Ken Casey

Ken Casey

ESIP President

Ken Casey is the Deputy Chief of the Data Stewardship Division in the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), part of the NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS). Ken provides leadership and guidance to NCEI staff and sets the technical direction of division activities, projects, and programs. He coordinates across NCEI and with the broader community to promote NCEI as a responsible citizen of the global environmental data management community, leveraging from and contributing to relevant activities of that community. In collaboration with NOAA, national, and international partners he is helping NOAA to improve archive and access to NOAA’s complex, petabyte-scale data. 

Bill Teng

Bill Teng

Governance Committee Chair

Dr. Teng is a Principal Scientist at the NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC). He led its Science Support Group (contractors) for over 14 years. In coordination with NASA customers, he provides end-to-end, value-added support for NASA mission data sets and associated analysis tools. He specializes in managing large-scale science data systems and user-focused science support. 

Nancy Hoebelheinrich

Nancy Hoebelheinrich

At-Large Board Member 2-Year Term

Nancy J. Hoebelheinrich is a digital library, archives and data repository consultant specializing in geospatial and cultural heritage resources. Nancy is currently founder and co-owner of Knowledge Motifs LLC. whose recent clients have included the Foundation for Earth Science, San Francisco Estuary Institute, California State Library, American Geophysical Union, California Historical Society, California Digital Library, Library of Congress, and Stanford University Libraries. 

Denise Hills

Denise Hills

ESIP Vice President

Denise Hills is a geoscientist at the Geological Survey of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She was trained as a marine geophysicist and is currently Director of the Energy Investigations program at the Survey. Her research, often federally funded, focuses on energy resource assessment. This includes traditional and unconventional hydrocarbon assessment, non-hydrocarbon geologic energy sources, and geologic carbon sequestration. She also leads much of the data rescue and data preservation efforts at the Survey, focusing on the geological cores collected throughout the state in relation to over 100 years of hydrocarbon research in the state. Denise enjoys helping people understand scientific research and its impact on their day to day life.

Tracy Pilone

Tracy Pilone

Finance Committee Chair

Tracey Pilone is President of Element 84, an ESIP member organization and software engineering business based in Alexandria, VA. Tracey previously served as the Chair of the Nominations Committee and sat on the ESIP board from 2015-2017, served on the Executive Director Search Committee in 2020, is a current member of the Meetings Committee, and has been a regular ESIP participant since 2014. As a small business owner and MBA graduate from Georgetown University, Tracey has extensive business expertise that will lend itself particularly well to the role of Treasurer.  

Sarah Ramdeen

Sarah Ramdeen

Nomination Committee Chair

Sarah Ramdeen is a Post Doctoral Research Scientist at Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, where she is a curator for SESAR, the System for Earth Sample Registration. Her background is a combination of geology and library and information science. Her research interests include information-seeking behavior of geologists when looking for physical sample materials. Physical samples cannot be completely digitized but often have digital materials associated with them. These hybrid collections have unique curation needs which may be better understood by investigating metadata creation and user access.
Mike Daniels

Mike Daniels

Partnership Committee Chair

During my career at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, I have been privileged to work with some of the best scientists, engineers, data experts, technicians and other support staff who together fielded atmospheric science experiments around the world. I have seen amazing changes in the accessibility of data during that time and it is exciting to be in the midst of a data revolution in the sciences. I believe that ESIP is the home and center for earth data science professionals to learn, discuss, innovate, share and support each other in this pursuit. 

Cynthia Parr

Cynthia Parr

At-Large Board Members 2 Year Term

Dr. Cynthia Parr is the acting Assistant Chief Data Officer for the USDA Research, Education, and Economics (REE) Mission Area. In this role she has established the mission area’s first data governance framework and data strategy in alignment with the USDA enterprise data strategy. She ensures that REE’s data and analytics initiatives serve the Foundations of Evidence-based Policy-making Act and further the REE research mission. 

Lesley Wyborn

Lesley Wyborn

At-Large Board Members 2 Year Term

I have been active in Australia in helping form the Earth and Environmental Science Information Partners (E2SIP) Down Under. When we started E2SIP, we initially aimed to leverage some of the excellent work that is being done in the ESIP community in the US for Australian projects but at the same time, bring some Australian initiatives to the ESIP community for sharing. But that has now broadened out and led to the formation of the ESIP/Research Data Alliance (RDA) Earth and Space and Environmental Science Interest Group (ESES-IG) of which I am a co-chair. In the ESES-IG we have connected ESIP/E2SIP with the European Environmental Research Infrastructure (ENVRI) FAIR project and we are now moving to connect these to data infrastructure initiatives in the Global South (Africa, South America, Asia, China, etc).