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).…

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

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) Program Lead

Christopher Spells Christopher Spells Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) Program Lead 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…

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…

DK Kang

Fire Weather Program Coordinator

DK Kang

Kristina Kiest WPO

Communications Lead

Kristina earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder and her M.P.S. (Master of Professional Science) in Tropical Marine Ecology from the University of Miami.

Christine Bassett

Subseasonal to Seasonal Program Coordinator

Christine Bassett Christine Bassett S2S Program Coordinator Christine is a Cherokee contractor supporting the NOAA/OAR/WPO Subseasonal to Seasonal Research program. Prior to joining WPO, Christine was a Knauss Fellow with the National Weather Service Office of Observations where she supported NWS in intra-agency, interagency and international organizations to support weather, water, ocean and climate programmatic objectives…

Krishna Kumar

EPIC Program Coordinator & Senior Program Scientist

Prior to joining WPO, Krishna was a Project Manager, Senior Research Scientist and JCSDA Operations to Research Lead at NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS)/STAR/RTI, supporting the Research & Technology Maturation for the Exploitation of Emerging Technologies Project. Krishna obtained his PhD in Meteorology from the Physical Research Laboratory, Department of Space…

Disaster Relief Supplemental Appropriations (DRSA) Program Lead

Ben was previously a meteorologist/territory manager with the United States Golf Association and Thor Guard, Inc. For 12 years, he provided detailed weather forecasts for national and international golf championships and for college football games.  Ben also provided real-time decisions on the evacuations of sports facilities. Ben served as  chief meteorologist for various TV and…

Jen Vogt

EPIC Project Coordinator

Jennifer earned her M.S. degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Wyoming (2010) and her B.S. degree in Meteorology from Millersville University of Pennsylvania (2007). Jennifer is a health and wellness coach through Beachbody where she loves to help others live a healthier lifestyle. She also enjoys running and is training for her first…