Cyber Institute Faculty


The Cybersecurity faculty are dedicated, long-term professionals who have proven commitment for providing high quality technical education, while emphasizing the importance of good character, work ethic, and virtues of public and private service in cybersecurity-related occupations.

Adjunct Faculty 

Jonathan Barnes

Mr. Barnes is a Cybersecurity Instructor at Augusta Technical College, Cyber Institute. Mr. Barnes graduated from North Carolina A&T State University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He also holds two master’s degrees from Covenant Theological Seminary.

Mr. Barnes currently works at the Army Cyber Protection Brigade, Fort Gordon, GA.

He is a cybersecurity subject matter expert and holds the following cybersecurity certifications: Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH), Certified Information Security Manager, and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Mr. Barnes began his career at Augusta Technical College in 2020 and teaches the following class:

CIST 2602                           Network Security

Michael Blache

Michael Blache is the Chief Information Security Officer of TaxSlayer. Prior to joining TaxSlayer, Michael worked as a network administrator for a managed service provider in the private sector and as an Information Technology Specialist in the Navy and Air Force. He first joined the TaxSlayer team in 2004 as an IT Manager. After six months on the job, he was promoted to the position of Director of Information Technology which he held for 11 years. He became a member of the executive team in 2015 and has been instrumental in organizing and structuring the organization’s first dedicated Information Security Department operating separately from the IT Department.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree from South University and a Master of Science in Information Assurance degree from Norwich University. He also holds several industry certifications, including Certified Information Systems Security Professional and several GIAC certifications.

Felicia McGee-Clarke

Ms. Felicia McGee-Clarke is a Cyber and Digital Education Adjunct Professor for Augusta Technical College. She is also a Cyber Security and Computer Science Teacher for Richmond County School System. She has over 15 years of experience in K-12 and higher education as a Technology Specialist (Former) and Teacher (Current).

Ms. Clarke joined the Cyber and Digital Education Department as an Adjunct Professor in 2016.  Ms. Clarke received her B.S in Computer Science from Troy University and a Master of Arts in Teaching, Workforce Education (Trade and Industrial Education) from the University of Georgia. She is a Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator, Microsoft Certified Professional and Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist. She is also CompTIA Security plus CE and Information Technology Infrastructure Library V3 Foundation Certified.

Ms. Clarke continues her training by attending cyber/computer science conferences, professional development, and training seminars. As a Teacher she provides a theory of education and hands on activities that helps her students gain career, leadership and personal skills that maximize their ability to become career ready and productive citizens in the workforce.  One of her favorite quotes is “If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose” (T.D. Jakes).  Her passion for Teaching and Technology have led her to her purpose to inspire students to graduate, to mentor students on how to become productive citizens in the workforce and provide them with knowledge needed for future careers in Information Technology.

She currently teaches the following courses:

CIST 1001 Computer Concepts

CIST 2411 Microsoft Client 

Christian Dueberry

Christian Dueberry is a retired U. S. Marine Corps combat veteran with over 18 years of experience guiding teams to successfully meeting and exceeding organizational goals throughout the Intelligence Community. He has extensive technical, tactical, and leadership experience in Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) operations, multi-aperture airborne collection, geo-location operations, reconnaissance operations, network operations, near real-time Indications and Warnings (I&W) reporting, and cyberspace strategy/policy development. Mr. Dueberry also has experience in exploiting communications which includes familiarity with communications intercept receivers, specialized computer hardware and software programs, and wide-band converters in the process of collecting, recording, analyzing, and supporting computerized network operations missions as well as reporting on a wide variety of intercepted communications signals.

Mr. Dueberry is an innovative Software Developer well-versed in all phases of the software development lifecycle, including, performance, functionality, integration, implementation, regression, and user acceptance. He possesses a strong working knowledge of solution-based problem-solving techniques, algorithms, object-oriented programming, data structures, and database management. 

Mr. Dueberry has leadership experience with Project Management via Agile/Scrum and Waterfall Methodologies building and managing project teams with a solution-oriented approach. He is also a successful manager of large information technology programs in a variety of environments with a global perspective.

William Howard

Mr. William Howard is a Cybersecurity instructor at Augusta Technical College.  He received his B.S. in Computer Science from McMurry University.

Mr. Howard has a military background of over 24 years, working in Intelligence and Cybersecurity.  He has worked in Cybersecurity for eight years working with computer information analysis, computer forensics, and computer programming.  Mr. Howard also taught at the Army Cyber School where he taught computer programming and ethical hacking. 

Mr. Howard holds the following industry certifications: GCFA (GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst), GPEN (GIAC Penetration Tester), and EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).

Mr. Howard joined the Cybersecurity Program as an adjunct instructor in May 2020 and is currently teaching:

CIST 2434            UNIX/Linux Scripting

Jason Hurst

Mr. Hurst is an instructor for the Augusta Technical College Cybersecurity program. He has over 20 years of experience in telecommunications electronics maintenance and information technology. His career started in the U.S. Army where he served for 20 years. Following retirement from the military, he began and continues to work with Amazon Web Services as a security consultant. Mr. Hurst has previously taught multiple courses for the U.S. Army and joined Augusta Technical College as an adjunct instructor in 2019.

His educational background includes a Bachelor’s in Computer Science and a Master’s in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance. Mr. Hurst holds numerous industry certifications including CEH, Security+, CASP, GCIH, and AWS Cloud Practitioner.

Cyber Security Courses Taught in the last 3 years:

CIST 2455 Cisco Certified Network Associated - Security

CIST 2614 Cisco Cybersecurity Operations Associate

CIST 2480 AWS Academy Cloud Foundations

Kevin Jones

Mr. Kevin Jones is a Cybersecurity instructor at Augusta Technical College.  He received his B.S. in Cybersecurity from the University of Maryland University College. 

Mr. Jones comes from a military background of over 22 years where he has been working with Information Technology and Cybersecurity.   He has worked in Cybersecurity with the military for over seven years working with computer forensics and host analysis procedures and training analyst teams to use enterprise tools like a Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) platform while supporting operations for the Army.  He also currently works as an instructor at for the Army teaching Cybersecurity subjects like computer forensics and defensive cyberspace operations. 

Mr. Jones holds the following industry certifications:  GCFE (GIAC Certified Forensics Expert), GCFA (GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst), GCNA (GIAC Certified Network Analyst), GCDA (GIAC Certified Detection Analyst), CompTIA CASP, CompTIA Security +, EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), EC-Council Computer Network Defender, EC-Council Certified Incident Handler (ECIH), and EC-Council Certified Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI).

Mr. Kevin Jones joined the Cybersecurity Program as an adjunct instructor in August 2020 and is currently teaching:

CIST 2612            Computer Forensics

Merrick Martin

Mr. Merrick Martin is a Cyber Operation Planner with the Department of Defense (DoD). He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Incarnate Word (UIW) and Graduate degree from Tarleton State University, Master of Science in Information System Technology.

Mr. Martin has over 19 years of experience working in the field of Cybersecurity and information technology. Over his military career, he has worked in numerous positions within the U.S. Army. From information technology desktop support, network operations center (NOC's), incident responder, and cyber operations planner. His current military assignment is the primary instructor at the U.S. Army Cyber School. He also accumulated several industry certifications over the span of his career; most notable are: Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), CompTIA Certified Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP), GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN), GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA) and GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA).

Mr. Martin joined the Cybersecurity Program as an Adjunct instructor in May of 2017 and is currently teaching:

CIST 2431 Unix/Linux Introduction

CIST2611 Network Defense & Countermeasure

Jair Morehouse

Mr. Jair Morehouse is a Cyber Security Instructor at Augusta Technical College.  He received an Associate’s and Bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland University College and a MPA from Bowie State University, MD. 

Mr. Morehouse joined the Augusta Tech team in the fall of 2020 as an adjunct teaching the CCNA Switching Routing Wireless Essential course.

Mr. Morehouse is retiring from the U.S. Army after 25+ (active duty) years April 2022.  He started his career as a 31R, Multi-Channel Transmissions Systems Operator/Maintainer.  He eventually became a 25A Signal Officer, then concluded as a 26B Information Systems Manager (and in 2022 – 26Bs changed to Data Systems Engineer). 

Mr. Morehouse has facilitated the AWS Foundations course to the DoD since June 2020.  In addition to being the ACE (Administrator Counselor Evaluator) for the 26B course, he instructs the new AWS Engineer course (starting 6 April 2021). His next task will be preparing and rolling out the new Data Curriculum course starting in 2022.

Mr. Morehouse has several Industry certifications including ITIL, AWS Cloud Practitioner, Net+, Sec+, CCNA R/S, CCNA Wireless, CCNA Security, CCNA Cyber Ops, AWS Architect, AWS SYSOPS Admin, AWS Developer, and CASP. 

James Price

Mr. James Michael Price is one of our CIST 1001 Instructors who Joined the cyber/distance education team in 2019.  He began his teaching career in the Richmond County Public School System back in 2001.  He taught in the Public School system until 2008.  After his journey in the public school system he taught in the Adult Education GED program teaching Math preparatory classes to prepare students for the GED test.  He worked in the 300 and 800 building on the Main Augusta Tech Campus from 2009-2012. 

His teaching journey continued.  He has taught at various private technical colleges in Augusta Georgia and in the surrounding areas teaching all kinds of technology and business classes.  He holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration from DeVry University and a Master’s of Science Degree in Educational Technology from Keller Graduate School of Management.

He also holds a number of Microsoft Certifications and has a rich background in computer and business information systems.  He really enjoys teaching and watching students learn and grow in their chosen career field.

Michael Rhodes

Michael Rhodes has over 25 years of experience in communications and information technology. His career started in the U.S. Army where he served for 20 years.

Mr. Rhodes currently works as a Microsoft Instructor with the Department of Defense at Fort Gordon, Georgia where he has been employed for over 12 years. He has been an Adjunct Instructor at Augusta Tech since August 2017.

Mr. Rhodes' educational background includes a Bachelor’s in Information Technology Management. He also holds A+, Network+, Security+ and numerous Microsoft Client and Server certifications. He enjoys teaching and sharing knowledge and experience with students that are eager to learn and grow. "Knowledge is power" so he encourages students to learn as much as they can!

Fernando Tomlinson

Fernando Tomlinson is a Cybersecurity instructor at Augusta Technical College. He received his B.S. in Computer Studies from the University of Maryland University College, M.S. in Information Technology from East Georgia State University, and MBA from Columbia Southern University. He is a Cyber Warrant Officer in the U.S. Army and has been serving for 19 years, where he's gained experience in incident response, penetration testing, forensics, and malware analysis.

He holds the following industry certifications: ·Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), GIAC Certified Reverse Engineering Malware (GREM), GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA), GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN), GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH), Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GISCP), GIAC Certified Forensic Examiner (GCFE), GIAC Certified Forensics Analyst (GCFA), GIAC Certified Python Coder (GPYC), GIAC Systems and Network Auditor (GSNA), GIAC Certified Security Administrator (GCWN), GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC), Offensive Security Wireless Professional (OSWP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Server 2012, Information Tech. Infrastructure Library – Fundamentals (ITIL-F), Linux Professional Institute Level 1 (LPIC-1), Novell Certified Linux Administrator (CLA), CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP), CompTIA Network Plus (Net+), CompTIA Security Plus (Sec+), CompTIA Linux Plus (Linux+), and CompTIA A Plus (A+)

Carl Towns

Carl Towns is a Cybersecurity Instructor at Augusta Technical College.  He received a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems from Wayland Baptist University and a Master of Science in Cybersecurity from Webster University. 

Mr. Towns has over 15 years of experience in Information Technology and Systems Configuration with 13 years focused on Information Systems and Network Security.  His career started in the U.S. Army where he served for 21 years before retiring.  From there, he has worked for 2 years as a DoD contractor on Fort Gordon, instructing the U.S. Army’s 17 series on Defensive and Offensive Cyberspace Operations. 

Mr. Towns is passionate about learning new things, especially in the Cybersecurity field. He holds the following Industry certifications:  CASP+, CySA+, Security+, Linux+, CEH, GCED, GCIH, GCIA, GCFE, GSEC, and Cisco Certified CyberOps Associate.

Mr. Towns joined the Cybersecurity Program part-time in July 2020 and is currently teaching:

CIST 2613             Ethical Hacking/Penetration Testing