NWSEO NATIONAL PRESIDENT
BS, Atmospheric Sciences: University of California, Davis
Master of Business Administration: Baker College
JoAnn previously held the position of Executive Vice President. JoAnn’s administration marks a historic moment for NWSEO, as she is the first Pacific Islander, and the first female in this top office. JoAnn was born and raised on the Island of Guam.
As for being the first Pacific Islander to take on the role of president, JoAnn said, “I am honored to be ushering a new generation of diverse leaders, but at the end of the day I plan to lead all members from all walks of life.”
JoAnn said she plans to continue an administration based on putting members first. “I care for the employees we serve; I will continue to fight for them,” JoAnn said. “It is an honor to be taking on this position, and as President I plan to do my best to represent all members.”
While this position comes with a new title, it is nothing I am not familiar with,” JoAnn said. “I have been by John’s side throughout his administration, I was with him through the highs and lows, and I feel aptly prepared.”
Prior to becoming NWSEO Executive Vice President, JoAnn Becker was 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.
Aside from her professional life, JoAnn is also a mother of four and a grandmother of five.