Faculty

Gary Sparks

Gary Sparks

Cybersecurity Program Director, Metropolitan Community College

Gary Sparks is a full-time professor  and the Cybersecurity Program Director at Metropolitan Community College, part-time professor at Bellevue University and a retired Chief Master Sergeant (CMSgt) from the US Air Force and Air National Guard. He has 35 plus years experience in security and computer technology operations and management. As the Chief of Security for an Intelligence squadron, he managed all security programs and advised the commander on processes, policy and procedures for physical, information, operations, transmission, technical and communications security. He additionally was a master instructor for the US Air Force.

Serving in the Neb Air National Guard, he worked as a crew member, team leader and superintendent of communications. He also served and the State Human Resource Advisor and designed professional development for both officer and enlisted corps, advised the Adjutant General on diversity and climate. His academic skills were used Feb 14 when he was deployed to the Czech Republic to train 21 NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) nations on configuration management and change management with a security emphasis. He also served as the superintendent of personnel at the Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ) before retiring.

Gary holds two AS (Associate of Science) degrees from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) in Instructor of Military Science and Technology and Security and Law Enforcement Administration. He also holds a BS (Bachelor of Science) and MS (Master of Science) in Management of Information Systems (MIS) with a focus on INFOSEC (Information Security) from Bellevue University.

Guillermo Rosas

Guillermo Rosas

Faculty, Metropolitan Community College

Guillermo J. Rosas is a full-time faculty member in the Business and Information Technology Department at Metropolitan Community College (MCC). He has over 18 years of experience in the field of Information Technology. Prior to joining MCC’s faculty, Guillermo worked as a Network Defense technician at the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Network Operations Center at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Nebraska.

Guillermo holds a BS in Information Systems from Bellevue University, and a MBA from Bellevue University. His professional certifications include: A+, Security+, Network+, Linux+, Certified Ethical Hacker, and Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP).

Mike Miller

Mike Miller

Faculty, Metropolitan Community College

Mike Miller is a full-time faculty member in the Business and Information Technology Department at Metropolitan Community College.  He has been working in the Information Technology field for over 20 years and has diverse experience within the field.  Mike is retired Air Force and during his time in the military he served as Network Manager, Helpdesk Manger, Software Project Manager, Database Developer, and Web Designer/Maintainer.  Prior to joining the MCC staff, Mike held Information Technology positions at Papillion-LaVista Community Schools and the College of St. Mary.

Mike holds three AS degrees from the Community College of the Air Force in Health Services Management, Human Resources Management, and Computer Science.  He also holds a BS in Management of Information Systems from Bellevue University and a MS in Management of Information Systems with an emphasis on Information Security from Bellevue University.  His professional certifications include CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, and Microsoft MCSA.  Mike is also a Cisco Networking Academy Certified Instructor.

Jamie Bridgham

Jamie Bridgham

Faculty, Metropolitan Community College

Jamie Bridgham has worked closely with Sparks on CAE alignment of MCC’s cyber curriculum. A graduate of Bellevue’s Masters of Cyber Security, our CAE partner, Bridgham is a member of the Cyber Security faculty team. Bridgham built the first virtual curriculum lab for the support of the MCCINFO curriculum and held workshops at national conferences on methods to build and support the lab. She currently specializes in the installation, configuration, hardening and monitoring of workstations and servers in a secure environment. She helps plan, configure and manage a Virtual Network Lab to support online delivery and is proficient with software for virtualization, monitoring, assessment, system repair and recovery. She was a key member of the team that built MCC first Academic Data Center which will be used as the core for the Cyber Range. She was an early adopter of an electronic tool for curriculum design, which enables curriculum alignment to standards and competencies (Worldwide Instructional Design System/WIDS). This tool is being used to develop the model cyber course packages that will be shared through this project. Bridgham has been instrumental in piloting similar innovative, collaborative instructional approaches focused on technology training, particularly initiatives for underrepresented populations. Bridgham was also a key collaborator in the Midwest Consortium for Information Technology. Currently, Jamie Bridgham teaches a range of IT courses and workshops, including Introduction to IT, Networking Capstone, and Building a Secure Environment.

Olivia Waller

Olivia Waller

Adjunct Faculty, Metropolitan Community College

Olivia Waller is a Senior Systems Engineer at the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Nebraska. Olivia has over 15 years of information technology implementation experience in a government and military environment. Ms. Waller specializes in client and server solutions in a Microsoft environment with systems built to Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) specifications.