Board of Directors

Fueled by volunteers, the organization has dozens of continental committees and over a hundred local chapters facilitated by a Board of Directors affectionately known as The Core.

Each position is a two-year volunteer position and elected by the NAYGN membership except for the presidential positions.  A Board Director is elected to the Vice-President position and then serves a three-year term going from Vice-President, President, and then Past-President each year.

Monica Beistline Block


Amanda Lang


Amber Von Ruden


Jenny Gourley

Professional Development Officer

Naif Siddiqui

Public Information Officer

Farrah Khanpour

Communications Officer

Ashley Lawrence

US Operating Officer

Matthew Mairinger

Canadian Operating Officer

Daniel Deckman


Sarah Davis

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer

Christopher Chance

Technology Officer

Executive Advisory Council

The Board relies on an Executive Advisory Council (EAC) for mentorship and guidance.  The EAC is comprised of nuclear industry executives that provide input on NAYGN and industry-wide initiatives.

Executive Advisory Council Goals:

  • Provide guidance and strategic input to the NAYGN Board of Directors to ensure that NAYGN is aligned with supporting the nuclear industry’s challenges.
  • Communicate NAYGN’s activities and the voice of the young generation to the nuclear industry. Maintain a group of senior-level advocates for NAYGN within the nuclear industry. 
Committee Member Title Company Term Start
Angie Howard [Chair] President Howard-Johnson Associates Feb 2008
Susan Landahl SVP Org. Effectiveness and Performance Assessment Exelon Corp
Clair Goddard SVP Corporate Strategy INPO December 2016
John G. Roberts Member at Large Canadian Nuclear Society Feb 2013
Mimi Limbach Executive Partner Potomac Group Communications October 2013
Phyllis Rich Exec. VP and Chief Financial Officer Nuclear Energy Institute May 2017
Joy Russell SVP, Chief Strategy & Communications Officer Holtec
John Stewart Director of Policy and research Canadian Nuclear Association

Maria Lacal

Chief Nuclear Officer Arizona Public Service May 2020
Canon Bryan Chief Financial Officer Terrestrial Energy May 2020

*Steve Biegalski

Executive Committee


Nuclear and Radiological Eng. and Medical Physics program Chair

Nuclear Engineering Dept. Heads Org.


Georgia Institute of Technology

May 2020
Todd Allen


Chair Elect


Glenn F. and Gladys H. Knoll Department Chair of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences

Nuclear Engineering Dept. Heads Org.


University of Michigan


May 2020
Kostadin Ivanov



Professor and Department Head Nuclear Engineering Department

Nuclear Engineering Dept. Heads Org.


North Carolina State University


May 2020
Craig Piercy Executive Director, CEO American Nuclear Society May 2020

Pam Cowan

COO & SVP, Holtec Decommissioning Holtec November 2020
Marri Marchionda-Palmer SVP Organizational Effectiveness and Performance Assessment Exelon Generation January 2021
Joni Falascino Executive Vice President, Project Management Office Westinghouse February 2021

Peter Ozemoyah

Vice President, Tyne Engineering Inc.

1st Vice Chair, International Nuclear Societies Council

Director of Conferences, Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering

Canadian Nuclear Society March 2021