Ian Samples


Ian Samples is our Chapter President.  He has been in the IT field focusing on security for the past 17 years and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.  Prior to Navy Army Community Credit Union, he worked for Kratos SecureInfo as a Senior Security Consultant ensuring complete security measures for businesses and providing information assurance support to various Federal/Commercial clients, as well as technical guidance for development, data security and system administration.  Prior to Kratos SecureInfo, Ian worked for the State of Texas at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi in multiple capacities as a Network Manager, Systems Administrator, and Information Security Analyst.

In his free time, Ian enjoys spending it with his family, camping, reading, playing with Legos, and taking stuff apart.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
  • May 2015 – Present; Cyber Security Administrator at Navy Army Community Credit Union


Joshua Gonzales

Vice President

Joshua Gonzalez is our Chapter Vice President.  He has been working the IT field for over 20yrs and is currently the Director of IT Infrastructure and Research Computing at Texas A&M
University-Corpus Christi. In this position, he oversees TAMU-CC’s cable plant, voice and data networks, systems and storage infrastructure, data center, and research computing. Prior to TAMU-CC Joshua worked for multiple financial institutions in various IT roles.  Joshua serves on the Lonestar Education and Research Network Technical Advisory Group and as a board member for TTVN.  TTVN is the wide area data and interactive communications network that serves the campuses and agencies of The Texas A&M University System. Joshua is a graduate of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs Executive Leadership for Information Technology Excellence (ELITE) and holds a BBA in Management Information Systems from A&M-Corpus Christi.
In his free time, Joshua enjoys hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities with his three adopted children.

Stephanie Martin


One of the original founding members of ISSA Texas Coastal Bend Chapter; I am proud to serve as the Secretary for our opening year.  I look forward to a great year of growing our organization locally and connecting our I.T. community in a mutually beneficial forum. 

Professionally, I am an Account Manager at Future Com which is a Value-Added Reseller for Security and Network Solutions for over 25 years based right here in Texas.    I take great joy in my job to organize and match my clients with solutions. 

Personally, I enjoy spending all my spare time with my “growing up too quickly” teenagers and all their many commitments.  I also enjoy golf, gourmet cooking, and anything related to water.

Tim VanAken

Operations Director / Membership

Tim Van Aken has been involved in one facet or another of Information technology for the better part of 20 years. Currently, Tim Van Aken is a IS Security Analyst and the Interim IS Security Manager at Driscoll Children’s Hospital, a non-profit children’s hospital that has been serving the children of South Texas since 1953. Before he joined the Driscoll team, he enjoyed a 12-year career with the County of Los Alamos as their Lead Network Engineer. Prior to starting his professional information technology career, he tested his entrepreneurial talents by running his PC repair and support business. Tim proudly served in the US Air Force as an Air Transportation Specialist. Tim is a University of Phoenix graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science in Information Technology and is pursuing his Master of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership.

Christopher Urista

Marketing Director

Christopher Urista is the Information Systems Security Analyst professional for Driscoll Children’s Hospital which is part of the Driscoll Health System located in Corpus Christi, Texas. He has been with Driscoll Children’s Hospital since 2015. He has been working in Information Systems Security and Infrastructure since 2010. Prior to Driscoll Children’s Hospital, he has worked as a Network Administrator and an Information Systems Security Analyst at Texas A&M Corpus Christi since 2012. Preceding his career in Information Technology, he served in the United States Navy.



Abby Gonzalez

Director at large

Abby Gonzalez is the Educational Technologist for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi since 2012.  She works collaboratively with IT and Distance Education departments as well as faculty as an eLearning resource/trainer providing technical and instructional design consulting services that augment on-site, blended, and online learning.  Ms. Gonzalez also assists with the administration of the University’s learning management system and manages all aspects including the population of user accounts, course integration, record maintenance, and content creation. Abby Gonzalez previously served as an Internet Specialist at Del Mar College by providing quality, timeliness, efficient performance, integrity, security, and management of the College’s Learning Management System server services (2005-2012).

  • Associates Degrees in Computer Science
  • Computer Forensics
  • Information Systems Security
  • Network Administration


Our Amazing Group

The Backbone of Our Organization

We couldn’t do half of what we do here at Texas Coastal Bend ISSA if it wasn’t for our awesome members. In addition to our members, we also have mentors, instructors, service providers and many other expert individuals who help us help each other. Rest assured that unlike your average organization, anyone we are willing to recommend is someone we’ve already had the pleasure of knowing.


We’d especially like to mention our founding members Christopher Hegg, Christopher Urista, Ed Sachanowicz, James Ballou, Jeff Vlach, John Martinez, John White, Quanah Dykes, Stephanie Martin, Tim VanAken. Thank you for everything!


Quanah Dykes

Founding Member

I have over 17 years of experience working in Information Systems. Since 2013 I have worked as an information security analyst for Driscoll Children’s Hospital primarily specializing in the areas of web proxy, data encryption, anti-malware / AV and email security.

My previous job roles have ranged from infrastructure team lead at Whataburger Restaurants HQ, director of information systems at USDM.net marketing and web development, Active Directory and Exchange administrator at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, IBM mid-range systems engineer, network and windows administrator at Fleetpride Truck and Trailer Parts.

Competencies:  Information Security, windows server administration, network administration, project management.