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Lisa Wirth, new interim director of GINA

After serving as GINA’s Director for many years, Tom Heinrichs has recently taken a position with NOAA/NESDIS just outside of Fairbanks at the Gilmore Creek command and data acquisition facility. While Tom’s advancement was bittersweet for the team at GINA, it is comforting to know that he remains connected to those working to bring near real-time satellite imagery to operational users in Alaska.

Effective this week, Lisa Wirth, a long-time GINA specialist with expertise in remote sensing, GIS, and data management, has taken the leadership role as Interim Director. Lisa’s tenure as Interim Director is expected to last six months, with a permanent replacement for Tom to be selected by the end of that time. Lisa can be reached by email at Additionally, Dayne Broderson will serve as interim Deputy Director of GINA. Please feel free to share this information freely.

GINA’s work with direct broadcast satellite data and its participation in the satellite proving ground will continue without interruption. GINA's Satellite Liaisons Carl Dierking and Eric Stevens continue to serve the High Latitude Proving Ground (HLPG) community and the users of near real-time satellite imagery in forecast operations in Alaska. If you have any questions concerning this transition at GINA, please contact Lisa, Dayne, or Eric, or email