Cyber Security Faculty

Cyber Security Program Faculty 

Faculty Picture - Joe Murdock

Joe Murdock
Cyber Security Program Lead &
Cyber Defense Center Director
CISSP, ISACA & CompTIA Security Certified


Joe has spent many years working in the Information Technology field in every position from help desk to manager. Before joining Red Rocks he was an IT manager for the Colorado Department of Transportation. Joe teaches networking and cyber security classes as well as business management classes. Joe earned his Master’s degree from Regis University, a Bachelor’s from Metro State,  and 2 Associate’s degrees from Red Rocks. 

Faculty Scott Bell

Scott Bell
Adjunct Instructor
Major Ret.


Scott has worked in both enterprise and service provider IT for over 27 years and is currently with Charter Communications, as Senior Manager, Advanced Engineering Core Network. Scott had an overlapping career in the U.S. Army and Colorado Army National Guard and retired as a Major after 22 years of service. Scott is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm for which he was awarded the Bronze Star. Scott received a BS in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver and an MBA (with eBusiness/Operations Emphasis) from Regis University.

Faculty Christie Burton

Christie Burton
Adjunct Instructor
MCSE, MCDBA, Security+


Christie teaches cyber security, networking, and database administration at Red Rocks Community College. She holds MCSE, MCDBA & Security+ certifications. Christie is a certified instructor for CompTIA, Microsoft and Oracle.  She has an extensive background in business administration. As the Executive Director of a nonprofit organization, she developed, implemented and supported an integrated electronic business system.  Christie pioneered the first Cyber Security Program within the Colorado Community College System. Christie is especially interested in helping individuals and businesses employ basic cyber security principles that will ensure their safety while increasing productivity.

Bill Cherrington
RRCC IT Director
Adjunct Instructor


Bill is a Colorado native and has been in various IT positions and is currently the IT director for RRCC. Bill earned his Master's degree from Colorado Christian University and his Bachelor's degree from Metro State. Bill enjoys coaching little league football in his free time.

Faculty Candace Garrod

Candace Garrod
Web Development Program Lead & Faculty


Candace's 37 years of experience in business/industry and academia include systems analysis, multimedia software development, Internet/Web development, and program design/development. At Red Rocks she teaches a variety of classes including: Gaming, JavaScript, Systems Analysis and Design, Introduction to Programming, Dreamweaver, Web Design and Concepts, Capstone, and PC Applications. She holds a Bachelor's & Master's degree from Colorado State University.

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Todd Hawkins
Adjunct Instructor


Todd is a network professional with more than 20 years of progressive experience in Information Technology.  He has a BS in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration, and a Cisco CCNA.  His work experience has been with large, complex enterprise/telecom networks. Currently he is the Manager of IT Infrastructure Services for Littleton Public Schools.  He manages the district’s network infrastructure including wired and wireless networks, network security, VoIP systems and data center operations.

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Tony Hunt
Adjunct Instructor


Tony has worked in IT service management for over 20 years.  He graduated from The Ohio State University with a BS in Business Administration - Finance.  Tony earned his CELTA certification for teaching English language from International House Bangkok.  He has traveled to over 30 countries and continues to explore international culture when not sitting behind a keyboard.

Faculty Helena Martellaro

Helena Martellaro


Helena Martellaro, Ph.D. is an Information Technology professional with over 30 years experience in software/system analysis and design and operational research. She is a USAF veteran and has worked in programs for NASA, US Department of Defense, US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation and Colorado Department of Education.  Her experience includes over 25 years programming in multiple computer languages including Object-Oriented Java, C/C++, Perl and Python. She has a demonstrated proficiency in writing business proposals, subcontract oversight, and hardware and software development strategies.  She has multiple years of experience in scientific analysis and has worked as a trainer in advanced computer technologies.

Faculty Dave Nielsen

Dave Nielsen
Adjunct Instructor
CCNP, Security+


Dave is an experienced computer professional specializing in Network and Mainframe Security. He has been involved in just about every aspect of Information Technology since 1977. His education includes a BS degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Systems Analysis and Design. He also has done graduate work in Computer Science and, over the years has held 14 industry certifications. Currently, with active involvement with cybersecurity in the finance and banking industries, Dave attends and participates regularly with cybersecurity conferences and panels, including RSA and SHARE. 

Faculty Rafael Ramirez

Rafael Ramirez
Adjunct Instructor


Rafael was born in Lima, Peru. He earned his BS in Telecommunications and Business Education from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Rafael has been working in Cybersecurity for since 2013. First at EMC/RSA in the securID project, then as a senior support engineer at  FireEye, and now with Fidelis CyberSecurity.

Faculty Julie Schneider

Julie Schneider
Department Chair
Programming Program Lead & Faculty


Julie is the chair of the Computer Technology Department and has been a full-time faculty member in the department since 2000.  She holds Microsoft Professional Certifications in .NET Development and specializes her teaching instruction in the Computer Science area and programming languages; C, C++, Java, C#.NET and Objective-C for iOS Mobile App Development.

Faculty Dan Stern

Dan Stern
Adjunct Instructor


Dan is a 16-year IT professional having owned a small IT business in Maryland, led fast paced IT teams at Chipotle, Molson Coors and now head of IT Infrastructure at Kleinfelder. Having an undergraduate degree specialty in journalism from Colorado State University and a Masters concentration in Information Systems Security from the University of Denver, Dan uses his experience with communications to help teach sometimes intimidating technology to office workers and college students.  In his free time, Dan likes to power down all of the tech toys and simply get lost in the mountains.

Faculty Frank Vianzon

Frank Vianzon
Adjunct Instructor


Frank is currently a Director of Security Architecture, Engineering, and Threat & Vulnerability Management for a top health care services provider. He has been working in Information Technology for over two decades with the last decade focused on security.  Frank is certified by the SANS Institute in GCWN (Windows Security) for the last ten years and also GPEN (Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing) for which he is a mentor for the course. Frank also teaches at Red Rocks Community College, the Community College of Aurora, and Arapahoe Community College.  He teaches a wide range of security classes.

Colin Wilmer
Adjunct Instructor


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