The Team


Col Bill Waynick

“I get to work with really cool, creative, and inspirational problem solvers from across the Government, Academia, and Industry to solve the DoD’s toughest challenges. Really, any problem, bring it!”

Lt Col Michael Helgeson
Deputy Director

Mike’s a career Cyber Operations Officer, fluent in multiple computer languages and sometimes English.  He’s an ardent advocate and sees No Limits to the positive impact of bringing modern problem solving and product development methodologies to the DoD in order to increase mission effectiveness and make our Airmen, Soldiers’, and Sailors’ lives better.

SMSgt Christy Treasure

Christy joined the Air Force in 1999 where she started in the career field of computers.  Specializing in defensive cyber operations, her love of technology has grown exponentially since then.   In her free time, she spends time learning and participating in cyber capture the flag events.  She spends her time away from work tinkering around the house enjoying music and video games.

Greg Bennett
Partner Relations Manager

Greg develops engagement strategy for mapping private sector and Academic partner technology into appropriate acquisition instruments for transition from concept and early stage prototypes to the Air Force end user. He develops repeatable business practices for technology transition. 

Jayleen Guttromson
Program Manager

Jayleen is a motivated project ambassador using technical knowledge to help projects succeed, advocating for her teams and resources, and making sure the team accomplishes the task at hand.

Jojo Balmaceda
Special Security Representative

Jojo managed a myriad of Department of Defense security programs. He spent two decades as an AF Security Forces, which took him to places in Africa, Arctic, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

MSgt Andres Rivas
Cyber Surety Lead

Andres has 10 years of experience in the cyber policy and communications security fields.  His most challenging role has been enforcing communications security across the entire South Korean peninsula.  Andres likes to run and lift heavy things.

SSgt Michael Iken
Software Developer

Mike has a background in Air Force education systems with Air University. He puts his technical experience to work developing prototypes for project solutions. When not coding, he gives a unique technical perspective to add to the broad experience base AF CyberWorx houses.

Jeff Biller
Cyber Law Professor

Following an Air Force career spent largely in the cyber and intelligence missions, Jeff now teaches cadets at the Air Force Academy in the law and policy of emerging technologies. Additionally, he supports Cyberworx projects as the law and policy subject matter expert. A rather slow amateur triathlete, in his off-time Jeff can be found running and cycling in the mountains around Colorado Springs.

Casey Pehrson
Contract Specialist

Erica Wilson
Contracting Officer

Operations and Support

Vel Preston
Head of Innovation Design

“Who needs a way to do what because why” is Vel’s secret sauce for tackling any problem. An extreme extravert, our Silicon Valley transplant relishes every opportunity to extract productive creativity from literally everyone using a strategic combination of logic and empathy. If Vel had her way, all work would be outside and involve at least one moderately embarrassing quest. And also pets.

Larry Marine
UX Analyst

One of the lucky few to actually study under Dr. Don Norman, the creator of
User Experience, Larry brings a deep understanding of UX to the AF
CyberWorx team. As a UX Researcher, Larry focuses on more accurately redefining the problem statement to arrive at truly innovative solutions. He is well-known for stating that if you don’t know what problem you need to solve, the best you can hope to do is solve the wrong problem, very well.

Dan Padgett
UX Designer

For work or for fun, Dan enjoys understanding a problem space so he can design effective solutions. When he’s not working on a problem, he can often be found pedaling his bike around Colorado Springs.

Ed Mikos
UX Design Analyst

Ed has been a UX designer for AFCyberworx since 2018. During that time, he’s worked on projects ranging from training and assessment to combat mission readiness. Prior to joining AFCyberworx, Ed worked for a design agency in Chicago, where his clients ranged from e-commerce startups and non-profits to household names on the Forbes’ Fortune 500.

Cheyenne Ellis
Event Coordinator

Cheyenne is always finding herself in the middle of planning fun and memorable events for the people around her. She has leveraged her experience working with different companies in a variety of industries to help mold a creative coordination style that is unique.   Cheyene loves to haggle!  She planned her own classy wedding affair originally quoted at $15,000  for under $7,000.

Alexis Holcomb
Technical Writer

Alexis is a polymath with a background in Air Force history and maintenance as well as administrative support in the commercial sector. She lends her passion in research, writing, and editing to wordsmith high quality AF CyberWorx products.

Jon Thorpe
C-TRAC Program Manager

Julie Perkins
C-TRAC Partnership Manager

After nearly two decades in the for profit and employment recruiting field, Julie found her way to the non-profit world to continue supporting the mission from a different front.  She is passionate about her role as it allows her to work with Air Force, industry, and academia to reimagine how technology can enrich and protect our nation and those that protect us.

Tori Mann
C-TRAC Project Coordinator

Tori loves learning new things and crafting perfect sentences. She’s team-oriented and hates losing. And she’ll thank you for a cup of coffee.

Nancy Vongsengkeo
C-TRAC Marketing Coordinator

Nancy spends her time thinking about design, why things are the way they are, and what’s for lunch.

Adam Klich
RTI Industry Liaison/Project Manager

Adam started his career as an enlisted Marine, and today continues to support the mission by enabling partnerships between industry, academia, and government. Working globally, he focuses on helping teams with technology commercialization and business model innovation. When not solving innovation problems, he is often taking on renovation projects in his house.

Amy Witsil
RTI Industry Liaison

Amy helps transition technologies from the lab to the mission. She gathers and analyzes technical/market research to enable smart decision making. She absolutely enjoys her role working with innovative companies and helping map their technology to the end-users and markets that need them.