Chief of Technical Information Services
NOS Communications and Education Division
As chief of the Technical Information Services Branch, I do everything I can to keep a very talented group of web and video developers doing great work. Sometimes I even get to join in the mix and help coordinate and plan new websites for NOS and NOAA programs.
The diversity of people and information I work with every day. It never gets boring.
Keeping up with all of the latest rules and policies that govern our work.
I have a bachelor's of science in physical geography/climatology from the University of Maryland, and a master's in environmental science and policy from The Johns Hopkins University.
Some of my best memories are from the week I spent at the beach with my family every summer when I was growing up. Playing in the waves that were giant one day, then smooth as glass the next, got me curious about what made them change. The real treat was when something cool and creepy washed up on shore, like a huge horseshoe crab. "What was that weird thing and where did it come from?" I always wondered. I wanted to take these things home, of course—to live in the bathtub!—but Dad always ended up heaving them back into the ocean. Since I couldn't bring the critters home I was inspired to learn more about where and how they lived.
As an undergrad at the University at Maryland, working at NOAA was the dream. I am very fortunate that for me it came true, thanks to internships and excellent mentors.
Ask lots of questions! Also study hard, be patient, and take advantage of opportunities to get hands-on experience in your areas of interest.