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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.

Currently on a joint appointment to Northeastern University-Seattle, Ms. Lesperance is leading efforts to build the master’s program in Security and Resilience Studies and Urban Informatics. Ann was recently awarded a Faculty Affiliate appointment with Northeastern’ s Global Resilience Institute. In this role, she will partner with GRI to identify and participate in interdisciplinary proposal efforts for new research and education collaborations.

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. She was selected to serve on a National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) Steering Committee exploring a "whole of government" approach to international CBRNE events and served on the NASEM Resilient American Roundtable, overseeing the work of the Program on Risk, Resilience, and Extreme 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 championed efforts to develop an open-source information-sharing platform to enhance response and recovery from cyberattacks and 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 for the National Security Directorate (NSD) at PNNL and has been at the lab since 2009. By drawing on his nearly seven years of experience in Washington, DC, Mr. Eddy assists with program development strategies spanning a host of national security sponsors, such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Defense (DOD). He specifically manages the relationship with combatting WMD components in DHS and DOD. Mr. Eddy also is the Deputy Director of the Northwest Regional Technology Center at PNNL. In that role, he supports regional preparedness, response, and recovery by enabling homeland security solutions for emergency responder communities and Federal, State, and local stakeholders in the Northwest. He also manages and contributes to complex, interdisciplinary projects at the lab, utilizing his Project Management Professional certification and subject matter expertise in WMD.

Mr. Eddy serves on various boards and councils that value his opinion and insights on national security and regionally-based topics, including the Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition and the Washington Military Alliance. Mr. Eddy capitalizes on his unique knowledge of Capitol Hill for NSD and PNNL writ large by developing Congressional engagement strategies surrounding specific capabilities or projects. This includes engaging with multiple Congressional offices and Committees, such as the House and Senate Select Committees on Intelligence and the House Armed Services Committee.

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 within DHS, as the Confidential Assistant to the Director for the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President, and as an Executive Management Consultant for the Governor's Office for Excellence in Government for the Office of the Governor of Arizona.

        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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