DC ACM Election Results for FY2012 – 2013

Here are our new officers for the upcoming fiscal year:

Chair:  Andrew Conklin

Vice Chair: Gene Lloyd

Treasurer: James Imanian

Secretary: Howard Harrell

Member-At-Large: Simson Garfinkel

Chair: Andrew Conklin

BS, Magna Cum Laude, Computer Science, Western Michigan University

Professional Experience:

  • Senior Developer for Synergy Business Innovation and Solutions, May 2012 to current Enterprise secure web services design and development.
  • Application Developer for CGI Federal, June 2009 to May 2012 Financials application development, client specific enhancements, and deployments.
  • Software Engineer for Systems Management Technology, June 2005 to May 2009 Training and simulation application development.

ACM Activities:

Vice Chair, DC Chapter – June 2011 to Present Second in command behind Chair, leads chapter meetings and event intros when needed. Setup DC Nightowls Co-Working group monthly event for technology startups. Organized events like Drupal Installfest and a group dinner with Richard Stallman of the FSF. Continues to build relationships with technical user groups, professionals, and organizations in the area on behalf of the chapter. Serves on the Executive Board and holds experience with parliamentary procedure, maintaining a committee budget, and voting on key business decisions when motions are raised.

Communications Chair – February 2010 to June 2011 Headed the Communications Committee. Oversaw the chapter’s website, newsletter, marketing, and volunteer efforts. Migrated public Sharepoint website and monthly PDF newsletter into a WordPress based website and blog with integrated social media accounts. Formalized the volunteer management program within the chapter to fuel the website project and others. Divided up tasks and responsibilities into formal volunteer job positions and helped recruit new volunteers. Reduced yearly marketing budget from $10,000 to $0 and increased target audience reach and attendance. Switched from paid marketing to peer-based social media.

Other Activities:

  • Organizer of DC Nightowls
  • DC RUG Member
  • R Users Group Member
  • Ubuntu LoCo DC Member
  • Java Users Group Member

Position Statement:

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM has a long history of valued service to the local computer science and information technology community. Many accomplished academics and practitioners have contributed to and followed the chapter’s events, lectures, panels, seminars, and publications. During my time with the chapter, we have updated the way we communicate, and we have explored what we were, what we are, and what we should be.

As chair, I would help foster an increase in activity within our chapter, build academic and community group partnerships, help reestablish our capability to serve the community, and delegate tasks and rewards to interested up and coming community contributors. The first piece is to plan out a series of 4 academic technical lectures for the upcoming year covering C.S. / I.T. topics in academia and the workplace. The second is to work with our volunteers to put on 1 or more training based classes, via our own seminars or partnerships with conference committees and other workshop providers. The third piece involves administrative changes. We will begin a discussion on changing the chapter’s governing rules to better reflect the needs of our community, cut red tape, and see prospective changes through to a chapter board or membership vote. Also within this third piece, we would work towards an answer regarding the digitization of our remaining historical paper documents. This would allow us to divert storage costs to venue space or a membership to a physical co-working space that can host chapter meetings and in-person conversations. With these initiatives, I believe our local technical community will benefit as a result.

Vice Chair:
 Gene Lloyd


  • 2008 Associate in Applied Science of Information Systems Technology, Community College of the Air Force, Montgomery, AL 2010 Bachelors of Computer Science (Magna Cum Laude), Grantham University, Kansas City, MO
  • 2011 Masters of Computer Science, Computer Systems Security, Colorado Technical University, Colorado Springs, CO
  • ~2014 Doctorate of Computer Science, Digital Systems Security, Colorado Technical University, Colorado Springs, CO

Professional Experience:

Gene Lloyd is a career senior cyber warfare operator for the United States Air Force. He has been on active duty since 1993 working in various communications, network administration, and computer security fields. In the middle of his career he was selected to join the Air Force Computer Emergency Response Team (AFCERT) where he analyzed thousands of maliciously exploitative applications, network connections, and computer virus’ as part of an ongoing effort to strengthen the defensive posture of national level networks. He created the Air Forces first digital forensics laboratory and established cradle to grave investigative procedures for hacking incidents occurring worldwide. Gene moved to the National Capital Region in 2010 and currently works within the Pentagon.

Gene holds multiple degrees in Computer Science, is an alumnus of the Air Force’s cyber warfare schoolhouse, and has been trained to perform offensive and defensive operations on, in, and through the cyberspace domain. These skills allow him to share his unique perspective on the challenges faced in securing the components of today’s computing industry. He is currently working on a Computer Science Doctoral degree at Colorado Technical University with a research focus on tracing internet packets back to their origin for the purpose of identifying the true source of network attacks.

Throughout the past decade Gene has worked to institutionalize cyber warfare as a war fighting tenant of the Air Force by developing the training and certification requirements for how warfare is conducted across the digital domains. His military career has taken him to 17 countries throughout Asia, Europe, and the Middle East where he was afforded many amazing opportunities to help him accomplish a variety of new initiatives in the computer science field. You can monitor Gene’s doctoral research by visiting his blog site at http://www.dsdefense.com.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Member, Delta Epsilon Tau International Honor Society
  • Member, Association for Computing Machinery
  • Member, IEEE Computer Society

Treasurer: James Imanian

BS, Political Science, United States Naval Academy
MS, Computer Science, Naval Postgraduate School

Professional Experience:
Has served in four separate fighter squadrons including an instructor tour. Recently served as Assistant Chief of Staff for C5I on the Commander Carrier Strike Group Three staff where he
lead the C5I syndicate in planning and executing strike group command and control missions across nine ships and a carrier airwing. Ashore, has served as the Flag Lieutenant for the Commander Naval Safety Center; and in, Assured Information Sharing Division , J6, Joint Staff; Cyber Division (Strategy and Policy), J5,Joint Staff. Also was the Afghan National Police Communications Division Chief, Combined Security Transition Command, Kabul, Afghanistan where he advised, mentored and assisted the Afghan Ministry of Interior Information and Communication Technology staff organize, train and equip Afghan National Police forces.

ACM Activities:
Volunteer, Programs Committee, DC ACM, November 2010 – present
Professional Member, Association for Computing Machinery, 2004 – present

Other Activities:

  • Secretary, IEEE Richmond Section, March 2011 – present
  • Volunteer, IEEE Richmond Section, 2007 – 2008
  • Certified Information System Security Professional, March 2008 – present

Position Statement:
I will support the Chairman and the rest of the executive committee fulfill their vision for improving our ACM chapter by keeping accurate records of discussions and decisions. I will also use my professional training to ensure assigned tasks are completed on time and those chapter volunteers that need help, get the resources they need to complete an assigned task. I particularly look forward to fostering the continuous growth and reinvigoration of the DC ACM community, allowing for our members to excel both professionally and academically.

Secretary: Howard Harrell


  • MS, Systems Management, University of Southern California
  • BS, Industrial Engineering, Northeastern University

Professional Experience:

14 years supporting Federal Aviation Administration in Program Analysis, Systems Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering, and general Program Management Office support.

Prior to that, 2 years at Systematic Management Services (SMS) as Technical Consultant in Information Technology, installing and maintaining PCs and peripherals and administering cc:Mail and Novell NetWare, in support of Department of Energy projects.

Systems & Network Engineering & Intergration at SETA Corporation, 1991 – 1994

ACM Activities:

  • ACM Member, since 1981.
  • DC ACM Board, various committees, 1991- 1994

Other Activities:

  • Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), Member, 1981-1997, and 2011 – Present
  • Toastmasters International, VP Membership of Plane Talkers Club, Washington, DC

Position Statement:

I will uphold the ACM and DC ACM principles and by-laws, and enforce current standing rules.  My goal as Secretary, if elected, will be to keep DC ACM Members informed of meeting agenda and minutes, maintain the reputation of the club for excellent communication, and working with other Officers of the Council to help to streamline our archives to reduce storage requirements and cost.

Member-At-Large: Simson Garfinkel

Professional Experience:

Simson L. Garfinkel is an Associate Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and an associate of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. His research interests include computer forensics, the emerging field of usability and security, personal information management, privacy, information policy and terrorism. Garfinkel is the author or co-author of fourteen books on computing. He is perhaps best known for his book Database Nation: The Death of Privacy in the 21st Century. Garfinkel’s most successful book, Practical UNIX and Internet Security (co-authored with Gene Spafford), has sold more than 250,000 copies and been translated into more than a dozen languages since the first edition was published in 1991. Simson Garfinkel received three Bachelor of Science degrees from MIT in 1987, a Master’s of Science in Journalism from Columbia University in 1988, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT in 2005.

ACM Activities:
Senior Member, ACM