EKP Leadership Team


Mary Frantz

Mary Frantz is the Managing Partner and Founder of EKP. Mary is the acting lead over the Information Technology practice area. During the past 25 years Mary has held consulting and leadership positions in the areas of Information Technology Strategy, Enterprise Architecture, Cyber Security, Cyber Incident Response, and Big Data. She is a court vetted expert in cyber security, data breach, cloud-based delivery models, breach remediation and forensics. She is a keynote speaker, author, and adjunct professor, and she is passionate about promoting STEM opportunities for women and minorities. Mary graduated from Northern Illinois University with a quadruple major. She holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a Master's in Computer Science Engineering from Georgia Tech. In addition to her university education she holds multiple certifications in technology, information security, eDiscovery and audit. She sits on the advisory board of the Cyber Security Summit, Enterprising Women Foundation, Minnesota Academy of Science and is noted as one of the top 100 STEM CEOs. maryf@ekpartner.com.


Chris Brinkworth

EKP Director, Forensics and eDiscovery. Chris has over 19 years’ experience in digital forensics, internal investigations and electronic discovery. He is an expert in security forensics analysis, malware detection, memory , database, and packet analysis, mobile forensics, password hacking, and virtual systems. Chris is a national expert witness on multiple forensic and imaging tools and processes. He is well known for his work for such institutions include DFIR lab work for memory and malware analysis in support of incident response operations. Chris is an active member of High Technology Crime Investigation Association and former working member of the Electronic Discovery Resource Model (association). ICIS (systems integration specialist). He hold multiple certifications in security, mobile forensics, enterprise architectures. Chris holds a Bachelors of Science, Environmental Sciences (Hydrologic Impact Modelling) from the University of Minnesota chrisb@ekpartner.com.

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Chris Schulte

EKP Director, Information Systems and Architecture. Over 16 years’ experience designing and implementing secure cloud architectures, networking, mobile and web applications, Chris also has extensive experience in identity and access management, logging and monitoring. He has designed threat intelligence systems and managed security posture assessments for clients. Chris performs vulnerability scans, writes transforms for dark net IOC searches, hardens containers, performs recon scans and network pen testing. Schulte has provided expert services for both State and Federal legal matters. Schulte has worked with Law Enforcement agencies, corporations, law firms and other private parties to forensically collect, analyze, search, and report on cyber threat intelligence evidence and develops transforms for both civil and criminal cases as well as internal matters. Mr. Schulte has given presentations to both security and legal professionals, including accredited CLE presentations. He current teaches computer science at Metropolitan State University. Chris holds a Bachelors of Applied Science in Information Systems and Computer Forensics with a minor in Criminal Justice. chriss@ekpartner.com


Loren Dealy Mahler

Loren Dealy Mahler of Dealy Mahler Strategies, LLC is an EKP partner for cyber adverse even communications and public relations. Loren is a seasoned strategic leader with high-level government and private sector experience. Loren has advised top government officials with the National Security Council, the Department of Defense, Capitol Hill as well a senior executives from Fortune 500 companies and national non-profits. Loren partners with EKP and works directly with EKP clients to provide strategic communication counsel for crisis management, crisis communications response team development, reputation management, the development and audit of cyber crisis communication plans, and provides the public relations expertise in both real and cyber exercises. Loren is a graduate of Princeton University and holds a Master's in Public Policy from the McCourt School at Georgetown. She current serves on the Board of Advisors for the Cyber Security Summit in Minneapolis, MN. loren@dealymahlerstrategies.com.