About Us

Our Team


Neil Schwartzman | President |
Neil is the former interdepartmental liaison of anti-phishing research and investigations at Apple iCloud Mail, where he worked as an independent contractor. He was the first winner of the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) Mary Litynski Lifetime Achievement Award, given, in part, for his advocacy work in helping to promote Canada’s anti-spam law. He has served on government and intergovernmental panels, committees and working groups in Canada, the U.S., and the European Union.
Anthony Purcell | Treasurer |
Anthony is the former manager of Apple iCloud Mail and a former member of the board of directors of M3AAWG, where he also served as Treasurer for many years.
Maria Thomas | Secretary |
Maria is a cyber investigator who took part in a strike force that identified threat actors behind numerous video game cheat operations, underpinning successful legal initiatives to shut the operations down and recouping substantial damages for the victim companies.


Mariska Calabrese | SME |
Mariska has been focused on trust and safety issues in leadership roles and areas for the entirety of her professional life. She has both a deep technical knowledge and a firm grasp of security best practice policy and protocol development and implementation.
Eve Crevoshay | SME |
Eve is a 20-year veteran of the nonprofit sector, with a focus on fundraising and executing strategy. Her background spans education, social services, and the arts, and she is committed to identifying and enabling systemic change. Eve is a member of the advisory boards for GDC (in the advocacy track), the Fair Play Alliance, The Games and Online Harassment Hotline (gameshotline.org), and The International Game Summit on Mental Health (TIGS.ca); and is the recipient of the inaugural GamesBeat Up and Comer award (2020) and the 2022 Games for Change Festival Vanguard Award.
Steven Guris | Unit 221b Representative |
Steven is a cyber investigator representing the cybersecurity detective agency Unit 221B. Mr. Guris has been an expert witness in several court cases brought against the threat actors behind video game cheat publishing, and was pivotal in the prosecution of two miscreants who made real-world threats against the staff of a major video game company.
Arohi Kashyap Esq. | Legal Advisor |
Arohi is a Partner at Kashyap Partners & Associates LLP. She has a law degree from University of California, Berkeley School of Law. She practices in both California and India, with a focus on start-up, transaction, technology, and data-privacy law.
John Levine | SME |  
John is the author of the best-selling book The Internet for Dummies. He has been an internet anti-abuse advocate since the 1990s. He is a winner of M3AAWG’s Mary Litynski Lifetime Achievement Award and is active on the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and other internet governance organizations.
Don McGowan | Community Relations |
Don is the former General Counsel of Bungie, was Chief Legal Officer of Pokémon for twelve years, and before that, was lead attorney for Microsoft Game Studios (now Xbox Game Studios), where he also worked in Regulatory Affairs on cybersecurity and cryptography issues. Mr. McGowan served on the board of directors of National Center of Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) from 2016 to 2023 and is on the Advisory Board of Red Ball Drills, a security training program aimed at providing a safe way for organizations and law enforcement agencies to drill real-world scenarios. 
Mick Moran | Child Safety SME & Law Enforcement Liaison |
Mick is a thirty-year veteran of law enforcement, serving on the team that pioneered Ireland’s response to cybercrime before it was even called that. After forking into the investigation of online child exploitation, he served over ten years at INTERPOL where he managed teams dealing with online crimes against children, human trafficking and people-smuggling. He is a member of various boards including Cyber Safe Kids Ireland and La Strada Moldova, and an active consultant with the EU, UNICEF, INHOPE and NCMEC. Mr. Moran won the 2017 M3AAWG Mary Litynski Lifetime Achievement Award.
Allison Nixon | Cybercrime SME |
Allison is a world-renowned expert in youth cybercrime and its ties to the video game ecosystem. Nixon’s focus is on investigating SIM-swapping, Denial of Service, swatting, and other forms of online abuse; she has assisted international law enforcement in myriad cases of note.
Matthew Vernhout | SME |  
Matthew has been an internet anti-abuse activist for more than two decades, and an avid industry analyst of the video game industry for equally as long.


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