The Team

1NTERRUPT was created to connect, share, and foster innovative communities. We have a passion for technology, design, and sharing what we love.

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Marc Blackmer

Marc Blackmer

Marc Blackmer is a technologist, blogger, speaker, and product marketing manager for Cisco Systems where his focus is on cyber security for critical infrastructure and the Internet of Things. His start in technology came in his 20s when he and a friend’s father built Marc’s first computer. After that, there was no turning back. He graduated from Burncoat High School and is the third generation to own his home in Worcester. Marc is a father, musician, photographer, traveller, and the founder of 1NTERRUPT.

@marcblackmer

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Jason Epstein

Epstein

Jason Epstein is an educator with over 20 years experience with educational technology.  Jason has worked in schools in California, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. Currently he is the Chief Information Officer for Worcester Academy in Worcester, MA.  Jason believes that students understanding the security side of technology is an essential skill they need to learn.  No more is it for just the “computer folks”, but kids need to understand why their devices do what they do.

@epstein27

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Dan Thiffault

Dan Thiffault

Dan Thiffault has over 10 years experience developing, architecting, an running large-scale web sites. He has built PCI compliant sites from the ground up while keeping 99.95% up times.  Dan is currently working as a software engineer with Cambridge-based BookBub.

@DanThiffault

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Michelle May

May

Michelle May is a graphic designer, artist, and founder of Cirque du Noir, a Worcester-based fund-raiser that celebrates Worcester’s creative culture. She is also the Manager of Design and Innovation at a Worcester staffing agency where she oversees projects their web presence, branding, and marketing.

@MichelleLMay

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Kiera Carman*

Kiera Carman

Kiera Carman is a freelancer, tech enthusiast, and avid learner-of-skills with an ever-expanding multitude of interest areas. Her passions include digital and physical security, wearable tech, systems administration, music, and audio production, cooking, tea, and circus arts.

@awildkiera

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Sean W. Farren

Sean Farren

Sean W. Farren has gained a wealth of IT experience working in the Commercial, Defense and Research sectors with over 30 years of experience. He is currently a Cyber Lead in MITRE Corporation‘s Cyber Threat Analysis Cell (CTAC), developing actionable Cyber Threat Intelligence, with a particular focus on threat actor infrastructure.  Prior to joining MITRE he spent 14 years at L-3 Communications, where he was a senior member of their Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), performing threat, malware and network analysis.

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Connor Quick*

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Connor Quick is a freshman at Wentworth Institute of Technology currently pursuing a Computer Science degree. Connor was captain of his high school’s CyberPatriot team, which took both 2nd and 1st place nationally. He hopes to become a pentester or security consultant, and is also the co-founder of Nzen Mods (http://nzenmods.com/) which is a small company currently developing a handheld retro game emulator.

@zer0w1re

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Alexander Commodore*

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Alexander Commodore is a sophomore at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technology School (Monty Tech), where he studies Information Technology and is a member of the school’s cyber STEM team.

Alexander is a CyberPatriot competitor and a participant of many capture-the-flag (CTF) competitions. He is also an MCJROTC cadet, a volunteer for the Monty Tech middle school cyber camps, and an intern for Mission First Consulting – a woman-owned defense contractor.

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Claudia Snell

Claudia Snell
Claudia Snell is Director of Web and Social Media at Nichols College in Dudley, Mass. In her role at Nichols, she manages the primary websites and social media; produces content; builds blogs and mini-sites; and mentors students, staff and faculty in the use of web technology. She began building websites in 1996 and has worked for companies such as WBZ-TV/CBS, (Worcester) Telegram & Gazette/The New York Times Company, Hanover Insurance, and The MathWorks. She studied graphic design and business communications at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass. In her spare time she enjoys film, music, reading, and photography.

@claudiasnell

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Richard Duncan

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Richard Duncan is an experienced educator and IT professional with over 25 years of experience as a technical troubleshooter and educator in STEM. He teaches at the high school and college level in subjects such as PC maintenance, Cisco networking, web design, and programming. Richard also specializes in coaching/mentoring students for cyber security, programming and robotics competitions as well as being the Lead Instructor for summer camps that engage middle and high school students in cyber security and STEM concepts.

Alexander Kushnirenko

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Alexander Kushnirenko graduated from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.  He received his PhD in Physics at Carnegie Mellon University, and worked at Fermilab in the field of Charmed Particles physics.  He returned to Russia where he worked in the local university at Protvino, and then started an IT company with former students.  Alexander is a strong supporter of Open Source Software and Hardware movements.
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* Becoming part of and contributing to the innovation community is a key tenet of 1NTERRUPT. Kiera (2014), Connor (2015), and Alexander Commodore (2015) first attended 1NTERRUPT as participants, and have since joined the team to donate their time, talent, and ideas back to the community.