Christia Churchill

Chris has served as the Vice President of Human Resources for SpyCloud since 2022. Prior to joining, she served many years in the US Armed Forces in both the Army & Navy. Chris brings over 25 years of progressive human capital management experience working in large multinational companies and early-stage, scaling organizations, which have been some of her most impactful and meaningful experiences. At SpyCloud, Chris leads and manages the Human Resources organization including Talent Recruitment and Facility Operations.

Outside of work, Chris and her wife Megan call the greater Austin, TX area home with their five children, but love traveling and spending time with their extended family and friends who are family.

Chris holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee.

Leah Burk

Leah has nearly twenty years of experience in operations, combining engineering/manufacturing experience with revenue operations. She is passionate about building an operational structure through processes and guidelines that will yield usable data that feeds detailed analytics for informed business decisions.
Prior to joining SpyCloud, Leah led operations teams for Lifesize, Zenoss, and WP Engine. She also has considerable experience in building pricing models and discounting strategies from her time supporting pricing optimization across the client products at Dell Technologies. Early in her career, she worked as a research & design engineer for Pactiv and supported a new factory launch for Dell. At SpyCloud, Leah oversees the revenue operations for marketing, sales, and customer success plus sales and partner enablement, sales compensation, and order management.

Outside of work, Leah enjoys spending time with her family, going for a jog around Lady Bird Lake in Austin, TX, playing piano, and cooking the perfect meal to compliment any new additions to her husband’s wine collection.

Leah holds a  B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech.

Jason Lancaster

Jason began his career performing pen testing, designing and implementing secure network infrastructures. First as a government contractor and then at a Fortune 500 healthcare company. In 2003, he joined TippingPoint where he held several roles including SE Director. TippingPoint was acquired by 3Com in 2005 and later by HP in 2010.

At HP, Jason ran a cross-functional team as Director with the Office of Advanced Technology. In 2013, Jason co-founded HP Field Intelligence, as part of the Security Research organization, delivering actionable threat intelligence to a wide audience.

Jason spent 15 months at a cloud security start-up CloudPassage prior to joining SpyCloud where he leads the Investigations and Systems Engineering teams.

Ronak Patel

Ronak Patel has held senior and lead roles in Software Development over the last 10 years, for companies of various industries and sizes.

In 2008, Ronak started his career at IBM in the Global Business Services group implementing smart meter data management systems for utilities. While at IBM, he helped build an automated outage management system that interfaced realtime smart meters with mainframe systems.

In 2013, Ronak joined Waterfall, a mobile messaging start-up, as the Lead Platform Engineer. There he expanded the platform to include seamless messaging over social media services and helped scale up the platform to handle large SMS campaigns.

In 2014, Ronak joined ReIntent, an automated contact enrichment and sales prospecting start-up, as the Lead Software Engineer and first hire. At ReIntent, Ronak built an automated, scalable solution that powers contact enrichment for large enterprises such as S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Ronak holds a B.A. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin.

Lisa Salinas

Lisa has over twelve years of legal expertise in counseling technology companies on contracting, risk and compliance. She started her career at Xerox Business Services, advising on contract matters for a $1 billion technology services agreement with the State of Texas. She then joined Apple in 2014, where she focused on commercial and technology transactions, and was instrumental in the successful launch of the Apple Watch. Before joining SpyCloud, Lisa established and led the legal department at TrendKite, a public relations technology company acquired by Cision in 2019.

In her role as VP, Legal & Compliance at SpyCloud, she oversees all aspects of the company’s legal and regulatory affairs, including commercial contracting, privacy, intellectual property, and regulatory compliance, and serves as a strategic advisor to the entire leadership team.

Lisa holds a B.B.A. in Business Honors/Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law.

Trina Pirtle

Trina Pirtle is the VP of Customer Success at SpyCloud where she oversees a high-performance team focused on delivering personalized fraud prevention and account protection strategy, service, support and education to organizations across the globe.

A customer success and technology leader, Trina has delivered improved client experience and a sustainable book of business and revenue growth in companies ranging from early-stage start-ups to Fortune 100, from concept to implementation and ongoing management. She held leadership positions at First Advantage, Experian, Demand Media, Digby and Oracle, providing innovative enterprise SaaS solutions, while ensuring customer-centricity remained core.

With extended experience in the security, breach and fraud prevention space, Trina has partnered with many of the world’s leading customer brands, instilling a continued passion for ensuring the safety of the internet and those that use it.

A lover of great travel, great music, great art and especially great people, Trina resides in Austin, also known as the Live Music Capital of the World, and can always be found at SXSW and ACL.

Trina holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University.

Chip Witt

Chip Witt has over twenty years of diverse technology experience, including product management and operations leadership roles at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Webroot, VMware, Alcatel, and Appthority. He is currently the Vice President of Product Management at SpyCloud, where he drives the company’s product vision and roadmap. Chip works closely with field intelligence teams specializing in OSINT and HUMINT tradecraft, actor attribution and underground monitoring.

Jerry Karels

Jerry has held sales and sales leadership positions for a variety of companies in the network security and network infrastructure sectors. A 30-year veteran of the industry, Jerry has specialized in joining companies early in their development, helping them establish initial success and then building sustainable revenue growth.

Tipping Point, Netscreen (Juniper), Riverbed, Talari Networks, Extreme Networks and FORE Systems are among the market leaders for whom Jerry has worked. For both Tipping Point and Netscreen, he helped establish strategic partnerships with several large North American MSSPs, including AT&T, Verizon and Telus.

Jerry holds a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science Engineering from Texas A&M University, and an MBA from SMU.

Cassio Mello

Cassio has more than twenty-five years of experience in security, fraud and identity, technology, financial services, and management consulting. He is passionate about developing the growth of a team and business through a creative and intentional approach. 

Prior to joining SpyCloud, Cassio was the Chief Strategy Officer at Emailage – acquired by LexisNexis Risk Solutions in 2020. There he launched the business development and strategic partnership program and led the strategy, research, legal and compliance functions. His impressive career includes time at Lifelock, Citigroup Global Corporate & Investment Bank, JPMorgan Chase, and Booz Allen Hamilton building strategy & corporate development functions, leading product development, overseeing long & short term revenue growth initiatives and leading M&A efforts.

Cassio has a Master’s degree in Management from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s degree from Escola De Administração de Empresas de São Paulo/Fundação Getulio Vargas, Brazil.

In his free time, Cassio loves watching soccer, listening to jazz, and spending time with his family.

Heather Smith

Heather has nearly twenty years of experience in marketing leadership roles, and is passionate about connecting infosec and fraud prevention teams with solutions that make a tangible difference to their internal and external customers.

Prior to joining SpyCloud, Heather ran events, field marketing and customer briefings at Rackspace. She created the company’s first hosted events platform, Rackspace::Solve, which engaged over 6,000 IT decisions makers across the globe. She also led North America marketing for arcplan, a business intelligence software firm based in Germany that was acquired by Longview Solutions; and digital marketing for ActiveStrategy, a performance management software and consulting firm, which was acquired by The Advisory Board Company. At SpyCloud, Heather oversees the company’s brand, demand, and product marketing teams, as well as sales development.

Outside of work, Heather enjoys playing and designing board games (she is co-creator of Valiant Universe: The Deckbuilding Game and Vikings: The Board Game).

Heather holds a B.S. in Information Technology and a B.A. in Film/Video from the Pennsylvania State University.