My road in life has been direct.
Overcame issues as a single parent.
Get as much education as you can (degrees, certifications, etc.).
Find creative ways to pay for your college education - apply for scholarships.
Learn from your mistakes.
Overcome racism and gender bias.
Become financially savvy.
Don't let others define what you can and cannot accomplish.
Set measurable attainability goals, monitor progress, and readjust when needed.


Professor, Director - Center for Security Studies

Teach graduate-level cybersecurity; Lead and support the university's CAE curriculum, community and outreach activities.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Helping People

Day to Day

Currently, I have a great position. I am responsible for the institution's Center for Security Studies with major responsibilities for maintaining the university's DHS designation as a Center for Academic Excellence. These responsibilities include cyber community outreach, cybersecurity curriculum support, developing faculty, and supporting students with scholarship and mentoring opportunities, the latter bringing so much personal satisfaction. I also stay close to students by teaching online.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:


The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"After taking a Computer Aptitude Test in the 1980s (when "Data Processing" was new) I was told that my test scores indicated that I should NOT seek critical thinking, programming or systems analysis types of careers or positions."

Challenges I Overcame