WINGS Steering Committee

The WINGS Ph.D. Dissertation Fellowship, supported by NOAA’s Weather Program Office (WPO) and administered by UCAR’s  Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science (CPAESS), will develop and foster the next generation of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) scholars, with the goal of bolstering the future workforce of America’s Weather Enterprise. The Steering Committee is composed of critical members of both NOAA and UCAR | CPAESS. All committee members are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and all committee members have been required to attend implicit bias training.

Meet the Team

Dr. Dorothy Koch, Director of the Weather Program Office

Dr. Dorothy Koch has been the Director of the NOAA Weather Program Office (WPO) since 2021. She is honored to lead this talented and diverse team that is responsible for funding and fostering the advances in weather research that is so vital for preparing the nation for the increasingly severe and impactful weather that accompanies climate change. In addition to leading WPO, Dr. Koch is OAR’s Weather Portfolio Steward, leading and coordinating OAR Laboratories and Programs to advance weather research. Dr. Koch is also chair of NOAA’s Modeling Board, a Team within NOAA’s Weather, Water and Climate Board (WWCB) responsible for strategic alignment of NOAA’s modeling activities.

Hanne Mauriello, Director of UCAR Scientific Programs & Services Center and CPAESS 

Hanne Mauriello leads both UCAR SPS and the CPAESS program. She has nearly 30 years of career experience in scientific program administration and management for multiple sponsors, including NASA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and private sector partners such as Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. Hanne is responsible for fostering the agility and responsiveness of CPAESS to meet, sustain, and exceed sponsor expectations for scientific and technical staffing needs, scientific program management, and community building through effective events management and communications.

Dr. John Ten Hoeve, Deputy Director of the Weather Program Office

John Ten Hoeve, PhD is the Deputy Director of the NOAA Weather Program Office (WPO).  Prior to WPO, John served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Organizational Excellence at NOAA’s National Weather Service.  In that role, John led the development of the National Weather Service’s 2019-2022 Strategic Plan, fostered partnerships with the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise, and enabled NWS to become a more agile and effective organization by improving organizational processes and culture.  John helped design and establish the first organizational health and culture program at the NWS, which has influenced nearly all offices across the agency, and also served as the NWS line office representative to NOAA’s Regional Collaboration Network. 

Dr. Cindy Bruyère, Deputy Director of UCAR Scientific Programs & Services Center and CPAESS 

Dr. Cindy Bruyère is the Deputy Director of SPS/CPAESS and in this capacity she oversees the two CPAESS strategic themes: Partnership and Programs. Cindy’s skills span both leadership and research. Prior to joining SPS/CPAESS she was the Director for the Capacity Center for Climate and Weather Extremes (C3WE) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), and the 2020-2021 Scientific and Engineering Leadership Fellow for the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), and a Research Fellow at the North-West University, South Africa. She holds a PhD in Environmental Management and an MSc in Dynamical and Numerical Weather Modeling.

Dr. Maoyi Huang, Program Oversight | Program Manager: WPO Earth Prediction Innovation Center, Program Manager, Weather Program Office

Dr. Maoyi Huang joined the NOAA Weather Program Office (WPO) in August 2021 as the Earth Prediction Innovation Center Program Manager. Prior to WPO, She was the COASTAL Act Program Manager, and the lead of land, water, coastal and cross-cutting infrastructure program areas with the National Weather Service Office of Science and Technology Integration’s Modeling Programs Division. Her scientific expertise lies in understanding the complex multiscale interactions of terrestrial hydrological and ecological processes using an Earth system modeling approach through model development, applications, analysis and model-data integration. She has published over 100 papers in peer review journals.

Leah Dubots, Federal and Programmatic Liaison between UCAR and NOAA WPO: WPO Earth Prediction Innovation Center, Management and Program Analyst

Leah Dubots is a Management and Program Analyst supporting the Earth Prediction Innovation Center (EPIC) program within NOAA’s Weather Program Office (WPO). Leah started with WPO as a NOAA Pathways Intern from 2019-2020. Leah earned her B.S. in Environmental Science & Studies concentrating in Policy & Management from Towson University and Masters in Public Policy (M.P.P) from University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

Tamara Battle, Weather Program Office Policy & Partnerships Manager

Tamara is the Policy and Partnerships Manager for the Weather Program Office (WPO), and is the lead for coordinating and overseeing various aspects of the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017 (the “Weather Act”) and other weather policy topics for WPO and the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR). Previously, Tamara was the Weather Act Policy Coordinator (contractor) for WPO, collaborating with researchers and subject matter experts across NOAA to develop congressional reports required by the Weather Act, and briefing NOAA leadership on related activities and accomplishments within OAR.