A resource for NWS and its employees
Working with the NWS Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management
Office, and the NWS Diversity Council, the NWS Diversity Ambassadors were
formed to be communications mechanism of diversity management principles
and a national support mechanism for Diversity Focal Points as
well as all NWS employees.
- The NWS Diversity Ambassadors actively keep abreast of diversity
trends, and thus, in addition to Diversity Council members, and
the NWS Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management Office, they
are a national contact resource for diversity questions, guidance,
and resources to all NWS employees.
- Volunteer Ambassadors actively acquire specialized knowledge
or experience in specific areas such as race/cultural issues,
GLBT, gender issues, age/generations, family issues, etc… .
Information artifacts associated with these focus areas (data,
readings, etc…) are retained in a knowledge base that
can be called upon through the Ambassadors.
- Diversity Ambassadors can act as advocates for their areas
of specialization, being a voice on related matters (participating
in conference calls, policy meetings etc…)
- Not only will they have subject matter expertise, which could
be called upon by Focal Points, but the Ambassadors may
be called upon to add their knowledge in participation on panels,
or in workshops, etc…
- Volunteer Ambassadors may also put together and/or lead Webinars
on topics that they have an expertise in. Ambassadors could also
conduct Diversity Training in the field in the absence of a local
Focal Point if funding and availability permit.
- Acting in a general advisory capacity, the Diversity Ambassadors
can advise and assist Diversity Focal points and other NWS staff
with planning local workshops and other local diversity activities.
Your NWS Diversity Ambassadors are (Note: all Diversity Ambassadors
are well versed and fully knowledgeable in a broad spectrum of
diversity matters, some however have additional knowledge in specialized
areas – these specialties are indicated below their names):
the inception of the National Weather Service Diversity program,
Mr. José Garcia has maintained a passion for promoting diversity
as a leadership best practice. He served as one of the first
Regional Diversity Coordinators for the Southern Region of the
NWS, and also served on the National Weather Service Diversity
Management council from the early 90s through 2011. He was
Chair of the National Weather Service Diversity Council from 2010-2011. During
his tenure on the NWS Diversity Council, he was involved in the
development of the NWS Diversity Marketing concept which resulted
in the LMS online diversity curriculum, national diversity management
presentation, and the NWS diversity poster initiative. As
Meteorologist In Charge at WFO Amarillo, Texas he has been a leader
for diversity initiatives at the local, regional and national level.
Throughout his work with diversity management, Mr. Garcia has
provided countless presentations on leadership, teamwork and cultural
office issues as they relate to diversity. He has more
than 10 years of facilitation experience and serves as one of the
facilitators for the Southern Region Building Leaders for a Solid
Tomorrow (BLAST) leadership development program. Mr. Garcia’s Diversity
Ambassador focus is on leadership, teamwork and cultural diversity,
and he is available to assist or provide training/webinars in these
Jose Garcia (WFO Amarillo, firstname.lastname@example.org,
(Leadership, Team/workplace Diversity, Cultural issues)
graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles, one
of the most diverse universities in the Nation as ranked by U.S.
News and World Report, Todd joined the National Weather Service
as a Meteorologist in 2000. Serving four Weather Forecast Offices
and two different regions, he takes a diverse approach to weather
forecasting insisting that there are many different ways to view
and analyze the atmosphere. Todd joined the National Weather
Service Diversity Program in 2004 serving as NWS Western Region’s
Hispanic Special Emphasis Program Manager on Western Region’s
Diversity Action Committee (WR DAC). While serving on the
WR DAC, he helped the group win a Regional Cline Award for Diversity. While
chairing the committee between 2008-2011, Todd also co-chaired
(with Dr. Joshua Scheck) the team that designed, marketed, and
implemented the first online diversity management curriculum for
all NWS employees. Currently, Todd remains active in the
National Weather Service Diversity Program serving as a member
of the NWS Diversity Training team, a team making future changes
to the CLC Diversity Curriculum and mentoring Western Region’s
Diversity Focal Points on an interim basis.
Though Todd is well-versed in many diversity topics and issues,
he chooses to specialize in generational diversity, diversity through
dress, family and work-life issues, and targeted workplace recruitments.
Todd Hall (WFO Los Angeles, email@example.com,
(Generation/age issues, family, work-life, dress/appearance, recruitment)
August 2012, Ms. Hasberry has worked as the acting Director of
the National Weather Service’s Office of Equal Opportunity
and Diversity Management. She has worked for the National
Weather Service as an Equal Employment Opportunity/Diversity Management
Specialist since 2002. In this capacity she assists in developing
the agency’s EEO and Diversity Management policy, planning
and communication. She also coordinates the agency’s
agenda in setting goals for its affirmative employment, training
and strategic planning efforts. Ms. Hasberry provides training
to NWS employees on a variety of EEO and Diversity Management related
topics. Hope is the Weather Services’ Federal Women’s
Hope is a native of Heidelberg, Mississippi. She attended
Jackson State University in Jackson, MS earning a Bachelor of Business
Administration degree in Economics. She also has a Master
of Arts degree in Human Resource Economics from Howard University
in Washington, DC.
Hope Hasberry (NWS Office of Equal Opportunity
and Diversity Management, firstname.lastname@example.org,
(All Diversity Management and EEO related issues)
Kirkham’s twelve year career with the federal government
began in 2001 in Elko, Nevada with the Bureau of Land Management
(BLM). While at the BLM she worked closely with the Bureau
of Indian Affairs program to train local Native Americans in firefighting
and served on the BLM Special Emphasis Committee. She joined
the National Weather Service in 2005.
For five years Delyne held a Diversity Focal Point position and
was honored in 2010 to receive a national Cline Award for outstanding
contributions to NWS WR Diversity Management Program through strong
initiative and teamwork. Delyne was selected in 2011 to serve
on the Western Region (WR) Diversity Action Committee as WR Special
Emphasis Program Manager for Individuals with Disabilities. She
also is editor of the WR Diversity newsletter that is published
quarterly. Before her federal service, she supervised a local
program teaching job skills to individuals with disabilities in
the private sector.
Delyne assists with information to WR Focal Points and personnel
on individuals with disabilities, special emphasis month program
recognition, diversity management, inclusion, quality of worklife
and teamwork. She is on the committee that created and reviews
the CLC Diversity Curriculum for the NWS Diversity Certification
program and the NWS Quality of Worklife team. As one of the
Diversity Ambassadors, Delyne chooses to focus on persons with
disabilities, gender, inclusion and teamwork.
Delyne Kirkham (WFO Elko, email@example.com,
(Disabilities, Work-life, Team Diversity)
Latif’s twenty year career with the federal government began
in 1992 with the U.S. Customs Service (now Customs and Border Protection). She
was hired as an Import Specialist at JFK Airport, NY and for ten
years she also held the collateral position of Disabilities Program
Manager. In 2003 she joined the NWS in her full time role
as Eastern Region EEO Manager.
Cheryl provides information to ER personnel on the EEO process
and, in addition to conducting her own special emphasis month program
activities at ERH, assists the EEO focal points in the field with
their celebrations of these months as well. She also makes
various forms of diversity training available for the Diversity
Focal Points to give to their staff members.
After learning about the high number of employees that can be
categorized (according to MBTI results) as “introverted”,
she created a presentation on the differences between extraversion
and introversion that was used at an Eastern Region MIC/HIC Conference
and a SOD conference.
She is on the committee that reviews the CLC Diversity Curriculum
for future changes and was the project leader in forming the national
NWS Diversity Toolbox, which acts as a clearinghouse of diversity
information for NWS employees. As one of the Diversity Ambassadors,
Cheryl chooses to focus on persons with disabilities and EEO.
Cheryl Latif (ERH, firstname.lastname@example.org,
(EEO, Disabilities, Diversity Toolbox Point-of-Contact)
Murphy, a physical scientist at National Weather Service Headquarters
in Silver Spring, Maryland, began her federal career at the National
Climatic Data Center while still an Atmospheric Sciences student
at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
Teresa served as the Diversity Focal point at both the Atlanta
and Rapid City WFOs, creating break room displays observing diversity
months. She also dealt informally with generational diversity in
the workplace. Teresa grew up with generational diversity in her
immediate family. Her parents were older than those of her peers,
giving a unique perspective on issues affecting people of all ages
and insight on how to bridge differences.
Prior to working in Silver Spring, Teresa was an instructor at
the National Weather Service Training Center. In addition to training
center duties, Teresa facilitated sessions on work-life issues
and eating disorders at the Kansas City Federal Diversity Workshop.
When she is not at the office, Teresa and her family enjoy spending
time outdoors running and biking on the trails around the city.
Teresa Murphy (Teresa.Murphy@noaa.gov)
Shari’s special focus is on women and family life issues.
Shari has over 20 years experience in the NWS and NCEP as a forecaster,
mom, and wife, working rotating shifts. She has studied the effects
of rotating shift work on health, family and social aspects of
life in an effort to find ways of improving / minimizing
its negative impacts.
Shari was a charter member of the NOAA EEO council in 1998, and
a member of the NWS Central Region team for Women and Minorities
through 2002. Shari currently serve as the AWC Diversity Focal
Shari Mutchler (AWC, email@example.com,
( Marriage/marital status; Women’s/family issues)
both a most genuine believer and practitioner of diversity principles,
David Rowell has been expansively involved in fostering diversity
and inclusion in working with NOAA, OMAO, NCEP and NWS. At present
he is the Chair of the NWS Diversity Council and a NOAA Special
Emphasis Program Manager [LGBT]. David has been a diversity instructor
for many years, teaching diversity at NWSTC and conducting diversity
workshops in the field. He is completely fluent in all aspects
of diversity and diversity management. David’s present focus is
on gender issues and LGBT, especially current workplace impacts
and trends. This includes being knowledgeable in various facets
of such including: gender traits in the work place, women’s and
men’s issues, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression,
Trans-gendered, etc…. .
David has also been heavily involved in team building (training,
facilitation …) for a great many years and is broadly knowledgeable
about all factors that affect team performance, synergy and relationships.
He has a knowledge bank of information on hand in all these areas
and can further assist with research and resources. David can offer
information, advocating, training, and support (e.g. assistance
with workshops, webinars, panels … ). A personal note from David
: Beyond the academics let me say that I have a heartfelt passion
in seeing everyone treated fairly, treated respectfully and above
all given the chance to be their selves fully, bring everything
they have to the table, and achieve to their fullest potential.
I hope I can be a resource in the understanding of these issues
and the leveraging of diversity in the workplace.
David Rowell (NWSTC, firstname.lastname@example.org,
(Team Diversity; Gender issues; GLBTQI)
James C. Su, Ph.D.
Su has been known as the NWS Headquarters Asian American and Pacific
Islander Special Emphasis Program Manager (AAPI SEPM) for a decade
and half. He joined the EEO and Diversity Management community
in mid-1990s. In 1994, he attended the Workshop on Asian
American and Pacific Islanders initiated by former NWS AA, Elbert “Joe” Friday,
held in Honolulu, HI. Then, he became interested and got
involved in the EEO and Diversity Management tasks. He was
appointed by NWS AA, Joe Friday to serve as the AAPI SEPM for NWS
Headquarters. He received formal SEPM training sponsored
by NWS EEO Office. Under former NWS AA John “Jack” Kelly,
he worked in one of the groups on NWS strategic planning for EEO
led by former NWS EEO Manager Gloria Walker. Dr. Su led a
sub-group working on NWS employee retention program. He also
participated in the work of NWS mentoring program at a later time.
Shortly after becoming the AAPI SEPM for NWS Headquarters, Dr.
Su was introduced to become a member of Federal Asian Pacific American
Council (FAPAC). FAPAC is a Federal and District of Columbia
Government employees of Asian countries and Pacific islands heritage,
a nation-wide and government-wide organization. This organization
is an advocate of EEO and upward mobility of AAPI’s government
careers. As a FAPAC member for longer than a decade and half,
he served as executive board members for many years. The
Board positions he held include: Senior Vice President for
Operation, Vice President for Committees, Executive Secretary,
and Recording Secretary. He also served as Chairman of FAPAC
Annual National Leadership Training Conference and Chairmen of
several FAPAC committees.
When Dr. Su was the FAPAC Senior Vice President, he served as
a member of U. S. EEOC Asian American and Pacific Islander Work
Group (EEOC AAPI WG) initiated by former EEOC Chair, Naomi Earp. He
also served as a member of Heritage Community Liaison Council under
the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), representing
FAPAC. The EEOC AAPI WG studied the “bamboo ceiling” (glass
ceiling) issues in the AAPI Federal Government employment. Triggers
of bamboo ceiling were identified. A report was compiled
and posted on the U. S. EEOC website. The ODNI’s Heritage
Community Liaison Council works on outreach effort to recruit potential
employees from Asian and Pacific Islands heritage communities (ethnic
backgrounds) to work for Federal intelligence agencies. The
work outside of NOAA’s NWS and Commerce Department gave Dr.
Su opportunities to work with employees in other Federal agencies,
and expanded his experience in EEO and Diversity Management.
Supporting activities of NOAA Civil Rights Office, Dr. Su was
a member of NOAA EEO Council under former NOAA Civil Rights Director,
Alfred A. Corea. He also served as a Collateral Duty EEO
Counselor for NOAA Civil Rights Office under former Director Larry
Beat (Jerry). In addition, he participated in Asian American
and Pacific Islander Heritage Month activities sponsored by Department
of Commerce and NOAA civil rights offices.
Under extensive support from former OEODM Director, Charly Wells,
Dr. Su has been enjoying good working relationship with OEODM staff
and NWS personnel. Through friendly work environment, he
earned awards for participating in EEO and Diversity Management
tasks. Those awards include: (1) U. S. Department of Commerce
Bronze Medal Award for designing, marketing and implementing a
comprehensive online Diversity Management curriculum for all NWS
employees; (2) NWS Regional / Office Level Isaac Cline Award; and
(3) NWS Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management Award, at the
First NWS Biennial EEO/Diversity Management Training Conference.
He has B.Sc. degree in meteorology from National Taiwan University,
Taipei, Taiwan; M.Sc. degree in meteorology from McGill University,
Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He did graduate studies on geophysical
fluid dynamics and atmospheric sciences at University of Chicago,
Chicago, Illinois. Then he earned his Ph.D. degree from Oregon
State University, Corvallis, Oregon.
Dr. Su’s main job title is meteorologist and he has been
doing EEO and Diversity Management tasks for collateral duty. He
has two sons and three grand-children. He also serves as
a deacon at his church.
James C. Su, Ph.D. (NWS HQ, email@example.com,
(Culture Diversity, Employee Retention, and Mentoring issues. Strategic
and Conference Planning)
Jason B. Wright
Wright has over 22 years of experience in the NWS working at five
field offices, mainly as a rotational shift work forecaster. Because
of mental health issues that have occurred on his late mother’s
side of the family, along with having a mother in law who currently
is in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s, Jason has experienced
mental health issue impacts to his professional and personal life. Jason
is currently the Diversity Focal Point at WFO Nashville, providing
quarterly training, including several in person interactive office
presentations. He is currently working with OEODM on developing
a mental health awareness program initiative for all NWS employees. Jason
is currently the new co-chair of the NWS Quality for Work Life
Team (QWLT), along with chair of the National Weather Service Employee’s
Organization (NWSEO) Diversity Team.
Him and his wife Jamie were previously foster parents, and have
adopted two children from hard places. When Jason is not
in the office, he enjoys running(completed his first marathon last
April), along with keeping up with his kids extracurricular sport
Thus, as one of the Diversity Ambassadors, Jason chooses to focus
on mental health awareness and work-life issues.
Jason Wright (WFO Nashville, TN Jason.B.Wright@noaa.gov,
615-754-8500 Ext. 555)
(Mental Health Awareness, Work-Life)
Additional NWS EEO and Diversity
The NWS Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity Management
This office, under its Director, directs and administers the NWS
EEO and Diversity Management Program, resolves issues related to
such, and sets national policy in regards to EEO and Diversity.
The NWS Diversity Council
The Council is a conduit through which employees can share ideas
related to diversity and diversity management. These volunteers
from throughout the service identify diversity initiatives throughout
NWS. Also, in conjunction with OEODM, the Council helps ensure
Diversity resources are available to Diversity Focal points and
all NWS employees. .