Meet the Staff at National Weather Service Boise!
|Les Colin: Les was born in New York City and arrived at Boise via New Jersey, Minnesota, and California. He has a BA in Math from the University of Minnesota and an MS in Meteorology from San Jose State University. His hobbies include blitz chess, travel, and hitting baseballs.
Valerie Mills: Valerie is “from all over” having grown up in an Air Force family. She holds a Master’s Degree in Meteorology from the University of Maryland, College Park. For summer 2015 fun she took a locomotive driving lesson and swam the McCall Parks & Recreation one mile open water swim.
Bill Wojcik: Bill was born and raised in Buffalo, NY – renowned for prolific lake-effect snow storms. His passion for meteorology was developed at a young age due in part to the wild snow storms. He studied meteorology at Oswego State University and SDSM&T. His career with the NWS began in Phoenix, followed by Pocatello and Boise. He enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his family.
|Dave Groenert: Dave is a Navy child, so he has moved around quite a bit, but eventually settled in the Washington DC area. He has been a forecaster at NWS Boise for 12 years. In his free time he enjoys getting outdoors.
Stephen Parker: Stephen is originally from a small town in Virginia, and came here by way of Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska, and Tennessee. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, learning how to increase the amount of love and peace in his life, staying healthy, and following the SF Giants and 49ers, the Virginia Tech Hokies, and of course, the BSU Broncos!
Fire Weather Meteorologists
George Buckwold: George grew up in Southern California before he joined the U. S. Air Force. George served all across the country and in Vietnam as a radar technician. After retiring from the Air Force, George moved to Boise were he has been maintaining our electronic systems since 1995. George is an avid archery hunter.
Eric Johnson: Eric’s career in electronics started in 1990 in the U. S. Air Force as an Avionics Technician on C-130E aircraft. After his enlistment, he attended Boise State University while also enlisting into the Idaho Air National Guard as an avionics technician. Eric graduated from BSU with an AS in Electronics Technology and a BS in Communication and Management. He holds a master certificate in spark adaptive theory for spark plug gap maintenance. He has worked at the National Interagency Fire Center for 13 years; 10 years for the BLM working in Remote Weather in wildland fire and the remaining three for the NWS. He is still in the Air National Guard and is a maintenance officer for the 124FW’s A-10C maintenance group. In his spare time, he likes to camp and ATV in the mountains; he really likes the outdoors! He enjoys the customer service part of the NWS, and looks forward to implementing new technology to help in the protection of life and property.