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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors oversees IEDRO’s long-term vision and strategy.

Janet Sansone

Ms. Janet F. Sansone, Chair

Janet Sansone, IEDRO Board Chair, recently retired from the Government Printing Office, where, as chief management officer, she oversaw GPO’s support operations, including human capital, finance and administration, information technology and systems, and acquisitions. She serves on the boards of directors of several organizations.


Douglas KlotterDouglas Klotter, Secretary

Douglas Klotter is one of the original founders of IEDRO and has been rescuing data for over a decade now. He is one of the first to use the concept of photographing paper forms in the field into digital images, and reading the images for the digitized data records. Collecting data back as far as the late 1800’s, his data has been added to the main African precipitation database of Dr. Sharon Nicholson. This database is a significant part of the Africa section of GHCN. Digital photography is a major interest of Mr. Klotter and he has written a manual on the photographic aspects of data recovery for IEDRO contributors. He created the first website and logo.

RickCDr. Richard I. Crouthamel, D.Sc., Executive Director, Founder

After thirty-two years, IEDRO Executive Director Rick Crouthamel, D.Sc, retired in 2005 from the National Weather Service, where he had been a manager in international activities. For the past ten years, he has concentrated on locating and rescuing historic weather observations worldwide and providing those data to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s world database. Under his leadership at IEDRO, more than 300,000 upper-air observations from Africa and more than 700,000 surface observations from South and Central America have been rescued.


Sarah Roy, Chief Financial Officer


 Advisory Council

The Advisory Council provides expert perspectives on strategic and practical matters as the arise for IEDRO.

Jack FridayDr. Elbert W. Friday, Jr.

Dr. Elbert W. Friday, Jr., is a Professor Emeritus of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma and Commissioner of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Weather and Climate Enterprise Commission. Dr. Friday has served on IEDRO’s Board of Directors and has worked on IEDRO’s Advisory Council since Fall 2008. He has been Director of the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate at the National Academy of Sciences, Director of NOAA Research and Director and Deputy Director of the National Weather Service. He served as U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nation’s World Meteorological Organization for ten years. Dr. Friday is the recipient of the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive. The Federal Executive Institute Alumni Association selected him as the 1993 Federal Executive of the Year. He received the 1997 Cleveland Abbe Award from the American Meteorological Society.

Sharon LeDucDr. Sharon LeDuc

Dr. Sharon Kay Orndoff LeDuc joined IEDRO as Chief Scientist in April 2011. In this role, Dr. LeDuc is a data rescue leader who helps to shape strategy, and guides the data rescue policies and practices of IEDRO. In collaboration with IEDRO’s senior management staff, she is responsible for raising annual financial support for current and expanding programs. After nearly 36 years of service, Dr. LeDuc retired from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Her final personnel assignment was with the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, NC, where she served as Deputy Director for nearly nine years. Her prior assignment was with NOAA’s Air Resources Laboratory, where for 13 years she was on assignment to the Environmental Protection Agency. While there, she served as a physical scientist and as Chief of the Climate Branch. She also managed the technical transfer of third-generation air quality models, including model evaluation and graphic/visualization of model output. Dr LeDuc received her Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Missouri in 1971. She has received awards for her outstanding work including a NOAA Administrator’s Award, a Bronze and two Gold Medals from the Department of Commerce, and two Bronze Medals from the Environmental Protection Agency. She has also taught or advised as an adjunct professor at a number of colleges and universities including University of Oklahoma, University of Missouri, William and Mary University, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University and Duke University.

Dr. Rob Allan

Rob Allan leads the international ACRE (Atmospheric Circulation Reconstructions over the Earth) initiative, within the Climate Monitoring and Attribution Group.


Dr. Richard Greenfield

Dr. Greenfield is Senior Fellow of the Atmospheric Policy Program at American Meteorological Society, since 2001. Since 1974, he has served on multiple commissions, panels, and boards. In 1995 and 1999 Dr. Greenfield served as U.S. Delegate to World Meteorological Organization Congress and in 1993-1994 as Chairman, Subcommittee on Atmospheric Research, Committee on Earth and Environmental Sciences, Federal Coordinating Council for Science, Engineering and Technology.