National Nuclear Security Administration

NNSA employee salute: Thank you for your service

August 9, 2019

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Dr. Charles Verdon, NNSA’s Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs, presents Dr. Kathi Alexander with the NNSA gold seal for her exceptional service for more than 30 years.
Dr. Charles Verdon, NNSA’s Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs, presents Dr. Kathi Alexander with the NNSA gold seal for her exceptional service for more than 30 years.

The vital national security missions of NNSA require great skill and dedication. Many members of the workforce spend decades of their lives committed to helping protect our nation, each in their own unique way. When one of those remarkable individuals reaches a career milestone, it’s only fitting that we say, “Thank you for your service.”

Kathi Alexander

Dr. Kathleen “Kathi” Alexander retired July 5 after more than seven years as Associate Deputy Administrator for Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation in NNSA’s Defense Programs. She oversaw the theoretical, experimental, and computational efforts that underpin the agency’s stockpile stewardship program, spanning from high-performance computing to “shots” at the National Ignition Facility to subcritical experiments.

“Everything I’ve achieved has been the result of teamwork,” she said at her retirement ceremony at NNSA headquarters. “I’ve had the privilege of working with incredible, incredible people over my career.”

Dr. Alexander became a member of the Senior Executive Service in 2011 as the Director of Interagency Work. In that position, she oversaw work with other agencies, technology transfer, and other cooperative work agreements. Prior to her federal service, Dr. Alexander worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for 13 years and at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for over 11 years.

Col Michael Clancy, former Executive Director of Major Modernization Programs, present Lt. Col. Greg Schwarz with a plaque in recognition of his 23 years of exception service in the U.S. Army.
Col Michael Clancy, former Executive Director of Major Modernization Programs, present Lt. Col. Greg Schwarz with a plaque in recognition of his 23 years of exception service in the U.S. Army.

Lt. Col. Greg Schwarz

Lt. Col. Greg Schwarz retired from the U.S. Army after 23 years of service, with the last four years as the Chief of Operations for the Office of Nuclear Weapon Stockpile in NNSA’s Defense Programs. At NNSA, he managed the planning, programming, budgeting, and execution of a $2 billion annual investment in nuclear weapons stockpile management activities.

The speakers at Lt. Col. Schwarz’s retirement ceremony – and many more of his friends and colleagues at the following reception – praised his dedication to national security and his reliability.

“I never had to worry – if a project needed to be done and Greg had it, I knew it would get done on time and perfectly,” said Joe Gazda, the director of the Office of Nuclear Weapon Stockpile.

Prior to his assignment at NNSA, Lt. Col. Schwarz served as a Nuclear and Counterproliferation Officer at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency. He deployed with the 10th Mountain Division to Afghanistan in 2011, where he served as an advisor to the Afghan National Police.

Dr. William Bookless, Principal Deputy Administrator of NNSA and Steven Ho, Director, Cost Estimating and Program Evaluation, presented Betty T. Morrison with a certificate for your 20 years of service in the federal government.
Dr. William Bookless, Principal Deputy Administrator of NNSA and Steven Ho, Director, Cost Estimating and Program Evaluation, presented Betty T. Morrison with a certificate for your 20 years of service in the federal government.

Betty T. Morrison

Betty T. Morrison, a Senior Operations Research Analyst in the Office of Cost Estimating and Program Evaluation at NNSA, recently celebrated 20 years of service in the Federal Government. She identifies program and project risks, resource alternatives and programmatic recommendations to inform NNSA’s Future Years Nuclear Security Program.

Previously Ms. Morrison served as the Deputy Director of the J9 Operations Research Systems Analysis Division of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization. She was responsible for supporting the director with oversight and execution of analytical option to minimize the effect of improvised threats such as dirty bombs.

Ms. Morrison began her career in the U.S. Army.  She served in Office of the Chief of Transportation and numerous Department of Defense analytical agencies. In 2015, she deployed to Afghanistan as an analyst for the U.S. Forces Afghanistan Joint Intelligence Support Element.