Leadership Competencies Development Program (LCDP)


Congratulations to our LCDP Class X selectees!

After a rigorous and competitive selection process, we are pleased to announce the members of our latest cohort, LCDP Class X. The 32 individuals below have demonstrated a high potential for assuming greater leadership responsibilities in NOAA.

The LCDP is an 18 - month NOAA leadership development program. The program will provide this cadre of employees with a series of cross-line, multidisciplinary training and learning experiences that will broaden participants’ understanding of NOAA’s strategic vision, mission, and goals, as well as our business processes. The LCDP, a key component of NOAA’s Strategic Human Capital Management Plan, is our premier succession planning initiative. It is a great honor to have been chosen for this prestigious opportunity.

LCDP X will begin on October 23, 2016 and will end on April 27, 2018.

  Name Line/
Staff Office
1 Erika Brown USAO Washington, D.C. Advisor, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary
2 Anthony Buch AGO Seattle, WA Contracting Officer, Western Acquisition Division
3 Aria Remondi CFO Washington, DC Budget Analyst, Budget Formulation & Communications  Division
4 Demian Schane OGC Juneau, AK Attorney‐Advisor, Office of General Counsel
5 Natalia Donoho NESDIS College Park, MD User Services Coordinator, Satellite Products and Services Division
6 Hernan Garcia NESDIS Silver Spring, MD Oceanographer, Oceanographic Science and Development Branch
7 Christopher O'Connors NESDIS Silver Spring, MD Branch Chief, Direct Services Branch, Satellite Products and Services Division
8 Forbes Darby NMFS Silver Spring, MD Communication Specialist, Office of Communications
9 Paula Fratantoni NMFS Woods Hole, MA Research Oceanographer, Northeast Fisheries Science Center
10 Jessica Kondel NMFS Silver Spring, MD Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Policy
11 Cece Linder NMFS Silver Spring, MD Marine Habitat Resource Specialist, Office of Habitat Conservation
12 Elaine Saiz NMFS Silver Spring, MD Financial Assistance Specialist, Office of Management and Budget
13 Sunny Snider NMFS Miami, FL Chief of Staff, Southeast Fisheries Science Center
14 Kim Jenkins NOS Charleston, SC Geospatial Data Manager, Coastal Services Center
15 Terence Lynch NOS Silver Spring, MD Management and Program Analyst, Office of Coast Survey
16 Catherine Marzin NOS Silver Spring, MD Climate Team Lead, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
17 Jessica Snowden NOS Silver Spring, MD Physical Scientist, Integrated Ocean Observing Systems Program
18 Jessica White NOS Mobile, AL Deputy Director, Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center
19 Ian Zelo NOS Seattle, WA Regional Resource Coordinator,  Assessment and Restoration Division
20 Andrew (Andy) Bailey NWS Pleasant Hill, MO Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Kansas City Weather Forecast Office
21 Kevin Fryar NWS Aurora, IL Meteorologist in Charge, Aurora Center Weather Support Unit
22 Christopher Landsea NWS Miami, FL Science and Operations Officer, National Hurricane Center
23 Jennifer Stark NWS Pueblo, CO Meteorologist in Charge, Pueblo Weather Forecast Office
24 Timi Vann NWS Seattle, WA Regional Coordinator, Western Region
25 Nikola Garber OAR Silver Spring, MD Acting Director, National Sea Grant College Program
26 Jasmin John OAR Princeton, NJ Research Physical Scientist, Geophysical Fluid Dynamic Laboratory
27 Erica Rule OAR Miami, FL Communications Specialist, Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory
28 CDR Daniel Simon OAR Silver Spring, MD Research Platform Resource Manager, Office of Policy Planning and Evaluation
29 Marian Westley OAR Washington, DC Senior Advisor, Laboratories and Cooperative Institutes
30 LCDR Amanda Goeller OMAO Honolulu, HI, to be Norfolk, VA Current: Executive Officer, NOAA Ship Hi'ialakai; to be Staff, Fleet Standardization Office (Sep 2016)
31 LCDR Christopher  Kerns OMAO MacDill AFB, FL Pilot, Orion WP‐3D
32 Ian Sears OMAO MacDill AFB, FL Flight Director/Meteorologist


Mandatory training for Cohort X at the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia will include:

  1. First week of FEI training: October 23 – 28, 2016
  2. Second/third week of FEI training: April 16 – 28, 2017
  3. Fourth week of FEI training: October 22 – 27, 2017
  4. LCDP Leadership Week: TBD Dates Late Winter/Early Spring, 2018
  5. Fifth week of FEI training: April 22 – 26, 2018; Graduation in Silver Spring, MD on April 27, 2018


Want to Learn More About the LCDP?

Read the LCDP X Call for Applications to learn more about the program, eligibility information, and instructions for applying. To view a copy of the slideshow from the LCDP Informational Webinars that were held on 2/04/16 and 2/09/16, visit the LCDP X Recruitment Informational Presentation.

*Note: You must use your LDAP credentials to access certain pages on this site.




For questions concerning participant funding for the program, contact your Line/Staff Office LCDP Coordinator.

For all other questions, contact Peyton Robertson, Interim LCDP Program Manager, at: Peyton.Robertson@noaa.gov or (410) 267-5652.