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Michael Kaiser                            Michael Kaiser
Executive Director

Michael Kaiser joined the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) in 2008. As NCSA’s chief executive, Mr. Kaiser engages diverse constituencies—business, government and other nonprofit organizations—in NCSA’s broad public education and outreach efforts to promote a safer, more secure and more trusted Internet. Mr. Kaiser leads NCSA in several major awareness initiatives, including National Cyber Security Awareness Month (October), Data Privacy Day (Jan. 28) and STOP. THINK. CONNECT., the global online safety awareness and education campaign. NCSA builds efforts through public-private partnerships that address cybersecurity and privacy issues for a wide array of target audiences, including individuals, families and the education and business communities. In 2009, Mr. Kaiser was named one of SC Magazine’s information security luminaries.

Prior to joining NCSA, Mr. Kaiser spent 25 years in the field of victim’s services and rights at holding senior staff positions at the National Center for Victims of Crime in Washington, DC, and Safe Horizon in New York City.

Mr. Kaiser has developed training and other programs on the use of technology in crimes such as stalking and identity theft, and worked on programs exploring the use of technology to improve community policing. Along with his wife, Laura Fisher Kaiser, he co-authored The Official eBay Guide to Buying, Selling, and Collecting Just About Anything (Simon and Shuster, 1999). He was one of a small group of eBay University instructors and has personally trained more than 8,000 eBay users on expanding their eBay businesses.

Mr. Kaiser has served on several nonprofit boards. He is currently the chair and a founding board member of SPINUSA, a national nonprofit based in Massachusetts, and has served on the Board of Trustees of the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, and New Destiny Housing Corporation in New York City.


Betty Hallman
Director, Development and Strategic Partnerships

Betty Hallman joined the National Cyber Security Alliance in 2015. She works to assess and build NCSA's corporate program while focusing on revenue growth and strategic partnerships. Prior to working at NCSA, Ms. Hallman held  a similar role at Ocean Conservancy and served as the vice president of corporate relations at the National Park Foundation, where she activated cause marketing and philanthropic partnerships and raised $24 million from companies such as The Coca-Cola Company, Macy's, Unilever, Hertz, Ford Motor Company and Underwriters Laboratories. Prior to her work in corporate development, Betty had a long career in the TV industry with the National Captioning Institute, where she worked her way up from an entry-level position to the executive role of vice president of sales and marketing. In that position, she was responsible for directing the work of the sales department, which sold captioning services to producers, networks, syndicators, advertisers and cable and home video companies, generating $17 million in annual sales.



Jill Heath
Director, Special Projects 

Jill Heath joined NCSA in January 2016. She directs the national education efforts for two-step and multi-factor authentication, part of the White House's Cybersecurity National Action Plan. 

Prior to working at NCSA, Jill was manager of corporate security at Target Corporation, where she was responsible for international and domestic public safety engagement efforts. Specifically, Jill led a team that developed public-private partnerships globally with government, nonprofit and community agencies focused on mitigating coprorate risk through intiaitives with law enforcement, emergency management and public health entities. During her first four years at Target, Jill developed and managed the company's award-winning and nationally recognized School Library Makeover Program as a member of the community relations team. She also managed Target's philanthropic portfolio for the East Coast,, including New York, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Prior to her career at Target, Jill held multiple positions within the environmental, public advocacy and performing arts nonprofit sectors. As assistant director of community outreach and programs at the Santa Fe Opera, she evolved and influenced public policy and community engagement locally, regionally and natoinally. Prior to working at the Opera, she worked with the Washington State Chapter of the Sierra Club and served as a whale trainer at Sea World of Texas.

Tiffany Schoenike
Director, Privacy Campaigns & Initiatives

Tiffany Schoenike started at NCSA as the Data Privacy Day program manager and now serves as NCSA's director of privacy campaigns and initiatives, promoting privacy awareness and education. For more than five years, Ms. Schoenike served as director of programs and business development for TechAmerica, one of the largest high-tech trade associations in the United States. Tiffany has multiple years of experience organizing all aspects of national conferences and local events. She also has extensive experience facilitating advocacy committees for the high-tech industry. 

Ms. Schoenike holds a master’s degree in global finance, trade and economic integration from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver as well as a bachelor's in international studies and a minor in German from the University of Denver.

Lisa Tumminello
Director, Communications

In September 2014, Lisa Tumminello joined the NCSA team as director of communications. Lisa works to create communications programs that reach consumers in a “real and relevant” way, with the goal of changing behavior so that all Internet users are safer and more secure. Prior to her tenure at NCSA, she worked on a variety of healthy lifestyle campaigns in public relations agencies as well as in the nonprofit world. Lisa is NCSA’s point person for National Cyber Security Awareness Month – held annually in October – and leads a continuum of cyber safety and privacy awareness initiatives throughout the year.
Kara Wright
Director, Digital Strategy

Kara Wright joined the National Cyber Security Alliance in 2014 as digital media coordinator and became director of digital strategy in 2015. She leads NCSA's day-to-day operations of STOP. THINK. CONNECT., including partner recruitment, signing, engagement and outreach, strategic initiatives and national and international development and digital operations, strengthens partnerships with key stakeholders, manages the social media and online strategy for NCSA's core programs, leads creation and acquisition of content for NCSA's blog and oversees NCSA's social media activities and web and social media properties. Ms. Wright has experience in internal and external communications and marketing efforts such as website management, social media, design, publication production, copy writing and editing and media relations.

Ms. Wright holds a master’s degree in media and public affairs and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the George Washington University.