Our Team


Our team is a group of highly talented and certified cybersecurity and compliance experts that are ready to serve you.

Highlight over each of them to understand a little more about each of them.

Brad Garland

CEO, Owner

Brad is responsible for defining vision, culture, business execution and development for Vala Secure. Brad built this business on the premise that information security is foundational to every organization’s well being and helps to demystify and guide our clients through the rough cybersecurity waters. He brings 20 years of experience on security and compliance across multiple industries. He graduated from The University of North Texas with a B.A. in Communications and a minor in Computer Science. Brad is married with three daughters and loves soccer, golf and travel experiences.

Heath Stanley

Chief of Staff - Virtual Advisory Services Director

Heath has been with Vala Secure since 2006 helping clients with cybersecurity, IT audits, vendor management, business continuity planning, end user training and risk assessments. Heath graduated Cum Laude from Texas Tech University with a Bachelors of Finance. He serves on the Vala Secure leadership team to strategically deliver solutions and services to clients. Heath is well-versed in and passionate about identifying exactly what clients need and creating secure environments -- not just compliant ones. Certifications held: CISSP, CISA, C|CISO, CRVPM

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

Dan Nerada

Director of Client Success

Dan is responsible for managing all Operations for Vala Secure including scheduling, reporting, logistics, limited accounting and HR. He has a degree in Bank Management and numerous AIB and BAI certifications along with over 25 years of commercial banking experience. He also serves on the Vala Secure leadership team helping develop strategies to deliver outstanding results to clients and prospects.

James Webb

Cybersecurity Advisor

James' bio coming soon.

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.

Gerardo Guerrero

Cybersecurity Advisor

Gerardo is a former banker in the IT field. His responsibilities include conducting Technology Audits and Security Tests for our clients. He's been a great addition to this growing team! Gerardo holds numerous certifications in IT Security and Network administration.

Lance Bishop

Data Governance Analyst

Lance is the newest member of Vala Secure. His responsibilities include helping out with our Virtual Information Security Officer clients with Vendor Management and Data Compliance!

Marnie Scutchfield

Staff Accountant & Executive Admin

Marnie is responsible for all things accounting for Vala Secure. She's been in the accounting world for over 20 years and work for many type of businesses. She also assists in the sales and marketing administration as needed.

Connor White

Security Analyst

Connor is our newest member of the Vala Secure team and assists with security testing as well as VISO clients. Connor holds the Comp TIA Security + certification.

David Jones

Cybersecurity Advisor

David's bio coming soon.

Join Our Team

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