Executive Committee Biographies
Cary Crawford is currently a Senior Program Manager at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and was most recently a Technical Group Manager at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He has over twenty-three years' experience in nuclear safeguards, security, and nonproliferation. Cary has been influential in maintaining and enhancing core MC&A, Physical Protection, Protective Forces, International Safeguards, and Vulnerability Assessment/Risk Management capabilities to support nonproliferation missions and is currently working to enhance the Nuclear Security Science and Technology base at ORNL.
Cary joined the INMM in 1997 and became a Senior Member in 2002. He was a founding member and Vice President of the Southwest Chapter of the INMM prior to moving to Richland, WA in 2001. Cary has served as a Member-at-Large, Vice President, and President of the Pacific Northwest Chapter. He helped establish the Idaho State University and the University of Washington Student Chapters as well as building a stronger connection to the Idaho contingent of the Pacific Northwest Chapter. At the Institutional level, Cary has served on the Technical Program Committee for many years and was previously the Chair of the Memorial Education and Outreach Subcommittee and the MC&A Division, among various other roles. He helped formulate the Education and Training Committee of the Institute and has helped steward the student awards papers and scholarship programs offered through the INMM. Cary is currently serving as Vice-President of the Institute, after previously contributing in the Member-At-Large role.
Cary's career began at the Pantex Plant and then led him to the Department of Energy's National Training Center, working as a an MC&A Statistician at both. He has also taught mathematics courses at the University of Oklahoma, Amarillo Jr. College, the University of New Mexico, and Washington State University.
Cary earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and a Master of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Oklahoma.
Susan is the Chair of the Nonproliferation and National Security Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). In this role, she is responsible for four groups, which address international nuclear safeguards and nonproliferation policy and implementation, research and development in materials science and electronics design related to radiation detection, and domestic nuclear and chemical security programs. The Department includes the International Safeguards Project Office (ISPO), which Pepper led for 11 years from 1999 to 2010 and for which she served as the ISPO Liaison Officer in Vienna, Austria, from 1994 to 1998.
She was the Coordinator of the U.S. Support Program to IAEA Safeguards from 1996 to 2010. While leading ISPO, Pepper promoted a series of workshops to address technical issues facing the IAEA Department of Safeguards, coordinated bilateral meetings with representatives of other Member State Support Programs, and established an internship program to provide college students and recent graduates with the opportunity to work alongside experienced safeguards professionals at the IAEA. Pepper began her career at BNL in the Department of Nuclear Energy, where she applied her education in Civil Engineering to the structural analysis of Category I nuclear containment structures and safety analysis of nuclear facilities. She has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Susan has been a member of the INMM since 1993. Her service to the Institute includes Secretary of the Vienna Chapter (1995-1998); Vice-President, President and Past President of the Northeast Chapter; Member-at-Large of the Institute (2006 and 2007); member of the Exhibits Committee; Chair of the Subcommittee on Sponsorship and Public Relations); member of the Technical Program Committee; member of the management team for the International Safeguards Division; Chair of the Subcommittee on Special Awards and Recognition; and Chair of the Awards Committee (2015-present). She is a Fellow of the Institute and received the INMM's Edway R. Johnson Meritorious Service Award in 2014.
Teressa serves as the Operations Manager for the National Security Sciences Directorate at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). In this role she supports the Associate Laboratory Director for National Security Sciences in accomplishing the directorate's mission by providing leadership for implementation of management systems, operations, safety, compliance, and performance assessments across the entire directorate.
Teressa McKinney is currently a Fellow of INMM (2017) and has been a member of INMM since 1999. She became acquainted with INMM by joining the team involved with the revitalization of the Central Region Chapter (CRC) in the late 1990's. Since then she has served the CRC, as a Member-At-Large, Secretary, Vice-President, and President. She has served INMM as the Chair for Special Service Awards subcommittee, as a member of the Chapter Relations Committee, elected as Member-At-Large (2011-2012) as a member of the Technical Program Committee, and currently serving as Chair, Technical Program Committee. She currently supports the efforts of the INMM Strategic Planning Working Group.
Teressa has many years of experience in developing, growing, and supporting the INMM. She is currently on her 32nd year of company service in Oak Ridge. Teressa has both a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Tennessee.
Robert Curl joined Argonne National Laboratory in 1963 and served as MC&A manager at ANL‑East and ANL-West until 1977. In 1977, he accepted an appointment as safeguards inspector and negotiations officer with the Euratom Section of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Austria. Following his appointment with the IAEA, Bob joined EG&G Idaho (currently Bechtel BWXT Idaho) as MC&A manager at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory. In 1989 Bob joined the Defense Low-Level Waste Management Program as technical lead for radiological performance assessment and performance assessment research projects. He subsequently held positions in the National Low-Level Waste Management Program as lead for the National Center for Low-Level/Mixed Low-Level Waste Management, and the Transuranic and Mixed Waste Focus Area as the technology development lead for payload enhancement for transuranic waste shipments to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). Bob is presently with the Waste Management Technologies Department supporting the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project.
Bob has been a member of the INMM since 1966 and has held the position of treasurer since 1983. He also served as treasurer during 1976 and 1977. He has served on the Annual Meeting registration committee, and International Safeguards Technical Division. He is now a member of the Executive Committee, Fellows Committee, Membership Committee, and Nominating Committee. He also serves as INMM Headquarters oversight. Bob became a Senior Member of the Institute in 1983, received the INMM Meritorious Service Award in 1993, and was made a Fellow of the Institute in 1995.
Member at Large
James P. André is a Principal Safeguards Specialist at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), having responsibilities in both Safeguards and Nuclear Materials Management (NMM) and having previously served as the Safeguards Manager. Current work has been helping enable an increasing nuclear materials research portfolio for the diverse client base of PNNL while managing the inventory within regulatory limits, and enhancing PNNL's accountability systems. Jim also represents PNNL at the DOE Headquarters (HQ) level as the Nuclear Material Representative and as a member of the DOE Nuclear Materials Management Team.
Jim began his career in Safeguards with the DOE Naval Reactors Program in Schenectady, New York, later serving as the Material Control and Accountability (MC&A) Representative for Schenectady at the DOE-HQ level. Upon moving to PNNL, he assumed responsibility for the NMM program and with support from across the lab helped coordinate the ultimate disposition of substantial quantities of legacy materials remaining from prior fuels research, later positioning the lab for its move into modern research facilities. He also joined the team that established the first MC&A courses at what is now the DOE National Training Center and remained an adjunct faculty member for several years.
Jim holds a bachelor's degree in Physics and a Master's in Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has been a member of INMM since 1992, served as a Member-at-Large of the Pacific Northwest (PNW) Chapter, INMM PNW Chapter representative to the local Tri-Cities Technical Council including two years as Secretary, was part of the planning committee for the PNW Chapter co-sponsored Discovery Workshop in 2018, and is currently serving as the Secretary/Treasurer of the PNW Chapter. At the national level, he joined the Education and Training Committee in 2013 to assist with the Student Paper Competition and has lead that effort at the Annual Meeting since 2014. He has also participated in the Technical Program Committee for the last two years.
Member at Large
Tina Hernandez is currently a manager in the International Safeguards and Engagement department at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is responsible for the R&D and capacity building portfolios supporting international safeguards and export control, which includes oversight of eight members of the technical staff who engage domestically and internationally on critical safeguards and export control verification research and development activities. Although Tina did not become a member of INMM until she started working in the nuclear nonproliferation domain in 2016, she has contributed greatly to INMM since joining. Tina became member at large for the Southwest Chapter's Executive Committee in 2017, where she contributed to planning and content for the Chapter's annual spring technical exchange and winter dinner. In addition, she led two successful workshops with international INMM participation for the Southwest chapter: Novel Technologies, Techniques and Methods for Safeguards and Arms Control Verification in 2017 and Just Trust Me in 2019. Tina is also an active member of the European Safeguards Research & Development Association, where she participates in the Implementation of Safeguards and Containment and Surveillance working groups. Prior to joining INMM, Tina led various projects in weapons component development at Sandia National Laboratories. Prior to joining Sandia National Laboratories, Tina worked at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan working in various areas of Powertrain design, battery electric vehicle systems integration, and export product engineering. In addition to her work at Ford Motor Company, Tina has worked in various international companies in Europe such as Alstom (Switzerland), Siemens (Erlangen, Germany), and BMW. Tina has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico and a MS in Mechanical Engineering focusing on renewable energies.
Member at Large
Irmgard (Irmie) Niemeyer is the head of the Depart-ment of Nuclear Safeguards and Security at Forschungs-zentrum Jülich, Institute for Nuclear Waste Management and Reactor Safety in Germany. Her responsibilities include the scientific coordination of research projects and programs related to international safeguards, non-proliferation and disarmament, including the German Member States Support Programme to the IAEA Department of Safeguards. Among other functions, Irmgard has been a member of the Standing Advisory Group on Safeguards Implementation (SAGSI) since 2013 and a technical expert within the International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification (IPNDV) since 2015.
Irmgard has been an active INMM Member since 2006 and was recognized as Senior Member in 2017. She served as Vice-chair of the INMM Working Group Open-Source/Geospatial Information (OSGI) between 2012 and 2014 and was part of the Technical Program Committee of the Joint INMM/ESARDA Workshops 2011 and 2015, including organizing the WG 2 "Arms Control" in 2015. Since 2015, Irmgard has acted as INMM Associate Editor for international safeguards. In 2017, Irmgard was appointed as Vice Chair of the International Safeguards Division. She has presented many papers and chaired sessions at the INMM Annual Meetings.
In addition, Irmgard is the President of the European Safeguards Research and Development Association (ESARDA) for the term 2017/18 and has served in multiple roles within ESARDA in the past ten years.
Irmgard holds a Diploma Degree and a PhD in Geography from the University of Bonn, Germany. In her PhD thesis (2000), she investigated the potential of satellite imagery processing for nuclear safeguards applications.
Member at Large
Therese Renis serves as the Director of Division of Concepts and Planning in the Department of Safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Her division is responsible for strategic planning, the development and promotion of safeguards concepts and policy, the coordination of research and development activities, the implementation of the quality management system of the Department, and the development and provision of training. Areas of focus have included the development of safeguards concepts and approaches, implementation of safeguards strengthening measures, including implementation of measures of the model additional protocol and State evaluation; and most recently on the furthering the IAEA's implementation of safeguards for each State as a whole.
She has served in the Safeguards Department since 1991, including as a safeguards inspector and Operation Section Head with a focus on safeguarding spent fuel reprocessing plants; advisor to the Deputy Director General -- Head of the Department of Safeguards; and as head of the Section for the development of safeguards concepts and approaches. Prior to joining the IAEA, Therese worked as an engineer for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, primarily in the analysis of the effectiveness of domestic safeguards measures at DOE facilities.
Therese joined the INMM in the late 1980s. She is a Senior Member, and a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and the Membership Committee. Prior to moving to Vienna, she was a member of the Technical Programme Committee and organized the companion's programme for INMM Annual Meetings. She became an active member of the Vienna Chapter of the INMM in 1991. After some years of relative inactivity, in 2010 Therese led an initiative to revive the Vienna Chapter, which is now active and thriving, and has served as Vice President and President of the Chapter. She has presented many papers and chaired sessions at the INMM Annual Meetings, and helped plan and participated in INMM workshops.
Therese holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from Stanford University.
Immediate Past President
Corey Hinderstein serves as vice president of international fuel cycle strategies, returning to Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) after a three-year leave, during which she was senior coordinator for nuclear security and nonproliferation policy affairs at the National Nuclear Security Administration, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
She served previously as vice president for international programs at NTI, working on global nuclear nonproliferation and security. Areas of focus included minimizing uses of highly enriched uranium, management and verification of nuclear fuel cycle activities internationally, improving nuclear security, and arms control and nonproliferation verification. Prior to joining NTI, Hinderstein was deputy director and senior analyst at the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS).
Hinderstein has been an active member of INMM since 1997. She is a Senior Member, a member of the Technical Program Committee, Past President of the Northeast regional chapter, and former at-large member of the INMM Executive Committee. Hinderstein has presented many papers and chaired sessions at INMM Annual Meetings, participated in the student mentoring program and planned and participated in INMM workshops.
Hinderstein holds a bachelor's degree in government with a concentration in international relations from Clark University in Worcester, MA, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.