Governance: Administrators


Administrators for SANS Technology Institute provide leadership to carry out plans and activities in support of the college's goals and objectives. STI administrators create and design appropriate processes and services to support students and the learning environment.


Jyssaka Meyers
  • Admissions Coordinator
  • Most Advanced Degree
    Master's in Organizational Development and Leadership, Saint Louis University

  Read Biography

Jyssaka Meyers is responsible for managing the recruitment, evaluation and admissions process for all graduate programs. She has worked in higher education administration for 5 years and prior to joining the SANS Technology institute, served as Director of Student Services within the College for Public Health and Social Justice at Saint Louis University.

Dustin Paluch
  • Graduate Admissions Counselor
  • Most Advanced Degree
    Bachelor's in Marketing, Film Studies, Saint Louis University

  Read Biography

Dustin Paluch is responsible for identifying and recruiting academically qualified students in accordance with the philosophy of the Institute; keeps frequent contact with prospective students through email, phone and larger SANS Institute events. He joined SANS Technology Institute in March 2017. Prior to joining STI, he worked in a team of four to coordinate over 30,000 annual visits and events for the Office of Admission at Saint Louis University.

Academic Support

Krysta Kurzynski
  • Student Advisor
  • Most Advanced Degree
    Master's in Clinical Counseling, John Carroll University

  Read Biography

Krysta is responsible for mentoring, coordinating, and enabling a subset of students to complete their academic programs.  Krysta has worked in higher education administration for over 3 years.  Prior to joining SANS Technology Institute, Krysta was the Assistant Director of Veteran Affairs at James Carroll University.  Krysta earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from DePaul University and a master's degree in clinical counseling from John Carroll University.

Bridget O'Hanlon
  • Student Advisor
  • Most Advanced Degree
    Master of Arts, Religious Studies, John Carroll University

  Read Biography

Bridget has nearly 9 years of experience in Higher Education, with a background in working with student veterans. After graduate school, Bridget saw an opportunity to use her own GI Bill experience to serve the student Veterans at The University of Akron, and then continued that work at Cuyahoga Community College, before joining the STI team. Bridget grew up in the military, and also served in the 122nd Army band for 12 years; part of her duties included serving as the unit?s Education Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO). Bridget resides in the Cleveland, Ohio area with her spouse and their daughter.


David Hoelzer
  • Dean of Faculty
  • Most Advanced Degree
    Master's in Computer Science, American Intercontinental University
  • Field of Experience
    Intrusion Detection and Auditing. See details below.

  Read Biography

David Hoelzer is the author of more than twenty days of SANS courseware. He is an expert in a variety of information security fields, having served in most major roles in the IT and security industries over the past twenty-five years. Recently, David was called upon to serve as an expert witness for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a landmark case regarding information security governance within corporations in the financial sector and has previously served as an expert for the Federal Trade Commission for GLBA Privacy Rule litigation and other matters. David has been highly involved in governance at SANS Technology Institute, serving as a member of the Curriculum Committee, Long Range Planning Committee, GIAC Ethics Board, and as Dean of Faculty. As a SANS instructor, David has trained security professionals from organizations including NSA, DHHS, Fortune 500 security engineers and managers, various Department of Defense sites, national laboratories, and many colleges and universities. Outside of SANS, David is a research fellow in the Center for Cybermedia Research, a research fellow for the Identity Theft and Financial Fraud Research Operations Center (ITFF/ROC), an adjunct research associate of the UNLV Cybermedia Research Lab, a research fellow with the Internet Forensics Lab, and an adjunct lecturer in the UNLV School of Informatics. David has written and contributed to more than 15 peer reviewed books, publications, and journal articles. Currently, David serves as the principal examiner and director of research for Enclave Forensics, a New York/Las Vegas based incident response and forensics company. He also serves as the chief information security officer for Cyber-Defense, an open-source security software solution provider. In the past, David served as the director of the GIAC Certification program, bringing the GIAC Security Expert certification to life. David holds a BS in IT and an MS in Computer Science, having spent time either attending or consulting for Stony Brook University, Binghamton University, and American Intercontinental University.

Betsy Marchant
  • Assistant Director of Graduate Operations
  • Most Advanced Degree
    Master's in Public Health, University of South Carolina

  Read Biography

Betsy Marchant is primarily responsible for managing, coordinating, and enabling students to successfully complete their academic programs. She works alongside the registrar and assistant registrar to help manage and track current students and their academic progress.

Prior to joining the SANS Technology Institute, Betsy led a public health preparedness training team at the Virginia Department of Health and worked in training and education at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has a B.S. in Health Sciences from Clemson University and a M.P.H. in Public Health from the University of South Carolina.

Shelley Moore
  • Assistant Director
  • Most Advanced Degree
    Bachelor's in Linguistics, University of Texas

  Read Biography

Shelley Moore is primarily responsible for guiding student enrollment activities, from counseling prospective applicants, overseeing the admissions process, and supporting students as they progress through the program. She works alongside the registrar and academic advisors to help manage and track current students and their academic progress, and is actively engaged in student outreach and other marketing efforts for the Institute. Prior to joining the SANS Technology Institute, Shelley worked in clinical research at UT Southwestern in Dallas, specifically in subject enrollment and retention, and cohort management.

Stephen Northcutt
  • Director of Academic Advising
  • Most Advanced Degree
    Bachelor's of Science, Mary Washington College

  Read Biography

Stephen Northcutt founded the GIAC certification and served as the founding president of the SANS Technology Institute, an accredited graduate school focused on cyber security. Stephen is author/coauthor of Incident Handling Step-by-Step, Intrusion Signatures and Analysis, Inside Network Perimeter Security 2nd Edition, IT Ethics Handbook, and Network Intrusion Detection 3rd Edition. He was the original author of the Shadow Intrusion Detection system before accepting the position of chief for information warfare at the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization. Stephen is a graduate of Mary Washington College. Before entering the field of computer security, he worked as a Navy helicopter search and rescue crewman, white water raft guide, chef, martial arts instructor, cartographer, and network designer.

Since 2007 Stephen has conducted over 40 in-depth interviews with leaders in the security industry, from CEOs of security product companies to the most well-known practitioners, in order to research the competencies required to be a successful leader in the security field. He maintains the SANS Leadership Laboratory, where research on these competencies is posted, as well as SANS Security Musings. He leads the Management 512 Alumni Forum, where hundreds of security managers post questions. He is the lead author for Management 512: SANS Security Leadership Essentials for Managers, a prep course for the GSLC certification that meets all levels of requirements for DoD Security Managers per DoD 8570. He also is the lead author/instructor for Management 514: IT Security Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership. Stephen blogs at the SANS Security Laboratory and is on the NewsBites and SANS Analyst teams. He has been involved in a number of security startups including SourceFire, Tenable, Savant Protection and Zimperium and currently serves as director of academic advising for SANS.EDU.

Alan Paller
  • President
  • Most Advanced Degree
    Master's in Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Field of Experience
    Public Policy and Marketing Security in Large Organizations. See details below.

  Read Biography

Alan Paller is the president for SANS Technology Institute and director of research for the SANS Institute, responsible for projects ranging from the Internet Storm Center (the Internet's early warning system with 500,000 sensors around the world) to the Top Ten Security Menaces of the coming year. He also edits NewsBites, the twice-weekly summary of the most important news stories in security. But he says his most satisfying responsibility is finding people who have solved important security problems and helping SANS 85,000 alumni in 60 countries learn about those people and their discoveries.

Alan earned degrees in computer science and engineering from Cornell and MIT. He wrote hundreds of articles on computer graphics, EIS and computer security, and authored two books, The EIS Book: Information Systems for Top Managers and How to Give the Best Presentation of Your Life.

He has testified before the House and Senate, and in 2001 the President named Alan as one of the original members of the National Infrastructure Assurance Council. In 2005 the Federal CIO Council chose him as its annual Azimuth Award winner recognizing his singular vision and outstanding service to government information technology.

He earned his Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Cornell University and a Master of Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Eric Patterson
  • Executive Director
  • Most Advanced Degree
    MS, Defense AnalysMaster's in Defense Analysis (Irregular Warfare), Naval Postgraduate School
    Master's in Humanities (Irish Studies), John Carroll University

  Read Biography

LTC(R) Eric Patterson, with over over 25 years of experience in military, government, and academia, brings a wide variety of leadership, organizational design, training, and higher education experiences to SANS.  His military experience includes 20 years as an Infantry and Special Forces officer, during which time he deployed to multiple combat zones, managed the training programs for all US Army Special Forces, Civil Affairs, and Psychological Operations soldiers, and directed full spectrum special operations in eastern and central Africa.  After retiring from the Army, he served as the founding director of nationally recognized student veteran and international student programs at a private university in Ohio.  Eric earned his BS in International Relations and a minor in Systems Engineering from the US Military Academy at West Point, NY.

Dr. Johannes Ullrich
  • Dean of Research
  • Most Advanced Degree
    Doctorate in Physics, State University of New York at Albany
  • Field of Experience
    Information Security Research Expert

  Read Biography

Johannes is currently responsible for the SANS Internet Storm Center (ISC) and the GIAC Gold program. In 2000, he founded, which is now the data collection engine behind the ISC. His work with the ISC has been widely recognized, and in 2004, Network World named him one of the 50 most powerful people in the networking industry. Prior to working for SANS, Johannes worked as a lead support engineer for a web development company and as a research physicist. Johannes holds a PhD in physics from SUNY Albany and is based in Jacksonville, Florida. His daily podcast summarizes current security news in a concise format. Listen to Johannes discuss "HTML5: Risky Business or Hidden Security Tool Chest for Mobile Web App Authentication" in this SANS webcast.

Marcos Vieyra
  • CISO-in-Residence
  • Most Advanced Degree
    Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, University of South Carolina - Columbia

  Read Biography

Formerly, Marcos served as the Chief Information Security Officer for the State of South Carolina. With over 12 years of full-time information security experience, he led the newly created Division of Information Security (DIS) under the South Carolina Department of Administration. The DIS was created by the South Carolina General Assembly in July, 2013, and has been charged with the establishment of information security policy, standards, procedures and guidelines for over 70 state agencies, including the authority to oversee incident response at these agencies.
Marcos began his IT career in 1995, where he served as his squadron's system administrator in the United States Air Force, and learned the importance of operations security. Marcos' full-time information security career started at the University of South Carolina, where he also eventually earned his Bachelor of Arts degree. Marcos has earned and maintains current the following information security and privacy certifications: GSLC, GLEG, GCCC, GICSP, GMON, CISSP, CIPP/IT, CIPP/US, CIPM, and is a member of the IAPP Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP) inaugural class.