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TRU Staffing Partners 2020 Cybersecurity, e-Discovery, and Privacy Scholarship Program Winners

TRU Staffing Partners, an award-winning search firm representing talent and opportunities in cybersecurity, e-discovery, and data privacy, today announces the over 50 scholarship recipients of the 2020 TRU Staffing Partners Scholarship Program.

The program, which is designed to foster training and education for professionals in the security and legal technology industries, is concluding its ninth year of operation and has now awarded over 220 scholarships, totaling more than $250,000 in free education and certification. The 2020 portfolio of partners and their certification, training, and education delve into diverse areas of discipline including mobile forensic collection, advanced data analytics, legal project management, processing and hosting of litigation data, cyber incident response and remediation, privacy law and program building, technical e-discovery attorney review expertise, and more! Michael Quartararo, president of the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), one of this year's institutions providing scholarships to the program, says, “I’ve always felt the generous spirit of individuals and companies across the e-discovery space, but the number of offerings TRU has pulled into this scholarship program is astonishing, and it genuinely quantifies the giving and forward-thinking nature of every organization involved. Education and training are the only way we get better at what we do.”

  • TRU is indebted to our Scholarship Board, consisting of industry experts and thought leaders who came together to anonymously select the recipients for training in the legal community. Board members include:
  • John Rielly, Director of Legal Support Services, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
  • Dan Torba, Head of E-Discovery Services US Region, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • Martha Louks, Director of Technology Services, McDermott Will & Emery
  • Brad Schaffel, Manager of eDiscovery & Litigation Support, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
  • Nicole Tineo, Litigation Support Manager, BakerHostetler
  • Conan Hines, Legal Technologist
  • Ian Balom, Manager, eDiscovery & Legal Technology, Herbert Smith Freehills New York LLP
  • and more

The following is an overview of the scholarships and their recipients:

Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS)

ACEDS full certification package

  • Jonathan Cole, Los Angeles, CA

eDEx, eDiscovery Executive Certificate Programs

  • Karen Ackland, Coon Rapids, MN
  • Zarko Djurovic, Chicago, IL


Online Brainspace Analyst

  • Adam Brown, Arlington, VA
  • Seth Cramer, Mahopac, NY
  • Mel Evans-Colomb, Denver, CO
  • Lily Gandullia, San Jose, CA
  • Susan Haight, Harrisville, MI
  • Wendy McClenaghan, Richmond, VA
  • Calvin Pryor, River Rouge, MI
  • Robert Rivera, Brooklyn, NY
  • Christine Stansall, San Diego, CA
  • Russel Weinrib, Woodmere, NY

Online Brainspace Specialist

  • Shawn Barran, Monroe, NY
  • Kyle Campbell, Avon, IN
  • Jason Charney, Baltimore, MD
  • Shannon Crenshaw, Parkville, MD
  • Donnalyn Downs, Patchogue, NY
  • Sibel Ghaly, Staten Island, NY
  • Fabian Leon, Weehawken, NJ
  • Lisette Marlowe, Denver, CO
  • Lindsey Mitzen, Chicago, IL


Certified EDT Reviewer

  • Ruth Betancourt Ortiz, Portland, OR
  • Megan Casey, Beaverton, OR
  • Sheila Grela, San Diego, CA
  • Donn Neil Mallari, Seattle, WA
  • Jason Moussa, New York, NY

Certified EDT Processing Analyst

  • Autumn Collins, Rome, NY
  • William Dukes, Atlanta, GA
  • Jay-Jay Flanagan-Grannemann, Columbia, SC
  • Nicole Roberts, Toronto, ON
  • Luke Voldahl, Canton, MI

International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)

CCPA Training Bundle

  • David Hancock, Brandon, FL


iCONECT-XERA Web Administration Certification (Project Manager Training)

  • Brian Crone, Pearland, TX
  • Lee Shubert, New York, NY

iCONECT-XERA Administrator Certification

  • Stacey-Ann Scott, Annapolis, MD

Ipro Tech

TrialDirector360 Certified Administrator training

  • Cynthia Benavides, Miami, FL
  • Bonnie Brooks, Rochester, NY

Nuix North America Inc.

Nuix Workstation Data Discovery Core and Nuix Workstation Data Discovery Specialist

  • Blake Peary, Shoreline, WA

Nuix Workstation Forensic Practitioner Core and Nuix Workstation Forensic Practitioner Foundations

  • David Bierwirth, Berlin, CT

Nuix Discover End User

  • Danielle Bethea, Brooklyn, NY


Full scholarship to attend OpenText Enterprise World 2020 in Las Vegas

  • HooKyung Lee, Laurel, MD
  • La Shaundra Ruby, Atlanta, Georgia

Paraben Corporation

Mobile Fast Track 3-Day Training with a Software License

  • Jack Andrews, Houston, TX
  • Leslie Gillett, The Colony, TX


Relativity Scholarship for Beginners

  • Miles Horton, Evanston, IL
  • Robert SanSeverino, Danbury, CT

Relativity Scholarship for Intermediates

  • Tracy Loftesness, Castro Valley, CA
  • Matthew Sobin, Hayward, CA

Relativity Scholarship for Experts

  • Marilyn Christopher, New York, NY
  • Dustin Senneker, Lansing, MI

If you are a technology company or educational organization that would like to participate in this program in 2021, please contact Andrew Brody, COO, at [email protected].

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