Staff Resources

Need help with administrative functions? Refer to the list below to contact the correct individual.




John Horne

Executive Director

John Horne

Overall leadership of JISAO research, education and administration
Principal Investigator of JISAO cooperative agreement from NOAA

Nick Bond

Deputy Director

Nick Bond

JISAO senior scientist at NOAA (supervises all other senior scientists)
Washington State Climatologist
Education and Outreach expert

Fred Averick

Assistant Director – Finance and Administration

Fred Averick

Manage the financial, administrative and education/outreach teams
Approvals for proposals, purchasing, travel, petty cash, etc.
Access to UW systems (ASTRA, etc.)
Annual report
General business systems and office management
Academic hires (e.g. postdocs)
Space allocation
RCR allocations
NOAA CI national network contact
JISAO Council’s ex-officio member
UW’s Online Accident and Injury Reporting System (OARS)

Deborah Malarek

Grants and Contracts Manager

Deb Malarek

Pre- and post-award grant & contract administration

  • Grant proposals
  • Funding agency guidelines contact
  • eGC1 Creation
  • GCA, OSP, and sponsor contact
  • Federal funding opportunities contact
  • Subcontracts
  • Federal reports

Financial management

  • Budget/sub-budget setup (including transpasus)
  • Budget projections
  • Expense transfers
  • Financial policy contact
  • Cost sharing contact
  • Budget closure advising

General administrative duties

  • Keys
  • Editing annual report
  • Cash/check deposits

Nomie Torres

Fiscal Specialist

Nomie Torres

Expense reimbursements
Domestic travel
Budget reconciliation
Expense transfers
CTA/ProCard reconciliation
PI reports
Non-PO invoices
JISAO phone

Collen Marquist

Administrative Specialist

Collen Marquist

Assistant to the Executive Director
Publications contact (JISAO contribution numbers and database)
Foreign Travel
Equipment inventory
Event planning
Visitor arrangements
Support for Post-doc search committees and JISAO Council

M. Jones

Payroll Coordinator

Grant and contract certification reports

Jed Thompson

Education/Outreach and Communications Specialist

Jed Thompson

Webmaster: provide web updates, new information/content and maintain some technical aspects of JISAO website
Graphic design
Internship program coordination
Initiate and manage educational and collaborative activities with UW, NOAA and community partners
Represent JISAO’s outreach program at professional conferences
Media/press contact
Staff writer (web and hard copy materials)
Creator of Science in 180 video series
Serve on College of Environment Communications Committee
Connect with other professional communications networks, including NOAA’s OAR Communications Office

Abby Zorn

HR Manager

Abby Zone

HR processes (hiring, promotions, employee relations)
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Professional development
Workplace culture and community-building
Onboarding and safety training documentation
Visa management


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