Leadership & Staff

Teams of undergraduate and graduate students work directly with real-world clients under the supervision of Managing Director Joseph Williams, Professional Services Director Alex Caron, and other Champlain College faculty.

Through their work at the Center, students gain valuable experience as they tackle real and complex digital forensic issues—an experience that makes them more marketable as they begin, and advance in their careers.


Adam Goldstein - Executive Director

Adam Goldstein

Adam Goldstein is an Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity at Champlain College. He has over 20 years of experience in the field, having worked as Information Security Officer and Security Operations Director at leading institutions of higher education.  He is involved in numerous cybersecurity education outreach efforts and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Computer Examiner (CCE), and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Papers Published: Forensic Implications of System Resource Usage Monitor (SRUM) Data in Windows 8 - January 2015 - Journal of Digital Investigation (Elsevier)

Joseph Williams - Managing Director

Joseph Melvin Williams was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. After high school, he attended Texas A&M University from 1998-2003, where he received a Bachelor's of Science in Bioenvironmental Science. In March of 2004, Williams enlisted in the Navy as an Information System Technician as a way to help pay off student loans and started his journey to learn about computers.

Williams had the opportunity to travel the world in the Navy and work with many great leaders and peers. After over seven years of active duty in the Navy, Williams decided to try his luck in the civilian world. He started taking classes towards his Master's in Education at Old Dominion University in Virginia in the spring of 2009, and transferred to online classes when he moved to Vermont. He started looking for jobs in the Burlington area and applied for the Team Leader position at the Leahy Center. He was offered the position and moved to Burlington full-time. He's been with the Leahy Center ever since.

Alexander Caron - Professional Services Director

Alex Header ImageAlexander Caron is an adjunct faculty and full-time staff member in the Division of Information Technology & Sciences. After graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer and Digital Forensics, he returned to Champlain with a diverse background that has provided him with insight into many of today's complex fields. Additionally, these experiences have enabled him to gain hands-on experience in computer and digital forensics, information assurance, intelligence analysis, computer networking and administration, project management, and public safety administration.

Caron's interest in electronics began very early in his life and led to his first job working as a computer technician for his hometown at just 14 years old. While continuing to work through high school, he ran his own business for IT support and consulting for local businesses and residents. During the summer of 2011, Caron was accepted into the Information Assurance Summer Intern Program with the United States Department of Defense in the Washington D.C. area. After successful completion of the internship, he was offered a full-time, post-grad analyst position. In that position, Alex worked on some of the nation's most challenging national security issues. In addition to his experience in the fields of forensics and intelligence, Alex has been employed by and consulted for a handful of public safety agencies throughout his career.