[ESIP-all] A Time for Change

Martha Maiden martha.e.maiden at nasa.gov
Fri Mar 14 11:53:37 EDT 2008


First I want to convey my gratitude and appreciation for all your hard work
as the Executive Director of the Foundation for Earth Science.  The growth
and accomplishments of the ESIP Federation could never have been achieved
without the change from a small NASA prototype, created on the
recommendation of the National Academy of Sciences, to an organizational
structure consistent with the Academy vision.  I would liken your tenure
less to a roller-coaster ride than to a white-water raft guide, who
sometimes steered the Foundation through some high-class rapids.  You did a
great job for us and for the Earth observation community.  Thank you so very
much for all your effort.

Best wishes in all your endeavors,

On 1/16/08 9:31 AM, "Dick Wertz" <dick.wertz at earthsciencefoundation.org>

> All
>     In September of 2002, I took on a part-time, short-term consulting
> assignment aimed at helping a small group of NASA-funded earth observation
> information providers to move their organization from a prototype entity to a
> broad-based operational consortium.  Somehow that simple organizing task
> evolved into a six-year roller-coaster ride that has given me some of the most
> demanding and satisfying challenges and opportunities of my professional
> career.  As I watched the ESIP membership, now well over 100 strong, interact
> with NOAA, NASA and EPA last week during the winter meeting, I couldn't help
> but think that the objectives of my original contract have been pretty well
> satisfied.  Given this, the time has come for me to find new windmills to
> tilt.  I will be resigning from my position as executive director effective
> January 31st.  At the Board's request, I will be available on a limited basis
> during for the next few months to ensure a smooth transition.
>     My plan after January 31st is to seek out and involve myself in projects
> aimed at delivering climate and environmental information to the general
> public and decision-makers in formats that they can understand and use.
>     On a personal note, even more that the professional experience of the last
> six years, I have cherished the relationships that I have established within
> the ESIP community.  You are good people doing the right things in areas of
> critical importance and you will always have my respect, support and
> friendship.  I look forward to enjoying your company and working with you
> again in the future.
> With warmest regards, Dick Wertz
> Richard C. Wertz, Executive Director
> Foundation for Earth Science
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Martha E. Maiden
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Martha Maiden <martha.e.maiden at nasa.gov>

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