Our Experts

"I need an individual who is qualified, technically able and one who can fit into our team culture. Champlain College graduates fit this description and are prepared to meet the needs of this fast-paced business climate."
— Jim Domres, Sr. VP/COO, Digits LLC

Champlain College does not just provide a computer forensics education; it provides an educational experience respected throughout the industry. Our faculty are internationally known and respected experts in the field; they are motivated to create hands-on, highly interactive courses that utilize the real-world procedures, techniques, and software used by digital investigators throughout the world. Our experts include:

  • 2011 Digital Investigator of the Year
  • Authors of computer forensics textbooks, reference books and procedure manuals
  • Digital Forensics software and procedure developers
  • Influencers who have been in the digital investigation field almost since its inception

These dynamic individuals bring their own unique experiences to their computer forensics classes, utilizing real-life cases and tools as the basis for many of their “What if…” discussions and examples of the lengths criminals can and will go to hide their tracks. A few of these expert faculty include:

Jonathan RajewskiJonathan Rajewski

This 2011 Digital Investigator of the Year is an assistant professor in the Computer & Digital Forensic program at Champlain College. In addition to his teaching responsibilities Jonathan assists public and private sector organizations including the Vermont Internet Crimes Task Force with digital forensic litigation strategy, investigations and written and oral testimony. He has served many high profile, confidential clients and has worked alongside many governmental agencies at both the state and federal levels. His high degree of professionalism and experience in the detection and prevention of white-collar crime complements his ability to teach, manage and conduct digital forensic investigations.  Jonathan holds a M.S in Managing Innovation and Information Technology, a B.S in Economic Crime, and is the author of the blog Digital Forensics is a Science.

Professional certifications:

  • Certified Computer Examiner (CCE)
  • EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCe)
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

Member of the following associations:

  • ISFCE - International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners
  • ACFE - Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • HTCIA - High Technology Crime Investigation Association
  • HTCC - High Te+ch Crime Consortium
  • InfraGard - Federal Bureau of Investigation sponsored information sharing group
  • The International Botnet Taskforce - Global initiative to investigate Botnet


Cristian Balan

Cristian is an assistant professor in the Computer and Digital Forensics Program at Champlain College, Cristian shares his extensive system administration, information security and digital forensics experiences with his students. In addition to his responsibilities as an assistant professor, he runs his own consulting firm specializing in managing cyber-risk for a wide range of public and private sector clientele. He also works actively with the Digital Forensics Association, a student-lead organization on Champlain’s campus, to create opportunities for students to interact with experts from the field.  As a Major in the Vermont Army National Guard, Balan is the Chief of the Guard’s computer network defense. This team responds to cyber incidents on the Guard’s networks as well as the larger US Army network. Balan holds a Department of Defense Certification in Information Assurance Level III, technical and management, as well as the CISSP Certification, and the Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator designation.

Justin Jiron

As an instructor at Champlain College, Justin brings a wealth of experience from his “real world” career. As a Deputy State’s Attorney in the office of the Chittenden County (VT) State’s Attorney he is responsible for prosecuting a wide variety of cases including fraud, drug offenses, DUI, larcenies, robberies, assaults and homicides.  Currently he is primarily responsible for prosecuting drug sales and ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) cases.  The ICAC cases include possession and dissemination of child pornography and luring.  Justin earned his J.D. degree from Albany Law School in 1999, and his B.A. from the University of Vermont in 1991. Before becoming a prosecutor, Justin was in private practice, where he represented clients in the areas of estate planning and administration, real estate, banking, and insurance defense litigation.

Lisa Kara

Lisa brings a range of law enforcement and digital forensics experience to the computer forensics program at Champlain College. As a Crime Scene Technician for the Herndon, VA Police Department she became interested in forensic investigation and enrolled at George Washington University in their Master’s of Forensic Science with a concentration in High Tech Crime Investigation. While studying for her master’s degree Lisa completed an internship with the Arlington County Police Department’s Computer Forensics Unit. Upon receiving her master’s degree Lisa came to work for Champlain College as an instructor in the Digital Forensics program, and with the Vermont Internet Crimes Task Force as a Digital Forensics Examiner. In 2007 the south called her home and she returned to the DC area where she became a full-time detective for the Leesburg Police Department, was a member of the Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children and FBI Innocent Images tasks forces, while still teaching for Champlain College’s computer forensics degree program online. She recently began teaching criminal justice and forensics full-time and doing data recovery work part time on a private basis. This past fall Lisa began a PhD program at Nova Southeastern University.

Douglas Orr

With a 25 year career in law enforcement under his belt, Doug provides the real-world education Champlain students have come to expect. After a career in South Carolina as a patrolman with the Greenville Police Department he headed west to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho to join the Idaho State Police. In 1996 he moved to Spokane, Washington and joined the Spokane Police Department where he is currently a detective in the Major Crimes Unit. On the side he not only teaches for Champlain College online, he is also contracted by the Washington State Department of Corrections to perform Post Conviction Sex Offender Polygraph Testing for Community Corrections in Spokane, and he is an EnCase certified examiner performing a variety of data recovery and forensic examinations for local counsel. Doug has his Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University, and his PhD in Criminal Justice from Washington State University.

Anita Shah

Upon receiving her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Anita began her career as a network engineer for an Internet service provider. She soon realized she wanted to do something different and applied for a computer forensics examiner position with the FBI, where she now works at their Chicago Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory. Additionally, Anita teaches computer forensics classes online for Champlain College. She has her Masters in Forensic Science with a specialization in High Tech Crime Investigations from George Washington University.