Regina Nichols is a graduate of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. She began her Federal career as a physical scientist with the Department of Commerce’s (DOC’s) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as part of the Graduate Scientist Program. After completing her studies in meteorology at the Pennsylvania State University (PSU), she became a meteorologist intern at the Weather Service Forecast Office (WSFO) in Louisville, KY.
Regina transferred as a meteorologist to the National Weather Service Headquarters (NWSH), Office of Technical Services (OTS), Radar and Sounding Systems Branch in Silver Spring, MD. Following a short detail at the Washington WSFO in Camp Springs, MD, Regina went back to Silver Spring, MD as a meteorologist in the NWSH Office of Meteorology’s (OM’s) Marine and Applied Services Branch. Regina then transferred back to Camp Springs, MD as a meteorologist at NOAA’s, National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), Environmental Modeling Center (EMC), Marine Modeling and Analysis Branch, were she is currently.
Regina was selected and completed the 1st Darlene H. Young Leadership Academy and received an award in recognition of her exemplary accomplishments and completion of the program on August 13, 2007 at the 29th Annual National Training Conference in Nashville, TN. Regina is a life member and gold plus member of NOAA’s Blacks in Government (BIG) Chapter. She has served as Chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee, Bylaws Committee, and as a delegate for the BIG National Training Conference (NTC) in Washington, D.C., Orlando, FL and New York, NY, New Orleans, LA, and Baltimore, MD. She has also served on the NWS Black History Program Committee for many years. Regina is a member of NOAA’s Meyers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Cadre team and was the EMC’s diversity representative for many years. She also tutored in DOC’s Adopt-A-School program at William Beanes Elementary School in Suitland, MD. Regina has served as NCEP’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) representative and as a member of the Commerce and Transportation (C&T) Goal Team. Regina has completed the DOC’s 2007 Project Management Certificate Program and has received a Master’s Certificate in Information Technology Project Management from The George Washington University School of Business on March 14, 2008 in Washington, DC.
Regina is very active in the United Methodist Church (UMC). At her home church, Mt. Calvary UMC in Preston, MD; she serves as Chair of Staff and Pastor Parish Relations Committee (SPPRC), Chair of the Capital Campaign, member of the Leadership Committee and member of United Methodist Women (UMW). At her daughter’s church, Scotts UMC in Trappe, MD she tutors at their Afterschool Tutorial Program. At her previous church, Ebenezer UMC in Lanham, MD she traveled with a group to South Africa visiting orphanages with children having HIV/AIDS which meets monthly trying to find ways to provide a more permanent solution. On the Peninsula-Delaware Conference of UMC, she is the UMW Membership, Nurture and Outreach Coordinator and the Chair of Nominations for the Upper Atlantic Regional School of UMW. In addition to being active in church, Regina is also active in her business with Primerica Financial Services in Riverdale, MD and Ardyss International, Inc. Regina is also a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.
Regina is an active member in NOAA BIG and loves the organization and want to see it grow. She is devoted to making BIG the kind of organization that will make any member proud to be a part. She believes in every member being heard and she also believes that an organization should benefit its membership. It is 2010 and she believes that we as a people should be much further ahead then we are currently. We have to learn to LIFT each other up and not PUT each other down. We must learn how not to be threatened by other ideas and must learn to embrace change. We may not always agree with each other, but we MUST learn how to RESPECT each other. We must love this organization enough to do the right thing and not be manipulated and pressured into doing the wrong thing. Regina works in Camp Springs but she attends most if not all the chapter meetings. Her love for this organization keeps her at the meetings and around the table. She appreciates your support in making NOAA BIG GREAT!!!