NIHS Staff Directory
Ewell Balltrip, President/CEO
606.451.3440, Ext. 456
Dr. Samuel Varnado, Senior Program Advisor
606.451.3440, Ext. 450
Wayne Harris, Vice President of Finance and Compliance
606.451.3440, Ext. 447
Holly Hurd, Director of Communications and Outreach
606.451.3440, Ext. 443
Amanda White, Program Manager
606.451.3440, Ext. 452
Kaneta Purvis, Finance Specialist/Human Resource
606.451.3440, Ext. 446
The task of assuring the security of our homeland involves protecting the citizens of the United States, the nation's critical infrastructure and key assets. This is necessary to sustain the nation's vitality against terrorism and other threats. This protection must originate at the community level. It requires discovering, developing and deploying new technology that will support first responders and key decision makers in local communities.
NIHS' mission is to discover, develop and deploy solutions that protect and preserve the critical infrastructure of the nation's communities.
NIHS aligns projects and research objectives with the needs and requirements of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The strategy is to manage a distributed research enterprise that effectively transitions research and development into solutions. NIHS works with DHS to determine technology needs at the community level. Then, teams are quickly assembled from multiple universities to develop solutions to the needs.
Through management of the Kentucky Critical Infrastructure Protections Program (KCI), the National Institute for Hometown Security (NIHS) provides an ongoing, integrated program dedicated to developing new technologies and devices. NIHS works through qualified academic institutions to accomplish the technological objectives.