Meet The Team

Board Members

Michelle Dougherty

President

Michelle is a lawyer and three year volunteer and advisor to the DigiByte community, including serving as a core member of its DigiByte Awareness Team. Her previous experience includes working as a lawyer at the Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Department of State, the United States Attorney's Office in the District of Columbia, and in private practice.

Laura Taylor

Vice President

Laura holds a masters degree in mathematics and worked as a college level math instructor in North Carolina for 15 years. She has volunteered as a core advisor to the DigiByte blockchain as part of its DigiByte Awareness Team since the early days of its inception in 2017. Laura’s role with DigiByte has focused on community outreach, building and volunteer coordination.

John Song

Vice President

John is an experienced trader, technologist, and investor with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry for over 20 years, particularly in the institutional equities and derivatives space. John has a strong background in brokerage, business planning, securities trading, IT strategy, project management, securities regulation, and investments.

David Pope

Treasurer

David is Co-Founder of the Wyoming Blockchain Coalition and a former member of the Wyoming Blockchain Legislative Task Force. He is a Certified Public Accountant and owner and operator of DACPA, an accounting firm operating in Wyoming and Colorado.

Jana Sulpizio

Secretary

Jana is a former lawyer skilled in negotiating and drafting business contracts in the the real estate, aviation, and Defense industries. She has volunteered as a core advisor to the DigiByte Awareness Team. Jana will serve as the Secretary and Board member of the DigiByte Alliance.

Fredrick Gabelmann

Vice President

Fredrick is a passionate Software Engineer and Architect with 20 years of expertise in government, health care, emergency services, geospatial, entertainment, and blockchain industries. Fredrick has brought engineering leadership and high level process improvement to the DigiByte open-source community.

Advisors

Crystal McDonough

General Counsel

Crystal is an attorney and founder of McDonough Law, a Colorado and Wyoming corporate law firm with an energy, utilities, and natural resources. She provides legal representation to companies of all sizes, and they rely on her to guide them through business cycle phases including formation, growth, and sales. Crystal’s comprehensive understanding of the commercial environment, in a variety of industries including technology, blockchain, and cryptocurrencies have made her a trusted legal advisor.

Michael Dougherty

Advisor

Michael is the Executive Director of the Border Security Technology Consortium and a Principal with Deep Water Point. Before departing the Department of Homeland Security in 2021, he served as Ombudsman for Citizenship and Immigration Services, and as Assistant Secretary for Border, Immigration and Trade Policy. Michael has served in 5 administrations over 25 years at DHS, the Department of State, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and the Department of Justice.

Noah Seidman

Advisor

Noah has contributed to the DigiByte blockchain and community for several years as an Android developer and community educator on technical analysis and crypto investing. Noah has held developer positions at Facebook, Microsoft, Universal Studios and Royal Caribbean.

Lisa Steinke

Advisor

Lisa holds a masters degree in Digital Currencies from University of Nicosia. She has been a volunteer writer for the DigiByte Awareness Team assisting in press releases, blog posts, and product reviews. Lisa was involved with the grant writing and submission process for Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Aaron Kahler

Advisor

Aaron Kahler is the Founder and CEO of the Anti-Human Trafficking Intelligence Initiative (ATII). Aaron is an AML, BSA, USA PATRIOT Act, and OFAC regulatory compliance subject matter expert who also specializes in fraud management, financial crimes investigation and investigative due diligence (KYC). 

Jay Laurence

Advisor

Jay spent 30 years in various IT, NGO, consulting, and corporate governance roles before discovering and embracing blockchain technology in 2009. He is a ReddCoin (RDD)/Project Redd Core Member and Reddcoin Lead Developer since 2017 involved in evolving a self-funding protocol (PoSVv2) & the creation of “Project Redd”.

Richard Sanders

Advisor

Richard is the Lead Investigator/Principal for CipherBlade, providing trailblazing and innovative blockchain analysis, security, and cyber investigative services for fraud victims, law firms, businesses, and governments.

Josh McIntyre

Advisor

Josh is a software engineer at Microsoft and a tech educator at Chaintuts. He has a passion for learning, exploring, and teaching others. With Chaintuts, he is building free and open source educational content around cryptocurrency, security, and computer science.