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KWERI Staff

The KWERI staff is being developed around specific programs and projects as they are funded. The organization will be led in the near term by the Founder & Science Director, Dr. Jim Litts; however, as projects are developed and more time is required to fulfil the needs of the organization, an Executive Director will be appointed. The Board President and the Executive Director will collaboratively develop the Board Agenda. The Executive Director will be responsible for developing strategic and tactical plans, timelines, programs, budgets and partnerships for approval by the Board.

We are also developing an Advisory Council. We hope the Council will operate on a standby basis to assist the staff in developing our organization. Much of this participation is anticipated to be informal, by email and telephone; however, occasionally work groups will be formed for particular tasks and we hope to be able to call on our Advisory Council to fill out those groups. In addition, our Council will meet annually or semiannually in a relaxed and pleasant environment for a presentation of the strategies and tactics we're pursuing and a progress report on how effectively they're working. The Staff and Board will present our programs to the Coucil with the intent of gaining their input collectively to improve existing efforts as well as to develop new ideas.

Additional staffing will be developed as programs require them. Presently, this is conceived as developing initially in two coordinated directions. Specific talents will be needed to cultivate research partnerships, manage technical programs and coordinate data. Additional talents will be needed to develop curricula for public outreach and student educational opportunities. Initially, we are focusing on the research relationships and developing our in-house research programs. As these partnerships and programs develop they will provide the context for recruiting students and volunteers. It is anticipated that there will be a need for additional staff to support the research program beginning in 2012 and for support of the education program shortly thereafter.