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Steven Stein, DirectorSteve Stein photograph

Northwest Regional Technology Center for Homeland Security
Phone: (206) 528-3340

As the Director of PNNL’s Northwest Regional Technology Center for Homeland Security, Mr. Stein works with the State and Local Emergency Management, Public Safety, and DHS Operational Field Organizations. The overriding objective of the Center is to enhance the partnership between the federal, state and local organizations in the region and DHS to better articulate and prioritize technology needs and to accelerate deployment of new and emerging technology solutions regionally and nationally.

Over the course of his thirty year career, Mr. Stein has distinguished himself in the public and private sectors through his leadership of large, complex, multidisciplinary projects that focus on evaluation, development, testing, and insertion of new technologies. Mr. Stein managed numerous multi-million dollar programs focused on radioactive waste management and disposal nationally. These programs advanced new remediation technologies through public and regulatory acceptance to commercial practice. The teams were composed of members from nearly all the major national laboratories, commercial technology providers, and numerous universities. Mr. Stein has extensive experience working with regional and state governments, serving as the Hanford Site Liaison to the Offices of the Governors of Washington and Oregon, and the regional and state regulators as well as the regional EPA. Over the last ten years, he has placed more emphasis on technology acceptance and technology insertion with the explicit objective of creating new commercial ventures in electronics and telecom markets. Mr. Stein has also worked extensively with the financial community, including venture capital and banking institutions, to finance these new ventures.

        B.S., Geology, Washington State University


Ann Lesperance, Deputy DirectorAnn Lesperance photograph

Regional Programs
Northwest Regional Technology Center for Homeland Security
Phone: (206) 528-3223

Ann Lesperance has been with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory since 1990. In her current capacity she is the Deputy Director Regional Programs Northwest Regional Technology Center for Homeland Security located in Seattle, Washington. Her primary focus is developing regional programs to accelerate the demonstration and deployment of new Homeland Security technologies. To accomplish this, Ms. Lesperance works with state and local emergency responders and public safety officials to understand and help prioritize their operational needs and requirements. She also builds regional coalitions of emergency management professionals to partner with Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, the Department of Defense, and other federal agencies and manages program implementation in the field.

In addition to her efforts to support Homeland Security, Ms. Lesperance has over 20 years of experience in domestic and international environmental and public health analysis, project management and program development. In the international arena she has managed water sustainability projects in Mexico City, worked with Russian managers on the cleanup of radioactive waste sites, and explored drug discovery and conservation strategies in Peru and Chile. Prior to joining PNNL, she worked for a private consulting firm in Los Angeles, CA and USDA is Atlanta, GA and Los Angeles. She served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in the Andes Mountain in Ecuador where she initiated community development, energy and environmental programs with USAID, and the United Nations.

She is also the Chair for the Advisory Board at the University of Washington School of Business Center, for International Business Education and Research and is a Fellow at the World Affairs Council in Seattle.

        B.A., University of Wisconsin, Environmental Science and Latin American Studies
        M.S., UCLA, Public Health, School of Public Health, Environmental Science and Engineering Program


Ryan Eddy, Deputy DirectorRyan Eddy photograph

Northwest Regional Technology Center
Phone: (509) 372-6622

Ryan R. Eddy serves as the Deputy Director of the Northwest Regional Technology Center at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). As the Deputy Director of the Center, Mr. Eddy helps to support regional preparedness, response, and recovery by enabling homeland security solutions for emergency responder communities and Federal, State, and local stakeholders in the Northwest. Drawing on his nearly seven years of experience in Washington, DC, Mr. Eddy also assists PNNL’s Homeland Security Programs sector in the development of strategies while at the same time managing a multitude of projects across such areas as radiological and nuclear detection.

Prior to his time at PNNL, Mr. Eddy served as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Presidentially-appointed Director at DNDO within DHS from July 2005 – January 2009. DNDO was created in April 2005 by then President Bush to improve the Nation’s capability to prevent radiological and nuclear terrorism. In his role as Advisor to the Director, he was the primary interface to DHS headquarters staff to develop international and domestic radiation detection policy. Preceding his service at DNDO, he worked for two and a half years as the Confidential Assistant to the Director for the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President. His role in supporting the President’s Science Advisor focused on homeland and national security policy issues, including biometrics, export control, and standards[] . Prior to joining OSTP, he served for three and a half years in the Office of the Governor of Arizona, as Executive Management Consultant for the Governor's Office for Excellence in Government (OEG). Mr. Eddy served as OEG’s Chief Legislative Liaison and assisted in the development of the state's first homeland security plan.

        B.S., Arizona State University, Political Science


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