National Nuclear Security Administration

Meet the women building up the Nuclear Security Enterprise

March 24, 2017

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NNSA carries out its stockpile maintenance, nonproliferation, counterterrorism, emergency response, and naval nuclear propulsion missions through timely best value acquisition solutions and safe quality construction on budget. This vital part of NNSA’s operations, led by the Office of Acquisition and Project Management, requires expertise in engineering, management, environmental science, and finance. While female involvement in construction management has not always been commonplace, NNSA women are leading project teams today and making a difference for national security. Meet some of the women in construction and project management roles throughout the Nuclear Security Enterprise.

Anna BeardIn March 2016, NNSA Federal Project Director Anna Beard received the Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award for her outstanding leadership in delivering the Y-12 Nuclear Facility Risk Reduction Project $6 million under budget and 11 months ahead of schedule. Beard and her team managed numerous complex challenges associated with upgrading the structures, systems, and components in operating nuclear facilities that were constructed in the 1940s.

Amanda ClarkAmanda Clark has been a federal project director with NNSA since 2009. Most recently, she was commended for her efforts in leading the High Explosive Pressing Facility project at the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas, to completion of construction and transition to operations stage. This important milestone is just one success in modernizing NNSA’s infrastructure and replacing antiquated facilities with modern, energy efficient, and safe structures.

Dawn HarderNNSA Federal Project Director Dawn Harder oversees the mission-critical task of delivering modern office facilities for the Albuquerque workforce. This project’s successful completion will mean a tremendous upgrade, allowing NNSA to continue operations and maintain a safe and secure environment for employees. Harder is leading NNSA’s collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct the Albuquerque Complex and provide the best value to the government.

Laurie Folden, left, and Pam GormanAfter 10 years of managing multiple projects at the Y-12 National Security Complex, Pam Gorman joined the NNSA Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) project office in 2010, where she ensures environmental and safety requirements are met. In 2016, she completed a supplement analysis and amended record of decision for the UPF project. She also completed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) strategy for the project, which led to a UPF building being designed as the first LEED Gold-certified building at Y-12.

NNSA Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) Deputy Federal Project Director Laurie Folden has worked for NNSA since 2009. UPF will revitalize key uranium capabilities throughout the Nuclear Security Enterprise. Under Folden’s leadership, the UPF project team received the Secretary’s Achievement Award for delivering the UPF Site Readiness Subproject $20 million under budget. Thanks to Folden’s work with the UPF team at Y-12 National Security Complex, the project is being executed on budget and on schedule, tracking to be delivered for $6.5 billion by 2025.

Nina Rodriguez NNSA Project Integrator Nina Rodriguez plays a critical role on two of the most complex, high-profile projects in the Department of Energy’s portfolio: the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility and the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement (CMRR). CMRR directly supports NNSA’s maintenance of a safe, secure, and effective nuclear deterrent, among other national security missions. Thanks to Rodriguez’s work with the CMRR team at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the project is being executed on budget and on schedule, tracking to be delivered for $2.9 billion by 2024.

Bonita RogonzinskyBonita Rogonzinsky joined NNSA’s Office of Acquisition and Project Management in April 2015 to lead the Technical Area (TA)-3 Substation Replacement Project in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Her work as the federal project director for the TA-3 project is critical in fulfilling the need for a modern substation at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Her efforts to keep the project on budget and on schedule were on display last year when the project started construction.