Local Chapter Affairs Committee

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.

Duties Include:

  • 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

Interested in joining the LCAC? Contact a current member of the LCAC or email amschaps@ametsoc.org. You can also read more about joining AMS committees


Current LCAC Members

Current Local Chapter Affairs Committee Contact Information

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Adam Weiner – Chair (2022)

Adam Weiner is a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) within the Severe Weather Institute – Radar and Lightning Laboratories (SWIRLL). He is pursuing a Master of Science in Atmospheric Science with his research focused on QLCS severe weather. Adam obtained his B.S. in Meteorology from Millersville University of Pennsylvania in 2020, where he served in the capacities of Historian, Treasurer, and President of the university’s AMS Student Chapter. He also currently serves as the President of the UAH AMS/NWA Student Chapter. His significant involvement with AMS student chapters has translated into his ardent desire to help local chapters thrive. In light of this, Adam is honored to serve as Chair of the Local Chapter Affairs Committee throughout 2022.


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Sid King – Chair-Elect (2022)

Sid King is a Meteorologist and Lead Forecaster at the National Weather Service, where he has helped provide forecast, warning, and decision support services for the progressive and high-profile Atlanta forecast office since 2016. Sid is also a highly active member of the Metro Atlanta AMS/NWA chapter, serving on the officer team for three years, including a term as President in the 2020 calendar year. Before starting an NWS career, he gained experience and perspective on environmental topics while working as a project assistant for Allen Engineering and Science from 2013 until 2015. He obtained a B.S. in Meteorology from the University of South Alabama in 2012 and an M.S. in Meteorology from Florida State University in 2016. Throughout his career and his education, Sid has always sought to engage with the community through outreach and public education and is looking forward to continuing that work as the LCAC chair-elect.


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Benjamin Bacon – Member (Term 2021-2024)

Benjamin is a first year graduate student at Stony Brook University pursuing a M.S. in Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, where he is studying the microphysics of winter storms, and how these are shown in model simulations. He received a B.S. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from Stony Brook University in 2020. During his time at Stony Brook, he served as both treasurer and president of its AMS Student Chapter, working to increase the chapter’s involvement with the national AMS. This is something he hopes he can carry over and help smaller chapters to do during his time as a member of the LCAC.



Brennan Dettman – Member (Term 2022-2025)

Brennan is a first year graduate student in the department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Colorado - Boulder. His current research focuses on remote sensing, tropical convection, and forecasting applications. He received his B.S. in Meteorology from Valparaiso University in 2021, serving as the Social Chair, Vice President, and President of the Northwest Indiana Student Chapter of the AMS/NWA throughout his time there. Brennan hopes to carry over the excitement and leadership gained from the NWI Chapter to his tenure with the LCAC.


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Emily Paltz – Member (Term 2020-2023)

Emily is a Research and Development Associate for the Center of Excellence in Weather and Climate Analytics in Albany, NY. In this position, she helps organizations to visualize weather and climate information in a way that is useful for their decision-making. She graduated with a M. S. in Atmospheric Science from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany in August 2021 and 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!


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Lauren Pounds – Member (Term 2021-2024)

Lauren is a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology and the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) pursuing a M.S. in Meteorology. Her Master’s research focuses on the formation of severe hail. She graduated from Mississippi State University with a B.S. in Geosciences in 2019. During her time at MSU she served as Secretary and then President of the East Mississippi Chapter of the AMS and NWA. While at OU she served as the Graduate Representative for the OU Student Chapter of the AMS  and NWA (OU SCAN). Local chapter involvement has positively influenced Lauren’s career and she is excited to encourage more involvement in local chapters across the country.


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Tyler Stanfield – Member (Term 2021-2024)

Tyler is a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Geography at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. He received his B.S. in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma in 2020 where he was heavily involved in the Student Chapter of the AMS/NWA (OU SCAN) and served as President in his final year. His desire to join the AMS Local Chapter Affairs Committee was fueled by the success he witnessed within his own student chapter in connecting students to service, career, and education opportunities that enhance their skill sets and capabilities in the meteorology field. As a committee member, he wants to focus his efforts on connecting the local chapters with the national AMS to ensure they are receiving the proper information and resources necessary to thrive.



Shaina Wilburn – Member (Term 2022-2023)

Shaina Wilburn is a current Ph.D. student at Mississippi State University (MSU) who will be researching mesoscale meteorology and the effects of various characteristics of the Mississippi Delta region on the genesis and evolution of pulse thunderstorms. She received her B.S. in Geoscience from MSU in 2018, and her M.S. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) in 2021 where she studied lightning dynamics. Shaina has always looked for ways to get more involved with the meteorology community and local chapters, leading her to serve as the Secretary then Vice President of the UAH AMS/NWA Student Chapter and as this year's Southeast Severe Storms Symposium Chair for the East MS NWA/AMS Chapter. As a committee member, she hopes to facilitate the camaraderie of student chapters and provide students with as much information as possible so they may thrive in the world of science.



The Local Chapter Affairs Committee welcomes questions, comments, and suggestions about AMS local chapters.  Contact us at amschaps@ametsoc.org.