Members of NOAA Corps Basic Officer Training Class 103, whose members include ENS Erich Bohaboy, ENS Amy Daniel, ENS Natasha Davis, ENS Patrick Didier, ENS Richard Edmundson, ENS Lindsay Kurelja, ENS John (Jay) Lomnicky, ENS Lundy Pixton, ENS Matthew Ringel, ENS Andrew Seaman, ENS Luke Spence, ENS Kelly Stroud, and ENS Misty Michelle Watson.
Ensign Erich Bohaboy
ENS Bohaboy was raised in Grafton, Massachusettes. He moved to Las Vegas, Nevada to attend the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, from which he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. After graduation, he spent several years working as a Production Manager for a small Las Vegas manufacturing company, and later worked as a Quality Control Laboratory Technician for a nutraceutical manufacturer. He joined the NOAA Corps in order to broaden his range of professional and personal experience; and, after completing BOTC and his first sea assignment, he hopes to be accepted into the NOAA Corps flight training program.
Ensign Amy Daniel
ENS Daniel is the daughter of a retired naval officer and is accustomed to traveling and uniform service. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego in June 1999 with a BS in Biology. Since then she has worked at the San Diego Wild Animal Park, the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, and Anthony's Fish Grotto. She has always loved marine biology and wanted to work in the field. She is excited to be a part of the NOAA Corps and in helping NOAA achieve its missions. She hopes to be stationed on a fisheries or oceanography ship on her first sea tour and looks forward to working with the different departments in NOAA.
Ensign Natasha Davis
ENS Davis earned a BS in Geography and Environmental Systems from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). During college, she spent her summers and winters working for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), Maryland Biological Stream Survey (MBSS). The MBSS is a statewide survey assessing the the biology (via electrofishing), chemistry, and habitat of Maryland's 'wadeable' freshwater streams. She has spent the last year working full-time with the Water Resources Division of the MDNR assessing migratory fish passage in the Lower Patapsco River and its tributaries. What does a girl obsessed with water do for fun? Hiking, climbing, biking, camping, running, and fishing all rank high on her list, but crew is her true love. Though Ensign Davis enjoyed her time playing with the fishes of Maryland, the NOAA Corps seemed like an opportunity too good to miss. She is hoping that her enthusiasm for science, travel, and anything to do with the water, will serve her well as a NOAA Corps Officer.
Ensign Patrick Didier
ENS Didier has lived most of his life either on or near the ocean. Between the ages of 7 and 12, he lived on a 44 ft sailboat, along with a 3 week sail to Hawaii at age ten. He received a BS in Ecology and Systematic Biology from California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo, where he spent two months at sea in conjunction with the California Maritime Academy. His professional interests include entomology and biogeographic mapping. In his spare time, Ensign Didier plays racquetball, disc golf, and coaches Little League. He looks forward to the opportunity to apply a science background to serving his country.
Ensign Richard Edmundson
ENS Edmundson joins the 103rd BOTC from Colorado Springs, Colorado. He graduated from the University of Colorado in 2001 with a BS In Applied Mathematics. For the last nine years, he has been enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. Before joining NOAA Commissioned Corps, Ensign Edmundson performed command and control operations on the GPS satellite constellation. He discovered the Corps while searching the NOAA website. Ensign Edmundson enjoys racquetball, hiking, and running. He hopes to finish his military career within NOAA.
Ensign Lindsay Kurelja
ENS Kurelja graduated in December from Texas A&M University at Galveston with a BS In Marine Biology and an unlimited tonnage third mates license. While in school she was a active member of the Corps of Cadets serving many positions including Company Commander Hailing from the heart of the Rocky Mountains in Estes Park, Colorado, she has always loved the excitement of travel and felt the lure of the ocean making the NOAA corps a perfect fit. With what ever free time she may come across, she likes to snowboard, read, make jewelry, practice yoga, and enjoy the company of good friends, family and her always loyal mutt, Tandia. Hopefully a successful career with NOAA will lead her to the ultimate goal of being Dr. Captain Kurelja.
Ensign John (Jay) Lomnicky
ENS Lomnicky received a BS in Biology from Towson University. Jay relocated to St. Petersburg, Florida, to work for the Florida Marine Research Institute. It was while working for the Fisheries Independent Monitoring Program that he first heard about the NOAA Corps In his spare time he enjoys scuba diving, spear-fishing, fishing, and hiking with his wife and dogs.
Ensign Lundy Pixton
ENS Pixton is from Odessa, Florida. She graduated with Honors from Florida Institute of Technology with dual degrees in Marine Biology and Ecology in May of 2002. Ensign Pixton was a member of the Florida Tech women's varsity volleyball team for four years. As a senior she was selected to the Daktronics All South Region First Team as a defensive specialist. She joined NOAA Corps for the opportunity to work outdoors and gain valuable experience through the responsibilities of a NOAA Corps officer. She looks forward to her first sea tour and a rewarding career with NOAA.
Ensign Matthew Ringel
ENS Ringel was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He graduated with a BA in Physics from Kalamazoo College where he discovered his yearning for travel when he took advantage of an opportunity to study in Budapest, Hungary. He then heeded the call to go west and discovered a love of biking while in Colorado. He joined the NOAA Corps for the opportunity to contribute to science while traveling around the Earth. He will miss the mountains, his bike and the potluck ninjas.
Ensign Andrew Seaman
ENS Seaman grew up in the metro Milwaukee area on the shores of Lake Michigan. He attended college at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, on the shores of Lake Superior and received a BS In Meteorology. After graduation in May 2002, he fulfilled his childhood dream—he received a job in Dubuque, IA at KFXB-TV as Chief Meteorologist. However, combined with finding out broadcasting was not all it was cracked up to be, and the draw of the water being too strong, he accepted a commission with the NOAA Corps for the uniqueness, adventure, and most of all, the challenge of the job.
Ensign Luke Spence
ENS Spence recently graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a BS In Chemistry. He is looking forward to his first sea tour and he hopes to gain some material for his first book.
Ensign Kelley Stroud
ENS Stroud was born and raised in Ruidoso, New Mexico. She graduated Cum Laude with a BS In Marine Fisheries from Texas A&M University at Galveston. While in college, she worked in the Molecular Ecology and Fisheries Genetics lab where she did research in swordfish genetics and larval distributions of various tunas and billfish. She also spent a summer working aboard the USTS Texas Clipper II. Ensign Stroud joined the NOAA Corps with hopes to gain exposure to fisheries research and management as well as becoming an experienced mariner. She is looking forward to a rewarding and successful career in the NOAA Corps.
Ensign Misty Michelle Watson
ENS Watson is from Meridian, Mississippi. She graduated Cum Laude from Xavier University of Louisiana and received a BS in Physics with a minor in Mathematics in May 2002. While attending the University, she conducted research in Astrophysics at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) in Livingston, LA and also at Auburn University. Ensign Watson first heard of NOAA while attending a career fair. She is very interested in expanding her horizon in the sciences as well as traveling and serving her country. Ensign Watson is looking forward to a challenging and rewarding career in the NOAA Corps.