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.  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. 

  • ​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.

  • 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.

  • Trichel Harris

Trichel, a seasoned PMP certified technical manager, joined SCG in 2020 providing part-time personnel security support and security training development. She has served the Intelligence Community for over 20 years and has demonstrated expertise in technical project management, systems integration, contract management, process engineering, requirement analysis, workflow enhancement, instructional systems design, and training development. In her role as Contractor Special Security Officer, Trichel will provide support in all security matters, processes, and procedures; as well as developing/enhancing security education programs.


  •  Virginia Palmore

Virginia joined SCG in 2020 assisting in matters of personnel security. Her primary areas of expertise include processing clearance crossovers, badge renewals, and initial clearance requests and briefing SCIs. Virginia is the first and only female to retire from the Vienna VA, Police Department. Following her recent retirement from the Federal Government, she comes to us with over 13 years of Intelligence Community experience including, DoD, NRO, and CIA. 

  • ​​​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.​