Board of Directors

Paul Carugati – President

Paul Carugati is a seasoned IT and Information Security leader with over 15 years’ experience across multiple industries. Paul is a specialist in collaborative technology, building high-performing teams, program management, fostering a culture of data protection through business enablement and risk management, and achieving positive, measurable behavioral change through accountability and integrity. He is an in-demand speaker who holds many accreditations and industry certifications showcasing his technical and business prowess. Paul is passionate about raising community awareness about cybersecurity and privacy. He is co-founder and principal at Cyber Self-Defense, LLC. Check out his TED talk here.

Courtney Cook – Vice President

This is Courtney’s second term on the Community Security Coalition’s Board. She has been active in the Spokane IT Community for the past 4 years assisting our local business with their IT needs and learning about many of the facets if the Industry. She is currently working as an Account Executive for Datec, Inc.

Mike Elam – Secretary

Mike has spent most of his life in Spokane, growing up in the valley. He served in the United States Army, where he was taught the value of community. Returning to Spokane, he received Associates and Bachelor’s degrees while attending ITT Technical Institute. Now working in the IT field for close to 20 years, there is a deep appreciation for all the work that is done within our region. He is passionate about transforming IT from a functional focus to an enabler of innovation.

Larry Greiner – Treasurer

Larry Greiner has worked in Information Technology for a couple credit unions for the past 20 years. Larry has seen the industry understand the importance of information security more and more the last ten years. Also serving as a member of  the Board of Directors for the Greater Spokane chapter of the ISSA, he recently graduated from WGU with a BS in IT – Security from WGU. Larry is currently working on finally getting his CISSP.

Heather Stratford – Continuing Education Coordination

Heather Stratford, MBA is the founder and CEO of Stronger International, Inc. a cybersecurity firm headquartered in Spokane WA, that specializes in training, consulting and compliance around the world. Heather is a thought leader in cybersecurity and training for the IT field and she is a sought-after speaker and keynote speaker. She specializes in large training programs for multi-national organization and compliance work with security and privacy including PCI, HIPAA, and GDPR. Heather is passionate about increasing diversity and women in the field of cybersecurity. She has a bachelors from BYU and an MBA from Thunderbird: School of Global Management. She currently leads a cybersecurity team that helps a wide range of clients from universities and financial institutions to large private companies in manufacturing and the oil industry. Check out her recent article printed in the official 2018 G7 Executive Talk Series: Addressing Women in Cyber.

Charles Kinsey – Marketing and Web Design

After graduating with his Bachelor’s degree in Information and Cyber Security, Charles went right to work with a regional credit union in their Information Security department. Charles’ passion for security awareness and training led him to the Community Security Coalition where he hopes to help change the general security practices of Spokane and surrounding communities. Outside of his volunteer and organizational responsibilities, he spends his time raising seven children with his wife and enjoying outdoor recreation.

Brandon Bischoff – Sponsorship Relations Management

Like most technologists, Brandon started his career by being everyone’s tech support in the neighborhood and enjoyed that recognition.  At some point, he noticed that this could be a career, decided to do the sensible thing, and get an education at Eastern Washington University.  Upon graduating he did exactly what a recent graduate should do and got a job.  For the past 9 years he has worked with few vacations in the field of Information Technology working on understanding how things work together and then being able to explain them in terms people can understand.

Outside the professional arena, Brandon has a spouse and progeny that fill the rest of his waking hours with activities and tasks.  He enjoys this time where he gets to be the tagalong in a very busy balancing act of family time.  If you ask him, he has no real hobbies, but the appetite to improve both personally and professionally in the late hours of the evening leave him few options beyond reading a good book and spending time with his spouse.

Brandon works closely to ensure the success of both the Client and Managed Services, by meeting with Business stakeholders and engineers within Client organizations.  He acts as the advocate for the client and ensures that the solutions and services provided meet the changing needs of the client.  Often he works with the clients to ensure communication and requests are top of mind and expectations are being met.  Most importantly, he works tirelessly to help Structured Managed Services clients develop agile and secure IT infrastructure that supports the Client’s needs.