Talent Inclusion Mentorship Education (TIME), presented by SIA's RISE community, is designed to help participants learn, grow and propel their careers. TIME is open to anyone (no membership required).

Here are the approved mentors for the 2023 cohort of the TIME program.

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Aaron Bergquist

Aaron Bergquist

Regional Security Manager
Outside of work I enjoy DIY home projects, spending time with my
read more wife and dogs and learning new things.

Adam Donato

Global Security Area Manager
When I am not doing great things at Meta, I enjoy backpacking,
read more woodcraft, and volunteering at my church. I find that backpacking is the perfect combination of deep reflection, expressing gratitude, and pushing my body to the limit. I love when I finally summit a peak, or finish a long day and can feel the reward of hard work in my body. I can reflect on my accomplishment and celebrate it while surrounded by creation. I like to build cigar humidors and other small pieces of furniture. I find it mentally refreshing to focus my mind on one thing, a single cut, an intricate carving, or the perfect shine when finishing. It is a needed change of pace from that fast paced world of corporate security. At church I lead a men's Bible study. This is a wonderful opportunity to give back. There is nothing more rewarding than joining another man on his spiritual journey. For many, this is the most important part of their life and it is a privilege to share in the journey and practice servant leadership.
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Adam Ring

Senior Manager, Tech Services and Sales Engineering
Outside of work my hobbies include hunting, fishing and camping –
read more really anything outdoors where I can spend time with my family and away from technology. Additionally, one of my main passions is long-distance running. I've completed three 100-mile foot races, Ironman distance triathlons and several other events ranging from 5K to 100K. Originally, I was not a runner, but I've grown to really enjoy the time to decompress and think. Getting out of my comfort zone is a great way for me to learn about myself.
Andrea Gural

Andrea Gural

Eclipse Media Group
As I am extremely fortunate to live close to the ocean, I enjoy being on the water
read more as much as humanly possible – sailing, power boating, swimming and fishing. Back on land, I am an avid cook and gardener and an intrepid backcountry adventurer with two energetic dogs in tow (in addition to a husband and two occasionally reluctant teenagers). Oh, and I'm a huge news junkie!

Andy Farmer

Vice President, Corporate Identity-Americas
During my free time I enjoy playing golf, wood working, reading and
read more spending time with my Wife and three Children. Our Family enjoys travel and spending time at any beach environment we can locate while always learning details about where we travel.
Ben Brydges

Ben Brydges

Senior Vice President, Specialty Access Solutions
At this stage in my life, my children's hobbies are now my hobbies.
read more I really enjoy watching them grow and develop in their sports and clubs. Soccer and lacrosse are the sports of choice for playing, but all three of my children love watching football. I still like to play golf and like it best when my kids can join me. I also like outdoor cooking and trying new recipes. It’s a fun way for me to entertain friends and family.
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Billie-Jean Undesser

Outside Sales
Outside of work I focus on giving back to my community, running two nonprofit organizations,
read more volunteering a minimum of 10 hours a month and being a Lions member, a comedian and – last but not least – a mother of two amazing teenage girls.

Billie Jo Timm

Vice President, Customer Experience
In my free time I enjoy running and spending time on my parents’ family farm in Iowa.
read more I am married and have three children. I have been actively involved in the women's SOAR Mentor program for more than five years.
Bonnie Mitchell

Bonnie Mitchell

Global Security Manager
Outdoor activities: hiking, biking, running and swimming
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Brian Coulombe

Senior Manager, Physical Security
During my free time you can generally find me chasing around
Read more my two small children and golden retriever. We love to go hiking and camping as a family and find new places to explore. I also enjoy running/fitness, woodworking, cooking and discovering new wine. My wife and I will also put a few hundred miles on our snowmobiles every winter up in northern Maine.
Caroline Rhodes

Caroline Rhodes

Director of Electronics
Outside of work, I enjoy running, gardening, cooking,
Read more hiking, swiming and just about any outside activity. Before moving my family to our newest location, I was a very active participant in youth sports and coached both boys' and girls' soccer. I also started an after-school girls' basketball program to introduce the sport and provide an opportunity for kids to exercise in a non-competitive environment.
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Cathy Rempel

American Security Integrators
I enjoy industry volunteer work, community volunteer work,
Read more writing and travel.
Cheyne White

Cheyne White

Director, vGSOC Operations
I enjoy spending time with my children, reading and
read more exploring the outdoors. I am a fan of Legos, I make maps and I enjoy learning from others. I have a passion for trivia and dad jokes. Trying to understand the world and why it operates the way it does will always intrigue me.

Chris Wilson

MXV Consulting
I enjoy spending time outside (hiking, camping, riding motorcycles) and
read more relaxing with a good glass of wine with close friends
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Christina Jin

Director of Sales, Software House
Johnson Controls
During my spare time, I enjoy reading, traveling and spending time
Read more with my family and friends. I am very active in my son's extracurricular activities – he plays all sports.
Colin DePree

Colin DePree

Sales Strategy
Salto Systems
Outside of work my life mostly revolves around my family. We love to
read more travel and stay plenty busy with after school and weekend activities. Beyond family I am a sports enthusiast, I try to play as much golf as possible (but with 3 kids under 7, that doesn't mean a lot). To keep my mind right I practice Yoga and picked up a bit of a puzzle addiction during Covid.
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Curtis Smith

Key Account Manager, End User
Axis Communications
I enjoy traveling with my family when I am not working.
read more I have had the ability to travel to Maui and Honolulu, Hawaii, with my wife, brother-in-law and sister-in-law. I traveled to Alaska with my sister and brother-in-law on the Inside PAssage. I was able to travel from Budapest to Amsterdam on the Danube River and see five different countries with family and friends.My greatest travel experience to date, however, was this past year when my entire family went on a 187-mile river expedition on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon for seven days, slept under the stars, rafted rapids daily and hiked places that are mostly unseen by others. It was an incredible and life-changing experience. This spring I plan on travel to Ireland with my daughter and her boyfriend as well. I also enjoy some woodworking and construction projects as time permits.
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Danny Chung

Global Director of Consulting and Design
Northland Controls
Intrinsically, I'm an extrovert in every way, which makes
Read more me lean towards hobbies and interests that involve a relationship-building aspect outside of work. I enjoy playing/watching sports, social gatherings and sharing good food (I’m a super foodie); however, I do prioritize family time as well as alone time with activities with the family, playing golf or just anything with my hands (working on the car, woodworking or home improvement projects).

Dayanna Nunez

HR Director
I love to travel and learn about new cultures. I like to introduce new places to eat,
Read more try things that are typical of a different country, travel to a different city or country, etc., for my own self learning, but also to teach my kids to be more open to the world. I also read books on leadership and people and every so often some fiction books.
Essam Choudhary

Essam Choudhary

Security Innovation Hub
My hobbies are a mixed bag of hiking and exploring the outdoors and community work.
read more I spend a great deal of my time working within the community to help those in need – helping low-income families with health care, meals, services and support including transitional housing and support for the homeless.
Fadil Zain

Fadil Zain

Integration Sales
Allegion Canada
During the summer months, I enjoy being outdoors as much as...
Read more possible, swimming in my pool or at a lake, going for bike rides on trails, walking or hiking trails and playing sports like golf, soccer, basketball or frisbee. In the fall and spring months, I enjoy playing ball hockey and football and walking till the weather gets cooler. During the winter months, I enjoy reading indoors, but for outdoors I try to go snowboarding regularly. In order to enjoy all these activities, I try to maintain a fit lifestyle and work out 4-6 days a week doing calisthenics and HIIT training like CrossFit.
Gary McGill

Gary McGill

LaForce Inc.
Interests: motorcycle riding and traveling to new places with my wife
Janet Fenner

Janet Dabice

Defined Marketing
Interests: art history, hiking
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Jeff Coco

Director of Technical Services
Axis Communications
In my spare time I enjoy coaching Little League
Read moreand high school baseball, golfing and fishing. I am an advisory board member for Mission 500.
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Jenna Hardie

Senior Manager, Content and PR
My hobbies include reading (all genres,
read more from historical fiction to self-help to modern fiction), working out (hiking, cycling, strength training, walking), camping and outdoor activities with my family and traveling.

Jim Black

Senior Director, Security Architect
I like enjoying the outdoors with my family, exercising and competing
Read morein all manner of sporting... endeavor. I love to cook almost as much as I love eating pie. Volunteering, giving back and paying forward are fixed lifelong passions.

John Nemerofsky

Chief Operating Officer
SAGE Integration
I love spending time outdoors, camping , hiking , snow shoeing ,
read more running and golf with my daughters and fiance.
Jon Harris

Jon Harris

Senior Product Manager
Fitness/Running, I coach Highschool and Youth lacrosse and am teaching
Read more myself how to write... computer program code. Avid reader.
Josh Cummings

Josh Cummings

EVP Technology
Paladin Technologies
I like to hike, play guitar, spend time with my family, watch my daughters play sports and
Read more barbecue while not at work.
Kathleen Carroll

Kathleen Carroll

Managing Partner
Seven Seas Strategic Communications
Interests: writing, reading, playing piano, spending time with family and working out

Kathryn Bartunek

Business Manager
Outside of work, I travel significantly, sail competitively, ski, scuba, take acting classes,
Read more support New York artists and prioritize time with friends and family. I'm also an active volunteer and proud "Junior Member of the Year" for Daughters of the American Revolution, as well as a vice president assigned leader to Microsoft Philanthropies, working to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. I was also an active volunteer in SIA Women in Security Forum and New Products and Solutions Awards and look forward to continuing to impact positive change in the security industry by joining the SIA Architectural Graphics Working Group.
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Kelli Dutto

Director of Portfolio Management
Travel (non-COVID times), any kind of water sport, connecting with family & friends, hiking...
Kelly DeLeo

Kelly DeLeo

Director, Solutions and Services
Axis Communications
There are a number of hobbies that interest me, and here are the three primary ones that
read more represent the majority of my time outside of work. First, I've been playing team sports since early childhood, and have continued to play soccer in my adult life. (When COVID isn't preventing team sports) I am co-captain of three concurrent soccer teams and spend time with my teammates off the field as well - plus it's where I met my fiance. During COVID, running has taken the place of soccer for my exercise time. Second, I'm an avid reader. I mostly read fiction - fantasy, science fiction, and some women's fiction - but I'm always in for business book recommendations! Third, getting creative with food and cooking is a hobby my fiance and I share. Last year I set a challenge for myself to learn how to cook with miso, and in the process uncovered a number of new and exciting recipes as well as upping my game with brussels sprouts (an unexpected but delicious combination). As with all things in my life, I tend to invest in those things I am passionate about so a few other areas you would likely hear me talking about are the Boston Bruins, red wine from Southern Europe, and going on adventures with my dog, Poch.
J. Kelly Stewart

Kelly Stewart

Managing Director & CEO
Newcastle Consulting, LLC
Hiking, Lifting, Chess, Stamp Collecting, Visiting historical landmarks
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Kevin Friedman

Maize Marketing
I try to lead a balanced lifestyle with my family and outside activities. Being a parent to three children
read more is a significant aspect of my life, and you I enjoy spending time with them. Whether it be hiking in the mountains, spending a day golfing or going to the beach, being outdoors is a significant part of my life. Overall, I prioritize spending quality time with my family and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Kevin Hendershot

Strategic Accounts Manager
Genetec, Inc.
When I'm not working I enjoy spending time with my family. My two adult
read more children are both away at college working on their Masters so I cherish the time their back at home on holidays. Otherwise I enjoy working out during the week and then bicycling, hiking, camping and traveling with my wife over the weekends.

Kim Hooper

Arumik Consulting
I enjoy international travel and adventure sports such as white water rafting, sky diving,
read more zip line, and mountain climbing. I'm an adrenaline junkie! I love spending time with family, cooking, shopping, and collecting rhinos. There are four characteristics of a rhino that I believe all leaders can learn from. I'm excited to share those with you as your future mentor!
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Lee Odess

Access Control Executive Brief
With 2 kids under 10, 2 dogs and a loving wife... my family is my hobby outside of work 🙂 ...
Read more I also love running, spending time with friends and sports.
Margie Gurwin

Margie Gurwin

Content Creation Partners
This answer may induce some eye-rolling, but my husband and I discovered pickleball
read more during the pandemic. We have become passionate about the sport. It is the most fun way to get in two hours of exercise and has been the source of many new friendships. Plus, I love that women can play against men at the same level. We play several times each week. I try to spend as much time outside as possible – even bringing my laptop out to the porch to work during nice weather. Long Island has beautiful beaches and trails that are great for hiking and biking. I love New York City and its museums, theater, ethnic food, different neighborhoods and soaking up its creative energy. Other hobbies include swimming, playing the piano and reading books. Good fiction and memoirs allow me to experience life from vastly different perspectives. Finally, many would label me a crazy cat lady. At this point, we have four felines living at our house. I'm a sucker for strays and animal welfare causes. Fortunately, my husband feels the same way I do.
Michael Lapiore

Michael Lopriore

Global Security Area Manager
I am an outdoor family man and part-time athlete 😉 ! I enjoy
read more outdoor sporting activities. I enjoy fishing and hunting. My girls and I take several bass fishing trips and upland bird hunting trips throughout the year. I enjoy staycation and quick road trips around Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana with the family. I just started practicing BJJ, and I'm really enjoying it. I've found it as a great form of therapy and a very humbling experience.
Mike Salazar

Mike Salazar

Vice President, Sales and Strategy
My hobbies outside of work are advocacy for foster children,
read more speaking about generational trauma and LGBTQ+ issues causing major security risks to society.

Quang Trinh

Business Development Manager, Platform Technologies
Axis Communications
Avid old school gamer with a collection of old vintage games
read more starting from Atari to Commodore64. I actually repair old electronics board to revive these older machines. I build out AI solutions using Neural networks and edge devices. I also spend time with other organizations to promote and inspire young kids in STEM. Currently volunteering with 100 Black men project in Florida to provide a career path to coding and engineering. Other than that spending time with my kids and helping them with their activities and supporting them in their sports and school events. I am vice chair or ASIS and work with local professionals to build out their network and career path.
Robert Prady

Robert Prady

Area Technical Manager
Axis Communications
My hobbies are photography, travel, history, music and anything outdoors.
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Rodger Schmidt

Technical Trainer
My family is my biggest hobby as I get older and have a grandchild. We enjoy being outdoors...
Read more hiking, working around the yard and every summer traveling extensively around the world. When indoors, I enjoy cooking when I don't get kicked out of the kitchen by my young ladies and wife.
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Ryan Schonfeld

Founder and CEO
As a startup founder, I spend a lot of my time around things related to HiveWatch.
Read more That said, I have a family including two young kids that are the focus of my free time. My wife and I spend a lot of time at kids sporting events, dance recitals, plays, playdates, birthday parties...and the list goes on!
Shad McPheters

Shad McPheters

Senior Vice President
Tech Systems Inc.
Interests: the outdoors (camping/hiking/fishing/white water rafting), history, the ocean
Shayne Bates

Shayne Bates

Head of Market Strategies
After completing a five-year adventure of the Lower 48, Alaska and Canada
Read more in our monster RV, my wife, Lee, and I started developing a ranch located an hour east of Austin, Texas. The business produces high-quality, private-label Angus beef for Texas customers who fill their freezers on their chosen months each year.

Sheryl Pinckney-Maas

Guardian Zone, LLC
I love to travel internationally, read, watch horror movies and learn about history.
Steve Oplinger

Steven Oplinger

Senior Integration Consultant
Tusco Inc
Interests: magic tricks, fishing, gambling
Tanya Turner

Tanya Turner

HR Director
SALTO Systems
I love to learn, so I read a lot and enjoy yoga, working out and spending quality
Read more time with friends and family. My faith is also important to me as well.
Tia Eskandari

Tia Eskandari

Director of Service
Allied Universal
I enjoy working out and spending time with my husband
Read more and our dog, Pablo Escobar (I binge-watched Narcos the year he was adopted).
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Tim Loth

Sales Engineering Team Lead
Hobbies are a crucial part of our lives as they allow us to relax, unwind and pursue activities
Read more that we enjoy outside our (very busy) work. My hobbies include fishing, traveling, playing golf and watching documentaries. All these activities bring me joy in their unique ways, and I believe they help me maintain a balanced and fulfilling life outside of work.
Tim Wenzel

Tim Wenzel

Creator and Co-Founder
The Kindness Games
My hobbies include hiking, camping, backpacking, skiing and tennis.
Tracy Larson

Tracy Larson

Interests: the outdoors, hiking, skiing, reading, fitness, travel and national parks
Trey Parsons

Trey Parsons

Instructional Designer
Axis Communications
I enjoy Japanese nostalgic 80s/90s vehicles. (Toyotas primarily),
Read more turbocharged cars, riding my motorcycle, tinkering with electronics and technology and anything outdoors.
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Vicky Lowe

Director of Sales – Southeast Region
ADT Commercial
I volunteer for animal rescue, golf, scuba dive, explore and travel.