The Team

Government 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

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.

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.

Erica Wilson
Contracting Officer

Casey Pehrson
Contract Specialist

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.

User Experience Team

Vel Preston
Head of Innovation Design

Larry Marine
UX Analyst

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

Cole Stamm
UX Researcher, ORISE Fellow

Partnership Intermediary Team

Jon Thorpe
C-TRAC Program Manager

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.

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.