Blog Contributors

Will Sparks is a graduate from the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy at the University of the Pacific and currently works for a large retail pharmacy chain on the California Central Coast. By tracking developments in the healthcare industry, he has developed a strong interest in Health IT, and the security methods used to ensure patient privacy and safety. These interests led him to InfoGard in the spring of 2012. Will currently assists in the development of InfoGard’s healthcare related IT security programs and services.

Marc Ireland received a degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and has been working for InfoGard for six years. He is the InfoGard FIPS Program Manager, and specializes in guiding vendors through the FIPS 140-2 validation process for cryptographic modules that protect sensitive but unclassified information.

Aaron Chong joined the InfoGard team in 2011. Using his various technical experiences, he performs EHR product testing and evaluates network scanning reports from ASVs. He also assists InfoGard’s FIPS team in cryptographic algorithm testing. Aaron obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Information Systems.


Stephanie Eckgren graduated from Fresno Pacific University and has been InfoGard’s Quality Manager since March 2012. She enjoys managing the Quality department and learning about new healthcare requirements. Stephanie is excited to see how InfoGard can continue to expand service offerings to the healthcare technology markets.

Adam Hardcastle received a degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and has been working for InfoGard for eight years. He is currently the InfoGard PCI PTS Program Manager. He is also a member of InfoGard’s EHR Certification Body and an EPCS Evaluator.

Annie Browne is a graduate of California State University, Fresno, and has been a Security Engineer with InfoGard for over eight years. She currently works in the Business Development group, expanding the EPCS evaluation program. She has supported the FIPS 140-2, Common Criteria, EHR, and ASV programs at InfoGard.

cupRyan Day is an Engineering graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He is the InfoGard Common Criteria Program Manager, and an EPCS Evaluation Lead. He has experience in FIPS 140-2, Postal, HSHB, and other technical evaluations.

clubMilton Padilla has been with InfoGard for almost three years and is the InfoGard EHR Test Body Program Manager and PCI ASV Program Manager. He graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, with a Business degree, and also has a Computer Science and Pre-Law background. He is very excited to be a part of InfoGard’s social media team and looks forward to contributing to its success.



  • EHR – Electronic Health Record
  • MU – Meaningful Use
  • PCI ASV – Payment Card Industry Approved Scanning Vendor
  • FIPS 140-2 – Federal Information Processing Standards 140-2
  • HIT – Health Information Technology
  • PCI PTS – PCI PIN Transaction Security
  • EPCS – Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances
  • HSHB – HIPAA Safe Harbor from Breach

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