Senior Leadership Team

Cyber Florida is guided by a team of dedicated professionals who work diligently to support and advance the center’s mission and goals.

  • General (Ret) Kenneth F. “Frank” McKenzie, Jr. became the Executive Director of the University of South Florida’s Global and National Security Institute in May 2022. In July 2022, he also became the Executive Director of the Florida Center for Cybersecurity, also known as Cyber Florida.

    He is the former Commander, United States Central Command. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, upon graduation from The Citadel in 1979, General McKenzie was commissioned into the Marine Corps and trained as an infantry officer.

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  • Photo of Ernie Ferrareso

    Ernie Ferraresso


  • Kate Whitaker

    Associate Director of Cyber Outreach

  • Evelyn Curry

    Associate Director of Cyber Operations and Analytics

  • James "Jim" Aldrich

    Associate Director for Education & Training

Academic Directors

Academic Directors are affiliated faculty members who provide subject matter expertise, guidance, and program leadership in specific areas.

  • Dr. Nasir Ghani

    Professor of Electrical Engineering

    University of South Florida

  • Dr. Nathan Fisk

    Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity Education

    University of South Florida

  • Dr. Manish Agrawal

    Professor of Information Systems and Managment

    University of South Florida

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    Dr. Sriram Chellappan

    Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

    University of South Florida

Senior Fellows

A Cyber Florida Senior Fellow is a subject matter expert who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to advancing Cyber Florida’s mission through continued advocacy and support. Senior Fellows are appointed by the Executive Director and provide expertise for programs and outreach activities, often serving as guest speakers or leading workshops.

  • Tony Urbanovich


    Cyber Insight

  • Stacy Arruda

    Founder and CEO

    Arruda Group

  • Pam Lindemoen

    CISO Advisor


Board of Advisors

Cyber Florida is supported by a board of distinguished cyber leaders who provide knowledge and guidance to support the center’s mission.

  • Colonel (Ret.) John Burger

    Chief Information Security Officer


  • Mark Clancy

    Vice President for Cybersecurity/CISO

    Sprint, Inc.

  • Dr. Kerry Buckley

    Vice President, Center for Integrated Transportation (CIT)


  • Jan Tighe

    Retired Vice Admiral

    U.S. Navy

  • Bob Rose

    Cybersecurity Expert

  • Christopher Day

    VP Strategic Capabilities and Programs


  • Lt. Gen. Dennis Crall


    Advance Foundry

  • Terry Roberts

    Founder, President and CEO

    WhiteHawk CEC Inc.

  • Andy Zolper

    Chief Operating Officer of IT and Head of Enterprise Technology Solutions

    Raymond James Financial