Eric Robuck is the owner and founder of The Valander Group, a consortium of business experts helping business owners with all their cybersecurity needs. Eric has over two decades of information technology, leadership, and entrepreneurial experience. Eric built, managed, and sold Vast Data Concepts, a successful information technology company preparing to celebrate its 15 anniversary.
Eric is a veteran with 24 years of military experience. In the military, Eric progressed from working as a generator mechanic, infantryman, and machine gunner to a Warrant officer focused on information technology and security.
Eric is experienced in programming, database design, electronic information transfer, cybersecurity, project management, and a host of other information technology disciplines. Eric has his B.S in Computer Science and Mathematics and is working toward his Masters Degree in Cyber Security. Eric’s professional certificates include the CISSP, CEH, Security+, and AWS Practitioner.
Personally, Eric is either spending time with his family or can be found on the golf course.
Catherine Woynarowski joined The Valander Group in 2021 as CFO, to work with the team, establishing budgets, forecasts, and long-term strategic plans. Professionally, Catherine has worked for large established corporations, such as Hewlett Packard and General Dynamics, in addition to startups like General Atomics UAV Division. Her experience spans both government and commercial arenas. She has also been a successful small business owner of Dr. Dave’s Best for over 10 years. Holding degrees in both English and Finance gives her a broad-based education, well suited for writing proposals, negotiations, logistics, and financial modeling, as well as strategic forecasting. Experiences in analyzing large volumes of data, piqued Catherine’s interest in cybersecurity both, from a confidentiality and integrity perspective and also data accessibility assurance.
Although Catherine has worked all across the country, she has deep roots in Berks County, where she was born and grew up. She holds a BA in English Literature from Albright College, an MBA from Tulane University, and an MS in Finance from San Diego State University.
Bob has over forty years of increasing responsibility and varied experience in the hi-tech defense industry and health care. For the past twenty-nine years, Bob has worked in all aspects of medical practice management and consulting for a variety of private groups, primarily as Chief Operating Officer for private hematology & medical oncology practices. He has authored numerous articles and presented to audiences nationally and internationally on business, HR, and management topics. He is on the Executive Council for the National Community Oncology Dispensing Association and various professional journals’ editorial and pharmaceutical manufacturer advisory boards. He is President of his own firm, RDO Consulting, LLC.
He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the local SHRM affiliated Berks County Chapter #179 for over 33 years. For Chapter 179, he’s held all officer positions multiple times, including President twice, held several committee Chairs and leads the Chapter’s professional certification study groups. He is also a subject matter expert for the SHRM Learning System. Bob was an Adjunct Instructor at local colleges for over 20 years, teaching business, management and HR college credit courses. He produces and hosts a live 1 hour cable television show covering HR and business management topics.
He is a decorated combat veteran, having served three tours of duty in Vietnam with the U.S. Marine Corps as a machine gunner and infantry squad leader. Upon his Honorable discharge, he received his BS degree from The Pennsylvania State University, and his MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He also earned a Paralegal certificate, and is a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).
Jeffrey A. Franklin, Esquire
Jeffrey A. Franklin has more than 25 years of experience, primarily in business law including electric, gas, telecommunication, alternative energy, transportation and water matters. He also has extensive experience in technology, Internet, computer law and cybersecurity issues.
He is past President of the Berks County Bar Association and Chair of the Technology Committee. He has served on the PBA House of Delegates and as Vice Chair of the Cybersecurity Committee, and as an officer of various ABA committees.
Jeff advises clients regarding compliance with regulatory requirements and the successful implementation of business strategies. Jeff has successfully conducted administrative adjudications, civil cases and appeals before various courts and administrative agencies.
Jeff counsels clients and lawyers on how to protect confidential information and cybersecurity. He writes and publishes extensively regarding leveraging technology to efficiently and effectively achieve business goals. He is the principal technology consultant with BrightLine Tech Solutions, LLC.
Prior to joining Prince Law Offices, P.C., Jeff was counsel with an Am Law 100 firm, and a partner and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of a Central Pennsylvania-based law firm.
Jeff’s practice areas include Prince Law Offices’ Energy, Utilities, and Communications, Cybersecurity & Privacy practice groups as well as its Business, Intellectual Property, Real Estate including Zoning, Land Use, and Condemnation, and Firearms consulting practice groups.
Jeff holds a B.A. from Bucknell University and a J.D. from University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he served as Executive Editor of the Journal of Law and Commerce. He attended special programs at the London School of Economics and at The American University. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of PA and several courts in the Commonwealth of PA.
Chuck is a lifelong entrepreneur, relationship builder, and business and community activist.
From an early age, he believed his best opportunity to live life on his terms was to be self-employed and so over the years he has started numerous businesses and engaged in several partnerships in a varying range of service-related industries.
He credits the experiences of navigating the processes of these initiatives from concept to creation as the foundation for his strategic consulting business. In addition, he stresses how invaluable the relationships and experiences he shared with regional, national and international business leaders were when he owned several transportation service.
He is always searching for business professionals who “do the right things for the right reasons” to add to his preferred spheres of influence because he is a firm believer that we will only be as successful as the people with whom we surround ourselves.
As a founding member of Entrepreneurs’ Connection, a successful and expanding business organization, Chuck is dedicated to helping members improve who they are and what they do while advocating for community development. He also is a Certified Solution Provider with Constant Contact.
He sits on several boards of directors and advisory boards and is a member of and chairs committees in several other business organizations.
Chuck has sponsored an American Legion baseball team in the Berks County American Legion Senior baseball league and served as Council President of Nativity Lutheran Church in Reading
“True success and fulfillment are realized by serving the community that serves you” is Chuck’s theory of good business.
Daren Anders joined Valander Cybersecurity in 2020 to assist in the development of curriculum for the company’s Alvernia University certification courses, as well as working with Valander’s founder and CEO – Eric Robuck – on the company’s commercial information security initiatives.
Mr. Anders came to Valander after receiving his master’s degree in Cybersecurity Strategy and Information Management from George Washington University. He is currently studying for the SANS Institute’s GIAC (Global Information Assurance Certification) Security Essentials certification.
Professionally, Mr. Anders has been a police officer in Berks County, Pennsylvania for over two decades – with well over half his time served in criminal investigations. As such, he is responsible for commanding investigations for assigned major crimes including homicide, violent crimes, high-value fraud and theft – almost all of which have a nexus to diverse digital and communication technologies.
These experiences in law enforcement led to Mr. Anders’s interest in the field of information security; predicated largely on the global trend of criminal investigations migrating to the dynamic and challenging arena of cyberspace.
Mr. Anders, who was born and raised in Reading, PA, also holds a bachelor’s degree in Justice from American University and is a graduate of Antietam High School.
Alex has over eight years of experience, specifically in marketing and business intelligence. He has marketed in a variety of industries such as IT, manufacturing, automotive, and healthcare. Alex is also a business owner of 8 years, owning and operating an international procurement company for rarities within the automotive industry.
He has academic research experience related to data mining, cellular connectivity, and relating natural and manmade disaster recovery to social media activity.
Alex is always looking for a creative approach.
B.S. in Business Management and Marketing
B.S. in Security and Risk Analysis and Cybersecurity
NSA Certificate of Achievement