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Ann Lesperance, DirectorAnn Lesperance photograph

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

Ann Lesperance has been with the PNNL since 1990. In her current capacity she is the Director of the 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 more than 30 years of experience as a researcher and project manager in domestic and international fields including environmental and public health analysis, and in disaster management and recovery from natural and man-made events. Ms. Lesperance is a recognized leader in response, recovery, and resiliency issues, having been selected to serve on a National Academy of Science Steering Committee exploring a "whole of government" approach to international CBRNE events.

Additionally, Ms. Lesperance has played key leadership roles in engaging the public and private sector energy and public safety sectors on issues related to cybersecurity and resiliency. She is leading a state-wide effort to develop an open-source information-sharing platform to enhance response and recovery from cyberattacks. She has also supported a first of a kind effort in Washington State to develop a cyber-attack emergency response annex.

        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


Steven Stein, Senior Technical AdvisorSteve Stein photograph

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

As the senior technical advisor for PNNL's Northwest Regional Technology Center for Homeland Security, Mr. Stein supports the center in working with the State and Local Emergency Management, Public Safety, and DHS Operational Field Organizations. Over the course of his 38-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 has a passionate belief that responders deserve modern technology to keep them safe and enhance their capabilities. He has served as the chair for the National Lab Consortium on Explosive Detection, led the formation of the Responder Technology Alliance Program focused on the first responder of the future, and served as the co-chair for the Interagency Board working group composed of first responders focused on envisioning the responder of the future.

        B.S., Geology, Washington State University


Ryan Eddy, Senior Policy Advisor, Deputy DirectorRyan Eddy photograph

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

Ryan R. Eddy serves as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Associate Laboratory Director for the National Security Directorate (NSD) at PNNL) and has been at the lab since 2009. In that role he helps to develop and implement policy and government relations strategies for NSD. He also serves a strategic role with the lab's Director of External Relations by assisting with government relations, state and regional strategy, and community engagement for the overall lab. By drawing on his nearly seven years of experience in Washington, DC, Mr. Eddy also assists NSD’s Program Development Office in the development of strategy across a host of national security sponsors. Finally, Mr. Eddy is the Deputy Director of the Northwest Regional Technology Center (NWRTC) at PNNL. In that role he 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.

Prior to his time at PNNL, Mr. Eddy served as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Presidentially-appointed Director at the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from July 2005 - January 2009. 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. 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). In all of these roles Mr. Eddy was in charge of developing and implementing legislative strategy at both the federal and state levels. Mr. Eddy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Arizona State University (ASU) in 1999.

        B.S., Arizona State University, Political Science


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