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Education and Community Engagement | Organization

Education and Community Engagement (ECE) is one of three program directorates in the UNAVCO organization and our primary work is in support of the NSF GAGE Facility. ECE staff are responsible for advancing geodesy and geosciences through efforts aligned with education, workforce development, and outreach.

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Staff Profiles

Donna Charlevoix

Director, Education and Community Engagement

Donna leads a team of professionals focused on supporting community technical training and educational materials focused on geodesy. Previously, Dr. Charlevoix was the Director of the Science & Education Division of the GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment). She is co-author of a university textbook: Severe and Hazardous Weather, An Introduction to High Impact Meteorology and is an Adjunct faculty member of the University of Illinois in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences where she was on the faculty for 12 years.

Beth Bartel

Communication and Outreach Specialist

Beth brings more than 19 years of experience with UNAVCO, including four years as a field engineer. She holds master's degrees in geophysics and journalism, both of which focused on active volcanoes and the people who live around them. Her primary interests are natural hazards and societal impacts of science. In her current role at UNAVCO, Beth works on UNAVCO’s strategic communications, building our efforts in outreach and science communication training, and development of community best practices around responsible communication of hazards.

Andria P Ellis

Education Specialist, RESESS Program Manager

Andria Ellis has over ten years of experience and education in geodesy, engineering, and Earth science outreach. As a doctoral student under Dr. Chuck DeMets at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she used GPS data to understand deformation at the western end of the Caribbean plate, where subduction zone and intraplate fault interactions have caused dozens of damaging, historical earthquakes. Prior to her graduate studies, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of the Pacific. As a first-generation college student from a Mexican-American family, Andi seeks to connect with and encourage students to attend graduate school or pursue geoscience-related industry careers with the goal of developing a more diverse and inclusive geoscience workforce.

Shelley Olds

Education Specialist

Shelley brings over 20 years of instructional systems design expertise to the UNAVCO ECE program (14+ with UNAVCO). She has a Masters of Education in Instructional Systems Development and a B.S. in Earth Science/Geophysics. She is the ShakeAlert® Geodetic Education Coordinator to the USGS ShakeAlert® project serving on the Joint Committee for Community, Education, and Outreach. Shelley also leads secondary education efforts, co-developing modules that incorporate coding in geoscience hazards learning, and collaborates with staff to develop geodesy-related data products and data tools. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Human Dimensions, focusing on the human dimensions of natural hazards and disaster resilience. Shelley also serves on the education committee for Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP).

Beth Pratt-Sitaula

Education Project Manager

Beth has a background in both geoscience education and geomorphology, with a special interest in geohazards learning. She has expertise working with students and instructors from K-12 to undergraduate levels, as well as informal educators. Since late 2011 she has led UNAVCO's initiative to increase the quality and quantity of undergraduate curricular items featuring geodetic data for both introductory and major's level students - both in the classroom and the field. These resources and supporting instructor professional development opportunities can be found on the GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues (GETSI) website. Beth has also been a co-PI on three EarthScope education projects, most recently Alaska Native Geoscience Learning Experience (ANGLE).

Kelsey Russo-Nixon

Education Generalist, Geo-Launchpad Program Manager

Kelsey has over 5 years experience working with students of diverse backgrounds and currently manages the Geo-Launchpad internship program. As a first-generation and former community college student she is passionate about helping students succeed. Kelsey also assists in ECE website maintenance including creating and maintaining the UNAVCO Short Course webpage and occasionally assists with OpenTopography creating video tutorials helping users access and download data.

Melissa Weber

Administrative Assistant

Melissa has worked for UNAVCO for 10 years supporting not only ECE and the internship programs, but also several other departments within UNAVCO. As the ECE Administrative Assistant, she helps keep things running smoothly and in a timely, well-organized manner.


Last modified: 2020-03-23  12:42:12  America/Denver