Suzanne Vellacott-Collins, President
Suzanne serves as the President of SCG. She founded SCG in March 1992 and is responsible for managing daily operations of the company. She served as the Director of Security and Special Access Program Security Manager for TITAN Corporation, TITAN Applications Group, from May 1984 until November 1991, and as the Special Security Officer for Intergraph Corporation from September 1981 until May 1984. Suzanne’s extensive training and practical application have made her a recognized industry authority in contractor – government classified relationships and in all aspects of non-confrontational investigative, interview and elicitation processes.
Ed Collins, Senior Security Specialist
Ed serves as a Senior Security Specialist for SCG. He specializes in conducting in-depth prescreen interviews and assisting our clients with determining candidate clearance eligibility. Ed joined SCG in 1994 after a twenty-five-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency. His experience as an Area Security Officer, coupled with extensive security clearance, adjudication, appeal, and investigative knowledge, provides an exceptional level of expertise on personnel security matters.
Melissa Swick, Senior Security Specialist
Melissa joined SCG in 2011. In her role as a Senior Security Specialist, she specializes in matters of personnel security in both the DOD and Intelligence Communities, to include clearance actions, reporting responsibilities, briefings and clearance maintenance. In addition to personnel security, Melissa has years of experience with obtaining and maintaining facility clearances in the NISP. Melissa brings to SCG previous CIA employment history and years of experience in training, personnel management and call center management.
Linda Harrell, Security Specialist
Linda joined SCG in 2012 assisting in matters of personnel security for the Department of Defense and Intelligence Communities. Linda processes all phases of clearance processing and monitors JPAS actions along with managing the SCG Foreign Travel Program. Linda’s work history includes previous CIA employment and 14 years of experience as a civilian employee for the U.S. Government as an Administrative Assistant in various offices to include the Foreign Intelligence Office in Maryland, the Cold Regions Test Center in Alaska and others. She also worked as the Administrative Assistant to the Administrator of a Long-Term Care Facility in Georgia for four years. Prior to federal civilian employment Linda worked in Virginia in the legal field for 13 years.
Christopher Collins, Security Specialist
Christopher joined SCG in 2016 assisting in matters of personnel security for the Department of Defense and Intelligence Communities. His primary areas of expertise include processing clearance crossovers, badge renewals, and initial clearance requests, briefing personnel for foreign travel, and maintaining the SIMS data base. Christopher has 10 years of experience in training, sales, and personnel management and he also served in volunteer positions for a non-profit organization.
Meghann Ferguson, Senior Security Specialist
Meghann joined SCG in 2017 bringing substantial experience working with Clients in the DOD, DHS, and DOE space. Well-versed in both the personnel and facility security life cycle processes, Meghann enjoys helping companies start and/or enhance their current security programs and recently served as a mentor for new FSO’s as part of a Defense Security Service (DSS) pilot program.
Dawn Thorsness, Senior Consultant
Dawn provides SCG with over 25 years of corporate aerospace and defense experience in aviation contracting, international negotiations, quality management systems (ISO and CMMI), missile systems, business development, and proposal support drawn from a career at The Boeing Company, SAIC, and Lockheed Martin Corporation. She has advised large organizations, small businesses, and nonprofits in implementing an operating structure, roles and responsibilities, program reviews, quality management systems, and customer satisfaction. She has extensive experience in letters of intent, memoranda of agreement, memoranda of understanding, and teaming proposals. She is an active member of the Washington State Bar Association.