About US

Board of Directors

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

Board of Directors

Photo: John Welch

John K. Welch

Board Chair, HR, Compensation and Governance Committee Member




  • Former President & CEO, Centrus Energy Corporation (formerly SEC, Inc.)
  • Former Executive Vice President, General Dynamics Corporation
  • Trustee, U.S. Naval Academy Athletic and Scholarship Programs
  • Board member, Huntington Ingalls Industries; Mt. St. Joseph HS; Novawall System Inc.
  • Former Director, Nuclear Energy Institute; Precision Custom Components, LLC

Photo: Vicky Bailey

Vicky A. Bailey

HR, Compensation and Governance Committee Chair



  • President, Anderson Stratton International, LLC 
  • Former Assistant Secretary, Policy & International Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Former President, PSI Energy, Inc.
  • Former Commissioner, U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Board Trustee, The Conference Board
  • Board member and Chair, USEA; Equitrans Midstream Corporation
  • Board member, Cheniere Energy, Inc.; Resources of the Future; National Petroleum Council; Girl Scouts Nations Capital; Board of Energy and Environmental Systems (BEES), National Academies of Science; Engineering Medicine; PNM Resources 
  • Former board member, Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future; EQT Corporation; CLECO Corp; North America Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC)

Photo: Donald Kirkland

Kirkland H. Donald

Audit Committee Member



  • Four-star Admiral and former Commander, U.S. Navy Submarine Force (Ret.)
  • Former President and CEO, Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc.
  • Former Director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program
  • Former Executive Advisory Board member, NexPhase Capital (former Moelis Capital Partners)
  • Former Board of Managers, Robbins Goia, LLC
  • Board member, Naval Submarine League; CyberCore Technologies
  • Advisory Board member, Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs
  • Executive Advisory Board member, NexPhase Capital (former Moelis Capital Partners); Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs
  • Technical Advisory Board member, NuScale
  • Independent Director, Entergy Corporation (Finance and Nuclear committees)
  • Honorary Member, Society of Cincinnati
  • Security Monitor, reporting to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS), Lanxess US, Inc.

Photo: Michael Gasser

Michael J. Gasser

HR, Compensation and Governance Committee Member



  • Trustee Board Chair, Greif, Inc.
  • Former CEO, Greif, Inc.
  • Former Board member, Bob Evans Farms
  • Former Trustee, Ohio Northern University; The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute Foundation
  • Former Chairman, The Ohio State University

Photo: John Lechleiter

John C. Lechleiter, Ph.D.

S&T and Community Benefit Committee Chair



  • Retired Chairman, President and CEO, Eli Lilly and Company
  • Board member of Indiana Economic Development Corporation; Indiana Biosciences Research Institute; Lilly Endowment, Inc.; Eskenazi Health Foundation;  and Hoosier Art Salon. Member Emeritus of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership
  • Honorary trustee of the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
  • Member, American Chemical Society
  • Former board member, Ford Motor Company, NIKE, Inc., Science History Institute, Eli Lilly and Company, and United Way Worldwide

Sean C. O'Keefe

Audit Committee Chair



  • Howard G. and Louise S. Phanstiel Chair in Strategic Management and Leadership, Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs 
  • Director, Partnership for Public Service; Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts; Global Foundries – GF US
  • Trustee Board Chair, Highland Industries Divestiture Trust
  • Distinguished Senior Advisor, The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  • Trustee, Loyola University of New Orleans
  • Professor, Syracuse University
  • Advisory Board member, Syracuse University National Securities Studies
  • Retired Chairman and CEO, Airbus Group, Inc.; EADS North America
  • Chancellor Emeritus, Louisiana State University
  • Former Advisory Board Chair, Syracuse University Maxwell School
  • Former Vice President, Washington Operations, General Electric
  • Former Chancellor, Louisiana State University; A&M College
  • Former Presidential appointee, 10th Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Deputy Assistant to President George W. Bush and Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget; Secretary of the Navy; Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Former Board member, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
  • Former Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Highland Industries Divestiture Trust
  • Board member, CSRA (formerly Computer Science Corporation)

Photo: Stephanie O'Sullivan

Stephanie O’Sullivan

S&T and Community Benefit Committee Member



  • Former Principal Deputy Director and COO, ODNI Operations and Intelligence Community, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
  • Former Associate Deputy Director and Lead, Directorate of Science & Technology, Central Intelligence Agency
  • Former Advisory Board member, Google
  • Various positions, Office of Naval Intelligence research and development programs; oversight for series of sensitive projects for TRW
  • Board member, Aerospace Corporation; CIA Memorial Foundation
  • Advisory Board member, Google; Adobe; Noblis/Peraton

Photo: Steve Steinour

Steve Steinour

Audit Committee Member



  • Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated
  • Board member, Exelon Corporation; LBrands, Inc.; The Columbus Partnership; Ohio Business Roundtable; National Veterans Memorial and Museum; Bank Policy Institute; The Clearing House; Columbus Downtown Development Corporation; Pelotonia Board; Wexner Medical Center
  • Former Board of Directors, Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank


Photo: Suzanne Vautrinot

Suzanne M. Vautrinot

S&T and Community Benefit Committee Member



  • Major General and Commander, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)
  • President, Kilovolt Consulting, Inc.
  • Director of Plans and Policy, U.S. Cyber Command
  • Deputy Commander, Network Warfare, U.S. Strategic Command
  • Commander, Air Force Recruiting Service
  • Board member, ECOLAB, Inc., Symantec Corporation, Parsons Corporation; Wells Fargo; City of Hope
  • Advisory Board member, Oliver-Wyman


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