Board of Directors & Staff

Private Sector Representatives

Alyssa Dausman
Alyssa Dausman
The Water Institute of the Gulf, VP of Science
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David Driver
David Driver
BP America, Inc.
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Bill Lingsch (Immediate Past Chair)
Bill Lingsch (Immediate Past Chair)
Perspecta, Ocean Science and Technology (Director)
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Ruth Perry
Ruth Perry
Shell Exploration & Production Company
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Jan van Smirren (Treasurer)
Jan van Smirren (Treasurer)
Ocean Sierra, LLC.
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Government Sector Representatives

Steven Buschang (Secretary)
Steven Buschang (Secretary)
Texas General Land Office
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Pat Hogan
Pat Hogan
Naval Research Laboratory
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Ed Kearns
Ed Kearns
Chief Data Director, NOAA
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Kirsten Larsen
Kirsten Larsen
NOAA/NCEI-MS
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Mike Lee
Mike Lee
US Geological Survey
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Academic Sector Representatives

Stephan Howden
Stephan Howden
University of Southern Mississippi
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Nancy Rabalais
Nancy Rabalais
Louisiana State University
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Nick Shay
Nick Shay
University of Miami, RSMAS
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Outreach and Education Sector Representatives

Jean May-Brett
Jean May-Brett
Louisiana Department of Education (Retired)
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Renee Collini
Renee Collini
Mississippi State University
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Sara Graves (Board Chair)
Sara Graves (Board Chair)
University of Alabama Huntsville
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Joe Swaykos (Chair Elect)
Joe Swaykos (Chair Elect)
National Data Buoy Center (Retired,Chief Scientist)
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Staff

Dr. Barbara Kirkpatrick
Dr. Barbara Kirkpatrick
Executive Director
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barb.kirkpatrick@gcoos.org
Dr. Chris Simoniello
Dr. Chris Simoniello
Outreach and Education Coordinator
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chris.simoniello@gcoos.org
Felimon Gayanilo
Felimon Gayanilo
Interim DMAC Manager
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felimon.gayanilo@gcoos.org
Dr. Shinichi Kobara
Dr. Shinichi Kobara
Assistant Research Scientist, Product Developer
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shinichi.kobara@gcoos.org
Bob Currier
Bob Currier
Research Specialist, Product Developer
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robert.currier@gcoos.org
Dr. Steven Baum
Dr. Steven Baum
Associate Research Scientist

Dr. Steven K. Baum is an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Oceanography at Texas A&M University and is a member of the GCOOS Data Management and Communications team.  He has degrees in civil engineering (B.S.), ocean engineering (M.S.) and physical oceanography (Ph.D.).

His areas of interest/expertise include numerical modeling, the management and visualization of numerical model output and observational data, computer system construction, maintenance and administration, and vegetable gardening in hostile climates.  His current tasks/interests are whatever needs to be done on any given day, which typically involves at least a score of command-line terminals opened in the service of Python/SciPy, netCDF, THREDDS and ERDDAP.

Dr. Baum has been at Texas A&M since August 1983, and has been a graduate student and research assistant/associate in ocean engineering (1983-1985), oceanography (1985-1989), paleoclimate research (1989-2001) and again oceanography (2001-present).

baum@geos.tamu.edu
Jennifer Vreeland-Dawson
Jennifer Vreeland-Dawson
Research Associate
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jen.vreeland@gcoos.org
Marion Stoessel
Marion Stoessel
Senior Research Associate
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marion.stoessel@gcoos.org
Grant Craig
Grant Craig
Program Coordinator
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grant.craig@gcoos.org
Nadine Slimak
Nadine Slimak
Public Relations & Content Marketing, Vetted Communications, LLC
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nadine@vettedcommunications.com
Dr. Chuan-Yuan Hsu
Dr. Chuan-Yuan Hsu
Post Doctoral Research Associate
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chsu1@tamu.edu
Akshitha Gurrala
Akshitha Gurrala
Graduate Research Assistant

Akshitha Reddy Gurrala is a Graduate Research Assistant for GCOOS and hosted by the Harte Research Institute. She manages the GCOOS database and data portal under the supervision of Felimon Gayanilo. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science Engineering in 2017 and is presently pursuing her Masters Degree in Computer Science Engineering at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi.

agurrala@islander.tamucc.edu
Robbie Iles
Robbie Iles
Graduate Research Assistant
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riles2@tamu.edu
Laura Caldwell
Laura Caldwell
Staff Assistant
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laura.caldwell@gcoos.org

The Role of the Board

  • Set policy for the organization and provide direction to the Executive Director Revise bylaws and other documents as necessary;
  • Establish and maintain the structure of the Regional Association including approval of appointments to the RA Councils, Committees, Task Teams or other groups;
  • Approve budgets, the business model, proposals and endorsements requested by members for proposals they intend to submit.

About Board Service:

  • Terms are three years and begin at the autumn Board meeting;
  • The Board meets twice annually in person and via phone every two months; the Board may also be called to meet when priority situations arise;
  • Directors are not paid; however expenses related to GCOOS in-person Board meetings are reimbursed;

Board Elections:

GCOOS holds an annual election to replace outgoing directors. The Membership Committee seeks nominees, with notice given through its enewsletter, website and social media. Nominees must agree to serve and be committed to working within an organization dedicated to provide data, information and products to the Gulf of Mexico stakeholder community that includes the private sector, governmental agencies at all levels, academia and researchers, non-governmental organizations and the general public. Self-nominations are welcome.