Timi S. Vann
Timi was hired by NOAA in 2006, and served first with the National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service as an Advisor to the Director of the National Oceanographic Data Center, and then with the National Ocean Service as Team Lead for Strategic Planning, Policy and Regional Ocean Observing in the newly formed U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System program office. In 2009, she was selected as NOAA’s Western Region Collaboration Team Coordinator, which is a position managed by the National Weather Service, Office of the Assistant Administrator.
From March 2001 to September 2006 she served as a Program Planner with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), first at Headquarters in the Earth Science Applications Program, and then at the John C. Stennis Space Center as Deputy Program Manager for NASA’s Public Health Applications Program. During this time, she was competitively selected as a NASA Congressional Fellow and detailed to the Office of Senator Trent Lott (MS) for the 109th Congress, where she provided science and technology policy advice on issues under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
Prior to joining NASA, Timi worked for the U.S. Army at Fort Lewis as a cultural resources specialist working to support the military training mission through effective and efficient environmental compliance as it pertained to historic buildings and landscapes, historic and prehistoric archeological sites, traditional cultural properties, and tribal government relations.
Timi currently serves as the Technical Secretary of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing working group on Health under Commission VIII. This working group promotes applications of remote sensing and other Earth observing technologies to understand the association between environmental variables and disease occurrence. Our goal is to utilize remote sensing and geospatial technologies and derivative data to advance understanding of environmental factors affecting human health and well-being - one of the societal benefit areas of the Group on Earth Observation (GEO). The working group achieves this goal through information exchange and collaborative work with experts in the field of public health to better understand environmental factors that affect disease agents and opportunities for exposure, and to improve accessibility and utility of remotely sensed environmental data and information to public health practitioners.
In her current capacity Timi is responsible for coordinating the collaborative activities of NOAA’s Western Region Collaboration Team (NOAA West) - one of eight regional teams established to build regional capacity leading to the development of integrated products and services that meet the evolving demands of regional stakeholders. The team’s 17 members are senior scientists, engineers and program managers, selected by Line Office Deputy Assistant Administrators to represent the intersecting interests of NOAA’s four service branches and Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research in the eleven state region of the Western United States. NOAA West focuses its collaborative efforts on regional priorities that are best addressed by a well-coordinated cross-NOAA response. Current collaborative efforts are focused on characterizing and mitigating regional scale extreme weather and climate impacts, improving understanding of complex western water issues, and on coastal-ocean resources management including the regional implementation of National Ocean Policy.