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Movers and Shakers


Movers and Shakers highlights the career advancements and accomplishments of high-level trailblazers working professionally in diverse areas of standardization, contributing every day to the strength and success of the U.S. standards and conformance community.

The Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE) has appointed Allison Allgood as its vice president of clinical standards. In this role, she will lead accreditation initiatives and oversight committees, ensuring compliance with top clinical standards, among other goals.

Allgood, a Board-Certified behavior analyst, has 25 years of in-home, community, and various school-based behavioral services experience. In her previous role, she served as CEO of Reach High Consulting and Therapy, an organization that works with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. She was also recently a BHCOE peer mentorship cluster facilitator, a role for which she contributed to the development and growth of her peers in the field.

“My first exposure of the positive impact that Allison brings to the community was through her recent role as a peer mentorship facilitator with BHCOE,” said Anya Perea, BHCOE CEO. “Allison’s exemplary background, integrity, and commitment to the advancement of the field of ABA is an exciting step of the evolution of our organization and for our community partnerships.”


Glenn R. Bell, research civil engineer at the materials and structural systems division at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Election to the academy is one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to engineers. Bell is recognized for his creativity in building design, advancing forensic engineering, and innovation in engineering education.

Bell has an extensive history supporting major moments in U.S. and international engineering. His experience spans across structural design, structural rehabilitation, and the investigation of failures. 

From 1995-2016, he was the CEO of the engineering firm Simpson Gumpertz & Heger. During his decades-long career at that firm, he contributed to innovative building designs including the iconic symbol of Epcot: Spaceship Earth, the 55-meter (180-foot) geodesic sphere at Walt Disney World. He also helped design the Santiago Bahá’í Temple in Chile, a dome made from free-flowing petals of marble, steel, and glass.

In 1981, he investigated the collapse of two walkways at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri. Two decades later, he investigated the collapse of the World Trade Center. In 2021, he came out of retirement to serve as the associate lead in the investigation of the collapse of the Champlain Tower South condominium in Surfside, Florida.

In 1985, Bell co-founded the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Technical Council on Forensic Engineering, which is now the ASCE Forensic Engineering Division. In 2019, he helped found Collaborative Reporting for Safer Structures US (CROSS-US), a group that makes it easier for construction professionals to confidentially report safety concerns.

He has numerous engineering accolades, including the ASCE President’s Award, the ASCE Forensic Engineering Award, and the Institution of Structural Engineers’ Keith Eaton International Award.

“Glenn Bell’s outstanding contributions to the field of structural engineering have led to improved building standards and practices in the U.S. and around the world,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Laurie E. Locascio. “Through his dedication, hard work and collaborative efforts, he has made our built environment safer and saved lives.” 


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