2017 Elections

This year the chapter held elections for the following two board positions:

  • President
  • Treasurer

Both positions are for a two year period and position descriptions/responsibilities can be found on the chapter’s website.

Election Results

The votes are in and have been counted. Thanks to all members who participated in choosing our new chapter leadership. Please join us in congratulating them!

Betty Burke has been re-elected as the chapter President to continue her valuable service.

Ryan Sather was elected as the new chapter Treasurer and will be moving from his current position of Technology Director.  This change has taken effect immediately and as such there is an opening for a new Technology Director.



There was 1 nominee for president, and 2 for treasurer, and they are as follows:


Betty Burke

Candidate for President (unopposed)

Relevant Experience: Betty Burke has served MN-ISSA as the President for the past four years.  She has also served as the Director of Marketing.  As President, she has worked with the rest of the board to bring quality speakers, increase membership, increase sponsorship, and increase educational opportunities for members.  Her role has contributed to the visibility of our chapter within the greater Twin Cities security world.   In 2016, the MN Chapter was named ISSA International Chapter of the Year (small chapters) and an honorable mention in 2017. 

Betty has over twenty years’ experience in Information Technology and Information Security in positions of progressive responsibility and technical expertise. She has worked on information security planning, developing and delivering security programs. She is respected as a decision-maker and creative problem solver with demonstrated ability to achieve desired results while maintaining effective team cooperation. She has worked with several security regulations and standards including HIPAA, ISO17799, COBIT, Payment Card Industry Standard, NIST Standards and IRS Publication 1075.  Betty currently works at Fairview Health Services leading the Security Engineering and Operations team.  Betty is CISSP and CISA certified.

In addition to her technical skills and abilities, she is an effective leader, manager and advocate for the organizational information security issues. She works well with people and is able to gain understanding and cooperation for addressing today’s security challenges.  Betty has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from St. Catherine’s University. She has taken on several leadership roles within Toastmasters including VP of Membership, Sergeant-at-Arms and President.

Goals for the Chapter:  Personal goals for the MN Chapter of ISSA is to encourage more members to get involved as we continue to expand events and activities.  Getting more volunteers will hopefully lead to having leaders ready to step in as board members step as necessary.  


Candace Morse

Candidate for Treasurer

Relevant Experience:  I’ve been an active member of ISSA for more than 10 years and a member of the board for more than three. This is an organization nationally and a chapter locally that I dedicate significant time to because of the ways that it helps promote the security and compliance industry. Nearly 15 years of my career are dedicated to security and compliance and how we improve the protection of critical data, systems and infrastructure. As a volunteer and as a professional, I’m focused on the same priorities as ISSA and am excited to continue contributing to its success.

Goals for the Chapter: I want to continue to elevate the perception of our chapter nationally though the impact we have locally. Events, participation, speakers, knowledge and collaboration are all areas I want us to set and achieve goals around as an organization. Success as an organization also includes making wise fiscal choices – investing in areas that will grow and promote our industry and ensuring we manage our funds well.



Ryan Sather

Candidate for Treasurer

Relevant Experience: I have served as the treasurer of multiple organizations overseeing large non-profit budgets for many years.  My past experience includes budgeting, reporting, forecasting as well as managing receivables and expense management.  These are specific areas of need for MN ISSA to move forward with in regards to strengthening the Treasurer position.  In addition to non-profit organizations I have also run my own business for over 16 years which includes all areas of financial management, inclusive of billing customers.  Security and education are passions of mine and beyond just my work in ISSA I have been involved in many other non-profits, led fundraising efforts, and also was on the planning committee for BrrCon.

Goals for the Chapter: During my tenure as Technology Director I have been nothing short of impressed with the talent that leads the MN Chapter of ISSA.  We have an excellent board and great members which I would be honored to continue to serve as Treasurer.  I would like to continue supporting the membership in areas where my skills are helpful.

Treasurer Specific Goals:

  • Ensure the board has quarterly and monthly financial reports to be reviewed at each board meeting
  • Work to streamline the sponsorship process
  • Streamline expense reimbursement process
  • Eliminate unnecessary costs in budget
  • Be a good steward of chapter funds to ensure that money is spent on the right areas to best serve our membership
  • Update and develop strong policies and procedures

Goals for MN ISSA

  • Continue to grow the chapter through partnerships and excellent programming
  • Further our mission to develop security leaders
  • Promote diversity in security through initiatives such as our Women in Security lunches
  • Find ways to promote security to youth to build a talent pipeline



The elections will run from September 11 through September 29 and all members in good standing will be eligible to vote once for each position. Ballots will be distributed to active members by email survey to the most current email address of record (contained in your ISSA International profile).

The winners of the election process will be announced in October.

Watch this space and other communication for more detail as the election period approaches.