Meet The Team

Our people are what make us great. With hundreds of years of combined experience in law enforcement, forensics research and development, and corporate investigations, our team understands forensics.

Meet the Executive Leadership Team

Ken Basore
Chief Executive Officer

Leads the BlackBag team with over 20 years of business experience and a law enforcement background that enables him to guide the company in providing complete solutions our customers need every day.

Ken is a seasoned executive who is also a twenty-year veteran of law enforcement and an eighteen-year expert in computer forensics. His knowledge and expertise brings a proven leadership ability needed to promote the mission and unique culture of BlackBag. An expert in the fields of IT, digital investigation and law enforcement, Ken deeply understands the customer point-of-view, and this helps guide him in management of the company. Prior to joining BlackBag, Ken was Senior Vice President of Product Engineering for Guidance Software. During his 17-year tenure, he held executive roles in engineering, training, information technology, and professional services. Most recently, Ken was responsible for all aspects of product engineering for existing and future products. As a police officer for 20 years, Ken was responsible for the development of the first Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory in San Diego, California where he supervised 16 investigators from various federal, state and local law enforcement facilities. In his free time, Ken and his family are avid campers. Whether it is hiking, backpacking, tent camping or RV camping, he loves everything that involves the outdoors and has been to countless National Parks with his family.

Ben Charnota
Co-Founder and Chief Customer Officer

Enables law enforcement officers, government officials, and corporate digital examiners to ensure they have the tools they need to successfully reveal the truth and create a safer world.

Ben possesses a deep background in data forensics, having worked on early pioneering cases in both the public and private sectors.  Prior to founding BlackBag with Chief Scientist, Derrick Donnelly, Ben was a key member of the Information Systems and Technology team at Apple Inc., leading digital forensic investigations and advising large operating groups as the technical lead on digital security.  Previously he served as a Technical Investigator at Adobe Systems where he developed their case management database, created software piracy prevention initiatives and coordinated raids with the USSS, FBI, and US Marshals in the apprehension of suspected Intellectual Property violators.  Ben holds a B.S. from San Jose State University and serves as a Reserve Police Officer with the City of Gilroy, CA.

Derrick Donnelly
Co-Founder and Chief Scientist

Leads the research and development teams to continuously create multi-platform forensic software and hardware solutions.

After his time at Apple, Inc. Leading the Information Systems and Technology team Derrick and current Chief Customer Officer, Ben Charnota, founded BlackBag Technologies. Derrick was also a regular instructor for the FBI Computer Analysis and Response Team (CART) for over 8 years and has taught numerous other international, federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies around the World. Derrick has completed analysis and given testimony in connection with Federal and state criminal and civil cases.

Sheldon Feinland
Vice President, Global Sales

Partners with customers globally to ensure that they have the appropriate solutions to keep the world safe for everyone.

Sheldon manages BlackBag’s rapidly expanding global sales team. His prior experience includes senior leadership roles at Lumeta, RiskSense, Systech International, Damballa, Index Engines and Guidance Software, where he led the organization through a successful IPO. During his career, Sheldon has established extensive strategic relationships with C-Suite, executive leadership and market influencers in the public sector (local, state/region and Federal government levels) and the corporate sector including financial services, healthcare, consumer goods, retail, telecommunications, pharmaceutical and insurance industries. An accomplished global software solution leader, Sheldon holds expertise in compliance, cybersecurity, digital forensics, risk, business intelligence and analytics.

Meet the Forensic Experts

Drew Fahey
Vice President of Product Development

Leads the development team in creating comprehensive software solutions customers can trust.

Drew has spent over twenty years conducting incident response and forensic investigations. His extensive law enforcement and international experience stems from working with a broad cross-section of Fortune 500 corporations and government agencies around the world. His experience started as a special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, investigating a variety of computer crimes, including hacking, crimes against children, espionage, identity theft, and fraud cases. After leaving the Air Force he created the Helix Incident Response and Forensics bootable CDROM, which became a standard triage tool used around the world. Drew is a graduate of Texas State University and holds a BS in computer science.

Ashley Hernandez
Director of Product

Listens to customers’ challenges and helps design solutions with BlackBag’s development team.

Ashley believes digital forensics provides law enforcement, government, and corporations the crucial ability to determine facts pertinent to solving criminal and civil matters and to examine security incidents. With over 15 years’ experience in the field, she has taught and certified investigators in digital forensics and security topics; including speaking at many digital forensics and law enforcement conferences. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Sonoma State University.

Matt McFadden
Director of Training

Directs efforts to provide realistic digital forensic training in our courses delivered worldwide.

Matt is an honorably retired Police Sergeant with the Clovis Police Department with over 20 years of digital forensic experience including expert testimony in state superior and U.S. federal courts. His digital forensic case work has been featured by CNN, People Magazine, New York Times, TruTV, Oxygen Channel’s show Snapped, and in the book “Caught in the Web – Inside the Police Hunt to Rescue Children from Online Predators” by Julian Sher. Matt holds multiple industry recognized digital forensic and incident response certifications. In his downtime, Matt enjoys spending time with his family and volunteering time to coach youth volleyball leagues.

Cari Graham
Director of Human Resources

Empowers the BlackBag team to be engaged, happy, and to have fun.

Cari, our Human Resources Director since October 2017, is responsible for the overall employee experience, focusing on recruiting, retention, talent development, total rewards, and everything under the sun and around the globe. Before joining BlackBag, Cari was the Director, HR Business Partner with Guidance Software, now known as OpenText, and has worked in the technology and digital forensics field for several years. Purpose, belonging, and passion makes us thrive and I’m here to help fuel the mission.

Joe T. Sylve, Ph.D.
Director of Research & Development

Drives innovation and pursues emerging areas of research in order to give our customers new capabilities.

Joe is a digital forensics researcher, educator, and former practitioner with over a decade of experience. He leads our Research and Development team and is responsible for the development of innovative and practical solutions to address the emerging challenges in digital forensics. Dr. Sylve received his Ph.D. in 2017 from the University of New Orleans and is a GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst. He regularly presents his research at a number of conferences and has published several peer-reviewed publications on digital forensics.

Bruce Hunter
Senior Forensic Engineer

Bruce currently researches, prepares and teaches BlackBag’s iOS and macOS training classes.

Bruce retired after 29 years of policing split between Toronto and Guelph Police Departments in Ontario, Canada. Bruce worked in several investigative units throughout his career including; General Investigations, Youth Crime, Gangs/Street Crime, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse. He was instrumental in creating the Internet Child Exploitation and Technological Crimes Unit at the Guelph Police. Bruce has testified at court on both numerous Child Exploitation and Computer/Mobile Forensics cases and has been declared an expert in a number of fields in Ontario, and New York. Bruce has lectured and presented at a number of forensic and legal conferences.

Stephen Villere
Forensic Engineer

A digital forensic explorer at heart, ready to use his skills to help those on the front lines.

Stephen has been in Law Enforcement since 2002 and started his career in Digital Forensics in 2003 prior to coming to BlackBag. His background includes being directly involved in creating/building two Digital Forensic Units and conducting Digital Forensic Examinations for Criminal Investigations of all types. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Information Science from Loyola University of New Orleans, a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE) from the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialist (IACIS), a GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA) from the Global Information Assurance Certification, and over eight hundred hours of DFIR training. He has lectured at Loyola University, University of New Orleans, and with the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) Train the Director Series.

Stephanie Thompson
Solutions Engineer

Supports both government and corporate customers by helping them become comfortable and confident with our tools.

Stephanie has a been a digital forensics analyst working in the Federal Government space for 15 years prior to coming to BlackBag. Her background is primarily in Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Intelligence investigations, but also worked closely with federal law enforcement agencies on a routine basis. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from George Mason University, and Masters of Forensic Science degree from George Washington University. She loves to tackle interesting problems in the community, and hopes to go back for her PhD in the next couple of years.

Justin Matsuhara
Team Lead, Solutions Engineer

Assists customers with determining which digital forensic solution fits their current workflow.

Prior to retiring as a detective in California, Justin completed California DOJ’s computer and mobile device training and conducted digital evidence exams for investigations. As a detective, he investigated missing persons, domestic violence, burglaries, major accidents, and homicides. In 2012, Justin retired from the Navy after 20 years of active and reserve duty as a Navy SWCC.

Tim Thorne
Solutions Engineer

Uses his background in law enforcement to assist users with BlackBag tools and products.

Tim has been a Solutions Engineer with BlackBag since April 2016. Before his time with BlackBag, he completed 30 years of service with the Metropolitan Police in London where, prior to roles in Digital Forensics, he worked from New Scotland Yard engaged in drugs, murder and robbery investigations across London. He specialized in long term covert internal corruption investigations and later became the Anti-Corruption Command lab manager for network and digital forensic investigations targeting corrupt police officers and those seeking to corrupt them. He went on to become a Digital Forensic Operations Manager for the New Scotland Yard Counter Terrorism unit where he managed a large team responsible for exploiting digital media associated with those engaged in acts of terrorism both in outside of the UK. Tim enjoys travelling with his family, walking his dog and recently moved to France to enjoy, amongst other things, the weather and amazing road cycling.

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