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Speakers

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Sam Lashley

Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NWS Indianapolis

Sam is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Indianapolis, Indiana. His most memorable storm chase was during the Henryville, IN tornado in 2012 where he and his daughter, along with a NWS co-worker, intercepted the devastating EF-4 tornado before it hit Henryville.

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Cameron Nixon

Severe Weather Researcher and Storm Chaser

Cameron is a severe weather researcher and storm chaser focused on understanding storm behavior. He is particularly fascinated by how the hodograph affects a storm's structure, and how storm interactions may help it produce hazards. 

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Evan Bentley

Mesoscale Assistant/Fire Weather Forecaster, Storm Prediction Center

Evan is a mesoscale assistant/fire weather forecaster at the NOAA Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma. Evan is involved with several research projects at the SPC, primarily related to radar signatures associated with tornadoes and the correlation to NWS tornado warning performance.

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Thomas Neal

US&R IN-TF1 Task Force Coordinator

Tom leads the federal Urban Search and Rescue team, Indiana Task Force One, and has deployed across the country for events such as 9/11 and weather-related disasters. He is also a 32-year veteran of the Indianapolis Fire Department, where he holds the title of Division Chief.

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Hannah Strong

Meteorologist, WDRB

Hannah is the weekend evening meteorologist for WDRB in Louisville, Kentucky. In 2022, she earned three Emmy awards and a Kentucky Broadcasters Association Impact Broadcast Award for her excellence as a meteorologist and work covering the December 10, 2021 tornado outbreak in western and central Kentucky.

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Stephanie Sichting

Johnson County EMA

Stephanie Sichting is the EMA Director for Johnson County, Indiana. She was born and raised in Johnson County and has a strong desire to assist public safety agencies and residents when a disaster strikes. Stephanie played an enormous role in the historic March 31, 2023 tornado outbreak which caused significant damage in her county. 

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Natalie Taylor

Student and Storm Chaser

Natalie is a sophomore student at Ball State University studying Meteorology. She is currently on the executive board for the Ball State Meteorology Club and is a certified SKYWARN Storm Spotter for the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.

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