Our Board Members

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Ms. Joyce L. Connery, Chairman

Ms. Joyce L. Connery, a native of Massachusetts, was appointed to the Board and designated Chair by President Obama in August 2015, following confirmation by Congress as a member of the Board for a term expiring October 18, 2019. Ms. Connery has had an extensive career in the fields of nuclear security, safety, nonproliferation and energy policy. Ms. Connery began her career at the national laboratories, first serving in Kazakhstan working on the shutdown of the BN-350 fast breeder reactor and then returning to Washington D.C.

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Ms. Jessie Hill Roberson, Vice Chairman

Ms. Jessie Hill Roberson a native of Evergreen, Alabama, has over 30 years of experience in the nuclear engineering field, with profound experience in low level waste management, environmental restoration, reactor operations and project management. Ms. Roberson’s who is currently serving her second tour with the Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board (DNFSB) was initially nominated as a member of the Board in September 1999 by President Bill Clinton. Ms. Roberson was confirmed by the United States Senate in January 2000. After a short departure from the board, Ms. Roberson was again nominated as Vice Chairman of the Board by President Barack Obama.

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Mr. Sean Sullivan, Board Member

Mr. Sean Sullivan of Connecticut was appointed a Member of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board on August 2, 2012. Mr. Sullivan is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, and served as a U.S. Navy submarine officer for twenty-six years. During his Navy career Mr. Sullivan was extensively involved in all aspects of operations, maintenance, and oversight of naval nuclear reactors and nuclear weapons. After leaving active duty, Mr. Sullivan practiced law as a civil litigation attorney for five years in the areas of torts, employment law, land use, and municipal law.

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Mr. Daniel J. Santos, Board Member

Mr. Daniel J. Santos, a native of Puerto Rico, was appointed a Member of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board on December 16, 2014, for a term expiring October 18, 2017. Mr. Santos has over 17 years of experience in the nuclear engineering field, including over seven years at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (where he served as a Senior Technical Advisor and as the Chairman of the Multinational Design Evaluation Program in the Digital Instrumentation and Controls Group), and over 10 years of increasing responsibilities at the U.S. Navy Naval Nuclear Propulsion Headquarters.

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Mr. Bruce Hamilton, Board Member

Bruce Hamilton, of Dallas, Texas, was appointed a Member of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board on August 26, 2015. He is a veteran of three and one-half decades in the nuclear energy field. Prior to his appointment to the Board, he was the president of a nuclear fuel procurement company, and preceding that he was an engineering director at a commercial nuclear power plant where he held a Nuclear Regulatory Commission Senior Reactor Operator’s license. As a U.S.