Battelle Fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Chief Scientist of DOE’s Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM)

Program Director, Decision, Risk and Management Sciences (DRMS)
Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SBE/SES)
National Science Foundation

Social Science Deputy Program Manager

Cassandra Shivers Cassandra Shivers-Williams Social Science Deputy Program Manager Cassandra is a social scientist supporting NOAA’s Weather Program Office as the WPO Social Science Deputy Program Manager. Prior to supporting WPO, she was a Research Scientist at NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Severe and High-Impact Weather Research and Operations (CIWRO) focused on understanding social and personal…

Acquisition Management Specialist

Shannon A. Simmons Acquisition Management Specialist Shannon Simmons is an Acquisition Management Specialist with NOAA’s Weather Program Office, providing advice, guidance and training on acquisition systems, policies, procedures, and programs. Shannon also serves as a Contracting Officer Representative (COR) providing overall contract management, oversight and monitoring of contract performance. Additionally, she serves as the primary…

Aaron Pratt

JTTI Program Coordinator

Aaron Pratt Aaron Pratt JTTI Program Coordinator  Aaron is a contractor providing program support to the NOAA Joint Technology Transfer Initiative (JTTI) program. Before joining the Weather Program Office, Aaron worked as a research scientist within the Technology, Planning, and Integration for Observation (TPIO) division within NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS).…

Matt Mahalik

Research to Operations Transition Analyst

Matt Mahalik Matthew Mahalik Research to Operations Transition Analyst Matt Mahalik is the Research Transitions Lead for the Weather Program Office (WPO) in OAR. In this position, he works to coordinate the policy, planning and execution of the transition of science from OAR to the National Weather Service, other NOAA Line Offices, and beyond. He…

Harish Vasudevan

Budget and Financial Analyst

Harish Vasudevan Harish Vasudevan Budget and Financial Analyst Harish is a Cherokee Nation Business contractor in the NOAA Weather Program supporting WPO and its programs through analysis of budget expenditure and revenue components as a Budget/Financial Analyst. Prior to joining NOAA, Harish worked in the Books division at The National Geographic Society, in Washington D.C.,…

Christopher Spells

Hurricane Supplemental Coordinator

Christopher Spells Christopher Spells Hurricane Supplemental Coordinator Christopher (Chris) Spells is a contractor providing support to WPO’s Hurricane Supplemental portfolio as a Hurricane Supplemental Coordinator.  Before coming to WPO, Chris provided programmatic support at the NOAA Office of Satellite and Products Operations (OSPO) where he worked as a scientific programmer, ensuring the accuracy and timely…

Valbona Kunkel

NOAA Atmospheric Scientist R2O Coordinator

Valbona Kunkel VALBONA KUNKEL NOAA Atmospheric Scientist R2O Coordinator Dr. Kunkel is a contractor working with the WPO Director and Program Managers to help coordinate, monitor, promote, and evaluate research-to-operations transition activities across all WPO’s programs. Prior to WPO, Dr. Kunkel supported the transition of the models from a research system to a fully operational…

Leah Dubots

EPIC Management and Program Analyst

Leah Dubots Leah Dubots EPIC Management and Program Analyst Leah Dubots is a Management and Program Analyst supporting the Earth Prediction Innovation Center (EPIC) program within NOAA’s Weather Program Office (WPO). Leah started with WPO as a NOAA Pathways Intern from 2019-2020. Leah earned her B.S. in Environmental Science & Studies concentrating in Policy &…