US Partner Forum

GLOBE U.S. Partner Forum

The U.S. is divided into six GLOBE regions. Each region has one representative on the U.S. Partner Forum, who works closely to guide the future of GLOBE in the United States. The representatives for each region are listed below. If your region does not currently have a representative on the U.S. Partner Forum, please contact the representative from a neighboring region.

IMPORTANT: U.S. Partner Forum (USPF) members generally have monthly meetings via Zoom. This requires a functioning internet connection. Members are expected to attend at least 75% of the meetings over the course of a year. USPF members also meet at the North American Regional Meeting. To be productive, functional, and representative of their region, members need to fully participate in both the online meetings and any email correspondence each year of service. While a typical term of service is one to three years, members who do not fully participate in the groups, can be asked to step down from the group. 



US Geographic Area Representative Name Partnership Organization Email Service Years
California, Nevada, Hawaii
Tracy Ostrom California WestEd/UC Berkeley

tostrom (at)

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin
Sarah Nern Indiana Purdue University

snern (at)

Northeast and Mid-Atlantic: Delaware, DC, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia Michael Griffith New York Berks Nature

michael.griffith (at)

Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, Wyoming
Peder Nelson Oregon Oregon State University

peder.nelson (at)

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Puerto Rico Territory
Deborah McAllister Tennessee University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

deborah-mcallister (at)

Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah
Michael Odell Texas University of Texas Tyler

mrlodell (at)

At Large Donna Torres Mississippi XFINITY Science Center

dtorres (at)

NASA Tina Harte Maryland NASA Langley Research Center

tina.r.harte (at)

*SECOND TERM          


Former USPF Members

  • Jodi Haney, Xcite Learning, At-Large Representative, 2020-2023
  • Kimberly Davis, Florida A&M, Southeast Representative, 2021-2023
  • Rich Wagner, Metropolitan State University, Southwest Representative, 2020-2023
  • Mike Jabot, Institute for Research in Science Teaching, Northeast & Mid-Atlantic Representative 2018-2022
  • Anne Lewis, South Dakota Discovery Center, Northwest Representative, 2018-2021
  • Garry Harris, Center for Sustainable Communities, Southeast Representative 2018-2020
  • Janet Vail, Grand Valley State University, Midwest Representative, 2018-2020
  • Todd Toth, NASA Goddard, NASA Representative, 2018-2019
  • Jennifer Taylor, CIRES Education Outreach, Southwest Representative, 2018-2019
  • Lynne Hehr, University of Arkansas, Southeast Representative, 2014-2017
  • Steven Smith, Purdue University, Midwest Representative, 2014-2017; At-Large Representative, 2018-2019
  • Sherry Herron, University of Southern Mississippi, Southeast Representative, 2014-2015
  • Jessica Taylor, NASA Langley Research Center, Northeast & Mid-Atlantic Representative, 2014-2015
  • Janelle Johnson, Metropolitan State University, Southwest Representative, 2014-2015
  • Erin Fender, WestEd, Pacific Representative, 2014-2017
  • Steve Edberg, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pacific Representative, 2014