ESIP Lab – RFP now openThis year’s theme is climate resilience.

People

ESIP Staff

Susan Shingledecker
Susan Shingledecker
Executive Director
Susan's Bio
Annie Burgess
Annie Burgess
Lab Director
Annie's Bio
Patty Allen
Patty Allen
Operations Director
Patty's Bio
Megan Orlando
Megan Orlando
Community Director
Megan's Bio
Allison Mills
Allison Mills
Communications Director
Allison's Bio
Susan Shingledecker
Susan Shingledecker Executive Director

Susan brings to ESIP over a decade of nonprofit management experience with both national and regional organizations and a diverse 20 year career in the environmental field spanning international consulting, federal and state public policy, state government, outdoor recreation and conservation experience. Prior to joining ESIP, Susan served as Vice President and Director of Programs for Chesapeake Conservancy a regional conservation organization based in Annapolis, MD dedicated to restoring the health of the nation’s largest estuary and connecting people to the Bay. She worked closely with the organization’s Board of Directors, led the program, administration and finance teams of this $7 million organization with 40 staff that span from Central Pennsylvania to Southern Virginia.

Susan has a passion for data driven solutions. She served for 8 years on NOAA’s Hydrographic Services Review Panel federal advisory committee. In that role she provided guidance to NOAA on the use of their hydrographic products and services and witnessed the challenges and opportunities with the management of large data sets, coordination among federal and state agencies and the challenges that come with authoritative data and the growing push for crowdsourcing and community science. At Chesapeake Conservancy Susan worked closely with the organization’s GIS team, the Conservation Innovation Center, one of Microsoft’s first for their AI for Earth grant recipients and a regular collaborator with Esri. In her work, Susan encouraged policy makers and funders throughout the Chesapeake watershed to use high resolution land cover data to align stakeholders and improve models to better understand the landscape and prioritize restoration investments.

Susan holds a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from American University. Susan lives in Severna Park, MD. In her free time Susan loves spending time on the Chesapeake Bay with her husband and two boys on their family sailboat or fleet of kayaks.

Annie Burgess
Annie Burgess Lab Director

Annie stands comfortably at the intersection of earth science and informatics. During her graduate work at the University of Utah, she managed, analyzed, and distributed an immense amount of data related to her research in snow hydrology. The primary data product created during her PhD is currently distributed through NASA JPL. As a post-doc at the University of Southern California, she expanded open-source software packages to better meet the needs of the science community. At ESIP, she utilizes her technical savvy and networking skills to run their innovation program, empowering scientists to pursue project-based design to expand their technical skills, while expanding our knowledge about planet Earth!

Patty Allen
Patty Allen Operations Director

Patty brings over 25 years of Human Resources and Administrative experience.  Before joining ESIP Patty was the Vice President of Administration at the Chesapeake Conservancy where she managed the growth of the organization to nearly double the size.  Patty specializes in recruiting, compensation and organization design, and employee policy.  Her administrative experience consists of bookkeeping, office management, board relations, and logistics.  As ESIP’s Director of Operations Patty manages the internal operations of the organization and meeting logistics.

Megan Orlando
Megan Orlando Community Director

Megan began working for ESIP in October of 2018. Prior to joining ESIP, Megan worked with Columbia University’s Lamont Geoinformatics Research Group, where she supported the IEDA Data Facility in data curation, application testing, project management, user support, and community outreach. She also helped manage a number of other initiatives (EarthCube RCNs, International Geo Sample Number, etc.) that focused on data and sample management workflows and best practices. In her role as ESIP Community Director, Megan supports the efforts of the 30+ diverse collaboration areas within ESIP. She is passionate about lowering barriers to collaboration for these groups by fostering connections between people, information, and tools that enhance data and sample collection, stewardship, use, and reuse. In 2019, Megan participated in the AAAS Community Engagement Fellows Program, a year-long professional development opportunity for individuals like Megan who cultivate member engagement and collaborative relationships within scientific associations, research collaborations and other communities of scientists.

Allison Mills
Allison Mills Communications Director

Allison began working for ESIP in 2021 and is the person behind-the-scenes writing blogs, newsletters, social media, managing the ESIP website, crafting infographics, and helping connect community members and ESIP Partners. Before coming to ESIP, Allison worked as a science writer at a university and a radio journalist. She moonlights as a dance instructor and runs a farm with her husband in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Her favorite projects combine all her worlds: Ask her about making a Dance Your PhD video! Allison is also the best point of contact for ESIP Update announcements, marketing collaborations, and getting those cool I <3 Data ESIP stickers.

Person sitting by a waterfall
Michael Mahoney
Community Support Coordinator
Person in sunglasses and beanie smiling with a cup of coffee on a boat.
Daniel Segessenman
Community Support Coordinator

ESIP Board & Program Committee

ESIP elects its officers, representatives, and committee chairs prior to the Annual Partner Assembly Meeting during the ESIP January Meeting. The Board meets quarterly to govern ESIP. The ESIP Program Committee meets monthly to guide ESIP programs and includes the President, Vice-President, and all the technical and administrative committee chairs.

Denise Hills
Denise Hills
ESIP President

Geoscientist, Advanced Resources International

Yuhan (Douglas) Rao
Yuhan (Douglas) Rao
ESIP Vice President

Research Scientist at North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies

Amber Budden
Amber Budden
Governance Committee Chair

Associate University Librarian Digital Strategies

Leslie Hsu
Leslie Hsu
Partnership Committee Chair

Physical Scientist; Coordinator, Community for Data Integration at U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Elisha Wood-Charlson
Elisha Wood Charlson
Data Stewardship Chair

KBase User Engagement Lead, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Sarah Ramdeen
Sarah Ramdeen
Nomination Committee Chair

Principal User Experience Researcher, Northup Grumman

Dave Blodgett
Dave Blodgett
EDGE Civil Engineer, USGS

Information Technology and Interoperability (IT&I) Committee Chair

Shelley Olds
Shelley Olds
Education Committee Chair

Science Education & Human Dimensions of Natural Hazards, EarthScope Consortium

Xioagang (Marshall) Ma
Xioagang (Marshall) Ma
Semantic Technologies Committee Chair

Associate Professor of Computer Science at University of Idaho

Mike Daniels
Mike Daniels
At-Large Board Member 2-Year Term

Researcher, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Kathe Todd-Brown
Kathe Todd Brown
At-Large Board Members 2 Year Term

Assistant Professor at University of Florida

Ge Peng
Ge Peng
At-Large Board Members 2 Year Term

Data Scientist, Earth System Science Center/NASA MSFC IMPACT, The University of Alabama in Huntsville

ESIP logo against mountains
Ruth Duerr
Finance Committee Chair

Researcher, Ronin Institute


ESIP Community Fellows

Each year, an outstanding group of early career researchers working on their graduate and post-doctoral studies supports different ESIP Clusters.

Chenyue Jiao
Chenyue Jiao
Council of Data Facilities

School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Debasish Mishra
Debasish Mishra
Soil Ontologies & Informatics Cluster

Texas A&M University

Anthony Pignatelli
Anthony Pignatelli
Envirosensing Cluster

University of South Carolina

Md Sariful (Sharif) Islam
Md Shariful Islam
Information Technology & Interoperability Committee

Media Lab at MIT

Natalie Raia
Natalie Raia
Physical Sample Curation Cluster

School of Information at the University of Arizona

Lauren Holian
Lauren Holian
Open Science Cluster

University of South Carolina

Colette Brown
Colette Brown
Wildfires Cluster

Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley

Abel Aragon
Abel Aragon
Data Stewardship Committee

George Mason University

Nelofar Qulizada
Nelofar Qulizada
Disaster Lifecycle Cluster

University of Arkansas Geosciences Department

Jiyin Zhang
Jiyin Zhang
Semantic Technologies Committee

Department of Computer Science at the University of Idaho