Cybersecurity Instructors

Stephen D. Miller M.S.Stephen D. Miller
Professor / Director, Cybersecurity Center of Excellence
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Stephen Miller has been in the Information Systems Profession since 1966 – working in business, government, and education sectors. He has a MS/MIS Managing Computer Technology from Houston Baptist University, BS/Business Services and BIS (Phi Kappa Phi honors) from the University of Houston – Downtown, and AAS/Business Data Processing & Technical Certificate from San Jacinto College. In addition, Miller is ITIL Certified in Information Technology – Service Management, Business Process Reengineering, and Organizational Management for Improving Organizational Effectiveness from The Office of Executive Development, Rice University. Miller is currently the Department Chair of Information Technology and Cybersecurity Center of Excellence for ENMU-Ruidoso, where he is responsible for campus Information Technology (IT), IT personnel, Information Systems Curriculum, and teaching. He developed an online Computer and Network Security Certification Program and created a Center of Excellence for Cyber and SCADA Forensics Security.

Miller is retired from ExxonMobil Global Information Systems where he served in management, supervisory and technical roles over his 27 year career. He has been employed at Ford TechRep Division (programmer), U.S. Army 1st Calvary Div. in Vietnam (computer specialist), and Univac Corp. – NASA Mission Control on the APOLLO including APOLLO 13, and Skylab Missions (Communications and Telemetry Systems Analyst), TRW Controls (Project Manager), United Way of the Coastal Bend (Community Services Director), and self-employed Consulting Company. Miller has served as a member/leader of the following organizations: University of Houston Computer Information Systems Program Advisory Board, St. Thomas University MIS Masters Program, American Petroleum Institute, Exxon TQM Forum, Chairperson Exxon Safety Committee, United Way Exxon Executive Club Member, Data Processing Management Association, Energy Telecom & Electrical Association, Chairperson Exxon Leadership 2000 Mentor Program & Science and Math Ambassador, Phi Kappa Phi active member, and Gartner Group Quality Study Group.

Miller has been teaching as an adjunct professor since 1990 at the University of Houston Downtown, St. Thomas University MIS Graduate School, Del Mar College, and Incarnate Word University. He currently teaches Information Systems at ENMU-Ruidoso in addition to his coordination and supervisory duties for the Information Technology department.

Joel Hutchins Photo of Joel Hutchins
Assistant Professor/ CISSP/PMP


  • Master of Science in Information Technology /Security
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Cyber Security certificate from ENMU Cyber Security COE
  • ISC2 Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)

Professional Life: Since receiving his BSCS in 1992 Joel has worked in various Computer Science disciplines such as Software/Systems Engineering, Software Quality Assurance, Configuration Management, Project Management, System Administration, and Information Technology/Security as well as teaching college and university courses in Cyber Security, Information Systems. Joel’s experience and employment history includes

  • Security consultant/Information Systems Security Engineer (ISSE) and Information System Security Manager (ISSM) for an Air Force defense contractor
  • Air Force medical facility dual role as the Information Systems Security Manager (ISSM)/Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO)
  • Senior IT Security Analyst/Security Control Assessor (SCA) Information Systems Certifications Branch (ISCB) Space Force/Intelligence Community
  • Technology Director and Information Security Officer at ENMU-Ruidoso
  • Organizational Computer Security Official (OCSO) for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center contract
  • ISSM for DIACAP Air Force contract o Software Engineer for Air Force contract
  • Deputy Facility Security Officer for DoD contractor
  • Software Engineer for multiple DoD contractors
  • Adjunct Asst. Professor for Computer Science, IT, and Cyber courses at Colorado Technical University and ENMU since 2010

Certifications: ISC2 Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), a PMI Project Management Professional (PMP).
Joel also has the certification from ENMU-Ruidoso Cyber Security Center of Excellence with related Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) 4016 and NSTISSI 4011 certification

Personal life: Joel likes to learn Spanish on Duolingo, practice 6-string guitar, take training courses for new Cyber certificates, and learn homestead skills like food preservation, soap making and so on. More active interests include learning Taekwondo with his grandkids, and outdoor activities such as camping, hunting, fishing, mountain bike riding, hiking, and working on his goat ranch.

Juan GonzalezJuan Gonzalez

I have been living in El Paso since June 2000, though I am originally from Southern California. Most people know El Paso for its close relationship with Fort Bliss Army Base. It was a career move that originally brought me to El Paso, and I have been here ever since.

My passion for Computer Science spans a couple of decades of work in the IT field, but I officially got my start in 1999 through a software company. Since then, I have been fortunate to work for the DoD, Homeland Security, the City of El Paso, and even NASA. Today, I am a Cybersecurity Engineer for a Government contracting company, and teach online cybersecurity courses for ENMU-Ruidoso.

As my career in IT developed, so did my formal education and certifications. Beginning with an A+ certification, then progressing all the way through a Masters in Digital Forensics, my love for computers continues to grow. I can’t emphasize enough how important a formal Computer Science education has been in developing my computer knowledge. Knowing how to do something is as important as knowing why it’s done that way.

When work and school is not on the menu, I love spending time with my family. I have two promising young boys and a very wonderful and supportive wife. They are my pride and joy. I love taking them on trips to California and almost have them convinced that we should move out there. Ha! Wishful thinking on my part; they are 100-percent family grounded in Texas!

Brandi Wright Brandi Wright

Brandi began at ENMU-Ruidoso as Project Manager for the Cybersecurity Center of Excellence Peer Review Program. Prior to that she worked as a Criminal Investigator for the 12th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. She has a bachelor’s in Information and Communication Technology from New Mexico State University and is currently attending ENMU-Ruidoso. She will complete the CAE Cyber Workforce Development Certificate program in Fall 2023.

Wright states, “I decided to work at ENMU-Ruidoso because of the opportunity to work with Stephen Miller, the director of the CAE Cybersecurity Center and to be a part of this Cybersecurity program was an opportunity I did not want to pass up.”

Photo of Jesse DavisJesse Davis

Jesse received an Associate of Science in Information Systems Cyber Security from ENMU-Ruidoso in 2020 and more recently, a Bachelor of Applied Arts & Science in Information Systems from ENMU Portales and a Masters of Science in Cyber Security from Excelsior College, NY. He has worked at ENMU-Ruidoso as a CAE Student Specialist and is currently an adjunct professor with the Cybersecurity Program. Jesse serves as a recruiter for the U.S. Army Active Reserve and was a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve.