The CybHER club was started Fall 2016. The club is focused on collegiate female students developing in these focus areas:


Fun and Community

Leading to support and encouragement


Professional and Personal Growth

Workshops, speakers, and learning opportunities


Outreach and service

Allowing students to serve and mentor others



Growing a network of professional contacts and support

A Message from the Club Officers

We are passionate about computing and cybersecurity and are active within the campus and the Madison community. This year, we have a bunch of educational presentations, activities, and volunteering opportunities planned. Our goal is to create a community of students excited about learning and impacting others in a highly demanding field. We hope to accomplish our goal and thrive by carrying out the CybHER club’s mission: to empower, motivate, and educate collegiate women in computing and cybersecurity. CybHER is open to everyone. We hope to see you at our events!

Janessa, Maci, and Gwen

Janessa Palmieri


Janessa is a senior studying Cyber Operations and plans to pursue her Master’s in Cyber Defense. Over the summer, she worked in Arlington, VA, for Peraton, a federal contractor supporting the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). When she’s not working on cool cyber stuff, she loves to travel, hike, and paddle board.

Maci Kasuske

Vice President

Maci is a senior Cyber Operations major with a computer Forensics minor and plans on continuing her education with master’s in Computer Science. Outside of her education, she enjoys being in plays, reading, and traveling.

Gwendolyn Vongkasemsiri


Gwendolyn is a sophomore double majoring in Cyber Operations and Network & Security Administration and planning to pursue her master’s in Computer Science. She is addicted to cyber competitions and is a member of the National US Cyber Team. Additionally, she loves to read books, play volleyball, and fly planes.