2017 Candidate Biographies

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President-Elect Candidates

Paul Schlatter

Paul Schlatter

Hello NWA!  I am passionate about the NWA and excited to run for president and have the chance to lead the NWA through a changing environment across the Weather Enterprise.  Starting in July 2016, I am the Science and Operations Officer (SOO) in the Denver/Boulder, Colorado, National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office.  As SOO, I am responsible for ensuring new science and/or technology is incorporated into improved operational products and services.  My career goal is focused on continuously improving operational meteorology to the benefit of society.  For the three years prior be being the SOO in Boulder, CO, I was the  NWS's Acting Chief of Staff or the Deputy Chief of Staff in the NWS Front Office in Silver Spring, MD.  Neither title conveyed my role in the NWS very well, but I directly supported the director and deputy director of the NWS on literally everything including policy development, coordinating internal and external communications, and fostering informed decisions towards building a Weather-Ready Nation.  In this role I worked to ensure the operational aspects of the NWS are accounted for in all decisions.  I was involved with and helped inform most of the high level decisions made at the top of the NWS. In 2011 and 2012, I worked in NOAA's Coordination Office (PCO), as the National Weather Service (NWS) liaison for NOAA and NWS leadership.  As PCO, I provided advice and staff support to NOAA senior leadership. I represented the NWS and worked with six other PCO specialists representing the other NOAA Line and Program Offices to ensure adequate coordination across NOAA and the NWS.  From 2003-2011, I worked for at the NWS Warning Decision Training Branch (WDTB) in Norman, OK, as a meteorologist instructor. While with WDTB, I designed and delivered a wide range of training modules for the NWS, focusing on high impact weather warnings. I was the project lead for the dual-polarization radar operations course and played a critical role in the success of the development and deployment of the upgrade to the nation's fleet of 158 radars. I am a subject matter expert with NWS regarding radar and severe weather warnings.  I graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA with a B.S. in Engineering Physics, and received an M.S. in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma.  I am an active and loyal member of the NWA and have been for over a decade, serving as Vice President in 2015, a councilor from 2012-14, and as a member of several committees, currently the Strategic Planning Committee.  I would be honored to serve as NWA's President.  Thanks!

 

Alan Sealls

Alan Sealls

Alan Sealls is Chief Meteorologist at WKRG-TV, in MOB. He has been a NWA member for 30 years, attending over 15 meetings, and presenting at half of those. Alan holds bachelors and masters degrees in meteorology from Cornell and Florida State, respectively, along with broadcast Seals from the NWA and the AMS. Alan is a Fellow of the AMS.

Alan has served as a NWA Seal Panelist, and then Chairman; a Councilor for the NWA; and as a Board Chair for the AMS Seal. Alan presently serves as a Councilor for the AMS. He's on the NWA Diversity Committee and he acts as a NWA mentor. He's a past president of the Chicago Chapter of the AMS.

Alan is a six-time Emmy winner. He also won a national award from the AMS in 2009 for a series on climate change. In 2015, he received a best-in-state award for his documentary retrospective on Hurricane Ivan. In 3 of the last 4 years, Alan won the Lagniappe newspaper reader's choice award for Best Meteorologist in MOB. Earlier this year he received a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. award for community service from People United to Advance the Dream. He maintains a rigorous schedule of outreach to schools and community groups for weather education.

Alan Sealls has produced more than 30 weather videos for schools, distributed nationwide by Discovery Education. Before arriving in MOB in 1999, Alan was a meteorologist at WMAQ-TV in CHI. Prior to that Alan was a meteorologist for 5 years at super station WGN-TV. While there, he was a meteorology professor at Columbia College. He currently teaches weather broadcasting at the University of South Alabama, each spring.

From 1988-1992, Alan Sealls was a meteorologist at WTMJ-TV & Radio, in MKE. His career started in ABY, at WALB-TV.


Treasurer Candidates

Lans Rothfusz

Lans Rothfusz

Lans P. Rothfusz (pronounced Lance ROTE-foos) is Deputy Director of NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) in Norman, Oklahoma where he is responsible for the administrative functions supporting scientific research in the Laboratory.  His research work is focused on developing and delivering next-generation hazardous weather information concepts for National Weather Service operations.

Mr. Rothfusz earned his Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1982) and his Master of Science degree in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma (1985).  After two years of postgraduate work at the University of Oklahoma, he began his tenure with the NWS in 1987.  With the NWS, Mr. Rothfusz has served in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Fort Worth, Texas; as the Meteorologist in Charge of the NWS offices in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Peachtree City, Georgia for a combined 16 years.

Mr. Rothfusz has been personally honored with the DOC’s Silver Medal for co-developing “StormReady,” a severe weather preparedness program for communities.  Since its inception in 1999, StormReady has spread to over 2,500 communities nationwide.  The NWA honored him with the 2014 Outstanding Operational Achievement Individual Award for “passion and dedication to the science of meteorology which led to numerous innovations in the NWS throughout his career, and for maintaining a visionary influence on the future of operational meteorology.”  The American Meteorological Society presented Mr. Rothfusz with its Francis W. Reichelderfer Award for his leadership of a multinational team providing weather support to the 1996 Olympics.

Mr. Rothfusz is a member of several professional organizations for meteorology and emergency management, holds an amateur radio license (KD5EJN), is an active leader in his church, and enjoys writing, playing and recording songs.  He resides in Norman, Oklahoma with his wife, Kathy. They have two sons at the University of Oklahoma.

 

Keith Stellman

Keith Stellman

Keith Stellman is the Meteorologist in Charge of the Atlanta National Weather Service Office out of Peachtree City, GA and took over in that role in August of 2012.  Prior to coming to GA, Keith was the Warning Coordination Meteorologist in Shreveport LA from 2007-2012, a Techniques Development Meteorologist and Regional Training Officer at the NWS Southern Region HQ in Ft. Worth TX from 2004-2007, A Senior Hydrologist at the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center in Slidell, LA from 1999-2003, and an intern with the NWS in Tallahassee FL from 1996-1999.  Keith received his B.S. in Meteorology from the Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe LA in 1996 where he also played baseball and earning Academic All Conference honors in 1996.  Keith graduated in 1999 from Florida State University with a Masters Degree in Meteorology.  Keith has received numerous awards over his 20 year career including the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association 2011 Leadership Award, 3 NOAA Administrator Awards including for his leadership and role in the development and implementation of the NWS RIDGE Radar webpages, the NWS Precipitation Analysis Wepages (water.weather.gov), and the Damage Assessment Toolkit for all NWS employees to assess damage from tornadoes.  His awards also include 2 National Isaac Cline Awards, 3 Regional Isaac Cline Awards, a NOAA Bronze Medal, 9 NWS Director Awards and the National Weather Association's Charle's Maxwell award for 10 years of GIS integration in the NWS.  Keith was a member of the 2014 GA Governor's Task Force which has led to the implementation of a statewide mesonet within GA, a member of the NWS Hurricane Liaison Team and provided personal briefings to President George W Bush and Governor Rick Perry in 2005 during Hurricane Rita as well as to the White House during Hurricane Ivan.    Keith has been a guest on The Weather Channel's Weather Geeks Show in Aug 2014, The History Channel's One in a Million show, and has performed hundreds of local and national news interviews including New York Times, Washington Post, WeatherNation, The Weather Channel, and NBC's Nightly news.   Keith has been a member of the NWA for 16 years and a broadcast seal evaluator for over 6 years which includes dozens of broadcaster seal evaluations.  Keith is also the newly selected co-chair of the 2018 NWA meeting.


Councilor Candidates

Christina Crowe

Christina Crowe

Christina Crowe currently serves as Special Advisor to the NWS Director, working on strategic planning. She earned her B.S. from Mizzou (2007) & M.S. from UAH (2009). Her research has ranged from convective snows to landfalling tropical systems to dual-polarimetric analysis of tornadic storms to social science collaboration, all with a focus on operational impacts.

She has gained a variety of experience within the NWS working for the Meteorological Development Lab in addition to WFOs in St. Louis, Springfield, and Huntsville. Her passion for education, communication, and coding have translated into leadership of social media and GFE programs (including beta-site transition to AWIPS II) plus heavy involvement with training & outreach at WFOs.   She also has a strong interest in DSS and high impact event response because of her experience with major winter storms and the 27 April 2011 Super Outbreak. Christina recently completed a 2-year rotation as the Executive Officer for the NWS Director and then as Program Coordination Officer (PCO) for the NOAA Administrator. As PCO, she served as NWS liaison to NOAA line offices and leadership in NOAA, DOC, and beyond.

Christina has been a long-time member of the NWA, serving as Mizzou Student Chapter President and Outreach Chair of the UAH chapter. Nationally, she has served on the WAF Committee as both a member & chair, overseeing the inaugural Master Class. She was also instrumental in starting the NWA Women’s Networking Lunch and looks forward to continuing her support of diversity and student/professional development in NWA.

 

James-Paul Dice

James-Paul Dice

James-Paul “JP” Dice has been working in broadcast meteorology since 1995 starting his career at WCJB-TV in Gainesville, Florida. He then worked in Huntsville at WHNT-TV as morning and noon meteorologist. Dice was instrumental in the first use of dual-pol Doppler radar in a broadcast application. In 2003-2004, he worked directly with the University of Alabama Huntsville and Baron Services in developing the ARMOR Doppler radar system.

Dice assumed the position of chief meteorologist at WBRC-TV in Birmingham in 2008. In April, 2011, he and his team covered one of the worst tornado outbreaks in US history. Dice has been a huge advocate for NOAA weather radio in his community holding one of the largest weather radio campaigns from 2010-2013. He is also a colorectal cancer survivor and has been an advocate for colonoscopies and cancer awareness in his community. He also does seminars on aviation weather safety. Dice has a BS in broadcast news from the University of Florida and an MS in Geoscience from Mississippi State University. He holds both the National Weather Association Seal of Approval and was the first meteorologist in Alabama to earn the American Meteorological Society Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal.

Dice is a commercial pilot with instrument, multi-engine, advanced ground instructor, and unmanned aerial system ratings. He is also employed as a corporate pilot and college instructor teaching meteorology and physical science.

 

Gina Eosco

Gina Eosco

Dr. Gina Eosco is a Senior Social Scientist and Risk Communication Expert at Eastern Research Group with over 10 years of experience conducting stakeholder engagement activities and employing social science research for the weather community. Gina strikes an optimal balance between listening to meteorologists’ needs while suggesting research, outreach and engagement activities that will meet their goals.  With ERG, she has worked with numerous scientific agencies, but most notably with the National Weather Service on projects including a social science assessment of NHC’s storm surge flooding map, the Hazard Simplification effort to evaluate the watch, warning and advisory system, as well as studying audience effects from impact based warnings for severe weather.

Throughout Gina’s research, both as a student and a professional, operational meteorology has played a critical role. From learning about meteorology by shadowing forecasters in local WFOs to observing broadcasters in their TV environment, operational meteorology has and continues to influence what she researches and how she approaches it. She strongly believes in research that links operations by making research more relevant to weather operations and having operations influence the weather community’s communication research needs.

Prior to ERG, Gina worked for the American Meteorological Society’s Policy Program in Washington, DC. While at AMS, she worked with scientists in a variety of contexts including road weather, hazards and insurance, hurricane and satellite policy, global earth observations, to name a few. She has a B.S. in environmental science and policy from the University of Maryland, and an M.S. and PhD in communication from Cornell University.

Though she has no degrees in meteorology, the weather community shaped almost every twist and turn of her career. She is incredibly thankful for this, and subsequently, is ready to give back to the operational weather community who has already given so much to her.

Chad Gravelle

Chad Gravelle

Chad Gravelle is the GOES-R Satellite Liaison and Science Coordinator for the National Weather Service Operations Proving Ground in Kansas City, MO where he leads the transition of GOES-R products into NWS Forecast Offices. He has a B.S. degree in meteorology from the State University of New York at Brockport and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in meteorology from Saint Louis University. Chad’s Ph.D. research developed a methodology to objectively identify conceptual model false alarms to distinguish statistically significant features in Northeast U.S. heavy snow events. While at Saint Louis University he was the lead developer of the CIPS Analog Guidance which is used by NWS Forecast Offices as an threat-based forecaster support resource. He was also the focal point on smaller research projects that assist NWS forecasters in identifying CWA-centric high-impact weather events. Chad has been a member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association since 2005. Currently, Chad is a member of the NWA Weather Analysis & Forecasting Committee where he was the co-developer and facilitator of the WAF Master Class that is held for students during the Student Workshop at the Annual Meeting. Previously, he was a member of the NWA Membership and Marketing Committee when he developed and facilitated the annual Student Speed Mentoring session. In 2012, Chad was recognized for his research and development of the CIPS Analog Guidance as he was the co-recipient of the NWA T. Theodore Fujita Research Achievement Award. Chad's contributions and experience on NWA committees has prepared him to serve as one of the NWA councilors and he is eager to bring his ideas, enthusiasm, and voice to the Council.

 

Jared Guyer

Jared Guyer

Jared Guyer is a Lead Forecaster at the NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, OK.  His forecaster-related responsibilities include the issuance of Tornado and Severe Thunderstorm Watches and nationwide severe weather outlooks.  Jared is heavily involved in SPC outreach/social media, science-sharing activities, and operationally oriented applied research.  He has authored or co-authored more the 20 formal/informal research papers, with a particular research interest in cool season tornado environments and low-CAPE regimes.  He has mentored more than a dozen students on research projects while at the SPC.  Prior to arriving at the SPC in 2003, he was at NWS offices in Hastings, Nebraska (2000-2003) and La Crosse, Wisconsin (1999-2000).  He earned a B.S. degree in Meteorology and Communications from Valparaiso University in 1999 and an M.B.A. from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014.

Jared has been a proud member of the NWA since 1997.  This includes prior chapter President/Vice-President and webmaster roles at Valparaiso University and the High Plains Chapter of the AMS/NWA.  He currently serves on the NWA Specialized Operations Committee (Severe Weather) and the NWA Awards Committee.  He previously served on the NWA Local Chapter Committee.  Jared was a planning committee member and facilitator for the inaugural (2015) Research Operations Nexus (RON) Meetup in honor of Ron Przybylinski.

Jared is a program committee member for the yearly National Tornado Summit in Oklahoma City and he previously co-chaired the planning committee for the National Severe Weather Workshop.  He is also a long-time member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS).  He is currently a part of the AMS Committee on Severe Local Storms and previously was on the AMS Board for Operational Government Meteorologists (BOGM).  Jared is a voting member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) standards committee for estimating wind speeds of tornadoes and other wind events.

Jared lives in Norman, OK with his wife and soon-to-be two children.

Joseph Murgo

Joseph Murgo

Joe Murgo is the Chief Meteorologist of WTAJ-TV, but has experience in many aspects of meteorology. Beyond his responsibility in broadcasting the weather for this CBS affiliate in Central Pennsylvania, he also is an adjunct faculty member for the Pennsylvania State University and consults about the weather for several different private companies.

Joe is a 1990 graduate from the Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Meteorology. He started an extensive career in operational meteorology working through the ranks at AccuWeather in State College from a student intern to a senior meteorologist before entering the broadcast field. Joe has worked at television stations in Steubenville, Ohio, Washington, D.C. and Norfolk, VA before settling in Central Pennsylvania.

Joe has the NWA Broadcast seal and also has earned the status of Certified Broadcast Meteorologist from the American Meteorological Society. He is committed in progressing the field of meteorologist, mentoring dozens of students entering the field and serving on the American Meteorological Society’s Board of Broadcast Meteorology. Joe was elected to the Chairman of this board and crafted the updated grading procedures for Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Candidates.

 

Scott Rochette

Scott Rochette

Scott M. Rochette, Ph.D., a candidate for Councilor, is an Associate Professor and former Chair of the Department of the Earth Sciences at The College at Brockport, State University of New York.  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 Hartford, CT.  Working with the late Jim Moore, Scott earned his M.S.(R) and Ph.D. from Saint Louis University in 1994 and 1998, respectively.  After a visiting professorship at St. Cloud State University, Scott accepted his current position at The College at Brockport in 1999.

A proud NWA member since 1992, Scott has published articles in National Weather Digest and National Weather Association Electronic Journal of Operational Meteorology, and is a regular presenter at NWA Annual Meetings.  His service to the NWA includes reviewing numerous manuscripts submitted for publication in National Weather Digest, as well as membership on the Weather Analysis and Forecasting Committee (1997-2013) and the Broadcaster Seal Evaluation Board (2010-present).  In addition, Scott served as technical editor of National Weather Digest (2003-2006) and as Councilor (2007-2009).

Jon Zeitler

Jon Zeitler

Jon Zeitler serves as the Science and Operations Officer for the National Weather Service (NWS) Austin/San Antonio Forecast Office in New Braunfels, Texas. He previously served in NWS positions at Houston/Galveston, TX; Rapid City, SD; and College Station, TX. Before joining the NWS, Jon was a climatologist at the Southeast Regional Climate Center in Columbia, SC; the Texas State Climatologist’s Office at Texas A&M University; and as an undergraduate with Iowa State Extension Service. He also completed a summer internship at KTTC-TV in Rochester, MN. Jon holds a B.S. in meteorology from Iowa State University, and a M.S. in meteorology from Texas A&M University.  His professional interests include: decision support, safety and preparedness, flash flooding, and severe local storms. Jon has authored a number of conference and journal papers, written book reviews, and served as a journal article reviewer.

His NWA service includes Journal of Operational Meteorology (JOM) Lead Technical Editor (2013-present) and Associate Editor (2013-2015); serving on the team that converted the National Weather Digest and Electronic Journal of Operational Meteorology (EJOM) to the JOM; EJOM Editor (2007) and Assistant Editor (2006); NWA Publications Committee (2006-2012); President (2009-2011), Vice President (2008-2009), and Co-founder (2008) of the South Central Texas NWA/AMS Chapter, and NWA national member since 2002. Jon’s AMS service includes the Board on Outreach and Pre-college Education (2000, Chair 2001-2003); Board on School and Popular Meteorological and Oceanographic Education (1997-2000), Board on Women and Minorities (1994-1997); program committee and session chair for the Symposia on Education (seven times) and the Conference on Applied Climatology (twice); member (when in the local area) of the South Central Texas, Houston, Palmetto, Texas A&M University, and Iowa State University (one year as President) local chapters, an AMS national member since 1985.

Jon is married to Molly Zeitler (a middle school social studies teacher), and they have two adult daughters, Zoe and Becca.