Current Crew:

Dr. Andrew Sabin is NAVFAC’s geothermal Subject Matter Expert (SME) and a Senior Geologist at GPO. He develops, assists with and provides technical oversight to GPO projects. He is also the lead in pursuing new projects especially in R&D and exploration. He has also conducted exploration and R&D projects in the Coso Range associated with the Coso geothermal field. Andy was the Deputy Director and Director of GPO until moving into his current SME role. He has >25 years of experience in geothermal and hydrothermal systems, mining, geotechnical and environmental work. His geothermal focus has been the western United States, although he has also investigated geothermal potential in Asia, South America and Africa. Andy serves on the International Geothermal Board of Directors and the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) Board of Directors. He is currently the President of GRC (2019-2020). Andy received a BA (American Studies) and BS (Geology) from the U. Maryland, an MSC (Geology) from the U. Pittsburgh and a PhD (Geology) from the Colorado School of Mines. He is registered Professional Geologist in California (license # 7930).

Ms. Kelly Blake is the new Division Director for the Navy Geothermal Program Office (GPO), PW68, NAVFAC EXWC, and has been working for the office for 8 years. She has spent her time collecting, managing, analyzing and interpreting geologic and geophysical data sets from the Coso Geothermal Field and other Department of Defense installations with geothermal potential. In her new role, she is managing GPO personnel on daily/weekly tasks/training, as well as managing the ~$2 million budget that includes technical and financial oversight of the Coso field. Kelly has an Environmental Geoscience degree from Slippery Rock University and a Master’s degree in Geology from Temple University of Philadelphia.

Ms. Saundra Anderson is the Business Manager for the Navy Geothermal Program Office (GPO), PW68, NAVFAC EXWC, and has been working with the office for 18 years. She supports the GPO primarily with budget planning and execution, geothermal energy sales tracking and contract implementation. Prior to joining the Navy GPO, Saundra was a Sr. Accountant for CalEnergy Coso project, Salton Sea and Yuma Co-Gen. Saundra has her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration, Accounting from California State University at Fullerton.

Ms. Jade Zimmerman is the new Geologist for the Navy Geothermal Program Office (GPO), PW68, NAVFAV EXWC. She will be building upon the 3D conceptual model of the Coso volcanic field as well as optimizing and maintaining databases for efficient model construction and data analysis. Jade's previous work includes constructing 3D conceptual geologic and subsurface brine chemistry models for Searles Valley Minerals. Jade holds a Bachelor of Science in Geological Science from California State University, Fullerton and a Master of Science in Geological Science from The University of Texas at El Paso with an emphasis in structural geology.

Dr. Wei-Chuang Huang is a Seismologist for the Navy Geothermal Program Office (GPO), PW68, NAVFAC EXWC and has been working with the office for 12 years. He manages, operates and maintains the seismic network in the Coso geothermal field near Ridgecrest, CA, which records up to one thousand micro earthquakes (MEQ) monthly. Wei-Chuang earned a PH.D degree from Northwestern University with interdisciplinary background. Wei-Chuang coauthored articles with his former clients/associates in an EPA research lab, where he worked as a senior water quality modeler before he joined the Navy civilian force.

Ms. Stephanie Nale is a Geophysicist through the Naval Acquisitions Development Program (NADP), and has been with the Navy Geothermal Program Office (GPO), PW68, NAVFAC EXWC since December 2018. She supports the GPO by analyzing and interpreting microseismic data, maintaining the Coso microseismic network, and conducting other geophysical fieldwork in the Coso volcanic field. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science in Planetary Sciences from University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master of Science with a concentration in Geotectonics, Seismology and Structural Geology from Cornell University.

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