Board of Directors

Bud Comstock, Chair, has an extensive background in business development as a marketing consultant, entrepreneur, and an executive in various industries including intellectual property, manufacturing, distribution, and entertainment. He is also a principal and serves on the Board of ControlAir, LLC of Amherst, NH.

Dr. William Minsinger, President, recently retired from his 30-year full time practice of orthopedic surgery. He has long been interested in the weather and has authored six books on New England hurricanes and floods as well as numerous articles on historic weather events and the history of the Blue Hill Observatory. In 1980, Bill was instrumental in establishing the non-profit corporation which now runs all aspects of research, teaching, and programming at Blue Hill Observatory.

Mark Duff, Treasurer, recently retired after serving as Chief of the Hingham Fire Department for 25 years. Mark is also an active Ham in the Boston Amateur Radio Club (BARC) and coordinates an annual Skywarn Awareness Day radio event at Blue Hill Observatory on the first Saturday of December each year

Tim Kelley, has been a meteorologist with NECN since the station’s launch in 1992. He began his career at WMUR-TV in New Hampshire, then spent three years as a meteorologist and environmental reporter at WLNE-TV in Providence, Rhode Island. Tim has logged the weather every single day since his first air date with NECN on March 2, 1992.

Mish Michaels is a former Emmy Award winning broadcast meteorologist and environmental reporter in Boston. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and a Master’s in Technology from Harvard University. Mish served as chair of the Women and Minorities Committee for the American Meteorology Society and studied STEAM education efforts, especially with regards to women, while teaching at the Harvard School of Education.

Dr. Richard D. Rosen retired from NOAA in May 2014, last serving as Senior Advisor for Climate Research in its Climate Program Office in Silver Spring, MD. Prior to that position, Rick was Assistant Administrator of NOAA for Research and Senior Science Advisor in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Commerce. Before joining NOAA, Rick was a Vice President and Chief Scientist at Atmospheric and Environmental Research, in Lexington, MA. He is currently secretary-treasurer of the American Meteorological Society and a past president. He was a senior lecturer in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at MIT for 29 years.

Robert Thompson retired as the Meteorologist-in-Charge of the Boston/Norton National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office at the end of April 2018.  Bob is also an Adjunct Professor at Anna Maria College

Tamara Shapiro Ledley, Ph.D., is President and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Earth Science Information Partners, Secretary of the Education Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a STEM Education Consultant, and Adjunct Professor at Bentley University.  Dr. Ledley was a 2017 Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow where she explored making climate change education efforts scalable and financially sustainable.  Prior to that she was Chair of the Center for Teaching and Learning at TERC where she led numerous climate change curriculum and teacher professional development efforts.