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The West Michigan Cyber Security Consortium is a multi-jurisdictional and public/private partnership whose purpose is to enhance the prevention, protection, response, and recovery to cyber security threats, disruptions, and degradation to critical information technology functions.


The WMCSC was established in 2010 to serve professionals in cyber security, emergency management, law enforcement, and the broader communities inside the Department of Homeland Security’s Region 5 and Michigan’s Region 6. The first member meeting welcomed around 25 individuals from the Information Technologies Management Association (ITMA). Since then, the membership count experienced a steady rise, and at one point even exceeded 700 and spanned across more geographic areas. The WMCSC is led by a steering committee in charge of planning member meetings and activities, reviewing projects, and making budgetary decisions.


The WMCSC provides the following cybersecurity services to our communities

  • Determine key cyber security issues encountered by local, state and national entities

  • Provide educational opportunities related to the key cyber security issues

  • Develop guidelines and templates that can be utilized by any entity

  • Promote networking

  • Help members assess their cybersecurity preparedness, identify mitigation techniques,  and connect with resources

Steering Committee

Abraham Jones – Chair

Ashley DeGroff – Cyber Community Engagement
Rebecca Harvey – Cyber Community Engagement

Rowan Brooks – Community Training & Outreach

John DeRyke – General Community Engagement & Outreach

Katy Leedy – Marketing & Media Engagement

Sara Schmidt – Executive Advisory

Nikolai Gevorkyan – Committee Member

Tim Becker – Committee Member
Ed Bobola – Committee Member

Brian Kowalczk – Committee Member


Special thanks to our former Steering Committee members:

Barb Hiemstra - Founder

Faith Heikkila
Stacy Madden

Rose Johnson-King

Jim Kuiphof

Anthony Tuttle

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