Board of Directors

C. Scott Hartz - Chairman

Mr. Hartz is recognized as a pioneer in leading transformational business solutions for Fortune 500 global enterprises. His career in management consulting and systems integration at Price Waterhouse and PricewaterhouseCoopers brings experience with managing an enterprise serving more than half of the companies in the Fortune 500 as well as numerous smaller business organizations and governmental units throughout the world.  From 1995 to 2002, while Global CEO of PwC Consulting, Hartz led the company’s growth to a $6.0 billion enterprise with a global leadership position serving multi-national companies in corporate transformation, e-business and e-markets, supply chain services, CRM, and enterprise resource planning.  He serves on the Boards of the Erie Insurance Group, Satmetrix, and Alien Technology.  Hartz also served on The Wharton School Graduate Board and Lehigh University Business School Advisory Board and on the Board of Directors of Siebel Systems until its acquisition by Oracle in 2006.

He holds a B.S. degree in Economics from Lehigh University and an MBA degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  He resides in Pennsylvania.

Kurt F. Buseck - Board Member

Mr. Buseck has 30 years of experience investing into and building private companies.  Beginning in 2003 he has led investor groups into seven technology based companies, from medical device manufacturers to engineering software companies.  He has been Chairman at most of these companies and has been responsible for financial strategy and oversight of corporate strategic development.  Mr. Buseck was the founder of Full Circle Investments, a private equity firm which actively acquired small to mid-size companies between 1993 and 1998.  The portfolio of 14 companies was repositioned, expanded and sold by 2003.  Mr. Buseck had previously been the managing director of the U.S. operations of Onex Corporation, the largest private equity firm based in Canada.  He received an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and a BA from Boston College.  He resides in Pennsylvania. 

Srinivas Kumar - Founder and CTO

Mr. Kumar has over 23 years of Engineering and Management experience in computer networking and information security. Most recently, he was the founder of Taasware, which was acquired by TaaSera.  During his time at Taasware he was retained as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at SRI International in the field of trustworthy data centers. Prior to that, Mr. Kumar was the Solutions Architect in the Networking & Security business unit at VMware, where he was responsible for identity aware firewalls. He was previously the VP of Engineering and Principal Architect at Applied Identity, until it was acquired by Citrix.  Earlier in his career Mr. Kumar served in senior project and architect roles at Nortel, Lucent and TranSwitch.  Prior to joining TaaSera, he authored 9 patents in the user and application identity space and has since authored 6 issued patents with TaaSera, with 3 additional patents pending. He has led engineering efforts to certify products for Common Criteria, FIPS, US DoD and NATO MIL-STD standards. Mr. Kumar has a BE in Electrical Engineering from Bombay University, and an MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Clemson University.  He resides in California. 

Robert M. Mehalso - Microtec Associates

Dr. Mehalso has over 35 years of experience in managing research, engineering, manufacturing, and marketing organizations. His work has emphasized process development, commercialization and business development, particularly related to micro-, nano-, and bio-systems-based products and businesses. In addition to serving on the board of TaaSera, the leader in real-time malware behavior detection, Mehalso is currently Executive Chairman of TeraView, Ltd. He has previously been Executive Chairman of Oxford Biosensors; Vice President of Business Development at Kionix; Vice President of Technology and Business Development and Chief Technical Officer for DT Industries; Executive Vice President and General Manager for AMTX; General Manager of Advanced Microtechnology for Xerox; and Engineering Manager at RCA Sarnoff Research Center.

Mehalso has founded several companies, including AMTX and Microtec Associates. He also co-founded Ardesta, LLC, a $100 million venture fund focused on the micro- and nano-systems industry. He has been an advisor to over 100 companies on commercialization and growth of new technologies and related product development.

Mehalso is internationally recognized for his expertise on the topic of commercialization of intellectual property. He has been a lead advisor on this subject to numerous national and regional governments as it relates to their long-term technology, and related economic development, strategies. These include the federal governments of Australia, Germany, England and Canada. He has led technology commercialization projects at Oxford University, the University of Michigan, and Louisiana Tech University.

He has served on the faculty of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Louisiana Tech University. He is an active participant in academic planning and industrial support activities at the Pennsylvania State University and has been a member of the staff at the Center for Automation Technologies at Rensselaer. Mehalso holds a B.S. in Ceramic Science from the Pennsylvania State University, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a Fellow of Pennsylvania State University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Hon. James V. Stanton - U.S. Congressman, Ret.

Since 1988, Mr. Stanton has owned the law and lobbying firm, Stanton & Associates, in Washington, D.C. He has served as a Director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, Mountaineer Gaming, and Try It Distributing Co. From 1971 to 1978, Mr. Stanton represented the 20th Congressional District of Ohio in the United States House of Representatives. While in Congress Mr. Stanton served on the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Government Operations Committee, and the Public Works and Transportation Committee.

Mr. Stanton has held a wide variety of public service positions, including service as the youngest City Council President in the history of Cleveland, Ohio (1963-1970) and membership on the Board of Regents of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Stanton is also a former Senior Executive Vice President of Delaware North Companies, Inc. (1980-1990), a privately held international hospitality management company which, during Mr. Stanton's tenure, had annual sales of over $1 billion. From 1985 to 1994, Mr. Stanton was a principal and co-founder of Western Entertainment Corporation, one of the first Native American gaming operations in the United States, which grew to $100 million in revenue prior to Mr. Stanton selling his interest.

Howard Schmidt - SAFECode

Howard serves as a partner in the strategic advisory firm, Ridge-Schmidt Cyber, an executive services firm that helps leaders in business and government navigate the increasing demands of cybersecurity. He serves in this position with Tom Ridge, the first secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He also serves as executive director of The Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code (SAFECode).

Howard A. Schmidt brings together talents in business, defense, intelligence, law enforcement, privacy, academia and international relations, gained from a distinguished career spanning 40 years.

He served as Special Assistant to the President and the Cybersecurity Coordinator for the federal government. In this role Mr. Schmidt was responsible for coordinating interagency cybersecurity policy development and implementation and for coordinating engagement with federal, state, local, international, and private sector cybersecurity partners.

Previously, Mr. Schmidt was the President and CEO of the Information Security Forum (ISF). Before ISF, he served as Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Security Strategist for eBay Inc., and formerly operated as the Chief Security Officer for Microsoft Corp. He also served as Chief Security Strategist for the US-CERT Partners Program for the Department of Homeland Security.

Mr. Schmidt also brings to bear over 26 years of military service. Beginning active duty with the Air Force, he later joined the Arizona Air National Guard. With the AF he served in a number of military and civilian roles culminating as Supervisory Special Agent with the Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). He finished his last 12 years as an Army Reserve Special Agent with Criminal Investigation Division’s (CID) Computer Crime Unit, all while serving over a decade as police officer with the Chandler Police Department.

Mr. Schmidt holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (BSBA) and a master’s degree in organizational management (MAOM) from the University of Phoenix. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate degree in Humane Letters. Howard was an Adjunct Professor at GA Tech, GTISC, Professor of Research at Idaho State University and Adjunct Distinguished Fellow with Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab and a Distinguished Fellow of the Ponemon Privacy Institute.

Howard is a Ham Radio operator (W7HAS), a private pilot, outdoorsman and an avid Harley-Davidson rider. He is married to Raemarie J. Schmidt, a forensic scientist and researcher and instructor in the field of computer forensics. Together, they are proud parents, and happy grandparents.

Sue Kozik - EVP & CIO, Group Health Cooperative

Sue has more than 25 years of information technology experience in healthcare, insurance, financial services and the energy industries, with 15+ years spent as a CIO. Sue is currently the EVP and CIO for Group Health Cooperative, a nonprofit integrated health care system based in Seattle, WA. She also serves on the Tech Impact Board of Directors and the Bates College Board of Trustees.

Prior to Group Health, Sue was the Senior Vice President & Chief Information Office at Independence Blue Cross where she lead the transformation of the IT department & prepared the company for Healthcare Transformation and the Affordable Care Act. Sue has also held Senior IT leadership roles at companies such as Direct Energy, OGE, TIAA-CREF, Lucent Technologies, Penn Mutual and CIGNA. Sue was honored as the “Top IT Pro” by Philadelphia Business Journal in 2013 and “Advocate of the Year” in 2012 by the Women’s Business Enterprise Council. She received a B.A. from Bates College.