CASE Consultants International

Our Team

R. Doug Copenhaver, 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.

Robin Cape  Public Sector Sustainability Specialist, applies her knowledge of public sector challenges as they incorporate sustainable climate-forward initiatives into their policies and practices, knowledge she gained first-hand as both an elected official and as non-profit leader in western North Carolina.  Robin’s tenure as elected Asheville City Council official was marked by policies and initiatives that moved the City forward toward its current status as one of the most sustainable communities in the Southeast. She spearheaded the creation of the Sustainable Advisory Committee for Energy and the Environment, which developed Asheville’s Sustainability Management Plan and set Carbon Emission Reduction Goals, adopted LEED Gold Municipal Building Standards, and created green building and business incentives for the City. Robin also negotiated a unanimous City-County agreement to join the Trust for Public Land, and establish the NC Parks and Recreation Trust Fund.  More recently, as a founding member of The Collider, Robin created a center whereby  scientists, data specialists, and businesses can engage with the Asheville based NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. Robin championed the role of data visualization as a tool for enhancing responsible decision making for both elected officials and the community at large with the  National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center.  Robin earned a Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Climate Change and Society and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Literature from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She is currently also working as a real estate agent with Town and Mountain Realty in Asheville NC, helping clients understand their home’s role in a community’s sustainability and resilience.

Eileen Shea  Senior Climate Policy Advisor, brings nearly thirty-five years of combined government and private-sector experience to CASE.  Eileen specializes in understanding the vulnerability of businesses, communities and natural resources to changing climate conditions and providing climate information to address those issues. 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.  Contact Eileen at

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Peter Doyle  Media Producer, specializes in digital media, film, television and online media production and strategic media, and marketing.   As owner and founder of MMC Media Productions, he has over two decades working in all media, he has produced commercials, film, music videos, and corporate communications, news, and science documentaries.  He researches and writes about climate issues in everyday life. Peter holds a Master of Liberal Arts in Climate Change and Society from the University of North Carolina Asheville. Part time, Peter  teaches film and stage production at Western Carolina University film studies group. Contact Peter at

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CASE is a certified Women Owned Small Business - WOSB  registered in the US Government System for Award Management (SAM). We offer, among others, NAICS-Codes 541620, 541712. 541720, 541611, 611710 and 922190.  CASE is certified in PSC-Codes AJ-AP-series R-D physical and social sciences, B-series Special Studies in energy, environment, defense, international affairs, FEMA services, and the U-series Management and training.

Scott Shuford  Professional Certified Planner, Manager Continuing Professional Education, has over 35 years of professional experience in all phases of short- and long-range planning, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and facilitation of strategic development and redevelopment.  His experience includes service in senior planning positions in North Carolina and Florida, as well as a private sector planning consultant.  As a consultant, Mr. Shuford was retained by the University of North Carolina Asheville and NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (now the National Centers for Environmental Information) to facilitate outreach to city planners regarding climate change.  In that capacity, he co-authored a 2010 American Planning Association report titled Planning for a New Energy and Climate Future.  He is also a co-author of the American Planning Association’s Climate Change Policy Guide.  Mr. Shuford is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Urban Land Institute.  He is a former member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Southeast Regional Climate Center. Mr. Shuford has particular interest in educating professionals like planners, architects, engineers and landscape architects with regard to the impacts of planet’s future climate on their professions and facilitating small community resilience to climate, weather and economic threats.  He is seeking foundational and institutional support for both of these initiatives. Contact Scott

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Our Expertise

CASE associates led the way initiating and developing the mechanisms of climate services, in previous roles with USGCRP, WMO, NOAA, the U.S. Navy, EPA, and Red Cross.   Our team of experienced professional SMEs can inform the decisions your enterprise makes as you plan your future investments, operations, strategies, and logistics. Grounded in the science of the international and national climate assessments, we anticipate the needs in climate sensitive sectors. The combined expertise of CASE associates advise, analyze, visualize, and apply a wide breathe of combined expertise to inform a wide range of climate sensitive ventures such as:
  • International environmental logistics and socio-political national security threats
  • Climate sensitive sectors - urban planning, transportation, public policy, public health, disaster risk reduction, water resources, agriculture and food security, and energy, small town planning, and brownfield restoration.
  • Public policy development and community engagement
  • Climate data-based product algorithm development
  • Communication, writing, editing, education, and media production
  • Urban planning, disaster preparedness, risk assessment and climate change scenarios

Anne E. Keller, Ph.D.  Senior Environmental Engineering Scientist, focuses on community sustainability. She has nearly 30 years’ experience working in state and federal agencies in sustainability, water quality, and aquatic toxicology.  With the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Anne developed study techniques for endangered freshwater mussels  and contributed to the Great Lakes Water Quality Initiative.  At EPA, she worked on strategic planning for the regional office, assisted with states on water quality programs, served as the River Navigator on the St. Johns River, Florida, as part of the American Heritage Rivers Initiative, and coordinated the southeast region’s inter-agency Partnership for Sustainable Communities. In the latter position, she participated with HUD, FEMA, USDA, USDOT and other federal partners in workshops and projects across the southeast that enabled communities to enhance their health, economic strength, and environmental quality. Anne successfully bridges the knowledge and language gap between agencies and others. She holds an MS in Zoology (physiology) from the University of South Florida, and an MS in Limnology and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering Sciences - Aquatic Toxicology from the University of Florida.

Affiliated Experts

Michael Uhart, Ph.D.  is a highly motivated Professional Manager and Environmental Sciences Consultant.  Hallmarks of his experience are leadership in developing new programs and processes, and successes in identifying and implementing improvements to existing programs.  During more than 35 years in NOAA, he planned, developed, managed, and oversaw national environmental science programs.  He was the Executive Director of NOAA’s Science Advisory Board.  He established and managed external science reviews of NOAA’s cooperative institutes and federal laboratories. Dr. Uhart was the Director of the National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program, was a key participant in FEMA’s continuity of [federal] government and emergency management programs, and was on the team that developed and implemented the UV-Index. His Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) is current as of August 2011.  He holds Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Meteorology from Florida State University and the University of Oklahoma, respectively.

Brunilda Lugo, Ph.D.  Public Health Expert, formerly led CASE efforts in climate and health. Dr. Lugo's dissertation became the basis for, 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.

Benjamin Gillum  Professional Science Writer, communicates complex topics in climatology and meteorology to a broader audience as a specialty.  He is principal author of the World Meteorological Organization brochure: WIGOS Implementation, and contributing author of studies on snowfall, climate skepticism, climate decision making, and visualization. Ben helped draft the four-year goals, objectives and working plans for Technical Groups and Expert Teams of the WMO Commission for Climatology.  He also writes short stories  in the CliFi genre.  Ben’s experience also extends to database design and software engineering and programming. Ben was awarded a Master of Liberal Arts in Climate Change and Society from the University of North Carolina Asheville.  As a real estate broker, Ben considers environmental sustainability in all his work.

Tucker Cox  is a professional editor and writer. Tucker specializes in editing documents by authors who speak or write English as a second language.  He edits brochures, websites, white papers, newsletters, corporate reports, advertisements, blogs, PowerPoint presentations and more. Tucker taught international business and marketing at Georgia State and Mercer Universities and The University of Georgia, retiring from UGA in 2010. Before teaching, he was a partner at SourceFile, a provider of intellectual property protection services to software developers. Tucker holds a Master of Liberal Arts from the University of North Carolina Asheville, a Masters of International Transactions from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Maryland.

Paul Roelle, Ph.D.  Colonel USAF (Retired), Atmospheric Scientist, award-winning and combat-decorated, is presently detailed abroad. He has more than 24 years experience in leadership, military operations and program management, and has served as the military’s leading expert on air quality.   He also served as the Director of Operations for the Air Force Climate Center where he oversaw the Department of Defense’s largest repository of environmental data. He was responsible for the collection, quality control and security of this archive.  As the Director of Operations he led a 74-person team in the production of mission-tailored products. He is credited with producing the Air Force’s first long-range forecasts which allow military leaders to incorporate weather information into their strategic planning. Most recently, Colonel Roelle served as the Acting Federal Coordinator for Meteorology. Colonel Roelle holds a B.S. in Meteorology from The Pennsylvania State University and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from North Carolina State University, receiving a Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2010. In 2006 Colonel Roelle received the prestigious Arthur S. Flemming Award which honors outstanding federal employees, and was recognized for his achievements in Applied Science. Colonel Roelle has been published in 20 peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct professor at both North Carolina State University and University of North Carolina-Asheville and served on numerous scientific teams and research programs.

Lukas D. Buehler  holds a Masters Degree in Atmospheric and Climate Science from the ETH Zürich, Switzerland and is presently serving in Switzerland. He founded and managed a sustainable gastronomy company "Zum guten Heinrich". Lukas was the main coordinator for the international research project "Off4Firms", which investigated on employer-led increase of households’ energy efficiency. Furthermore, he gained extensive climate and resource consulting expertise during his time at Ernst Basler + Partner Ltd. He is Local Representative for Climate-KIC's Alumni Association (the European Unions’ main climate innovation initiative).

Tom Burnet, Ph.D.  Hydrological Risk Engineer,  works in numerical modeling, system design, and logistical problems related to hydrological and environmental risk. He defines the best metrics to characterize specific hydrological threats. Tom has implemented and calibrated operational and retrospective hydrological models using  geospatial and in situ station data retrieval, visualizing across a variety of data types, projections and interfaces. Tom holds B.S.E., M.S., and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Duke University.

Dylan Sandler  is a Professional Planner and project manager who has conducted numerous climate resiliency studies and training sessions. Recently, Dylan collaborated with FEMA to improve hazard mitigation planning and helped incorporate climate change into local and state mitigation plans. He assembled best practices in disaster recovery planning, led a capability assessment for a Sea Level Rise Risk Management Study, and helped develop a handbook for local governments engaged in climate adaptation planning. Dylan earned a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kathleen FinneganResearcher in ecological resiliency studies, earned a B.S. in Biology and Society, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY in 2010 and is currently a Student at the Appalachian School of Holistic Herbalism, Asheville, NC. She was recognized at National Young Leaders Conference, Washington DC, 2005

Past Affiliates: David Johnston - Environmental Attorney, 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.

Marjorie McGuirk is the Founder and President of CASE Consultants International. A professional meteorologist, she applies data to decisions in climate adaptation and sustainability. She has 30 plus years of extensive experience in climate services, at NOAA and the World Meteorological Organization, (WMO) making sense out of climate science as it applies to policy, planning, and infrastructure.  She leads CASE efforts to transform the latest scientific findings into real world decision-making. As a lead U.S. Government Reviewer for the Fifth Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, she concentrates particularly on Impacts, Adaptation & Vulnerability. As an Expert Consultant for the WMO, she guided tasks for Technical and Scientific Commissions in Climatology, Agriculture, Aviation, Hydrology, and Instrumentation. She was a contributing author to the Implementation Plan of the Global Framework for Climate Services for the United Nations. A Principal Author of the User Interface Platform of GFCS, her work underpins international technical collaboration in climate and health, agriculture, disaster risk reduction, and water resources sectors. Marjorie has published on climate change impacts on transportation infrastructure with the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Science, and on impacts of our changing climate on society. She is a member of the American Meteorological Society Board on Global Strategies. Marjorie was awarded a B.S. in Atmospheric Science from Old Dominion University, Graduate Studies in Aerosol Science and Air Pollution at the University of Washington, and holds a MLA in Climate Change and Society from the University of North Carolina Asheville. Contact Marjorie McGuirk at or connect on Linkedin.

CASE Consultants International, based in Asheville, North Carolina, brings Climate Arts & Sciences Expertise into science-based decision making. We mainstream climate science into the practices of climate-sensitive professions.  CASE associates are Subject Matter Experts in climate services. We inform decisions in sustainability, resilience, and climate adaptation.  CASE connects science to solutions.  See Capability Statement.