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Chris Sanders, Director

Chris Sanders is a Kentucky native with an unbridled passion for using technology to help people in need. Chris has devoted a great deal of time and effort to technology-centered community service. This includes the development of a software package for use in student-operated banks and the creation of a technology resource portal for special education teachers and students. These projects have earned awards and recognition, including the Kentucky State Media Association Student Technology Award and the Crowe Chizek Award for Innovation and Excellence. Chris is also actively involved in the mentorship of high school and college students who are interested in computer science and information security, and helped found the first ever Computer Security Club at the College of Charleston as an industry sponsor and mentor.

Professionally, Chris is the leader of a team at Mandiant, a division of FireEye, that is tasked with building detection based on security intelligence data. He has extensive experience supporting multiple government and military agencies, as well as several Fortune 500 companies. Chris is an accomplished technical author and researcher, and his books “Practical Packet Analysis” and “Applied Network Security Monitoring” are widely respected as two of the authoritative practical use books on their topics, as both have sold several thousand copies internationally in multiple languages. He has contributed to dozens of industry publications and websites and holds many industry certifications including the prestigious GSE distinction, currently help by less than 150 people in the world. Chris holds a Masters Degree in Homeland Security from Penn State University and a bachelors degree in Telecommunications from Murray State University. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Cognitive Psychology in an effort to better understand the thought processes associated with the investigation of computer crimes.

Jason Smith, Board Member

Jason Smith is an intrusion detection analyst by day and junkyard engineer by night. Originally from Bowling Green, Kentucky, Jason started his career mining large data sets and performing finite element analysis as a budding physicist. By dumb luck, his love for data mining led him to information security and network security monitoring where he took up a fascination with data manipulation and automation.

Jason has a long history of assisting state and federal agencies with hardening their defensive perimeters and currently works as a Security Engineer with Mandiant. As part of his development work, he has created several open source projects, many of which have become “best-practice” tools for the DISA CNDSP program.

Jason has a profound love of rural America, a passion for driving, and an unrelenting desire to learn. Jason is currently living in his home town of Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Eddie Dillon, Board Member

Eddie Dillon is a software developer in Western Kentucky. Since 1999, he has worked as Lead Programmer Analyst for Texas Roadhouse, and as Head Programmer for KeeFORCE, and he is currently employed as a Software Programmer for Ag Connections of Murray, KY. He and a team of developers provide software solutions to aid farmers in crop production. Eddie writes software for the Agriculture industry with a team of developers on an international software product.

Tim O’Neill, Board Member

Tim O’Neil is an independent technology consultant with over 35 years of experience. He was a founder of ClearSight Networks, and has worked with companies including Navtel, Network General and Ganymede in WAN, ISDN, ATM and LAN test markets.

Tim is also the chief Technology and Contributing Editor for, a website helping network managers access valuable network technology information and real solution stories. He is a popular speaker on Internet safety and holds a number of patents. Consulting clients include movies, law enforcement, emergency services and industry. In 1976, Tim helped design and market the first DataScope.

Ellen Sanders MD, Board Member

Dr. Ellen Sanders is a family physician who strives to provide personalized and comprehensive care to her rural patient population in her home town of Gainesville, Georgia. She attended Pomona College in Claremont, CA where she received her B.A. in English. Knowing it was time to move back to the South, she next attended Duke University School of Medicine, where she earned her M.D. She went on to complete her residency in family medicine at MUSC and Trident hospitals in Charleston, SC. Having a love for her own rural community, Ellen returned to Gainesville shortly after residency to start her her career as a family physician at the Longstreet Clinic.

Dr. Sanders provides quality, evidence-based care to patients of all ages and is particularly interested in women’s health and hospital medicine.