What We Do
The focus of the Local Chapter Affairs Committee (LCAC) is to promote and foster AMS Local Chapters. Our Committee is comprised of the diversity that is the American Meteorological Society, and we seek ways to inspire and empower members and leaders of the AMS Local Chapters so they may connect and engage their communities.
- Supporting Local Chapters
- Serving as liaisons for local chapters to national AMS
- Reviewing and voting on Chapter of the Year nominations
- Hosting the Poster Competition and Local Chapter Breakfast and Town Hall at Annual AMS Meeting
- Maintaining and planning activities and discussions on the AMS Local Chapter Facebook page
- Holding three meetings throughout the year and a fourth during the Annual AMS Meeting
- Discussing updates from local chapters and/or National AMS.
- Promoting local chapter postings in the Local Chapter Affairs newsletter and Chapters in Action section of BAMS
- Sharing resources with local chapters
- Ensuring all local chapters are active
Current LCAC Members
Kristofer Tuftedal – Chair (Term 2018-2021)
Kris is currently a first year Ph.D. student in atmospheric science at Stony Brook University where he is studying tornadogenesis with radar. He received his M.S. in atmospheric science at Stony Brook University and received his B.S. in meteorology from Iowa State University. While at ISU, he was heavily involved with the AMS student chapter; serving as Secretary for two years and President for one. He is also in his fourth year on the AMS Student Conference Planning Committee.
Kevin Thiel – Chair-Elect (Term 2019-2022)
Kevin is Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology and the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS), currently pursuing a M.S. in Meteorology. He graduated from Ohio University in 2018 with a B.S. in Meteorology, where he was president of its AMS Student Chapter (OUCAMS) for two years. The leadership and outreach opportunities provided by local AMS chapters are what inspired Kevin to join the AMS Local Chapter Affairs Committee, and he hopes to strengthen the connection between AMS local chapters and the national AMS.
Kyle Jordan-DeDeaux – Member (Term 2018-2021)
Kyle Jordan-DeDeaux was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He received his Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Science with a minor in communications from Purdue University in May of 2018. While at Purdue, Kyle was an active member with the American Meteorological Society, Outside of meteorology, Kyle loves to serve his community and educate others whenever he can. Kyle is currently working towards a Master’s degree in Integrated Scientific Applications with a specialization in Weather Intelligence and Risk Management at Millersville University. Upon graduation, Kyle hopes to find a fulfilling career using his meteorology knowledge to better serve society.
Lindsay Maudlin – Member (Term 2018-2021)
Lindsay is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Geosciences at Auburn University. Her research consists of evaluating and measuring climate literacy in informal education settings through eye tracking and skin biosensors. She currently teaches Physical Geography where she hopes to inspire a new generation of weather enthusiasts.
Erinanne Saffell – Member (Term 2019-2022)
Erinanne is a professor and leader of the Central Arizona Local Chapter (regular chapter), whose vision is to build and support Arizona as a Weather-Ready community. Her local chapter provides a vehicle to reach and educate hundreds of people in Arizona every year.
Tanya Peevey – Member (Term 2019-2022)
Tanya is a member of the AMS Denver-Boulder Local Chapter. She originally hails from Alaska but is currently a Research Scientist at NOAA in Boulder, CO. Tanya's start in the field of atmospheric sciences began with conducting basic research in the subfield of the Upper Troposphere - Lower Stratosphere (UTLS) and air mass exchange. After her PhD, she had a 1 year Postdoc in Germany conducting similar work and then was lucky to be offered a job at NOAA. Since starting at NOAA, Tanya has worked in the area of Forecast Verification. When she first joined NOAA, she focused on verifying global forecasts using Observing System Simulation Experiment and Observing System Experiment frameworks. After that she slightly changed focus by verifying forecasts for products of interest to the FAA and NWS such as turbulence and ceiling and visibility. Tanya also enjoys volunteering for service activities such as the LCAC since she believes it is important to give back to the scientific community and public that has given so much to her.
Janice Bytheway – Member (Term 2020-2023)
Janice is a Research Scientist at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) in Boulder, CO. Her research is focused on improving our understanding of the uncertainties in precipitation estimates and forecasts in regions of complex terrain. She received her BS in Earth Science with a concentration in operational meteorology from California University of Pennsylvania and her MS and PhD in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University. Janice’s participation in local AMS chapters presented her with opportunities and connections that heavily influenced her career path, and she hopes to pay it forward as a member of the LCAC.
Emily Paltz – Member (Term 2020-2023)
Emily is pursuing a M.S. in Atmospheric Science from the University at Albany (UAlbany), State University of New York (SUNY) where she is studying the physical processes associated with changes in tropical cyclone size and the communication that occurs between forecasters and emergency managers regarding changes in tropical cyclone size. She graduated with a B.S. in Meteorology and minors in Mathematics and Political Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in May 2018. During her undergraduate career, Emily served separately as the president and secretary for UNL AMS for a year each. She also was actively involved in her chapter’s outreach events. Emily began her term with the LCAC in January 2020 and hopes to help strengthen the relationship between local AMS chapters and the national AMS!
Adam Weiner – Member (Term 2020-2023)
Adam Weiner is a senior undergraduate at Millersville University currently pursuing a B.S. in Meteorology with minors in Mathematics as well as Environmental Hazards and Emergency Management. He is heavily involved with his university's Student Chapter of the AMS, serving as the Historian, Treasurer, and now, President. Adam plans to attend graduate school after graduating in May 2020, with a research focus in supercell and tornado dynamics. He started his term with the LCAC in January 2020 at the 100th AMS Annual Meeting.
The Local Chapter Affairs Committee welcomes questions, comments, and suggestions about AMS local chapters. Please contact:
AMS Headquarters Local Chapter Contact
45 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02108-3693