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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

JJ Williams, OptaSense, Chairman

JJ Williams, Director of Infrastructure Monitoring at OptaSense, has been involved in more than 250 distributed fiber optic sensing projects over the last 13 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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Mike Hines, OFS, Vice 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.

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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Joseph Herridge, Corning, Treasurer

Joseph Herridge is the Business Development Manager, Fiber Optic Sensing, at Corning. Joseph has worked in the fiber optic telecommunications industry since 1993 as a quality specialist, research and development engineer, and product line manager. Responsibilities have included design engineering and production of fiber optic connectors and hardware, fiber to the home connectivity product specialist, and global fiber optic connector product line manager. He is currently responsible for increasing awareness of and growing the emerging global fiber sensing market. Joseph holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and Master of Business Administration.

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Board Members

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 Fiber 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.

Dave Cunningham, Network Integrity Systems

Dave Cunningham is the Vice President of Marketing for Network Integrity Systems. He has more than 25 years of experience in the optical fiber and electronics industry, including working as Tellabs’ Director of Global Marketing and Corning. Dave holds four US Patents on various fiber-related inventions.

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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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Gordon Youle, OZ Optics

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.

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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.

Kevin Morgan, Fiber Broadband Association

Kevin Morgan is the Chairman of the Fiber Broadband Association. He served as the 2015 Board of Directors Chairman for the FTTH Council Americas. He was first elected to the Board in 2010 and is past Chair of the Government Affairs committee and Marketing committee for the FTTH Council. Kevin is the Chief Marketing Officer at Clearfield; he has held various senior marketing positions at ADTRAN and spent nearly a decade at telephone operating company BellSouth, now a part of AT&T, where he worked as the lead product evaluations resource of broadband technologies in the Science & Technology department. Over his career, he has gained extensive experience in advanced communications technology, fiber optic systems, and business product marketing. Kevin holds an Electrical Engineering degree from Auburn University and an MBA from the University of Alabama.

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Committee Chairs

Technology Committee - Gareth Lees, AP Sensing

Economic Benefits Committee 

Public Policy Committee - Stan Fendley, Corning