Meet our team members
CyberProtex's founder and lead instructor
Benjamin McGee, CISSP, CEHI, CNDA, MCTS, is an expert cyber security engineer, educator, cyber innovator, and a dedicated cyber mentor. Mr. McGee holds a Masters of Science in Cyber Security from New York University (NYU) Polytechnic Institute. Prior to founding CyberProtex, Mr. McGee was the Cyber Security Lead for SAIC where he was decorated with many awards including the "Trailblazer" award for cyber security. Mr. McGee was Chief Scientist at Aleta Technologies, Inc., and he has also worked with the U.S. Army Software Engineering Directorate, NASA at the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), Raymond James Financial Headquarters, CDXperts, BenefitOne, Geonex-AgraBaymont, and TEKSystems.
Mr. McGee has helped certify over 1,000 Cyber Security professionals in the Tennessee Valley.
Ms. Chalkley has a Master's degree in Adult Education, Leadership Training from the University of South Florida and works with CyberProtex to make sure our curriculum and training align with industry standards and certifications. Ms. Chalkley has trained various software and security courses over her extensive career.
Additionally, Ms. Chalkley has worked as a technical writer and is experienced in writing proposals, policy and procedures, white papers, and training manuals. She is an expert in business administration from development and contracts to accounting and human resources. "My passion is to help train and motivate people to reach their highest potential," she says.
Mr. Saylor brings years of experience in Information Assurance, Systems Administration and Systems Configuration. Mr. Saylor holds a Security+ certification and has the Certified Ethical Hacker (EC Council CEH) designation as well. Mr. Saylor is an expert tester and can hack into systems to exploit the vulnerabilities. Mr. Saylor is semi-retired but is continually studying and earning new certifications in cyber security. He also tests most of our software, games and apps.
Brittney Bush is a senior at New Century Technology High School and focuses her studies in the Computer Science strand. Ms. Bush competes on her school's CyberPatriot program, and is the current president of the Computer Science Club which competes in many coding competitions throughout the year. She has earned CompTIA's IT Fundamentals and Network+ certifications and can program in Python, C++, and Java. Outside of school and work, Ms. Bush takes dance and plays DnD with her friends. At CyberProtex, Brittney creates videos as teaching tools that explain a variety of cyber security topics. In the future, she plans to major in Computer Science.
Jeremy Pacillo joins CyberProtex as a Cyber Security instructor at Mae Jemison High School in Huntsville. Mr. Pacillo received his Bachelor's degree from the University of South Alabama in 2011 where he played fullback for their inaugural football team.
Cyber Security Instructor
Ms. Rita Edwards, CEH, Security+, has over 30 years of experience in the field of software engineering and security. Ms. Rita Edwards is our lead instructor and expert in Security+ courses. Ms. Edwards earned her BS with a Math Minor in 1988, a BA in Communications in 1990, and her Master’s in Cyber Security in 2017. "Continuous education is a key cornerstone in combating the bad guys." She has experience working with several standards including DOD Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP), Risk Management Framework (RMF), National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM), and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Her current tasking is with NASA’s CIO is focused on NIST compliance, vulnerability management, and incident response.
Zach Rayburn is a College Freshman at Mississippi State University where he is studying Computer Science. Mr. Rayburn has two years of cybersecurity experience specializing in secure software development, server management, and penetration testing; he also has experience as an IT Assistant at a local high school working with Cisco networking architecture. Mr. Rayburn graduated from Bob Jones High School with the Madison City Academic Seal of Distinction and holds his Certified Ethical Hacker. He has experience in Python, Bash, HTML, CSS, JS, PHP, Client Side Java, C, C++, and Powershell.
Cyber Security Specialist and Instructor
Ryan Rings is a Cyber Security Specialist and Cyber Instructor. Mr. Rings has taught in our Security+ boot camps for professionals and currently in Huntsville City Schools to our future cyber warriors. Mr. Rings also works as a systems tester and offers corrections and mitigations to prevent hacking by people with bad intent.
Carolyn Savas is currently a senior at New Century Technology High School, participating in the Computer Science strand. She is an active member in many of her school’s clubs, including CyberPatriot, Computer Science Club, and is the Executive Officer of the Lee/NCT JROTC Battalion. Ms. Savas enjoys spending her weekends at coding competitions or playing Dungeons and Dragons. She currently can code in HTML/CSS, PHP, Python, C++, and JAVA. Ms. Savas has CompTIA IT Fundamentals certification.
Ms. Johnson brings expertise in Business Development, Marketing and Event Planning to CyberProtex. A graduate of University of Alabama Huntsville. Ms. Johnson was the Exhibit/Sponsor Chairman of the 2013 and 2014 North Alabama Cyber Security Summit. She is also a certified test proctor. Besides event and conference planning, Ms. Johnson has experience in finance and the insurance industry.
Ms. Letize McGee holds her Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications from the University of South Florida, as well as her Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Stetson University College of Law. She previously practiced law in the State of Florida, where she is still licensed.
Ms. Letize McGee brings her sharp eye, legal experience and excellent writing and communication skills to CyberProtex. She is responsible for risk management, ensuring that risk is avoided, controlled, accepted, or transferred and that opportunities are not missed. Ms. McGee is also in charge of industry compliance.
Jordan Alexander Simpson is currently a student at New Century High School. Mr. Simpson says "This is my Senior year of high school and I plan on ending it strong." Mr. Simpson works with CyberProtex to developtraining curriculum. He loves Cyber Security and Computer Science, and plans on pursuing more certifications beyond the CompTIA IT Fundamentals Certification that he already holds. Mr. Simpson plans on pursuing a Masters degree in Computer Science. "In my free time I enjoy reading, participating in programming competitions, being a leader in JROTC, competeting in cyber security competitions, and spending time with my family."
Cyber Security Instructor
Tim Roe joins CyberProtex as an instructor. Mr. Roe studied statistics at Flroida State. He was previously an Investment Advisor Representative at T Rowe Price where he held several finance certifications. As an SME, Mr. Roe has extensive experience training people in financial certifications. In his free time, he enjoys volunteering for Special Olympics, coaching Little League, and coaching Youth Basketball.
Ms. Smith is certified in Security+, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), and Windows 7, Configuring (70-680). From UAH, Ms. Smith holds a Masters Certificate in Information Assurance & Security and a BA in Foreign Language (Spanish) & International Trade.
Ms. Smith brings her extensive experience as a Computer Network Defense Analyst, Vulnerability Management/Information Assurance Engineer, and Information Assurance Technical Lead to the team at CyberProtex.
Ms. Smith is also an active volunteer for many charitable causes in the Madison/Huntsville community.
Michael Sorrell is currently a senior at Grissom High School, where he participates in Cyber Patriot and Greenpower. Throughout his time in high school, Mr. Sorrell has earned the IT Fundamentals, Network+, and Security+ Certifications. Currently, he is focusing on earning the CEH. Michael is working with CyberProtex on mobile app development. Outside of school and work, he is an Eagle Scout and participates in his church’s youth group. He plans on attending UAH to major in engineering.
Robert Thompson is a graduate of James Clemens High School and is currently a student at Calhoun Community College. As a Certified Ethical Hacker (EC Council CEH), Mr. Thompson works at CyberProtex on researching and presenting different intrusion tools and systems. He is eager to advance in the computer science field with interests in software development, web design, and penetration tools. In his spare time, Mr. Thompson enjoys flying drones.
Xander Voigt, is currently attending the University of Alabama in Huntsville, studying computer science. Mr. Voigt works with CyberProtex on research and development projects, application/web development and video production. Mr. Voigt is Security+ certified and is an Amazon Web Services certified Solutions Architect.
"I bring an enthusiasm for learning anything in the technology realm, and I have previous experience creating full scale mobile applications." Mr. Voigt graduated from Bob Jones High school where he was active in CyberPatriot competitions and on the Computer Science Team.