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Board of Directors

The Fiber Optic Sensing Association is governed by an eleven-member Board of Directors.

Management Committee - Board Members

Board

Mike Hines, OFS, Chairman

Mike Hines is the Market Manager for Industrial Sensing with OFS, in Avon, CT, USA. His responsibilities include market, product and business development in Industrial Sensing for applications in upstream, mid-stream and downstream oil and gas markets, including downhole, pipeline, and reservoir monitoring. Mike is also actively involved with technologies to help bring value to the rail and perimeter security markets through distributed fiber optic sensing. With a background in marketing and economics, he is a twenty-five year veteran of the fiber optics industry, focusing on specialty optical fiber and associated technologies. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and a Master of Business Administration.

JJ Williams, OptaSense, Vice Chairman

JJ Williams, Director of Infrastructure Monitoring at OptaSense, has been involved in more than 250 distributed fiber optic sensing projects over the last 11 years, with experience in multiple industries and geographies. Previously with the ventures group of QinetiQ plc (the FTSE250 science and technology company), JJ was part of the founding team of OptaSense in 2007, which has since become the world’s largest manufacturer of distributed fiber optic sensing systems. He is based in Houston and oversees the infrastructure monitoring business across the Americas in pipeline, rail, road and perimeter security verticals. He has a Bachelor of Science from the Cass Business School in London.

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Gordon Youle, OZ Optics, Treasurer

Gordon Youle has worked in the fiber optics industry for 18 years, serving as the Vice President of Test Equipment at OZ Optics. In that role, he has contributed significantly to the design of numerous instruments for use in the field of fiber optics, including the company’s distributed fiber optic sensing products. Prior to that, he worked as a physical scientist for the Bedford Institute of Oceanography, where he developed instrumentation for oceanographic applications. Gordon has served on the FOSA Board of Directors since its inception, in May of 2017. During that time, he participated as a member of the Technology Committee Task Force on Communications. Gordon holds degrees in Physics and Engineering Physics.

Paul Baird, Prysmian, Secretary

Paul Baird has 30 years work experience in the fiber optic cable industry.  During his career he has worked for Corning, Draka, Sterlite (in India), and now Prysmian.  Baird’s various commercial roles include product management, market management, and applications engineering.  He is currently product manager for Prysmian industrial optical cables for harsh environments and sensing applications.

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Board Members

Stan Fendley, Corning

Stan Fendley is Director of Legislative and Regulatory Policy for Corning Incorporated, where he is responsible for the development of Corning’s federal public policy efforts regarding taxation, intellectual property, litigation reform, and sensing technology.  Stan came to Corning in 2000 from the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, where he served as Tax Counsel to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. While on Capitol Hill, Stan led legislative initiatives relating to employee benefits, technology incentives, and patient capital investment. He holds a JD from Harvard Law School and an MBA from the University of New Mexico. He also serves as adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School in Washington DC. 

Steve Seabolt, Ditch Witch

Steve Seabolt has more than 20 years of experience working throughout the underground construction industry. As product manager for heavy duty tractors, he oversees the strategic planning and development of the Ditch Witch organization’s extensive line of ride-on trenchers and microtrenching products to meet changing customer demands globally. In addition to his Ditch Witch responsibilities, Steve is active in many local and national industry organizations and boards where he enjoys speaking with leaders about the latest Ditch Witch technology and industry innovations. Steve received a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational management from the Oklahoma Christian University and a Master of Business degree from Oklahoma State University.

 

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Kent Wardley, Fotech Solutions

Kent Wardley is the VP of Sales at Fotech for the Americas. He has over 25 years in Technical Sales staring his Sales career and formal training with Hewlett Packard. He started his focus in Fibre Optics in 1996 and has worked with a number of successful start-ups and mid-cap companies delivering revenue and growth in their associated markets.  Successes include Queensgate Instruments, Cidra, Laird, Noisecom and IQE plc. He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology and a Master in Science in Business Marketing from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Vivek Caroli, Frauscher Sensor Technology USA, Inc.

Vivek Caroli has 20 years of experience in the railroad industry in various capacities, including as a consulting business owner specializing in providing business development services in Europe, the Pacific Rim and the Middle East. He has been the Managing Director of Frauscher US since its operations began and was instrumental in Frauscher being one of FOSA’s founding members.

Etienne Rochat, Omnisens

Dr. Etienne Rochat is CTO of Omnisens, in charge of product research & development. Etienne’s focus is on optical interrogators, sensing cables and novel applications. Prior to joining Omnisens in 2004, Etienne worked as research scientist at ABB Corporate Research Centre (Switzerland), developing fiber sensors for remote pressure and temperature measurement in oil reservoir, then as research fellow at the University of Essex (UK) in non-conventional optical communication. Etienne holds a PhD in science from the University of Neuchâtel, and a master degree of engineering from the Swiss Institute of Technology (EPFL, Lausanne).

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Lisa Youngers, Fiber Broadband Association

Lisa R. Youngers currently leads the Fiber Broadband Association as its Executive Director — the largest trade association in the Americas dedicated to all-fiber-optic broadband. Youngers brings two decades of communications experience to the Association ranging from satellite, wireless/wireline telecommunications and broadcast to state infrastructure. Most recently, Youngers was CEO of Nextlink Wireless, where she drove all operational, technical and financial aspects of the business as well as M&A activity. Prior to leading Nextlink, Youngers was Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of Federal Advocacy and Strategy at XO Communications where she led the company’s initiatives involving federal policy, operations and technology. Before that, she served as Federal Regulatory Counsel for General Communication, Inc. and MCI advocating on competition issues.  Youngers also served as Assistant Attorney General for the state of Minnesota as counsel to the Public Utilities Commission and the Rail/Trucking Safety Board. Youngers is a member of the Minnesota and District of Columbia Bars. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a JD from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

Scott Jackson, Fiber Broadband Association

As Business Development Manager-Smart Grid for Graybar, Scott has been actively involved with the FTTH Council for several years including as chair of the technology committee for three terms. He is also a member of the Council's Smart Grid Initiative. Scott has more than 14 years of technology and business modeling experience in IT and telecommunications applications for telephone, CATV and utility entities. In his current role at Graybar, Scott focuses on service solutions for utility smart grid deployments spanning electrical and IT/telecommunications along with the smart facility home/building area (H/BAN) network. Before joining Graybar, he served as Midwest territory manager for Phillips Communications and Equipment Company, comptroller and sales manager for CORE Telecom Systems and as an accountant for Tele/Systems Inventory Management.