Keynote Speakers

Austin Caperton, Cabinet Secretary, WV Dept. of Environmental Protection

Thursday, October 12 at 10:30 AM

A picture of Austin Caperton, Cabinet Secretary for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. In January 2017, Austin Caperton was appointed by Governor Jim Justice as Cabinet Secretary for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

Combining extensive executive experience with engineering and law degrees, Mr. Caperton has provided strategic direction, acquisition, disposition, financing, workout, and project-oriented services to clients primarily in the coal, energy and related fields. Since 1989, Mr. Caperton has generated and managed transactions for clients and consulted on a wide range of management functions, including operations, sales and finance.

WVU College of Law (1976)
Virginia Tech Mining Engineer (1973)




Dr. Thomas Graziano, Director, Office of Water Predictability, National Weather Service

Friday, October 13 at 8:30 AM

A picture of Dr. Thomas Graziano.Dr. Thomas Graziano is the Director of the Office of Water Prediction (OWP) within the National Weather Service (NWS). The OWP collaboratively researches, develops and delivers state-of-the-science national hydrologic analyses, forecast information, data, decision-support services and guidance to support and inform essential emergency services and water management decisions nationwide.

Tom has held numerous leadership roles over 30 years of federal service, most recently serving as the Chief of Staff for the National Weather Service, from November 2013 to January 2016.

From 2000 to 2013, Tom worked in hydrologic services, most notably as the Chief of the Hydrologic Services Division at NWS Headquarters. He was responsible for leading the development of NWS plans, policies, and procedures for hydrologic warning and forecast operations. Tom was also deeply involved in the implementation of the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service (AHPS), the establishment of the Integrated Water Resources Science and Services (IWRSS) Consortium with the U.S. Geological Survey, Army Corps of Engineers, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the programmatic plans and construction of the new National Water Center (NWC) in Tuscaloosa, AL.

Tom holds a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from North Carolina State University (1995), a Master of Science degree in Meteorology from Penn State University (1985), and a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from Northern Illinois University (1981).