Board Members

Bruce Hamilton
Mr. Bruce Hamilton
Vice Chairman

Bruce Hamilton of Dallas, Texas, assumed the role of Acting Chairman on February 4, 2018. He was appointed a Member of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Board on August 26, 2015, was appointed Vice Chairman on January 23, 2017. 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. Navy officer, Hamilton supervised nuclear operations in six warships, commanded a seventh, and served as the Reactor Officer for the mid-life refueling overhaul of an aircraft carrier.

A registered professional engineer, Hamilton’s academic credentials include a B.S. from Texas A&M University, an M.A. from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and a Ph.D. from The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy.

Jessie Hill Roberson
Ms. Jessie Hill Roberson
Board Member

Ms. Jessie Hill Roberson has more than 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. She has also served in management roles at several commercial nuclear facilities with responsibilities including plant engineering, regulatory/licensing and compliance, nuclear operations, public interface and emergency management.

Daniel J. Santos
Mr. Daniel J. Santos
Board Member

Mr. Daniel J. Santos, a native of Puerto Rico, was appointed a Member of the Defense Nuclear Safety Board on December 16, 2014.  Mr. Santos has over 20 years of experience in the nuclear engineering field. Prior to his appointment to the Board, he served at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as a Senior Technical Advisor and as the Chairman of the Multinational Design Evaluation Program in the Digital Instrumentation and Controls Group.  This group include representatives from the regulatory authorities of 15 countries and International Atomic Energy Agency.  Before joining the NRC he served at the U.S. Navy's Nuclear Propulsion Headquarters as a reactor controls engineer with increasing responsibilities for a variety of nuclear warships.

A registered professional engineer who also served in the Commonwealth of Virginia professional engineering licensing board, Mr. Santos' academic credentials include a B.S. from University of Puerto Rico, a M.S. from the U.S. Naval Postgraudate School, and a M.B.A. from the University of Maryland.


Joyce L. Connery
Ms. Joyce L. Connery
Board Member

Ms. Joyce L. Connery, a native of Massachusetts, was appointed to the Board 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. to work in the Office of International Safety in the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). She has served in several capacities at the Department of Energy, including as the senior policy advisor for the Deputy Secretary. She also served two tours in the National Security Council from February 2008 through May 2010 in the area of nonproliferation and nuclear security and then again from January 2012 through July 2015 as Director for Nuclear Energy Policy within the Office of International Economics. Ms. Connery received a B.A. and (after a two year stint with the Peace Corps in Turkmenistan) an M.A. from Tufts University

The Board reviews and evaluates the content and implementation of the standards relating to the design, construction, operation, and decommissioning of defense nuclear facilities of the Department of Energy (including all applicable Department of Energy orders, regulations, and requirements) at each Department of Energy defense nuclear facility.