Speakers – 2022

Cybersecurity Keynote: Danielle Cox, CISO

Friday, april 8, 2022 at 10:00 am

The State of Cybersecurity in West Virginia
How to get a job in the cybersecurity field and the opportunities right here in West Virginia.

Danielle Cox is the Chief Information Security Officer with West Virginia’s Office of Technology, where she manages the State’s Security Operations Center, directs the Risk management and vulnerability program, and identifies other risks to State data, personnel, applications, and systems. Additionally, she trains, plans, and implements cybersecurity education throughout the State’s enterprise. She has been a member of the Cybersecurity Team for 9 years.

Ms. Cox has an additional 12 years’ experience as a Training Coordinator in the legal industry, helping end-users take full advantage of available resources. She holds a BA with honors in Business Administration and Computer Information Systems from the University of Charleston, and a Masters in Technology Management and Information Security from Marshall University. Ms. Cox holds certifications as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a GIAC Systems and Network Auditor Specialist (GSNA), and a Global Information Assurance Critical Controls Certification (GCCC). She is active in her community, volunteers regularly, and participates in raising service dogs for veterans.

Chris May

cybersecurity speaker: Chris May

friday, april 8, 2022 at 12:00 PM

Security Solutions Director, Advantage Technology

As Security Solutions Director, at Advantage Technology, Chris works closely with executives and heads of departments to determine specific security needs and directives. Chris consistently communicate effective strategies with a range of stakeholders while assisting to identify gaps in current IT practices and recommend best practice solutions to reduce risk and maximize business opportunities.

Before coming to Advantage Technology, Chris worked as an Operations Manager at DuPont Chemical where he gained valuable knowledge and experience in complex large-scale environments. This experience allows him to be proficient in maintaining liaison with both internal and external organizations in order to ensure compliance and smooth working practices. Chris also brings valuable experience in maintaining operational controls in order to meet the preset procedures and standards of a company. Before DuPont, Chris served in the US Navy where he studied Nuclear Technology.

David Tacket

cybersecurity speaker: david TAckett

friday, april 8, 2022 at 1:30 PM

Chief Information Officer, West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office

2022 marks the 29th year in Dave’s Information Technology career. In his current role as CIO for the WV Secretary of State’s Office, he has overseen several process and application modernizations, assisted with office pandemic adaptations, and aided in the transition of elections technology into the U.S. Critical Infrastructure.

Bill Gardner headshot

Cybersecurity Speaker: Bill Gardner

friday, april 8, 2022 at 4:30 pm

Assistant Professor, Marshall University

Bill Gardner is an Assistant Professor at Marshall University where he teaches in the Cyber Forensics and Security degree programs at Marshall University. He is the co-author of “Building an Information Security Awareness Program: Defending Against Social Engineering Hacks and Technical Threats” and co-author of “Google Hacking For Penetration Testers”.

Cybersecurity Speaker: Trey Balser

friday, april 8, 2022 at 6:00 pm (prerecorded)


Game Developers Keynote: Gary Brafford

Gary Brafford bio
Friday, april 8, 2022 at 10:30 am

From Player to Creator

From the age 7 when Gary’s father bought him his first computer, a TRS-80, Gary Brafford has been a gamer/programmer. That love continued through the silver and golden age of consoles, and even through the PC renaissance that started in the late 80s till now. Gary knows C++, C#, Java, HTML, Python, Ruby, and has experience with most of the major game engines, the majority of which was self-taught. Gary commercially released two games on Xbox and PC that are small Indie titles, Rofaxan and Kerbang. Gary is currently in his last semester of Game Development and 3D Animation at Mountwest and he just got hired with a game development company called Akupara Games where he currently makes games for all platforms. Gary is a person who is truly living his dream.

Game Development spotlight: kati baker

friday, april 8, 2022 at 12:30 PM

Whitehorn Games


Game Development spotlight: monrivergames

friday, april 8, 2022 at 2:00 PM

Heather Cole


Game Development session: summer burgess, andy hallam, caleb johnson

friday, april 8, 2022 at 3:30 PM

Hereafter: A Students’ Perspective of Game Development


Game Development spotlight: Michael Laxton

friday, april 8, 2022 at 5:00 PM

Micoo Gaming