Executive Vice President
Secretary/Treasurer Eastern Region Chair
State College, PA Email
NCEP Region Chair
JoAnn P. Becker
Aviation Weather Center
Kearney, Missouri Email
Southern Region Chair
Mobile, AL Email
Central Region Chair
Des Moines, Iowa email
Western Region Chair
Monterey, CA Email
Alaska Region Chair
Anchorage, AK Email
Pacific Region Chair
Honolulu, HI email
Silver Spring, MD Email
NESDIS Vice President
Wachapreague, VA Email
NOAA's Attorneys' Guild Vice President
Gloucester, MA Email
National President Dan Sobien
Bachelor of Science in Meteorology – Florida State University
Master’s of Business Administrations – Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Dan Sobien is considered an expert in the areas of marine meteorology, air-sea interaction and coastal flooding. He has published several scientific papers on those topics. Dan started his career in the National Weather Service in 1991.
Mr. Sobien became involved with the National Weather Service Employees Organization (NWSEO) in 1996, serving as the Steward in the Weather Forecast Office in Tampa Florida. He became an activist in the late 1990s to help hold off funding cuts to the National Hurricane Center and the NWS’s Southern Region. Mr. Sobien was elected Southern Region Chairman of the NWSEO in 1999. In 2002, Mr. Sobien became the Executive Vice President of the NWSEO and President in 2005.
Executive Vice President William Hopkins
Military Service: U.S. Navy
William Hopkins served ten years in the U. S. Navy. His unit was part of the military operation during the American Hostage Crisis in 1980. It was while he was in the service that Bill developed a keen interest in meteorology.
After his service in the Navy, Bill was promptly hired by the National Weather Service. He has been a member of NWSEO for most of his career and has served as Branch Steward in Lubbock, Texas and Southern Region Chair. In 2005, Bill was elected to the position of NWSEO Executive Vice President.
Bill and his wife Gayle have two grown children. He enjoys photography and travel.
Secretary Treasurer and Eastern Region Chair
Bachelor of Science in Meteorology - Penn State University
Mr. David A. Solano has been employed by the National Weather Service since February 1990. Mr. Solano is a Senior Hydro-Meteorologist and works at the Middle Atlantic River Forecast Center in State College (Happy Valley) Pennsylvania. Mr. Solano, a long time NWSEO member, serves as a Board member on the NWSEO National Labor Council. He has also served as NWSEO representative on numerous national, regional and local workgroup teams.
Mr. Solano is the recipient of the National Weather Service (NWS) National Cline award in Hydrology (2012), Regional Isaac Cline award in Hydrometeorology (2011 and 2007), Bronze Medal Group award (2012 and 2007), NWS Eastern Region Employee of the Month award (2006), Bronze Medal Group award (2005, 2004, 2001 and 1997), Gold Medal Group award (1997) and numerous Special Act or Service awards.
Dave and his wife Linda, have three children: Maria, Nicole and David. He has many hobbies which include hiking, hunting, fishing and collecting pre-war and post-war Lionel trains.
NCEP Regional Chair JoAnn Becker
Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Sciences – University of California, Davis
Master of Business Administration – Baker College
JoAnn Becker is the first official Regional Chairperson for the new the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) Region, created in 2012. She is a Senior Aviation Meteorologist at the NCEP Aviation Weather Center in Kansas City, Missouri. JoAnn began her career at the National Weather Service in 1995 in the Weather Forecast Office in Guam where she became a Lead Forecaster in 1998.
While at the NWS Guam Forecast Office, JoAnn served as local union steward. In late nineties, Ms. Becker was the Pacific Region NWSEO Chairperson until her transfer to the Aviation Weather Center in 2001.
JoAnn also served as branch steward and vice steward at the Aviation Weather Center.
JoAnn has been a member of NWSEO for many years. She has chaired both the Credentials and Constitution Committees. She has served as NWSEO representative on various teams. JoAnn has also received local and regional Cline Awards in addition to Special Act Awards. In 2016, she received the NWSEO Kip Robinson Award.
Southern Region Chair John Werner
United States Air Force
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics – University of Great Falls
Master of Science in Atmospheric Science – Colorado State University
Southern Region Chair John Werner is a Senior Meteorologist at WFO Mobile, Alabama. He has enjoyed serving as a National Weather Service employee since July 2003. John started his career in Spokane, Washington where he became active in the Fire Weather and IMET program during the time he was there. In 2005, John moved to the Mobile, AL office where he currently serves now. John's passion for the science coupled with his drive to provide customers' the best in weather and hydrological support motivates him.
John's interest in meteorology began long before his employment with the
NWS. He was honored to serve in the weather career field of the United States Air Force (USAF) for over 20 years prior to joining the NWS. He served in numerous positions including Chief of Weather Operations; Flight Commander of a 17-person Weather Flight, and
Chief of Aerospace Science and Technical Services, AF Special Operations Command Service.
Prior to becoming the Southern Region Chair in 2010, John has served as Branch Steward for all but one year from 2006 through present and Southern Region Vice Chair from 2008-2010.His NWS and NWSEO awards include: The Director’s Award for Team Work 2007, National Isaac Cline Award for Meteorology (Team), National Isaac Cline Award for Leadership (Individual) and NWSEO’s Kip Robinson Award.
John believes that encouraging people to unfold their full potential leads to far greater employee satisfaction, as well as, better products and improved customer services.
All the children in the Werner household have grown up and left the nest, but two Labrador retrievers keep them fairly busy. John and his bride, Connie, spend time traveling as well as enjoying many outdoor activities, kayaking, boating, camping, cycling, hiking, and of course hanging out at the beach.
Central Region Chair Jim Lee
Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science in Meteorology, University of Oklahoma
Jim has been an active NWSEO member since joining in 2004. He is originally from Iowa and began his NWS career at WFO Key West, FL in 2002. He was able to transfer back to his home state and has spent most of his career at WFO Des Moines, where he is a General Forecaster and the local branch Steward. Jim serves on numerous local and regional teams and has received many awards and commendations for his work. His areas of professional interest include severe weather, climate, aviation, diversity and leadership. Jim lives in Des Moines with his wife Sao and their son Poom. He enjoys sports, history, travel, and many outdoor activities.
Western Region Chair Suzanne Sims
Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Suzanne began her National Weather Service career in Phoenix, Arizona in 1990 as a Met Intern. In 1994 she was promoted to Journey Forecaster at the Sacramento NWS Office, which was the first spin-up WFO in Western Region during the Modernization and Restructuring effort (MAR.) In 1998 she transferred to the San Francisco Bay Area WFO which is located in Monterey, CA, and was promoted to her current position of Lead Forecaster in 1999.
Suzanne joined the NWSEO in 1995 and has served as Vice Steward and Steward of the Sacramento and Monterey WFOs.
During her spare time, Suzanne enjoys reading, listening to music and following Formula One and Arizona Wildcat sports.
Alaska Region Chair Michael Ottenweller
Bachelor of Science in Meteorology 2004, Valparaiso University
Mike has a passion for leadership and communication. After graduating from Valparaiso, he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. His first assignment took him to Alaska, where he fell in love with mountains, fishing, running, and his wife, Karen. After 6 years in the military, Mike started his NWS career as an Intern in Medford, OR. In 2013, he and Karen moved back to Anchorage, AK to start as a General Forecaster at the Anchorage WFO. Mike has served as the Union Steward there since 2015. He loves the challenge of forecasting weather in the expansive and complex terrain of Alaska.
Mike spends his (limited) free time running really really far, fishing for salmon, hunting for moose, gardening, and spending time with Karen and their 3 boys.
Pacific Region Chair
Bachelor of Science in Geology, University of Texas at Arlington
Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Geology and Geophysics, University of Hawaii
Nathan is a Senior Physical Scientist (shift lead) at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC, Br. 7 09), where along with his colleagues he monitors the world 24/7 for the earthquakes that generate tsunamis and when necessary generate forecasts and alerts for any tsunami hazard in the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Between tsunamis he conducts applied research towards improving the tsunami warning system and generates outreach materials including much of PTWC's social media content, especially simulations of numerous historic tsunamis.
Before joining the NWS and NWSEO he pursued his graduate studies at the University of Hawaii. His research focused on phenomena associated with the Juan de Fuca Ridge, the Mariana Trench, and Lōʻihi Seamount, work that required him to become adept with sea-floor mapping sonars and dive in deep-sea submersibles.
Nathan joined NWSEO in 2008 and prior to becoming Pacific Region Chair he has served as the Steward for PTWC (2008-2014, 2017-present) and Pacific Region Vice Chair ( 2009-2010, 2014-2018). He is also part of NWSEO's CBA negotiation team, represents NWSEO on NWS Tsunami Program teams, and has participated in two NLC meetings that dealt with NWS Tsunami Program issues.
Headquarters Chair Mike Dion
NWS Headquarters Chair Mike Dion
Bachelor of Science in Meteorology - Lyndon State College
Mike is a meteorologist in the Analyze, Forecast and Support Office, Digital and Graphical Information Support Branch, of NWS Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD. He began his NWS career with WFO Boston/Taunton, MA as a Meteorologist Intern in 1993, and moved on to a journeyman forecaster position at WFO Raleigh, NC in 1998. In 1999, he was hired by the Science and Training Core in the Office of Meteorology at NWS Headquarters.
Mike has served in a variety of roles within NWS Headquarters, including working in Training, Fire and Public Weather Services, Observations, and as the NWS national tropical program leader. A NWSEO member since 1995, Mike has served as a Branch Steward within Headquarters for several years, and also served as the HQ Vice-Regional Chair.
Mike and his wife Loretta, have two autistic teenage sons. He enjoys golfing, helping with his local Little League, and following Boston sports.
NESDIS Vice President
Military Service: Air Force, and Air Force Reserve
Associates Degree Avionic Systems Technology
Hugh Sharkey served five years in the U. S. Air Force and 16 years in the Air Force Reserve
After his service in the U.S Air Force Hugh was subsequently hired by the Air Force Reserve, full time.
In 2004, he was hired as an electronic technician in support of the GOES satellite system for NESDIS.
He has served as a Steward, Vice Chairperson and Regional Chairperson for the NESDIS Region.
Hugh was previously involved in helping Animal Rescue Groups with a focus of Trap Neuter and Return of Feral cats.
Vice President for NOAA Attorneys’ Guild
Northeastern University School of Law, J.D.
Mitch MacDonald, NWSEO Vice President of the NOAA'S Attorneys' Guild, has been a member of NWSEO for 18 of his twenty year employment with the National Weather Service. He is a strong supporter of our professional organization because of the great service and benefits NWSEO provides.
In his free time, Mitch coaches youth soccer. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Partners In Development, Inc., a non-profit organization that partners with local community members in Glendora, MS, and impoverished areas of Haiti and Guatemala. They provide emergency relief, education, micro-lending, homes, and medical care.