About Us


The Minnesota Chapter of ISSA (MN ISSA) serves the Minneapolis / St. Paul Twin Cities area, greater Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Our membership, over 250 strong and growing, is drawn from the multitude of large corporations, small businesses, government entities and educational institutions in the area. They span all levels of career growth, from students and entry-level to senior management, and cover all industries – finance, medical, government, education, retail, technology, services, and more. This depth of experience and breadth of knowledge provides a dynamic networking environment and a cadre of great individuals to draw from for education, guidance and thought leadership.

Our bi-monthly chapter meetings, quarterly AfterHours events, and other activities provide local subject matter experts and national speakers, sponsor interaction, and networking opportunities. All events are open to ISSA members and non-members alike to provide educational opportunities for practitioners of all types. We simply ask that our guests, after they’ve personally experienced the value of our organization at two meetings or events, consider joining ISSA as full-fledged members – they gain not only membership in our local community, but all the benefits provided by ISSA international. Many organizations, recognizing the value, willingly sponsor their employees for continuing professional development.

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The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) is a not-for-profit, international organization of information security professionals and practitioners. It provides educational forums, publications, and peer interaction opportunities that enhance the knowledge, skill, and professional growth of its members.

ISSA is the community of choice for international cyber security professionals dedicated to advancing individual growth, managing technology risk and protecting critical information and infrastructure.

Read more about the ISSA and the benefits of joining.



The MN ISSA Chapter Bylaws define the broad framework for governing our chapter and clarify primary chapter guidelines and objectives.

The bylaws are reviewed annually by the chapter board.


The Board of Directors for MN ISSA are all volunteers drawn from within the chapter, individuals donating their time, energy and expertise to ensure our membership and the local community benefit from quality educational programs and opportunities for knowledge sharing, networking and collaboration.

Participation on the board or any subcommittees is an excellent opportunity to build leadership skills, earn CPE credits, and build connections with other dedicated security professionals, all while making a positive impact our the security community.  Talk with any board member if you have an interest in contributing, or simply to provide feedback on how the chapter is doing.

Elected Board Members

MN ISSA is also a founding member of the Upper Midwest Security Alliance (UMSA), a non-profit organization that has, since 2004, united security-related organizations in the upper midwest to produce the annual Secure360 Conference, the premier multi-faceted security conference in the Midwest. 




Appointed Directors

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Executive Advisory Team

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    President (Elected Officer)
    Chief executive of the chapter. Preside at meetings of the Chapter and Board of Directors. Has the power to call special meetings if deemed necessary for the benefit of the Chapter. Has the deciding vote in case of tied decisions.

    Vice President (Elected Officer)
    Attends to the duties of the President in his/her absence or in case the President’s office may become vacant. Attends to any other duties as the President may require. 

    Secretary (Elected Officer)
    Helps with preparation of meetings and documents. Records and keeps minutes of all meetings and other chapter documentation. Performs a bank reconciliation monthly.

    Treasurer (Elected Officer)
    Maintains records of all membership dues and other monies or articles of value belonging to the Chapter, and shall keep an accurate account of all treasury receipts, expenditures, and deposits. 

    Membership Director (Appointed)
    Maintains membership lists and oversees the guest, recruitment and retention programs and activities.  Focuses on the services provided to, and participation and engagement of, all chapter members and guests. 

    Education Director (Appointed)
    Coordinates activities pertaining to educational offerings, certification, scholarships and sponsorships for the membership and local security community

    Sponsorship Director (Appointed)
    Manages the sponsorship program, including recruitment and retention of, and services provided to, chapter sponsors.

    Communications Director (Appointed)
    Manages the communication plans, mailing lists and correspondence (email or other) for the chapter. 

    Marketing Director (Appointed)
    Coordinates all branding and marketing related activity for the chapter.

    Program Director (Appointed)
    Manages the presentations, speakers, content and materials for all meetings and events. 

    Events Director (Appointed)
    Coordinates facilities and logistics for all meetings and events for the chapter.

    Technology Director (Appointed)
    Manages technology and information services for the chapter, including content delivery on chapter website and social media.

    Past President
    May attend board meetings and serve in a non-voting, advisory capacity to the board. 

The Minnesota chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) is a not-for-profit organization of information security professionals and practitioners focused on promoting a secure digital world. Our goal is to be the community of choice for cybersecurity professionals dedicated to advancing individual growth, managing technology risk and protecting critical information and infrastructure. We accomplish this by providing educational forums, publications, and peer interaction opportunities that enhance the knowledge, skill, and professional growth of our members. 


Past Presidents may attend board meetings and serve in a non-voting, advisory capacity to the board. 

  • Betty Burke (2014 – Present)
  • Bill Strub (2012 – 2013)
  • Jay Jacobs (2010 – 2012)
  • Becky Mossman (2009 – 2010)
  • Scott St. Aubin (2007 – 2009)
  • Rick Ensenbach (2005 – 2007)
  • Kelley Archer (2001 – 2005, two terms)
  • Jayne Logan (1999 – 2001)
  • Dell Hartmann (1995 – 1999, two terms)
  • Bill Aerts (1993 – 1995)
  • Paul Quanrud (1991 – 1993)
  • Jay Dybdahl (1989 – 1991, First President)


Distinguished Fellows

  • Kelley Archer
  • Rick Ensenbach


  • Bob Bennett
  • Aaron Wampach

Senior Members

  • Curtis Coats
  • Robert W.A. Edinger
  • Michael Haffely
  • William Hille
  • Lawrence Johnson
  • Aaron P Molenaar
  • Richard Peterson
  • Marc Schandl
  • Brian Serra

Further information on achieving these statuses can be found on ISSA International’s site.