CybHER®’s mission is to empower, motivate, educate, and change the perception of girls and women in cybersecurity. By providing resources for girls from middle school through collegiate programs and into professional careers, CybHER will allow women to foster positive and encouraging relationships within this industry through original and curated content that educates and motivates women. Ultimately, our goal is to increase diversity by introducing more girls to cybersecurity, who will then transition to women in collegiate programs, and finally highly trained professionals. While CybHER’s mission is to promote STEM and technology for females, CybHER is open to everyone.
Dr. Ashley Podhradsky
Dr. Ashley Podhradsky is the Vice President of Research and Economic Development and Professor of Digital Forensics at Dakota State University. Ashley is also a board member of the First Bank and Trust Board of Directors. Ashley has been an invited speaker at several events and universities including The Pennsylvania State University, Bureau of Justice Affairs, Women in CyberSecurity, InfraGard, OSMOSIS Conference among others. Her research teams have received over 13.6 M in competitive grants and contracts. In addition to her academic and professional work, she has a strong passion for increasing gender diversity in cybersecurity. She is the co-founder of CybHER™, an initiative to increase gender diversity in cybersecurity. Ashley was the recipient of the EmBe 2017 “Young Woman of Achievement”, The 2017 Merrill Hunter Award for Excellence in Research, 2017 and 2018 New America Cybersecurity Fellow, and is a 2019 American Association for the Advancement of Science IF/THEN Ambassador.
Dr. Pam Rowland
Dr. Pam Rowland is the Associate Dean of Computer Sciences and Technology in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Grand Canyon University. Pam holds a D.Sc. degree in Information Systems from Dakota State University in Madison, SD. Dr. Rowland has over 15 years of higher ed experience as a tenured faculty and has also held various administrative positions. Her areas of teaching include cybersecurity and computer science. Pam’s passion project is CybHER(TM) which she co-founded. This project focuses on empowering, motivating, educating, and changing the perception of girls and women in cybersecurity. The project has been supported by grants from the NSA, NSF, NCWIT, and the AAUW. Pam has experience in building high-performing teams, promoting partnerships, recruiting and retaining students through mentorship, building diverse teams, and writing and administering grants. She is forever thankful for her family. Pam and her husband live in Phoenix, AZ and have two grandbabies. They love adventure and exploring the outdoors.
Director, CybHER Institute
Kanthi Narukonda is a Ph.D. Cyber Defense student at DSU. She is an Instructor in the Beacom College at DSU and the current Director for the CybHER Institute. She manages a team of 10 undergraduate students who serve as CybHER Leaders. Kanthi holds graduate degrees in Cyber Defense and Embedded Systems Engineering. Her passion and interest in cybersecurity led her to pursue a graduate and subsequent doctoral degree in cyber defense at DSU. Kanthi lives in Madison, SD, currently with her dog, Zoë.
CybHER Girl is dedicated in memory of Dr. Aimée Tabor
Dr. Aimée Tabor (March 3, 1977 – December 8, 2015)
TRUST Education Director at University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Aimée Tabor was a strong force for broadening participation in STEM and an advocate for increasing access to education for women, minorities and underrepresented populations in STEM. Aimée was the Program Manager for UC Berkeley’s TRUST Center and an advocate for Black Girls Code.
Through her work, she impacted and inspired so many people. She will be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor, perseverance, bright smile and optimism. Dr. Tabor was a mentor for Dr. Podhradsky, Co-Founder of CybHER, and CybHER Girl is dedicated to her memory.