Candidates' bios for the National Weather Association's 2016
NWA Council elections!

Postcards are mailed out in early November to all NWA members with their renewal date and a reminder to vote online!

Cast your vote by December 31, 2015, on the NWA Member Portal.

Questions may be directed to or 405-701-5167.

Candidates for President-Elect — Vote for one

Nezette Rydell: is the Meteorologist-in-Charge at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Boulder, Colorado. She leads the office of 23 meteorologists and support staff serving northeast and north central Colorado as well as the Center Weather Service Unit at the FAA Air Route Traffic Control Center in Longmont.

Nezette holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorology from Texas A&M University and a Masters in Computer Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University. Nezette has extensive experience in National Weather Service operations and warning and preparedness activities including severe weather, flash flooding, and tropical cyclone operations. She worked as a Forecaster and Service Hydrologist in Austin/San Antonio, as the Warning and Coordination Meteorologist in Honolulu and the MIC in Brownsville, Texas before arriving in Boulder. She has done work with the World Meteorological Organization in disaster preparedness and with USAID efforts in tsunami education and preparedness. Nezette is involved with education and mitigation efforts for weather hazards and works closely with state and county emergency planners and responders in the areas of weather threats, fire weather support and multi-cultural messaging in warning and preparedness. She is a longtime member of the NWA and AMS, most recently serving on NWA Marketing and Membership and Strategic Planning committees.

Gail Hartfield is a Senior Forecaster at the NWS Forecast Office in Raleigh, NC. Born and raised in Muskegon, MI, Gail received her B.S. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1992. As a student, Gail started her NWS career in Detroit, MI, and transferred to the Raleigh forecast office in 1992. A proud member of the NWA since 1993, Gail has served as Chair of the Training/Professional Development Committee (1997-2003), 25th Annual Meeting Program Chair (2000), Councilor (2001-2002), and Vice President (2005), and has delivered numerous oral and poster presentations. She is also a longtime AMS member and served as Chair of the AMS Board for Operational Government Meteorologists, AMS journal manuscript reviewer, and is currently on the AMS Weather Analysis and Forecasting Committee. Gail has been an office leader in science and applied research, acting as principal NWS liaison for COMET- and CSTAR-funded projects in collaboration with NCSU, and has conducted extensive research projects on topics such as cold-air damming, MCSs, and lightning prediction, including creation of a local lightning forecast technique. She has co-authored many case studies and conference preprints, is active in office web page development and social media teams, and leads training and development of the AWIPS Graphical Forecast Editor (GFE). Gail developed a local heat danger awareness campaign that included creating heat danger posters and pamphlets for high school athletes. She’s had the privilege of participating in NSSL/Hazardous Weather Testbed experiments involving total lightning data, convection-allowing models, phased-array radar, and probabilistic hazard forecasts. Gail has received a DOC Gold Medal, four DOC Bronze Medals, two NOAA Unit Citation awards, and four Isaac Cline awards. Gail is married with two children and enjoys running, hiking, kayaking, disc golfing, and Detroit Tigers baseball.

Candidates for Vice-President — Vote for one:

Miles Muzio

Chief Meteorologist at KBAK-TV, Bakersfield, CA. Chair, NWA Broadcast Meteorology Committee

Miles has served in the field of meteorology 43 years- as a weather forecaster, media broadcaster and consultant. As current NWA Broadcast Meteorology Chair, he composed and oversaw the establishment of the NWA Digital Seal program. During his tenure as NWA Seal Chair, he modernized the evaluation process directing candidates to upload their submissions rather than sending DVDs and made the procedure paperless. Miles represented the NWA at a recent UCAR Model Advisory Committee strategy meeting in Washington.

He attended Texas A&M University and graduated with honors from the U.S. Air Force School of Meteorology in 1976. Miles served 12 years as a US Air Force forecaster, and has worked as a broadcast meteorologist since 1981. He has won numerous awards for achievement as a broadcaster in multiple television markets across the county. Miles’ experience ranges from arctic work in Alaska to tropical forecasting in Panama. His forensic business, Weather Intel, consults for law firms and insurance companies as an expert.

He is a member of both the AMS and NWA, holding the AMS TV Seal since 1983 (CBM since its inception in 2005) and the NWA TV Seal since 1992. He founded the Kern Chapter of the NWA in 2006. In 2005, Miles established the Katrina Hope Foundation, helping to re-assimilate Hurricane Katrina victims into other communities nationwide. He published his first book Foundations: The Meaning of Life in 2008.

Bill Murray: is a weather historian and President of The Weather Factory, a private weather forecasting company based in Birmingham, Alabama. The Weather Factory provides meteorological support and forecasts for ABC 33/40 in Birmingham, as well as about eighteen radio stations around the country. Bill is responsible for weekend forecast packages and blog content, and sells advertising on, which he redesigned in 2010. He currently provides severe weather coverage for radio stations operated by Summit Media in Birmingham as well.

He is the Executive Producer for WeatherBrains, the netcast that is all about the weather, arranging all guests for the show each week and leading interviews. He founded The Weather Source in 1991, a company that developed a one-page weather fax for hotels, which sold to AccuWeather in 1996. He was the weekend meteorologist for WBMG, Channel 42, and the CBS affiliate in Birmingham from 1991 until 1996. He also provided recorded and live weather forecasts for radio station WCEO while at TV-42. From 2002-08, he was the author of the Weather Weekly Engagement Calendar, published by Accord Publishing. He produces daily Twitter weather factoids @wxhistorian.

Murray is the Seal Chair for the new Digital Seal program implemented by the National Weather Association in 2014. He is the proud holder of the very first Digital Seal issued by the National Weather Association for internet meteorologists. He serves on the AMS Best Practice Board Digital Services Initiative committee.

He has served on the NWA Council since 2013 and served as the Logistics Chair for the 2011 NWA Annual Meeting in Birmingham, introducing several new ideas that will hopefully be featured at future meetings. He is a member of the Program Committee for the 2016 Annual Meeting in Norfolk. Bill is Past President of the Central Alabama NWA Chapter and a member of the AMS.

He is very active in tourism and the local community. He is also the Founder and CEO of Integral Hospitality Solutions, a hotel management company that manages twenty-five hotels across the country. He serves as the Chairman of the Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau, and is serving or has served on the Boards of the Chamber of Commerce, the Ronald McDonald House and the Arthritis Foundation.

Candidates for Secretary — Vote for one:

Pam Szatanek is a meteorologist and certified Incident Meteorologist (IMET) with the National Weather Service. Pam got her start in meteorology as a weather observer in the United States Marine Corps and later as an aviation forecaster in the USMC. During her military career she was stationed in mainland Japan, southern California and Yuma, Arizona. Pam’s undergraduate studies were completed at SUNY Stony Brook and she attended Arizona State University for her masters. After graduate school, she worked at The National Academy of Sciences with the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate. In 2003, Pam was hired as a meteorologist at the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center working the surface analysis desk and the basic weather forecast desk. In 2006, Pam was dispatched to the Nezperce National Forest in northern Idaho as an IMET Trainee. She completed her Incident Meteorologist certification in 2007 and in 2009 she transferred to the Weather Forecast Office in Elko to gain more experience as an incident meteorologist. Since joining the ranks of the IMET, she has worked fires across the western U.S. and has logged two bushfire seasons in Australia. Pam is also deeply involved with STEM education, outreach and the Hazards Literacy Program in northeastern Nevada. Pam currently serves on the NWA Special Operations Committee.

Randy Graham, is the Meteorologist in Charge of the National Weather Service Forecast office in Salt Lake City. Previously, Randy was the Science and Operations Officer in Salt Lake City from 2005-2015 and held the same position in Grand Rapids from 1999-2005. Prior to that he held NWS positions as a Senior Forecaster in Grand Rapids, MI, a General Forecaster in Salt Lake City, UT and as a Meteorologist Intern in Sioux Falls, SD. Throughout his career he has focused on supporting operational meteorology through research which can be transferred to operations, such as the use standardized anomalies to anticipate high impact weather events, as well as through the development of a variety of national training modules in collaboration with WDTB (topics: precipitation type forecasting, polygon warning philosophy), COMET (topics: operational use of ensemble output, use of anomalies to anticipate heavy rainfall events), and VISIT (topic: forecasting lake effect snow). He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorology from the University of Nebraska and is nearing completion of a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science at the University of Utah.

Randy has been an active member of the National Weather Association since 1992. He has twice served as Program Chair for the NWA Annual Meeting, first in Reno in 2007 and then again in Salt Lake City in 2014. In addition, Randy has served the NWA in additional roles including NWA Councilor (2008-2011), as part of the Student Planning Committee for the Annual Meeting in Tucson (2010) and as a member of the NWA Mentoring Team.

Candidates for Councilor (three year term; 2016 – 2018) — Vote for any four:

Dr. Susan A. Jasko currently serves as a member of the AMS executive committee and as a councilor. She also serves as a member of the AGU’s Thriving Earth Exchange advisory board. Her work within the weather enterprise includes serving on two NWS service assessment teams, membership in the Pittsburgh Integrated Warning Team, co-planner on various conference sessions, a Center for Advanced Public Safety Research Fellow (University of Alabama), guest on WeatherBrains and WeatherGeeks, and a facilitator of IWT launches. Teaching at California University of PA in the Communication Studies Department, she often advises Earth Science students about communication and social science course options and consults on student research projects. Her involvement with the weather enterprise grew from a student/faculty/non-profit collaboration with the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh to produce “StormFest”. This project brought together meteorology students, education students, and communication students. Dr. Jasko is keenly interested in several aspects of the larger weather enterprise, including the communication dimensions of weather warnings and other forecast messages, the organizational and enterprise-wide coordination challenges, and in the communication of weather and scientific information within the larger social/political sphere. These interests have led to a developing focus on the communication of science, especially in the context of developing information strategies enhancing the capacity of non-scientists to understand science and scientific research and findings in applied contexts (such as policy decision making, addressing local, community-based problems, raising public scientific literacy, and encouraging curiosity). Currently, she is working with two campus colleagues (Dr. Chad Kauffman, Meteorology, and Dr. Paul Hettler, Economics) to develop a weather/natural hazard specific version of the DoSPERT scale. Dr. Jasko welcomes the privilege of and opportunity to run for the position of Councilor for NWA.

Nate Johnson is a meteorologist and executive producer at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, NC, where he has worked for the last eight years alongside other meteorologists in shaping how forecasts and weather information are communicated on TV, web, mobile, and social media. Prior to moving to Raleigh, he was the data services meteorologist for Baron Services in Huntsville, AL, where he developed a first-of-its-kind system to diagnose road conditions based on current and antecedent weather conditions. Nate is also a panelist on the weekly weather netcast WeatherBrains and contributor to the Digital Meteorologist blog.

Nate has been a member of the National Weather Association since college and has served the Association most notably as a Television Seal of Approval reviewer for more than seven years as well as presenting at various annual meetings. He has organized and chaired all three successful AMS conferences on Weather Warnings and Communications and served on the team that recently updated the AMS Policy Statement on Weather Analysis and Forecasting.

Nate holds a master’s degree in communication and bachelor’s degrees in meteorology and computer science from NC State, where he also teaches a course in broadcast meteorology. He holds the NWA’s Seal of Approval for Television Weathercasting as well as the AMS’s Certified Broadcast Meteorologist designation. His work has contributed to numerous regional Emmy, Associated Press, and Edward R. Murrow awards as well as a national Emmy nomination.

He lives in Apex, NC, with his wife, two daughters, and two cats. When not working, he enjoys traveling, hiking, and running, and is training to earn a private pilot’s license.

Vytas Reid - Chief Meteorologist

I am currently the Chief Meteorologist for the award winning FOX45 News at 4, 5, 10, and 11 pm newscast. I have severed in this position for the past 10 years.

I previously was the Chief Meteorologist for Sinclair Broadcast Group's News Central weather operations which produced weather forecast for several television markets across the country. Before coming to Maryland I worked for WRTV ABC 6 Indianapolis, and WKJG NBC 33 Fort Wayne, IN. I also had opportunities to do work at WB 17 Philadelphia, PA, WXIN FOX 59 Indianapolis, and FOX 28 South Bend, IN. I hold a degree in Broadcast Communications from Indiana University and a Certificate in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University. I have also been awarded the seal of approval from the American Meteorological Society, and a current standing member of the National Weather Association. I am proud to serve currently on the newly formed Diversity committee for the NWA.

Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, I now call Maryland my home and enjoy being involved in a variety of activities with my wife and three children. I enjoy music of all kinds, cultural events, and traveling. I am an active supporter of the South Baltimore Learning Center, weather presentations to schools in the area, youth activities, and an active member of the Baha'i Faith.

Greg Stumpf is a research associate for the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Greg earned is B. S. in Meteorology at SUNY Oswego in 1986 and his M. S. in Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University in 1988. Throughout his 26-year career, first contracted with the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL), and currently with the National Weather Service Meteorological Development Laboratory (MDL), he has been at the forefront of the development of new technology for improving NWS forecaster severe weather warning decision-making process. He previously served as the group manager for this development at NSSL, which took the group to many NWS forecast offices nationwide to test the original Warning Decision Support System (WDSS) during real-time warning operations. Greg now acts as the liaison between MDL and the Hazardous Weather Testbed (HWT). For seven years, Greg was the Operations Coordinator for the Experimental Warning Program spring experiments in the HWT, and has been a co-principal investigator on several HWT projects, including experiments to evaluate Multiple-Radar / Multiple Sensor (MRMS) products, and the first prototypes of the Probabilistic Hazard Information (PHI) tool — a cornerstone of the Forecasting A Continuum of Environmental Threats (FACETs) initiative. Throughout his career, Greg has been constantly embedded in the research-to-operations (R2O) process for severe weather warning technology. Greg has been a long-time member of the NWA, and considers it to be a paramount organization to fostering R2O connections in the weather enterprise.

Mike Brown is currently a professor of meteorology and graduate coordinator for the Department of Geosciences at Mississippi State University. Additionally, Mike is the State Climatologist for the state of Mississippi. His work, like the Geosciences discipline is quite diverse, from lightning climatologies for NCAA stadiums, to the social response of violent tornadoes, and even climates effects upon migratory bird patterns and local agricultural phenology. Mike holds a B.S. degree in Meteorology from Western Illinois University, and M.S. from MSU, and a Ph.D. from The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

Working in his role as the State Climatologist Mike has earned a reputation for strong service. He believes that serving the citizenry of Mississippi and the students at MSU will carry forward in the position of counselor should he be elected. Mike has most recently served the NWA in the role as Testing Chair for the Broadcast Committee (2008-2012). Mike re-wrote the seal exam allowing for it to be placed in the electronic format used today. Mike was also the 2014 recipient of the NWA – Public Education Award.

Josh Rubenstein is the chief meteorologist for CBS 2 and KCAL 9 News in Los Angeles. He has been with the station since 1997.

Rubenstein serves as KCAL 9’s weathercaster on the station’s weekday noon and 4 pm newscasts.

Rubenstein also serves as a field reporter for both stations covering breaking news and human interest stories for his California Dreams segment, which can be seen on CBS 2 News at 5 pm. He has covered major stories in recent years. From the frontlines of numerous wildfires here in the Southland to flash flooded neighborhoods, Rubenstein has provided insightful analysis of the weather conditions that had the potential to significantly impact the disasters.

Drawing on his experience as an aircraft pilot, Rubenstein played a key role in the CBS 2 and KCAL 9 coverage of the crash of a single-engine airplane into a local apartment building in June 2003.

Prior to making the move to Southern California in 1996, Rubenstein honed his reporting skills in his home state of Illinois with television stations in Champaign, Rockford and Peoria.

Rubenstein earned his bachelor’s degree in speech communications from the University of Illinois. He then earned his certificate in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University. He also holds a Masters in Public Administration from Cal-State Northridge. Rubenstein has also been awarded the National Weather Association Seal of Approval as well as the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval. He is also one of a handful of meteorologists in the United States with a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal. He serves on the Los Angeles Police Department’s Community Police Advisory Board and actively participates in a host of community organizations. He is also is a senior member of the Civil Air Patrol Squadron 35 at Whiteman Airport.

Jennifer McNatt is currently the team lead for the National Weather Service (NWS) Southern Region Regional Operations Center (SR ROC) in Fort Worth, TX. She has served in this position for almost four years, working with a fantastic team to support Southern Region field offices as well as many large regional partners such as FEMA and the Texas Department of Emergency Management. Prior to this position, she was a journey and lead forecaster in Lake Charles, LA, Tallahassee, FL, Wakefield, VA and Tampa, FL. Before coming into the NWS, she was a weather officer in the US Air Force for almost six years, supporting a variety of aircraft stateside and overseas.

Jennifer has presented at several NWA conferences, and was the Program Chair for the 2009 meeting in Virginia. She is excited to expand her service in the NWA in the future!

Jill F. Hasling , CCM: Currently President of Weather Research Center [WRC] and Chief Consulting Meteorologist for Matthews Daniel. Jill is one of only a handful of women worldwide who are both AMS Certified Consulting Meteorologists and Fellows of the American Meteorological Society [AMS]. With over 40 years’ experience supporting global marine operations and education, Jill is passionate about making the community weatherwise.

WRC provides training for meteorologists in marine and tropical meteorology. They train by providing tropical and marine forecasts, long-range outlooks, climate studies, and forensic meteorology. Jill began work as a marine and tropical meteorologist, providing daily weather forecasts for the offshore industry worldwide and working in Forensic Meteorology. She also has been involved in detailed research projects where computer models are used to determine how strong the winds and how high the waves will be in a cyclone, hurricane or typhoon. Jill also founded the first Weather Museum in the nation and served as Director until 2015. The Weather Museum included Weather Camps and Weather Labs, which are educational programs to inspire a love for math and science. She developed the Freeman/Hasling Hurricane Damage Potential Scale which gives offshore users a better way to determine their risk to hurricanes based on the size of the wind field. Jill is an active member in NWA, AMS, and NCIM. She served as the first female president of NCIM in 2003. Jill also served as Chair of the AMS Board of Certified Consulting Meteorologists in 2008. Jill has served as a Councilor for both the AMS and National Weather Association in the past.

Proposed NWA Bylaw Change – Details of Change>

An explanation and/or rationale for the change is followed by the proposed wording below. The proposed change is indicated in bold italic or strikethrough.

Reword 3rd paragraph as follows to reflect changing the Vice President’s term from one to two years.

The terms of Vice President, shall be for one year. The terms of Secretary, and Treasurer shall be for two years. All officers serve at the pleasure of the Council and may be removed for just cause by a two-thirds vote of the other Council members.

The complete NWA bylaws are at: for reference.

Contact the NWA office at or 405-701-5167 for any questions. Members may vote on the NWA Member Portal. Electronic ballots must be cast by the end of the day December 31, 2015. If you requested a paper ballot, it must be postmarked by December 31, 2015, and mailed to the NWA Office. Our new address is: 3100 Monitor Ave Suite 123, Norman, OK 73072.

For the information of voters:

Previously Elected Members that will be on the NWA Council for 2016:

President: Dave Freeman

Treasurer: Alan Gerard

Student Councilor: Sarah Trojniak


For 2014 – 2016:
John Gagan
Mike Goldberg
Chuck Graves
Elise V. Schultz

For 2015 – 2017:
Trisha Palmer
Todd Lericos
Pat Spoden
Nick Walker

Immediate Past-President: Dr. Elizabeth Page