Basic Officer Training Class (BOTC) 125 group photo at U.S. Coast Guard Academy. BOTC 125 members include ENS Lydia Ames, ENS Max Andersen, ENS Lauren Jarlenski, ENS Terril Efird, ENS Christopher Licitra, ENS Justin Boeck, ENS Kaitlyn Seberger, ENS Matthew Sharr, ENS Shelley Devereaux, ENS Dylan Kosten, ENS Jeffrey Douglas, ENS Alanna Frayne, ENS Keith Hanson, and ENS Frank Centinello III.
Ensign Lydia A. Ames
Ensign Lydia A. Ames reported to the NOAA Corps Officer Training Center on 8 January 2015 to begin her basic training in the NOAA Commissioned Corps. Prior to joining NOAA, Ensign Ames worked as a Fisheries Technician in the summers for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and in the winters for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife since she graduated from college.
Ensign Ames graduated from Lewis and Clark College in 2011 with a Bachelor of the Arts in Biology and Chemistry. In addition to her studies, Ensign Ames worked for Howard Hughes Medical Institute teaching science to traditionally marginalized high school students and studied abroad in East Africa conducting independent ecology research projects. Ensign Ames became interested in working for NOAA through the many NOAA research projects that she encountered while studying ecology and fisheries biology.
Ensign Ames was raised around small boats in Southcentral Alaska, holds an EMT-Basic license, is a recreational diver and enjoys travel. She hopes to be involved with small boat operations, the NOAA dive program and the MPIC program. Although she would prefer a fisheries or oceanographic vessel for her first sea assignment, Ensign Ames is thrilled for the opportunity to help contribute to NOAA and the scientific community and start on a new adventure.
Ensign Max P. Andersen
Ensign Max P. Andersen reported to the NOAA Corps Officer Training Center on 8 January 2015 to begin his basic training in the NOAA Commissioned Corps. Prior to joining NOAA, Ensign Andersen worked for his father on his farm. Prior to working for his father, he taught in China.
Ensign Andersen graduated from Yale University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering and Geology and Geophysics. Ensign Andersen first became interested in the NOAA Corps after a conversation with one of his lab supervisors.
Additionally, Ensign Andersen is a PADI certified open water diver.
Ensign Justin N. Boeck
Ensign Justin N. Boeck reported to the NOAA Corps Officer Training Center on 8 January 2015 to begin his basic training in the NOAA Commissioned Corps. Prior to joining NOAA, Ensign Boeck managed a chemical testing laboratory in Chicago that performed trace element analysis on synthetic polymers. Ensign Boeck also served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, West Africa, working on environmental education and rural health issues.
Ensign Boeck graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He focused on marine biology and chemistry while taking seminars at the Great Lakes WATER Institute. Ensign Boeck was born and raised in Wisconsin.
Ensign Boeck is looking forward to expanding his operational and leadership skills with the NOAA Commissioned Corps and assisting in scientific research aboard one of NOAA's elite research vessels. He aspires to become a NOAA certified diver and MPIC.
Ensign Frank J. Centinello III
Ensign Frank J. Centinello III reported to the NOAA Corps Officer Training Center on 8 January 2015 to begin his basic training in the NOAA Commissioned Corps. Prior to joining NOAA, Ensign Centinello was a graduate student completing his dissertation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, where he analyzed techniques to improve local and planetary gravity modeling for the NOAA GRAVD project and the NASA Dawn mission. Prior to working at MIT, Ensign Centinello worked on science operations for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera team, which was tasked with taking images of the lunar surface and preparing them for the scientific community. Before joining the LROC team, he supported ionospheric research and orbit determination efforts for objects in Earth orbit at the Air Force Research Laboratory.
Ensign Centinello completed his BS and MS degrees at the University of Buffalo in Aerospace Engineering. There, he served as a teaching assistant for the undergraduate aerodynamics class, as well as the president of the student chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He also helped found the Buffalo chapter of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space.
Ensign Centinello was attracted to NOAA because of its service to the United States in its mission to conserve our nation's resources as well as to provide up-to-date weather and oceanic information to the American people. His interests include aviation and exploration. He holds a Private Pilot License as well as a PADI Open Water Diver certification. Ensign Centinello hopes to one day earn an aviation assignment with the NOAA Corps, but is inspired by many of the missions of NOAA, especially those focused on oceanographic exploration. His hometown is Buffalo, NY.
Ensign Shelley T. Devereaux
Ensign Shelley T. Devereaux reported to New London, CT on 8 January 2015 to begin basic training in the NOAA Commissioned Corps. Prior to joining NOAA, Ensign Devereaux was a GIS Analyst for the USDA. Her primary focus was on surveying wetland restoration efforts in the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Ensign Devereaux graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, and received her Masters of Professional Studies in GIS from the University of Maryland in 2013. While at the University of Maryland, she was a graduate intern at the Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory. After graduation, she transitioned to GIS Analyst for the USDA and utilized a combination of field surveying and LiDAR technology to evaluate watershed profiles of wetland regions. Ensign Devereaux also served on several field teams for the US Forest Service, where she contributed to soil productivity studies throughout the United States.
Ensign Devereaux hopes to continue her GIS work on a hydrographic vessel and assist in mapping the US coast. She is excited to learn ship driving and hopes to gain exposure to the many other focuses of the NOAA research vessels throughout her career.
Ensign Jeffrey J. Douglas
Ensign Jeffrey J. Douglas reported to the NOAA Corps Officer Training Center on 8 January 2015 to begin his basic training in the NOAA Commissioned Corps. Prior to joining the NOAA Commissioned Corps, Ensign Douglas served as a Non-Commissioned Officer in the United States Army. In the Army, Ensign Douglas worked as a Common Ground Station Analyst, working with the Joint Service Targeting Attack Radar System. While deployed to Baghdad Iraq, Ensign Douglas served as a Squad Leader, and as a Liaison with the 4th Iraqi Army Division. Ensign Douglas left the US Army to continue his service in the NOAA Commissioned Corps.
Ensign Douglas graduated with a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Alaska Southeast in his hometown of Juneau. He spent much of his undergraduate time working as an Ecological Research Technician, studying the life history of commercially important, Alaskan crustacean species. He was an AAUS certified research diver, working with both the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and the United States Geological Survey.
Ensign Douglas also loves fishing, camping, and hiking in his free time. He is excited to begin working in the NOAA fleet, and hopes to contribute to the mission of the NOAA Corps.
Ensign Terril P. Efird
Ensign Terril P. Efird reported to the NOAA Corps Training Center on 8 January 2015 to begin his basic training in the NOAA Commissioned Corps. Prior to joining NOAA, Ensign Efird was a Research Coordinator at the Alaska SeaLife Center. Concurrently he worked two summer seasons in Antarctica as a research and support diver.
Ensign Efird graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and earned his Masters of Science in Marine Biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2012. Ensign Efird grew up in Oakhurst, California before moving out to the coast and getting into research diving. Since then he has participated in numerous research cruises from the Great Barrier Reef in Australia to the Beaufort Sea in the Alaskan Arctic.
Ensigns Efird is a certified NAUI and PADI Dive Master, AAUS Scientific Diver, and Hyperbaric Chamber Operator. He also has over ten years of experience operating small boats up to 40 feet in support of research operations. Ensign Efird is excited to join the NOAA Corps. He is hoping to serve on either a fisheries or oceanographic vessel and participate in NOAA diving and small boat operations.
Ensign Alanna S. Frayne
Ensign Alanna S. Frayne reported to the NOAA Corps Officer Training Center on 8 January 2015 to begin her basic training in the NOAA Commissioned Corps. Prior to joining NOAA, Ensign Frayne was a member of the Eckerd College Search and Rescue Team in St. Petersburg, FL. During her time in St. Petersburg, Ensign Frayne interned for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Marine Mammal Pathobiology Laboratory and the Pier Aquarium, as well as working as a marine mechanic assistant at the Eckerd College Waterfront. Prior to her work in Florida, she interned for the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation on Long Island, New York.
Ensign Frayne graduated from Eckerd College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science with a concentration in biology. Ensign Frayne developed an interest in the marine sciences at an early age, cultivated by her upbringing along the coast of Long Island. She was first introduced to the NOAA Corps by her college mentor and close friends, who recommended it as the ideal career path to combine her interests in the maritime and science communities.
Ensign Frayne is interested in pursuing an oceanographic or fisheries research vessel during her first sea assignment. She is also very interested in entering the NOAA Dive Program. Her primary recreational interests include surfing, sailing, and kickboxing. She is eager to begin her first assignment to serve the NOAA Corps.
Ensign Keith Hanson
Ensign Keith Hanson reported to the NOAA Corps Officer Training Center on 8 January 2015 to begin his basic training in the NOAA Commissioned Corps. Prior to joining NOAA, Ensign Hanson worked as an intern for University of Miami's Marine Operations Department at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.
In May 2014, Ensign Hanson graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science and Biology. While there, he was an active member of both the UM SCUBA Club, where he served as the club's Vice-President for two years, and the Canes Emergency Response Team, a student run emergency response team trained to respond to events such as hurricanes and other mass casualty incidents. Ensign Hanson's interest in the marine environment started at a young age growing up on the coast of New York and Cape Cod. NOAA Corps perfectly combined his desire to contribute to the scientific community and his desire to operate in the field.
Ensign Hanson is a certified SSI Dive Master and is interested in pursuing the NOAA Dive Program. He looks forward to serving as a NOAA Corps Officer and assisting with scientific research. He hopes to be assigned to an oceanographic or fisheries research vessel for his first sea assignment.
Ensign Lauren B. Jarlenski
Ensign Lauren B. Jarlenski reported to NOAA Corps Training Center on 8 January 2015 to begin her basic training in the NOAA Commissioned Corps. Prior to joining NOAA, Ensign Jarlenski was a deckhand and education coordinator aboard the tall ship Roseway. Prior to her sailing experience, Ensign Jarlenski worked as a deckhand with a riverboat tour company in Washington, D.C.
Ensign Jarlenski graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Oceanography and Minor in Mathematics. She had a passion for the marine environment since a young age, and participated in several research assistance positions while in college. These projects involved tracking groundwater flow, as well as testing different treatment plans for ballast water.
Ensign Jarlenski is a PADI certified advanced diver and carries a STCW certification. She is in the process of obtaining her USCG Master's License. She hopes to serve on either an oceanographic or fisheries vessel and join the NOAA diving program, NOAA medical program, and be involved with NOAA small boat operations.
Ensign Dylan Kosten
Ensign Dylan Kosten reported to the NOAA Corps Officer Training Center in New London, CT on 8 January 2015 to begin his basic training in the NOAA Commissioned Corps. Prior to joining NOAA, Ensign Kosten was a graduate student at Florida Atlantic University where he studied coastal mapping, natural hazards, and community mitigation techniques.
Ensign Kosten graduated from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, FL in December of 2011 with a double major in geography and economics. Ensign Kosten has always enjoyed being outside and spent much of his childhood banding raptors (hawks), surfing, and hiking. These interests grew into an education that focused on human/environmental interactions, and natural processes that have an impact on anthropogenic activities.
Ensign Kosten holds a master's degree in geoscience from Florida Atlantic University. His research focused on coastal mapping and the impacts on human communities. Specifically, he studied erosion and sand transport using NOAA LiDAR data imported into ArcGIS. Further research interests include comparing the rate of erosion to socioeconomic variables in an effort to find spatial trends dictated by the environment.
Ensign Christopher J. Licitra
Ensign Christopher J. Licitra reported to the NOAA Corps Officer Training Center on 8 January 2015 to begin his basic training in the NOAA Commissioned Corps. Prior to joining NOAA, Ensign Licitra was working on a 78 foot private motor yacht as a first mate. Prior to working on a private yacht he served as a Keys Adventure Mate at the Briton Environmental Center for the Florida Sea Base Boy Scouts of America. Working in the lower Florida Keys first introduced Ensign Licitra to the dream of being part of the NOAA Corps.
Ensign Licitra graduated from Rutgers University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Planning and Design. He also received a minor in sustainability and a certificate in Geographic Information Systems. Ensign Licitra has always had an appreciation for the natural sciences, service to his country, and an adventurous spirit. Ensign Licitra received his Eagle merit badge and took part in various environmental and outdoors organizations in college. He continues to grow in his affection for our world and her natural resources.
Ensign Licitra's other areas of interests include diving, fishing, hiking, flying, snowboarding, and anything that gets him active and moving outdoors. Ensign Licitra has a private pilot's license with a sea plane rating. He hopes to be able to fly in NOAA's scientific missions. He is excited to begin his career with NOAA wherever the Corps requires his skills.
Ensign Kaitlyn R. Seberger
Ensign Kaitlyn R. Seberger reported to the NOAA Corps Officer Training Center on 8 January 2015 to begin her basic training in the NOAA Commissioned Corps. Prior to joining NOAA, Ensign Seberger was a naturalist at the Shark Reef Aquarium in Las Vegas, Nevada. Prior to working at the aquarium, she worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) as a physical scientist in Ft. Shafter, Hawaii where she was awarded the Department of the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service.
Ensign Seberger graduated from the University of Hawaii at Hilo in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science. In 2010, she received the Science Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship which granted her a summer internship and a two year assignment working with the USACE in Hawaii. While at the University of Hawaii, Ensign Seberger was part of the Hawaii Marine Mammal Response Network, a NOAA sponsored volunteer network that responded to Hawaiian Monk Seal haul outs and provided public outreach and education to the general public. Ensign Seberger has been interested in marine science since a young age. Her interest in a career path with the NOAA Corps developed after a meeting with a NOAA Corps officer at an inter-agency meeting with NOAA while working for USACE.
Ensign Seberger is interested in pursuing an oceanographic or fisheries research vessel during her first sea assignment. She is also very interested in pursuing the NOAA Dive Program. Her primary recreational interests include hiking, swimming, diving and traveling. Ensign Seberger is excited for her first sea assignment and looks forward to serving wherever the NOAA Corps needs her.
Ensign Matthew B. Sharr
Ensign Matthew B. Sharr reported to the NOAA Corps Training Center on 8 January 2015 to begin his basic training in the NOAA Commissioned Corps. Prior to joining NOAA, Ensign Sharr worked for a civil engineering and surveying firm in Northern Virginia.
Ensign Sharr graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in the spring of 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Surveying Engineering and a minor in Business. During his time at Penn State, he was able to complete internships with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. In 2012 he was awarded the NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship, which allowed him to participate in an internship with NOAA's Remote Sensing Division. His work with NOAA and desire to serve is what led him to pursue a career in the NOAA Commissioned Corps.
Ensign Sharr holds his Surveyor-in-Training Certification from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. He is particularly interested in hydrographic surveying and remote sensing. He is honored to serve and hopes to be able to aid in disaster relief efforts.