Chapter Board

The Northeast Chapter Board collectively possesses decades of experience in Forensics, Investigations and Cyber Security. The Board is made up of representatives from both the public and private sectors.

Alex Allphin– President (

Alex is presently employed as a Computer Forensic Analyst within the Health Care industry. Prior to this, he served as a Computer Forensic Analyst in the High Technology Analysis Unit of the Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, (DANY), where he assisted in the successful prosecution of a wide variety of criminal cases.

In addition to forensics, his experience encompasses a broad range of technology related disciplines. He has served as a technical trainer and curriculum designer for private vocational schools, corporations, as well as Law Enforcement, covering a variety of topics such as  software usage, Internet safety, electronic circuit design, component installation and troubleshooting; cellular network design and signal transmission, and audio engineering.

He has been an active member of the Northeast Chapter of the HTCIA since 2007, and he has served on the Northeast Chapter Board since 2012.


Bernadette Gleason -1st Vice President (

Bernadette has worked for a global financial services firm for over twenty three years and in the computer forensic and incident response team for twelve years.  She was pivotal in the creation and development of the eCrime Unit as she researched the tools, training required to implement the North America (NA) and Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) laboratories as well as preparing the budget to undertake the initiative.  This formula was then used as a platform to implement the Asia Pacific (APAC) and Latin America (LATAM) Laboratories.

She worked with the other members of the team and the SIRT Unit to craft the process and procedures documented in the eCrime Manual for retrieval, imaging and forensic examination of hard drives.  She was instrumental with implementing the EnCase Enterprise infrastructure working along with her colleagues and Architecture and Engineering.  She managed the NA eCrime Laboratory and was formerly the Deputy Directory for the Global Program before regionalization.

She was the Team Lead for the Design Working Group and on the Project Management Committee for the Cyber Fusion Center that has been completed and opened in July 2014 at the Warren, NJ Facility.  She was involved in all aspects from the physical design, security and equipment that has been implemented to run the fusion center.  The center handles all threats from a Cyber prospect and allows for real time coordination from all groups to report, analyze and remediate the threats to the firm.

Bernadette has successfully achieved the following certifications:

EnCe Certification for the forensic examination of hard drives – Guidance Software

Computer Hacking Forensic Investigation Certification (CHFI) – EC Council

GIAC Information Security Professional – SANS

Bernadette has been involved in the North East Chapter of the HTCIA since 2006 and has presented on numerous topics ranging from Forensics/Skimmer Fraud/Designing and Building a Cyber Security Fusion Center.  She has held positions on the board as Secretary (2007/2008), 2nd VP (2014) and 1st VP (2015).

Bernadette participated as a panelist in the Pace University/ACCA “Top 10 Cybercrime Threats of 2014”.  The event had media coverage and three articles were written describing the topics discussed and aired on the C-SPAN Network.


Dr. Darren Hayes – 2nd Vice President (

Dr. Hayes is a leading expert in the field of digital forensics and cyber security. He has served on the Board of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) Northeast Chapter and was the President of the HTCIA Northeast, 2013.

He is Director of Cybersecurity and Assistant Professor at Pace University. In 2013, he was listed as one of the Top 10 Computer Forensics Professors, by Forensics Colleges. He has developed a computer forensics program at Pace and has created a computer forensics research laboratory.

He is also a professional consultant in computer forensics and cyberlaw for the Department of Education, New York. Hayes has been both an author and reviewer for Pearson Prentice Hall for a number of years. In January 2015, his latest book was published, entitled “A Practical Guide to Computer Forensics Investigations”. He also makes frequent appearances in the media, including Fox News, Bloomberg TV, Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, SC Magazine to name but a few.


Michael Delohery – Secretary (
Michael joined the HTCIA in 1996 and has been prosecuting computer crimes in Westchester County for over sixteen years. He currently serves as the Bureau Chief of the High Technology Crime Bureau at the Westchester County DA’s Office

Michael also serves as the chairperson on the New York State District Attorney’s Associations legislative sub-committee on computer crime issues.

He previously worked in the Manhattan DA’s Office and the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor from 1990 to 1995.

From 1987 to 1988, worked as an associate for Hawkins, Delafield & Woods on Wall Street.

Graduate of Notre Dame Law School in Notre Dame, IN.

Has a BA and MBA from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA.


Dora Gomez – Treasurer (

Dora is an Audit and Anti-Fraud professional with significant international experience. She started her career in public accounting and transitioned into the financial services/insurance industry within Property & Casualty, Ocean and Inland Marine, Auto, Reinsurance, Life, Health, and Annuities. Currently, as Director of Internal Controls at an international market-leading global information services company, she is responsible for ensuring proper risk assessment of internal control, guidance on risk mitigation, special reviews and IT security.

Dora was part of the AXA Group for almost 17 years. She was the Global Fraud Officer for AXA Technology Services where she created the company’s Anti-Fraud Policy, investigated fraud/whistleblower incidents, developed fraud awareness training, and evaluated fraud risk assessments. She held positions as Audit Chief of Staff and Risk Officer – establishing the audit department’s global departmental practices and governance. Her work included being a trusted advisor in compliance, risk, and security matters, especially with establishing regulatory guidelines. Dora is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and holds a Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) from the Institute of Internal Auditors. She received her Accounting Degree from Pace University and also serves as a Director and Board member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, New York Chapter. As a Thought Leader, Dora has spoken at conferences such as the New York State Society of CPAs, The Institute of Internal Auditors, The Conference Board, and the HTCIA on occupational fraud, fraud prevention, detection, investigations, cyberdata breaches, and ethical behavior in the workplace.