Ms. Stephenson is the Chief Operating Officer of the LPO.  As COO, Ms. Stephenson oversees the operations of the LPO and the various divisions. 

Prior to her position in the LPO, Ms. Stephenson was the Director of the Office of Financial Risk, Policy, and Controls, in the office of the CFO of the Department of Energy.  She was responsible for a range of financial duties such as maintaining accounting policies and the internal controls program.  

Prior to joining Energy, Ms. Stephenson had 24 years with the Department of Defense.  Ms. Stephenson was the Director of the Defense Contract Audit Agency, the largest audit agency in the Federal government responsible for completing over 30,000 audits covering over $500 billion in contract costs on an annual basis. 

Ms. Stephenson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from California State University at Chico and a Master of Science degree in Administration from Central Michigan University.  Ms. Stephenson is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of North Carolina.  She has received numerous awards throughout her career including the DCAA Distinguished Service Award, the highest award provided by the Agency.