The American Meteorological Society welcomed me with open arms in the 1980s despite the fact that my original academic interest was marine biology. I was introduced to AMS by one of my dearest mentors, Dick Hallgren, who was then Director of the National Weather Service (NWS). I was privileged to help develop Congressional support for NWS modernization guided by Dick. At the same time, I was honored to be accepted for membership by the AMS and embraced the Society as my perfect professional home.
AMS provided me with an opportunity to expand my wings as a climate and risk management scientist and communicator. My federal government career focused on climate program development and management, including being part of the emerging field of climate information services. AMS was always with me on my journey providing opportunities to hone my skills, explore new scientific dimensions in the field, and advance the field. At the same time, AMS enabled me to develop my most meaningful relationships with mentors, colleagues, and friends.
Over the years, I have had the opportunity to serve on many AMS Boards and Committees. I have been impressed by the Society’s leadership in enhancing the role of women and minorities and helped where and when I could. As you might guess, given my background, I am also happy to engage and support the AMS Policy Program. I am honored to have played even a small role in these AMS opportunities. Being honored as Fellow of the Society remains my highest professional accomplishment.
As I retired from the Federal Government and entered the private sector a couple of years ago, I began to think about how I could support AMS through a legacy gift that will live on after I am no longer able to participate directly in AMS programs. Like several of my colleagues, I discovered that designating AMS as the beneficiary of my TIAA-CREF retirement fund was the easiest way for me to proceed and would provide AMS with the greatest financial benefit. It was as easy as 1-2-3 to do. I am delighted to know that I will continue to help AMS enhance our field and advance the careers of the next generations.