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 31 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.

Recruitment for LCDP XI is expected to begin in July, 2018 with the cohort's launch to include Orientation Week at the Federal Executive Institute anticipated for April, 2019. These dates are subject to change and will be updated as the recruitment season approaches.


LCDP Class 10 Group Picture

*Note: LCDR Christopher Kerns is not pictured.


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

*The second/third week of FEI training was originally scheduled for April 16-28, 2017 but was subsequently rescheduled.


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 Tracy Levstik, LCDP Program Manager, at: Tracy.Levstik@noaa.gov or (303) 497-4231.