Members of NOAA Corps Basic Officer Training Class 126 at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, including ENS Bryan R. Brasher, ENS Timothy J. Brown, ENS Kathryn L. Carria, ENS Marisa P. Gedney, ENS Jennifer S. Kraus, ENS David P. Reymore, Jr., ENS Laura E. Rock, ENS Sara M. Thompson, ENS Lander A. Ver Hoef, and ENS Caroline A. Wilkinson.
Ensign Bryan R. Brasher
ENS Bryan R. Brasher reported to the NOAA Corps Officer Training Center on July 27, 2015 to begin his basic training in the NOAA Commissioned Corps. Prior to joining NOAA, Ensign Brasher, a northern California native, served as a UH-60 "Blackhawk" crew chief and full-time aircraft mechanic with the Kansas Army National Guard. Before his military service, Ensign Brasher lived in northwest Colorado, spending his summers working for the US Forest Service engaged in responsible-use off-highway vehicle management, and devoted his winters to backcountry snowmobile guiding.
Ensign Brasher graduated from Fort Hays State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a minor in Mathematics. While at Fort Hays, Ensign Brasher created the Fort Hays Decameter-band Observer (FHaDO), a research program aimed at studying the magnetosphere of Jupiter while also increasing student interest in amateur radio and radio astronomy. An Eagle Scout, Ensign Brasher has long had a thirst for adventure, a love for the outdoors, and a great academic interest in the physical environment.
ENS Brasher was drawn to NOAA by its mission of providing the nation with valuable high quality environmental intelligence. His recreational interests include powersports, aviation, backpacking, and trail running. He holds a NAUI SCUBA certification, a FCC amateur radio license, and he is a wilderness first responder. ENS Brasher is eager to begin his NOAA career, and although the needs of the service reign supreme, he hopes to enter into NOAA aviation and someday earn the honor of commanding a Hurricane Hunter aircraft. Other future professional goals include working with the National Centers for Environmental Prediction, working jointly with other services in the interest of environmental and national security, and he would like to attend a military staff college.
Ensign Timothy J. Brown
ENS Timothy J. Brown reported to the NOAA Corps Officer Training Center on July 27, 2015 to begin his basic training in the NOAA Commissioned Corps. Prior to joining NOAA, Ensign Brown worked as a student laser lab technician at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center (CCOM/JHC) in Durham, NH. Prior to his work at the CCOM/JHC, ENS Brown completed summer internships at UNH's material science laboratory in the field of boron nitride nanotubes and at the Groton Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory on the biological effects of underwater acoustics.
ENS Brown graduated summa cum laude from UNH in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. As a student he completed courses such as oceanography, computer programming, and material science while also competing on the university's division 1 track team. His senior honors thesis was completed in the application of underwater optics for harbor security. Through his involvement with the ocean engineering programs at UNH and the Naval Research Laboratory, Ensign Brown developed a keen interest in applying ocean science and engineering principles to solve local and global problems.
Ensign Brown is interested in applying his engineering expertise to the NOAA Corps by sailing on a hydrographic surveying vessel. He hopes to earn a future Master's Degree in hydrographic technology applications. ENS Brown has always enjoyed being outside and is truly proud to be a member of the NOAA Corps in service to his country.
Ensign Kathryn L. Carria
ENS Kathryn L. Carria reported to the NOAA Corps Officer Training Center on July 27, 2015 to begin her basic training in the NOAA Commissioned Corps. Prior to joining NOAA, ENS Carria was contracted by the National Marine Fisheries Service as a marine fishery observer stationed in Gloucester, Massachusetts. She deployed on commercial fishing vessels in the Northeast groundfishing and scalloping industries where she collected scientific, management and compliance data. Prior to serving as an observer, ENS Carria spent her summers on the coast of Maine working as a mate on a ferry boat, a schooner, lobster boats, and as a launch operator at a yacht club.
ENS Carria graduated from The University of Rhode Island in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. Her senior year, she performed an independent study on American Lobster Shell Disease, both in the lab and in the field. She attended SEA Semester where she lived aboard the tall ship SSV Corwith Cramer sailing around the Caribbean conducting scientific studies as a student and a functioning member of the crew.
ENS Carria was drawn to the NOAA Corps because it combined her passion for going to sea with her passion for marine science. ENS Carria currently holds a U.S. Coast Guard Limited Master's License which she plans on upgrading in the future. She is also a PADI Advanced Open Water SCUBA diver. She is looking forward to serving her country by facilitating vital scientific research. Ensign Carria hopes to pursue fisheries assignments because of her enthusiasm for fishing and her interest in the sustainability of the ocean's fisheries.
Ensign Marisa P. Gedney
ENS Marisa P. Gedney reported to the NOAA Corps Officer Training Center on July 27, 2015 to begin her basic training in the NOAA Commissioned Corps. Prior to joining NOAA, Ensign Gedney was a volunteer at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, WA. Before that, she worked with a seaglider laboratory in the Applied Physics Laboratory of the University of Washington and as a student assistant for a tidal energy computer modeling project with the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center.
ENS Gedney graduated from the University of Washington in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography and minors in Physics and Applied Mathematics. That same year she also participated in the Ocean Observatories Initiative which laid down a series of cabled sensors across the Juan de Fuca plate and Axial Seamount. She has a passion for ocean conservation, research and exploration which inspired her to join the NOAA Corps. ENS Gedney is a PADI certified Rescue Diver. Her other interests include kayaking, travel, and working with robotics. She hopes to join the NOAA dive program, is interested in serving on an oceanographic vessel, and is excited to begin her new career with NOAA.
Ensign Jennifer S. Kraus
ENS Jennifer S. Kraus reported to the NOAA Corps Officer Training Center on July 27, 2015 to begin her basic training in the NOAA Commissioned Corps. Prior to joining NOAA, ENS Kraus worked as a Marine Endangered Species Observer for the National Marine Fisheries Service throughout the Gulf of Mexico and East Coast, ENS Kraus graduated from the University of New Mexico (UNM) in December 2010 with a Bachelor's in Biology and a Minor in Environmental Science.
While in college ENS Kraus worked at the Albuquerque Aquarium for two years and went on to work for the UNM Biology Department studying desert fish ecology. After graduating, ENS Kraus focused her career on sea turtle conservation by working for the National Park Service in Padre Island, Texas conducting nest surveys. She then spent a year as an Americorps member at the Jekyll Island Sea Turtle Center in Georgia where she assisted in the rehabilitation of sick and injured sea turtles.
ENS Kraus is excited for her new career in the NOAA Commissioned Corps and the opportunity to develop her leadership and operational skills. She hopes to work on a NOAA fisheries vessel and continue to be a part of the scientific research and conservation community.
Ensign David P. Reymore, Jr.
ENS Reymore reported to the NOAA Corps Officer Training Center on July 27, 2015. Immediately prior to reporting to BOTC, ENS Reymore worked as a train engineer for BNSF Railway. Before this he served in the U.S. Navy as a carrier-based tactical fixed wing pilot, carrier-qualifying on the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and earning his wings in 2007. ENS Reymore graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science and a minor in Aviation Weather. Upon learning of the NOAA Corps and its unique mission set, ENS Reymore made the choice to broaden his background through further science based study and is very excited to have been selected as a member of BOTC 126.
ENS Reymore is originally from Nevada where he grew up in a ranching community working with horses and cattle. ENS Reymore has a background in aviation and holds a commercial pilot license with multi-engine and instrument ratings, as well as rotary-wing ratings. He is also an experienced welder and diesel mechanic and holds a commercial driver license. He is looking forward to the opportunity to begin a career with the NOAA Corps and earn maritime credentials.
ENS Reymore's greatest pride and joy in life is his family. He is blessed with an amazing wife, Andria, and three terrific children, Mary Margaret, David, and Daniel. He spends most of his free time with them enjoying outdoor activities and seeking adventure at every opportunity. He is excited to involve them in this new endeavor.
Ensign Laura E. Rock
ENS Laura E. Rock reported to the NOAA Corps Officer Training Center on July 27, 2015 to embark on her basic training in the NOAA Commissioned Corps. Before joining the NOAA Corps, ENS Rock worked for NOAA's Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) in Miami, FL. At SEFSC, she was a fisheries technician in the Early Life History Lab and a scientific diver for the Coral Reef Fisheries Unit. Before working for NOAA, ENS Rock taught environmental education programs and summer camp for underprivileged children in Miami-Dade County at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center.
During her university years, ENS Rock worked for the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program, participating in shark tagging and research in the Florida Keys and was an assistant Dive Safety Officer at the University of Miami, participating in various degrees of scientific diving projects in Florida and Belize. ENS Rock graduated from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science and Biology. Inspired by the ocean at a very young age, ENS Rock began her interest with the ocean and its environments by participating in local stream studies in her hometown. All roads led to the ocean and by age 13, ENS Rock was a certified scuba diver.
During her final year in college, ENS Rock took a policy class and became concerned with the growing problems in our global ocean policy, leading her to pursue a Master's Degree in Marine Affairs and Policy at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. After working with several NOAA Corps Officers during her time in Miami, she became interested in their mission. A conversation after a fish count on R/V Aldo inspired her to join the NOAA Corps. She hopes to use her educational experience in policy to help further the mission of NOAA. Ensign Rock holds a trimix, technical nitrox, decompression procedures scuba certification and is an American Academy of Underwater Science (AAUS) authorized diver. In addition to scuba diving, Ensign Rock is an avid underwater and land photographer. Her passion for adventure and travel has taken her across the globe, from the islands of the Galápagos to the mountains of the Himalayas. ENS Rock is looking to sail on an oceanographic or fisheries ship that can provide adventure and challenges.
Ensign Sara M. Thompson
ENS Sara M. Thompson reported to the NOAA Corps Officer Training Center on July 27, 2015 to begin her basic training in the NOAA Commissioned Corps. Prior to joining NOAA, ENS Thompson was a sea kayak guide in the San Juan Islands, Washington. Prior to leading kayak tours, she worked as an environmental educator at Bald Head Island Conservancy in North Carolina, specializing in endangered sea turtle protection. ENS Thompson graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Aquatic Biology.
ENS Thompson has had a long-standing interest in both marine science and environmental protection from a young age. Even in middle school, ENS Thompson began volunteering at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA and has continued to remain involved in marine sustainability programs ever since. She worked in a Long Term Ecological Research Lab for two years at UCSB studying anthropogenic effects on and carbon sequestration of kelp forests off the California coast. While studying abroad in Queensland, Australia, Ensign Thompson researched niche specialization of intertidal fishes. Her adventurous spirit and love of the outdoors led her to the NOAA Corps where she hopes to continue hands-on learning and provide a platform for accurate science.
ENS Thompson's other interests include SCUBA diving, surfing, sea kayaking, and backpacking. She hopes to become a certified medical person in charge and NOAA diver. With a huge passion for sustainable fisheries and marine mammal conservation, ENS Thompson would be honored to serve on a NOAA fisheries vessel.
Ensign Lander A. Ver Hoef
ENS Lander A. Ver Hoef reported to the NOAA Corps Officer Training Center on July 27, 2015 to begin training to become a NOAA Commissioned Officer. Immediately prior to joining the NOAA Corps, he was working as a Theater Technician for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District (FNSBSD), helping run the three theaters in the Fairbanks, Alaska region. Before that, he spent three months working for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, doing mathematical and statistical research.
ENS Ver Hoef graduated summa cum laude from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. In 2011, he sailed around the Caribbean for four months on the sail training vessel S/V Argo with the Sea|Mester program. This experience left him with an enduring love of the sea and life underway. ENS Ver Hoef is also a PADI Advanced Open Water diver, with additional certifications in scientific and drysuit diving. He also holds a 500 Ton Limited Yachtmaster license from International Yachtmaster Training (IYT). He enjoys skiing, hiking, and participating in musical theater. He hopes to begin his NOAA career on a hydrographic survey vessel.
Ensign Caroline A. Wilkinson
ENS Caroline A. Wilkinson reported to the NOAA Corps Officer Training Center on July 27, 2015 to begin her basic training in the NOAA Commissioned Corps. Prior to joining NOAA, ENS Wilkinson was a researcher studying epigenetic hormonal effects in house crickets at the University of Michigan. Prior to conducting research, she worked with the Huron River Watershed Council in Ann Arbor, Michigan conducting benthic macroinvertebrate surveys. ENS Wilkinson graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a minor in Oceanography.
ENS Wilkinson first became interested in oceanography as a child spending summers on Long Island Sound. She was first exposed to the NOAA Corps during a physical oceanography research cruise on the NOAA vessel R/V Laurentian on Lake Michigan. She Wilkinson is a PADI certified open water diver and in her free time enjoys open water swimming, hiking, and travel. She is excited to finally live on the ocean and begin serving in the NOAA Corps wherever she is needed.