This month, we’re marking five years since Becky Pearson, our chief operations officer, joined the GLOS staff.
When Becky joined in 2016 as the program manager, it was an eventful time at GLOS. Despite only having a staff of three at the time, there was an expanding buoy network to manage, a new five-year funding cycle to plan around, GLOS apps being developed, and the region was confronting the problem of harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie.
No stranger to the Great Lakes community, Becky is a Chicagoland native, and prior to joining the staff had spent 14 years at the Great Lakes Commission (GLC), where GLOS was started.
She says she had always appreciated GLOS’ data-centric mission. “I’d always liked the idea of the non-political nature of data,” she says. “It tells you what it tells you. It doesn’t misconstrue anything.”
Becky has since helped guide the team through a large staff expansion: from three employees to nine today, a move to cloud-based data management infrastructure, and the new GLOS five-year plan, and the launch of Smart Great Lakes.
“Becky steadies the ship for us here at GLOS,” says CEO Kelli Paige. “Her dedication and thoughtfulness have ensured GLOS continues to stay on course and aim for excellence. I am so grateful for her support and motivation through this period of growth.”
A lot has happened since Becky joined thanks, in part, to her work ethic and tenacity. The rest of the staff benefits daily from Becky’s organization, her persistence, and her sense of humor.