Former Herbert M. Parker Board Members

We are proud of our former board members and would like to preserve their memory on this site.

Dawn Alford

Dawn Alford is Director for the Nuclear Technology program at Columbia Basin College (CBC).  Alford earned her degree in Mass Communications from Southern University A&M. She is a member of the Mid-Columbia Energy Initiative and Women in Nuclear.  Alford has worked at CBC since 2001. As Assistant Director for College Relations she served as Editor-in-Chief of the national award-winning Outlook Magazine and hosted the monthly television program Campus to Community. While maintaining her Assistant Director position she took on the added role of Nuclear Technology Outreach and Retention Specialist in 2011 until her promotion to Director in 2014.


Dale H. Denham served the radiological protection community for nearly 40 years, beginning at the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory in Livermore, CA, following completion of his MS in Radiological Science from the University of Washington in 1962.  Since then and until his retirement from Bechtel Hanford in 2004, he served as a professional Health Physicist at the Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratory, Radiation Management Corporation in Philadelphia, and again for Battelle in a consulting role providing dose calculations for the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA).  He is board certified and an emeritus member of the Health Physics Society.


1952 – 2015

Dr. William Morgan, an eminent scientist and the Director of Radiation Biology and Biophysics in the Biological Sciences Division of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, passed away November 13, 2015.  He was 62.

Dr. Morgan, or Bill to many of his friends, was a leading figure in the study of the biological effects of ionizing radiation and had a distinguished career that spanned over 35 years.  Born and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand, Bill received his bachelor degree in botany and his master and doctoral degree in cytogenetics from the University of Canterbury.  After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Bill joined the faculty there and later obtained a joint appointment at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in 1995.  In 1999, he left California to become Director of the Radiation Oncology Research Laboratory at the University of Maryland Medical School in Baltimore.  In 2008, Bill moved to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and took on his leadership role until his untimely death.  He held joint appointments in the Department of Radiation Oncology at both Oregon Health Science University and the University of Washington.

Dr. Morgan’s research focused on elucidating the long-term biological effects of ionizing radiation and, more specifically, on the study of low dose effects on human health.  He was highly regarded by his peers and had received many awards and recognitions.  He served on many national and international advisory boards.  Dr. Morgan was conferred with an honorary D.Sc. degree from his Alma mater in 2003 and was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2010.

Jerry Yesberger

1925 – 2015

Jerry Yesberger was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend to many.  He passed away peacefully on August 27, 2015.  Jerry was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado.  He joined the Coast Guard in 1943 at the age of 17 after graduating from high school, serving in the South Pacific during WWII.  Following the service, he attended the University of Denver where he graduated with a degree in Public Health and Pharmacy.

In 1950, Jerry applied for a job with General Electric and moved to Richland. Jerry was involved with Public Health, Radiation Protection, Compliance and Safety but the majority of his work was performed as a health physicist for the Department of Energy where he was involved in the administration of the Hanford Contractor’s radiation protection programs.

He was a lifelong member of the Columbia Chapter of the Health Physics Society, serving as president in 1967, and the National Health Physics Society.  He was a trustee of the HM Parker Foundation, which provides scholarships, lectures, and preservation of historical artifacts at WSU Tri-Cities.  He was the second recipient of the HM Parker award.  In 1988, he received the Richland Operation’s Office Exceptional Service Award.


Dr. Akram Hossain is the Director of BSEL.  He will concurrently continue to serve as the interim vice chancellor for research, graduate studies and external programs at Washington State University (WSU) Tri-Cities until December 31, 2017, or until a replacement is found.