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SNHU has been reinventing higher education since 1932. As a leader in STEM, we're helping students meet the needs of an ever-growing, tech-driven marketplace - with innovative online and on campus programs, expert instruction, experiential learning opportunities, active alumni communities, global networking events and more.

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We believe that cyber security should be treated as a multidisciplinary practice. From data analytics to web design and development, here are the programs that integrate cyber concepts at SNHU.

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Faculty

Our highly skilled faculty and board members leverage years of collective experience in the cyber defense field. Here are the resident STEM experts leading the charge at SNHU.

Faculty Image Cheryl FrederickCheryl Frederick

Executive Director, Online STEM Programs

Cheryl Frederick joined SNHU in 2014 and has worked in online higher education since 2005. In her leadership in online higher education, she has worked in team management, curriculum design, faculty management and student support. She conceptualizes and develops industry-relevant curriculum that drives student success. She is skilled in systems thinking, academic administration, agile methodologies and competency-based education.

Prior to working in higher education, Cheryl worked in software development for a variety of industries, including aerospace, telecommunications and televised sports.
She holds a BS and MS in Computer Engineering from the University of Central Florida. Cheryl earned her PhD in Education in 2021. Her special interests include active learning, adaptive learning technologies, women in STEM and digital credentials.

Jonathan KamyckJonathan Kamyck

Associate Dean

Jonathan Kamyck earned MS degrees in both information assurance and organizational leadership, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). He currently serves as associate dean for cybersecurity in the STEM professions at Southern New Hampshire University.

FacultyDr. Denise Kinsey

Technical Program Facilitator – Cybersecurity

Dr. Kinsey has education and experience in engineering and computer science. She has participated in several initiatives to increase the numbers of women and minorities in IT and cybersecurity, believing the best way to solve problems is to have diverse solutions. She is a Certified Information Systems Security professional (CISSP) and has worked as a civilian contractor with law enforcement and other government agencies.

STEM Council

FacultyAlbanie T. Bolton

SNHU Faculty Rep

Dr. Albanie T. Bolton works as the Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) Integration lead at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, AL. The Safety and Mission Assurance team assures the safety and enhances the success of all NASA activities through the development, implementation and oversight of agencywide safety, reliability, maintainability and quality assurance policies and procedures. She currently works under the project Space Launch System (SLS). SLS is a Space Shuttle derived heavy expendable launch vehicle that will take astronauts farther into space and provide for future manned space exploration efforts.

At Marshall Space Flight Center, she was previously appointed to the position of Element Design Lead Engineer for Core Stage Engine Controller Team (Avionics). Dr. Bolton has worked in various aspects of agile development, software, hardware, requirements and testing. She spent two years a part of the System Engineering Leadership Development Program and graduated in October 2015. Dr. Bolton was awarded in 2014, one of the highest honors, the MSFC Director’s Commendation Honor Award for her exceptional leadership in the development of Class A tools. In 2017, Dr. Bolton was recently selected as an honoree to be featured in the Women’s History Month display entitled “Marshall’s Modern Figures, a celebration of Women Making a Difference Today.” In addition, she was featured in Google Expeditions as a NASA Modern Figure to teach students about her day-to-day activities at MSFC. In September 2019, Dr. Bolton was awarded the NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal for her efforts in Avionics.

She received her Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Alcorn State University. In continuing her education, she received her Master’s and PhD in Computer Science with a concentration in Human-Computer Interaction from Auburn University. Dr. Bolton’s research at Auburn focused on Human Computer Interaction and improving interactions between people (users) and computers for improving the usability of products/applications for various populations. In her free time, she devotes time to her second love, education She has previously taught part-time at Alabama A&M University various computer science courses ranging from Statistics, Neural Networks, and Database Systems just to name a few. Dr. Bolton also taught online courses at National University in San Diego, CA. Dr. Bolton is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and other various organizations. She enjoys taking out time to give back by participating in various community service opportunities.

Throughout Dr. Bolton's life, she has approached every challenge with enthusiasm, creativity, and a ceaseless desire to achieve success. This passion and drive have paved the way to countless opportunities, unique experiences, and exceptional relationships both personally and professionally. Her personal note is, “Let’s keep capturing and fostering students’ minds for a brighter tomorrow and shining future”.

Toni Lanett GosinskiToni Lanett Gosinski

Data Scientist at Raytheon Technologies.

Interested in solving problems by converting data into actionable information.

On the Personal Side: I was born in Mountain View, California and, grew up in Texas. I currently live in Tucson, Arizona, with my husband David and our two cats Sam and Dean. We married during the lockdown; however, we will have a public ceremony in September now that COVID restrictions have been lifted.

Background: I was with CSC/DXC for the first ten years of my career in IT, then switched over to Legacy Raytheon Missile Systems, now RMD Raytheon Technologies. I have worn many hats as a developer, analyst, and manager during my time in IT. I currently work as a data scientist on the Advanced Analytics team at RMD.

Education/Certification:

  • Bachelors of Science, Systems Engineering, University of Arizona
  • Masters of Science, Information Technology and Data Analytics Southern New Hampshire University

Work/Professional Experience:

  • Raytheon Technologies Data Scientist 2016 – Present
  • CSC/DXC Manager 2006 – 2015

Dr. Laila MorettoDr. Laila Moretto

Dr. Moretto is currently employed at the MITRE Corporation in McLean, VA. In this capacity, she serves as the trusted advisor to various governmental agencies. Throughout her career, Dr. Moretto has directed, managed, consulted, and assisted projects in a wide variety of roles at the technical and strategic level, with expertise and focus on Systems Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Analytics.

Dr. Moretto is a well-known international speaker.  She has presented at many conferences for a number of organizations, including Latin America Data Management in Brazil, where she was voted #1 speaker; Enterprise Data World (EDW), Data Management Association (DAMA), and several Army conferences.  She has been a guest lecturer at the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Moretto is an associate adjunct professor with the University of Maryland Global College, where she teaches a graduate-level course focused on Data Analytics and Decision Making. She received the distinguish professor award twice.

Dr. Moretto is engaged in education and workforce development in STEM-related fields. She served on a Cyber security workforce panel at a symposium hosted by the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection in Arlington, VA.  She serves on the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) board with the University of Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), where she actively advocates for STEM degrees focused on Cyber Security, Data Science, and Data Analytics. Additionally, she participated in developing a data science curriculum for SNHU. She is a strong supporter of minority women in STEM.

Dr. Moretto holds a Doctorate in Human and Organizational Learning from George Washington University. Her dissertation focused on leadership and decision-making in complex environments. She holds a Master’s degree in Information Technology from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from the University of Texas at Arlington. She also holds a Federal CIO Certification from Carnegie Mellon University.

Andrew NeilsonAndrew Neilson

R&D Engineer, CLSD

I am an Business Leader, Innovator and Engineer with 30 plus years of experience in Research and Development of complex electro-optic systems for Bio-medical, industrial and academic research. I am one of the Founders and CTO of Seahorse Bioscience, a successful Venture funded Biotech company which developed novel instruments and sensors for measuring metabolic processes in cells, tissues and animals (Acquired by Agilent Technologies in 2015) . Prior to Seahorse, I held Engineering management positions with Inframetrics Inc. (Acquired by FLIR Systems Inc. in 1998), and General Scanning Inc (GSI). I am currently employed by Agilent Technologies as a Master R&D Scientist/Engineer in the Cell Analysis Division with responsibilities for Advanced development, M&A and technology integration. I hold a BS in Engineering from the University of Maine (UMO), and an MBA from Southern NH University (SNHU). I currently hold over 20 patents for a broad range of inventions  in the field(s) of sensors, instruments, optics and methods for cell and tissue analysis. I am currently an active member of the Dean’s advisory council for UMO Engineering, and a member of the STEM advisory council for SNHU. As an entrepreneur I have broad based scientific, technical and business skills and a passion for innovation, teamwork and developing winning products.

Scott RappeportScott Rappeport, PhD

Over 28 years of experience in technical leadership in system engineering design of DOD systems that support enhanced war fighter decision making, communications and data acquisition. Specifically, led multiple teams in the development, integration and test/qualification of high capability, high availability network infrastructures including Ethernet transport, digital and analog video transport and high capacity digital random access storage. Principal lead for development of advanced systems architectures, system performance analysis and various special technical studies as directed by customers.

Recognized subject matter expert in system integration and the implementation of COTS in Mil-STD environments and COTS long-term OAM support. Over 15 years experience in system hardware and software integration of COTS assemblies and technologies in support of mission CONOPs, CAIV analysis and planning and leading technology refreshment and modernization. Demonstrated experience in driving system solutions to reflect and integrated open hard-ware/software architecture that embraces commercial and DOD standards and leverages configurable, scalable, networking technologies and processing technologies.

Field experience in the geology and geophysical characterization of continental shelf sediment transport process and development. Specific knowledge in characterizing the scale of hydrodynamic forces on the development of Pleistocene buried sand waves and geophysical surveying techniques.

Proven expert in business transformations and turnarounds – Successfully turned around business units at Fujitsu, Compaq and Digital Equipment Corporation. Hands-on experience leading big teams through tumultuous change, while creating business growth, shareholder value, operational efficiency and savings across the enterprise.

Recognized innovator and entrepreneur – Proven success in developing strong innovative product strategy and services strategy along with implementing the right leadership team with exceptional operational capabilities. Successfully drove thirteen acquisitions for two major technology companies with an acquisition value of $16b+ and successful post-merger management.

Real experience optimizing people, process and technology driving profitability – Expertise working multiple organizations and clients at all levels to turn strategy into results, revenue and profit. Drove major opportunities and projects, and managed large staffs.


Cybersecurity Competitions and Events

SNHU students have the opportunity to compete in the National Cyber League (NCL) — an inclusive, performance-based, collegiate cybersecurity competition. SNHU students can earn college credit for their participation in NCL, and have earned consistent top 500 national placements since 2017. The university is also believed to have introduced the first ever all-female NCL team, further expanding SNHU’s initiative to level the field for women in STEM fields.

Conferences Attended by SNHU Students

Professional conferences offer students the opportunity to learn from and engage with other learners, faculty, industry leaders and tech visionaries. Over the years, SNHU has sponsored student attendees for the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC), Women in Cybersecurity Conference (WiCyS) and Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference.

SNHU administrators and faculty are also dedicated to providing opportunities for continual development such as the SNHU Hour of Code, which features week-long activities, lectures, hands-on learning opportunities and challenges.

Thought Leadership @ SNHU

When new vulnerabilities in IT arise, SNHU looks for solutions. Here, we will share the discoveries of our university’s own innovators and influencers shaking up the cyber world.

Resources

At SNHU, we believe in a shared responsibility to advance the role of cyber defense in tech-empowered industries. From subject matter experts to global institutions, here are some of the field's leaders outside of our university.