Peer Appreciation Award

Jeffrey Clegg

April 2020

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The OPPA peer appreciation award has been on hiatus since January. But we are restarting it back now! Therefore, it is with great pleasure that I name Mr. Jeffrey Clegg as the OPPA Employee of the Month! Serving as the NOAA OPPA Resource Manager to the OPPA Director, Jeff has established an integrated formulation and implementation team that successfully manages all day-to-day planning and execution budget operations. His integrated approach to budget program and planning has resulted in major improvements to the OPPA Budget oversight, planning and execution, and ultimately, the budget-reporting framework that supports NOAA and NESDIS program goals and objectives.

Each day, Jeff works seamlessly across the OPPA Organization to support a multitude of OPPA programs in formulation or implementation. Jeff has an inherent talent to interrelate, synthesize and analyze complex data to obtain unique perspectives on the total OPPA financial situation that greatly assist the OPPA Director, Division Chiefs, and Program Managers in program planning and decision-making.

Jeff is constantly sought out for his in-depth knowledge of NOAA budget processes and procedures. Jeff’s professional, kind and mild demeanor is enthusiastically welcomed as he thoroughly, expertly, and swiftly addresses numerous budget actions, tasks, and questions throughout any given day. Jeff’s “can do” attitude makes him one of the most sought out OPPA Employees to offer guidance and direction and sometimes even advice to a friend.

Jeff continually seeks inventive methodologies to communicate and interface with program managers across the OPPA portfolio as he recently has stood up a monthly tag-up with program managers to conduct deep-dive analyses of the budget material presented at the OPPA Monthly Status Reviews (MSRs). This direct engagement has already produced positive results as program managers have a better understanding of the budget process that ultimately serves the Director's budgetary vision.

Congratulations again Jeff! All the best from your OPPA colleagues and your partners throughout NOAA and NASA.



Trish Weir

October 2019

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Please allow me to congratulate Patricia Weir for the October 2019 Peer Appreciation Award.

Trish is recognized for her efforts of developing and coordinating the Technology Maturation Program (TMP). This is was one of the most innovative and creative programs that I have seen in NOAA. Using her advanced portfolio management knowledge and decades of experience as a satellite system engineer she has delivered substantial progress towards aligning emerging technology with NOAA’s needs. The results that were delivered at the Science Support to the Technology Maturation Program Annual Review Meeting last month were exciting and inspiring. Today's research will be tomorrow's operations thanks to Trish.

Congratulations, Trish!



Lauraleen O'Connor

August 2019

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I am pleased to nominate Lauraleen O’Connor for her strong commitment to OPPA’s mission and her long-term, significant contributions to the data analytics and visualization capabilities here at OPPA and more broadly at NESDIS and collaborating agencies. Lauraleen has a long experience in meteorology-related technologies including forecasting and climatology. She is proficient in translating large arrays of individual and sometimes conflicting user needs to clear operational requirements. While her initial work was focused on individual polar satellite programs, in recent years she has expanded her scope to comparisons of systems to support TPIO’s goals in developing future mission profiles. In particular she has significantly upgraded the Office’s planning and integration capabilities through her data science work using Tableau and its business intelligence applications. Her dashboards, reports, and graphs have been valuable for trade studies and decision making on new imagers, sounders, and other instruments, and their satellite platforms.

Congratulations, Lauraleen, for your hard work and consistent results!



Dimitrios Vassiliadis

July 2019

Dimitrios VassiliadisSWFO Senior Science Support Dimitrios Vassiliadis has shown himself to be a great resource and addition to the OPPA organization. Dimitrios uses his wealth of knowledge and instructional skills to clarify the scientific objectives as well as the operational impact of instruments that will be developed and used by the SWFO program. His willingness to be a team player along with his ability to take ownwership over task completion speaks multitudes of his diligence and dedication to the initiatives of OPPA. His eagerness to explain SWFO goals through presentations and written documents warrants his hard work to be recognized. It is a pleasure to work with someone with these strengths, and such a pleasant disposition toward colleagues. With acclamation, I highly recommend Dimitrios for the OPPA Peer Appreciation Award.

Congratulations Dimitrios!



Tanisha Holland

April 2019

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Tanisha Holland has been diligently building up OPPA’s Risk Management capability for the past several months. Coming to OPPA from OSGS, where she was the ESPDS Risk Coordinator, Tanisha has brought OSGS’s defined practices to OPPA. It is very difficult to introduce a defined process to a new organization, but Tanisha has accomplished this through patient interaction with OPPA Management and the PMs for the active OPPA projects. Her pleasant disposition and dedication have been invaluable to making this possible. As a result, OPPA Risk Management from Office-Level down to Project-Level is being effectively executed. This is proving to be a great asset to the OPPA projects as they are proceeding through their lifecycle phases. I am pleased to recommend her for an OPPA Peer Appreciation Award.

As part of OPPA's Peer Appreciation Award Program, Tanisha will nominate and announce next month's Awardee.



Ken Jensen

March 2019

Ken JensenIt's with great pleasure to nominate INDEC/SCATSAT Chief Engineer Dr. Ken Jensen for the OPPA Peer Appreciation Award in recognition of his exceptional support and tireless efforts for the success of the project.

Ken joined the SCATSAT team in August 2018 and quickly learned the project to make remarkable contributions to Level 1 Requirements Document (L1RD), Project Management Plan, (PMP), Project Implementation Plan (PIP), System Requirements Review (SRR), and SCATSAT Milestone Review (SMR).

Shortly after the SMR, which took place on December 17, 2018, the longest government shutdown in American history started while I was furloughed without any communication with the SCATSAT team. During the shutdown period, Ken worked closely with Josh Henry, who is the SCATSAT Systems Engineer, to lead the SCATSAT project without any government direction to prepare for a Critical Designed Review (CDR) that was initially scheduled for January 16, 2019. Because of these efforts, Ken has earned not only the Peer Appreciation Award, but also the respect and gratitude of other NESDIS offices supporting the SCATSAT project. As one of those peers whom Ken has inspired and motivated for the success of the SCATSAT project, I am very thankful for having Ken in my team!



Chol Chang

December 2018

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I worked with Chol during the early phases of the INDEC Program and the ScatSat-1 Data Acquisition Project. Chol was tasked with pulling together a Project Management Plan and a Systems Engineering Plan, along with Level 1 Requirements, project budget and schedule, at very short notice, to kick-start a program of cooperation with the Indian Space Research Organisation. The INDEC Program had been promised by Dr. Volz but had yet to find someone to take on the task and deliver on the commitment to ISRO.

Chol quickly formed a cohesive team of Federal and contract employees working side-by-side to raise the profile of the Program and formulate the documentation set necessary to present to the NESDIS Enterprise Architecture Committee. Chol was highly effective in reaching out to all the Offices involved in supporting the INDEC Program and its first project, never hesitating to ask for input from colleagues, and directing effort where needed. Chol also took the time to listen to advice and suggestions, and did his best to ensure all relevant NESDIS project management and system engineering processes were adopted and followed to get the Program off to the best possible start.

Chol dedicated many long hours both in and out of the office to producing a comprehensive set of engineering and management plans and processes to start the Program on the right track, and has continued to guide the Program successfully through its Pre-Formulation Phase and into execution. I have every confidence that, with Chol at the helm, the Program will be a success and demonstrate how to collaborate across Offices, and start off a project with all parties fully engaged and aware of their roles and responsibilities. Chol leads by example, and is a pleasure to work with.

Congratulations again Chol! All the best from your OPPA colleagues and your partners across NESDIS.



Wei Xia-Serafino

September 2018

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This month, I recognize Wei Xia-Serafino in appreciation for her dedication to OPPA and to the COSMIC-2 mission in the face of continued schedule uncertainty and conflicting priorities. Over the summer and through September, Wei spent countless hours coordinating and consulting among our partners and our NESDIS team in preparation for and ultimately in the rescheduling of the COSMIC-2 satellite pre-ship review and operational readiness review. All through this, her constructive focus on maintaining relationships and on tangible preparation for launch has resulted in a high level of readiness by all the organizations involved in the COSMIC program. Taiwan, Air Force, UCAR, Aerospace, and our ground systems partners have all pulled together under Wei's leadership to prepare for the reviews. This level of preparation will ultimately pay off when the launch date becomes firm.

As part of OPPA's Peer Appreciation Award Program, Wei will nominate and announce next month's Awardee.



Joanne Ostroy

June 2018

Joanne OstroyPlease allow me to congratulate Joanne Ostroy for the June 2018 Peer Appreciation award. Joanne Ostroy has provided valued engineering support to multiple programs IRSO/SCATSAT, SWFO, and COSMIC-2. Each of these programs has needs and requirements that require specialized engineering. Joanne's technical expertise has helped each program by providing documentation or leading studies that assist OPPA in program success. Please join me in thanking Joanne for her valued support. As part of OPPA's Peer Appreciation Award Program, Joanne can nominate and announce next month's Awardee.

Joanne is charged with nominating a peer for appreciation in August.





Dan Mamula

April 2018

Dan MamulaDan Mamula is a gifted project manager and over the past few years he has touched an aspect of just about every named project that OPPA has been engaged with. His contribution has always yielded solid results, even if not always with a decision to move forward. In the weeks since the SWFO activity at the Goddard mission design lab, Dan stepped in to guide the production of a truly excellent package for a SWFO way forward. This package was a decisive step toward making the SWFO project a reality. As if to top that, after the FY18 budget was passed by Congress and Dan found himself as lead of two other revived projects, CDARS and EON-MW. Dan, for pulling triple duty and performing with grace and continued excellence under extreme time pressure, I appreciate your contribution to SWFO and other OPPA projects.

As the final awardee in this period, Dan is charged with nominating a peer for appreciation in May 2018.



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