Board of Directors
Ms. Kelly J. McGrath
Acting Board Chair
CEO – Planet3
Ms. Nancy Colleton
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Dr. Thomas Snitch
Director, Federal Relations
Bowling Green State University
Mr. Bill Klanke
CEO and Publisher
Space Intel Report
Dr. Kathy MacKinnon
Biodiversity Expert and Former Chair
IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA)
Nancy Colleton, President
Communicator. Entrepreneur. Strategic thinker. Nancy Colleton’s career reflects a love of the Earth, nature, and the outdoors, coupled with a passion for business and technology—specifically space technologies that help us better see and understand the changing planet. She engages senior-level government, industry, and NGO representatives to forge new approaches and partnerships in response to today’s critical challenges. Nancy has also been at the forefront of progressing Earth observations for environmental intelligence and information.
Theresa Schwerin, Vice President
Few people know the history and breadth of NASA Earth science education as well as Theresa Schwerin. With more than 25 years devoted to advancing the use of NASA Earth science in classrooms and out-of-school, Theresa has an eye for innovation and a knack for creating partnerships and leveraging investment. She currently leads the NASA Earth Science Education Collaborative (NESEC) and is eager to work with government and academic partners benefiting formal and informal science education.
Rusty Low, Senior Scientist
Dr. Rusanne Low is the epitome of the modern Earth scientist. She’s not only a leader in geoscience education, but she works at the forefront of citizen science and its application for vector-borne diseases such as Zika. Working through NASA, NSF, and USAID projects in Brazil and Peru, Rusty is demonstrating how educators, students, public health officials, citizens and even space scientists can work together to identify mosquito larvae and develop critical mitigation strategies to reduce the outbreak of Zika.
EO Research and Data Analyst
Andrew Clark, EO Research and Data Analyst
Fusing the roles of engineer, data scientist, and technologist, Mr. Clark remains abreast of emerging technologies and research with a view towards enhancing access to and understanding of geospatial and remotely sensed data. When not developing or deploying web technologies for IGES, Andrew enjoys applying algorithmic techniques to art, design, and prototyping projects.
Senior Science Educator
Liz Burck, Senior Science Educator
A former middle school, high school, and college science instructor, Liz has excellent insights to teachers, students, and what it takes to deliver successful science education. A prestigious Einstein Fellow, who at one point managed the Einstein Fellowship Program, Liz worked along side NASA scientists at Goddard Space Flight Center to help deliver new discoveries and cutting-edge science to educators and the public. She continues to build upon this expertise today while contributing to numerous education projects at IGES.
Senior Science Educator
Cassie Soeffing, Senior Science Educator
Cassie is an expert in inquiry-based learning and employing geospatial technologies in K-12 education, undergraduate, graduate and professional development programs. In addition to 27 years as a science educator at all levels, she also served as a prestigious Einstein Fellow, working along side NASA scientists to help deliver new discoveries and cutting-edge science to educators and the public. This extensive experience enables Cassie to understand the opportunities and challenges of today’s K-12 classroom and how initiatives such as the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) can be best introduced.
Nikki Rogers, Director, Administration
Nikki Rogers is responsible for IGES’ accounting efforts. Her experience includes working with all aspects of the accounting cycle with a specialization in small business operations, including the general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll.