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Jed Davis
Director, Recruiting

Jed is responsible for identifying game breaking talent and bringing them into the NetCraftsmen family.  He counts himself fortunate to have been recruiting network engineers since the ARPANET days.  Prior to NetCraftsmen, Jed has led recruiting organizations for several network and network security centric companies as well as IT search firms, most recently Carroll Technology.  He lives in Sykesville, MD with his wife and children.

Kimmy Empie
HR / Benefits Coordinator

An experienced administrative assistant with prior positions in healthcare and telecommunications offices, Kimmy is detail oriented and proactive in providing timely, efficient and accurate administrative support. She has strong organizational skills, has ability to maintain confidentiality and has working knowledge of Microsoft Office Packages.

Noel Mistichelli
Noel Mistichelli
Director, HR / Contracts & Treasurer
Noel Mistichelli

With more than two decades of experience in business operations, Noel is currently the Director, HR and Contracts and the Corporate Treasurer. Since the founding of Chesapeake NetCraftsmen, she has managed all aspects of business operations. In addition, Noel assists with contract negotiation, including maintaining and updating NetCraftsmen’s GSA schedule, and has also served on NetCraftsmen’s Board of Directors for four terms, two of which she served as Chairwoman of the Board.

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Nick Kelly

Cybersecurity Engineer, Cisco

Nick has over 20 years of experience in Security Operations and Security Sales. He is an avid student of cybersecurity and regularly engages with the Infosec community at events like BSides, RVASec, Derbycon and more. The son of an FBI forensics director, Nick holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and is one of Cisco’s Fire Jumper Elite members. When he’s not working, he writes cyberpunk and punches aliens on his Playstation.


Virgilio “BONG” dela Cruz Jr.

CCDP, CCNA V, CCNP, Cisco IPS Express Security for AM/EE
Field Solutions Architect, Tech Data

Virgilio “Bong” has sixteen years of professional experience in IT industry from academe, technical and customer support, pre-sales, post sales, project management, training and enablement. He has worked in Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as a member of the WAN and LAN Switching team. Bong now works for Tech Data as the Field Solutions Architect with a focus on Cisco Security and holds a few Cisco certifications including Fire Jumper Elite.


John Cavanaugh

CCIE #1066, CCDE #20070002, CCAr
Chief Technology Officer, Practice Lead Security Services, NetCraftsmen

John is our CTO and the practice lead for a talented team of consultants focused on designing and delivering scalable and secure infrastructure solutions to customers across multiple industry verticals and technologies. Previously he has held several positions including Executive Director/Chief Architect for Global Network Services at JPMorgan Chase. In that capacity, he led a team managing network architecture and services.  Prior to his role at JPMorgan Chase, John was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco working across a number of verticals including Higher Education, Finance, Retail, Government, and Health Care.

He is an expert in working with groups to identify business needs, and align technology strategies to enable business strategies, building in agility and scalability to allow for future changes. John is experienced in the architecture and design of highly available, secure, network infrastructure and data centers, and has worked on projects worldwide. He has worked in both the business and regulatory environments for the design and deployment of complex IT infrastructures.