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
Sid King – Chair (2023)
Sid King is a Lead Meteorologist 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 before joining LCAC, 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 technician and 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, Sid has always been passionate about providing guidance to help enable others in the weather community to succeed and thrive, and seeks engage with the community-at-large through outreach and public education. He is excited to continue that work in 2023 as the LCAC Chair.
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.
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.
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 2022-2026)
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.
Nicholas Albers – Member (Term 2023-2026)
Nicholas is a current junior undergraduate student in the department of Earth, Atmospheric and Geographic Information Sciences at Western Illinois University. He received a certificate in Weather Hazards and Preparedness from the College of Dupage in 2022 and will graduate from WIU in 2024 with his B.S. in Meteorology & Emergency Management. As the current Secretary and Media Chair of the Western Illinois Chapter of AMS, he has come to realize the importance of a successful chapter. During his time as a member of LCAC, he hopes to make a positive impact on other local chapters like he has done at WIU. He is excited to be able to connect with and support them through their pursuits in education, service and involvement with the national AMS.
Bobby Saba – Member (Term 2023-2026)
Bobby is a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Oklahoma. He is pursuing an M.S. in Meteorology with a research focus on supercell inflow. In May 2022, Bobby graduated with a B.S. in Atmospheric Science from Northern Vermont University - Lyndon. During his time at Lyndon, he served on their AMS chapters executive board for three years. This includes chapter president during his junior and senior years. As a member of the AMS Student Conference Planning Committee and the Severe Local Storms STAC, Bobby is no stranger to the AMS community. Yet he is extremely eager to share and spread his passion for local chapters as a member of the LCAC.
The Local Chapter Affairs Committee welcomes questions, comments, and suggestions about AMS local chapters. Contact us at [email protected].