Who We Are

Board of Directors

John Mears

Mr. Mears is a Leidos Vice President and Tech Fellow, responsible for technology advocacy, independent R&D, strategy development, operational technology insertion, new business, and STEM / academic relationships. 

Previously, Mr. Mears was a Senior Fellow and prior Director of Biometrics and Identity Management. Research initiatives included the rapid DNA identification program, advanced latent print imaging, and genomic forensics.  His current focus is cloud-based national scale biometric systems, biometric entry/exit, border security, immigration reform and transformational technologies.

Mr. Mears began his career with the IBM Corporation in Gaithersburg, Maryland, where he held a number of increasingly responsible technical and management positions, including lead engineer for the world-wide satellite tracking stations of the Global Positioning System (GPS). 

Mr. Mears holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida.  He is an Associate Member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, member of the Biometrics Institute, and a Director of the International Biometrics and Identity Association (IBIA).  

Michael W. DePasquale
Vice Chairman

Michael W. DePasquale, has served as Chief Executive Officer of BIO-key International since January 3, 2003, and Chairman of the Board since January 29, 2014. Mr. DePasquale has more than 30 years of executive management, sales and marketing experience in the technology space. Prior to joining BIO-key Mr. DePasquale served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Prism eSolutions, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based provider of professional consulting services and online solutions for ISO-9001/14000 certification for customers in manufacturing, healthcare and government since February 2001. From December 1999 through December 2000, Mr. DePasquale served as Group Vice President for WRC Media, a New York-based distributor of supplemental education products and software. From January 1996 until December 1999, Mr. DePasquale served as Senior Vice President of Jostens Learning Corp., a California-based provider of multimedia curriculum. Prior to Jostens, Mr. DePasquale held sales and marketing management positions with McGraw-Hill and Digital Equipment Corporation. Mr. DePasquale earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He serves on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer of the International Biometrics and Identification Industry Association.

Raffie Beroukhim
Director and Secretary

Raffie Beroukhim is Vice President and head of the Biometrics Solutions Division, NEC Corporation of America (NEC). In this capacity, Mr. Beroukhim leads the product development, systems integration, service delivery and support as well as the go-to-market organizations of the NEC Biometrics Solutions Division. He is responsible for growth of NEC’s biometrics portfolio in North America, including law enforcement, federal, civilian and commercial applications. His duties also include management of NEC’s office in Rancho Cordova, California. This office supports some of the largest Multi-Modal Biometrics Identification Systems in North America with state-wide installations in Texas, California, Illinois, Michigan and Pennsylvania among others. 

Mr. Beroukhim has extensive experience in biometrics and security markets having been in this field since 1984 when he joined then Printrak International Inc. as a software engineer. In 1994, as a Program Manager, Mr. Beroukhim lead the development and installation of the largest integrated biometrics solutions in the state of Louisiana connecting the state’s criminal history, fingerprint, photo, drivers license and archive databases to more than 100 Live Scan booking stations across the state. Since then, he has held multiple leadership responsibilities including Vice President of Global Biometrics Sales at Motorola. 

Mr. Beroukhim holds an Executive MBA from the Paul Merage School of Business, University of California Irvine and graduated from California State University Long Beach with a Bachelor’s of Science and Engineering degree.

Donnie Scott
Director and Treasurer

Donnie Scott has more than 15 years as a top-producing executive leader in the technology services industry. He has lead high-achieving teams to record growth (8%+ CAGR) in declining or flat market conditions. Mr. Scott is  renowned as a high-energy, passionate and charismatic leader with strong acumen for operational leadership at executive level. Across U.S. Public Sector and Intelligence Community (IC), He is recognized as a bold, strategic leader that has demonstrated the ability to turnaround underperforming teams and inspire greatness.

Bob Eckel

Robert A. Eckel is Chief Executive Officer and President of Aware, Inc. Mr. Eckel also serves as a strategic advisory board member of Evolv Technology, and as a consultant for Digimarc Corporation. Over his distinguished career, he has held many positions of note within the biometric and identity space, including: Regional President and Chief Executive Officer of IDEMIA’s NORAM Identity & Security division from 2017 to 2018; President and Chief Executive Officer of MorphoTrust USA, LLC from 2011 to 2017; Executive Vice President and President of the Secure Credentialing Division of L-1 Identity Solutions Company from 2008-2011; and President of the Identity Systems division of Digimarc Corporation from 2005 to 2008. Mr. Eckel received his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California Los Angeles, and his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut.

Samantha Segall

Samantha Segall is a seasoned Government Affairs executive with more than 15 years of congressional strategy, policy analysis and federal lobbying experience. 

Samantha currently serves as Vice President of Government Affairs for CLEAR, the nation’s leading company in secure identity and biometrics. In this role she leads CLEAR’s Federal advocacy efforts with Congress, the Administration, trade associations and industry affairs. Samantha is responsible for a wide range of policy efforts across the CLEAR platform to include hospitality, aviation, travel, technology, and healthcare with an emphasize on privacy initiatives throughout. She also serves on the board of the International Biometrics Identity Association (IBIA) the leading voice for the biometrics and identity technology industry.

For the prior 7 years, Samantha held the role of Vice President of Government Affairs for Leidos (formally SAIC) where she covered a diverse ~$5B portfolio. On top of countless legislative fixes for the company, she secured over $350M in new dollars for FY19 and millions more over the many appropriation cycles. She developed and executed all Congressional strategy for the Health and Civil sectors and continuously developed new business while augmenting existing business through the congressional authorization and appropriations process. During her tenure, Samantha also held roles in Business Development and Account Management.

Samantha also worked government affairs for the space industry supporting over eight shuttle launches as well as spent time on Capitol Hill working for a senior Member from California. Having experience in both business operations and government affairs, on and off Capitol Hill, gives Samantha a unique understanding of what is needed for a truly comprehensive Washington strategy.

Samantha is active in many organizations including IBIA, U.S. Travel Association, Women in Government Relations, and was Past-President of Women in Aerospace. She holds an MBA from the University of Maryland, Smith School of Business, a bachelor's degree in Law & Society and a certification in Business Engineering from University of California Santa Barbara, and a certification in Business Administration from Georgetown University. She lived in Kensington, MD with her husband and two children.


Chip Merrill

Leads all aspects of the HID Global biometrics business for U.S. Federal, State, Local and Canadian markets

including go-to-market strategies and execution, program capture and revenue goal achievement, industry

association engagement and government affairs strategies.


Mohammed Murad

Mohammed Murad is the Vice President of Sales and Business Development and a Board of Director for Iris ID Systems. Highly accomplished international business and technical leader with exceptional decision-making skills; able to take charge to facilitate directives that achieve strong, sustainable results. Offer a unique combination of market knowledge and leadership experience within global identity management industries. Extensive experience providing strategic solutions to multinational commercial and government clients. Involved in establish and implement company’s strategic plan, build alliances with major business partners and large systems integrators, manage sales, software product development, and marketing. Develop and execute company’s management strategy with focus on developing biometric identity solutions for emerging markets. He has been directly involved in secure and implementing some of the largest iris biometric business system in the world. 1. Andhra Pradesh, India, 60 million people welfare program 2. India, 1.2 billion people UIDAI program 3. Mexico, 110 million people National ID program 4. Qatar Immigration and border control, 20 million plus Additionally, Mr. Murad serves as an advisor on the Secutronic board, the fastest growing security firm in Saudi Arabia. Having received a degree in Computer science and mathematics from the College of New Jersey, he has garnered extensive experience in technology on all ends, from development to product management, including over twelve years of experience with Iris Biometric Technology.

John K. Schneider

Dr. Schneider graduated from the University of Buffalo in 1990 with a Ph.D. in electrical engineering where he pioneered the use of high frequency ultrasound as a superior method for live scan fingerprint identification.  He received over 110 patents in this field and has authored several papers and text books related to biometrics and fingerprint identification.   In August, 2012, Dr. Schneider’s sensor technology received FBI certification, with this new sensor having the distinction of being the first and only non-optical 4-finger fingerprint sensor technology to receive such certification in the history of the industry.  In 2013, he was elevated to Biometric Fellow by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers for his pioneering and leadership work in the field of ultrasonic imaging.    In 2014 he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni for the University of Buffalo, and awarded the Small Business Innovative Research Hall of Fame award for lifetime achievement which he received at the White House. 

In 1989, he founded Ultra-Scan Corporation and for the next 24 years, served as its President and Chief Technology Officer deploying biometric solutions into a variety of applications ranging from health care, physical and logical security, financial services and border crossing applications..  Ultra-Scan was acquired by Qualcomm in February of 2013.

Neville Pattinson

Neville Pattinson is the Head of Business Development and Strategic Marketing at Thales  Group's Digital Identity & Security division’s Identity & Biometric Solutions team based in Austin,  TX. Within that role he evangelizes the need to move to secure digital identity solutions to protect  US Citizen’s identity and privacy. Neville is a leading expert and thought leader on digital identity solutions such as smart cards,  electronic passports, various biometric technologies and mobile digital identity to keep identity  credentials secure, private and trusted. 


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