GLOS Staff and Board
Jennifer Boehme, Chief Executive Officer
Jennifer became GLOS’ chief executive officer in 2023 after serving as the board chair. Previously, she served as an environmental scientist at the International Joint Commission (IJC)’s Great Lakes Regional Office in Windsor, Ontario and assisted the IJC in advising governments of the United States and Canada on water quality issues affecting the Great Lakes. She served as Secretariat to IJC’s Health Professionals Advisory Board, which provides guidance to the IJC on current and emergent clinical and public health issues in the area of Canada-US transboundary environmental health. Prior, Jennifer spent 10 years as a research scientist for the University of Maine and the Smithsonian Institution, and, before joining the IJC, delved into science policy and communication at the National Science Foundation via a fellowship with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She holds A Ph.D. in Marine Science from the University of South Florida and a B.S. in Chemistry from Emory University.
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Becky Pearson, Chief Operations Officer
Rebecca (Becky) joined GLOS in April of 2016 as a program manager. Becky brings with her 14 years project management experience, serving the Great Lakes Commission. At the Great Lakes Commission she led projects related to water use, water efficiency and conservation, sustainable planning of wind energy facilities and the value of Great Lakes water, among others. Becky was a California State Sea Grant Fellow working with the California Resources Agency’s Ocean Program in Sacramento. Becky received her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in French studies and her master’s from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey in international environmental policy.
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Tim Kearns, Chief Information Officer
Tim has held many roles throughout his career including chief technical officer, chief executive officer, executive vice president of robotics and data services, vice president of professional services, program manager, software manager, educator, and hydrographer. With roots in ocean technology, he has applied his skill sets to a variety of products such as ClipCard, Numurus’ NEPI, Ocean Aero’s Submaran, and Esri’s maritime products as well as multiple 3D applications and custom projects. He is a people person, has solid business acumen, enjoys rolling up his sleeves to dive into challenges, and leads with integrity and efficiency.
Tim loves to travel with his family via air and in tents. He also enjoys rock climbing and carpentry, but with kids and a busy life, he says it’s hard to squeeze in an abseil or a dovetail.
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Joe Smith, Cyberinfrastructure Engineer
Before joining GLOS, Joe spent nine years at the University of Michigan’s Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory as a general programmer and analyst. He’s known for the reputable Great Lakes Dashboard project, and many interactive data visualizations spanning a wide variety of Laurentian Great Lakes monitoring projects, including hydrology, harmful algal blooms, hypoxia, nonindigenous species, and more. Born and raised near Ypsilanti, MI, he studied math and computer science at Washtenaw Community College and Data Science at the University of Michigan.
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Katie Rousseau, Smart Great Lakes Liaison
Katie joined GLOS in July 2019 as Smart Great Lakes liaison. Prior, she served as the director of Clean Water Supply in the Great Lakes for American Rivers, a role that advocated for stormwater and drinking water infrastructure policy issues as well as green infrastructure projects in the Great Lakes region. She has a M.A. in geography from the University of Toledo and a B.S. in education from Ohio University.
As the Smart Great Lakes liaison, Katie brings her deep understanding of the region and its water-related organizations to work building partnerships and a policy framework for Great Lakes data management and innovative technology opportunities.
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Sneha Bhadbhade, Senior Advisor
Sneha first joined GLOS as a data services manager in December 2018 after working as a GLOS data management fellow. Prior to her work at GLOS, she worked as an ERP consultant for four years before earning her master’s degree in information science from University of Michigan in 2017. Sneha brings experience in management of information systems to her role as she works to better suit the data and information needs of GLOS users.
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Shelby Brunner, Observing Technology Manager
Shelby joined the GLOS team in 2020 as the observing technology manager and works to improve the existing observing system by interfacing directly with data providers and partners to sustain and augment in-water hardware like buoys, gliders, and other data collection platforms.
Shelby came to GLOS after earning her PhD in freshwater sciences and technology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, completing a fellowship with the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research, and working as both a program specialist and a Knauss Fellow for NOAA’s Global Ocean Monitoring and Observing Program. In her various roles, she has worked to improve in-situ observing systems by conducting field research with novel technologies, managing observing projects with numerous partners, coordinating publications, and organizing conferences.
Shelby has lived on three of the five Great Lakes and has spent time on four of the five. Her favorite Great Lakes memories are the many nights spent on Green Bay after a long day of research: returning to port, eating an ice cream bar, and enjoying the sunsets.
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Samuel Johnson, Communications Specialist
Sam joined GLOS in 2023, shortly after completing his Master’s of International Studies at DePaul University in Chicago. Previous to that he earned his BA in International Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His Master’s research was focused on natural resource extraction and international law of the Great Lakes region. During his time in grad school, Sam volunteered with organizations in Chicago, becoming more aware of the many interconnected and overlapping organizations and communities committed to the local waterways. Through this and his years of studies and research, Sam has developed a knowledge of the varied social and political landscapes and the diverse cultural interactions surrounding the Great Lakes.
Sam has an endless list of interests, including photography, film, and writing. He also enjoys traveling and exploring new cities and wildernesses. Sam has spent many nights in the mountainous backcountry, but his heart lies in the lakes and rivers of the midwest. Having spent his life enjoying the natural wonders of the Great Lakes and its regional states, Sam is thrilled to put his passion and relentless energy to work at GLOS.
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Thomas Rayburn, Chair
Thomas has over 30 years’ experience working for national environmental and engineering consulting firms, regional partnerships including the Great Lakes Commission, the U.S. Coast Guard, and Lake Carriers’ Association. His project work has supported the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Defense, other federal agency initiatives, private industry and international cooperative efforts on the environment. He has a Bachelor of Science in Geosciences from Purdue University.
Pete Giencke, Vice Chair
Pete has over ten years of experience in information technology and geographic information systems (GIS). At Google, he has contributed to various big data efforts in both an engineering and product manager capacity, including those on the Crisis Response, Google Earth, and Google Ocean teams. On Google’s Crisis Response team, Pete additionally serves as an “Incident Commander”, helping lead the company’s response to major disasters worldwide, including the Fort McMurray fires in Alberta, CA.
Dr. Mary-Claire Buell is an Assistant Professor, cross-appointed with the School of Environment and Department of Forensic Science at Trent University, Ontario, Canada. She is also the founder and CEO of Collective Environmental, a consulting and independent research firm focused on collaborative approaches to investigating environmental issues impacting Indigenous communities. Dr. Buell’s research interests include investigating the source, fate, transport, and impacts of legacy and contemporary contaminants, examining the connections between contaminants and environmental justice, Treaty rights, and food security. Her research is transdisciplinary as it brings together environmental toxicology, chemistry, and community knowledges. Dr. Buell holds a PhD and MSc from Trent University and a BSc from the University of Guelph.
Dr. Carl is currently the Great Lakes Forum Coordinator for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and formerly served as the Regional Director of the USGS Midwest Region. He was appointed to this position in September 2008 and retired in 2018. Before being appointed as Regional Director for the Midwest Region, Dr. Carl was the Center Director of the USGS Great Lakes Science Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan from 2003-2008. He has worked for the Alberta Fish and Wildlife Division, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and served as Director of the Watershed Science Center at Trent University in Ontario.
Aaron is a faculty member at the University of Windsor. Currently he is a Professor and Canada Research Chair (CRC Tier 2) at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER) and the Department of Earth and Environmental Science. Aaron is internationally recognized for research on aquatic ecology and has spent his career studying aspects of aquatic trophic relationships, including fish movement and contaminant dynamics, with a focus on the Great Lakes.
Stephanie is a maritime archaeologist and the Research Coordinator for NOAA’s Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, based in Alpena, Michigan. She has participated in archaeology projects around the world including the Great Lakes, the South Pacific, Sweden, Jamaica, and the Arctic. As a NOAA Scientific Diver, she enjoys exploring and documenting the dozens of historic shipwrecks in Lake Huron’s sanctuary waters.
Heather Stirratt is the Director of the International Joint Commission’s (IJC) Great Lakes Regional Office. As Director, she is leveraging key partnerships across the basin to elevate attention to and implementation of the IJC’s water quality recommendations. By enhancing the IJC’s binational connections across Canada and the United States (U.S.), Ms. Stirratt is increasing awareness of regional water quality challenges, monitoring and forecasting gaps to inform policy decision making, and the requirements for new freshwater science investments. Priority programmatic areas of interest to the IJC in the Great Lakes include water quality, early warning systems, enhanced science planning, and climate resiliency in a time of accelerated change.
Ms. Stirratt has a diversity of non-governmental, county, state, and federal work experience. She joined the IJC with over 27 years of professional experience in coastal and fisheries management. Most recently having served for 15 years as the Great Lakes Regional Lead for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office for Coastal Management, providing co-management oversight of teams working to execute NOAA’s mission, address Great Lakes constituent needs, while providing the best available scientific information to inform decision making. Ms. Stirratt has been nationally recognized for her contributions to U.S. fisheries management of highly migratory species by the Department of Commerce and NOAA’s General Counsel. Ms. Stirratt has logged over 800 hours at sea conducting scientific research in addition to her policy and coastal county permitting work.
Ms. Stirratt holds a Master’s degree in Marine Affairs, for fisheries management and ocean and coastal law, from the University of Rhode Island and a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Miami, Florida. Heather’s passion for scientific understanding of natural systems extends into her personal hobbies as a hiker, topography and bathymetry map aficionado, and advanced/rescue scuba diver. She truly loves spending quality time outdoors with her husband and three children at home in Eagan, Minnesota.