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Press Release: IEDRO Announces New Management Roles

Deale, Maryland – It is with great pleasure that we announce changes to two critical positions on our management team. Susan Callis, IEDRO’s Chief Operations Officer, is assuming a new role as IEDRO’s Director of Strategic Planning.

Susan will be focusing on strengthening our growing relationship with various National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Line Offices, including the National Weather Service (NWS), National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS), and the National Ocean Service (NOS), as well as NOAA Headquarters. She will also be assisting the IEDRO Executive Director with planning future endeavors with the United Nation’s World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and other international entities.

Before joining IEDRO, Susan spent 29 years with NOAA, working as a meteorologist for NWS and NESDIC, and as a program manager acquiring and deploying weather systems for NWS, FAA, and the U.S. Navy at the Systems Acquisition Office (SAO). After NOAA, she served as a Chief Information Officer and Chief of Staff for the Department of Commerce and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She currently works to combat climate change with the I.M. Systems Group, Inc.

Theodore (Teddy) Allen, a Ph.D. candidate in Meteorology at the University of Miami, is IEDRO’s new Chief Operations Officer. Teddy will be responsible for managing the activities of, and support to, all of our foreign data rescue and digitization projects, as well as providing advice on new products, applications software and technology.

Initially Teddy will focus on maintaining and improving our contact and dialogue with the sites still providing images to IEDRO for digitization. Teddy’s main challenge, however, is to get sites that have stopped rescuing data operating again.

With this shift in management, Susan and Teddy’s talents will allow IEDRO to solidify and enhance its relationships with all of its national and international partners, allowing IEDRO to better recover the climate data critical to better understanding our environment.

The International Environmental Data Rescue Organization (IEDRO) is a US-based, 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization that rescues and digitizes historic weather observations throughout the world. Our efforts are supported and endorsed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the World Meteorological Organization and other international groups concerned with the preservation and digitization of this valuable data.

Only with accurate information about the past can we make the necessary preparations for the future. With historic weather data we can conduct climate change and global warming research, forecast the spread of disease, and improve flood forecasting. Rescuing historic environmental data can do more to prevent human suffering and death than any other endeavor in the 21st century.

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