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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

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.


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.

Greg Williams, Prysmian, Secretary

Greg Williams serves as Business Unit Director - Specialty Markets for The Prysmian Group.  His fiber optic career began as a plant manager, followed by roles in sales and marketing.  Greg has an engineering degree from North Carolina State University.

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


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.

Geoffroy Lacoin, Omnisens

CEO and Board member of Omnisens, one of the Fiber Optic sensing pioneers, with 15 years in the Oil & Gas construction industries for major players like SBM Offshore, Technip and Subsea7.

Heather Burnett Gold, Fiber Broadband Association

Heather Burnett Gold is the President and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association. Prior to joining the Association, Gold served as Senior Vice President of External Affairs for XO Communications, a $1.5 billion telecommunications company, where she was responsible for the creation and execution of a comprehensive public policy strategy and regularly interacted with Congress, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the White House and state lawmakers and regulators. Gold was also responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s Cost of Service strategy, including vendor selection and management for an approximately $600M annual budget. Gold has more than 27 years of experience in the industry, including five years as President for the Association for Local Telecommunications Services (ALTS) during the period surrounding the passage and implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. She has also served as a founding principal of The KDW Group, a telecom consulting firm, and as Vice President of Industry Affairs for Intermedia Communications. She was honored by the Washington Business Journal as one of its 2010 Women Who Mean Business. Gold received her BA (magna cum laude) and MA degrees in Economics from Tufts University. She received her MBA in Finance and Marketing from Washington University in St. Louis. Gold also completed the General Management Program of the Harvard Business School.

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.