2020 - 2021 Chapter Officers

Chapter President


Leighton is the CTO of ISFMT (Information Security Forensics Management Team), a provider of computer security & forensics consulting and certification training, and has presented computer security, cyber security and forensics lectures, conference presentations and seminars all across the United States, Asia and Europe. He is also the founder and CEO of Chimera Security, a research and development company delving into the realms of cryptography, Blockchain, mobile technology and cloud computing to create better and more secure solutions for today’s advanced users and providers. He has over 40 years’ experience in Computer Security, Cyber Security, Software Development and Communications Equipment Operations & Maintenance spanning the industries of retail, government, defense industrial base, banking, and information technology.  He retains many professional security certifications, including CISA, CISM, CDSPE, COBIT 2019, CGEIT, ISO 27001 LI/LA, CSX-F, CAC, ISO 27005 LRM and CRISC and has taught certification, risk management, forensics and auditing courses around the world over the past 18 years. He a designated HQ ISACA Accredited Trainer for all certifications and certificate courses.

Vice President

Richard Rhodes




Brian Kelley, CISA, CDPSE, CSPO, MCSE, Security+, former Microsoft Data Platform MVP (2009-16)

Brian Kelley is an author, columnist, Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE), accredited CISA trainer, and former Microsoft Data Platform (SQL Server) MVP (2009-2016) focusing primarily on SQL Server and Windows security. Brian currently serves as a technical architect covering data, infrastructure, and security concentrating on Active Directory, SQL Server, and Windows Server. He has served in a myriad of other positions including senior database administrator, data warehouse architect, web developer, incident response team lead, and project manager. Brian has spoken at the PASS Summit, 24 Hours of PASS, the Marathon of PASS, IT/Dev Connections, SQLConnections, the SSWUG Virtual Conferences, the Techno Security and Forensics Investigation Conference, the IT GRC Forum, SyntaxCon, and at various SQL Saturdays, Code Camps, and user groups.



Vanessa McCutchen, CPA, CISA, CAMS

Vanessa McCutchen is an IT Audit Manager for a local financial institution. She has audited in the banking industry for the past 13 years, specializing in IT Audit, Operations, and Compliance audits. Vanessa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master of Accountancy from the University of South Carolina. Vanessa is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Information Systems Audit & Control Association (ISACA), and the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS).


Membership Director

Tom Hart, CISA

Tom has over 25 years experience in the Information Technology field. He held various software developer positions while supporting Sales & Marketing, Advertising, and Sales Promotions applications at GM/EDS prior to transitioning to the audit world in 2001. In 2008, Tom moved from Michigan to South Carolina where he currently works as a Senior Quality Assurance Analyst for BlueCross BlueShield of SC. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Ferris State University and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor. Tom and his wife Lisa reside in Elgin.


Newsletter Editor

Rhia Fanning

Rhia works as an Information Systems Auditor, and has over 18 years of Information Technology experience where she has had roles in audit, data security administration, and information assurance. Rhia holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Cybersecurity with an emphasis on Information Assurance from Colorado Technical University and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor. She is currently writing a novel and has been the Newsletter Editor for the SC Midlands Chapter of ISACA since the beginning of 2020.


Kareem Briggs, C|CISO, CISA, CRISC, CSIM

Kareem currently works as a Chief Information Security & Privacy Officer for a local State agency . He has over 15 years of Information Technology experience where he has had roles in audit, information assurance, data security administration, network support, desktop support and helpdesk support. Kareem possesses a Bachelor's Degree in Information Management from the University of South Carolina and a Master's Degree in Computer Resources and Information Management from Webster University where he focused on Information Security.  Kareem has been the webmaster for the SC Midlands Chapter since 2008. 


Social Media & Research Director  

Audra Woods

Audra is an Information Systems Auditor, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), and CompTIA  Security+ certified.  Audra has over 25 years of experience in Information Technology.  Her background includes Systems Support Administration, application and server deployment, automation, scripting, Desktop Support, Computer Operation, Software Development, Configuration Management, and Cybersecurity Risk Management.  Audra earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems and Business from Excelsior College of New York State University and a Master’s Degree in Information System with a concentration in Software Engineer Management from Strayer University of Newington, Virginia.  Audra has served SC Midlands Chapter of ISACA as the Research Director and now the Social Media and Education Director.


Certification Director

Sue Rusher

Sue has 17+ years of experience in IT auditing with the OIG USDA & her current position with BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. Her experience includes conducting audits over mainframe, UNIX/Linux & Windows operating systems configuration and security; EDI Gateway, VMware Hypervisor; Application and Cybersecurity Security; General and Application Control Audits and Disaster Recovery Audits. Sue has a Masters in Accounting & Finance and a Masters in Information Systems Management from Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University. She holds the CISA, CISSP, CRISC, CIA and CFE certifications and recently obtained the COBIT 5 Foundations course certificate and is an accredited CISA Instructor for ISACA.  Sue has served as president and education director for the SC Midlands Chapter of ISACA and is a member of the Techno Security & Digital Forensics Conference Advisory Board to assist in the planning of the audit and security education tracks.


Marketing Director


Harriet has over thirty years of experience in public accounting, providing auditing, data processing services, IT auditing and compliance reviews primarily to financial institution clients.  She is the primary owner of Simpson & Associates, LLC public accounting firm.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and a Master of Accountancy from the University of South Carolina.  Harriet is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (SCACPA), the Information Systems Audit & Control Association ISACA), and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).  She and her husband, Ted, reside in Columbia.


CSX Liaison

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SheLeadsTech Director

Melissa Cody

Melissa is a security analyst at SCANA.


Academic Advocate

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Young Professionals Ambassador

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Education Director

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