Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS) is managed by a board of governors, a group of key scientific, academic, national security and business leaders from the LLNS partner companies. LLNS’ management team includes Bechtel National, Inc., the University of California, Babcock and Wilcox Company, Washington Division of URS Corporation and Battelle Memorial Institute. The board was created to provide oversight to the Laboratory and ensure LLNS delivers the best combination of scientific research and development, business management and operations, national security and nuclear safety in support of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s missions.


Executive Governors


Charlene Zettel is a former California State Assembly member representing the 75th Assembly District from 1998-2002; and was the first Republican Latina elected to the state legislature. As a legislator, she championed laws protecting seniors, the developmentally disabled and children from abuse. Besides serving as Republican Caucus chair, she was vice-chair of the Jobs and Economic Development committee, and a member of Appropriations, Education, Health, Rules, and Transportation committees. Zettel was appointed to the University of California Board of Regents by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2009 for a 12-year term. Previously, she was appointed as Director of the California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) and provided oversight for over 40 regulatory boards and bureaus, employing over 2,000 people and licensing 2.5 million Californians. As Director of DCA, she led a collaboration of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to battle identity theft and to protect children from online predators. In the non-profit area, Zettel served as chief executive officer of Donate Life California, the state-authorized nonprofit administering the nation's largest organ and tissue donor registry, serving from 2011-2016 and growing the registry from eight to twelve million registered donors before her retirement. Zettel also served as interim CEO for the San Diego/Imperial Counties Region of the American Red Cross in 2017 until a permanent CEO was selected. She now serves as Vice-Chair of the American Red Cross Board of Directors. Other public service included election to the Poway Unified School District Board of Education in 1992 and 1996, twice serving as Board President. She also was named to the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Board by the North San Diego County Mayors and later by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. In addition to state service, Zettel received a presidential appointment in 2002 as a public interest director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco. Raised in Los Angeles, she received a bachelor of science from the USC School of Dentistry where she met her husband, David. They have two grown sons, Brent and Jeff.


Barbara E. Rusinko is president of Bechtel Nuclear, Security & Environmental, Inc. (NS&E). She was elected a senior vice president of Bechtel Group in 2012 and was elected to the BGI board of directors in 2018. In her more than 30 years at Bechtel, Rusinko has held a variety of leadership and operations roles. Rusinko spent her first five years at the company supporting a variety of commercial nuclear power projects. Following that, she held engineering management roles at the Savannah River Remediation project. In 2000, Rusinko served as chief engineer for Bechtel’s government services company, overseeing the performance of more than 700 engineers and designers. She also held senior engineering management roles on projects, including the U.S. national nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, and the Waste Treatment Plant in Washington State. Within Bechtel's Oil, Gas & Chemical's business, Rusinko served as senior project manager on a refinery in Map Ta Phut Thailand, and for the unprecedented $8 billion Queensland Curtis LNG plant in Queensland, Australia. Rusinko is a registered professional engineer with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of South Carolina, and a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Alabama, Huntsville. She serves on the corporate partnership council of the Society of Women Engineers and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2018.


Peggy McCullough is the general manager of Nuclear Security & Operations for Bechtel Nuclear, Security and Environmental. She is responsible for a portfolio of nuclear security sites and projects executing more than $5 billion in work annually, including management and operation of two U.S. national laboratories, two plants, and the Naval Nuclear Laboratory, employing more than 20,000 scientists, engineers, technicians, and other professionals. Projects within her Nuclear Security and Operations business line are responsible for safely disassembling U.S. nuclear weapons while ensuring the remaining stockpile is safe, secure, and effective. They apply national security science to a broad spectrum of endeavors from basic science to advanced research and development while modernizing aging, Cold War-era infrastructure for the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration. McCullough has more than three decades of engineering, procurement, construction, startup and commissioning, and operations experience. She became a Bechtel senior vice president in 2014 and was named general manager of Nuclear Security and Operations in December of 2017. She joined Bechtel in 1988 and has successfully taken on leadership roles on a number of Bechtel projects covering environmental remediation, demilitarization, nonproliferation and global security. From 2003 to 2006, McCullough was deputy general manager of Bechtel SAIC, the management and operations contractor on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Yucca Mountain Project. She then served as manager of functions for the Bechtel division handling government work. McCullough then served in Australia as project director of the Daunia Coking Coal Project in Queensland where she took the project to greater than 95 percent completion under budget and ahead of schedule.


Robert L. Powell is a distinguished professor of chemical engineering and materials science and of Food science and technology at the University of California (UC) Davis. He joined the UC Davis College of Engineering in 1984. Powell served as chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science from 2002 to 2011. He was special assistant to the Provost from 1996 to 1999, and served as chair of the Planning Committee and Executive Committee of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. He has been an active member of the UC Davis Academic Senate since 1988. From 2008-2011 he was the chair of the UC Davis Academic Senate. In 2011-2012 he served as vice chair of the UC Systemwide Academic Senate and in 2012- 2013 he was chair. In September 2013, Governor Brown appointed Powell as science advisor to the secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency. Powell has been a consultant to numerous companies and government agencies. Prior to coming to UC Davis, Powell was a professor at Washington University in St. Louis and a post-doctoral fellow at McGill University in Montréal. He earned his bachelor's (1972), master's (1973) and Ph.D. (1978) in mechanics and materials science at Johns Hopkins University.


Heatherly H. Dukes is president of BWX Technologies, Inc.’s (BWXT) Technical Service Group (TSG). As president, Dukes oversees critical work for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), especially the Office of Science missions, Environmental Management clean-up initiatives, Naval Reactors deactivation and decommissioning (D&D) priorities, and operations and maintenance activities that support NASA’s Space Launch System, the most powerful rocket in the world. Dukes has more than 31 years of experience in the nuclear industry, including 29 years of diverse management roles in project management, operations, engineering, waste management, maintenance, nuclear safety and criticality safety, and D&D. She joined the company in 1995 and most recently served as the chief operating officer for TSG. During her career, Dukes has held key positions at the Savannah River site in Aiken, South Carolina, West Valley Demonstration Project in New York and Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth LLC in Portsmouth, Ohio. Her depth and breadth of accomplishments include reactor restarts, deactivation of 146 facilities, demolition of 15 facilities, construction support for the Salt Waste Processing Facility and design and construction of an outdoor cask storage system for vitrified high-level waste canisters. She was also responsible for the oversight and governance of the largest assembled non-destructive assay team in the country to perform characterization of enrichment facilities being prepared for decommissioning. Dukes earned her bachelor of acience degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Florida.


Craig Leasure joined the University of California Office of the president (UCOP) in November 2018 as the associate vice president for national laboratories (AVPNL) and was appointed vice president for national laboratories Oct. 1, 2019. Leasure interfaces with executive level managers at the three UC-affiliated National Laboratories, the LLC partners, the Department of Energy (DOE), and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to provide management oversight and establish strategic plans, objectives, policies, and processes related to Programs and Operations at LBNL, LANL and LLNL. He represents the University as well as LBNL, and the LLCs to the leadership of the DOE and the NNSA on lab business, operations, programmatic, and science and technology activities, he also represents the University in organization-wide and system-wide meetings and discussions. He provides leadership and collaboration with UCNL staff and directly supervises three executive directors and the chief of staff and director of National Lab Governance, providing advice and counsel, training, mentoring as well as performance evaluations. Leasure began his career with Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Company, NASA White Sands Test Facility, his last two years there as the department manager of the Laboratory Test Department. His department conducted scientific, engineering and test operations at two major facilities for hazardous testing, including explosives, rocket fuels and oxidizers, high-pressure gaseous hydrogen and oxygen testing, and liquid hydrogen and oxygen testing. At Los Alamos National Laboratory, he served in increasingly responsible line and program management capacities starting as a group leader then program manager, office director, acting program director, and deputy associate director in both operations and in weapons programs, five years as the deputy principal associate director for Weapons Programs with the last 20 months as the acting principal associated director for Weapons Programs running the nuclear weapons program at Los Alamos. Finally, finishing his career at Los Alamos as the principal associate director for Operations and Business. Leasure has a bachelor's' degree in chemistry from Florida State University, a master's degree in chemistry from Eastern New Mexico University, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from New Mexico State University. He has written or co-written more than 10 scientific papers and holds one patent for an improved ion mobility spectrometer (IMS). The IMS detects picogram quantities of chemicals, including rocket propellants, explosives, and gases. Leasure has received multiple awards from the NNSA and has received the Silver Snoopy award from the NASA Astronaut Corps.


Advisory Governors

Michael R. Anastasio is the former laboratory director for Los Alamos National Laboratory (he retired in 2011) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He is the only person to ever hold both positions. He began his career at LLNL as a physicist dealing with the science of nuclear weapons. During this tenure Anastasio was instrumental in the development and execution of the national Stockpile Stewardship Program, which uses a fundamental science-based approach to sustain the safety, security, and reliability of America's nuclear weapons stockpile. He has served in the capacity of scientific adviser at the Department of Energy and has provided scientific advice to senior members of the government on various national security science issues. He is the recipient of the DOE/NNSA Gold Medal, the Distinguished Alumni Award-SUNY Stony Brook, and the DOE Weapons Recognition of Excellence Award for technical leadership in nuclear design. He is widely recognized for his leadership in national security science and is currently serving on the State Department International Security Advisory Board, the Defense Department Defense Science Board, as a special advisor to the commander of the United States Strategic Command, as a member of the Corporation of the Draper Laboratory, as a member of the Congressional Advisory Panel on the Governance of the Nuclear Security Enterprise, and as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Peer Review and Design Competition at the NNSA Laboratories. Anastasio has taught physics at Brooklyn College of City University of New York and performed research in theoretical nuclear physics at Brooklyn College, the Center for Nuclear Studies in Saclay, France, and at the Nuclear Research Center in Julich, Germany. He received his bachelor's degree in physics, with honors, from Johns Hopkins University and earned his master's and Ph.D. in theoretical nuclear physics from the State University of New York, Stony Brook and is a member of Sigma Pi Sigma (national physics honor society).

Bob DeGrasse is vice president and manager for Government Affairs with Bechtel National, Inc., responsible for government relations and congressional affairs related to BNI's work in nuclear and homeland security, ballistic missile defense and naval reactors. He has more than 25 years of government experience, most recently serving as the staff lead for the Strategic Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee. He also served as the senior policy advisor to the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, acting chief operating officer of the NNSA, and principal assistant deputy administrator for NNSA's Defense Programs. He holds a master's degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in history from Stanford University.


Ex-Officio Advisory Member

James A. Blankenhorn is a senior vice president for operations of the Nuclear & Environment Strategic Business Unit of Amentum and is the High Level Waste and National Nuclear Security Administration Sector Lead. He oversees the organization’s day-to-day operations and strategic planning and initiatives. He has management responsibility for work with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and government and commercial nuclear clients for the management and operation of complex nuclear and chemical sites, project management at high-hazard facilities, safety management, waste management, nuclear material management/ treatment, and technology development. Blankenhorn serves on the Board of Directors for Nuclear Canadian Operations, and the Board of Managers for Savannah River Remediation and the East Tennessee Technology Park. Blankenhorn also serves on the Board of Governors for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Throughout his career, Blankenhorn has served as an officer in the United States Army Reserve and is currently a brigadier general. His experience includes development, training, staffing and doctrine development for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Forces, National and International Consequence Management Operations, and Defense Support to Civilian Agencies. Blankenhorn was previously the recovery manager and deputy project manager and chief operating officer for Nuclear Waste Partnership, LLC at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, NM. He successfully led the nearly three-year effort that resulted in the resumption of DOE transuranic waste transportation and disposition. He has also served as the chief operating officer of Perma-Fix Environmental Services: deputy project manager for West Valley Environmental Services, LLC; program director for the Waste Disposition Project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory; and various leadership positions at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, including Management and Operations chief engineer, deputy chief engineer for the material disposition organization and deputy area project operations manager for the Waste Management Area Project.

Independent Governors

General Kevin Chilton completed a 34-1/2 year Air Force career as commander of U.S. Strategic Command from 2007 to 2011, where he was responsible for the plans and operations for all U.S. forces conducting strategic deterrence and the Department of Defense's space and cyberspace operations. Prior to this assignment, General Chilton commanded at the wing, numbered air force, major command, and unified combatant command levels including serving as commander of Air Force Space Command from 2006 to 2007. He flew operational assignments in the R-4C and F-15 and, as an Air Force test pilot, conducted weapons testing in various models of the F-4 and F-15. He also served 11 years as a NASA astronaut, where he flew as the commander of STS-76, his third Space Shuttle mission, and served as the deputy program manager for operations for the International Space Station Program. General Chilton is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, with a bachelor's degree in engineering sciences, a Columbia University Guggenheim fellow with a master's degree in mechanical engineering, and a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force pilot training and test pilot schools. He also was awarded an honorary doctor of law degree from Creighton University. General Chilton currently serves as an independent consultant and as a director for Anadarko Petroleum, Level 3 Communications, Orbital ATK, and Schafer corporations. He is a trustee for the Aerospace Corporation and the Air Force Academy Falcon Foundation.


Donald J. Kintzer is a business advisor and a board member of several public and private entities. He is a retired partner (2008) with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (PwC), the global accounting and consulting organization. Prior to his retirement, he was the leader of PwC's West Region (U.S.) Advisory practice, including the San Francisco/Silicon Valley markets and was a member of PwC's national leadership team. He is a member of the board of directors of GasLog, Ltd and California Bank of Commerce and until May 2015, was a board member of GasLog Partners, LP. In addition, he is a member of the board of governors of LLNS, LLC and serves on the Contract Assurance Council of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Kintzer is a certified public accountant, licensed in California (inactive) and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) and the California Society of CPAs.


Steve E. Koonin was appointed as the founding director of NYU's Center for Urban Science and Progress in April 2012. That consortium of academic, corporation, and government partners will pursue research and education activities to develop and demonstrate informatics technologies for urban problems in the “living laboratory” of New York City. Prior to his NYU appointment, Koonin served as the second under secretary for science at the U.S. Department of Energy from May 2009 through November 2011. In that capacity, he oversaw technical activities across the Department's science, energy, and security activities and led the Department's first Quadrennial Technology for energy. Before joining the government, Koonin spent five years as chief scientist for BP, plc. where he played a central role in establishing the Energy Bioscience Institute. Koonin was a professor of theoretical physics at Caltech from 1975-2006 and was the Institute's provost for almost a decade. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the JASON advisory group. Koonin holds a bachelor's degree in physics from Caltech and a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from MIT (1975) and is an adjunct staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses.


Richard Mies is the CEO of The Mies Group, Ltd. and provides strategic planning and risk assessment advice and assistance to clients on international security, energy, defense, and maritime issues. A distinguished graduate of the Naval Academy, he completed a 35-year career as a nuclear submariner in the U.S. Navy and commanded U.S. Strategic Command for four years prior to retirement. Admiral Mies served as a senior vice president of Science Applications International Corporation and as the president and chief executive officer of Hicks and Associates, Inc, a subsidiary of SAIC. He also served as the chairman of the Department of Defense Threat Reduction Advisory Committee and as the chairman of the Board of the Navy Mutual Aid Association. He presently serves as the chairman of the Strategic Advisory Group of U.S. Strategic Command and Chairman of the Naval Submarine League. He is a member of the Committee on International Security and Arms Control of the National Academy of Sciences, a member of the Boards of Governors of Los Alamos National Security and Lawrence Livermore National Security, and a member of the Board of Directors of Babcock and Wilcox, Exelon, and the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation. Admiral Mies completed post-graduate education at Oxford University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and Harvard University. He holds a master's in government administration and international relations.