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Ravi Varma

2 December 2015

PastedGraphic-1Ravi Varma is Senior Director of Global Architecture at Equinix and has over 18 years of technology
experience with expertise in technology innovation, information security, and product development. His extensive experience includes managing global programs with over 200 staff and budget responsibility of over $200M. Ravi has developed cloud products and services that have generated over $160M in revenue and reduced costs by over $140M.

He has held key technology roles at leading companies including Cisco, EMC/DataDomain, Glu Mobile, and Harmonics. Ravi has a MBA from Babson College with concentration in entrepreneurship, and master’s degree in electronics and communication from Bapatla Engineering College. Ravi holds the following certifications: Cisco Certified Internet Expert (CCIE), Cisco Certified Voice Professional (CCVP), Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP), Certified Information Systems Professional (CISSP)

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April 28 Double Events: Native American Celebration and Community Healing Community

23 April 2015

Back by popular demand, the Community Healing Community event will return to the Student Services hallway on Tuesday, April 28, from 10 2 p.m. joining the Native American & Indigenous Community Celebration which will be held in the Student Lounge. The event will feature drumming song, and dance from noon to 3 p.m. Come to both events!

Community Healing Community, a tabling event of community partners coming together to inform and empower the Merritt Community with resources and services, is sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and Campus Life.

The Native American & Indigenous Community Celebration is sponsored by:

The Native American Health Center (The Native Youth Services Program)

Intertribal Friendship House

The University of California Berkeley

The Office of Student Activities & Campus Life

The Associated Students of Merritt College

Washoe Native TANF Program, Bay Area Regional Office Oakland

American Indian Child Resource Center of Oakland

United Indian Nations Inc.




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Internship Press Release, April 2015

23 April 2015

April 16, 2015

 Merritt College News Release      


Silicon Valley Non-Profit Seeks Internships for
Merritt College Cybersecurity Students

In an effort to help academically talented but financially challenged students establish career paths in the high-tech world, two Silicon Valley executives have been working with Merritt College to develop a program in the in-demand career of cybersecurity. Now they are looking to their counterparts in the Bay Area to provide summer internships to provide real-life experience as part of the curriculum.

Mark Egan, Partner in StrataFusion, and Jim Cates, President of LOBI Group, are members of a CIO networking community called the Consortium of Information System Executives (CISE) which sponsors a non-profit organization called CISE Education Fund. Over the past 10 years, the fund has given more than $750,000 to support students at four-year colleges, and more recently at California’s community colleges. The first Merritt College courses in both Application and Infrastructure Security began this spring taught by both Merritt professors and industry professionals.

“We feel privileged to have helped Merritt College update its IT curriculum and give this opportunity to its students,” says Cates. “Our security advisory council of top names in the industry and Silicon Valley security professionals have volunteered more than 1,000 hours to establish the program with approval from California’s educational governance groups. We are excited to have received an overwhelming response to our first semester of courses with full classes of students.”

Now Egan and Cates are looking toward the Bay Area’s high tech community to sponsor hands-on internships for their accelerated students—an essential ingredient to the success of the two-year certificate/degree programs.

“After giving our students a year of rigorous classroom studies, it’s vital that they extend their classroom learning by getting the real-life experience of working in the industry,” says Anita M. Black, Program Coordinator at Merritt. “We are thrilled to have been chosen to partner with CISE to allow our students this important career opportunity that they otherwise may not have had.”

More information about the program and the advisory board members can be found at www.merritt.wp/securityprogram.

Companies interested in sponsoring an internship beginning June 8 should contact Jim Cates at or Anita M. Black at

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Calvin B. Madlock

26 February 2015

Associate Vice Chancellor of Technology/Chief Information Officer, Peralta Community College District

Calvin B. MadlockCalvin Madlock is currently the Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology (IT) at the Peralta Colleges in Oakland, California.  As Chief Information Officer (CIO), Mr. Madlock oversees technology services at the four Peralta Colleges – Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College.

Previously, Mr. Madlock served as Director of Information Technology Services at Antelope Valley College District in Lancaster, California and IT Project Manager at the Los Angeles Community College District in Los Angeles, California – Serving over 130,000 students and 12,000 faculty and staff.

In addition to Mr. Madlock’s career in academia, he worked in the corporate arena, providing professional computer services for Farmers Insurance, Nissan Motors, Toyota Motors, Ralph’s Groceries, Kaiser Permanente, United Airlines, Rockwell International and Hughes Aircraft.

Mr. Madlock holds a Master of Science degree in Information Technology from Capella University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Information Systems from Northwestern State University, a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute and a Project Management certificate from UCLA Extension.

He also earned an Associate of Arts degree in Physical Education from Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia, Mississippi.  Furthermore, as a former NCAA – Division 1 college basketball player at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, Mr. Madlock captured national attention where he received an Academic All-American Award, recognizing his athletic abilities and academic accomplishments.

Over and above Mr. Madlock’s education and experience, he incorporated the Boys To Men Club of Los Angles and helped to craft and maintain the African American Outreach Initiative (AAOI) at the Los Angeles Community College District promoting recruitment, retention, and transfer of targeted “at risk” student populations under represented within the Los Angeles area.  The model was developed in such a way that it could be replicated to accommodate other diverse populations across Districts.

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Brian Zaugg

18 February 2015

Brian-ZauggBrian Zaugg

Director Information Security

Brian Zaugg is an information security leader with over 20 years experience designing, integrating, securing, and deploying enterprise technology solutions. Brian is currently the Director of Information Security at Authentic8, Inc., a software-as-a-service startup company that secures Internet browsing for consumers and enterprises. Brian is studying for a PhD in Information Assurance and Information Security. Brian has an MBA in Global Management and an MS in Physics. Brian also holds several professional certifications, including his GSEC and CISSP (in renewal). Brian has worked with organizations across many industries, including telecommunications, bio-technology, education, and defense. Brian’s diverse experiences enable him to provide an interesting perspective on the business and security challenges we face across the globe.

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David Hahn

18 February 2015

David-HahnDavid Hahn

Vice President, Corporate Information Security and Risk Hearst Corporation

David is the head of Corporate Information Security and Risk (CISO) for the Hearst Corporation.  Hearst is one of the world’s largest and most diversified media companies with Businesses in Magazines, Newspapers, Television/Broadcast, Business Media, and Ventures including A&E channels and ESPN.  He is helping Hearst innovate and lead into more Cloud computing and moving content to Digital capabilities leveraging Hearst’s multiple media outlets in a fast, efficient and secure manner.  Prior to Hearst, David was at Intuit where he lead the CyberFraud strategy and managed areas in Security Operations, including Cloud with the many product/business groups such as TurboTax, Quicken, Mint, and QuickBooks.  David also spent many years at Wells Fargo Bank, where he headed up all security for, at the time the largest on-line banking site.


David’s focus and background has been about taking risk based approaches to enable business to grow and innovate.  He has an MBA from Golden Gate University and Undergrad from San Jose State University in Business Admin.

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Rand Morimoto, Ph.D.

18 February 2015

Rand-Morimoto,-Ph.D.Rand Morimoto, Ph.D.

President, Convergent Computing

Dr. Morimoto is a former advisor to the White House on Cybersecurity, and has authored dozens of bestselling books, with titles including “Network Security for Government and Corporate Executives” and “Cybersecurity: Being Cyber Aware and Cyber Secure”.  Dr Morimoto keynotes enterprise conferences around the world several times a year, and runs a strategy and cloud technology consulting firm he started three decades ago.  Dr Morimoto is a Trustee on the government board for Saint Mary’s College and a Leadership Advisory Board member for the Chabot Space and Science Center.








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