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Cybersecurity Defense Faculty and Accreditation

Online and Hybrid Master's Degree

Faculty and Accreditation

In the Masters in Cybersecurity Defense program, you’ll be engaged by faculty who are leading practitioners of the profession. New England Tech brings together top specialists from the public sector, from industry, and from academia.

Cybersecurity Defense Faculty

Timothy Henry, Ph.D., PMP, Program Chair

Tim has a deep background in IT research, teaching, industry, and military service. He has a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Rhode Island, a master's degree in Computer Science from Old Dominion University, and a BS in Mathematics from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. 

Tim served as operations officer on a buoy tender out of Portsmouth, Virginia and was the Information Resources Manager at the Coast Guard's training center in Yorktown, VA before becoming a professor of mathematics and computer science at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. 

Following his Coast Guard service, Tim devoted his attention to 'bleeding-edge' technology in a research and development environment.  These projects involved cellular phones, GPS, interactive 3D visualization projects and touch screen technologies as components of larger integrated systems at a time when those technologies were just coming into the marketplace.

For the next decade, he continued to work as a project manager on large corporate- or state-wide information systems. During that time, he obtained his Project Management Professional certification.

For the last fifteen years, he has been in the university setting, first at the University of Rhode Island and now at NEIT.  During this time, he was able to perform research on 3D techniques for rapid texture mapping from compressed images and to lend his experience to the design of few interactive 3D projects. He has developed and taught courses in several areas including gaming, software engineering, operating systems, digital forensics, and cybersecurity.

Joseph Collins, MS

Joe has a Masters degree in Information Systems from Northeastern University and a BS in Management Information Systems from the University of Rhode Island.

For the past 27 years, Joe has held a number of positions within the information technology field. Joe started out in application development where he has supported and eventually managed the development of business applications at AMICA, SunLife of Canada and MetLife.

The second phase of Joe’s career found him in the Database Administration organization at MetLife. While there he held roles in database administration, project management and lead the development of a database security team.

In the latest phase, Joe is a member of Citizens Bank Internal Audit Department where he leads the Internal Audit Infrastructure and Information Security team.

During this time Joe has earned several certifications which compliment his IT experience. Joe has obtained the following certifications:

  • Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  • Certified information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)

Additionally for the past 17 years Joe has been an adjunct faculty member at NEIT. Joe has developed and taught courses at all degree levels within the Information Technology curriculum.

Colonel Roland "Mike" Tetreault, M.B.A.

Colonel Roland "Mike" Tetreault began his military and educational careers at the University of Rhode Island in 1988 transferring to Bryant College and the Providence College ROTC Program in 1989 where he was commissioned through the Army ROTC in 1990.  After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Computer Information Systems for Bryant College, he attended the Signal Officer Basic Course at Fort Gordon, Georgia. Upon completion for his Signal Office basic course he joined the Rhode Island National Guard as a traditional guardsman and was employed full time by The Travelers insurance company in Hartford, CT. He began employment at The Travelers as a COBOL programmer and transitioned to client-server and network-based applications primarily on IBM hardware platforms until 1994 when he took on employment with the Citizens Financial group, East Providence, RI as a COBOL programmer and then an onsite client-server technical support representative.

In 1996, he left Citizens Financial to begin employment at American Power Conversion in West Kingston, RI as a Unix and SQL conversion program developer for the company’s migration from a legacy AS-400 mini-computing platform to Oracle ERP and Database systems running on HP-UX. He was then promoted to ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) technical team lead for all Oracle Financial applications and then the team lead for all custom development and EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) interfaces to the Oracle ERP system.

In 2002, he left APC to begin full time employment as a federal employee in the RI National Guard as the Data Processing Installation Chief for the U.S. Property and Fiscal Office Rhode Island.

In 2004, he deployed to Baghdad Iraq as the Brigade S6, Signal Officer for the 103rd Field Artillery Brigade overseeing communications and computing for the Base Defense Operations Center of Victory Base, Baghdad Iraq in support of the 1st Cavalry Division.  In early 2005, he was re-missioned to Mosul, Iraq in support of Multi-National Forces (MNF) Northwest assigned to the 11th Armored Cavalry to perform duties as the Division’s Signal Officer directly supporting all combat operations in MNF Northwest.

In 2006, upon redeploying from Iraq, he was assigned as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Information Management Directorate, G6/CIO, where he serves today directing all communications, telecommunications, computer system and data center operations including leading a defensive cyber operations team for the RI National Guard. 

In 2008, Mike received his Master of Business Administration in Information Technology Management from Touro University and in 2011, he received a Master of Science in Government Information Leadership from the National Defense University in Washington DC.  In 2014, he graduated from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle PA with a Master of Strategic Studies. 

Mike is a certified Department of Defense Chief Information Officer, Chief Information Security Officer, Cyber Leader, Government Strategic Leader and Enterprise Architect. He is also a Committee on National Security Systems Certified Information Security Professional, System Certifier, Risk Analyst and Senior System Manager and is the local approving authority for all connections to the DoD Global Information Network at all classification levels.

Henry “Hank” Johnson, MBA, Ed.D., Assistant Professor


Henry “Hank” Johnson, is Assistant Professor of Manage‚Äčment at NEIT. His work in public health includes working for 8 years 

primarily with clients living in poverty and suffering from addiction and mental health issues. In his role of Life Skills Instructor at the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, he helped teach unemployed and low-income residents about career readiness, self-advocacy, and social equity. As a result of his efforts, hundreds of his clients have successful careers.

Hank was previously the Executive Director of Education in Action, a non-profit organization based in Providence, Rhode Island, whose mission is to provide hands-on learning opportunities that educate and inspire youth to achieve real-world success. He developed community partnerships with The Providence Transition Academy and The Providence Autism School to Tomorrow Academy, and coordinated several city-wide after-school programs in Cranston, Central Falls, Pawtucket, and West Warwick.

Hank is passionate about fostering sustainable communities, serves on the board of directors of the Rhode Island Career Development Association, and is a member of the Society for Advancement of Management. He holds a Masters of Business Administration and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership from Johnson & Wales University.

Timothy Culhane, MA, CCAI-CCNACTT

Tim has an extensive background in the field of Information Technology, with decades of experience in the field and as an educator. Tim holds an MA in Political Science/International Relations, and a BA in Political Science and in Communications from the University of Rhode Island. Tim also attended the United States Naval Academy.

Tim worked as a tech-support and sales engineer before transitioning to consulting and corporate training. Some of his projects involved network design on both a small and massive scale, network implementation, and network support.  He acquired his Cisco Certified Academy Instructor-Cisco Certified Networking Associate, Certified Technical Trainer, Certified Novell Engineer, and Certified Novell Instructor certifications as well as the CompTIA A+ and Network+ certifications.

Tim has been a full-time faculty member at NEIT since 1999, teaching in all IT degree programs. He has taught Novell, Microsoft and Linux operating systems, LAN and WAN network connectivity, cyber-security, ethics and professionalism, as well as many other courses offered. 


NEIT is accredited by the  New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).  Accreditation by NECHE is recognized by the federal government and entitles NEIT to participate in federal financial aid programs. Some academic departments have specialized professional accreditations in addition to accreditation by NECHE. For more information on accreditation, see NEIT’s catalog.