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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 went on to earn a degree with honors in Computer Science from the University of Maryland and manage large scale federal government software engineering and cybersecurity programs nationwide for nearly a decade prior to founding Netizen. He holds PMP, CISSP, and other industry certifications.

Eddie Benjamin, CISSP, CAP, CCSP

Eddie Benjamin, CISSP, CAP, CCSP

Chief Operating Officer

Eddie is a Marine Corps veteran with over 21 years of service who deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He has a master’s degree in Information Technology with an emphasis in Project Management and retired at the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 3 with the II Marine Expeditionary Force, G6 command staff. At Netizen he oversees all nationwide operations, contracts, and projects.

Austin Flannery, MBA, CISM

Austin Flannery, MBA, CISM

Chief Information Security Officer

Austin manages Netizen's information security and compliance programs. He also oversees FISMA, NIST RMF, and cybersecurity validation, assessment, and monitoring projects 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, and Defense Health Agency (DHA) Validator.


Doug Ross

Doug Ross

Director of Business Development

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.

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), contracting, and business administration activities.

Tara Ellis

Tara Ellis

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.


Jonathan Berns, CISA

Jonathan Berns, CISA

Director of Software Engineering

Jonathan has 20 years of cybersecurity experience and a diverse background in software development, systems/database administration, and process control engineering. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Network Security and is a Certified Information System Auditor (CISA) and SAFe Agilist. At Netizen, he oversees all development for our product offerings.

Jeffrey Ketts, CISSP-ISSEP

Jeffrey Ketts, CISSP-ISSEP

Cybersecurity Engineering Team Lead

Jeff has over 18 years experience supporting Modeling & Simulation and Cybersecurity operations for the Department of Defense. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from California State University and holds CISSP and CISSP-ISSEP certifications. At Netizen, he oversees the Orlando-based ISSE team.

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.


Marta Torres

Marta Torres

Accounting Manager

Marta is an experienced financial management professional with a background in bookkeeping, receivables, payables, payroll, and accounting practices. At Netizen, she manages all accounting functions, performs financial reporting, and maintains compliance with government programs such as DCAA and federal contract requirements.

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