Fuel Board of Directors


Fuel is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, composed of Palo Alto Networks® users and cybersecurity experts with a wealth of collective knowledge.

Meet the Fuel Board of Directors:

Fraser Roberts, President 
Formation Environmental

Fraser has been part of the Fuel User Group from the early days. Prior to being elected to the Board, he was part of the Fuel Community Development Council. He has an MS in Geography from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has been supporting IT in the environmental consulting services arena for 15+ years in both a large enterprise, and small business environment. When he is not on his bike he and his wife are probably out walking their two blue heelers.
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Laura Penhallow
Security Engineer
Jump Trading, LLC

Laura has worked in the security space for over 15 years with specialties in both Finance and Telecom. She is passionate about security and is always looking to expand her skill set through deliberate practice. Laura has an MS in Computer and Information Security from the University of Liverpool. She lives with her husband and son in the UK. Outside the office you'll find Laura out with her pugs, or scuba diving someplace warm.
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Mario Perez
Data Communications Specialist
Los Angeles Community Colleges District

Mario is a CEH and Fuel original member from Los Angeles, California, and has been working and teaching in cyber security for ten years. He currently works as a Data Communications Specialist for the Los Angeles Community Colleges District and has been using Palo Alto Networks technologies for the past six years. Mario is working on a Master's degree in Information Security and Assurance from Western Governors University.
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Gary Ramah
Lead Network Security Architect  
The Walt Disney Company

Gary believes there is no right way to do something, that diversity is imperative for growth, and that finding new ways to solve old problems requires bold moves. After spending over two decades working for NASA and founding several technology startups, including Network Chemistry, Gary knows what truly drives innovation. It’s about connecting with people you’re trying to help and communicating your understanding back to them. In his free time, Gary loves getting outdoors in Southern California with his wife Daina. Gary holds a MS in Computer Science from Stanford University.
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John Linkowsky
Lead – Information Security Systems Engineer

John Linkowsky is a seasoned IT veteran with over thirty years of network and security engineering background.  He is currently employed as a Lead Information Security Systems Engineer for L3Harris, where his responsibilities include overall security engineering with a strong focus on firewall architecture, design, and policy across the global infrastructure.  John holds a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Rider University and is a CISSP.  For the last 23 years, he has been teaching at Mercer County Community College, as a Sr. Associate Professor, focusing on network routing and switching courses.  John has been working with Palo Alto Network technologies since 2012, and been an original Fuel User Group member since 2014.  He is also involved in the NJ chapter of ISC2 and is a part of their cybersecurity mentoring program.

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Eric Walters
Burns & McDonnell

A seasoned information technology leader with over 25 years of information security experience. Capable of translating low level security details into executive level business decisions. Believes good compliance does not mean good security, nor does good security mean good risk management. Passionate for employee development. Experience includes healthcare cross-disciplinary compliance and privacy, software development, information security program management, cyber security managed services, federal government IT cloud deployments, global transition operations, and 20 years in the military.

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Rick Graves
Senior Marketing Manager - Customer Experience Management and Design, Customer Advocacy, Online Communities, User Groups
Palo Alto Networks

Rick has over 20 years experience in Corporate Marketing, Customer Experience Management and Design, Customer Advocacy, and Corporate Communications, with the last 12 years focused in cybersecurity. Specific areas have included Customer Communities, User Groups, Reference Programs, Product and Customer Experience Design, Web Domain Management, Social Media, and Six Sigma disciplines. He’s passionate about customer experience, and his current focus at Palo Alto Networks is Fuel User Group, with global alignment and integration with training and education, and other valuable customer resources.
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