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About the Shade Tree Meteorology Team

Alicia Wasula

Alicia Wasula, PhD, CCM
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Dr. Alicia Wasula, President of Shade Tree Meteorology, LLC, earned her Bachelor, Master and Doctoral degrees in Atmospheric Science at the University at Albany and earned her Certified Consulting Meteorological designation from the American Meteorological Society in 2015.

She developed a passion for severe weather and traveled to the Great Plains to study it in the field. She spent a summer in Norman, Oklahoma at the National Storm Prediction Center, doing research with Bob Johns, a prominent severe weather scientist.

In graduate school Alicia developed a skill for making difficult meteorological concepts understandable in the classroom. She taught a variety of courses from upper level science to entry level courses for non-science majors, earning praise for her communication style.

During her post-graduate studies, Alicia continued to work closely with operational forecasters on research projects at the Albany National Weather Service Office and the Storm Prediction Center on both her Master and Doctoral research projects.

Her work as a forensic meteorologist and an educator is driven by a passion for science and clear communication. She delivers the results of her research to clients in terms which are readily understood by non-meteorologists.

Alicia served as Chair of the American Meteorological Society Board of Certified Consulting Meteorologists in 2019, and is currently serving on the American Meteorological Society Board of Best Practices and is the Chair-Elect of the Board of the Association of Consulting Meteorologists.
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Kelly Cebulko

Kelly Cebulko, MS
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Kelly Cebulko, MS, is a dedicated scientist with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from the University of South Alabama and a Master of Science in Applied Meteorology from Plymouth State University. She joined STM in 2018 and focuses on analyzing historical climate data, identifying extreme weather events, and understanding how the weather impacts people's everyday lives. Communicating those relationships with customers and friends alike is something Kelly is passionate about. She believes that the key to creating more resilient communities lies in data analytics, collaborative partnerships, and innovative thinking. Since joining STM, she has authoried forensic meteorology reports, quarterly newsletters, and blogs on a bi-weekly basis.
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Richard (Dick) Westergard

Dick Westergard, CCM
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Richard J. (Dick) Westergard founded Shade Tree Meteorology, LLC after retiring from government service in 2004, and in 2016 sold the firm to Dr. Alicia Wasula. He plans to use his semi-retirement to do more traveling with his now retired spouse. However, currently he continues to work with Dr. Wasula at her discretion on interesting weather consulting cases.

Dick started his career in weather in 1966 as an Air Force weather observer, and then became a National Weather Service (NWS) Meteorological Technician from 1973 to 1988, when he earned his degree in meteorology and computer science. From 1988 to 1994, Dick was Meteorologist in Charge of the Duluth NWS office, and from 1994 to 2004 he was Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the Albany NWS office.

Dick is past president of the National Council of Industrial Meteorologists, the premier association of private sector CCMs in the country; and was 2014 Chair of the AMS Board of Certified Consulting Meteorologists, which is the governing and examining body for the CCM program. He is also past chair of the Schenectady County Environmental Advisory Council and past vice president of the NY Capital District’s ECOS, the Environmental Clearing House.
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