Perspectives from Early Career Professionals

The AMS Board for Early Career Professionals wants to highlight members of the Weather, Water, and Climate enterprise who exemplifies the AMS Mission just a few years into their career. Our "Perspectives from Early Career Professionals" segment aims to highlight early-career achievements in multiple sectors of meteorology. 

Below is an archive of the people we have interviewed before, from multiple sectors of the Weather, Water, and Climate enterprise. If you know someone who deserves to be highlighted by the board, please contact us at

December 2020 - Kyle Nelson, a meteorologist, public safety educator, and emergency management professional

November 2020 - Ariana Elena Castillo, Ph.D. Student at Harvard University, Part-time graduate research assistant at NASA Langley Research Center

October 2020 - Amber Liggett, Public Information Officer for the Pennsylvania Department of Health, freelance meteorologist

September 2020 - Manda Chasteen, Ph.D. candidate at the School of Meteorology, University of Oklahoma

August 2020 - Nick Underwood, Aerospace Engineer/Hurricane Hunter with the NOAA Aircraft Operations Center

July 2020 - Cheryl Nelson, Broadcast Meteorologist and Founder & Owner of Prepare with Cher, LLC.

July 2020 - Justin Pullin, Lead Forecaster, National Weather Service Seattle, WA

June 2020 - Jennifer Correa, the weekend morning meteorologist at WFOR, CBS4 Miami and the weeknight meteorologist, on Mondays through Wednesdays, at CW44 Tampa

April 2020 - Chris Vagasky, a Meteorologist and the Soundings Solutions Manager for Vaisala Inc.

March 2020 - Melissa Sizemore, Emergency Manager for Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency

August 2019 - Melissa Griffin, SC State Climatology Office, Columbia, SC

July 2019 - Tom Bedard, AccuWeather, State College, PA

June 2019 - Haley Clawson, KESQ News Channel 3, Coachella Valley, CA

May 2019 - Erika Duran, NASA SPoRT

December 2018 - Michael Ventrice, The Weather Company

November 2018 - Christina Crowe, NWS Leadership Academy

October 2018 - Elyse Hagner, National Weather Service HQ

September 2018 - Chris Gloninger, NBC Boston 

August 2018 - David Moran, CCM, Weather Decision Technologies 

July 2018 - Char Dewey, NWS Salt Lake City 

June 2018 - Matt Lanza, Cheniere Energy

May 2018 - Dan DePodwin, AccuWeather

April 2018 - Rebecca Moulton, FEMA Region IV

March 2018 - Melissa Burt, Colorado State University 

December 2017 - Maureen McCann, CBM/CCM, News 13, Orlando, FL

November 2017 - Maria Torres, NWS Miami, FL

October 2017 - Dr. Ankur Desai, University of Wisconsin-Madison

July 2017 - Taylor Trogdon, Cyberdata Technologies 

May 2017 - Dr. Amanda "Manda" S. Adams, NSF

April 2017 - Dr. Morgan Yarker, Yarker Consulting

March 2017 - Mario Picazo, Pelmorex Media

February 2017 - Matt Rogers, Commodity Weather Group

December 2016 - Cheryl Nelson, WTKR-TV, Norfolk, VA

September 2016 - Dr. Victor Gensini, College of DuPage

July 2016 - Becky DePodwin (Elliott), AccuWeather

March 2016 - Lauren Nash, NWS Huntsville, AL