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:

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John Matelski, President
Chief Innovation & Information Officer
DeKalb County, Ga. 

John is an Information Technology & Security executive with over thirty years of progressively responsible experience. He is currently the Chief Innovation and Information Officer for DeKalb County, Ga., a position he has held since 2012. John’s duties include executive management of all information technology and security resources and systems that support the County's operations, as well as driving innovation throughout the County enterprise. John has a B.S. in Computer Science and a M.B.A. with an emphasis in Computer Information Systems from Arizona State University. He has been an active member in user groups since 1997, and has served on the board of directors of three other global technology user groups.
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Dwight Hobbs, Vice President 
Security Services Engineer
Lancaster General Health / Penn Medicine

Dwight is a security engineer from Lancaster, Pennsylvania that has spent the last 10 years doing information security research and training. Dwight’s duties include integrating security solutions with existing systems and reviewing vendor security posture for new products. At his previous job he worked to design and build educational capture-the-flag competitions where he has used Palo Alto Networks technologies for the past 6 years. Dwight holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Millersville University and a Master’s degree in Information Systems from Drexel University. Connect with Dwight

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Blake Wofford, Secretary Treasurer 
Technical Services Engineer
CenturyLink

Blake is a 15+ year veteran of the IT industry, having worked in the agriculture, news media, financial, and telecom industries. Blake currently works for CenturyLink in a hosting, network and security role.  Blake has worked in many facets of IT, from front-line support and managerial roles to network engineering and security positions. Over the past five years, Blake has worked primarily in cybersecurity as a Senior Security Engineer, with Palo Alto Networks Firewall technologies as the core element. Blake lives in Fort Worth, TX, and has two beautiful daughters and a wonderful wife. Blake is an avid gardener and is active in his local church.
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Michelle Malcher
Security Architect
Extreme Scale Solutions

Michelle is a well-known volunteer leader in security and database communities. Her deep technical expertise, from database to cloud appliances, as well as her senior level contributions as a speaker, author, Oracle® ACE Director and customer advisory board participant have aided many corporations across architecture and risk assessment, purchasing and installation, and ongoing systems oversight. 
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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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Steven Webster
Director, Customer Success Marketing
Palo Alto Networks

Steven Webster joins Fuel User Group as a 20+ year veteran in IT, ERP, Software Development, Saas and yes, Marketing. Getting his start in IT at an Inc. 500 Company, Steven quickly adopted a rapid change management approach which led to rolling out ERP systems for some of the world’s top brands. After co-founding a Saas and running product marketing and marketing for 15 years, Steven joined a networking giant where he grew community, Digital Marketing and finally Brand and Corporate Marketing. Joining Palo Alto Networks in December of 2017 his focus is on ensuring customers have access to the tools, information and people they need to be successful in today’s cybersecurity landscape. His team acts as the liaison between Fuel and Palo Alto Networks. Steven lives in Seattle, has three children and three dogs and enjoys hiking, paddling and boating in the Pacific Northwest.
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Josh Berman

Josh Berman
Executive Director
Fuel User Group

Josh joins Fuel User Group with two decades of experience working in technology client services organizations. In recent roles, he has served as an executive director, COO, channel manager, partner and sales manager. Josh has a M.B.A. in Technology Management from University of Phoenix and a B.S. in Organizational Behavior from University of Illinois College of Commerce & Business Administration. Josh was born and raised in Chicago and has three young kids whom he likes to hang out with as much as possible.
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