CybHER Outreach Team

Meet the awesome people behind our outreach activities.

Katie Shuck

Katie Shuck

MS Cyber Defense Student

I joined CybHER so that young girls can learn and get excited about all the different opportunities in cybersecurity and know that cybersecurity needs people from all backgrounds.

Kanthi Narukonda

Kanthi Narukonda

Ph.D. IS Student

I joined CybHER because I believe in its mission. Young girls need encouragement and motivation to pursue cybersecurity and outreach activities to accomplish this mission. If I can provide motivation and encouragement to at least one student and they pursue cybersecurity, I will have achieved CybHER’s mission. 

Janessa Palmieri

Janessa Palmieri

Freshman, Cyber Operations

I knew I wanted to be apart of CybHER when I first heard their mission of creating diversity in computing and cyber sciences. CybHER gives women and girls opportunities to be successful in a mostly male-dominated field. Personally, working for the outreach team has had a remarkable impact on me; I have made forever friendships, career connections, and lastly, make a difference in cyber security.

Abigail Witt

Abigail Witt

Freshman, Computer Science and Mathematics

I joined CybHER to encourage young girls to explore other opportunities they might not have thought of. Cyber and Computer Sciences is a male-dominant field and I want to help CybHER’s mission of merging the gap by educating young girls about cybersecurity.

Alexis Kulm

Alexis Kulm

Freshman, Cyber Operations

Ever since I learned about CybHER, I have been passionate about it. Even when I was still in high school, I was tagging along at CybHER events, trying to get other young women interested and enthusiastic about cybersecurity. I hadn’t encountered an organization like CybHER before and was excited to be a part of something that recognized and supported women in tech. It is so rewarding for me to see young kids excited to learn about Computer Science and all the different aspects there are to it. CybHER is growing by the day and impacting so many women and children that I can’t wait to see where this road leads.

Sara Stehlik

Sara Stehlik

Senior, Network Security

I’ve always loved computers, but I was not aware that cybersecurity even existed as a career field until I was a junior in high school. I’ve been able to educate students of all ages about the many opportunities in cyber. I love seeing the excitement in students’ eyes when they learn about this awesome field for the first time. 

Mary Simmons

Mary Simmons

Freshman, Cyber Operations

I joined CybHER because I am passionate about encouraging and empowering young women to find careers in cyber-related fields. There werelimited opportunities available for girls in my area to join something like CybHER when I was growing up. During my junior year of high school, one of my teachers suggested that I take a cyber security class. This is when I first witnessed the gender gap within the cyber fields; I was one of only two female students in my entire class.  Rocket Girls gave me the opportunity to spend a week with other female students who shared an interest in cyber security, and we learned from strong women within cyber-related fields. When I arrived at DSU, I knew I wanted to get heavily involved with CybHER because I want to show young girls that there are women who are capable of pursuing a successful career in this field. 

Amanda Zacharias

Amanda Zacharias

Graphic Designer

I joined CybHER because I love the idea of empowering young ladies. Often it seems that ladies are told they need to fit into a certain mold and CybHER is an organization that tells them they don’t have to, that they can do something different, outside of the box. I love that.