About the Alliance : Management

Alliance Management

Chairman, Smart Card Alliance Board of Directors

Willy Dommen

Willy Dommen

Willy Dommen is an executive in Accenture’s infrastructure and transportation business. He has been leading the development of mobile and smart card projects worldwide for the last 20 years. He was a key contributor on smart card, RFID and mobile payment assignments around the world, for both government and private industry including Australia, Singapore, London, New York, Washington DC, and Los Angeles, all of which started from the work he completed for Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Clipper (formerly TransLink®) program in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Mr. Dommen served as the hands-on advisor for the BART-Sprint mobile payment trial. He was also a leader for the Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 12 initiative for several federal government agencies. In addition, Mr. Dommen’s client and project lists include development of national health care card programs in Italy and Australia, leading edge technology evaluation and strategy development for financial services companies, RFID strategy development for global manufacturers of electronic systems. He continues to serve clients with resolving strategic and technical issues related to contactless smart card and mobile payments technology. Mr. Dommen authors articles and presents internationally on strategic issues with regard to smart card and mobile payment systems.

Executive Director

Randy Vanderhoof

Randy Vanderhoof

191 Clarksville Road

Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

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Randy Vanderhoof is the Executive Director of the Smart Card Alliance. The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association of over 180 member firms working to accelerate the widespread acceptance of smart card technology in North America and Latin America. He came to the Alliance in January, 2002 and became the Executive Director in August, 2002. During his tenure as the chief executive, he has directed the transformation of the organization from primarily a networking organization into a diverse, education oriented, international, multi-industry organization that gathers industry stakeholders together to help stimulate the rapid adoption of all forms of smart cards (cards and other form factors) for electronic payments and digital security applications. In December 2008, Randy was named by Security Magazine to the list of the Top 25 Most Influential People in the Security Industry.

Prior to joining the Smart Card Alliance, he was employed with IBM Global Smart Card Solutions; an international product group supporting IBM’s smart card services to its global banking, healthcare, and government industry vertical teams. Previously, he served as on the Executive Board for the Alliance as a corporate member from 1998–2001. From 2000 to 2001, he was Vice President Business Development with First Access, Inc. a developer of contactless smart card technology for network access security and authentication. From 1995 to 2000, he worked at Schlumberger (now Gemalto) as Market Segment Manager, Campus Solutions supporting the development and marketing of smart card–based identification and payment systems.

Randy is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA with a BS in Management Marketing. He received his MBA from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ.

Board of Directors

2014-2015 Executive Board

2014-2015 Directors


Alliance Staff

Edgar Betts

Edgar Betts

Associate Director, Smart Card Alliance Latin America & the Caribbean

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Edgar Betts came to the Alliance in March 2005 to help develop and complete the Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) grant for Latin America issued by the International Trade Administration to the Alliance.

Prior to joining the Smart Card Alliance, Edgar was the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Smart Card Division for Integra Group Corporation, responsible for the promotion, distribution, and implementation of smart card and RFID solutions for the Central American and Caribbean markets.

In 2007, the Junior Chamber International (JCI) of Panama recognized Edgar with “The Outstanding Young Persons of the World” (TOYP) award under the category of Science & Technology Development. In 2010, “Capital Financiero” also recognized him in their list of the 40 most influential people under 40.

Kristin Krebs

Conference Services Coordinator

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Kristin Krebs is responsible for supporting the conference logistics for the Smart Card Alliance and EMV Migration Forum.  Before joining the Smart Card Alliance in 2012, Kristin worked in a range of positions, including Advertising Coordinator at Caldor, Executive Assistant at ASML, Executive Assistant & Division Event Planner at Scholastic Inc.  Kristin graduated from Katherine Gibbs College.

Nicole Lauzon


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Nicole Lauzon is responsible for membership management and database support for both the Smart Card Alliance and EMV Migration Forum. A 2005 graduate of Douglass College at Rutgers University, she joined the Alliance in 2009.

Debra Marshall

Manager, Communications

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Debbie’s responsibilities include effectively identifying goals to align positioning and messaging into seamless communications for the association and its member companies. Debbie develops, edits and maintains all Alliance printed materials, including monthly and quarterly newsletters, the Annual Review, website content, membership kits and other written communications and programs. She also is responsible for communications for the EMV Migration Forum, writing announcements and updates on the Forum, coordinating content on the EMV Connection website, and managing the communications for EMV meetings.

Debbie spent the bulk of her career at Comcast, where she served as the Regional Director of Communications. She began her career working for a newspaper and has worked for Fortune 50 companies, advertising agencies and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining the Smart Card Alliance, she served as consultant for Pershing/Bank of New York Mellon, Siemen’s, and the Public Relations Society (PRSA) of America.  Debbie graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Communications from Seton Hall University.

Cathy Medich

Cathy Medich

Director, Strategic Programs

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Cathy Medich is Director of Strategic Programs for the EMV Migration Forum and the Smart Card Alliance. In this role, she manages strategic marketing and industry initiatives and directs industry council and working committee activities.  Cathy has over 20 years of experience in marketing and strategic planning for technology businesses, including consulting engagements or positions with Hewlett-Packard, VeriSign, VeriFone and CommerceNet. Cathy has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from M.I.T. and an M.B.A. from the Wharton Graduate School.

Bill Rutledge

Events Consultant

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Bill has over 23 years of experience in all aspects of international business event media management. He has been involved in the launch and development of over 110 different conferences, trade shows, custom events, and virtual events. In addition to events he has developed for the Smart Card Alliance, Bill has presented events for TSCP, Elsevier, atsec, The Cryptographic Module Users Forum, Wiley-Blackwell, Advantage Business Media, Reed Business Information, and SourceMedia.

Bill was previously group director for Access Intelligence, (fka Chemical Week), Penton Media, and United Business Media (fka Miller Freeman). He is a graduate of New York University’s certificate program in Business Media, and has a B.A. in comparative literature from University of California-Santa Cruz.

Jaclyn Sauvé

Manager, Conference Services

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Jaclyn Sauvé is currently the Manager of Conference Services for the Smart Card Alliance and EMV Migration Forum, leading the logistic support team responsible for all conference operations. In addition, Jaci supports each conference program committee as a speaker liaison and the Sales and Marketing staff by managing all Exhibitor and Sponsor communications.

Before joining the Smart Card Alliance in 2011, Jaci worked for 14 years in a diverse range of positions, including Director of Field Sales Administration & Division Event Planner at Scholastic Inc., Database Administrator / Event Coordinator / Marketing Assistant at Eschenbach Optik and Multimedia Coordinator at Danbury Hospital.

Jaci holds a degree in Communications / Media with a concentration in video production from Western Connecticut State University.

Lars R. Suneborn, CSCIP/G, CSEIP

Director, Training Programs

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Before joining the Smart Card Alliance in 2014, Lars enjoyed a 30+ year career in the security industry, where he is recognized as a physical access control system (PACS) subject matter leader.  A frequent speaker, Lars is often specifically requested by name for specialized training requirements. He has developed and conducted customized, agency specific week-long training courses and courseware as well as train-the-trainer activities for a wide variety of U.S., Canadian and British security agencies at facilities worldwide. He also actively promoted smart card, biometric and PKI cryptographic technologies as vital components in overall system designs for high-risk, high-security facilities nationally and internationally, and guided U.S. agencies in their efforts to achieve HSPD-12/ FICAM compliance.

A former chairman of the Smart Card Alliance Access Control Council, Lars previously served in various capacities with HIRSCH Electronics and  Oberthur Technologies, where his numerous achievements included  developing, with the Department of Treasury and IT/Security, the concept and implementation plan for nationwide enterprise PACS network for 700+ locations.

Shelbey Votapek

Communications Consultant

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Shelbey joined the Smart Card Alliance in 2013, where she manages member communications and assists on various projects for both the Smart Card Alliance and the EMV Migration Forum.  Prior to becoming a consultant with the Alliance, Shelbey was a Product Development manager for Verizon Wireless, responsible for an annual revenue of over $500 million.  She has also spent time as an Interactive Marketing manager for Realogy Corporation and worked for Comcast and Comcast Spotlight.

Shelbey has a Master’s of Business Administration from Centenary College and a bachelor’s degree in International Business and Marketing from Fairfield University.