MindPoint Group Leadership Team

MPG leaders are dedicated to offering customers, partners, and employees innovation and excellence in everything they do.

Partners and Co-Founders

Patti Chanthaphone

Patti Chanthaphone

President
Patti Chanthaphone is a MindPoint Group co-founder and President. She sets the strategic vision for the company and presides over all elements of the company to ensure the company meets its operational goals, delivers leading-edge services, drives high client satisfaction, and provides employees with an environment to grow and achieve professional excellence. Patti is a cybersecurity SME who has been providing IT security program and project management, executive leadership, and leading business development since 1999. She has a successful track record in leading business growth and delivering exceptional cybersecurity services. Patti is a Certified Information Security System Professional (CISSP) with a Master’s degree in Engineering Management (Information Security Management concentration) from George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice with a Minor in Legal Studies from George Mason University.
Marc Dixon

Marc Dixon

Vice President
Marc Dixon is a MindPoint Group co-founder and Vice President where he is responsible for Facility Security Management, Community Outreach, and Corporate Compliance. Marc has been providing subject matter expertise in federal, state, and local government technical writing, proposal management, and business development (BD) operations since 1994. He successfully managed winning proposals in excess of $350 million dollars. He has extensive support experience regarding market and business intelligence, performance measurement, corporate statistical analysis and compliance. During his tenure at MindPoint Group, Marc has promoted the company’s community outreach program where we have dedicated thousands of hours and donated $400K to various community outreach programs. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and an alumnus of Marshall University.
Matt Shepherd

Matt Shepherd

Vice President
Matt Shepherd is a MindPoint Group co-founder and Vice President responsible for the marketing, sales, and delivery of all of our Information Security and Privacy (IS&P) services. He is a cybersecurity SME responsible for managing and developing IS&P solutions teams and delivering excellent support services for government and commercial sector clients. In addition to overseeing and implementing IS&P service offerings, Matt is responsible for developing a portfolio of contracts to leverage the company’s strong IS&P capabilities across all applicable markets. Matt has been providing program and project management and technical leadership in Information Technology since 1999. Matt has a Master’s degree in Information Assurance from Capital College and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Philosophy from St. Mary’s College.

MindPoint Group Directors

Peter Davies

Director, Proactive Security
Peter is responsible for building out our penetration testing and red team solutions, which are designed to assist clients in the assessment of complex networks and applications to identify and remediate security issues in a diverse range of environments. With over 20 years of IT experience, over 15 of those years have been focused on providing vulnerability assessments and penetration testing support to commercial and government clients.

Davida Gray

Director, Human Resources
Davida directs MindPoint Group’s Human Resources where she oversees the relationship between MPG and employees. She has 18 years of extensive business experience in Human Resources Management, Employee Relations, Training, and HR Business Partner services. Davida is a tenured HR leader supporting cyber security programs, NASA, and many other federal government contractors.

James Rodgers

Director, Cybersecurity Defense
James is responsible for managing our cyber threat, cyber hunt, incident response, and insider threat solutions teams. He is a cybersecurity expert with over 20 years’ experience in information assurance, security engineering/architecture, vulnerability assessment, penetration testing, cyber threat intelligence, and security operations centers (SOC), and he has successfully led the development of enterprise security programs and organizations to include establishing four SOCs across both the U.S. Federal Government and Financial Sector.

Andrew Seely

Director, Architecture and Engineering (A&E)
Andy is responsible for managing our cybersecurity engineering programs and teams. The A&E team’s product development focus includes Zero Trust Architecture (ZTA) Readiness, Cybersecurity Engineering Reviews, Cloud Security Automation, and Privacy Engineering. His former roles include VP of Solution Architecture for National Security and Space at SAIC, Chief Engineer at HQ US Central Command, Operations Manager at Makena Technologies, and Command and Control Systems Engineer at HQ US European Command. Andy is a US Air Force veteran and a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars post 242. In addition to his role at MindPoint Group, Andy is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Maryland Global Campus, holds leadership positions in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and is a volunteer leader in the Central Florida Region of the American Red Cross.

Gabriela Smith-Sherman

Director, Governance, Risk, and Compliance
Gabriela is a former Federal agency CISO with over 15 years of experience in leading and implementing comprehensive enterprise cybersecurity programs and initiatives. She leads our GRC services portfolio, and is directly engaged in our support for multiple cabinet-level Department CISOs. She is a U.S. combat disabled veteran who understands the importance of mission and is dedicated to delivering high-quality results and value to customers through innovative solutions.

Elaine Toennies

Director, IS&P Chief of Staff
Elaine is a passionate servant leader with over 20 years of professional experience supporting people and driving service delivery excellence across programs, projects, and initiatives in Federal IT, banking, and healthcare. She supports Matt Shepherd in his role by acting as a force multiplier for achieving the company’s strategic vision. She leads up some of MindPoint Group’s most important initiatives and coordinates with leaders across the company to achieve these goals. She continually works to mature internal processes, reinforce corporate culture, and to become indispensable to everyone around her.

MindPoint Group Managers

Arsalan Abbasi

Manager, GRC
Arsalan manages a Governance, Risk and Compliance solution team for MindPoint Group. Arsalan is a cybersecurity professional with over 10 years of experience in Information Technology, with a focus on IT Security and ICAM. Arsalan has supported various government agencies throughout his career and has specializations in many different areas of cybersecurity, including penetration testing, security architecture and design, and vulnerability management.

Tom Bakry

Manager, MPGSOC Security Operations
Tom has been working in technology for more than 30 years and Cybersecurity has been his passion from his very first firewall. Tom uses his software development and PMP background to help the MPGSOC team to build out its world-class tools and services to take on the important Security Operations work for MindPoint Group’s clients. His diverse experience in banking, healthcare, legal, non-profit, and NGO enable him to provide valuable perspective to the team and bring value to our customers.

Casey Barnett

Manager, Marketing
Casey manages MindPoint Group’s marketing team, helping to align our mission and vision with customers and clients who share our ideals. Casey is a technology enthusiast with a marketing agency background with expertise in digital marketing, event coordination, brand voice, and messaging.

Charley Briggs

Manager, GRC
Charley provides management, business process, and cybersecurity support services to MPG’s clients. He is an attorney, PMP, and certified security leader with a special interest in privacy. His management, legal, and business process experience provide a unique perspective for anticipating, understanding and resolving client and program issues.

Eron Covington

Manager, Proactive Security and Security Operations
Eron has 18 years of experience in Information Technology and 12 years as a Penetration Tester and holds various Red Teaming and Penetration Testing certifications. In addition to these skills and certifications, Eron has experience in helping MPG customers design, implement and manage their Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing (VAPT) infrastructure.

Baigali “B” Dalai

Manager, Growth
Baigali manages MPG’s federal capture team within the growth department. She oversees the full capture and business development lifecycle process including qualifying business development leads, leading capture research, planning, and development as well as supporting proposal activities. As the Federal Sales Manager, she is responsible for building and managing a public sector pipeline that aligns with the company’s vision and mission. She holds a B.S degree in Marketing from the University of Maryland, Robert Smith Business School.

Akintola DaSilva

Program Manager, CyDER @ OCC
Akintola’s interest in technology as a child led him into the IT industry after graduating from the University of Maryland. Akintola has specialized in GRC during his 15+ year career in cybersecurity, helping to assess and improve security for many federal government and private industry clients.

Dr. Sonja Ann Jones

Manager, Commercial Cybersecurity Sales
Dr. Sonja Ann Jones leads the Commercial Cybersecurity Sales Team at MindPoint Group. She has over 25 years of experience in leadership management, business development, IT solution delivery, partner development, analytics, security, and entrepreneurship. She is responsible for leading and building the commercial sales team through the full sales lifecycle of productized services. Sonja has a Doctorate in Business with a focus on Women in Information Technology Leadership. She also has an MBA in Entrepreneurship and two Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Statistics.

Brett Massar

Manager, Security Operations
Brett is an experienced cybersecurity expert with over six years of experience providing Managed Security Services (MSS), senior monitoring and incident response (IR) expertise, guidance, and business development for multiple Federal agencies. Brett is CISSP certified and an AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner with a Bachelor’s degree in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance from Western Governor's University.

Anthony Mercaldo

Manager, Cybersecurity Shared Services
Anthony has been providing management consulting support to federal shared service centers for over ten years. He is responsible for designing, implementing, and managing cybersecurity shared services for customers, which provide them with highly effective cybersecurity capabilities through standard, cost-effective service models. He has a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as Bachelor’s in Psychology and Criminology & Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland.

Jennifer Moyars

Manager, Talent Acquisition
Jen leads MindPoint Group’s Talent Acquisition team and supports the company’s growth by overseeing all processes related to bringing external talent onboard. She has 15 years of talent acquisition experience, specializing in finding and securing IT and Cyber talent in both commercial and government contracting companies supporting both the Federal Civilian and DOD/IC agencies. Jen joined MindPoint Group in 2021 and has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Virginia.

Keith Rhea

Manager, Cloud Security
Keith Rhea is a Cloud Security Subject Matter Expert, leading our cloud security solutions. He specializes in Automation, Network Security, Cloud Security, and Cloud Optimization services for government and commercial sector clients. Keith has been providing security automation and engineering to improve cybersecurity effectiveness since 2005. Keith is an AWS Certified Solution Architect with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Sciences from Washburn University.

Carolyn Sanders

Manager, GRC
Carolyn is a former Federal Agency CIO and CISO. She is a results-driven Cybersecurity Manager with extensive experience implementing and overseeing technology programs. Her stellar public sector career in planning and directing activities provided innovative IT solutions to advance the organization's mission. She leverages her current industry certifications, including the CISSP, PMP, CISM, CDPSE, and CBCP, to support MPG customers.

Jesse Taylor

Manager, GRC
Jesse is a Navy veteran, cybersecurity professional, and unapologetic cat-dad. He brings a range of security experience from the DoD and Federal sectors to MPG with a focus on compliance auditing and policy development. He is passionate about lifelong education and recently completed graduate degrees in Information Systems and Engineering Management. Outside of work, Jesse is an avid hiker, runner, and homebrewer.

Lindsay Van Dyke

Manager, Federal Business Development Manager
Lindsay leads MindPoint Group’s Federal Growth & Business Development proposal team and supports the company capture and strategic growth efforts. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Virginia Tech.

Anita Walker

GRC Cloud and privacy Program Manager
Anita manages a portfolio of clients for MindPoint Group within the Legislative Branch and NASA where she manages teams providing Governance, Risk and Compliance, Cloud Security, Security Architecture and Engineer as well as Security Operations. Anita has over 20 years of IT policy, audit, and compliance experience.
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