2022 Board of Directors

Tyson A. Martin, CISSP

President 2022

Tyson A. Martin is the creator of technology & cyber security strategies that enable key business objectives and permeate organizational culture at all levels. Tyson strongly believes that by forging strong partnerships, inside of an organization and outside of an organization, a key kinetic energy is built that reduces risk, makes an organization more resilient, and promotes innovation which increases the probability of success.




James A. Walters, CISSP, CCSP, SSCP

Vice-President 2022

James Walters is a technologist with over 20 years’ experience. James is currently the Chief Information Systems Officer (CISO) for Chesterfield County IT.  Previous to this role James worked at Northrop Grumman Corporation as an Enterprise Services Operation Manager supporting managed IT services for the Virginia Information Technologies Agency and the Virginia executive branch agencies.

James is well-versed in cybersecurity, networking, systems administration and field services operations. He has held increasingly higher information technology roles in support of commercial, state and local government customers.

James' experience includes certifications and training from vendors such as; Cisco, CompTIA, DRII, Dell, EMC, EXIN, HDI, HP, ITIL, ISACA, ISC2, Microsoft and VMware. James completed information security management training from the University of California, Irvine in 2012.

James has been involved with CompTIA as a subject matter expert since 2016 for both the CompTIA Security+ and Cyber Security Analyst+ exams. James maintains the A+, Network+, Server+, Security+, CySA+, CASP+,  Cloud+ and Project+ CompTIA certifications.

James holds the (ISC)2 CISSP, CCSP and SSCP certifications.

Ben Goo, CISSP

Treasurer 2022

 Benjamin Goo is the founder and president of The Resource Ministry Database (RMDB) and works on this project full time as a recipient of a grant from the Stoller Foundation. He started this organization to help different charities and churches integrate technology into their operations. Benjamin received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy from UC Santa Cruz in just under three years of study and then moved into the technology sector. He has worked in the technical field for 12+ years and has held and maintained multiple certifications including, MCSE, MCITP, Network+, Security+, and the CISSP.

Prior to working full time at RMDB, Benjamin managed all of the IT operations for North, Central and South America at the International Rescue Committee for three years and before this he managed all of the East Coast IT operations for the country's second largest lobby firm. Benjamin is also currently pursuing an MBA at Aurora University and expects to complete this degree in the Fall of 2022. Benjamin and his wife live in Richmond, VA and just became parents in April of 2021.


David Leonard, Associate of (ISC)2

Secretary 2022

Born in Richmond Virginia David lived in several cities around the United States before eventually returning to be closer with family. His love of knowing how things work led him originally to study economics and obtain a Bachelor of Science from George Mason University. His knack for computers caused him to switch gears, returning to school to pursue a Bachelor of Science in computer science, graduating with the highest honors from ECPI.

Right after graduation he worked as an Incident Responder for General Electric responsible for start to finish analysis of security incidents generated by some 400,000 users and one million endpoints across the globe. He currently works at another Fortune 500 company and has also worked as lead SOC analyst at a bank, an analyst for an MSSP, and product developer for a DC-based startup. As well as several other industry certifications, David is an Associate of (ISC)2 eligible to become a full CISSP in 2021. He lives in Richmond with his bearded dragon, Zelda.

Joel Lothamer, CISSP

Membership-Chair 2022

Joel Lothamer, has 27 years of experience in IT operations, project management, information security and functional management. I built and led a team that supported the speed and uptime requirements of mission critical online products in the financial services space. I have also worked with consensus building and rigorous change controls needed to provide enterprise solutions compliant with export and information security regulations in the defense industry space.

I live in Charlottesville, VA with my wife. We are raising 3 interesting kids (ages 20, 18 and 13) and 2 pets. I enjoy working out and listening to music with friends.

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