Chapter Officers


President: George Bridgers
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
George is an Environmental Scientist and the national Model Clearinghouse Director in the Air Quality Modeling Group (AQMG). He is actively involved in the coordination of permit modeling issues and resolutions with the Regional Offices and assisting to lead the efforts of the Dispersion Modeling Team within AQMG. He also is responsible for planning and managing the annual Regional, State, and Local Modelers' Workshops and the triennial national Conference on Air Quality Modeling. George joined OAQPS and the EPA at the beginning of 2011 after a twelve and a half year stint with the NC Division of Air Quality (NCDAQ).

While with the NCDAQ, George was a meteorological and air quality modeler focused on non-attainment assessments, State Implementation Plan development, air quality monitoring strategies, system administration of the modeling Linux cluster resources, and numerous special projects such as the operation of two lower tropospheric radar profilers. He was also the Senior Air Quality Forecaster within the Division and was a core asset during the very successful growth of that forecasting program from two to seven forecast regions and the transition from summertime ozone to year-round multi-pollutant forecasting.

George is a 1996 graduate of North Carolina State University and 1992 graduate of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. Additionally, George graduated from the North Carolina's Certified Public Manger Program in the year prior to joining the EPA.

Vice-President: Nicolle Morock
News and Observer
Nicolle Morock already had a B.A. in communication when she earned a B.S. in meteorology from N.C. State University in 2007 and moved to Minnesota to work at Weather Eye Radio Network as a broadcast meteorologist for two years. While there, she also volunteered as a Skywarn storm spotter trainer. Nicolle is currently writing the Clear Weather blog for NewsObserver.com.

Treasurer: Frank Schiermeier
Retired
Frank retired in 2001 after first serving eighteen years as a Division scientist, followed by eighteen years as Director of the NOAA/EPA Atmospheric Sciences Modeling Division located in Research Triangle Park, NC. This was preceded by three years in the U.S. Air Force after graduation from St. Louis University.

Frank is an honorary lifetime member of the NATO Committee on Science for Peace and Security, active in NATO Pilot Studies on Air Pollution Modeling. He participates in the NCSU Encore Center for Continuing Education and serves on the Education Committee for the WCPE Classical Music Station.

Frank and his wife Marilyn have three children and three grandchildren.

Secretary: Elliot Tardif
North Carolina Division of Air Quality
Elliot is a meteorologist with the North Carolina Division of Air Quality (NCDAQ) in Raleigh. He is part of a team of meteorologists within NCDAQ that prepares and disseminates daily air quality forecasts for seven different regions within North Carolina. Additionally, he focuses on air quality modeling activities that deal with a litany of regulatory issues including State Implementation Plan development, attainment and nonattainment matters, as well as other projects such as retrospective air quality modeling and GIS mapping.

Elliot graduated with his B.S. in Meteorology from SUNY Oswego in 2005, and completed his M.S. in Earth Science at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte in 2012.

Education and Outreach Chair: Katie Webster
North Carolina Division of Emergency Management
Katie serves as the Natural Hazards Planner with the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management and works to address natural hazards that pose a threat to the State. In addition to developing and updating emergency response and recovery plans, she provides meteorological expertise and technical support on a day-to-day basis and in the State Emergency Operations Center during activations.

Prior to joining NCEM, she worked as a Meteorological Analyst at the NWS Sterling Field Support Center in Sterling, VA. It was there that she researched, tested, and qualified sounding balloons, radiosondes, and tracking instrumentation that is used in the NWS Upper Air Network. Additional work included hands-on testing and troubleshooting with the NWS ASOS sensors.

Katie graduated from N.C. State University in 2010 with a B.S. in Meteorology and will complete her M.S. in Emergency Management from Millersville University of Pennsylvania in May 2014.