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Three Returning, One New Elected to NCS Board of Directors

Posted on February 22, 2017 in General News

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ORLANDO, Fla., February 16, 2017 -- The National Center for Simulation welcomed its one new and three returning board members at the January 2017 Board of Directors meeting. Each director will serve a three-year term ending in October 2019.

Dr. Lee Lacy with The DiSTI Corporation, who served as a board member as well as the chairman between the years of 1994-2015, was elected to serve on the board again. Joining him are returning board members Steven Painter, Sparton Corporation; Terry Kohl, Leidos; and Hank Okraski; simulation consultant. All three returning board members currently hold leadership positions: Painter is chairman; Kohl is secretary; and Okraski is chairman of the NCS education & workforce development committee.

Lacy, the only new member, is a graduate of University of Central Florida, earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science, and then later receiving his Ph.D. in modeling, simulation and training (MS&T). A native of Central Florida, he has 30 years of experience in MS&T and currently works at The DiSTI Corporation where he manages Virtual Maintenance Trainer contracts.

Lacy stated he believes it’s important the board is primarily populated by MS&T practitioners who understand the technology, industry, and needs of the members.

“Board members play a key role in helping direct NCS’s critical contributions to the simulation community including championing MS&T technology solutions that help our warfighters and industry,” Lacy said. “They also help guide NCS’s pivotal role in helping preserve the economic engine that has resulted from the close collaboration of Team Orlando and NCS’s corporate and academic members.”

“As we continue to tell the important story of Orlando’s leadership in MS&T, including the local and national impacts made by the partners of Team Orlando and NCS, we need passionate individuals on our board to help us,” said Lt. Gen. (Ret) Thomas L. Baptiste, president and CEO, National Center for Simulation. “Our board is made up of extremely dedicated and talented people, and I’m looking forward to acting upon their direction and guidance as we look to find new opportunities that protect and grow this important high-tech cluster.”

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