Dana Leaman, NVLAP
Mrs. Leaman serves as the Chief of the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP). In her role as Chief, Mrs. Leaman oversees the NVLAP operations, the staff and the accreditation activities of testing and calibration laboratories in nineteen fields of accreditation.
Dana also has extensive experience with ISO/IEC 17025 as a trainer and a quality systems auditor. She has received training with ISO/IEC 17011 and is qualified as an Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC) peer evaluator as well as an Inter American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC) peer evaluator in the calibration area.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Dana began attending NCSLI meetings and workshops in 2001 and became a Region Coordinator in 2004. She has also served in the role of Committee Chair for the Accreditation Resource Committee. Joining the Board of Directors in 2007, she was appointed as the Vice President of the Southern Division. She has also served in the role of Vice President – Documentary Standards, Vice President – Special Programs, and Secretary. Presently, she serves in the role of Executive Vice President.
Jeff Gust, Fluke Calibration
Jeff Gust is the Chief Corporate Metrologist for Fluke Corporation. He has global responsibility for metrology for the Fluke companies, and manages the Fluke Calibration Metrology team. Jeff began his career in metrology in 1985, serving as a TMDE technician in the U.S. Marine Corps. Jeff has accepted positions of increasing responsibility at Tektronix, GTE, Verizon, Quametec and Richard J. Bagan Inc. before joining Fluke in 2010. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Purdue University. In 2011, he was presented with the Woodington award from the Measurement Science Conference.
Jeff has been involved with NCSL International since 1995, where he volunteered for the position of Northern Indiana Section Coordinator. Jeff served on the NCSLI Board of Directors in various roles from 1999 to 2007, and was NCSL International President in 2006. He has been the NCSL International Representative to ILAC since 2011, and has re-joined the Board of Directors in 2014 to lead the 170 Committee.
Jeff also has been very involved in proficiency testing and interlaboratory comparisons, founding a company that performed commercial proficiency testing for calibration laboratories. He has issued over 1000 proficiency test reports, and served on the ILAC Proficiency Testing Work Group and was a writing committee member for the development of ISO 17043, general requirements for proficiency testing. Jeff was an ISO 17025 calibration laboratory assessor for A2LA for 9 years, and still serves on the A2LA criteria council.
Mark Lapinskes, Tecktronix
Mark spent over 20 years in the US Army TMDE (Metrology) field. His jobs ranged from Calibration Technician to Team Chief then finally to Instructor Supervisor in the Calibration School at Keesler AFB, MS. He went with the Army’s move to relocate the school to Redstone Arsenal, AL where he later retired. After a brief tenure with Yulista at the Army Primary Standards Lab at Redstone, he took the position of National Technical Training and Support Manager with Sypris Test & Measurement. In this role, Mark has worked on interactive training, training databases and curricula, quality assurance, applications engineering, uncertainty analysis, and setting up new capabilities in the Sypris Primary Standards Lab and throughout their national network. After the acquisition of Sypris in 2009, he presently continues in this role with Tektronix as well as managing the Flexible Staffing and Service Engineering teams.
Mark has been involved with NCSLI since 2003 when he took over as the 164 Education Systems Liaison. He became chair of 162 Financial Resources Committee under Learning and Development and also became SE US Division VP, both in 2008. In 2010 he served as VP of Learning and Development, and returned to the SE Division VP position in 2011.
Marcus McNeely, MMcConsulting Services
Marcus McNeely has been in the ﬁeld of GMP/ISO metrology, validation and quality systems for over twenty-ﬁve years. He has managed cGMP/GLP/GSP calibration programs in both manufacturing and laboratory environments, in addition to holding responsibilities in various quality programs. He also worked extensively in the ﬁeld of asset management software / services, providing healthcare and ISO industries with turnkey software implementation, general consulting and training.
With MMc Consulting Services, Inc.,
Tony Reed, Boeing
James E. Smith, Boeing
Marcus interfaces with industry in establishing, managing and maintaining calibration / asset management programs and asset management software. He regularly contributes and presents papers, editorials and technical documents at numerous conferences, web venues and symposia. He has provided technical input for multiple versions of the NCSL International RP-6 technical standard. Marcus holds a degree in electronics engineering technology and has served NCSL International for many years, formerly as the Healthcare Metrology Committee Chair and currently on the Board of Directors.
He has compiled industry-recognized cGMP calibration and asset management quality system training courses for a worldwide audience. In the software industry, he played key roles in conceptualizing feature development, as well as post-development conﬁguration of industry standard computerized calibration and maintenance management software.
Jim (Smitty) Smith is a 30 year Test & Metrology professional currently working for Boeing’s BT&E (Boeing Test & Evaluation) in Various Test Asset Management roles around the U.S. Starting in rural Illinois Smitty joined the US Navy leading to a career in Metrology/Calibration spending four years as a Navy “Instrumentman” calibrating a wide variety of Physical, Mechanical & Dimensional instruments in support of Fleet activities. Then recruited, by McDonnell Douglas Aerospace he applied his calibration training and experience to the Space industry, with MDC later merging with Boeing. Since entering the civilian workforce in 1988 Smitty has worked as a Calibration specialist, Instrument Standards Technician, Equipment Management Analysts, Trainer, Sr. Quality Engineer, Project Lead, Test Engineer/Scientist and Sr Project Manager.
Currently the 140 Lab Operations VP, his career with NCSLI has taken him from Orange County Coordinator in 2000 to Publicity Chair to Membership Chair, The 155 Committee “TEAM” (Test Equipment, Asset Management), Southwest Region Coordinator and now to his present VP position.
Smitty has been married 27 years to Jennifer Smith, whom he served with in the Navy and is a Management professional for Southern California Edison, they have three children: Darren, Cody and Jessica all in the vocational trades and residing in Southern CA. Mr. Smith has a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of LaVerne, is an ASQ CCT, with additional studies in Vocational & Industrial science, Marketing and Management. He also is a practitioner of “Life Long Learning” and adult practical training philosophies.
Presently semi-retired, Jack Somppi is a consultant with the test and measurement industry. He is a co-founder of TestAndMeasurement.Consulting, an international organization with both USA and European components.
Jack has been on the NCSL International board of directors since 2010. He participated in his first NCSLI conference in 1987. In 2005 Jack joined NCSLI’s Marketing Committee and is now the VP of Marketing. He has also been a VP for both the Southeast and Western USA Divisions as well as Secretary.
Jack has been in the metrology instrumentation field for more than 41 years. His specialty is electrical metrology, working both domestically and internationally with various metrology organizations and companies. Most recently Jack was the VP of Business Development of Measurements International, Ltd. In 2015 Jack completed his 38+ years at Fluke Corp where he began his career as a design engineer for electrical calibration instruments. The majority of his work involved the applications and marketing/sales of this instrumentation. Jack has extensive experience with metrology in the Asia/Pacific and European geographies.
Jack Somppi holds both BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Montana State University.
Jack and his wife Vicki have two grown children with four grandchildren. They live in Bothell, Washington, a suburb of Seattle. Outside activities include both church and community service. Jack is a Vice President of the Mt. Baker Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Jack’s hobbies include working on his 1960 vintage sports car and photography.