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Michael W. Hawkins, PMP, CISSP

Michael W. Hawkins, PMP, CISSP

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Named one of the U.S. Army's "most proficient and capable leaders" during his military service, Michael also earned a degree with honors in Computer Science from the University of Maryland and managed large scale federal government software engineering and cybersecurity programs at executive levels for nearly a decade prior to founding Netizen. He holds PMP, CISSP, and other certifications.

Akhil Handa, CISSP, CISM, C|CISO

Akhil Handa, CISSP, CISM, C|CISO

Chief Operating Officer

Akhil is a highly experienced operations and cybersecurity executive with years of experience leading high-growth, dynamic companies in the federal government and defense markets. He has a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and holds CISSP, CISM, and C|CISO certifications. At Netizen, he oversees strategic initiatives and leads operations in the Washington D.C. Metro area and nationwide.

Doug Ross, MBA

Doug Ross, MBA

Chief Strategy Officer

Doug is a veteran who served for 21 years in the National Guard, including a deployment to Afghanistan. He holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Embry Riddle and an MBA from The Citadel. Doug was previously President of SPARC, LLC where he won more than $1 Billion in federal contracts prior to its sale to Booz Allen. He manages Netizen's strategic business development for key markets.


Austin Flannery, MBA, CISM

Austin Flannery, MBA, CISM

Chief Information Security Officer

Austin manages Netizen's information security and compliance efforts. He also oversees FISMA, NIST RMF, CMMC, and cybersecurity validation, assessment, and monitoring programs for customers worldwide. He has a Bachelor's degree in Cybersecurity, a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), a CISM certification, and is a certified Navy, DISA, USMC, and Defense Health Agency (DHA) Validator.

Brian Keating, PMP, CFP

Brian Keating, PMP, CFP

Director of Finance

Brian is an accomplished financial executive with a diverse skillset and extensive experience in the founding, funding, growing, selling, and management of companies of all types. At Netizen, he is responsible for all corporate accounting and finance operations. He has a degree from Bryant University and holds Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and PMP certifications.

Emily Dietrich Witmer, JD

Emily Dietrich Witmer, JD

Director of HR and Legal Affairs

Emily holds a Juris Doctorate (JD) from Villanova University School of Law and has been admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar since 2001 as a licensed Attorney. She also holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Penn State University and is experienced in contract, employment and business law. At Netizen she manages Human Resources (HR), legal affairs, and business administration activities.


Tara Ellis, APMP

Tara Ellis, APMP

Lead Proposal Manager

Tara has a decade of proposal management experience which includes procurement support for large commercial and government entities. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from Clemson University and industry certification from APMP. At Netizen, Tara oversees the bid and proposal process for all defense and government opportunities nationwide.

Alex Greenzweig, Net+, Sec+

Alex Greenzweig, Net+, Sec+

SOC Lead / Solutions Engineer

Alex manages Netizen's Security Operations Center (SOC) and performs solutions engineering for potential and current customers. He also conducts and leads penetration testing and other cybersecurity services. He holds a Bachelors's Degree in Cybersecurity from East Stroudsburg University and is CompTIA Network+ & Security+ certified.

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