Board Members

Charlie Tupitza

Board of Directors – CEO

Charlie has extensive experience within the private and public sectors in support of cyber resilience protecting business value and readiness. He actively participates in public-private collaboration promoting the sharing of lessons learned. He was a charter member of the Presidential Policy Directive-21 working group to identify cyber security training across the entire federal procurement community headed by the DHS. He was the former US Head of Cyber Resilience best practices for AXELOS a subsidiary of UK-based Capita.

Member of the Better Business Bureau Committee on Cybersecurity Guidelines. 

Previously Charlie was responsible for providing enterprise solutions including for the maintenance repair and operation of the Space Shuttle program along with same support for facilities at Kennedy Space Center, Patrick AFB, and Cape Canaveral, ground-based FAA equipment, all dams in the US, and Navy facilities while at MRO Inc.

Charlie has extensive experience in physical security with video surveillance at all land based points of entry into the US and providing gunshot detection systems of ShotSpotter in support of the Violent Crime Task Force of the FBI. He provided Software to automate the development of buffer zone protection plans for the DHS when they first identified Critical Infrastructure Sectors. His unique experience with both physical and cyber risk brings great value to the Forum.

He provided Enterprise Architecture software (Popkin) to the DHS as they brought the agencies together making it up and the US Army.

Other experience includes being an active participant in the Software and Supply Chain Assurance Forum sponsored by the DHS, GSA, DoD, and NIST. He is a current working group member of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE). He participates in working sessions for the Cyber Security Framework (NIST) and the Incident Response and Recovery Working Group (DHS) and was a member of OASIS-Open Cloud Application Management for Platforms Technical Committee. He was a member of the DoD working groups of Environmental Data Standards, Collaboration, and Maintenance Repair and Operation.

Joan Coolidge

Board of Advisors

As the founder and principal of Initiate Impact LLC, Joan leads clients through organizational and systemic change, guiding teams to delivering transformational growth through visioning, planning, program management, information technology optimization and organizational development. Success in a complex rapidly changing world requires strategic collaboration.

Joan has an exceptional track record in the consumer goods and information technology sectors having globalized Procter & Gamble‘s Information Technology Service Management Systems, established new business in Asia, and delivered an innovative multi-supplier integration program for Hewlett-Packard with P&G.

As co-founder and advisor to the National Forum for Public-Private Collaboration, Joan brings a wealth of experience for the design and facilitation of events for public-private sector collaboration toward shared goals with a focus on one or more topics including cyber security, cyber resilience, service, organizational, portfolio, program or project management.

Joan is skilled in Organizational Dynamics, Organizational Change Management, certified in IT Service Management as ITIL V3 Expert, ITIL V2 Master, highly experienced in Business Planning, Program Management, Project Management, Process Engineering and Governance with a Mills College undergraduate degree in music. Joan has spoken at numerous events and received the itSMF USA 2015 Member of the Year Award for delivering experiential learning in organizational and systemic change to IT Professionals.

Karen Gomez

Board of Advisors

Karen Gomez, Deputy Chief, Operations Center Mission Support, DISA and was the Chief Strategist for ITSM.  Karen has embraced many aspects of Information Technology over a 20+ year career, including international and executive consulting, process engineering, strategic and global deployment, full life cycle application design/development, organizational redesign and change, resource utilization and management, and ITIL/ITSM thought leadership and training. She draws from the breadth of experience gained in working within diverse industries such as telecommunications, healthcare, financial and manufacturing etc., and government, at city, county, state and federal levels.

Ms. Johnson has been instrumental in the collaborative development of several notable frameworks such as the TM Forum’s Business Process Framework (eTOM) and the Department of Defense Enterprise Service Management Framework (DESMF).

Being a part of innovation throughout her career, she was part of the marketing and technical lead team that organized 12 different technology catalyst projects that brought together 110 companies around the globe to create leading edge technologies and explore the possibility of bringing these new ideas to market. She also was a part of a C. Everett Koop foundation initiative to conduct an activity based costing study for long term and rehabilitative healthcare centers and spoke in Washington D.C. on recommendations for technology solutions.

In the Service Operations realm, Ms. Johnson has led such initiatives as convergence of national disparate multi-location, multi-tool, widely distributed support skill sets into a single concept of operations implementation of a Virtual Service Desk model. In a different endeavor, she spear-headed national and international efforts to establish a new organizational structure, set new standards and operations guidelines, and develop communications, training, transition and implementation plans to merge 79 global help desks.

In recent years, Ms. Johnson has brought vision and the evolution of the DESMF to its’ current status. The DESMF is a fusion of industry best practices, standards and frameworks and is the culmination of broad participation inside and outside the Department of Defense.

Ms. Johnson holds Business Management degree with two minors – Marketing and Finance, as well as an MBA in Industrial Management. She is Master Certified in ITIL v2 and ITIL v3 Expert and is also a Project Management Professional (PMP). She has led training and has spoken at various venues including the Acropolis, Nice, France, the Long Beach Convention center and other national and international forums.

Karen has been active with the Forum since its inception in 2015.

Larry Cooper

Special Project Lead

Larry Cooper is a project executive with close to 40 years in the public and private sectors in Canada and the USA and holds close to 25 industry certifications in Agile, Project Management, and ITIL. He was the invited agility expert at the 2016 PMI Global Congress, San Diego and is a featured blogger and webinar host in the Agile Practices area of

Larry was the Mentor for PRINCE2 Agile™, is the host of the Agility Series webinar channel on BrightTalk. His books include Organizational Agility: Values, Principles, and Traits (2016), Leadership Agility: Enabling Sustainable Organizations (2016), The Adaptive Strategy Framework Guide (2016), and Agile Value Delivery: Beyond the Numbers (2015), endorsed by a co-author of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development.

Larry is delivering “The Richness of our differences – achieving Cultural Agility in our organizations” at Spark the Change Montreal based on his latest book “Cultural Agility: Changing our Stories”. His newest book idea, “The Adaptability Code: Re-coding the Stories holding back People and Organizations”, will shine a light on the stories from our personal and organizational pasts that shape traditional thinking, and provide concrete help on how to create new ones that will re-code our thinking to be more adaptable so we can achieve breakthrough performance.

Mike Smith

Board of Advisors

Mike served as the Senior Cyber Policy Advisor to the Department of Energy (DOE) Assistant Secretary responsible for Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability where he provided advice on a wide range of cyber policy issues affecting the Energy Sector, to include drafting white papers, briefing materials and talking points for senior leaders in DOE, industry, the White House, and Congress. When required, Mike delivered these messages on behalf of the Department.

He served as the Department’s Energy Sector representative at the majority of National Security Council cyber-focused Interagency Policy Coordination (IPCs and Sub IPCs) meetings; to include drafting, coordinating and finalizing DOE comments on every cyber related Executive Order (E.O.) and Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) – both classified and unclassified – since August 2012.

Mike served as the DOE lead on the Executive Order (EO) 13636 Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity and Presidential Policy Directive (PPD)-21 Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Integrated Task Force responsible for coordinating and developing the deliverables called for in these two documents; overseeing 20 DOE employees serving on 10 working groups.

He served as the Cybersecurity Risk Information Sharing Program (CRISP) Program Manager and its $2 million dollar budget. CRISP is a unique public-private partnership to facilitate the timely bi-directional sharing of unclassified and classified threat information and develop situational awareness tools to enhance the sector’s ability to identify, prioritize, and coordinate the protection of their critical infrastructure. Mike took over CRISP in August 2012 when the pilot had been suspended. On August 14, 2014, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, through its Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center, announced that it would manage CRISP for the Electricity Subsector. Today, CRISP participants provide power to more than half the continental U.S. customers.

At the request of the Government of Ukraine, Mike proposed, and helped facilitate, the DOE led technical support team’s deployment to Ukraine to assist with the December 23, 2015 outage investigation. He also oversaw the preparation and review of a variety of presentations, reports and analysis of lessons learned from the technical support team visit.

Larry Wilson

Board of Advisors

Larry Wilson is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) in the UMASS President’s office and is responsible for developing, implementing and managing the University of Massachusetts Information Security Policy and Written Information Security Program (WISP). The University program is based on a “Controls Factory” approach Larry created to help organizations operationalize the NIST Cyber Security Framework and its industry best practices (ISO 27001, SANS 20 Critical Controls etc.) across an enterprise and its supply chain. Larry’s approach has been implemented consistently across all five UMASS campuses plus six other universities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Prior to joining UMASS, Larry was the Vice President, Network Security Manager at State Street Bank. Larry’s industry experience includes IT audit manager for Deloitte Enterprise Risk Services (ERS) consulting practice. In this role, he managed a staff responsible for developing and completing a Sarbanes-Oxley compliance audit for MasterCard International.

Larry holds a Master of Science degree in Civil / Structural Engineering from the University of New Hampshire. His industry certifications include CISSP, CISA and ISA (PCI Internal Security Assessor). He serves on the Advisory Board for Middlesex Community College and CISO Advisory Board for Oracle. He co-chairs the Massachusetts State University and Community College Information Security Council and serves as Certification Director for ISACA New England. Larry has been teaching CISA certification training for ISACA for 5 years
His major accomplishments include Finalist for Information Security Executive® (ISE®) of the Year for both the Northeast Region and North America; the SANS People who made a difference in Cybersecurity award in 2013 and one of the top two most influential people in cyber security as selected by Security Magazine in 2016.

Greg Sanker

Board of Advisors

CIO and Technology Delivery Manager at Oregon Department of Administrative Services.

IT Service Management practitioner, speaker, and author. Obsessed with achieving business outcomes and maximizing business value. Service Management, Organizational Management of Change, Global IT Operations, IT Operations Management and business processes alignment. Public and private sector experience in IT Management.

Robert Mayer

Board of Advisors

Senior Vice President of  Cybersecurity, USTelecom Association.

Robert Mayer is Vice-President of Industry and State Affairs with the United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) with responsibility for leading cyber and national security policy, state relations and coordinating various regulatory initiatives for the wireline broadband industry.

He is the Chair of the Communications Sector Coordinating Council and currently chairs the CSCC Cybersecurity Committee. In June 2015, Mayer was appointed to the FCC Communications Security Reliability and Interoperability Council after having led a 100-person team of cybersecurity professionals who produced a landmark report on adapting the NIST Cybersecurity Framework to five industry segments within the sector.

Mayer serves as a “senior” industry official on the U.S. government’s Unified Cyber Coordination Group. He leads the national security and cybersecurity industry efforts, state regulatory NARUC relations, and support policy advocacy in areas including Universal Service funding, IP transition, and regulatory reform. Chair of the Communications Sector Coordinating Council (CSCC) Cybersecurity Committee and CSCC Executive Committee and Past Chair of the (CSCC).
Current member of the Communications Security Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC V) and past co-chair of the FCC CSRIC IV Working Group 4 Sector Risk Management Framework.

Stuart Rance

Board of Advisers

As the founder and owner of Optimal Service Management Ltd., in the United Kingdom Stuart helps clients improve how they create value for themselves and their customers.

He is the author of the 2011 edition of ITIL® Service Transition and lead author of RESILIA™ Cyber Resilience Best Practice (published in June 2015). He has also written many service management pocket guides and he regularly presents at major public events.

Stuart is a Chartered Fellow of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT (FBCS CITP) and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

All areas of IT Service Management, specializing in developing strategy, and planning and implementing improvements to processes and capabilities.
All areas of Information Security Management.

Bobby Jackson

Board of Advisors

Bobby is serving as the Senior Architect for Integrity Data in Lincoln Illinois.  He has been building commercial software solutions since 1996.  Since 2000 he has been focused on delivering software solutions for Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) systems.  As a technology professional he has worked on projects and served customers crossing dozens of industries and a wide range of sizes.  This has given him a unique perspective of the entire software development lifecycle in many different environments.  In 2015 he began to focus on SaaS solutions to meet the Affordable Care Act reporting requirements.  This created a greater emphasis on cyber security and turned into a professional passion.  Combining a strong technology background, business acumen, and process engineering skills, he hopes to prove to be a valuable asset to advancements cyber security to the industry.

Lisa Hodges

Board of Advisers

Owner and principal consultant of Cornerstone Service Management.
Service Management Consultant; process improvement evangelist with a passion for training, coaching, and mentoring. Cornerstone delivers consulting, mentoring, accredited certification training, and custom workshops to organizations seeking to improve competitive advantage through the superior delivery of technology based services. Industry experience includes higher education, manufacturing, retail, financial services, engineering, and government.

Service Management – ITIL based best practice implementation planning and execution, process maturity assessments, process design and re-engineering, accredited training and certification, custom workshops.

Project management – establishing a PMO, process design and implementation, traditional or Agile/Scrum approach, adopting/adapting to Agile, effective integration of service management and project management practices, training, custom workshops.

Steve Cooper

Board of Advisors

Former CIO of the Department of Commerce. Tasked with leading the department’s and bureaus’Steve Cooper

information technology components to be more collaborative and more effective in information sharing and the modernization and enterprise-wide use of information technology in support of the department’s strategic plan: America – Open for Business.

As the CIO of the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization, he crafted the vision and strategy, and then led the two-year successful transformation of the ATO’s IT organization, resulting in measured improvement via a customer-focused, operationally excellent of service delivery model.

As the CIO of the American Red Cross during Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, led the introduction and use of a call center for service delivery, introduced a governance model for IT, guided the outsourcing of the primary national data center.

As the first CIO of the US Department of Homeland Security, led the development of the IT Strategy for Homeland Security, guided the implementation of the unclassified and classified networks of the new department, oversaw the creation of the department’s enterprise architecture, and provided the vision for the use of IT across the department.

As the CIO for Corporate Staffs at Corning, Inc., led the automation of supply chain management, manufacturing, distribution, back office functions via a Peoplesoft ERP implementation.

Jon Braley

Board of Advisors

Jonathan is currently the lead Google Apps Deployment Specialist for ValleyApps, while working to complete his degree from Liberty University. He is studying for a bachelor’s degree in IT: Data Networking and Security and will be graduation in May 2017. He is currently an intern for us at the Foundation for Public-Private Collaboration.

After multiple semesters on the Dean’s list, Jonathan is looking forward to an exciting career in network security. While working with ValleyApps, Jonathan founded a security division of the company titled VA Security Services, which uses penetration testing techniques to prevent social engineering attacks against the company’s clientele. Jonathan brings extensive knowledge of email systems and a fresh take on information security practices. Jonathan is always looking for new challenges and opportunities to learn.

Mitch Hill

Student Intern

Mitch is an Organizational Communications Major at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He will be starting with us when this semester ends. He is participating part time now to get acquainted with our Forum activities.

He is currently studying Advanced Public Speaking, Small Group Communications, Public Relations, Interviewing, and Social Media and Digital Communications.