Eva Velasquez is the President/CEO at the Identity Theft Resource Center. Ms. Velasquez previously served as the Vice President of Operations for the San Diego Better Business Bureau and spent 21 years at the San Diego District Attorney’s Office. Eva has a passion for consumer protection and educating the public about identity theft, privacy, scams and fraud, and other related issues. She served as the chairman of the Consumer Fraud Task Force for 13 years and is a past Vice President of the California Consumer Affairs Association. She is recognized as a nationwide expert on identity theft and has recently been featured on the Ricki Lake show, CNBC Nightly Business Report, and Huffington Post Live. She has also been quoted in MORE and Real Simple Magazine’s, the New York Times, NBCNews.com, Today.com and numerous other outlets. Velasquez has more than 500 hours of specialized training in the investigation of economic crimes and presents at conferences across the country, including the Professionals Achieving Consumer Trust Summit, the American Bar Association, the California District Attorney’s Association Consumer Protection Conference and the California Consumer Affairs Association Annual Conference. Eva is a recipient of awards such as of The Stevie® Award for Women in Business recognizing women internationally and the 2016 Women Who Mean Business Award for her contribution to San Diego’s business, civic and cultural landscape.

Karen Barney is Program Director for the Identity Theft Resource Center, a position which keeps her directly involved with most of the public output of the ITRC and all the collaborative efforts of the center. Karen helps develop much of the ITRC website content and manages collaborative efforts with a wide variety of partners and sponsors. Karen joined the ITRC in 2002 and has since done an extensive amount of research and writing in creating consumer documents for the ITRC website. She oversees the day-to-day updates of the ITRC Breach Report, getting first hand awareness of the data breach activity as it occurs.  In addition, she is an active participant in most of the ITRC partnerships on cyber-security efforts, at both the local and national level. Karen is committed to public education and often presents to civic and community organizations throughout San Diego County.

Nikki Fiorentino is the Senior Director of Communications at the Identity Theft Resource Center. Since Nikki joined the ITRC in 2010, she has built the organization's communications presence into what it is today. She manages much of the organization's public outreach, including its online presence and social media. Nikki continues to build the ITRC's reach through media relations and collaborative partnerships in addition to her daily activities of managing content creation, strategy, and distribution. She has a true passion for helping people and enjoys knowing her work has a positive impact on people's lives. Nikki has taken part in many speaking engagements on behalf of the ITRC for both community events and industry conferences and seminars. In the past, Nikki has served as the Communications and Outreach Specialist for the USAID Access to Justice Program in Iraq and she holds a Master of Arts in Central and Eastern European Studies. 

Mona Terry is the Director of Operations for the Identity Theft Resource Center.  Mona previously worked at the Better Business Bureau for ten years. As Director of Operations at the BBB she was responsible for managing and growing the complaint department and worked with military service members and high school students, educating them on spending wisely, scams, and risk factors for identity theft. She has a passion for consumer protection which she cultivated at the BBB and looks forward to growing with the ITRC. Mona holds a Masters in Business Administration.

 

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