2018-2019 Board of Directors
Thank you to those members who voted for the new Board of Directors. We are also grateful to all of the candidates who volunteered up to run. For those candidates who were not elected, please let us know how you’d like to contribute. We’ll be establishing various committees in 2018 and the Board could use your help.
Senior Manager, Accenture
IAMA Board Member | Vice PresidentDirector Global Security and Assurance, Intercontinental Hotels Group
IAMA Board Member | MembershipDirector, Security and Intelligence, Scientific Research Corporation
Jim Burris has over 35 years of Security and Intelligence experience spanning across government service and defense industry. Jim is the Security Director of SRC headquartered in Atlanta with offices across the United States; responsible for ensuring the implementation, compliance and direction of corporate security programs and intelligence threat support. His background includes instructional, operational, and management leadership in numerous disciplines of tactical, security and intelligence disciplines. Retired from the Special Operations community, he has worked with and in support of the IC, DoD and their contractor workforce. A former private security consultant business owner, Jim continues an active role in the security and intelligence professional community as a member and event speaker. He is also a current NCMS National member of the Industrial Security Consultants Committee. Jim is the founder, former chair and current Secretary of the NCMS Georgia Chapter of Industrial Security Professionals; BOD and member of the Atlanta Chapter of Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), and is an active member of the Southeastern Intelligence Analyst Roundtable.
Jim holds a BA in Intelligence Analysis and is certified in multiple security career disciplines to include, Industrial Security, Information Security, Physical Security, Personnel Security, and is an Inside Threat Security Specialist. He is a Board Certified Master Anti-Terrorism Specialist (CMAS) and OPSEC Intelligence Specialist (OIS), Level II and III Anti-Terrorism Instructor, and a High Risk SERE Instructor. Jim strongly espouses Team Support for National Security; we are all in it together.
IAMA Board Member | Education/Programming
Director, Security & Privacy | PwC
An innovative Senior Information Technology Executive with over two decades of IT and Cybersecurity management experience as a change agent developing strategic direction and vision within various industries including; Food & Beverage Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Technology Consulting Services and Wholesale Distribution. Derek is experienced in driving innovation, building organizations, leading and developing strategy programs and delivering large scale hardware and software infrastructure initiatives with a long-term track record of sustained financial results.
IAMA Board Member | Secretary
Director, Cybersecurity Program Management, McKesson
Katie Ewers has over 20 years of experience in the field of information security. Her experience includes various industries such as healthcare, financial services, consulting, retail and telecommunications. She has held roles such as security application development, IAM program development, security team development, consulting and most recently, Director of Security Operations. Over the past 18 years, Katie has enjoyed being an active member of the information security community in Atlanta. Over the past 11 years, she has enjoyed being a member of the IAMA. Her experience includes attaining several industry certifications including a CISSP from 2000, CISA from 2003 and CISM from 2008. Katie is passionate about business enablement, industry collaboration and program execution.
Sr. SOC Lead, Information Security & Risk Management, McKesson
Bill Morrison is currently employed by the healthcare business line of a Fortune 10 multinational company working on the engineering, implementation, and deployment of security controls and processes for healthcare cloud products and systems. Previously, Bill spent 3 years with the nation’s largest not-for-profit healthcare system, leading their Incident Response program. Additionally, Bill has over 22 years expereince with a Fortune 15 company as an Information Security & Compliance Officer for their pharma & high-tech manufacturing customers, providing expertise in information security, threat & vulnerability assessment, incident management, and information security policies and standards. Bill also served as the senior incident handler/investigator on the Corporate IT Security Incident Response Team. Bill served as the IAMA chapter Secretary (2013-2015) and as Treasurer since 2015.
IAMA Board Member: Marketing, Events
Founder | Chief Content Officer, ZecurityAscent
IAMA Board Member: Sponsorships
Director of Information Security | Aaron’s
As Director of Information Security at Aaron’s, Inc.; David is accountable for information security leadership, strategy, budget, and operational excellence. He is a servant-leader and mentor to a robust team of information security professionals and managers covering Application Security, Incident Response, Governance Risk and Compliance, and Endpoint/Information Protection.
David has more than 15 years in the information technology industry in various roles. He has previously served as an Manager of the Threat, Attack and Penetration testing services team, Application Security Architect, deployment manager for SAP deployments, and various lead developer roles for Caterpillar Inc. He has additionally held positions at companies including State Farm Insurance and the Central Intelligence Agency.
David is a regular speaker at colleges, corporations, and industry conferences including the (ISC)2 Security Congress, ISSA, ISACA conferences, and various advisory boards.
James "Mark" Harless
FBI Atlanta InfraGard CoordinatorSA Harless has been a Federal Law Enforcement Officer for 24 years, including 3 years as a Special Agent with The U.S. Air Force Office Of Special Investigation (AFOSI), and 21 years as a Special Agent with the FBI. SA Harless has over 11 years of leadership experience as an FBI Supervisor, and has a broad law enforcement background in matters involving public corruption, white collar crime, healthcare fraud, gangs, drug trafficking, money laundering, intellectual property rights, and counterterrorism. SA Harless earned a Master of Science Degree from The Florida State University and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Belmont University. In 2008, SA Harless was the recipient of the FBI Director’s Award for Special Achievement, and in 2009 he received the FBI Director’s Award for Excellence in Investigation. SA Harless can be reached at InfraGard_Atlanta@ic.fbi.gov.