Cybersecurity Non-Profit GRCIE Announces Partnership Agreements

 GRC for Intelligent Ecosystems (GRCIE), a nonprofit that specializes in training underserved populations for cybersecurity and GRC careers, is pleased to announce partnerships with two workforce development organizations.

According to GRCIE (pronounced Gray-see) Founder and Executive Director Jenai Marinkovic, GRCIE will be collaborating with the Western Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (WMCAT) to provide career training for enrollees in its Adult Career Training Program. In a similar collaboration, GRCIE will partner with 2nd Chance Lifesavers of Birmingham, Alabama in their effort to launch a brand new Young Adult Career Training Program.

Both, WMCAT and 2nd Chance pride themselves in helping people who struggle economically due to under and unemployment in their communities. By working with GRCIE, each will be able to offer their target audience – people motivated to break out of a cycle of poverty – an intense 7-month tuition-free program in cybersecurity. The goal is, of course, to produce skilled workers who can finally enjoy sustained economic security.

The GRCIE program that WMCAT and 2nd Chance will take advantage of is the NextCISO Academy, headed up by Founder and Deputy Director Melissa Elza. It is a state-of-the-art remote learning program that is delivered through virtual reality/metaverse. Elza notes, “We simulate real-world scenarios for performing GRC tasks in virtual reality to help students practically apply their learnings in the Apprenticeship and eventually their future companies. As a result of this innovative training, students are ready to make an impact on day one.”

Pleased with the partnership plans, Marinkovic commented, “When we started during the pandemic, our classes were comprised of students spread across the country. Partnering with other nonprofits at the community level only makes sense. We are excited about the opportunity to have a real economic impact in both of these communities.” Elza added, “We’ve been seeing survey after survey telling us about the diversity problem in technology, but you don’t really see any actual solutions to that problem. We’re doing our part to tackle it head on.”

Other organizations involved in these collaborations include The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), which offers GRCIE students their globally recognized certificate in cloud computing (the CCSK), and Tiro Security, a boutique company specializing in Cybersecurity and GRC solutions, which provide career coaching and job placement services. Both, CSA and Tiro have been working with GRCIE since its inception in 2020, offering their services, including mentorship, free of charge to program students. Kris Rides, Tiro’s CEO, sits on GRCIE’s Board of Directors and was instrumental in helping GRCIE get started.

GRCIE is open to working with corporations, institutions, and organizations across the country to help build a new pool of cybersecurity professionals. The need is great and growing daily. At the same time, GRCIE’s goal is to diversify that pool. Currently, there is a distinct lack of females and minorities employed in cybersecurity jobs, a fact that GRCIE intends to change. In doing so, they are, at the same time, helping underserved communities transition to prosperity by offering the opportunity to attain sustainable careers.

For more information about GRCIE, please visit its website ( or contact them at ( Founders Marinkovic and Elza are especially eager to speak with both businesses and philanthropic organizations looking to improve society through cybersecurity channels. They are also hoping to work with government entities towards altering the trajectory of underserved individuals and communities.


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International Non-Profit Cyber Institute Named as an NGO Partner with United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

 The Cyber Institute has recently been assessed and approved as a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Partner. USAID selectively partners with development organizations working to make sustainable changes in local communities and around the world. Taylor Vance of the Cyber Institute expressed that “this partnership helps our organization expand programs with USAID and connect with a growing community of experienced USAID partners.” USAID is working to mitigate the cybersecurity risks stemming from accelerated digital technology adoption. As reliance on digital technology expands within an ecosystem, so do the number of vulnerabilities, creating the conditions for a steep rise in cybercrime, data harvesting, targeting, and surveillance. Failing to mitigate these vulnerabilities poses material threats to critical USAID partner countries, which can destabilize the digital ecosystem as a whole, threatens USAID’s efforts to improve social and economic well-being, and can undermine partner country government legitimacy in the public eye.

The Cyber Institute’s Center for Cyber Risk Research and Policy and Center for Women and Minorities in the Cyber Workforce will contribute cybersecurity and workforce development programming and advisory support to USAID’s cyber initiatives. Cybersecurity is critical to both the programmatic and operational success of USAID assistance and USAID has announced it will be a key part of each phase of their program cycle. USAID has said, “it should be thought of as a core thread that runs through all aspects of USAID’s technology programs in order to ensure digital sustainability and resiliency as this will ultimately protect USAID investments and build the cyber resilience of partner countries.” The Cyber Institute will initially focus on programs in high conflict areas in Europe and Africa.

About Cyber Institute

Cyber Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and international NGO that advises government and industry on matters related to cyber policy, pathways into the workforce, and cyber education curriculum. Our vision is to ensure a safer and more inclusive cyber world. Our mission is to increase access to education, employment, and workforce development to ensure they will have greater career opportunities while also empowering them to safeguard our digital world. By increasing access to education, employment, and workforce development, we believe the communities we serve will have greater opportunities for self-determination and self-reliance. Reach us at and find us at


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Non-Profit Global Cancer Institute Names Carolyn Ricci as Executive Director

Experienced women’s health advocate joins to accelerate programs for underserved cancer patients

WOODBURY, Conn.April 11, 2022PRLog — Global Cancer Institute (GCI), focused on improving survival rates for underserved cancer patients worldwide, announced today that it has appointed Carolyn Ricci as Executive Director. Ricci succeeds Founder Dr. Paul Goss, FRCP, MB BCh, PhD, who recently stepped back after founding and leading the organization since its inception in 2013. As Executive Director, Ricci will oversee all GCI operations, including strategy, program, impact, growth and fundraising.

“GCI is in great hands with Carolyn,” said Dr. Goss. “She’s a strong and capable leader who has, over the course of her career, demonstrated great vision and the ability to build teams and execute. I’m thrilled that she’s taking the reins and leading GCI into the future.”

Ricci was most recently Director of Development at the Melanoma Research Alliance. Prior to that, she was Director, Programs of the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade leading strategy, grantmaking, and programmatic operations and overseeing up to $40 million in annual giving aimed at improving breast cancer outcomes and reducing disparities in survival rates.

“I am excited to welcome Carolyn to the GCI team. She has deep expertise in women’s health, and we are confident that she is the right person to continue GCI’s growth in this space,” said Paul Damp, President, GCI Board of Trustees. “Carolyn’s ability to create connections and consensus with leaders across the oncology field and drive meaningful interventions to help patients overcome barriers to accessing care make her a great fit to lead this special organization.”

“I had the tremendous honor to work closely with Dr. Goss earlier in my career at Avon and have been a long-time admirer of GCI’s programs and impact,” said Ricci. “It is a privilege to now contribute to these efforts and advance work addressing the urgent need for cancer care assistance in resource-limited countries.”

GCI is known for its focus on developing countries, where cancer death rates are double those in the U.S. Its primary programs are:

  • Global Tumor Boards which aim to improve patterns of clinical care broadly by providing opportunities for physicians and oncologists in developing countries to connect directly to U.S. physicians via videoconference to discuss challenging cancer cases and ask advice. Participants hail from more than 30 countries each year, including Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Pakistan and Philippines.
  • Patient Navigation Programs to help cancer patients in low resource hospital systems to overcome barriers to receiving care. Patient Navigators help patients better navigate their diagnosis and the health system, including help finding physicians, accessing insurance benefits, booking treatment and follow-up appointments, and understanding their diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • Scholars and Fellows Program which offers scholarship opportunities to allow early career doctors to come to U.S. based cancer centers and acquire skills and information to better serve patients in their home countries. Over the years, GCI has cultivated a significant asset in its network of global ambassadors, who are now shaping the practice of oncology in their home institutions and countries.

To learn more about GCI’s global programs, visit

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Global Cancer Institute ( (GCI) is focused on improving survival rates for underserved cancer patients worldwide. Today, cancer death rates in developing countries are double those in the U.S. – GCI is working to close that gap. GCI works directly with physicians in developing countries to propagate simple interventions and treatments that are common in the U.S. today, and proven to accelerate diagnosis, access and treatment. Learn more about our programs at

New Non-Profit, Recipes4Learning, Uses Sugar Cookies to Change Lives of Special Needs Young Adults

 Recipes 4 Learning, Inc. is a newly formed 501(c)3 nonprofit that offers schools and organizations hands-on educational sugar cookie decorating kits designed for elementary school aged kids. The proceeds from sales of the cookie kits, in turn, directly supports young adults with disabilities with the goal of providing employment and vocational training as they transition out of school and into the workforce.

An example of a Recipes 4 Learning Cookie Kit is their “Cookie Fractions.” The kit includes pre baked cookies and all the decorating supplies to help teach both fractions and color theory to kids in grades 2-4. The Cookie Kits are ideal for an in-class or after-school enrichment program and come with a link to an instructional video.

Recipes 4 Learning also offers Family Fun Baking and Cooking Kits that schools can purchase as a fundraiser for their own organizations. Not only will the school raise funds for themselves but proceeds of the Recipes 4 Learning kits goes back into supporting the mission of the non-profit to change lives of young adults with special needs.

When Cookie Kit orders are placed Recipes 4 Learning hires young adults with different abilities to help assemble the kits at their Huntington, NY commercial kitchen. The young men and women, who are often those on the autism spectrum, learn vital skills while working at Recipes 4 Learning for future longer-term employment elsewhere such as assembly line work, time management and money management.

Lisa Basini, President & Founder of Recipes 4 Learning, who’s experience with her own son inspired her to launch the non-profit says, “There’s really a need for programs that fill this gap between high school and the workforce for these young people. There are not too many places that give them the time and space to help them learn some basic skills so they can get jobs. This is about hands-on learning for them, and then the cookie kits are also hands-on learning for the little kids. Who doesn’t like learning with cookies?” Lisa Basini is also owner of the Baking Coach, Inc., a baking entertainment and teaching business.

Recipes 4 Learning Cookie Kits or Fundraising Kits are sold for around $18.50 – $30 each and they can either be picked up at their Long Island location or shipped anywhere in the US. For those wishing to support the non-profit, they are accepting donations that help gift cookie kits to underprivileged school districts, or to help pay for employment of a person with special needs at

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