Jannie Gibson Ferrell became a member of Blacks In Government, NOAA Chapter, in June 2004. She is currently serving a second term as treasurer for the chapter, and served as assistant treasurer for one term.
She has served on the Nominations and Elections Committee, the Black History Month Program Committee, Send Your Child to Camp Committee, and assisted with various other NOAA BIG programs throughout the years.
Jannie began her career with NOAA in 1978 as a Graduate Scientist in the area of Meteorology. Her first assignment was with the now National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS). She later joined the National Weather Service (NWS) at one of the national centers, then later the national headquarters where she still remains as a meteorologist, currently with the Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services (OCWWS), Fire and Public Weather Services Branch. She is currently the Health Weather Program Leader in OCWWS. She is involved with enhancing weather forecasts that can have a direct or indirect impact on public health, such as, excessive heat (the #1 weather-related killer), extreme cold, air quality, and ultraviolet radiation.
She gained experience in finance and budget working on various teams and projects with the NWS. Jannie was also treasurer for two year with Tip Top Toastmasters International, and was a trustee and steward of her church for several years. Some of her other leadership, professional, and community service affiliations include past Vice-President of Education for Tip Top Toastmasters International, 2002 Women’s Day Co-Chair at her church, National Weather Association member, American Meteorological Society member, Science Fair Judge and career day presenter at area schools, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Upsilon Tau Omega Chapter.
Jannie is a native of Georgetown, South Carolina, where the majority of her family still resides. She is a proud graduate of South Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. She received her meteorology education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She currently lives in Temple Hills, Maryland with her lovely family.