Election Results

MN ISSA Chapter Members,

It is the time of year when the chapter holds its annual elections. This year the following two board positions were up for election:

  • Vice-President
  • Secretary

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!

Bob Bennett has been elected as the new chapter Vice-President and will be moving from his current position as Sponsorship Director at the end of this year. 

Candace Morse was re-elected to continue her valuable service as our chapter’s Secretary for another term.

Also, please help us thank outgoing Vice-President Curtis Coats for his many years of leadership and service to the chapter and our security community, including key roles on the board, with UMSA/Secure360 and ISSA International committees, and with other local organizations. We are excited that Curtis has no plans to stop volunteering with the chapter, so we will have his valued contributions well into the future. 

More about the Nominees

There were two nominees for Vice-President and one for Secretary.


Bob Bennett, CISSP, CISM, CISA

b-bennett-white-bg-smallBob Bennett is currently co-founder of NaviLogic, a local Security and Risk Management integrator and reseller. He has been a professional in the Twin Cities involved in all areas of information security and has led programs since 1994. Bob has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, and was recognized as an ISSA Fellow in 2014.

Believing strongly in giving back to the local community, Bob has been an ISSA volunteer for almost 10 years with the Minnesota chapter: serving as Communications Director, and currently as Sponsorship Director. Having been around the MN ISSA Board through a number of cycles has provided a great level of understanding of what works and what is sustainable in the organization.

Bob is running because:

“I want to help our MN ISSA Board of Directors to continue to add value through opportunities for education, mentoring, and networking. I want to see the Board stay true to our mission of furthering development of our local professional community, and focus our resources on developing more opportunities, while being more effective in serving our members.

Moving to the elected position of Vice President provides more direct involvement across our board functions, the ability to work with the other positions, lead new volunteers to help them be more productive with their efforts, and to continue to drive the board to create value for our members and non-members alike. We can also continue to provide more opportunities across local groups and professionals specializing in certain areas the Minnesota ISSA chapter does not always cover.” 


Curtis Coats, CISSP, CAP

CurtisCoatsCurtis Coats is a Lead Information Technology Specialist for the Department of Veterans Affairs. In this role, he has serves as project manager for various Cyber Security and Emergency Management related projects in the fourteen central US states from the Rio Grande in Texas to the Canadian border in North Dakota.

Curtis’ past positions in corporate America included over 25 years of Information Technology expertise in a variety of positions, from computer operator, analyst, programmer, team leader, analyst, project manager, emergency preparedness consultant. His learning experiences and technical expertise were from such industries as banking, credit card companies, education, health care product manufactures, and health care services providers.

He earned his undergraduate degree in Organizational Administrations from the University of Northwestern – Saint Paul of Roseville, MN in May of 2004. His professional certifications include Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP – 2007) and Certified Authorization Professional (CAP – 2011). This year, he earned the status of ‘Senior Fellow’ of the Partnership for Public Service – Excellence in Government (Federal Management Program).

Curtis has achieved the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Senior Member status and currently serves as the Vice President of the Minnesota Chapter of the ISSA. He have served on the chapter’s election committee, leadership team for the Twin-Cities CISSP Study Group, Secure-360 Planning and Speaker Selection committees, International ISSA Conference Planning Committee, and alternate ISSA member on the UMSA board.

Additionally, Curtis is an active in the following Minnesota security related organizations: Business Continuity Planners Association (BCPA), International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2, and InfraGard Minnesota – Minnesota Members’ Alliance.

Curtis is running because:

“I would like to be re-elected as the Vice-President of the MN-Chapter of ISSA:

  • To continue to network with other security related organizations for partnership development; corporately and personally;
  • Assist with developing security leaders
  • Assist with increasing the number of certified security professionals
  • Stay on top of cyber security innovations.

As an officer of the MN-ISSA chapter, I would like to implement more programs for:

  • The recruitment of more minorities and women in the area of cyber security
  • Increase awareness of cyber security and privacy to youth and seniors via chapter members outreach presentations
  • Strengthen our relationship with the International ISSA Board and other chapters in our region.”



Candace Morse, CISM, CRISC, PMP

Candace has more than 25 years of experience in many areas of Information Technology. For over 18 years, she has led data security and compliance initiatives for leading energy, financial and retail organizations with responsibility for a variety of standards including: NERC CIP, PCI, GLBA, HIPPA and SOX.  Her experience includes writing various process, procedures and programs to meet regulatory compliance requirements, preparing for and participating in audits, managing remediation activities in response to self-reporting compliance issues and audit findings.  Companies where she has applied her expertise to improve security include: Xcel Energy, Duquesne Light Company, Target Corporation, US Bank and Carlson Companies (as a part of their Visa Credit Card loyalty program).

Candace is running because:

“I’ve enjoyed the opportunity, while already serving in this position, to help promote data security and education, and to advance our industry. My desire is to continue supporting this team of outstanding security professionals, making this a leading organization in our community to promote security education.”