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Battelle is guided by a board of directors that bring diverse experience from government, business, military, philanthropy, science and education.

Board of Directors

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Kirkland Donald

Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Audit Committee


Kirk served 37 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring in 2013 as Director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, where he was responsible for the safe and effective operation of the service’s nuclear-powered warships. He previously served as commander, Naval Submarine Forces. After retiring from the Navy, he joined Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. and served as chief operating officer and then as CEO.

Kirk earned a bachelor’s degree in ocean engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy. He also earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and completed Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive Fellows Program.


Current Affiliations:

  • Huntington Ingalls Industries
  • Entergy Corporation
  • CyberCore Technologies
  • LANXESS Corporation
  • Rolls-Royce North America
  • Sauer Compressors USA

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Vicky Bailey

HR, Compensation and Governance Committee


Vicky is principal of Anderson Stratton Enterprises LLC and prior owner of BHMM Energy Services, LLC (2006-2013), a certified minority-owned energy facility management company contracted to manage the Central Energy Plant at the Indianapolis Airport Midfield Terminal Complex. Vicky was appointed as assistant secretary, U. S. Department of Energy, in 2001 for both the Office of Domestic Policy and International Affairs during the first term of President George W. Bush. In the aftermath of 9/11, she was chair of several bilateral international working groups with the goal of implementing our national energy policy and strengthening our relationships with other nations to foster energy security. Also, in this role, she served as vice chair and the U.S. representative to the Paris based International Energy Agency (IEA), working with all the energy producing nations gaining her international experience and stature. She oversaw the development and implementation of domestic energy policy in the areas of clean coal technologies, nuclear power, oil and natural gas, and LNG production. 

Previously, she served as president of Cinergy/PSI, now Duke Energy, the largest utility in Indiana. From 1993 to 2000, she was appointed by President William J. Clinton as a Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), where she was one of the architects of Order No. 888 (open access rule for electric transmission) and worked on implementation of Order No. 636 (the rule restructuring natural gas pipeline services). From 1986 to 1993, she served as Commissioner, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC), appointed by Governor Robert Orr and reappointed by Governor Evan Bayh.  

Vicky earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management from Purdue University and graduated from the Advanced Management Program, The Wharton School, at the University of Pennsylvania.


    Current Affiliations:

    • Board of Energy and Environmental Systems (BEES) of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine
    • Cheniere Energy, Inc.  
    • The Conference Board
    • Equitrans Midstream Corp.
    • Girl Scouts Nation's Capital
    • National Petroleum Council
    • PNM Resources
    • United States Energy Associations (USEA)

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    Calvin Butler

    Audit Committee


    Calvin G. Butler Jr. is president and chief executive officer of Exelon Corp. Calvin oversees Exelon's six local electric and natural gas companies -- Atlantic City Electric, BGE, ComEd, Delmarva Power, PECO and Pepco. Together, they form the nation,s largest utility company by customer count, serving approximately 10 million electric and gas customers in New Jersey, Maryland, Illinois, Delaware, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia, and earning $19B in revenue. Calvin serves as chairman of each utility’s board and is a member of Exelon’s executive committee. Butler is a past chair of the Gridwise Alliance, an advocacy organization promoting modernization and innovation for the nation’s electrical grid.

    Prior to being promoted to CEO on Dec. 31, 2022, Calvin had been president and chief operating officer of Exelon. Previously, he served in roles of increasing responsibility at Exelon, including senior executive vice president and COO (2021), Exelon Utilities CEO (2019) and as CEO of BGE from 2014 to 2019.

    In addition, Calvin just accepted an appointment with the Argonne National Laboratory, and he is the vice chair of the Institute of International Education (IIE).. He also serves on several nonprofit boards in areas where Exelon operates and is on the Board of his undergraduate alma mater, Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. Butler also serves on the James Madison Council of the Library of Congress

    Calvin has been recognized by several organizations for his leadership and community commitment. In 2021, The Daily Record named him to their “Power 100” list and has singled him out as one of its top 35 Influential Marylanders, as well as listed him three times as one of Maryland’s “Most Admired CEOs.” In 2020, he was honored with the BEYA Chairman’s Award, recognizing Black leaders for their meaningful contributions to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

    Current Affiliations:

    • Argonne National Laboratory
    • Institute of International Education (IIE)
    • James Madison Council of the Library of Congress
    • Bradley University


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    Jeff Edwards

    HR, Compensation and Governance Committee


    As an industry leader with over 30 years experience in the building products industry and in his roles as the President, CEO, and Chairman of Installed Building Products, Mr. Jeff Edwards offers significant senior leadership, housing and construction industry knowledge, and strategic, operational and M&A experience.

    Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Installed Building Products has over 210 locations throughout the United States. They are the second largest insulation installer in the U.S. residential new construction market, and they offer a diverse portfolio of products for new and existing residential, multifamily, and commercial building projects. Installed Building Products has 10,300 employees and earned $2.6B in revenue in 2022.

    Mr. Edwards is very active in his local Columbus community, serving as a Committee Member with The Columbus Foundation, a Trustee with the Columbus Museum of Art, and a Director at the Columbus Partnership. In addition, he serves as an Advisory Board Member at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.

    Current Affiliations:

    • Governing Committee at The Columbus Foundation
    • Columbus Museum of Art
    • Columbus Partnership


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    Wayne Frederick, MD

    Science & Technology and Community Benefit Committee 


    Wayne was appointed the 17th president of Howard University in 2014. Previously, he served as provost and chief academic officer. The Howard University Board of Trustees selected Dr. Frederick to serve as the distinguished Charles R. Drew Professor of Surgery. During his tenure, Wayne has advanced Howard University's commitment to student opportunity, academic innovation, public service and fiscal stability. He has overseen a series of reform efforts, including the expansion of academic offerings, establishing innovative programs to support student success and the modernization of university facilities.

    Wayne is also the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, abstracts and editorials and is a widely recognized expert on disparities in health care and medical education. His medical research focuses on narrowing racial, ethnic and gender disparities in cancer-care outcomes, especially pertaining to gastrointestinal cancers. 

    Wayne earned his bachelor’s degree, Master of Business Administration, and medical degree from Howard University.

    Current Affiliations:

    • Federal Reserve Board of Fifth District Richmond
    • Forma Therapeutics
    • Humana
    • Insulet
    • The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics
    • Mutual of America Life Insurance Company
    • Tempus


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    John Lechleiter, Ph.D.

    Science & Technology and Community Benefit Committee


    John retired as Eli Lilly’s president and chief executive officer in 2016, after more than 37 years of service. He served as chairman of Lilly’s board of directors from 2009 to 2017. John joined Lilly in 1979 as a senior organic chemist in the chemical process research and development division. He became head of his department in 1982. He subsequently held roles in product development, project management, regulatory affairs and pharmaceutical operations.

    John earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Xavier University in 1975 and master's and doctoral degrees in organic chemistry from Harvard University. He has received honorary degrees from Marian University, the University of Indianapolis, the National University of Ireland, Indiana University, Franklin College, Purdue University and Butler University.


    Current affiliations include: 

    • Indiana Biosciences Research Institute
    • Indiana Economic Development Corporation
    • Lilly Endowment, Inc.
    • Eskenazi Health Foundation
    • Central Indiana Corporate Partnership
    • American Chemical Society


    Sean O'Keefe

    Audit Committee


    Sean is a university professor and the Howard G. and Louise S. Phanstiel endowed Chair in strategic management and leadership at the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Previously, he served as chairman and CEO of Airbus Group Inc., vice president of Washington Operations at GE Aviation division, and chancellor of Louisiana State University. In addition, Sean served as secretary of the Navy, NASA administrator, deputy director of the office of management and budget, deputy assistant to the president, and comptroller and chief financial officer at the Department of Defense.

    Sean earned a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University, New Orleans and a master’s from Syracuse University.

    Current Affiliations:

    • The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
    • Loyola University of New Orleans
    • Tex Tech Industries
    • Partnership for Public Service

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    Stephanie O’Sullivan

    Science & Technology and Community Benefit Committee


    Prior to becoming a business consultant in 2017, Stephanie spent more than 30 years in leadership roles in the intelligence community, most recently as the principal deputy director of national intelligence at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Stephanie also was associate deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and held various management positions at the CIA Directorate of Science and Technology. She began her career at the Office of Naval Intelligence.

    Stephanie earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Missouri Science and Technology University.


    Current Affiliations:

    • Accenture Federal Services
    • The Aerospace Corporation
    • CIA Memorial Foundation
    • HawkEye 360
    • HRL Laboratories
    • Huntington Ingalls Industries


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    Steve Steinour



    Stephen D. Steinour is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Columbus, Ohio-based Huntington Bancshares Incorporated, a $177 billion regional bank-holding company delivering a full suite of commercial and retail banking, investment management, and insurance services through Huntington National Bank and its affiliates.

    Steinour joined Huntington in 2009 from CrossHarbor Capital Partners where he served as Managing Partner. Previously, he served as President and CEO of commercial bank holding company Citizens Financial Group, Division Executive for Fleet Financial Group, and Executive Vice President at Bank of New England. Steinour began his career as an analyst for the U.S. Treasury Department and subsequently worked for the FDIC.

    Steinour completed the Executive Program in Leadership at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and he holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Gettysburg College.


    Current Affiliations:

    • Bath and Body Works
    • Bank Policy Institute
    • The Clearing House
    • The Columbus Partnership
    • Michigan ESG Leadership Council
    • Ohio Business Roundtable
    • Wexner Medical Center
    • Exelon Corporation


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    Suzanne Vautrinot

    Major General and Commander, U.S. Air Force (Retired)

    Audit Committee


    Suzanne is president of Kilovolt Consulting, Inc., a cyber security strategy and technology consulting firm. She retired from the United States Air Force in October 2013 after 31 years of distinguished service, including as Major General and Commander, 24th Air Force, Air Forces Cyber and Air Force Network Operations from April 2011 to October 2013 where she oversaw a multi-billion dollar cyber enterprise responsible for operating, extending, maintaining and defending the Air Force portion of the Department of Defense global network. Suzanne also served as Director of Plans and Policy, U.S. Cyber Command and Deputy Commander, Network Warfare, U.S. Strategic Command (June 2008 to December 2010), and Commander, Air Force Recruiting Service (July 2006 to June 2008). She was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2017.

    Suzanne earned a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Master of Science in systems management from the University of Southern California. She was a National Security Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. 

    Current Affiliations:

    • City of Hope
    • CSX Corporation
    • ECOLAB
    • Oliver Wyman
    • Wells Fargo
    • Parsons Corporation



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