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Who We Are

  • Suzanne Vellacott-Collins


Suzanne serves as the President of SCG. She founded SCG in March 1992 and is responsible for managing daily operations of the company.  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. 

  • ​Melissa Swick

         Vice President

Melissa joined SCG in 2011. In her role as Vice President, 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.

  • ​Crystal Armes

Crystal joined SCG in 2022 providing part-time support as she manages her successful, small business full-time. She brings to SCG almost 18 years of CIA experience as a Multi-Discipline Security Officer (MDSO). Crystal is a seasoned professional with in-depth knowledge of personnel, physical, and program area security. She also has proven track records in leadership and project management.

  • Ed Collins

Ed serves as a Senior Security Specialist for SCG. He specializes in conducting in-depth pre-screen 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, and polygraph processes provides an exceptional level of expertise on personnel security matters.

  • Chris Collins

Chris 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 database. Chris has 10 years of experience in training, sales, and personnel management and he also serves in volunteer positions for a non-profit organization.

  • Jessica Getty

Jessica joined SCG in 2022 assisting in matters pertaining to personnel security. She brings 13 years of personnel security experience and has worked for Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA). Jessica specializes in review and processing of Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (eQIP) / SF-86, security clearances, Defense Information System for Security (DISS), adjudications, due process for military, civilian, and industry in addition to Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12. Jessica received certifications from the Center for Development of Security Excellence for both Adjudications and Due Process.

  •  Rosa Gracey

Rosa joined SCG in 2021 assisting with Personnel Security.  Rosa retired from the Air Force with over 25 years of loyal/dedicated service to the United States.  Upon retirement she traveled to Iraq for almost 3 years as a government contractor where she served as the Assistant to the SSO with Multi-National Forces in Iraq and spent time as a Biometrics Field Service Engineer in Iraq providing Biometrics support to Army operations in a joint, interagency, and multinational environment.  Rosa provides SCG with over 16 years of experience within the Military and Industry security arenas.  She has managed all aspects of the Industrial Security Program and has extensive experience with Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (eQIP) / SF-86, Defense Information System for Security (DISS) and Access Commander Databases.

  • ​​​Dawn Thorsness

Dawn provides SCG with 25 years of aerospace and defense systems experience in aviation contracting, international negotiations, quality management systems, missile defense, business development, and proposal support drawn from Boeing, SAIC, and Lockheed Martin.  She has advised large organizations, small businesses, and nonprofits in implementing an operating structure, roles and responsibilities, and program reviews. Dawn earned her undergraduate degree from Duke University and is a member of the Washington State Bar Association.​​

  • Anna Thorsness

Anna joined SCG in 2018 providing part-time support to the company as she pursues her Criminology degree at the University of South Florida. Her primary areas of expertise include graphic art, website design, and special projects assigned by the SCG President.​

  • Rob Vance 

Rob retired from the Air Force with over 25 years of service and is a seasoned global security professional with experiences across Law Enforcement, Antiterrorism/Force Protection, Foreign Disclosure, Information, Industrial, and Personnel Security specialties; managing the last four programs for the entire Air National Guard, providing support to more than 105,000 military and civilian personnel across 213 locations throughout the 54 States and Territories. Rob was also requested, by name, to be part of the Air Force team that helped with the development of the Defense Information System for Security (DISS). Upon retirement, Rob provided contract support to the Defense Intelligence Agency for two years before venturing back into the FSO/CSO world.

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