2020-21 Elections - Meet The Candidates

PRESIDENT – 1 candidate

Dustin Zimmerman

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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.