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 has almost 30 years of experience in the nuclear field in the public and private sectors. She has managed field operations at several Department of Energy Nuclear Plants and has served as Assistant Secretary of Energy for the Environmental Management Program in Washington, DC, where she had leadership responsibilities including operations, safety, financial, and policy across the Department of Energy’s Defense Nuclear Complex.

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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 Puerto Rico, was appointed a Member of the Defense Nuclear Safety Board on December 16, 2014, for a term expiring October 18, 2017.  Mr. Santos has over 19 years of experience in the nuclear engineering field.

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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.