December 21, 2016
Hello Coast Survey,
As 2016 comes to a close, I encourage you to consider supporting the Combined Federal Campaign. The deadline for one-time contributions has been extended to December 31. Thank you to those who have contributed via payroll deduction and in other ways such as the basket raffle, potlucks, penny challenge, and cornhole tournament. I'd also like to thank Coast Survey's CFC team lead, Matt Kroll, and our keyworkers, Mary Louise Kurchock (CSDL), Megan Greenaway (HSD), Rolland Gant and Brian Hensel (MCD), Laura Jeffery (NSD), and Kristen Crossett (staff). Again, please consider donating to a worthy charity, a little can go a long way. You can pledge your donation here, using the Coast Survey ID #: 4023903. If you have any questions, please contact your keyworker.
I wish all of you and your families a wonderful holiday and New Year! I am personally grateful for your hard work and tremendous effort during 2016 and I look forward to working together in 2017.
Rear Admiral Shepard M. Smith
Kathleen Jamison has accepted the position of chief of Coast Survey's Resource Management Staff. Kathleen will also serve as Coast Survey's business manager. Since 2012, Kathleen has worked for the Resource Management Staff, formulating the President’s Budget narrative submissions and other budget scenarios for different funding levels, developing performance metrics for the Annual Operating Plan, preparing testimony for the director, and in general helping the office strategically position itself for the changing world of nautical charting and hydrographic surveying. Kathleen started at Coast Survey as a nautical cartographer in 2006 before moving into managing hydrographic survey projects, primarily in the Gulf of Mexico. More recently, Kathleen participated in NOAA's Leadership Competency Development Program from 2014 to 2016. Kathleen will assume the duties of chief starting January 4, while her permanent appointment is pending final processing by Workforce Management. Congratulations, Kathleen!
Mary Erickson, currently director of NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Sciences, will become the deputy director of the National Weather Service later this month. Mary has a long history with NOAA, having started her career in the NWS Office of Science and Technology as a research meteorologist. In 2005, she moved to the National Ocean Service, where she joined Coast Survey as chief of the Coast Survey Development Laboratory. She became acting director of the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science in April 2013 and director in March 2014. We look forward to working with her in her new position.
Lucy Hick, technical advisor for the Navigation Services Division (NSD), has been selected to be the acting deputy chief of NSD for the next three months. Lucy brings a wealth of experience to the position, having worked in the Coast Pilot branch, as a team lead for one of the navigation response teams, and has worked closely with our navigation managers. Congratulations, Lucy!
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Ten most popular charts of 2016:
12/26 - Federal holiday
12/31 - CFC donation deadline
1/2 - Federal holiday
1/11 - NOAA Ship Rainier change of command
1/16-1/20 - Field procedures workshop