Meet the U.S. IOOS Program Office staff, learn about their roles and responsibilities, and view the organization chart.

IOOS Program Office staff in October 2018

Director's Office

Carl Gouldman, Director

Email: carl.gouldman@noaa.gov   Tel: (240) 533-9454

Krisa Arzayus, Deputy Director

Email: krisa.arzayus@noaa.gov   Tel: (240) 533-9455

Benjamin LaCour, LCDR, NOAA, Executive Officer

Email: benjamin.lacour@noaa.gov   Tel: (240) 478-9458

Laura Griesbauer, Executive Assistant to the Director

Email: laura.griesbauer@noaa.gov   Tel: (240) 533-9456

Jack Oliva, Project Management Support

Email: jack.oliva@noaa.gov   Tel: (240) 533-9461

Derrick Snowden, On Detail

Email: derrick.snowden@noaa.gov   Tel: (240) 533-9467

 

Operations Division (OPS)

Tiffany C. Vance, Acting Division Chief

Email: tiffany.c.vance@noaa.gov   Tel: (240) 533-9445

Kathleen Bailey, Oceanographer/Physical Scientist

Email: kathleen.bailey@noaa.gov   Tel: (240) 533-9449

Gabrielle Canonico-Hyde, MBON Project Manager

Email: gabrielle.canonico@noaa.gov   Tel: (240) 533-9452

Rachel Horoschak, Office Manager

Email: rachel.horoschak@noaa.gov   Tel: (240) 478-9459

Stephen Lockhart, Data Scientist

Email: stephen.lockhart@noaa.gov   Tel: (301) 325-9463

Hassan Moustahfid, Marine Biologist

Email: hassan.moustahfid@noaa.gov   Tel: (240) 533-9468

Tiffany C. Vance, Physical Scientist & Data Manager

Email: tiffany.c.vance@noaa.gov   Tel: (240) 533-9445

Micah Wengren, Physical Scientist & Data Manager

Email: micah.wengren@noaa.gov   Tel: (240) 533-9441

Bill Woodward, ATN Network Coordinator

Email: bill.woodward@noaa.gov   Tel: (240) 533-9442

Aijun Zhang, NOS Modeling Portfolio Manager

Email: aijun.zhang@noaa.gov   Tel: 240-533-0591

 

Regions, Budget, and Policy (RB&P)

Dave Easter, Division Chief

Email: dave.easter@noaa.gov   Tel: (240) 533-9453

Marnie Brown, Program Specialist

Email: marnie.brown@noaa.gov   Tel: (240) 533-9460

Sabra Comet, Program Specialist

Email: sabra.comet@noaa.gov   Tel: (240) 533-9451

Kate Culpepper, Communications Specialist

Email: kate.culpepper@noaa.gov   Tel: (240) 533-9457

Becca Derex, Legislative Affairs Lead

Email: becca.derex@noaa.gov   Tel: (240) 533-9462

Debra Esty, Management and Program Analyst

Email: debra.esty@noaa.gov   Tel: (240) 533-9446

Kelly Jasion, Financial Management Specialist

Email: kelly.jasion@noaa.gov   Tel: (240) 533-9465

(Vacant), Regional Coordinator

Email:   Tel:

Jessica Snowden, Physical Scientist

Email: jessica.snowden@noaa.gov   Tel: (240) 533-9466

Mequela Thomas, Environmental Compliance Coordinator

Email: mequela.thomas@noaa.gov   Tel: (240) 533-9464

Staff Duties

Director's Office:

Carl Gouldman, Director

Programmatic Responsibilities:

  • NOAA representative to the Interagency Ocean Observation Committee (IOOC)
  • U.S. Representative to the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) Regional Alliances Council
  • Chair of the U.S. IOOS GOOS Regional Alliance
  • Congressional visits and legislative engagement

Krisa Arzayus, Deputy Director

Programmatic Responsibilities:

  • Compliance with NOS guidelines and policies (e.g. safety, awards, IT, personnel)
  • Oversee program office Risk Management

Benjamin LaCour, LCDR, NOAA, Executive Officer

Programmatic Responsibilities:

  • Project manager for the Ocean Enterprise Study
  • IOOS representative to the NOS Precision Navigation Program Management Team
  • Lead for IOOS operational responsiveness and incident response
  • Lead business process improvements for IOOS office business processes
  • Manage implementation of IOOS Program Office elevation actions (once approved)
  • Manage evolution and migration of IOOS IT to new platforms
  • Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR)
  • Lead for the Glider Program
  • Representative to the Information Resources Management Board (IRMB)

Laura Griesbauer, Executive Assistant to the Director

Programmatic Responsibilities:

  • Director's and Deputy Director's calendars
  • Director and Deputy Director travel
  • Director and Deputy Director correspondence
  • Staff support to the Director for International Activities, GOOS, and AmeriGEOSS
  • Manage IOOS Social Media channels
  • Staff support to Director and Deputy projects
  • Special projects as assigned by the Director and Deputy

Jack Oliva, Project Management Support

Programmatic Responsibilities:

  • Annual planning
  • Project tracking
  • Project management tools
  • Internal Controls
  • Business process design
  • Business process improvement
  • Lead for Risk Management coordination

OPS:

Tiffany Vance, Acting Division Chief

Programmatic Responsibilities:

  • Lead the Operations Divisions efforts to establish and maintain the national IOOS system
  • Overall lead for DMAC design and implementation activities including regional implementation and national coordination agreements
  • Member of NOC Data and Information Working Group
  • Chair of OceanSITES Data Management Team
  • Functional POC for NOS, NOAA, and interagency data management initiatives

Kathleen Bailey, Oceanographer/Physical Scientist

Programmatic Responsibilities:

  • Tracking flow of data through various elements of the DMAC system (Regional Data Assembly Centers, IOOS Catalog, NDBC, CO-OPS)
  • DMAC Implementation and user engagement
  • IOOS Member of the QARTOD Board of Advisors
  • DMAC lead for Regional Association Certification

Gabrielle Canonico-Hyde, MBON Manager

Programmatic Responsibilities:

  • Development of the national and global Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON)
  • US rep for MBON to the Group on Earth Observations and AmeriGEOSS
  • Cross-NOAA and Interagency Coordination on Biological and Biodiversity Observations and Data Management
  • Co-Chair, NOPP Interagency Biodiversity Working Group
  • IOOS lead for:
    •  NOAA Ocean Acidification program partnership
    •  NOS Coastal Science Board
    •  NOAA Habitat Science and Ecological Forecasting technical team

(Vacant), HF Radar Project Manager

Programmatic Responsibilities:

  • Program and Technical Lead for the US HF Radar network
  • Co-Chair of the HF Radar Global Initiative
  • HF Radar functional Point of Contact for IOOS Regions cooperative agreements
  • IOOS representative to NOAA Alternate Energy Committee

Rachel Horoschak, Office Manager

Programmatic Responsibilities:

  • Facilities Management
  • Safety
  • Information and Records Management
  • Event Planning

Stephen Lockhart, Data Scientist

Programmatic Responsibilities:

  • Scientific and technical support to DMAC system implementation projects
  • Lead for IOOS data demonstration portal and data user outreach efforts
  • DMAC activities related to IOOS Biology, including MBON Portal, biological data standards support, and product development.

Hassan Moustahfid, Ph.D.,

Programmatic Responsibilities:

  • Serve as scientific and technical point of contact for marine biological programs
  • Facilitate partnership building between biological programs in NOS, NOAA, the Regional Associations and the larger IOOS Enterprise

Tiffany C. Vance, Ph.D., Physical Scientist and Data Manager

Programmatic Responsibilities:

  • DMAC implementation and architecture
  • DMAC co-lead for Regional Association Certification
  • Functional POC for geospatial, cloud computing, and GIS activities
  • IOOS co-lead for biogeochemical, ocean acidification, and HAB related data
  • Project management for IOOS/Axiom activities

Micah Wengren, Physical Scientist and Data Manager

Programmatic Responsibilities:

  • DMAC implementation and architecture
  • Coordinate DMAC community of practice including regional engagement, regional DMAC reporting/review, and technology/collaboration platforms (mailing list, GitHub)
  • Manage the IOOS Catalog project
  • Member of USGEO Data Management Working group
  • Liaison to NOAA geospatial and data management working groups
  • Develop tools and technology to support DMAC goals

Bill Woodward, ATN Network Coordinator

Programmatic Responsibilities:

  • Manage the development of the Data Assembly Center (DAC)
  • Coordinate the implementation of the network and grow the network into a sustainable observing system

Aijun Zhang, NOS Modeling Portfolio Manager

Programmatic Responsibilities:

  • Define and launch the new cross-NOS model portfolio management process
  • Document roles and responsibilities for modeling portfolio management

RB&P:

Dave Easter, Division Chief

Programmatic Responsibilities:

  • U.S. IOOS implementation and program development
  • IOOS lead for NOAA out-year budgeting process
  • IOOS lead for current year budget execution and financial management
  • IOOS lead for the RICE certification process
  • IOOS business manager

Marnie Brown, Program Specialist

Programmatic Responsibilities:

  • Standard Operating Procedures
  • Travel manager
  • IOOS meeting coordination and support
  • Supports the U.S. IOOS Advisory Committee

Sabra Comet, Program Specialist

Programmatic Responsibilities:

  • Office Lead for data call response and tracking
  • Supports development of funding announcements
  • Supports reporting as required by the ICOOS Act

Kate Culpepper, Communications Specialist

Programmatic Responsibilities:

  • Communications (e.g., press releases, media events, outreach materials)
  • Education activities
  • Input to weekly NOS and NOAA reports
  • Coordination with NOS Communications and Outreach Division, IOOS Association Education and Outreach Council, NOAA Public Affairs, and NOAA Exhibits

Becca Derex, Legislative Affairs Lead

Programmatic Responsibilities:

  • Legislative Affairs
  • Budget Formulation Lead
  • Supports the U.S. IOOS Advisory Committee

(Vacant), Contracts and Grants

Programmatic Responsibilities:

  • Lead for contracts management and execution
  • Federal Acquisition Certification Contracting Officer Representative
  • Manage Inter-agency Agreements

Debra Esty, Grants and Agreements

Programmatic Responsibilities:

  • Supports IOOS in budgetary planning and annual operating plans
  • Monitors and provides oversight on all phases of IOOS grant management and cooperative agreements
  • Lead for publication of funding opportunities and compliance with funding competition policies and procedures

Kelly Jasion, Financial Management Specialist

Programmatic Responsibilities:

  • Lead for budget execution and financial management
  • Human Resources Liaison, coordinates hiring actions
  • Manages transfers and receipt of funds to other NOAA offices

(Vacant), Regional Coordinator

Programmatic Responsibilities:

  • Lead for Regional Association coordination
  • Monitor and provide technical oversight of Regional Association cooperative agreements
  • Coordinate award action requests

Jessica Snowden, Physical Scientist

Programmatic Responsibilities:

  • Supports IOOS in NOAA’s out-year budget process
  • Designated Federal Official (DFO) for the IOOS Federal Advisory Committee
  • Supports Program Office representative to the Interagency Ocean Observing Committee (IOOC)
  • National Ocean Policy engagement
  • Annual Operating Plans

Mequela Thomas, Environmental Compliance Coordinator

Programmatic Responsibilities:

  • Maintain the IOOS Program Environmental Assessment
  • Review IOOS solicitations and request for applications for environmental compliance
  • Review proposed activities consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • Develop and maintain environmental compliance policies and procedures