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Leadership

Richard Evans, NSRI Deputy Executive Director
Josh Santarpia

Joshua Santarpia, Ph.D.

Science & Technology Advisor

Marty Sikes, Jr.

Marty Sikes, MS

Associate Executive Director

Chemical & Biological Defense

John Tencer

John Tencer, MBA

Associate Executive Director

Operations

Neal Woollen

Neal Woollen, DVM, Ph.D., MSS

Associate Executive Director

CWMD Allied Programs

Chris Yeaw

Christopher Yeaw, Ph.D.

Associate Executive Director

Strategic Deterrence & Nuclear Programs

Board of Directors

Carl V. Mauney

Carl V. Mauney

Chairman of the Board

Navy Vice Admiral (Ret.)

Gary Gates

Gary Gates

Vice Chairman of the Board

Past President & CEO

Omaha Public Power District
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Kenneth Bayles, Ph.D.

Vice Chancellor for Research

University of Nebraska Medical Center
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Ted Carter

Navy Vice Admiral (Ret.)

President

The Ohio State University
David Jackson

David Jackson, Ph.D.

Vice Provost

University of Nebraska System
Chris Kabourek

Chris Kabourek, MBA

Treasurer to the Board

Interim President & Chief Financial Officer

University of Nebraska System
VADM (Ret.) David Kriete

David Kriete

Navy Vice Admiral (Ret.)

Honorable Benjamin “Ben” Nelson

Honorable Benjamin "Ben" Nelson

Senator for Nebraska

2001 - 2013
Stacia Palser

Stacia Palser, J.D.

Secretary and General Counsel to the Board 

Vice President and General Counsel

University of Nebraska System

Directors & Advisors

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Misty Bensman, MS

Director, Program Operations

Chemical & Biological Defense Programs

Paul Brantmier

Paul Brantmier

Director, Advanced Technologies

Field Operations & Training

Adam Carlstrom

Adam Carlstrom, MBA

Research Director

USSTRATCOM Programs

Wes Carter

Wes Carter

Research Director

Field Operations & Training

Dillan Cunningham

Dillon Cunningham

Research Strategy Advisor

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Thomas DiNanno, MS, MA

Director

Strategic Resiliency & Wargaming

Allen Geist

Allen Geist, MAS

Director

Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations (EMSO) Programs

Katelyn Ideus

Katelyn Ideus, MA

Director

Strategic Communications & Engagement

Thomas Mueller

Thomas Mueller, Ph.D.

Research Director

Chemical Defense Programs

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Kyle Parker

Director, Sample Exploitation and Sequencing

Chemical & Biological Defense

Dan Polanski

Daniel Polanski

Director, Training

Field Operations & Training

Anna Ravnholdt

Anna Ravnholdt, MPA

Director

Security Compliance

Patrick Rhoads

Patrick Rhoads, MS

Research Director

Nuclear Enterprise Support

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David Roberts

Research Director, Special Programs

Chemical and Biological Defense Programs

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Terry Thiem, Ph.D.

Director

Medical Countermeasures

Tami Thompson

Tami Thompson, Ph.D.

Strategic Advisor

Research Staff

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Daniel Ackerman

Senior Scientist

Chemical & Biological Defense Programs

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Rick Arestad

Senior Scientist

Chemical & Biological Defense Programs

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Kevin Crown

Senior Scientist

Chemical & Biological Defense Programs

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Donald Huston

Research Scientist

Chemical & Biological Defense Programs

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Aimee Ketner, Ph.D.

Deputy Director

Chemical & Biological Defense Programs

Chris Luther

Chris Luther

Senior Operations Analyst

Strategic Deterrence & Nuclear Programs

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Josh Miller

Senior Analyst

Strategic Operations and Effects

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Zachary Minter

Senior Scientist

Chemical & Biological Defense Programs

April Shea

April Shea

Senior Scientist

Chemical & Biological Defense Programs

Special Projects
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Daniel Van Buren

Senior Scientist

Chemical & Biological Defense Programs

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