The MiC Board of Directors







Mary N. Chaney, Esq., CISSP, CIPP/US

Chairman, CEO & President 

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Mary N. Chaney, Esq., CISSP, CIPP/US has over 25 years of progressive experience within the fields of Information Security, Privacy and Risk Management. She graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio with a B.S.B.A with a S.T.E.M. related focus in Information Systems, graduated Salutatorian and Summa Cum Ladue from Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law and became a licensed attorney in the State of Texas in 1999.  

Ms. Chaney began her career journey by serving as a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Los Angeles. Mary’s global experience includes executive level information security and privacy roles with GE Capital (NYSE: GE), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), Comcast Corporation (NYSE: CMCSA) and Esperion Therapeutics (NASDAQ: ESPR). At GE Capital, she was the Director of Incident Response where she led a team responsible for supporting over 14,000 GE Capital Americas end-users. At Johnson & Johnson, she was the Director of the Security Operations Center, where she led the 24x7 Global Security Operations Center that monitored over 130,000 employees across 250 businesses. At Comcast Corporation, Mary was a Senior Director of Information Security, in the Global CISO’s office, which had oversight responsibilities for both Comcast Cable and NBC Universal for cyber risk management. At Esperion, Mary is the Director of Information Security and Privacy, having direct responsibility for creating and addressing risk in both information security and privacy. 

Mary’s entrepreneur endeavors include starting and running MBS Information Security Consulting, LLC (MBS) and most recently Mary opened the Law Offices of Mary N. Chaney, P.L.L.C, The Cyber Security Law Firm Of Texas, with the specific mission of helping translate and advise, Boards of Directors, CIO's, CISO's and General Counsel's on how to legally protect their company from cyber related risk.

Mary serves the overall cybersecurity community in multiple ways. She has served on several advisory boards including: Post University; ChickTech; CompTIA© Cybersecurity Advisory Board; The Cyber Law Consortium; and The Cyber Future Foundation. Mary is an adjunct professor with the University of Cincinnati, where she teaches online courses in cybersecurity to assist with the development of the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. Lastly, she recently launched her own nonprofit, Minorities in Cybersecurity, Inc. (MiC) which focuses on support, leadership and career development for women and minorities in cybersecurity. 

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Veda T. Woods

Board Member

Veda T. Woods is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of a nonprofit, Protect Us Kids Foundation, and serves as a cybersecurity advisor and social activist against commercial sex trafficking of youth on the Internet. 

Spanning over approximately 20 years, Ms. Woods strategic leadership focuses on cyber policies and decision-making processes that protect and respect human rights by design. She strives to employ systematic and holistic information assurance strategies in cybersecurity, information governance, privacy and risk management; focused on securing healthcare, financial, law enforcement, defense and intelligence information.

From 2009 until 2015, Ms. Woods served on a political appointment as the Chief Information Security Officer and Deputy CIO for the former Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board (“Board”). The Board was a federal agency created after the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, with an accountability mission to help identify fraud, waste and abuse of data related to the $840 billion stimulus bill (American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009), as well as the spending oversight of Hurricane Sandy funds. 

As a cybersecurity executive at a leading global financial services firm, Veda is accountable for cybersecurity threat oversight in support of ensuring a transparent, consistent and comprehensive program for managing operational risk across the firm globally. She also participates on national and international working groups, seeking best practices in cyber research, data governance, risk management and policy to support strategic initiatives.

Veda has received numerous awards for her contribution towards secure technology innovation and maintains a passionate commitment to continuously support women and minorities in STEM/STEAM. Because of her personal testimony of overcoming adversity, from humble beginnings growing up in one of the most volatile inner cities of Chicago, and navigating non-inclusive environments throughout her career, Ms. Woods’ purpose is to pave it forward by doing what she deeply understands as being her personal life’s work. It is her desire to provide a positive social impact, in support of humanitarian organizations, by applying her expertise towards protecting those without a voice from the global violence of cyberspace.

Vernecia Gofffney

Board Member

Vernecia Goffney has nearly ten years of professional experience in the field of Information Security.  She recently held a position as a Senior Threat Intelligence Support Coordinator at Louisiana-based public utility, Entergy Corporation.  In this role Vernecia was responsible for processing cyber and physical threat intelligence to determine potential threats and impacts and implementation of mitigation to defend Entergy’s enterprise.

Vernecia worked in various industries including government, financial services, retail, and electric utility. This includes a diverse background in Information Security, with roles as an Information Assurance Analyst, Senior Vulnerability Management Analyst, Identity and Access Management Analyst, and more.  

She holds a Masters of Science degree in Systems Engineering from George Washington University and a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Besides Information Security, Vernecia enjoys spending time with her family and friends and traveling as much as possible.  

Renee Forney

Board Member

Anthony W. Reed

Board Member