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Staff Spotlight: OR&R Emergency Response Division Welcomes New NOAA Corps Officer

APRIL 20, 2020 — LTJG Hayley Betker recently came on board at OR&R’s Emergency Response Division (ERD) as the new Regional Response Officer (RRO) for the West Coast.

Woman in front of a body of water.
LTJG Hayley Betker. Image credit: NOAA.

She is looking forward to a 2-year assignment with ERD and will be supporting the West Coast Scientific Support Coordinators (SSCs), filling the role that LT Matt Bissell previously performed in the Seattle office. 

Hayley was able to spend four weeks of overlap with Matt, so has gained a strong knowledge of OR&R, and has met the team of SSCs around the country, as well as the Seattle “home team” of scientists and developers. She has been actively training and assisting with remote responses for spills and other incidents that occur along the West Coast.

Hayley grew up in northern Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Environmental Engineering. She worked as an emission testing and application engineer for Ford Motor Company before joining NOAA.  She also worked at the BP Toledo, Ohio Refinery, as an Environmental Engineering Intern. 

She completed NOAA's 19-week Basic Officer Training Class in December 2017 and was stationed in Hawaii on the NOAA Ship Hi'ialakai and then transferred to the NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow in Newport, Rhode Island in April 2019. 

She is a triathlete and also enjoys hockey, soccer, and rock climbing. 

Welcome to OR&R, Hayley!

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Last updated Friday, April 24, 2020 5:48pm PDT