Meet Our Team
Our team is a group of highly talented and certified cybersecurity and compliance experts that are ready to serve you.
Dan Nerada | Managing Director, Director of Client Success
Dan is responsible for managing all areas of Vala Secure including Operations, Administration, and all Client Services. Additionally, Dan oversees all internal staffing relations. He has a degree in Bank Management and numerous educational banking certificates. Dan has over 25 years commercial banking experience and over 12 years within the IT Audit/Security environment. Dan continues to enjoy working with all our clients to ensure they receive an exceptional level of service from our Vala Secure team.
Michelle Terry | Director of Sales and Marketing
Michelle serves as Director of Sales and Marketing for Vala Secure and graduated Cum Laude from the University of North Texas with a B.A. in Marketing. She has extensive sales and marketing experience in technology, banking, healthcare and multiple other industries. Michelle lives in the DFW area with her husband, two school age kids and golden doodle puppy.
James Webb | Director of Cybersecurity and Technology
James is the Director of cybersecurity and technology at Vala Secure. He has been in IT for over 20 years and holds a M.S. in Cybersecurity form the University of South Florida with a concentration in information assurance. James is retired Army (20 Years). Certificates maintained: PMP, CEH, CND, CASP+, CySA+, ITILv4, Security+, Network+, and Thycotic Secret Server.
Laura Varner | Director of Virtual Compliance Services
Laura serves as a Virtual Compliance Officer (VCO) for our clients, supervises and performs regulatory compliance audits for many of our clients and serves as exam liaison. Laura has 20+ years in bank compliance including compliance management, regulatory compliance auditing, training, board reporting and working with regulatory examiners. She is considered a subject matter expert in all areas of regulatory compliance and shares her knowledge at conferences and webinars. Laura graduated from East Texas State University (now Texas A & M Commerce) with a BA in Political Science. Laura received her CRCM certification in 1997, her CRP (charter member) certification in 2003, and her CAMS certification in 2015. Certifications held: CRCM, CRP, CAMS
Kristin Johnstone | Compliance Advisor
Kristin is responsible for performing regulatory compliance audits, including BSA. She enjoys assisting our VCO clients. Kristin attended Oklahoma State University and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Certifications held: CBAP
Shefieka Pace | Regulatory Compliance Consultant
Shefieka Pace serves as a Regulatory Compliance Consultant for Vala Secure. In her role she is responsible for performing audits for regulatory compliance including BSA. Shefieka attended Virginia State University studying Management Information Systems. She began her career in banking, primarily within mortgage operations, where she has over 18 years of experience. Shefieka loves spending time with her family and traveling.
Lance Bishop | Virtual Information Security Officer
Lance Bishop is a Virtual Information Security Officer at Vala Secure. His responsibilities include helping out with our VISO clients with Vendor Management and Data Compliance.
Dr David Jones | Cybersecurity Advisor
David is a Virtual Information Security Officer at Vala Secure. He has been in IT for over 20 years and holds a Doctoral Degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in computers and information security. David previously worked for the Department of Defense (DoD) as a Network Engineer and is Retired Army (21 years). Certifications held: CASP+, Security+, Network+, A+
Carendylyn Watson | Information Governance Analyst
Carendylyn Watson serves as an Information Governance Analyst for Vala Secure and manages the vendor management process for clients and supports the team by managing administrative tasks. Carendylyn holds a B.A. from Spelman College and has a background in commercial insurance and risk management. Carendylyn is married with three children and enjoys reading, running, and entertaining family and friends.
Andrew Trainum | Cybersecurity Advisor
Andrew (Drew) Trainum is a Cybersecurity Advisor and an integral part of the Cybersecurity and Technology Team at Vala Secure. Drew has been in IT for nearly 20 years. He is currently attending WGU in the Cybersecurity program. When not at work you can find Drew ranching, fishing, rebuilding old cars, and hanging out with the family.
Marnie Scutchfield | Controller
Marnie serves as the Controller for Vala Secure and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She brings 20+ years of accounting experience across a variety of industries. Marnie serves on our Leadership team with a focus to inform and educate on our financial data so we can best achieve our goals. She also supports our C-level executives as well as HR, Sales & Marketing. Marnie is married with 2 kids and loves to travel. Currently studying for certifications in: QBO ProAdvisor and MOS:Excel Expert
Patrick Tyler | Cybersecurity and Compliance Sales Representative
Patrick is the Cybersecurity & Compliance Sales Representative for Vala Secure. He holds a B.S. in Cybersecurity from ECPI University with years of knowledge and expertise in the IT field. He helps our clients succeed with determining where they currently stand in terms of their cybersecurity posture/compliance standards by working with them to implement our services to help build a road map. Patrick is a Marine Corps Veteran. Certifications held: Security + and CEH