Alaska Region Chair
Pacific Region Chair
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NESDIS Vice President
NOAA's Attorneys' Guild Vice President
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.
Vice President William Hopkins
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
JoAnn Becker is the first official Regional Chairperson for the new NCEP Region, created in 2012. She is the Senior Aviation Meteorologist at the National Centers for Environmental Prediction, Aviation Weather Center.
JoAnn began her career at the National Weather Service in 1995 in the Weather Forecast Office in Guam. She became a member of the National Weather Service Employees Organization in 1996 and served as local union steward at the NWS Guam Forecast Office in the late nineties. Ms. Becker was also the Pacific Region NWSEO Chairperson until her transfer to the Aviation Weather Center in 2001.
Southern Region Chair John Werner
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Central Region Chair
Western Region Acting 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 Jim Brader
Bachelor of Science in Meteorology - University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jim is a lead forecaster at WFO Fairbanks. He started his career as an intern at WSO St Paul Island, Alaska, in 1987 and was transferred to WFO Fairbanks just before the great cold wave of January 1989. It’s a good thing Jim likes cold weather because his office is located approximately 120 miles south of the Arctic Circle.
In addition to specializing in marine, aviation, and public forecasting for the Arctic, Jim also specializes in Dispersion Forecasting of Air Pollution in the sub-Arctic. He served as an IMET for five years and is a Special Service Award recipient for fire weather. Jim’s involvement in NWSEO started in 1999 when he became the local steward. He has served as Vice Chair and Regional Chair.
Jim's long term support of the Literacy Council of Alaska has been recognized with an Alaska Adult Education Association Volunteer Award. Jim is currently the director of a family running event benefitting the organization.
Pacific Region Chair
Bachelor of Arts in Geophysics from University of California, Berkeley - 1984
Barry Hirshorn is a Geophysicist for the National Weather Service at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. He started his career with the National Weather Service in 1996 after working for ten years at the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program.
Barry, a NWSEO member since 1996, was elected the Pacific Region Chair in 2006 after serving as the steward for the PTWC. “This Union is vital to almost every aspect of our working life at the NWS. By helping each other collectively, we are better off individually. I believe in the” all for one and one” for all approach as opposed to the “me for me” approach.
Barry enjoys photography and backpacking in his spare time.
NESDIS Vice President
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 impoverished areas of Haiti and Guatemala. They provide emergency relief, education, micro-lending, homes, and medical care.