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PRiMO Leadership

PRiMO is an `ohana, or extended family, comprised of local, national and regional agencies, institutions, organizations and academia engaged in risk management in the Pacific. PRiMO is led by an Executive Director and a Navigators Council. This council is led by a Chair and co-chair and consists of individuals from government, academia, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations committed to enhancing regional communication, coordination, and collaboration.


PRiMO members are broken into five different Hui or working groups. Each working group is led by a Steersperson. PRiMO members, steersperson and Navigators work together to lead PRiMO and enhance resilience throughout the Pacific.

 PRiMO Executive Director:
Adam Stein, NOAA Pacific Services Center

Navigators Council

Navigator Council Chair:
Chris Chiesa, Pacific Disaster Center

Navigator Council Vice-Chair:
Bill Thomas, NOAA Pacific Services Center

Navigator Council Secretary:
Derek Chow, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

 Leadership

Adam Stein
Executive DirectorCoastal Services CenterNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Bill Thomas
NavigatorPacific Services CenterNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Cheryl Anderson
NavigatorSocial Science Research InstituteUniversity of Hawai'i at Manoa
Chris Chiesa
NavigatorPacific Disaster Center
David Kennard
NavigatorFlood Insurance Mitigation DivisionFederal Emergency Management Agency, Region IX
Derek Chow
NavigatorCivil and Public Works Branch, HonoluluU.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Ed Young
NavigatorPacific Region HeadquartersNational Weather Service
Eileen Shea
NavigatorNational Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information ServiceNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Jeff Payne
NavigatorCoastal Services CenterNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Karl Kim
NavigatorNational Disaster Preparedness Training CenterUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa
Kristina Kekuewa
NavigatorPacific Services CenterNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Richard Ferrero
NavigatorU.S. Geological Survey
Sally Ziolkowski
NavigatorFlood Insurance and Mitigation DivisionFederal Emergency Management Agency, Region IX
Victoria Keener
NavigatorPacific Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA)East-West Center
Stanley Boc
Navigator EmeritusCoastal and Hydraulics LaboratoryU.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Eddie Bernard
Senior Advisor
John McCarroll
Senior AdvisorPacific Islands OfficeEnvironmental Protection Agency, Region IX
Margaret Davidson
Senior AdvisorNational Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationCoastal Services Center
Michael Shulters
Senior AdvisorU.S. Geological Survey
Penehuro (Pene) Lefale
Senior AdvisorNew Zealand Meterological Service

 Hui Steerspersons

Christina Higa
SteerspersonCommunicationsPan-Pacific Education and Communications Experiments by Satellite (PEACESAT)
Jimmy Lagunero
SteerspersonCommunicationsCampus Security and Emergency ManagementUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa
David Blumenkrantz
SteerspersonIndigenous Knowledge and the Environment (IKE)The Center for the Advancement of Youth, Family & Community Services
Jean Tanimoto
SteerspersonIndigenous Knowledge and the Environment (IKE)National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationPacific Services Center
Kesner Flores
SteerspersonIndigenous Knowledge and the Environment (IKE)
Eric Yamashita
SteerspersonInformation Access and Geospatial TechnologyNational Disaster Preparedness Training Center
Doug Harper
SteerspersonRisk Assessment and PlanningNational Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationPacific Services Center
Kitty Courtney
SteerspersonRisk Assessment and PlanningTetra Tech
James Burke
SteerspersonTraining and EducationNational Disaster Preparedness Training CenterUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa