Members of the Twin Cities Meteorological Society

Through

Therese Benkowski Dec 2014

Maple Grove, MN

Meteorologist/Environmental Compliance, Weather-Or-Not Consulting

I began my weather career in the NWS and after several years, directed my career into environmental compliance (specifically air quality). I now work with all aspects of environmental compliance consulting as well as conducting various specialty meteorological service. I have known that I'd be a meteorologist since I was in the 5th grade!

Kenny Blumenfeld Nov 2015

Minneapolis, MN

Hazardous Weather Research Lead, Hennepin County Emergency Management and Director of Research, ORC International.

I love weather, all of it. Aside from my private-sector, nonweather job, I also am extremely fortunate to be part of Hennepin County Emergency Management's weather hazards awareness and planning team, where I lead research projects on high-impact events. I blog occasionally at Weather and BS, and I recently completed a documentary about Minnesota's winter. I also do a bit of public, weather-themed, scientific and personal BS-ing performances at local bars and theaters. So yeah, weather, weather, weather. That's why we're here, right?

Chris Bovitz Oct 2015

Lakeville, MN

Software engineer, Infor Global Solutions

My interest in weather goes way back, as I'm sure my grade-school classmates will tell you. After graduating from the University of Minnesota in computer science, I earned my masters degree in atmospheric sciences from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. I worked at the West Gulf River Forecast Center, then eventually wound up at NOHRSC, where I did meteorology, computer programming, database administration, and computer system administration. I'm currently software engineer in product development at Infor Global Solutions.

Lori Bovitz Sep 2014
Lakeville, MN
Product expert, Energy Platforms
Jon Chrzanowski Nov 2014
Burnsville, MN
Meteorologist, Telvent
Jonathan Cohen Oct 2014
Prior Lake, MN
Diane Cooper May 2013

Randy Dahl Nov 2015

North St. Paul, MN

Horticulturalist

Daniel Dix Sep 2015
Rosemount, MN
I grew up in Mankato, Minnesota, and earned a bachelor and masters degree in geography at Mankato State University (now Minnesota State University, Mankato). I worked in private weather in Minnesota and Kansas for several years, and then at The Weather Channel in Atlanta for 16 years. I now work for the Minnesota Pollution Agency. I'm also a Metro Skywarn spotter trainer and an occasional storm chaser. I'm a winter weather aficionado, as I lived through the Minnesota winters of the late 1970s, '80s and early '90s.
Doug Dokken Feb 2015
St. Paul, MN
Mathematics professor, St. Thomas University
Benjamin Oct 2013
Minneapolis, MN
Geography major with a minor in Climatology with hope that I can become a meteorologist someday.
Craig Edwards Dec 2014
St. Paul, MN
Broadcast meteorologist, MPR
Bill Endersen Oct 2014
Minneapolis, MN
Consulting meteorologist
I took early retirement from Northwest Airlines, now part of Delta Airlines, in 2009. I continue to do consulting work for a variety of clients.
Patrick Flowers Nov 2012
Forest Lake, MN
Water Quality Manager, Xcel Energy
Tony Garmers Sep 2014
Minneapolis, MN
Bevan Glynn Oct 2014
Retail science analyst, Quantum Savage, MN
Meteorology degree from St. Cloud State University. Research and operations forecaster for a global wind energy company. Interested in climate signal decomposition, analysis and forecasting.
David Gregoria Mar 2015
Account Representative, Wells Fargo
I graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in Atmospheric Science. I am crazy about weather. I am not working in meteorology, but want to be around people interested in weather. I like to play tennis, run and play with my two kids.
Mike Griesinger (TCMS president) Sep 2014
Carver, MN

Eric Holthaus Sep 2014
Viroqua, WI
Meteorologist/Weather Editor at Weathermob
I like to talk about the weather, and I'm trying to build a weather crowdsourcing company to help improve everyone's forecast.
Bryan Howell Dec 2013
Minneapolis, MN
Meteorologist, Telvent
I graduated from Valparaiso University in May 2007 and moved to the Twin Cities when I got my first job. I am from the Chicago area and really have a strong connection to it, but the Cities are starting to grow on me. I look forward to experiencing all that Minnesota has to offer! I am very active with amateur radio and a big promoter of the Skywarn program.
Tom Hultquist Jan 2015
Minneapolis, MN
Eric Jenks May 2014
Bloomington, MN
Russell Jones Nov 2015
East Bethel, MN
City bus driver, Metro Transit
I've been interested in the weather since I was a kid. I owned my first weather radio at 11. I did my first storm chasing on my bicycle when I was 10. I am an associate member of the American Meteorological Society. I'm a trained Metro Skywarn spotter, and I also volunteer for CoCoRaHS. I own a digital weather statoin and have a dedicated lightning tracking system at my home. Some of my other hobbies include sci-fi, astronomy, genealogy, classic cars and trucks, garden railroading, and ham radio.
Greg Linden Apr 2014
Shorewood, MN
Chief Information Officer, Stratis Health
LeAnn Lombardo Nov 2015
Meteorologist, WQOW-TV Eau Claire
Anna Louks (TCMS secretary) Mar 2015

I'm a recent graduate of meteorology with an emphasis in wind energy. I have experience with WindPro, ArcGIS, QGIS and MatLab. My senior research project was conduction a utility scale wind resources assessment for St. Cloud State University.
Dan Luna Jan 2016
James Marusak (TCMS vice president) Nov 2015
St. Paul, MN
  • Former on-air meteorologist for Weather Eye Radio Network since January 2008
  • Worked in Toronto for World Weatherwatch and Pelmorex between October 1998 to July 2006
  • Went to college at Penn State, graduated with a BS in meteorology in 1996
  • In high school, was the TV weatherman for the morning announcements back in Nanticoke, PA.
  • Have forecasted for just about any purpose known to man and then some
Kathryn Mullin Nov 2015
St Paul, MN
Resource Modeling Analyst, WindLogics
Brad Nelson Mar 2015
Burnsville, MN
Meteorologist, Schneider Electric
Graduated from SCSU with a degree in meteorology and environmental science in 2004. Grew up in southern Minnesota near Blooming Prairie. Avid storm chaser and weather enthusiast.
Paul Olson April 2015
Ham Lake, MN
Tony Perkins Dec 2014
St. Louis Park, MN
Senior Systems Engineer, Capella University
Lifelong weather fan who loves storm chasing, time lapsing, and applying technology to anything severe. I'm a 1997 graduate of Iowa State University in computer science.

Noel Petit Oct 2015

Professor, Augsburg University

Minneapolis, MN

Mark Rodney Sep 2015

Fridley, MN

I was formerly a member of the chapter from 1980 to 1997, at which time I transferred to another government agency. I recently retired and have returned to Minnesota. And so I have decided to rejoin the chapter. My original education is in meteorology (University of Maryland, 1977). I received an MS in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1982.

John Schmid Nov 2015
St. Paul, MN
Lisa Schmit Nov 2014
Chanhassen, MN
Chuck Schoeneberger Dec 2013
Glencoe, MN
I received my B.S. in meteorology from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. I also have my M.S. in geographic information systems from St. Mary's University in Winona, MN. I have worked as a forecaster at Meridian Environmental Technology in Grand Forks, ND and most recently as a GIS Analyst for St. Mary's University in Winona, MN. I am currently trying to get back forecasting again (and use my GIS skills) with the NWS or private sector.
Jarrod Schoenecker (TCMS newsletter editor) Apr 2015
New Prague, MN

I am a storm chaser, severe weather activist, and Skywarn spotter. I hold a B.S. in mass communications with emphasis in integrated advertising and public relations and a theatre arts minor from Minnesota State University at Moorhead.
Mikhail Shvartsman Apr 2015
St. Paul, MN
Professor, St. Thomas University
My research interest is in applied analysis, particularly in the areas of fluid and solid mechanics, and in mathematical biology
Klint Skelly Sep 2014
St. Cloud, MN
Teacher's assistant, St. Cloud State University
I am currently a senior at St. Cloud State University, studying meteorology. I am also the vice president of the National Weather Association. My current project is bringing a student AMS chapter to SCSU. Upon graduation, my current plan is to head to graduate school.
Bill Stein Oct 2014
St. Paul, MN
Freelance writer and communication specialist
I'm a weather enthusiast. I grew up in the mid-Atlantic region (suburban DC) always wishing for more snow than would typically fall there. I enjoy photographing and chronicling weather events. I have a weather blog where, among other things, I try to look at the accuracy of various weather outlets, mainly in the prediction of snow. I work as a freelance writer and communicator in health care and would like to do that for a company in the general weather field or a company that uses weather information.
Anthony Stender Dec 2014
Young America, MN
I have a master of science degree in meteorology and doctorate in analytical chemistry, which means I love meteorology, but I'm employed in materials research. I also enjoy photography and writing.
Jim Taggart (TCMS Treasurer) Sep 2014
Prior Lake, MN

Graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1992.
Ron Trenda Feb 2015
St. Paul, MN
Freelance meteorologist and weather blogger
Robin Tanamachi Mar 2014
Norman, OK
Research meteorologist, National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL)
Matt Taraldsen Dec 2013
St. Paul, MN
Graduate Student, UM
2010 SCSU graduate - BS in Meteorology. Current Masters in Geographic Information Science (GIS) candidate at the University of Minnesota.
Bill Togstad May 2013
Edina, MN
BS and MS (Meteorology) from UW-Madison, 1970 and 1972, respectively. NOAA/NWS employee 1972-2008; retired in June 2008.
Jonathan Thielen April 2015
Buffalo, MN
Terese Thielen April 2015
Buffalo, MN
Eric Waage Jun 2014
Minneapolis, MN
Hennepin County Emergency Management
John Wetter Oct 2014
Maple Grove, MN
Technology Services Manager, Hopkins Public Schools
While I don't work in the weather industry, I am very active in it. I am the Coordinator of Skywarn operations at the NWS office in Chanhassen.  I also am the owner/organizer of the Minnesota Skywarn Workshop, held in the spring of every year.  I have produced the video for Skywarn training used by MPX for the last nine years.  Outside of weather I work for one of the top school districts in the state where I manage technical services within the IT department for about 9,000 students and staff.
Chris White Nov 2015
Bloomington, MN
Software developer, SS&C Technologies
Software developer by trade, severe weather enthusiast when appropriate.
Bruce Wilson Feb 2014
St. Paul, MN
Research Scientist, EOR, inc
Cody Yeary Apr 2015
St. Cloud, MN
Student at St. Cloud State University
I'm a long-time weather nerd marjoing in meteorology at SCSU, and president of the student chapter of the National Weather Association.