Directorate Staff Roles

Name Job Title Team Job Duties Extension
Andrea Martinez Contract Management Analyst Budget and Planning
  • NOAA IDIQ Administrator
  • Contract Compliance
  • Scientific and financial reporting to NOAA
  • Collaboration with Labs/Programs in regard to NOAA IDIQ compliance
  • Collaboration with UCAR Contracts department in administrating the NOAA IDIQ
  • Designs and documents features of the proposal and budget software sytem
  • Leads proposal, review, and submission process in response to RFPs
  • Liaison on RFP reviews with UCAR Contracts office and other outside sponsor program officials
Angela Richardson APAR Project Director NCAR Deputy Director Office
  • The Airborne Phased Array Radar (APAR) Project Director provides high-level project and program management and leadership to the APAR project
  • Serves as the leader of the APO, directly and indirectly supervising the work of all personnel assigned to the APAR project team
  • Works with NCAR APAR team members and project sponsors to define research and development priorities
  • Leads the development of project requirements, staffing needs, and funding sources and allocations
  • Works with the APAR Project Manager to create, monitor, and report on project schedule, milestones, and cost performance
  • Leads and participates in technical and scientific meetings, reviewing and guiding design and implementation decisions and ensuring that efforts are moving ahead appropriately
  • Updates the overall APAR Project Execution Plan (PEP) with input from project team members as required
Ben Neeser Senior Communications Specialist for NCAR NCAR Director’s Office
  • Provides comprehensive executive and internal communications support to the NCAR Director and Directorate Deputy Directors
  • Provides strategic communications advice, writing and editing, message development, and the creation of communications materials to reach a wide range of stakeholders across the organization and to key stakeholders
  • Ensure all internal communications follow a formal review and approval process with NCAR leadership, and the Director of Communications
  • Develop communication plans and provide communication counsel for large-scale NCAR-wide project/change management initiatives. Conduct stakeholder analysis, identify key target audiences, create messaging, and build appropriate communication and feedback channels
Charlie Mitchell Assistant Director NCAR Budget & Planning Budget and Planning
  • Within the NCAR Directorate executive team, develops, assesses impacts of proposed financial and organizational changes
  • At the NCAR level, directs, interprets and implements best practice budget planning and development procedures and guidelines for NCAR in coordination with UCAR offices
  • Directs the analysis of staffing and budget data for institutional statistics and other management reports, including NCAR’s annual Program Operating Plan to NSF
  • Serves as primary NCAR liaison with the UCAR CFO Office on base operating financial processes
  • Oversees the development of financial reports and special projects as determined by the UCAR Director of Budget & Planning
  • Oversees the development and monitoring of the Center’s operating budget, including projections of NSF Base operating carryover; multi-year scientific project encumbrances; and NCAR's reporting to NSF
Chris Davis Interim - NCAR Associate Director & Director of Education and Outreach Advance Study Program
  • Leads the strategic planning for education and outreach for UCAR
  • Develops strategic synergies between current NCAR and UCP education programs and external partner organizations
  • Conceptualizes and implements new programs
  • Directs grant proposal activities and communications with funders
  • Leads and partners with colleagues across the organization
  • Creates student training and workforce development for undergraduate student internships and graduate visitor programs
  • Represents NCAR|UCAR in geoscience education, outreach, workforce development, and diversity
  • Directs the NCAR Advanced Study Program (ASP) program and oversees program management and administration
Domi Colegrove Project Manager II NCAR Deputy Director Office
  • Partners with NCAR senior leadership personnel (NCAR Director, NCAR Senior Advisor, NCAR Deputy Director, NCAR Assistant Director for Programs and Implementation, and NCAR Senior Project Manager) as required to define project outcomes, project success metrics and criteria, and resource and schedule commitments.
  • Collaborates with and supports the NCAR Director, NCAR Deputy Director, NCAR Assistant Director for Programs and Implementation, and NCAR Senior Project Manager in all aspects of assigned strategic and/or business process programs including requirements development, planning (scope, schedule, and budget), and execution.
  • Facilitates interactions between functional leaders and NCAR staff members involved with projects, NCAR senior leadership, and other stakeholders and/or sponsors to drive successful project outcomes.
  • Establishes strong relationships with program/project sponsor(s) and maintains regular communications on program/project progress.
Everette Joseph NCAR Director NCAR Director’s Office
  • Oversight of NCAR Programs and NSF Funds
  • Strategic and Workforce Development Planning
  • Chief liaison with NSF
  • President’s Council Member
  • Chair of NCAR Executive Committee & Directors’ Committee
  • Exceptions to Policy
Geoff Cheeseman UCAR Director of Budget & Planning Budget and Planning
  • Directs Budget & Planning Office Functions
  • Annual Budget Review (ABR) Process 
  • Budget Liaison with NSF's NCAR Coordination Office
  • NCAR Planning, Budgeting, and Reporting Oversight
  • Program Operating Plan (POP) and Progress Report (POPPR)
  • Budget Policies and Procedures
  • NCAR Directorate Budgets 
  • Oversite of NSF Base Operating Budgets
  • NCAR Business Process Owner for CPM Financial Tools
  • Member of the NCAR Executive Committee & Directors' Committee 
Glen Romine NCAR Senior Advisor to the Director NCAR Director’s Office
  • Directs the development and implementation of NCAR-wide scientific research and programs, which are deemed critical to achieving related goals and objectives in the NCAR Strategic Plan, NCAR Implementation Plan (IP) and the NCAR Program Operating Plan (POP)
  • Maintains strategic relationships and effective communications with, and is a spokesperson on behalf of NCAR to NCAR’s funding agencies, university communities, UCAR leadership and committees, and is one of NCAR's liaisons to the National Science Foundation
  • Provides leadership and oversight in coordinating the development and implementation of the following NCAR priorities:  the NCAR strategic plan,  NCAR MSI engagement,  the NCAR Plan for Strategic Partnerships; community “hubs” and the science and engineering strategic hiring initiative
James Young Senior Administrative Assistant Operations
  • Operations Support
  • Travel
  • Purchasing
  • Human Subjects Committee support
  • Appointment Review Group (ARG) support
  • Special Appointment processing
  • Directorate events
  • Introduction to NCAR event coordinator
  • Meeting and logistics support
  • Administrative team and backup support to Executive Assistants
  • Special projects
KelleeAnne De Simone Executive Assistant Operations
  • Coordinates the work of NCAR Deputy Director, Senior Advisor and Assistant Director
  • Negotiates executive calendars and makes decisions based on priorities
  • Establishes and maintains office systems and responds to general written and verbal requests
  • Responsible for drafts, edits, and proofreading of various documents
  • Provides administrative support to internal committees across the center to include meeting materials, documents, memos, letters, reports, check requests, etc. as needed
  • Strategic initiative support
Konnie Phillips Program Administrator II Operations
  • Administers the NCAR Directorate hiring activities including personnel actions and administration of Directorate human resources functions.  
  • Human Resource and Personnel policy topics
  • Appointment Review Group (ARG) Administrator
  • Human Subjects Research Committee Administrator
  • Creates and implements change management and project management strategies for special projects 
  • Metrics Database Administrator
  • Space Planning Manager
  • Operations budgets and account management
  • Web Content Manager
  • NCAR|UCAR-wide projects
Krista Laursen Senior Project Manager NCAR Deputy Director Office
  • Lead, NCAR Project Management (NPM) team in Directorate

  • Management and resource allocation of NPM team members in support of large institutional initiatives
  • Project manager for NCAR-wide strategic initiatives, including Program Operating Plan (POP), Implementation Plan (IP), 2021 NCAR Site Visit Teams (SVTs), and RAF Process Improvement Plan (PIP) development
  • COronal Solar Magnetism Observatory (COSMO) and COSMO Site and Design Advancement (COSADA) Project Manager
  • Project management process consultant and liaison for NCAR Reinvestment (REINV) projects
  • Project management consultant, advisor, and mentor as assigned for institutional and lab/program-based initiatives
  • Comprehensive project planning for assigned initiatives, including scope, schedule, and budget development and management
Laura Duggan Budget Analyst I Budget and Planning
  • Performs budget and cost analysis for NCAR direct funding
  • Develops direct funding statistics and management reports. Reviews these reports to anticipate budget problems
  • Under general supervision, develops monthly and annual budget and accounting reports for the Senior Budget Analyst and NCAR Assistant Director for NCAR Budget and Planning
  • Provides information as needed to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) central budget office


Lorena Luna Medina Education/Instruction Designer II Advance Study Program
  • Leads the NCAR Explorer Series lectures, events, and field campaign videos
  • Manages the NCAR Explorer Series website
  • Creating bilingual materials and supporting bilingual efforts at NCAR-UCAR
  • Partners with UCAR SciEd on projects like the creation of the Traveling Climate Exhibit
  • Leads SOARS science communication and professional development workshops
  • Supports SOARS students year round
Melinda Arnold Budget Analyst III Budget and Planning
  • Review of Sponsor Announcements/RFP's
  • Facilities communication between NCAR and NSF regarding solicitation/announcement eligibility
  • Reviews, approves and submits organization proposals
  • Develops, interprets and implements proposal procedures and guidelines for UCAR in coordination with NCAR Proposal Manager and UCP Sr. Proposal Analyst
  • Kuali Pre-award project lead
  • Designs and documents features of the proposal and budget software system
  • Center of Excellence for Proposals (CoE-P) key staff
  • Manages NCAR internal proposal website 
  • Backup to Valerie Koch
Michelle Darveau Project Analyst NCAR Deputy Director Office
  • Performs project management, coordination, and business analysis for the Scientific Appointments Modernization (SAM) project to guide the timely completion of project goals
  • Works with project team members and stakeholders to define project requirements, and maintain them through change management activities
  • Maintains comprehensive project plans, including Scope, Schedule, and Communications plans
  • Facilitates project meetings through detailed notes and action item determination, agenda development, and whole team engagement activities
  • Assists in the communication of project status to stakeholders via written status reports or oral presentations
Molly Killinger APAR Project Manager NCAR Deputy Director Office
  • Provides high-level project management support for the APAR project 
  • Supports the APAR Project Director in directing the efforts of a multi-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and support staff as well as several university and industry collaborators 
  • Creates and ensures successful implementation of all planning materials necessary for successful scope, schedule, cost, performance and risk management for the APAR project 
  • Provides Project Management, Communication, and Stakeholder Engagement for the APAR Project
  • Assesses project risks, identifies mitigation strategies, and implements project risk management plans
  • Creates and monitors schedules and milestones
Nathan Aderhold Budget Analyst II Budget and Planning
  • Leads proposal review and submission process for proposals in response to sponsor announcements resulting in grants or cooperative agreements
  • Responsible for review and analysis of proposal budgets, budget justifications, and other proposal components for compliance with UCAR policy and sponsor policies and procedures
  • Corresponds with sponsors’ program officers to clarify eligibility and solicitation requirements
  • Reviews and applies knowledge of sponsor announcements and eligibility, policy and procedure requirements and provides direction to the laboratory
  • Reviews proposals for mission appropriateness and compliance with NCAR/NSF Criteria.  Recommends approval of the NCAR Criteria to the Manager of Proposal Operations and NCAR Deputy Director
Paula Fisher Program Administrator III Advance Study Program
  • Budget and accounting management
  • ASP and E&O program management
  • Team supervisor
  • Proposal coordinator
Scott Briggs Administrator I Advance Study Program
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Support, search, onboarding, exits
  • Committee support for ASP seminars, research reviews and Thompson Lecture Series
  • Website manager, Web Advisory Group representative
  • Systems administration support
  • Property administrator
Scott McIntosh NCAR Deputy Director NCAR Director’s Office
  • Partners with NCAR Director in developing and implementing strategies for achieving NCAR goals and priorities
    • Strategic and Workforce Development Planning
    • Liaison with NSF
  • President’s Council Member
  • Exceptions to Policy
  • Serves as Acting Director in the Director’s absence
  • Supervises the Advance Study Program Director and the Library Director
  • Reviews ladder-track staff salaries
  • Member of the NCAR Executive Committee & Directors’ Committee
Simmi Sinha Graphic Artist III NCAR Deputy Director Office
  • Designs and updates highly visible and strategic materials to meet communications goals, align with the NCAR's strategic messages, and be brand compliant. These may include brochures, websites, PowerPoint presentations, social media assets, postcards, etc
  • Prioritizes design requests based on visibility and external exposure. Works to find alternate solutions for people with low-priority requests
  • Creates templates and provides guidance for freelancers and others at NCAR tasked with designing organizational materials
  • Reviews finished work from across NCAR for quality, accuracy, and stylistic consistency
Steve Ritter Proposal Analyst II Budget and Planning
  • Review of Sponsor Announcements/RFPs
  • Proposal Submission Process
  • Monthly Proposal Report to NSF
  • Monthly Award Report to Deputy Director
  • Chart of Account Review/Approval
  • Incremental Requests
  • Revised Budgets
  • NSF Progress Reports - IA Funding (backup)
Susan Chavez Executive Assistant II NCAR Director’s Office
  • Executive administration support to the Director
  • Director’s calendar
  • Director’s Travel
  • All Director signature and approval requests
  • Confidential communications
  • Agenda Management
    • NCAR Executive Committee
    • NCAR Directors’ Committee
    • UCAR Board of Trustee’s Budget and Programs Committee
  • Backup to NCAR Deputy Director Executive Assistant