Our Team

Jared Cohen


Mr. Cohen is a seasoned systems engineer, architect, and strategic management consultant with twenty years of experience dealing with information security as it relates to the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, U.S. Federal Agencies, and Commercial Industries. He has performed broad range, systems engineering and strategy consulting support in the Information Technology and Assurance arena, and concentrated on issues concerning the development of the Global Information Operating Environments, IT Efficiencies strategies and technologies, Enterprise Level Operational Capabilities, and information sharing architectures, as well as Mission Management, Cyber Defense, and other operating and implementation models and capabilities. Before consolidating firms with Nine Points Solutions (formally Responsive Consulting Services), Mr. Cohen worked at other well-respected consulting and technology firms, such as Booz Allen Hamilton, The Windermere Group/Windermere Information Technology Systems, and SPARTA, Inc. He has a B.S. In Computer and Information Systems from Towson University.

Andrea Westerinen


As a seasoned systems architect, and software engineer, Ms. Westerinen specializes in ontology development and knowledge engineering, and has extensive software development and integration experience. She has strong interests in solution development, policy-based management, and semantic technologies, across commercial and government sectors. Before joining Nine Points Solutions, she worked in the computer industry since 1979, at firms such as SAIC, CA Technologies, Microsoft, Cisco, Intel, and IBM. She held the positions of Senior Technical Expert at SAIC, Distinguished Engineer at CA Technologies, and Principal Architect at Microsoft. Ms. Westerinen has been focused on policy-based management for more than 15 years. During that time, she was invited to deliver the keynote address at the IEEE 2003 Policy Conference, published numerous technical articles, and participated in authoring several IETF Internet-Drafts on this subject. She has been a and acted as the Technical Director for the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and Vice President of Technology for the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF). Currently, she is an active participant in the International Association for Ontology and its Applications (IAOA) and the yearly Ontology Summits. She has a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from Marquette University, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University. Ms. Westerinen is also the author of the Organizing Knowledge blog on ontologies and the Semantic web.

Jessica Smith


Ms. Smith has spent her career developing creative and effective graphics materials based on original materials from client specifications, some of which were clearly defined and some that allowed for designer discretion. Ms. Smith possesses over twenty years of professional experience in the graphic design field including branding and identity development, presentations, proposals, brochures, graphic illustrations, website development and management, HTML newsletters, marketing and outreach material. She specializes in informational graphics, multimedia products that integrate text, computer graphics, conventional art, photographs, videos and customer specific graphics that convey customers’ messages. In areas that require original material, Ms. Smith works with customers to collect and articulate specific tasks and directions so either she or another designer can easily execute. She designs, and develops custom graphics and artwork, generates layouts, facilitates production in both print and electronic/interactive formats for Information Assurance, Technical Infrastructure Engineering Projects, Intelligence Projects and Activities including marketing and outreach brochures, animated presentations, exhibits, and displays. Before coming to Nine Points Solutions, Ms. Smith ran her own small graphic design firm, and then worked for Abraxas Corporation and General Dynamics Information Technology. She has a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute, College of Art with a focus on Graphic Design.

Julie Schott


With over 30 years of experience, Ms. Schott specializes in designing, developing, and deploying multi-tier software systems in various Commercial Industries. Ms. Schott has worked in the Storage, Networking, Test Equipment, PC, and Health Care software sectors prior to joining the Nine Points Solutions team. In addition, she has strong communication skills, and extensive experience in technical education and customer interface documentation. Ms. Schott has worked at and led teams within industry leading hardware and software firms such as Hewlett-Packard, Fujitsu, Maxtor, LSI Logic, Cisco, and AllScripts. Specific areas of concentration include ontology/taxonomy, XML and object-oriented model development, and project and vendor management. Ms. Schott is passionate about delivering performant solutions based upon Model Driven Architecture and Model Driven Development engineering. Ms. Schott has a B.S. in Computer Science from Iowa State University.

Nick Selimis


Mr. Selimis is an experienced systems engineer, and ISSO, ISSE, cyber security professional with over 20 years of experience dealing with information security as it relates to the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community. He has extensive ISSO and ISSE professional experience developing, engineering, integrating, penetration testing, evaluating/reengineering, and operating complex global enterprise class information sharing and cyber defense solutions. Mr. Selimis has performed a broad range of Cyber and Information Assurance Support with a concentration on Cross Domain Solutions, System Development, Penetration testing, Information Sharing, Mission Management, Global Information Grid, IC ITE, and other operating and implementation models. He is considered an expert in DoD Cross Domain systems development and has participated, managed, and lead multi million-dollar software development efforts, from requirements to integration. Before coming to Nine Points Solutions, Mr. Selimis was a technical team leader for several consulting and technology firms, such as Booz Allen Hamilton, The Windermere Group/Windermere Information Technology Systems, Essex Corporation, and Northrup Grumman. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with a Minor in Engineering Leadership Development from Penn State University, State College.

Rebecca Tauber


Ms. Tauber is a Java developer with a special interest in ontology engineering. She is also part of the Evidence & Conclusion Ontology working group (representing evidence in the biomedical/bioinformatic domain) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She has experience using Java, Python, web development (HTML/CSS/JavaScript), and OWL/RDF languages. Ms. Tauber is responsible for the Nine Points web site design and maintenance. She has an A.A.S in Computer Information Systems and is working on her B.S. in Software Development, with a Minor in Biology, at the University of Maryland.

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