The Team

Government

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.

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.

SMSgt Christy Treasure
Superintendent

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.

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.

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.

Capt Nathan Johnsen
Training and Education Development

Nathan’s Air Force career started as an Enlisted Cyber Systems Operations Airman in 2009. Seven years later he joined the dark side and now has the pleasure of serving and leading Airmen as a Cyber Operations Officer. Passionate about people, he desires to inspire and fosters the human network on and off duty with seeking out educational opportunities, hosting a meal as a home chef, and exploring the great outdoors.

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.

TSgt Daniel Hulter
Facilitator

Daniel is a writer on the subject of culture and innovation and founder of Agitare, a community of practice for facilitators of discovery and design frameworks (such as design thinking, HCD, and more) across the DoD. His primary passion is promoting principles of facilitation, continuous discovery, and facilitated design practices to help DoD offices and organizations grow better culture, innovate, and navigate complexity.

SSgt Austin Wiggins
UX Designer and Facilitator

Austin is a User Experience (UX) Designer with experience with both in-person and virtual facilitation who is driven by a desire to deeply understand and advocate for those who are most impacted by problems. In addition to UX and facilitation experience, Austin has a passion for writing and narrative which informs their approach to UX Design and facilitation. Additionally, Austin is the founder of the organization The Meadow Garden which is a community of writers for all of people in or adjacent to the military community.

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.

Trung Pham
Assistant Professor and Researcher

Following a NASA career spent largely in research & software development, Trung now teaches cadets at the Air Force Academy in engineering research & software development. Additionally, he supports Cyberworx in subjects related to his expertise. As an amateur wine connoisseur, Trung can be found exploring and tasting wine made in Colorado while reviewing the bottling design so that he can help implement smart chips for product authentication.

Kimberly Cavallaro
Budget Analyst/Resource Advisor

Kimberly enjoys the challenges that come with working in budget. Her budget background comes from working 6 years at NASA on two amazing projects and then jumping into the DOD world in 2018. She loves that every day brings new challenges and new learning experiences and hopes to apply them to the mission. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and being outdoors soaking up the sun!

Christian Cornell
Contracting Officer

Christian brings a wealth of nontraditional contracting knowledge to CyberWorx, primarily in the field of research and development. As a former grants officer administering the USAFA Research BAA, he is a passionate supporter of Air Force organizations’ ability to turn innovative ideas into contracts that support the warfighter through building relationships within and outside of the traditional Air Force acquisition channels.

Austin Walsh
Contract Specialist

Austin loves solving complex business problems for her customers. She strives to provide the tools and resources they need to excel in a constantly shifting environment. Her diverse background includes contingency and non-traditional contracting methods, which helps her build better options that support the mission. She has a passion for travel and dreams of being able to zipline through the Amazon one day.

Operations and Support

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 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.

Melissa San Juan
UX Designer

Melissa has a passion for solving problems through ideation and research. With a sharp eye for detail, she believes in good design powered by human behavior. You can also find her asking complex questions such as where’s the best food spot, or hike to explore in Colorado.

Lorren Stahl
Technical Writer

Lorren’s work is words. Subscribing to the Brooks Landon sentence building structure, he crafts artifacts of communication toward program audiences and end users. From technical reports to narrative development, his goals are to inform, to direct, to influence and inspire. His writing philosophy is: “Style informs function.”  In his spare time, Lorren likes to tumble down learning rabbit holes.

Ashton Kalina
Protocol, Public Relations, and Event Management Specialist

Ashton honed her skills in development, organizational communication, and project management over the last five years while working for the largest independent arts organization in Colorado Springs. When she’s not managing social media or planning events, you can find her crafting or baking cookies.

Julie Perkins
C-TRAC Program 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.

Clara Cirks
C-TRAC Marketing Coordinator

Clara brings a hospitable approach to our marketing strategy and execution. With the audience in mind, Clara enjoys creating graphics and working to deliver cohesive, consistent messaging. As an Iowa native, Clara appreciates the unique scenic beauty of Colorado Springs and spends her free time exploring the city.

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.