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The current FITSI Item-Writing Committee members are listed below.

Faraz Alam - FITSP-D-NG, FITSP-O-NG, CASP, Security+ and CAP

Faraz Alam

Faraz is a Security Project Manager.  He has held jobs in the following areas: as a service desk analyst, helpdesk technician, technical consultant, network support and over the past 10+ years he has been a cybersecurity & privacy compliance practitioner. Recently he assisted in developing & implementing a FedRAMP authorized service which required FedRAMP Authorization and Accreditation (A&A). In this capacity he created system boundary templates, a roles & responsibilities matrix, risk management process, and project schedule among other FedRAMP security deliverables. Faraz worked with the client's senior management to train IT staff implement NIST 800-53R4 controls.


Joey Longworth - FITSP-M, CISSP, CAP

Joey Longworth

Joey Longworth is the Enterprise Assessment Services (EAS) Lead for NASA. EAS provides third-party assessments for FISMA compliance. Joey's previous experience includes 2 years as Information Systems Security Manager for U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa, 4 years as a Security Control Assessor contractor for DHS, 7 years as Information Systems Security Officer, Information Systems Security Engineer, and Security Control Assessor contractor for the Department of Defense, and 10 years as an Information Systems Technician in the Navy.

Joey holds a Bachelor's in Information Networking and Technology and a Master's in Information Assurance Management from Fort Hays State University and a Master's of Business Administration from the University of Maryland University Campus. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Cybersecurity Leadership at Capitol Technology University. He is a member of the ACT-IAC Voyagers 2023 class.


K. Yvonne Lucas - CISSP, CISA, CDPSE, PMP and PgMP

Karen Goolishian

K. Yvonne Lucas is the Vice President of FedRAMP Product, Strategy and Architecture for Equifax, a leading global data, analytics and decision management technology company. In this role she is responsible for the secure architecture, product development and exec strategy of secure government governance cloud products (a portfolio with annual earnings well over $75M).

Over Karen’s 30+ year career she has led multiple strategic federal product and/or services initiatives in Secure Systems Engineering, Federal Product Delivery Management, and Cybersecurity Assessment, Independent Verification and Validation, and Business Transformation. She has held pivotal roles at Deloitte, BAE Systems, Cisco, Cable & Wireless and many other large and small domestic and international companies. Karen has also mentored many women in cybersecurity who now hold key roles in quality audit, cybersecurity assessment, secure product development and C-Level/ownership in WOSBs. Karen has been an item writer for PMI, ISACA and ISC2 for each credential that she holds. Karen is the former owner of two WOSBs (KAINOS and The Agape Group) and is a well respected and go-to SME called upon to bring Federal and Federal provider products, services, and initiatives through to the goal.

Karen is an Alumna of Howard University and holds her PMP, PgMP, CISA, CDPSE, and CISSP certifications as well as a BA, MA, and MBA. In true Bison fashion she strives to ensure a life of service and as such maintains lifetime membership in the Girl Scouts where she has been a Troop Leader and has sponsored cybersecurity and girl empowerment campaigns for minority youth. Karen is also a former DCPS high school basketball coach; a former USATF track and field coach; and a former elected Commissioner in Washington D.C. (ANC 8C01). Karen now calls Ocala, Florida home but is never far from her roots in the Greater Washington DC Metropolitan Area.


Tamarcus Person - CISSP, CDPSE, FITSP-M, FITSP-A-NG, ITILv3, TCNA, C)ISSO, ISCAP, Microsoft Azure Fundamentals

Tamarcus Person

Tamarcus Person currently serves as a Cyber Security Senior Manager for General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) supporting State & Local government Healthcare Programs. He has over 22+ years of work experience in the Information Technology (IT) and Cybersecurity fields. His primary job duties include managing of 13+ Cyber Engineers & Analysts, coordinating with customers/clients to ensure policy requirements are met for their cloud-based and/or on-premise solutions, development & enforcement of policy(ies)/procedures/processes, ensuring operational security, supporting IT/Financial audits, supporting physical security, supporting personnel security, supporting configuration management, supporting acquisitions management, technical writing, supporting patch management, supporting flaw remediation, conducting security assessments, and performing market analysis/research for Commercial-of-the-Shelf (COTS)/vendor solutions. His past roles included serving as a Cloud Service Provider (CSP) Internal Information System Security Officer (ISSO) under Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), DHS/FEMA-appointed Alternate ISSO as well as Project Lead/Subject Matter Expert for countless Federal clients/contracts such as DHS, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Justice (DoJ), Department of Defense (DoD), Department of State (DoS), Department of Administration (DoA), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He was born in Weldon, North Carolina and later moved to Washington, D.C. before settling in District Heights, Maryland. During this time frame, Mr. Person has volunteered under several programs and mentored a quite extensive list of successful counterparts. Additionally, Mr. Person served in the military as an Intelligence Specialist in the United States Navy.


Terrel Williams - FITSP-M, CISSP, PMP, CEH, CCNA Security, Security +, ECSA, ITIL

Terrel Williams

Terrel Williams currently serves as a Cybersecurity Service Provider for the Department of Defense in the Intelligence Community. He has over 35+ years of experience in Information Technology and Information Assurance. During his 28-year military career he served in various IT Operations and Security roles leading major efforts both nationally and abroad. After military retirement, he assumed a project manager position leading system control and computer network defense watch officers for the United States Cyber Command before accepting a civil service position with the Defense Information Systems Agency. Since then, he has served at numerous other agencies performing both offensive and defensive cyber operations.