Eileen Lavonne Shea Senior Climate Policy Advisor, brings nearly thirty-five years of combined government and private-sector experience to CASE. Her expertise extends from local, national and international climate information services, to weather and climate risk management, sustainability, as well as environmental science and public policy. Formerly, as Deputy Director of the NOAA Climate and Global Change Program, Eileen managed a $70 million program with universities and laboratories working in meteorology, climatology, oceanography, marine biology, ocean chemistry and social sciences. She played a central role in the development of the thirteen Federal-agency U.S. Global Change Research Program, which began as a Presidential initiative in 1990 and continues today to inform national and international public policy on climate and environmental changes. Eileen was core to the NOAA Climate Service plans, focusing on service development, delivery, and the emergence of an effective regional climate products and services. More recently, she was Chief of the Climate Services and Monitoring Division of the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) in Asheville, NC (now NCEI). In that capacity, Eileen was responsible for data access, integration and visualization, customer engagement, education and outreach; and international, national and regional climate services partnerships. Eileen specializes in understanding the vulnerability of businesses, communities and natural resources to changing climate conditions and providing climate information to address those issues.
R. Doug Copenhaver, formerly Operations Manager, Commander US Navy (Retired), combines a Public Policy background with two decades of military experience. As a Diplomat, Project Management Professional, Operations Director, Naval pilot, and seasoned leader, Doug's experience brings a unique perspective on climate and the strategic risks policy makers face. He provides strategic insight on a multitude of geopolitical issues ranging from environmental degradation contribution to conflict, to climate change drivers on future maritime infrastructure spending. Doug's assignments around the world allowed him to build an in-depth understanding of maritime shipping industry issues to include how the opening of the Northern Sea Routes effects National Security. Doug also brings his experience as a Joint Staff (J2) Division Chief responsible for evaluating future intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. Doug’s first-hand knowledge of DoD capabilities development process, gives him insight into the technical and fiscal challenges projects face when seeking to become, or remain, part of the DoD portfolio. Doug holds a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from The National War College, a Master of Arts in International Service from American University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from Brown University.
Dr. Brunilda Lugo Public Health Expert, formerly led CASE efforts in climate and health. Dr. Lugo's dissertation became the basis for ZikaZoneUSA.com, a product of CASE and FernLeaf Interactive joint venture She brings extensive experience in microbiology to CASE. Her areas range from climate change and vector borne and infections diseases to bio remediation, such as fungal clean up of oil spills. She previously instructed at several institutes of higher education. In her posts, she served Native American tribes and at risk Hispanic communities in areas of health and environment. She was a research associate at the University of Massachusetts, School of Medicine and a microbiologist at Styker and Baxter Healthcare in Puerto Rico. She holds a PhD in public health epidemiology from Walden University, and a Master of Science in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico. She is a member of the American Society of Microbiologists and the American Public Health Association.
Past Affiliates: Matthew Hutchins - GIS Specialist, Darien Davis - IT AWIPS specialist, Mary Glackin - Partnership Collider advisor, Nancy Stannard – Art Director, Caroline Williams - graphics artist, Mike Marcus- city planner and sustainability strategist.