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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


Ryan Eddy, Senior Policy Advisor, Deputy DirectorRyan Eddy photograph

Northwest Regional Technology Center for Homeland Security
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


Rob Jasper, Manager, Deputy DirectorRob Jasper photograph

Northwest Regional Technology Center for Homeland Security
Phone: (509) 371-6430

Rob Jasper is a manager in PNNL's National Security Directorate (NSD), Chief Scientist of the Analysis in Motion (AIM) streaming analytics initiative and lead for NSD’s Innovation District Strategy.

Before joining PNNL, Rob served as Vice President of Data Sciences at compensation analytics provider PayScale where he developed search, analytics, and statistical models as well as managed the data sciences and company’s IT operations. Prior to PayScale, Rob was Chief Technology Officer at Intelligent Results, developing the first SaaS-based machine learning and analytics platform. Intelligent Results was profitably sold to Fortune 250 financial transactions provider First Data in 2007. At First Data, Rob was Vice President of Information Services and Chief Technology Officer of the Analytics Center of Excellence where he oversaw the design, development and support of over 20 products in the areas of fraud, analytics, and data solutions.

Additionally, Rob has served as Chief Scientist at Fizzylab, was an Adjunct Professor of Software Engineering at Seattle University, and was a Research Manager at Boeing Research and Technology. Rob was owner of Octave Labs, LLC, an independent analytics consulting firm to Ignition Partners, Vulcan, and Clearsight Systems. He is an advisory board member for the University of Washington's Certificate Program in Big Data Technologies and Master of Software Engineering program advisory board at Seattle University. Rob received his Masters of Software Engineering from Seattle University.

        Master of Software Engineering, Seattle University


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