As part of the WDTB, she was awarded the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal in 1997 for excellence in WSR-88D Operations Training. In 2003, she was part of a team that was awarded a Department of Commerce Gold Medal for the initial development and deployment of the Weather Event Simulator, a tool that allows forecasters to develop expertise by experiencing realistic severe weather events without leaving their offices.
While at the training branch, Liz still maintained a close relationship with operational forecasters. She provided severe weather support at the Norman Forecast Office, including working during the May 3rd, 1999, tornado outbreak in central and northern Oklahoma.
Liz was a member of the National Weather Association (NWA) since 1997, an operationally oriented professional organization that serves the interests of meteorologists and hydrologists from private, public and academic sectors. She has served as councilor, vice president and commissioner of committees. In 2012, she was elected as president of this organization. Liz believed in the need for a holistic approach as it applies to successful warning operations and in NWA’s important role in facilitating this concept. She was a life-long champion for those who forecast and warn the rest of us about dangerous weather. She was a true “forecaster’s forecaster.”
For more than 40 years, Liz was active as a Camp Fire Girl camper and counselor who guided and shaped the lives of hundreds of girls in central Oklahoma. She served as co-outdoors director of C’Andy in 1975 with Carolyn Fietz Gallant. In 1995, Liz became an active member again as a co-leader with Carolyn of Storyteller’s Camp Fire Club in Oklahoma City. She also was a volunteer at Camp Cimarron and served as co-leader for 12 years, with seven graduating seniors: four who received the WoHeLo Award (Camp Fire’s highest honor).