FITSI Appeals Committee

Current FITSI Appeals Committee members are listed below.

Charles Blackmore -  PMP, CISSP

  Charles Blackmore currently serves as a Chief Information Security Officer for the National Endowment for the Arts where he is responsible for the development, coordination, implementation, oversight, and management of the agency's information security, privacy, and IT risk management programs to ensure confidentiality, integrity, and availability of agency systems, networks and data. His past roles include Program Specialist – Cybersecurity at the US Coast Guard where he was responsible for the development of doctrine and policy used by Maritime Transportation Security Act regulated facilities to include cybersecurity as part of their security plans and IT Specialist - working in the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer dealing with Federal Information System Modernization Act compliance and risk management activities across the enterprise. He has worked as a government contractor and in the private sector in his 20+ year career. Mr. Blackmore obtained his Master’s Degree in Information Assurance in 2019 and holds several cybersecurity certifications.

Jacqueline Buntyn  - FITSP-M, PMP, CRISC, CISSP, CISM, CAP


Jacqueline Buntyn has served over 29 years as a Federal employee. She currently serves as the Cybersecurity Chief for U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM). Jacqueline is responsible for coordinating, integrating, and synchronizing the cybersecurity framework throughout FORSCOM’s Corps, Divisions, and Direct Reporting Units. Working to improve cybersecurity readiness, she manages the creation of policy, cyber training, and Risk Management Framework in support of the Federal Information System Modernization Act of 2014. Before arriving at FORSCOM, Jacqueline was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Naval Hospital, Cherry Point, NC. As the CIO, she leveraged technology and telecommunications as a driving force in aligning IT initiatives with corporate strategic goals.

Matthew Denton - FITSP-O, CISSP, Security+, MCSE  

  Matthew Denton is a native of Kentucky, who began his IT career 15+ years ago in-network services. A graduate of Southern Illinois University, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics, with minors in Japanese and East Asian studies. Over 15 plus years, Matthew has worked as a systems administrator and network security engineer, progressing to an information assurance engineer working with various branches of the United States military. Matthew has been called upon to consult with clients on cybersecurity security issues at home and abroad. Matthew spent the first couple years of his IT career Supporting the United States Army and then went on to support the United States Marine Corps in various cybersecurity roles. While supporting the United States Army, Matthew did system administration and security tools administration. While supporting the Marine Corps, Matthew did extensive wireless networking and certification and accreditation (C&A) work. Matthew was also fortunate enough to support the Network Defense desk at CENTCOM. He currently works for the Smartronix Cloud Business unit as a Cybersecurity Engineer specializing in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) tools. Matthew holds a CISSP and FITSP-Operator certifications, amongst others.

Kimberly Hennings - FITSP-M, FITSP-A

  Kimberly Hennings serves Leidos as Director, Cybersecurity Governance, within Corporate Information Security, Governance, Risk & Compliance (CIS-GRC). She provides management and leadership across Leidos’ Global Corporate Information Security Programs in Governance, Risk and Compliance, corporate Cybersecurity policies, procedures, contingency planning, business continuity, disaster recovery, Information Security Training and Awareness, Leidos Securing for Success (S4S). She also manages Leidos Global ISO 27K certifications, and cybersecurity audit activities. Her expertise includes subject matter expertise and leadership in the areas of Federal cyber security compliance, auditing and requirements in accordance with FISMA, NIST, OMB, ISO, CMMC and FIPS. She leads and manages continuous program improvement of information security, governance, compliance, oversight, enforcement, and cybersecurity training and awareness. Additionally, she leads Leidos Cybersecurity Governance on a global scale including architecture of Cybersecurity Governance and Compliance frameworks for the US, Australia and UK. She is a dual certified Federal IT Security Professional (FITSP) Auditor and Manager with over 25 years of experience across the field of IT including secure SDLC, programming, database administration and design, systems analysis and information security project and program management. She is a graduate of Federal Executive Institute’s (FEI) Leadership for a Democratic Society Senior Executive Service (SES). Her experience includes service in both the private and public sectors including IBM, Inc., Pennsylvania State Government and Federal Government.

Michael Johnson - CISSP, CISM, and FITSP-M

  Michael is an information technology leader and military retiree with over 30 years of proven experience in the Department of State and the United States Army. He possesses a comprehensive IT lifecycle background from business requirement, through design/development/acquisition, to testing and service provision derived from conducting domestic and global operations in the USA, Germany, S. Korea, Iraq, Kuwait and Belgium. Michael has accomplished measurable results while leading organizations in dynamic, fast-paced environments while meeting/exceeding the expectations of senior leadership. He has managed a multiple lines portfolio of capabilities and services valued over $700M per year. Michael possesses extensive knowledge in Management, Cyber Security, and Planning/Analysis and is the recipient of multiple awards for outstanding performance and professionalism in the Department of State and the United States Army. Michael’s career is supported by a Ph.D. in Information Technology with an Information Assurance / Cyber Security Focus and industry certifications including CISSP, CISM, and FITSP-M. He is currently a Senior IT Cyber Security Specialist for IT Security Policy, Liaison and Training at the Department of State.


  David is the East Coast Technical Lead for the U.S. Navy’s Information Warfare Program Integration Office where he develops and implements strategy for digital engineering transformation within the Department of the Navy. David has held senior positions in the information technology field for more than 20 years to include leading the digital forensics business at General Dynamics and Director of Federal Security at Dell. In 2011 he became a Civil Service engineering leader driving the modernization of the Department of Defense’s continuity communications networks. More recently David served as the Technical Director and CISO for the Navy’s global Enterprise Resource Planning system and architect for the Department of the Navy’s global insider threat enterprise. David holds a Master of Science in Information Systems and an Ed.S. in Education. His certifications include CCISO, CCITP-A, CEA, CEH, CGEIT, CISA, CISM, CISSP-ISSMP, CMAS, CRISC, CPP, CSEP, FITSP-M, ITPM, PMP, and DoD acquisition certifications in IT, program management, and engineering.

Richard Routh - FITSP-D, CASP, CEH, Security+  

  Richard is currently a CND Analyst with over 30 years experience in the networking environment. He has proven abilities in design, development, certification, network support, implementation and enhancements. Motivated team player who investigates opportunities to inspire and assist peers in the understanding of maximum system utilization. Specific areas of experience include: problem solving, analysis, beta testing, certification, implementation, innovation, network support and demonstration skills.