Ed Sachanowicz 
(Sa-Ha-No-Vitch)

President / Sponsorship


Ed Sachanowicz is our Founding Chapter President.  Ed has been working in Security, Governance Risk Management, Compliance and Auditing space since 2001. Prior to joining American Bank, Ed worked in various leadership roles including Rackspace; which is the largest managed cloud provider focusing on Security and Compliance.  Prior to Rackspace, Ed worked as an IT Auditor with Deloitte LLP (2005) and Ernst & Young LLP (2001-2005). 

In Ed’s spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, fishing the gulf coast and playing hockey. 

  • Bachelors of Business Administration – Majored in Corporate Finance and Information Systems Management – St. Mary’s University (2001)
  • July 2015 – Present; Senior Cyber Security Officer at American Bank in Corpus Christi.

Ian Samples

Vice President


Ian Samples is our Chapter Vice 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

Stephanie Martin

Secretary


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.

 

David Burk

Student advocate


Bio still to come…