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Advisory Board Member Organizations

Advisory Board Information

The advisory committee is comprised of subject matter experts in digital forensics and incident response, including individuals from government, industry, and academic roles. Advisory board meetings will be held at least twice annually, with additional meetings and communications as needed to provide timely input to the project.  

Contact Information

Principal Investigator

Professor Tobi West, CISSP, GCFE

CIS/CST/DGA Department Chair


12901 Euclid St

Garden Grove, CA 92840

  • Autodesk
  • Bechtel Corp
  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • Coast Community College District
  • Coastline College
  • College of Southern Nevada
  • Crowdstrike
  • Desert Research Institute
  • Local Field Agent
  • NASA
  • NIC Partners
  • Providence St. Joseph Health
  • Retired Government Field Agent
  • U.S. Government Representative
  • Webster University

Project Team

The project team is made up of college faculty, administrators, and an external evaluator to provide a broad range of leadership, support, and guidance to meet project goals. The contributions, roles, and responsibilities are outlined below.

Project Member/Title


Ms. Tobi West 


Principal Investigator (PI)


Overall responsibility for administering the project. Provides leadership and project management, in collaboration with project Co-PIs: determines cybersecurity frameworks and models to be used in course development, plans and organizes advisory board meetings, develops advisory board survey, and synthesizes advisory board feedback to create course catalog descriptions and student learning outcomes. Works with external evaluator to determine baselines of program comparison.

Ms. Anna Carlin 


Co-Principal Investigator


Supports the PI through collaboration on cybersecurity frameworks and models to be used in course development, works with professional organizations such as ISACA to bring on advisory board members with field expertise and academic experience, contributes expertise in course development, and collaborates with the advisory board to cultivate feedback.

Dr. Nancy Jones

Dean of Career Education

Co-Principal Investigator

Contributes expertise in grants management and provides support to the project and the PI by advocating for the DFIR and cybersecurity programs at all levels within the college and the district.

Dr. Aeron Zentner

Dean of Research, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness

Co-Principal Investigator


Collaborates with the PI to provide student data pertinent to similar programs offered at Coastline College, helped with development of the advisory board survey on course topics, and works with external evaluator to determine appropriate baseline information. 

Dr. Michael Lesiecki

External Evaluator

Develops detailed Evaluation Plan, coordinate with Coastline College’s Institutional Research arm to identify data sources, applicable data policies and establish a project dashboard. Develops student surveys, formative and summative analysis.