Senior Technical Advisor, Global Security and Strategic Partnerships Program, Y‑12 National Security Complex
Jill Cooley has over 35 years of experience with nuclear non-proliferation policy, international and domestic safeguards, and arms control and disarmament. In her current position, she is responsible for the nuclear nonproliferation and international safeguards portfolio at Y-12 supporting NNSA’s Office of Nonproliferation and Arms Control. In 2015, Cooley returned to Y-12 after a 20-year assignment with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria, where she was Director of the Safeguards Division of Concepts and Planning. Previous to her assignment with the IAEA, Cooley was manager of the Safeguards Program of Lockheed Martin Energy Systems in Oak Ridge and also served at a technical advisor to the U.S. Department of State.
Consultant, Tucker Creek Consulting, PLLC
Prior to establishing her own consulting business with a focus on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament issues in both the domestic and international arenas, Shirley Johnson worked as a safeguards inspector for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria. During her time at the IAEA, her work was focused toward the implementation of safeguards at reprocessing plants, primarily in Germany and Japan. Johnson was Group Leader and then Section Head in SGOA Division for reprocessing and research facilities in Japan. In 1991 she was a member of the 4th IAEA inspection team to Iraq. She was head of the JNFL Project from 2001 to 2006 and then Section Head of SGOB1 (India, Pakistan, Africa, Canada, and Switzerland) until she retired in April 2007. Prior to joining the IAEA she worked at the Hanford Nuclear Site and the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory.
Senior Adviser for Safeguards and Safeguards Policy, Office of International Nuclear Safeguards, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
During his tenure at the NNSA, Dunbar Lockwood has managed three program elements of the Next Generation Safeguards Initiative (NGSI) – Policy, Concepts and Approaches and Human Capital Development. Before joining NNSA in 2003, He worked for nine years at the U.S. Department of State and the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA) on nuclear arms control and nonproliferation issues, including the CTBT, FMCT, and START III talks. Prior to starting in the federal government in 1995, he was the Assistant Director for Research at the Arms Control Association (ACA).
Director, Division of Concepts and Planning, Department of Safeguards, IAEA
Therese Renis joined the IAEA in 1991 as a safeguards inspector and spent most of her career in safeguards implementation, joining the Division of Concepts and Planning in 2011. Ms Renis has over 30 years of safeguards experience.
Executive Director, Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation
Laura Rockwood was appointed as Executive Director of the VCDNP as of 1 June 2015. She was most recently a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School Belfer Center Managing the Atom Project. Rockwood retired in November 2013 from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as the Section Head for Non-Proliferation and Policy Making in the Office of Legal Affairs, where she had served since 1985. Prior to working for the IAEA she was employed by the US Department of Energy as a trial attorney in radiation injury cases, and as counsel in general legal matters.
Manager, International Safeguards Group, Nuclear Security and Isotope Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Over his 35+ year career in international safeguards, Michael Whitaker has been involved in a wide variety of technical tasks that support U.S. initiatives to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of international safeguards. Some specific projects include researching and developing inspection and evaluation tools for the IAEA, conducting training for IAEA inspectors, coordinating the application of IAEA safeguards at U.S. nuclear facilities, and assisting countries prepare for and implement IAEA safeguards at their nuclear facilities. Whitaker is senior member of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management and is the current chair of the INMM International Safeguards Technical Division. He has previously worked at the Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant (ORGDP) and at the Y-12 National Security Complex.