A Team of Industry Experts Who Care


Eric Ong

Lead Security Architect

education & Certifications

  • MS Software Engineering with concentration in Computer Security

  • CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional

Eric is Lead Information Security Architect, Manager Security Architecture and Strategy for a Minnesota based Fortune 100 multinational conglomerate.

Eric is also an international education consultant, founded the International Education Institute where he has been instrumental in building relationships between American and Asian university systems and between international business and government concerns.

Eric also founded an international school in Singapore.


Dr. Venkat Kumarthy

Computer Security Architect

education & Certifications

  • PhD

  • CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional

Dr. Venkat is a Cybersecurity Architect with 17 years serving Fortune 100 companies. He specializes in Information Security, Risk and Compliance, has numerous industry technical certifications and a PhD in Computer Engineering.

Dr. Venkat has a passion for the internet of Things, AI, and Quantum Computing.  He is dedicated to community service and active in nonprofits working on well being and skill development.


Greg Silker

Media and Marketing Entrepreneur

education & Certifications

  • Mdiv

Greg Silker is a media entrepreneur and start up consultant.  Silker Studios influences for good through marketing,, entrepreneurship and entertainment.

Greg's nonprofit and community service start ups include Bordertown Coffee and Kappa Pi Alpha.

Greg is a partner/cofounder in the Firehouse Commons Entrepreneurship Center.


David Kumoro

Solution Architect

education & Certifications

  • M.S. Software Engineering, University of St Thomas

  • Certified AWS Solution Architect Professional

David is a Software Solution Architect with a Fortune 100 airline company.  He is a seasoned solution architect with  a concentration in distributed architecture and cloud computing.  David brings over a decade of domain expertise in industries ranging from legal, retail, finance to health care..  David is passionate about technology and sharing his knowledge to benefit the community


sunil Ayyappankutty

Solution Architect

education & Certifications

  • MBA, Carlson School of Management

  • Certified AWS Solution Architect Professional

Sunil is a Senior Solution Architect for a Fortune 100 airline company. He is a seasoned solution architect with experience in Identity and Access Management, distributed architecture and cloud computing. Sunil brings over a decade domain experience in industries ranging from food processing, insurance, finance, to health care.

He is passionate about learning new technologies, sharing knowledge, and has presented at various events in the Twin Cities, including the Twin Cities Code Camp.


Dr Rose Chu

Education Consultant

education & Certifications

  • PhD Industrial Engineering

Dr. Rose Chu has served as Assistant Commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Education, interim Dean of Urban Education and is now Professor Emerita at Metropolitan State University, St Paul, Minnesota.

She currently holds the position of Senior Policy Fellow at Minnesota Education Equity Partnership, leading a campaign to elevate the teaching profession.

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Dr Hafed Boussaida

Education Program Developer

Minntech Advisory Board

education & Certifications

  • PhD FAMU

Dr. Boussaida has a PhD in Film Directing, Producing and Screenwriting from the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts, Prague, Czechoslovakia.

He is professor emeritus at Minneapolis College where he developed and founded the Media Arts program.

 He is an expert in curriculum and program development.


Akira Hasegawa

Graduate Program Developer

Minntech Advisory Board

education & Certifications

  • M.S. Print Engineering

Akira is Vice President of International Development of Computer Education and the Director of International Relations at Kyoto Computer Gakuin (KCG).

Akira also helped found the graduate program in informatics at KSG, Kyoto, Japan and is now a professor there. 


Dan Creed

Professor, Business Owner


education & Certifications

  • M.S. Organizational Management

Dan is Professor and Global Studies Chair and International Exchange Director at Normandale Community College.  As a sought after presenter, Dan has been invited to speak in over 70 countries.  He and his wife are co-owners of Heritage Montessori School.

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