NOAA Corps Basic Officer Training Class 96, whoc members include ENS Nancy Ash, ENS Michael Ellis, ENS Brad H. Fritzler, ENS Gretchen A. Imahori, ENS Elizabeth Jones, ENS Daniel K. Karlson, ENS G. Mark Miller, ENS Marc Moser, ENS Paulene Roberts, ENS Sarah Scherer, ENS Kevin Slover, ENS A. Jesse Stark, ENS Angie J. Venturato, and ENS David J. Zezula.
Ensign Nancy Ash
Originally from Illinois, ENS Ash received a bachelor's degree in Marine Science from the University of San Diego in 1996. During her undergraduate studies she worked at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography as well as at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. ENS Ash's most recent job involved conducting fisheries research through the National Marine Fisheries Laboratory in Honolulu. She will be heading to NOAA Ship Miller Freeman after training.
Ensign Michael Ellis
ENS Michael Ellis obtained his bachelor's degree in History and Political Science from Virginia Tech in 1985. Over the past seven years, he has worked on NOAA Ship Whiting as a Second Assistant Engineer. ENS Ellis has been assigned to NOAA Ship Townsend Cromwell.
Ensign Brad H. Fritzler
ENS Brad Fritzler, from Seattle, obtained a B.S. degree in Physics from the University of Washington in 1994. For the past 4 years, he has pursued a career in aviation. ENS Fritzler has accumulated 150 hours of flight time with a private pilot's certificate. He will be aboard NOAA Ship Rainier this spring.
Ensign Gretchen A. Imahori
ENS Gretchen Imahori Imahori graduated from SUNY with a B.S. in Chemistry in 1997. During her college career, her research in capillary electrophoresis was published in the Journal of Chromatography. For the past year and a half, ENS Imahori has been pursuing her doctorate in Chemistry at Georgetown University. She will be heading to NOAA Ship Whiting.
Ensign Elizabeth Jones
Originally from Worcester, MA, ENS Elizabeth Jones graduated from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 1996 with a BS in Marine Safety and Environmental Protection. Over the past two years she has worked for Molten Metal Technology and the Department of Environmental Affairs at Brigham Hospital in Boston. Ensign Jones is assigned to NOAA Ship David Starr Jordan.
Ensign Daniel K. Karlson
Originally from Pottstown, PA, ENS Daniel Karlson graduated in May 1997 from the University at Buffalo with a B.S. in Geography. He has worked for the U.S. Census Bureau in the Geospatial Research and Standards Department for the past year. ENS Karlson is assigned to NOAA Ship Rainier.
Ensign G. Mark Miller
ENS G. Mark Miller graduated from Long Island University with a degree in Marine Geology. Since then, he has worked on a 125' schooner and a Russian icebreaker. Recently, Ensign Miller served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Congo. He will be aboard NOAA Ship Gordon Gunter in the spring.
Ensign Marc Moser
Ensign Moser graduated from Oregon State University with a B.S. degree in Environmental Chemistry. Over the past few years, he has worked for the EPA Global Climate Change Unit and volunteered for the Peace Corps in agroforestry. Ensign Moser has been assigned to NOAA Ship Whiting.
Ensign Paulene Roberts
ENS Paulene Roberts obtained a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Alaska. She went on to obtain a Masters degree in Ocean and Coastal Studies from Louisiana State University while working with NOAA HAZMAT in long-term monitering of chemical and petroleum incidents. Ensign Roberts will be heading to NOAA Ship Ferrel in the spring.
Ensign Sarah Scherer
Originally from Texas, ENS Sarah Scherer obtained a B.S. in Marine Science from Texas A&M University. Over the past few years, she has sailed on various vessels ranging from small ferries to T-AGOS class ships. Ensign Scherer holds an Unlimited Tonnage Third Mates License. She is currently aboard NOAA Ship Miller Freeman as the 4th Officer/Navigator.
Ensign Kevin Slover
ENS Kevin Slover received a B.S. in meteorology from North Carolina State University in 1998. During his college career, he has done extensive research on both nor'easters and hurricanes. ENS Slover will be heading to NOAA Ship Rude in the spring.
Ensign A. Jesse Stark
Born in Port Angeles, Washington, ENS A. Jesse Stark received a B.S. in Resource Conservation from the University of Montana in 1997. During his college career, he worked as a deckhand on a vehicle-passenger ferry. In 1998, ENS Stark worked as an Able-Seaman aboard the NOAA Ship Rainier. He has been assigned to NOAA Ship Oregon II.
Ensign Angie J. Venturato
Raised in Michigan, ENS Angie Venturato received her B.S.E. in Meteorology from the University of Michigan in 1997. During her college career, ENS Venturato was published in Michigan in Space for her research into hydrology of the Great Lakes Drainage Basin. Over the past two years, she has worked as a Senior Software Engineer for Fry Multimedia in Michigan. ENS Venturato will be heading to NOAA Ship Rainier this spring.
Ensign David J. Zezula
Originally from White Lake, Michigan, ENS David Zezula spent six years in the Navy as a nuclear machinist. He then obtained a B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1995. For the past two years, ENS Zezula has worked as a compliance engineer for Envirocare in Utah. He has been assigned to NOAA Ship Albatross IV.