BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES of CANDIDATES for the
NATIONAL WEATHER ASSOCIATION ELECTION for the 2010 NWA COUNCIL

Ballots are being mailed out to all individual NWA members along with the 2010 dues renewal invoices and should be received by late November 2009. Completed ballots need to be mailed in to the NWA office at:
228 West Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC 27609-4304
postmarked not later than 31 December 2009
or be sent in online via the Members Only Portal by 31 December 2009
to be counted in this election.





CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT-ELECT — VOTE FOR ONE:



BRYAN KARRICK: Bryan has been the morning meteorologist at KCCI television in Des Moines for more than 11 years. Recently named the National Weather Association Broadcaster of the Year, he has shared 10 years of service with our organization. Bryan started his tenure as Chairman of the Severe Storms and Doppler Radar Conference in Des Moines in 2000 & 2001. He then served as President of the Central Iowa NWA Chapter from 2001-2003. Bryan stepped up as Broadcaster Workshop Chair for the NWA Annual Meeting from 2003-2008; held the position of Broadcaster Seal of Approval Recertification Chair from 2005-2007; served as a Councilor in 2006-2007; was part of the Marketing and Membership Committee in 2007-2008. He currently sits on the Broadcast Subcommittee, and has proudly displayed the NWA Seal of Approval to his viewers since 1998.











DR. PATRICK MARKET: He is an Associate Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He earned his B.S. in meteorology from Millersville University of Pennsylvania in 1994, and his M.S. and Ph D degrees from Saint Louis University in 1996 and 1999, respectively. Dr. Market’s current teaching assignments include the synoptic meteorology sequence, mesoscale meteorology, and the daily forecasting practicum. His research explores issues in heavy rain and snow forecasting, including the occurrence of thundersnow, and the precipitation efficiency of mesoscale convective systems. This work has been conducted with funding from such sources as NSF, NOAA, and COMET. Outside of academia, he has worked for Midwest Weather, Inc., as a weather observer at Lambert International (KSTL) and Spirit of St. Louis (KSUS) airports (1997-1999), and as a radiosonde technician during the NASA South China Sea Monsoon Experiment in 1998. More recently, he held summer appointments (2002, 2003) with COMET, assisting their staff in the creation of Web-based educational modules for the Navy and others. In service to the National Weather Association, Dr. Market is a Co-editor of the National Weather Digest, serves as a tape evaluator for the Broadcast Meteorology Committee, and has been a Co-Chair of the Weather Analysis and Forecasting Committee. Also, he helped organize the First and Second Conferences on Weather Analysis and Forecasting Issues in the Central United States (December 2001, 2003), assisted with establishment of the University of Missouri-Columbia local NWA chapter, and has presented papers at Annual Meetings. Dr. Market’s other professional affiliations include the American Geophysical Union, Sigma Xi, Missouri Academy of Science, Association of Earth Science Editors, and the American Meteorological Society





CANDIDATES FOR VICE PRESIDENT — VOTE FOR ONE:


TROY KIMMEL is Chief Meteorologist for KEYE-TV, CBS (Four Points Media) as well as KVET and KASE Radio (Clear Channel Radio) both in Austin, Texas. In addition, he is a Senior Lecturer (Studies in Weather and Climate), Department of Geography and the Environment, University of Texas at Austin where he teaches the survey introductory weather and climate class. A long time Austin broadcast meteorologist, Kimmel is a strong advocate of meteorological and geographical awareness and education as well as professional development and continuing education. He earned his BS in Geography from Texas A & M University in May of 1983. Kimmel is the recipient of the NWA's "TV Broadcaster of the Year" Award in 1988 and the AMS "Award for Outstanding Service by a Broadcast Meteorologist" in 1998. He has earned both the NWA Radio and TV Seals of Approval as well as the AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist certification and has served on the NWA Council over the last two years.










BRUCE THOMAS: Since 2004, he has served as Chief Meteorologist and National Spokesperson for Midland Radio Corporation, Kansas City, MO. Bruce has been recognized by the Department of Commerce with the Mark Trail Award for outstanding service promoting All Hazards NOAA Weather Radio nationally. Prior to his work with Midland Radio, Bruce spent almost two decades as a broadcast meteorologist. He has worked throughout Tornado Alley, at television stations KBTX in Bryan/College Station, KCEN in Waco, and KCTV in Kansas City. Bruce is an active individual member and corporate member of the NWA and is serving in his second year as an NWA councilor. He also is active with the AMS where he has served as chairman of the AMS Local Chapter Affairs Committee (LCAC) and now serves as a member of the AMS Board for Private Sector Meteorologists. Bruce attended Mississippi State University from 1979-1983 and majored in Geosciences before transferring to the Metropolitan State College of Denver where he received a BS in Broadcast Meteorology in 1986. Weather observing and forecasting have been his life’s passions. As a child, he experienced tremendous floods, hurricanes and tornadoes in his home state of Mississippi. Weather safety and education continue to be a major priority for Bruce. He is currently working on several hurricane safety campaigns in the Gulf Coast states and has helped create two documentary programs on the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. He would appreciate the opportunity to serve as your National Weather Association President for the year 2010.





CANDIDATES FOR SECRETARY (2-YR TERM; 2010 – 2011) — VOTE FOR ONE:


FAITH BORDEN: She is Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Las Vegas, NV, and has been at the office since April of 2007. Prior to joining the Las Vegas office, Faith was stationed in Birmingham, AL, Miami, FL, and Albuquerque, NM. Previous to that she was a student trainee in Anchorage, Alaska, during her undergraduate studies. Faith is a graduate from Florida State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Meteorology and a Masters Degree in Science Education. Previous to her NWS career, Faith taught middle school and high school science. Faith has been a member of NWA since college, serving as secretary from 2007-2009, and has served on the Education committee since 2003.





DR. PETER ROOHR: He is a physical scientist managing the fire weather science and technology program within the Office of Science and Technology at Headquarters National Weather Service. He grew up in Alexandria VA and obtained a B.A. degree in Environmental Science at the University of Virginia (minor in Astronomy), and M.S. (1991) and PhD (1999) degrees in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University. From 1986 to 2007 he was a U.S. Air Force officer managing major weather system program acquisition and technology transition, as well as directing the diverse operations of four major weather squadrons/divisions in Korea, within AF Materiel Command, at AF Weather Agency and at the Pentagon. He then spent 18 months with SRA International, Inc. helping the Office f the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence develop a staff, policy and procedures for the tagging, tracking and locating of terrorists. Pete has been an active member of the NWA since 1991, serving as the Co-Editor and Editor in Chief for the National Weather Digest from 1993 to 2007. He has presented papers on lightning detection and mesoscale modeling at three meetings and set up an exhibit booth for the AF at the 1998 annual meeting of the NWA. He also helped establish a co NWA-AMS chapter for the Dayton OH area in 2003. Pete has also been a member of the AMS since 1985, and was the President of the Wright Memorial Chapter in Ohio from 2002-2004. He has also attended seven annual AMS meetings since 1994, chaired several sessions of AMS meetings, and has submitted posters and papers on topics ranging from high resolution forecast models for urban environments to the use of lightning data in winter storms. Pete received many high level individual and organization awards during his AF career; he received the NWA Member of the Year Award in 2007 for his long-term support as Chief Editor of the Digest.





CANDIDATES FOR COUNCILOR (3-YR TERM; 2010 – 2012) — VOTE FOR ANY FOUR:

CHRIS BUONANNO: He is a candidate for NWA Councilor. Chris is currently the Science and Operations Officer (SOO) at the National Weather Service in Little Rock, AR. Before joining the Little Rock office, Chris worked in National Weather Services offices located in Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. Chris received his undergraduate degrees in meteorology and computer science from Saint Louis University in 1990, and his Master’s degree in meteorology in 1992. Chris has been the local chapter president, of the Arkansas AMS/NWA since 2002. Chris is a member of the NWA Weather and Analysis Forecast Committee (WAF), and served as its co-chair from 2005 to 2007.Chris also acts as an Associate Editor for the NWA National Weather Digest.





DR. RICHARD DIXON is a candidate for Councilor. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at Texas State University. He obtained his BS in Physical Oceanography from Rutgers University and spent over 10 years in the Federal Civil Service at the Pacific Missile Test Center, Point Mugu, CA. While employed by the Navy he was responsible for weather and oceanographic forecasting in support of flight testing of numerous weapon systems such as TOMAHAWK, Trident, and HARPOON. In addition, he conducted research on the effect of the environment on weapons systems, and worked with other NWS and AWS forecasters to coordinate forecasts for special events such as the 1984 Summer Olympics, President Ronald Reagan’s Western White House, and the visit of Queen Elizabeth with the Royal Yacht Britannia to Southern California. His doctoral dissertation at Texas A&M studied the relationship between Heat Index and human mortality in the American south. Dixon has been at Texas State since 1995 and has published extensively on weather and climate hazards, vulnerability, and risk assessment. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in meteorology, climatology, oceanography, natural hazards, and statistics. Six students have earned their doctoral degrees under his supervision.



JEFF EVANS is currently a lead forecaster at the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, OK, a position he has held since February 2002.   He has been an operational meteorologist with the National Weather Service for over 18 years with stints at Sheridan, WY and Cheyenne, WY prior to being selected into the National Severe Storms Forecast Center (now SPC) in February 1995. Jeff has served as team leader for numerous significant severe weather events across the country, and has mentored many aspiring operational meteorologists through student internship programs.  He was named, along with the SPC, for a NOAA Gold Medal for 'life-saving service' during the May 4-9, 2003 record severe weather week.  Jeff has authored or co-authored 19 scientific papers, including 5 in major journals, and has given 50+ presentations around the country on various aspects of severe weather forecasting. He has been an active NWA member for many years, has given oral and poster presentations at the past 4 annual meetings, and looks forward to becoming more involved in such a great organization.











DAVE FREEMAN is Chief Meteorologist at KSNW TV, in Wichita, KS.  His long commitment to the NWA includes service as Council member, Broadcast Meteorology Chair, Broadcast Seal Chair, Broadcast Publicity Chair, Broadcast Sub-Committee on Standards and Ethics member, Broadcast Seal review panel member, Web Development Committee member, and Professional Development Committee member (current). Dave holds the Seal of Approval of both the NWA and AMS.  Dave is also the first person ever recognized twice as NWA Broadcaster of the Year. His coverage of the Greensburg tornado was recognized in 2008. Dave first won the award in 1992.  He has presented at numerous conferences, including several NWA Annual meetings; presentations and panel discussions at the National Severe Weather Workshop in Norman, OK; the Southeast Severe Storms Symposium; the High Plains NWA/AMS Conference; and a Wichita NWA/AMS chapter conference.









DR. CHARLES "CHUCK" GRAVES is a candidate for Councilor. He is an associate professor of meteorology at Saint Louis University. He started as an assistant professor at Saint Louis University in 1992 and was promoted to associate professor in 1997. Before that, he had a post-doctoral position at Texas A&M University after receiving his Ph.D. in physics from Iowa State University. It was an enthusiastic Jim Moore that introduced Chuck to the NWA in 1999 and he has been a member ever since. In 2005, Jim Moore and Chuck were the local program chairs for the NWA annual meeting in St. Louis, MO. Coincident with his introduction to the NWA, Chuck has concentrated his research efforts in operational meteorology, particularly with forecast issues of heavy rainfall and snowfall. He has published research in NWA journals and encourages Saint Louis University graduate students to attend NWA meetings.











BRAD HEROLD is a candidate for Council. He is currently a senior Hydro-Meteorological Technician at the National Weather Service Forecast Office (WFO) in Indianapolis, IN where he has served since April of 2008. He began his career as a Weather Observer with a private company and as a Volunteer at the National Weather Service Office (WSO) in Toledo, OH in 1989. The weather observing position was brief contract work while the volunteer position carried through early 1994. Concurrently, Brad initiated the start up of the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and completed courses from both Mississippi State University (MSU) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Institute. In 1994 he joined the National Weather Service (NWS) at WFO Indianapolis as a Meteorological Technician where he was awarded a Special Service Award for work quality and co-authored an instructional paper. In 1996, Brad transferred to WSO South Bend, IN where he functioned as the AFOS/RTA Program Leader, trained new employees, led storm spotter training classes, and conducted area weather station inspections. Following the spin-down of the WSO in 1997, he was employed through 2004 as a Weather Observer with private industry. During this time he also took additional courses from MSU, including an internship at NBC affiliate WNDU-TV in South Bend. In 2004, Brad rejoined the NWS as a Meteorological Technician, which took him to WSO Barrow, Alaska. During his time there he served on a regional team for the Systems Integration Plan and received team Regional and National Issac Cline Awards. Brad has been a member of the AMS since 1990 and the NWA since 1999. He has been particularly, and enthusiastically, involved with NWA activities: Associate Editor of the National Weather Digest, 2002 to 2007; Committee Member of the Awards Committee, 2004 to present; Committee Member of the Home Page Advisory Committee/Information Technology Committee from March 2004 to present; and, assisted with the 33rd and 34th Annual Meetings. He looks forward to serving the membership of the NWA in an even greater capacity.



DR. CHAD KAUFFMAN is an Associate Professor of Earth Sciences at California University of Pennsylvania. He is co-director of the Meteorology Concentration in the Earth Sciences department and academic Advisor to Meteorology Club & Three Rivers Chapter of the NWA (2007 Chapter of the Year). Kauffman earned his Masters & Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Geosciences-Meteorology/Climatology Specialization) in 2000. Kauffman has taught twenty-five unique courses in Meteorology, Earth Sciences & Geography at Cal_U. Kauffman oversees the recently renovated Broadcast Meteorology facility where students participate in CUTV news broadcasts and webcasts. Kauffman was awarded the 2006 Pennsylvania Geographical Society’s (PGS) Distinguished Teaching Award and the 2008 Presidential Gala Award for Teaching. He has procured multiple research & equipment grants from the State of Pennsylvania, Federal & Private funding agencies. Kauffman has presented and co-presented papers and posters at NWA/AMS Annual meetings and related specialized conferences. He has organized and co-organized regional symposia in conjunction with the Three Rivers Chapter of the NWA. The most recent collaborative example involves StormFest, an educational outreach summit for the Pittsburgh region hosted by the Carnegie Science Center.

















STEVE LISTEMAA is currently the Information Technology Officer (ITO) for the National Weather Service (NWS) Baltimore/Washington Forecast Office in Sterling, VA. Steve has spent his entire career with the NWS, working at the offices in Slidell, LA and Jackson, MS, in addition to the Lower Mississippi Forecast Center in Slidell and Hydrometeorological Prediction Center in Camp Springs, MD. He was recently selected as NWS Eastern Region's Employee of the Month (July 2008) and Team of the Month (August 2009). Steve earned a B.S. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Louisiana - Monroe in 1994, and a M.S. in Meteorology from Texas A&M University in 1998. Steve has been a member of the NWA and AMS since 1993 and has been a Webmaster for the NWA website since 1999. He was selected as NWA Member of the Year in 2006 for his work on the NWA website.






DR. SCOTT ROCHETTE is a candidate for Councilor He is an associate professor in the Department of the Earth Sciences at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, where he also serves as Department Chair. His teaching interests include Synoptic Meteorology, Mesoscale Meteorology, and Dynamic Meteorology. His research interests include heavy precipitation, jet streak interaction, and local/regional severe weather. Scott received his B.S. in meteorology in 1988 from Lyndon State College. From 1990 to 1992 he was an operational meteorologist with New England Weather Service. In 1992 he entered Saint Louis University to work with the late Jim Moore, receiving his M.S.(R) and Ph.D. in 1994 and 1998, respectively. A proud NWA member since 1992, Scott has reviewed and published articles in National Weather Digest. He has served on the Weather Analysis and Forecasting Committee (1997-present), as technical editor of National Weather Digest (2003-2006), and as Councilor (2007-2009).



DR. JOHN SCALA is a candidate for Councilor. Dr. Scala is a broadcast meteorologist at WGAL-TV (NBC) in Lancaster, PA. He is also employed as a private consultant, preparing expert opinions on cases of personal injury, questionable death and storm-related damage. Dr. Scala held a faculty appointment at Millersville University of Pennsylvania from 2002-2005, and served as the Associate Director of Millersville’s Center for Disaster Research and Education. He was employed by The Weather Channel between 1998-2002 as their on-camera Storm Analyst, and Meteorology Training Coordinator. Dr. Scala began his professional career at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center from 1990-1995. Dr. Scala has been a member of the National Weather Association since 1995, serving first as a Councilor and member of the Professional Development Committee before becoming President in 2008. His serves currently as Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee and on the Finance and Societal Impacts of Weather and Climate Committees.








For the information of voters:

Previously Elected Members that will be on the NWA Council for 2010:

President: Steven M. Zubrick, NOAA/NWS Forecast Office SOO, Sterling, VA

Treasurer: Jeffrey P. Craven, NOAA/NWS Forecast Office SOO, Dousman, WI

Councilors:

For 2008 – 2010:
Randy Graham, NOAA/NWS Forecast Office SOO, Salt Lake City, UT
Jill F. Hasling CCM, Weather Research Center Inc., Houston, TX
Troy Kimmel, KVET/KASE/KFMK Chief Meteorologist & Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography and Environment, University of Texas, Austin, TX
Jeff Waldstreicher, NOAA/NWS Eastern Region SSD, Bohemia, NY

For 2009 – 2011:
David "Rusty" Billingsley, NOAA/NWS Southern Region, Forth Worth, TX
John Gordon, NOAA/NWS Forecast Office MIC, Louisville, KY
Bernard N. Meisner, NOAA/NWS Southern Region, Forth Worth, TX
Wendy Schreiber-Abshire, UCAR/COMET, Boulder, CO

Immediate Past-President: Michael D. Vescio, NOAA/NWS Forecast Office MIC, Pendleton, OR


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