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Tolgay Kizilelma, Ph.D.

Tolgay is a business-IT leader with twenty-five years of industry experience covering the whole IT spectrum. After almost two decades in private sector, Tolgay joined the University of California, initially working for UC Agriculture and Natural Resources leading statewide infrastructure projects, help desk, network, systems, and information security teams.

Tolgay is an advocate of lifelong learning and teaches graduate business data analytics courses at Saint Mary's College of California as an adjunct professor. His current research interests are cybersecurity, business analytics, and educational IT programs. He holds CISSP, CISM, CRISC, CGEIT, CISA, CSSBB, TOGAF 9 Certified, PROSCI, CBAP, COBIT, ITIL, PMP/PgMP, PCI-ISA designations, an MBA, and PhD focusing on information security, quality, and patient safety.


Shane Middleton

Shane is an IT security analyst with thirteen years of experience in the IT industry, ranging from help desk support, programming, to designing and deploying network architecture in the cloud. Shane initially started his IT career in the private sector, servicing many businesses throughout the Central Valley. Shane began working for UC Merced in the summer of 2011 at the Health Center. He later joined the central OIT team where the Information Security group was later formed.

Shane's current interests are networking (both computer and people!), programming, and cloud technologies. He likes to focus on impacting people with technology in a positive manner and making their day just a little brighter.


Phil Herechski

Phil is an IT security analyst with more than twenty years of IT industry experience encompassing systems administration, desktop and endpoint management, programming, web design, information security, networking, and analytics. He holds various certificates including certification in the Palo Alto Firewall system and Windows Server Administration.

Phil is currently attending college with the goal of obtaining a master’s degree in Information Systems. In his spare time, he enjoys theater, camping, Disneyland, and spending time with his kids.


Kathleen Bodi, B.S.

Kathleen is an IT security analyst with seventeen years of experience in records management for healthcare and higher education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science for software development and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Information Systems with a graduate certificate in business analytics, plus an undergraduate certificate in applied cybersecurity.

Kathleen's interests include data analytics, machine learning, deep learning, digital forensics, cryptography, and incident response. She holds CompTIA Security+ CE certification, was a Grace Hopper Scholar in 2016, and recently won scholarships totaling $22,500 including a Cyber Honors Academy Scholarship through SANS Institute.