Welcome to the March 2018 edition of the Region 18 CommuniGram! Big changes continue for AITP. For details, see below. With winter finally waning, our chapters are beginning to plan more events, meetings, and panels for the new year.

Region 18 News

Region 18 President’s Message – 03-04-18

I’m excited about the positive changes occurring due to our merger with CompTIA. I ask everyone to make sure and visit AITP.org and review the new benefits provided by CompTIA. Also, don’t forget to sign up for their SmartBriefs – they’re excellent.

Region 18 needs to define our goals for 2018 and what we are going to provide to our member Chapters. CompTIA is no longer formerly supporting Regions. We haven’t been asked to complete Affiliation Agreements. This means we can no longer use CompTIA and/or AITP in our name. This was discussed at our last RD meeting on 02/22/18. We will have to come up with a new name. We can continue to support our member chapters and use our Region funds for the benefit of our member chapters. We’ll continue to meet using the same structure and procedures we’ve followed for years.

We’re currently planning on having a Region Leadership Retreat for member chapters the first weekend in November. That’s the weekend of November 2-4, 2018, at Pipestem State Park Resort in Pipestem, WV.  If you’d like to serve on the project committee, please contact myself or Carolyn Walters.

Our previous Region 18 BOD teleconference meeting was held on Thursday, 02/22/18 at 7:00 PM. Our next Region 18 teleconference meeting is scheduled for the 4th Thursday in March, the 22nd of the month. Our Region 18 Board of Directors meetings are normally on the fourth (4th) Thursday evening of every month. The meetings are usually held via teleconference. If you’d like to participate in future RD meetings, please contact your RD for the dial in numbers or any of your Region Officers. If you’re not an Officer or RD, please contact Mary Jane Scruggs at “mjscruggs@att.net” and let her know you’ll be attending so you can be added to the roll call.

Our Region 18 Mission:

  • Providing professional and leadership development for the IT professionals and students attending.
  • Creating opportunities to network with other IT Professionals and students.
  • Staying on the forefront of information technology through

Your 2018 Region 18 Officers are:

  • President – Brad Moses – Research Triangle Chapter
  • Vice President – Carolyn Walters – Tarheel Chapter
  • Treasurer – Nick Regopoulos – Akron-Canton Chapter
  • Secretary – Mary Jane Scruggs – Northeast Ohio Chapter
  • Immediate Past-President – Harvey Schoenman – Pittsburgh Chapter

Jen Addair, addair.jen@gmail.com, is our CommuniGram editor. Please keep her updated on your Professional and Student Chapter activities so they can be included in the next CommuniGram, which she normally publishes during the first week of each month. Please submit your updates/articles to Jen NLT than the end of the last week in the current month.

I’m proud to have the opportunity to be your Region 18 President. We have a dedicated team of Region Officers and RDs to help your Region deliver value to members – but, we can’t do it alone.  We need your help also. So, please step up to the plate and volunteer a few hours of your time and talent to your Region and/or Chapter.

Thank you and let’s have a great 2018.

Brad Moses
Region 18 President
mobile# 919-395-7926

News from CompTIA/AITP

The following news items were provided by Executive Council member, David Fish.

  • Chapter Challenge Campaign – This is a national contest among chapters to recruit new members. The contest is from 3/1 – 7/31. Prizes are based on percentage growth of membership as well as total growth . Chapters have to enroll at http://www.mylanderpages.com/CompTIA/AITP-Chapter-Challenge in order to participate. First prize is $4000 toward a hosted event and $1000 toward a STEM charity donation. National will provide marketing support and new member recruitment materials. More information is located at the enrollment link.
  • National membership has grown from 3165 to 6647. New CompTIA certification holders will be invited to join for first year at $79.
  • TechTalent and Lynda.com continue to be used at good levels
  • New Marketing Materials to be provided – Business Card forms for chapter BOD members
  • Chapters who have signed their affiliation agreement will receive a framed charter document.
  • Other Marketing Materials:
    • Member Onboarding Guide
    • Chapter Welcome Template
    • Member cards – Like an ID
    • Monthly Newsletter
    • Chapter Handbook
  • Ambassador program underway. Brad Moses is our region’s ambassador. Charlotte is the first target chapter.
  • CompTIA/AITP is getting involved with the Technology Student Association. This is a Middle School / High School organization. AITP professionals have been asked to attend state and national TSA events in order to support this organization, and act as judges. This is an organization that supports future IT Professionals; one of the goals of AITP. Below is a list of their upcoming events:
STATE 2018
Alabama April 17-18, 2018 Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex

Birmingham, AL

Arizona TBD www.arizonatsa.org
Arkansas March 27, 2018 Arch Ford Education Cooperative

Plummerville, AR

California TBD CSU Bakersfield www.californiatsa.org/
Colorado February 22-24, 2018 Marriott Denver Tech Center

Denver, CO

Connecticut April 28, 2018 Conard High School

West Hartford, CT

Delaware April 25-26, 2018 State Fairgrounds, Harrington


Florida February 28-March 3, 2018 DoubleTree by Hilton

Orando, FL

Georgia March 15-17, 2018 The Classic Center

Athens, GA

Idaho March 8-10, 2018 The College of Southern Idaho

Twin Falls, ID

Illinois February 8-9, 2018 The Chateau Hotel & Conference Center

Bloomington, IL

Indiana March 9, 2018 Indiana State University

Terre Haute, IN

Iowa April 9-10, 2018 Adventureland Resort

Altoona, IA

Kansas March 28-30, 2018 Webster Conference Center

Salina, KS

Kentucky April 23-25, 2018 Crowne Plaza Hotel

Louisville, KY

Louisiana TBD TBD


Maryland April 7, 2018 North County High School

Glen Burnie, MD

Mississippi March 27-29, 2018 BanCorp South Arena

Tupelo, MS

Missouri April 22-24, 2018 Missouri University of Science & Technology

Rolla, MO

Montana April 9-10, 2018 Montana Pavilion, Metra Park

Billings, MT

New Hampshire March 22-23, 2018 Attitash Grand Summit

Bartlett, NH

New Jersey March 28, 2018




April 14, 2018

Middle School State Conference – The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ


High School State Conference – The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ

New Mexico March 23-24, 2018 Los Lunas High School

Los Lunas, NM

New York TBD SUNY, Oswego, NY  nystsa.org
North Carolina April 21-24, 2018  Koury Convention Center

Greensboro, NC

North Dakota March 19-20, 2018 Baymont Inn and Conference Center

Mandan ND

Ohio March 17, 2018 D Russell Lee CTC

Hamilton, OH

Oklahoma April 11-13, 2018 Embassy Suites

Norman, OK

Oregon March 1, 2018

April 26, 2018

BMCC Workforce Training Center

Boardman, OR

Pennsylvania April 18-21, 2018 Seven Springs Resort
Seven Springs, PA
Rhode Island TBD TBD
South Carolina March 23-25, 2018 Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort

Myrtle Beach, SC

Tennessee April 11-14, 2018 Chattanooga Convention Center

Chattanooga, TN

Texas April 15-17, 2018 Fort Worth Convention Center

Fort Worth, TX

Utah March 13-15, 2018 Davis Applied Technology College

Kaysville, UT

Virginia May 4-6, 2018 Hampton Roads Convention Center

Hampton VA

Washington March 22-24, 2018 DoubleTree Seatac Hotel

Seattle, WA

West Virginia March 21, 2018 Cedar Lakes Conference Center

Ripley, WV




Chapter News

Akron Chapter

On March 15th, the Akron chapter will hold their first meeting of the new year. Join them as Andy Halko presents on Futurist Trends in Business. Networking and Food start at 6PM with the presentation beginning at 6:30 PM. The chapter will meet at the Bit Factory at the Bounce Hub building, 526 S Main St in Akron.

The Impact of Future Trends in Business
Technologies in the next 30 years and their impact on business. From autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence to big data and biotechnology, anyone in business should be aware of the drastic economic and societal changes coming in the next 5, 10 and 25 years. We aren’t talking about science fiction, but technologies currently on the rise that will change the way every single one of us works. Hear about interesting tech trends rapidly approaching and understand how they will impact your organization to begin future-proofing your business or career.

Andy hails from the foothills of Pennsylvania but moved to Cleveland from Pittsburgh to receive a business degree from John Carroll University. Andy has a diverse background that started with teaching himself how to write code and design in college, then founding a digital marketing agency at the age of 22. A passion for technology and marketing along with an obsession with vision development, strategic planning, behavioral psychology, science and bleeding-edge futurism give Andy a unique insight not just for clients but the audiences he has the opportunities to present to. As the owner of Insivia for 15 years, he has helped hundreds of companies develop smart strategies and execute powerful digital marketing.

Please RSVP at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-impact-of-futurist-trends-of-business-tickets-43234646993

We hope to see you there!

Greater Wheeling Chapter

In February, the Greater Wheeling Chapter held a Demonstration of Forensic & Cyber Security Techniques.

The presenter for the evening was Ginger Haring of the West Virginia State Police / Digital Forensic Unit. Ms. Haring graduated from Belmont College in 2013 with degrees in Network Administration and Cyber Security/Computer Forensics. Ginger was employed by the Bethesda Police Department as a member of the Sexual Predator Internet Initiative Task Force (SPII) from 2011 to 2013.

She is currently employed by the West Virginia State Police as a Digital Forensic Analyst. She has been with the State Police since August, 2013 as part of the Crimes Against Children Unit and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in Morgantown, WV.

Ginger is also a member of The International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS) and High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA). Ginger has attended numerous trainings with the National White Collar Crimes Center (NW3C) and the National Computer Forensics Institute (NCFI).

NEO Chapter

On March 22nd from 3pm to 8pm, the NEO Chapter will be joining its student chapter at Kent State University Ashtabula for a fun Game Night! Play competitively in tournaments or play for fun on a selection of console games. There will be big prizes for the winning tournament players. Tournament Registration. Hope to see you there!

RTP Chapter


On March 8th, the RTP Chapter will hold its monthly meeting. The topic of the evening will be Women In Blockchain. Pioneering innovation with blockchain, RTP tech leaders share insight and their own experiences with startups, legal challenges, and global opportunities in the early gold rush days of this sector. Unique perspectives, quality networking, and a rapidly growing AITP chapter, this is a must attend event.

Amy Kemp, Founder and Executive Director, ModelCommunities.org, Moderator
Kelly Spaulding, Founder of NC Funder
Katelin Kennedy, Co-Founder & Startup Attorney at Fallone SV
Sandra K Johnson, Ph.D. former CTO of IBM East & West Africa and Founder/CEO of SKJ Visioneering

The meeting will be held at NC State University Club, 4200 Hillsborough St, Raleigh NC (near the I 440 Hillsborough Street exit) beginning at 5:30pm.

Chapter Leaders, Members, and Students, do you have a news item or article that you would like to see included in the next CommuniGram? Drop me a line! Region Members would love to hear about what your chapter is up to!

Do you have new members? Make sure to have them visit our Region’s Website and sign up for the CommuniGram. New members are no longer added automatically.

Thank you!

Jen Addair, Editor