PRESIDENT / PROGRAM CHAIR – 1 candidate
Ben Hunter

ben hunter

I have been a member of ISACA RTC since Oct 2012. I have earned the CISA, CRISC, CISM and the CDPSE. I have served as a volunteer, a director, and the VP Program Chair for one year. I am excited to serve the chapter another year as the Program Chair. I currently work for BRC CPA as the CISO and a Senior Manager in Risk Advisory Services.
I am running for Program Chair because I value the learning experiences that the RTC chapter has provided me over the last 8 years and I want to give back and continue those learning opportunities.

2nd VP / Membership – 1 candidate
Alan Roth

alan roth

Alan Roth is currently running for the position of chapter 2nd Vice President/Membership Director to continue serving the members of ISACA-RTC. Alan is a retired U. S. Postal Inspector with over 29 years of government service, including more than 22 as a federal law enforcement officer. Alan’s audit experience includes financial audit, contract audit, and developmental (IT) audit. He also is an experienced digital forensics examiner and supervisor and contributed in that capacity to the drafting of several NIJ/NIST publications, including the NIJ Special Report on “Investigations Involving the Internet and Computer Networks.” He earned his CISA in 1996 and has been a member of the ISACA-RTC board of directors for several years in positions including certification coordinator, director, 2nd vice president and secretary. As certification coordinator, Alan has facilitated the chapter's certification review courses, which many attendees have credited with assisting them in obtaining ISACA certifications. Alan earned his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree from Florida International University.

SECRETARY: PICK ONE of the following - 4 candidates (alpha order)
Shefali Bhalla

 shefali bhalla

Shefali Bhalla is an Auditor within the Business Consulting practice of Ernst & Young LLP, and specializes in Information Technology Audits, SOX 404 and Internal Audits, and Risk and Control Assessments. She graduated Suma Cum Laude from NC State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, concentrating in Financial Analysis. She then earned her Master of Accounting degree, concentrating in Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), at NCSU as well. Shefali is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in the State of North Carolina, as well as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA). She is presently a candidate for Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). Shefali has 6 years of prior experience as an International Business Writer freelancing for Global Sources, a Hong Kong based media company. This experience helped her gain knowledge about global trade, manufacturing, and international business and governmental practices.

 Renuka Chhatre

 renuka chatre

I work as an IT Compliance Specialist at National General Insurance Company, Winston-Salem, NC. I have been working in the IT audit domain for the past 5 years. I was an Internal auditor before that. I hold a CPA license and am a CISA. When I am not working, I enjoy hiking and spending time with my family.

I am passionate about using my skills and knowledge of IT Governance Risk Controls and Internal Audit to help stakeholders achieve their objectives. I believe in continuous learning to become a better professional. ISACA-RTC has provided me opportunities to expand my knowledge over the last many years. I think time is right for me to contribute to the profession and peers now. If elected as a director, I will perform the duties with high integrity, diligence, and pride.


Laura O'Grady

laura ogrady

I am writing this statement to express my interest in the position of Secretary on the ISACA RTP Chapter Board of Directors. I have held this position in the past and am familiar with the commitment needed to be successful in this role. I have also reviewed the job responsibilities provided and am willing to meet and/or exceed those expectations in the coming year if elected. I have attached a brief professional biography and picture for your consideration. Please let me know if you need any additional information.
Laura O’Grady is currently the Director of Compliance for RapidScale, a Cox Business company, focused on providing managed cloud services. With nearly fifteen years’ experience in internal control assurance, compliance, business process optimization, and privacy and security governance, Laura has worked in multiple industries including healthcare, manufacturing, and financial services. Responsibilities span all aspects of global compliance including risk management, incident response, vendor  management, regulatory compliance, fraud investigation, and ad hoc consulting requests. Laura holds a Master’s of Accounting Degree from NC State University with a concentration in Information Technology and is currently certified as a CISA, CIA, and CFE. Laura has been a member of ISACA since 2009 and served on the ISACA RTP Chapter Board as Secretary in 2013/2014.

 

Chris Seppala

chris seppala

I had taken about a 5-year hiatus from information security to focus on management and leadership skills. Over the past year, my position has increasingly involved information security initiatives. I found myself really taking interest in those initiatives and seeking out other opportunities. I decided to start taking information security certifications again and recently passed the CISM and CGEIT exams. I found I really took to studying for the exams and would like to continue to pursue additional security education and certifications. I am interested in the Secretary position with ISACA. I have a project management background and am highly organized, dependable, and professional. I would like to build my resume and network in the security industry while contributing to the ISACA RTP chapter.
As a Senior IT Leader, I have developed an accomplished career leading the development of comprehensive IT organizations to support development/software engineering, technology operations, managed services, and information security across global environments. I have found my success to date has been achieved by leading large-scale change initiatives, introducing cloud computing and driving cost-effective, scalable technology solutions to align business and client goals with business strategies. I specialize in developing and implementing processes and solutions that redefine operational value, stimulate performance improvements and meet regulatory and business requirements. I am also experienced in building and leading high performing global teams and establishing positive cultures focused on productivity and performance. My expertise in engineering, IT and development leadership have provided the foundation for a successful, progressive career in senior technology roles.

 

TREASURER: 1 candidate
Karl Gyorfy, CISA, CPA (Texas)

karl gyorfy

My current term on the Board of Directors is expiring, I wish to continue service to the chapter by assuming the Treasurer role. As a six-year member and current director of the Research Triangle Chapter of ISACA, I realize the importance of sound management and budgeting practices. My background in management accounting will help me continue to provide the current level of service to the chapter.
Karl retired in 2018 from BB&T Bank where he was a Senior Cyber Security Auditor for 5 years and has been active ISACA member since relocating from Charlotte in 2013. Prior to that Karl was a tax Auditor with the Virginia Department of Taxation, a consultant at IBM, and held various roles at Bank of America for 18 years. He also worked in manufacturing accounting for 10 years. Karl holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He returned to school in 2009, obtaining a Master of Science degree with a concentration in Information Security in 2011. Karl currently an Adjunct Instructor on the CIS faculty at ECPI University.

DIRECTOR (SOCIAL MEDIA) 2-year term: 1 candidate
Joanna Wolfe

joanna wolfe

I work on the Engineering Strategy & Planning team for my company where I am responsible for data governance, communications as well as learning & development initiative including mentoring. I daily use the skills and knowledge integral to my CISA and CGEIT certifications. For the past several years I have worked closely with Alan Roth facilitating for the certificate review programs managing on site logistics & coordinating facility details.

 Prior to my current position, I worked for a Digital & New Media conference company where I managed their social media marketing across LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. In addition, I was responsible for recruiting and coordinating speakers for four annual conferences hosting up to 5000 people per location.

I am interested in becoming more involved with ISACA at the local level and feel my social media background and experience would benefit our local chapter. I see social media as a way to champion the importance of certification as well as the benefits of being an active member of our local chapter.

I have been a member of ISACA-RTC since 2009. Currently, I am working on my MBA, live in Durham and have two greyhounds who like to let me think I am in charge.

DIRECTOR 2-YEAR TEAM: PICK ONE of the following – 3 candidates

Christina Freeman

christina freeman

I am interested in this position because I would like to be more involved in the local chapter, ensuring that this chapter continues to excel and provide outstanding resources to the members.
Christina holds a master’s degree in Information Security and is currently a Senior Audit and Compliance Programs Manager at SAS with 20 years of audit and compliance experience. She has acquired a CISA certification from ISACA and ISA certification from PCI SSC. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and five children.

Scott Hanchett

scott hanchett

I am running for a Director’s position as I have enjoyed volunteering my time at ISACA. I consider our
local chapter a very worthwhile institution and it is important to continually educate our current
members and also reach out to the newest generation of Audit/Risk professionals’ joining our ranks.

Scott has been an active member of ISACA RTC since 2004 when he moved to NC from Pittsburgh PA.
He first served on the board as Director, and then moved through the following board positions in the
past 8+ years – First VP/Program Chair, President and Past-President. He has almost 20 years of
Audit/Risk experience and has worked at BB&T (Truist), U.S. Postal Service – Ofc of Insp General, Fidelity Investments, MetLife and is currently back at Truist as a contractor. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Heidelberg University in OH and a master’s degree in Information Systems from the Heinz School at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He has CISA and CISSP certifications.

Rosebelle W Njoba

rosabelle w njoba

Rosebelle Njoba is a long-standing member of ISACA, since June 2005, formerly affiliated with
2 other chapters; Greater Washington, and ISACA-Central MD where she held a board position,
in the marketing team between 2010-12. Rosebelle has a long-standing career in cybersecurity
in public sector and industry, with experience in IT audit, compliance, risk and governance, data
privacy, network, and software application security. She currently works as a Manager/ Coach at
IBM, Global Business Services, Cyber & Biometrics. Accountable for team results and activities
on complex projects involving cross-functional teams and stakeholders, analyzing complex
situations to design and implement solutions for clients, she is also a coach to a team of
professionals to encourage them to grow their skills in new growth areas, empower them to
design their own path to success and assist them to seek opportunities in a variety of roles and
initiatives.

Rosebelle is extremely passionate about cybersecurity and seeks opportunities to mentor, coach, or
speaking engagements to early professionals about careers in the cyber field, encourage them to
attend & join professional organizations/ meetings/ events.

 

Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Election of 2020/2021 Chapter Board.

Greetings ISACA RTC Chapter Members –

I hope you and your family are safe and well during this Global Pandemic. Thank you for your support as we transitioned to online meetings over the past couple of months. The board has decided to conduct the rest of the 2020-chapter meetings, including GRITSS, as virtual meetings. Please watch your email and visit the chapter website www.isaca-rtc.org for any announcements.

Please see below a resolution addressing the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and election of 2020/2021 chapter board.

RESOLUTION:
Whereas, the election of officers of the ISACA Research Triangle Chapter was originally scheduled on the 3rd of June 2020. During a Global Pandemic, the Chapter members could not come together to hold the AGM and conduct the election in that meeting. Therefore, be it Resolved, that this resolution will be electronically transmitted to all voting members of the Chapter on the 9th of July 2020. Included in this Resolution will be a ballot prepared by the Board and it will include the names of the members nominated to date for each office that is to be filled. Any additional nominated names can be added until the 6th of August.

Instructions on completing the ballot and returning the ballot: Each voting member will receive a final ballot on 7th of August and shall return the ballot by midnight on 21st of August. Your vote is important to attain a quorum.

The ballots will be counted by a committee appointed by the Board and results will be reported to the Board and then to the membership. The new officers will take office upon completion of the communication of the election results to the membership.

THE BALLOT: (Nominees received to date)
President – Dustin Zimmerman
1st VP / Program Chair – Ben Hunter
2nd VP / Membership – Donnamarie Baldwin
Treasurer – Karl Gyorfy
Secretary – Alan Roth
Director (social media) 2-year term– Vacant
Director – Vacant

Please send all questions or concerns to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. After the elections, I will become the immediate past president; therefore, I will not be on the ballot.

Thank you for your support,
Jaye Anna Hill
President

 

2019 Food Drive -- November Session

We received over 85 pounds of goods from you at our October session.  That will translate into over 70 meals for those in need!  Thank you!

We will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina at our November session.  A container will be available to deposit any food items members care to donate.

Most Needed Items:

  • Canned Fruits & Veggies
  • Canned Meat
  • Canned Beans & Soup
  • Cereal
  • Whole Grain Pasta & Rice
  • Peanut Butter
  • Hygiene Items
  • Household Items
  • Paper Products

 

For Infants & Kids:

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Pedialyte
  • Infant Cereal
  • Fruit Cups
  • Granola Bars
  • Mac & Cheese Cups
  • Crackers
  • Juice Boxes

 

For Seniors

  • Nutritional Shakes & Drinks
  • Adult Hygiene Products

2013-14 Chapter Officer Nominations

It's that time of year again....time to nominate and select our volunteer officers and board members.  If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else to serve in a board position, please make certain to read and fully understand the duties and responsibilities that come with the office(s).  You may go to our chapter web site to review the duties and responsibilities of the offices, or you may use this link.  Remember, if you nominate someone to serve, they must consent to serve, as required in our by-laws.   In nominating yourself or others you are committing to volunteer what may be a significant amount of time.  Please do not nominate yourself or others unless you can meet this commitment. Those officers and board members that cannot fulfill the obligations they are committing to may be removed from the chapter board.  

If, after reading the officer and board member descriptions and responsibilities, you are interested in submitting your name for nomination:  please submit your name, contact information and a brief bio to our nominations email address:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Electronic submissions must be made by April 30, 2013.  Nominations from the floor may be added for consideration immediately prior to the election.

Voting will occur at the May, 2013 meeting.  This meeting will combine the training session as well as the Annual Meeting of Members and Election of Officers and Directors.  As required under the Chapter By Laws, in order to vote in the election you must be a member in good standing and physically present – proxies, electronic, etc. will not be accepted.

All of our board members are volunteers – maximum continuous service in any position is two (2) years; each Officer or Director is elected for a one (1) year term.

Discussion Forums

The discussion forums on the chapter website are now open. Please use them for certification related discussions. More work related topics will be added - please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with requests or if you are interested in moderating. You will need to be logged in to post.

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All Registrants are required to pay for a session (less any discounts). Full refunds, less processing charges, will be given for a cancellation if a participant emails the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of the cancellation two (2) weeks prior to the course date. A refund transaction fee will be charged. Canceled reservations after the deadline date will be billed.

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Chapter Officer Nominations for 2012-2013

Elected Volunteer Positions (Serves July 1 – June 30)  Download PDF of Chapter Office Position Descriptions

Information on the nominations process will be emailed to members and posted here. 

President
The president leads the chapter board and is looked upon as the local representative of ISACA by the membership and the community.  The president directs chapter activities and efforts to ensure professional and personal growth for the membership. Reference: Chapter Bylaws Article V Section 3.A

First Vice President (Programs)
The First Vice President assists as needed with presidential responsibilities and serve as Chairperson of the Programs Committee; soliciting, coordinating and delivering topical sessions to membership in support of their continuing education needs.  Reference: Chapter Bylaws Article V Section 3.B

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