COMET Governance

The COMET Program is governed by an Executive Board and an Advisory Panel. The Executive Board is made up of the heads of the training organizations that sponsor the program. The Advisory Panel is composed of representatives of the academic and operational forecasting communities that we serve.


Advisory Panel Members
Last updated on: 2013-06-01

  • Dr. Jennifer Alexander (2011 - 2014)
    University Representative
  • Mr. Stephen Augustyn (Indefinite Term)
    AFWA Representative
  • Mr. Dan Banks (Indefinite Term)
    NAVY Representative
  • Dr. Jeff Basara (2011 - 2013)
    University Representative
  • Mr. Ken Carey (Chair) (2011 - 2013)
    Private Sector Representative
  • Dr. Vilma Castro (2009 - 2013)
    At-Large Representative
  • Mr. Michael Evans (Indefinite Term)
    NWS Representative
  • Mr. Jaymie Gadal (Indefinite Term)
    MSC Representative
  • Dr. Andrew Gettleman (2011 - 2013)
    NCAR Representative
  • Mr. James Gurka (Indefinite Term)
    NESDIS Representative
  • Lt. Col Tricia Kobberdahl (Indefinite Term)
    AFWA Representative
  • Mr. Gary McWillliams (Indefinite Term)
    JPSS Representatiave
  • Dr. Mohan Ramamurthy (Indefinite Term)
    UCP Representative
  • Dr. Kathy Sherman-Morris (2011 - 2013)
    University Representative
  • Dr. Steve Villachica (2011 - 2013)
    University Representative

COMET Federal Program Officers:

  • Ms. Kirsten Gurka
    National Weather Service
  • Tony Mostek
    National Weather Service

Office of Science and Tech. Representative:

  • Dr. Curtis Marshall
    National Weather Service

UCAR Representatives:

  • Dr. Emily CoBabe-Ammann
    Director of UCAR Community Programs

UCAR Representatives:

  • Dr. Rich Jeffries
    Director of COMET, UCAR

  • Executive Board Members
    Last updated on: 2013-06-01

    • Dr. Tom Bogdan (Chair), President
      University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
      Alternate: Hanne Mauriello
    • Mr. John Furgerson
      NOAA JPSS Outreach/User Liason
      Alternate: Mr. Gary McWilliams
    • Ms. Laura Furgione
      Acting Assistant Administrator for Weather Services NOAA/NWS
      Alternate: Mr. David Caldwell
      Alternate: Mr. LeRoy Spayd
    • Mr. David Grimes
      Assistant Deputy Minister Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC)
      Alternate: Director General Michel Jean
      Alternate: Mr. Jaymie Gadal
    • Dr. Fred Lewis
      Director of Weather Air Force Weather Agency (AFWA)
      Alternate: Mr. Mark Surmeier
    • Dr. Alexander MacDonald
      Deputy Assistant Administrator for Laboratories and Cooperative Institutes, OAR Director, Earth System Research Laboratory (NOAA)
      Alternate: Dr. Steve Koch
    • Mr. Gregory Mandt
      GOES-R System Program Director NOAA/NASA/GSFC
      Alternate: Mr. James Gurka
    • Ms. Deborah Sliter
      Vice President for Programs National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF)
    • Dr. Roger Wakimoto
      Director, NCAR
      Alternate: Dr. Maura Hagan
    • Rear Admiral Jonathan White
      Commander Naval Meteorology & Oceanography Professional Development Center (NMOPDC)
      Alternate: Commander John Daziens
      Alternate: Commander Richard Jeffries

    UCAR Representatives:

    • Hanne Mauriello
      Interim Director of UCAR Office of Programs
    • Dr. Rich Jeffries
      Director, The COMET Program, UCAR