Meet the Local Chapter Affairs Committee


Wesley Rondinelli – Chair (Term 2015-2018)

Wesley is an MBA student at Texas A&M University. Prior to joining the LCAC in 2015, Wesley held offices of the treasurer for the Iowa State University Student Chapter. His work as treasurer focused on membership retention and fundraising.


Sally Ricardi – Incoming Chair-Elect (Term 2016-2019)

Sally Riccardi received her B.S. in Meteorology from Western Illinois University where she was the secretary of the student chapter for 2 years. In that time she did extensive work with the Outreach and Activities committees within the chapter. After graduating, she joined the Chicago Chapter. Working with the Student Chapter and now the Local Chapter is what motivated her to join the LCAC. She began her LCAC term in January 2016.


Karly Bitsura-Meszaros – Member (Term 2015-2018)

Karly is currently a PhD student at NC State University in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. As an undergraduate, she studied Meteorology at California University of Pennsylvania where she served as the Historian and Secretary for the Southwest Pennsylvania Student Chapter. She has been a member of the LCAC since 2015.


Elise Schultz – Member (Term 2015 – 2018)

Elise Schultz is a Research Meteorologist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the Chief Technology Officer of WxIntegrations, LLC. She is very passionate about weather education and weather safety. Elise has served as a cabinet member at both undergraduate and graduate student chapters as well as President of a local professional chapter. Elise started her involvement in local chapters at Iowa State University where she was proud to serve as President of the Iowa State student chapter in 2005-2006 when the chapter was awarded Chapter of the Year. She continued her involvement in Huntsville, AL with the graduate student chapter and helped to revitalize the professional local chapter. She learned how chapters serve us at each stage of our careers. Outside of work, Elise enjoys spending time with her husband, also a meteorologist, her two kids and their dog, Nado who survived the April 27, 2011 Tornado Outbreak.



Kelton Halbert – Member (Term 2016-2019)

Kelton is an undergraduate student at the University of Oklahoma. He participates in student organizations within the School of Meteorology, and is specifically involved with the student run Oklahoma Weather Lab (OWL).


Andrea Schumacher – Member (Term 2016-2019)

Andrea Schumacher is a Research Associate at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) and a PhD student at Colorado State University.  Prior to joining the LCAC in 2015, she was on the Executive Board of the Fort Collins Atmospheric Scientists (FORTCAST), a local chapter of the AMS in Northern Colorado.



Melissa Dye – Member (Term 2017-2020)

Melissa Dye graduated in 2016 from the University of Louisville. In 2015, she co-founded the University's first AMS Student Chapter and received university funding for six student members to attend the 2015 Student Conference in New Orleans.


Amber Liggett – Member (Term 2017-2020)

Amber is an undergraduate student at Millersville University. She is very involved on campus in various student organizations including serving as the President of the MU Student Chapter of the AMS. She is also involved with MU Weather Watch, and Campus Weather Service.



Zachary Riel – Member (Term 2017-2020)

Zachary is a senior meteorology major at Western Illinois University. Before joining the LCAC in 2017, he was the president of the Western Illinois University AMS Student Chapter and has also served as the secretary and outreach chair. He has completed many presentations at local schools including some with the Doppler On Wheels, served as a student volunteer at the Chicago, IL NWS, and has participated in the Weather-Ready Nation Scouting Program as an assistant.