Staff

Valerie Lincy

Valerie is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control. She leads the organization’s research on weapons of mass destruction supply networks, which is used by governments to support sanctions and counterproliferation actions. Valerie is Editor of Iran Watch, a website she created in 2003 to track and analyze Iran’s nuclear and missile programs and international efforts to counter these programs. She also oversees the Wisconsin Project’s Risk Report, a comprehensive database of entities suspected of involvement in WMD proliferation. She leads outreach efforts in some 40 countries to support effective strategic trade controls, including through use of the Risk Report.

Prior to joining the Wisconsin Project, Valerie worked as a researcher in several Washington D.C. think tanks and at the New York Times and Newsweek in France. She earned an M.S. at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a B.A. from Smith College. Valerie is a Gender Champion in Nuclear Policy.

Austin Bodetti

Austin is a research associate at the Wisconsin Project. He uses his knowledge of Arabic and Persian in investigations of entities linked to nuclear proliferation for Iran Watch and the Risk Report. Prior to joining the Wisconsin Project, Austin consulted for the research institute C4ADS and worked as a journalist in Iraq and South Sudan. He has lived in Morocco as a Fulbright Scholar and Oman as a participant in the SALAM Program. Austin graduated from Boston College in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Islamic studies and a minor in Arab studies.

John Caves

John is a senior research associate at the Wisconsin Project. He is responsible for the organization’s Iran and Russia research. John oversees a project on Iran sanctions, assists with managing Iran Watch, and is responsible for content related to Iran and Russia in the Risk Report database. John uses his Persian and Russian language abilities to support his work. Previously, he served as a field artillery officer in the U.S. Army and held research positions at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Institute for the Study of War. John graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Public and International Affairs and earned an M.A. in Global Communication from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

Treston Chandler

Treston is a senior research associate at the Wisconsin Project. He is responsible for content related to China and North Korea in the Risk Report database and oversees a project on North Korea sanctions. Treston also manages the organization’s IT systems and data modeling and visualization work. He contributes to the organization’s strategic trade control outreach effort, including through global Risk Report training. Previously, Treston worked at the Syrian American Medical Society and with the peacebuilding arts nonprofit, CARAVAN. Treston graduated from Lake Forest College with a degree in history and politics.

Meghan Peri Crimmins

Meghan is Deputy Director of the Wisconsin Project. She oversees the organization’s work on sanctions and counterproliferation finance and contributes research and writing on these topics for both the Risk Report and Iran Watch. Meghan directs program development and advocacy at the Wisconsin Project and designs and delivers strategic trade control outreach training. She also oversees data modeling and visualization work for the Risk Report and the Iran Sanctions Project. Previously, Meghan represented energy-sector clients at an international government relations firm and also worked as a researcher at the International Finance Corporation and the State Department. She earned an M.S. at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a B.A. from George Washington University.

Jonathan Gerstein

Jonathan is a research assistant at the Wisconsin Project. He contributes research to the Risk Report database related to South Asia and Syria. Jonathan is also responsible for monitoring and updating Risk Report content related to sanctions, export control regulations, and multilateral control regimes. He supports the organization’s strategic trade control outreach effort through global Risk Report Training. Prior to joining the Wisconsin Project, Jonathan interned at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies and at the Partnership for Global Security. Jonathan graduated from Hamilton College with a degree in government.

JP Imperiale

JP is a research associate at the Wisconsin Project. He conducts research on North Korean proliferation programs and sanctions evasion and the entities and networks that contribute to both. His research supports a project on sanctions and content in the Risk Report database related to North Korea. He also contributes to the organization’s global strategic trade control outreach effort through Risk Report training. Prior to joining the Wisconsin Project, JP worked in the Policy Planning Unit at NATO Headquarters and at the Center for a New American Security. JP graduated from New York University with a degree in economics.

Rachel Kaye

Rachel is a research associate at the Wisconsin Project. She is responsible for content related to China and Pakistan in the Risk Report database. She is also responsible for sanctions and export control research and contributes to strategic trade control outreach training. Prior to joining the organization, Rachel worked at Australia’s Department of Defense as a geopolitical analyst and conducted space research for the former Shadow Assistant Minister for Defense, David Feeney. She possesses a B.A. in Media & Communications from the University of Melbourne and an M.A. in Strategic Studies from the Australian National University.

John Krzyzaniak (Jk)

Jk is a research associate at the Wisconsin Project, where he uses his Persian language skills to conduct research on Iran’s nuclear and missile programs and the entities supporting those programs. His work supports Iran Watch, the Risk Report database, and a project on Iran sanctions. He has previously worked at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. He holds a B.A. in classics from the University of Georgia and a M.S. in international affairs from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

John A. Lauder

John is a senior fellow at the Wisconsin Project. He is an authority on weapons of mass destruction, nonproliferation, arms control, and intelligence analysis and collection. John retired from the U.S government with over 33 years of experience in the Central Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Office, and as an arms control negotiator and served subsequently as a senior manager and corporate officer within Areteꞌ Associates, a research and development company. He continues to advise and shape nonproliferation and intelligence initiatives as a member of government, academic, and laboratory advisory panels, as well as in leading studies to improve WMD-related intelligence and the verification of international agreements. John has received multiple government awards for his leadership and innovation in collection systems, analytical approaches, and national security decisions. He has a B.A. from Hiram College and an M.A. in International Relations from Yale University.

Gary Milhollin

Emeritus Professor Milhollin of the University of Wisconsin Law School is President of the Wisconsin Project. Gary holds degrees in engineering and law, and was an Administrative Judge, part-time, at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for more than a decade. He has also been a consultant on nuclear arms proliferation to the Department of Defense, practiced international corporate law in New York and Paris, and has taught courses on nuclear arms proliferation at Princeton University as well as at Wisconsin. Gary founded the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control in 1986 and directed the organization for 25 years. His articles and research reports articles and research reports have been cited and quoted widely in the international press, and he has testified frequently before Congressional committees.

Jessica Seltzer

Jessica is a research intern at the Wisconsin Project. She contributes research for the Risk Report, with a focus on Russia. Before joining the Wisconsin Project, she interned at the Nuclear Threat Initiative and consulted for international media development nonprofit Internews. Jessica graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with a degree in International Politics and a minor in Russian and is pursuing an M.A. in Security Policy Studies at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.