LUCIEN C. PROBY III

StormZone Program Director

ot bay probyLucien Proby founded StormZone in 2006. With over 10 years of progressive emergency management and educational experience, Mr. Proby recognized the need for educating students about severe weather, as well as supplying preparedness information for students to take home to families. Mr. Proby was responsible for expanding SafeSide, a severe weather curriculum created by the Weather Channel. From 1999 - 2003, he enrolled SafeSide into 25 public school districts in the Southeast, including Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville, Houston, Charlotte and Washington, D.C. In addition to StormZone, Mr. Proby operates a Miami, Florida based marketing and communications firm specializing in charities, non-profits and corporate and travel sector. Previously, he was a chief marketing officer for a South Florida regional bank, and a news journalist. He is a University of Florida graduate and U.S. Marine (Ret.).

ERIK SALNA

Associate Director
Florida International University
International Hurricane Research Center

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Erik is a Meteorologist and currently Associate Director of Visualization, Communication, Public Education, and Engagement for the International Hurricane Research Center (IHRC) and Extreme Events Institute (EEI), located on the campus of Florida International University in Miami. The goal of the EEI is to achieve research synergy across the social and behavioral sciences, physical sciences, computer science, public health, management, and engineering in the multi-hazard study of extreme events and responses to them. IHRC is a multi-disciplinary research and education organization focused on a single mission: to reduce hurricane damage and loss of life through more effective mitigation. The IHRC conducts research to lessen the dangers from hurricanes through studies involved with storm surge hazard and vulnerability, economic loss modeling and wind engineering, including the 12-Fan Wall of Wind. (http://www.ihrc.fiu.edu/)

The IHRC also collaborates with NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC), co-located on the FIU campus.

Erik has many years of experience as a broadcast meteorologist, providing live continuous coverage for hurricanes, tornadoes and flooding. He is currently freelancing for NBC6-TV in Miami and for WINK-TV in Fort Myers. Erik is also a partner with the StormZone education program.

Before IHRC, Erik worked at Miami based America's Emergency Network with Max Mayfield, former National Hurricane Center Director. AEN technology provided video streaming capability over the internet and via satellite.

Before AEN, Erik served as Project Coordinator for the non-profit Hurricane Warning at the Disaster Survival House, located in Deerfield Beach, Florida. The Hurricane Warning Education Program focused on hurricane and disaster mitigation, safety and preparedness. He also served as Hazard Mitigation Manager for the City of Deerfield Beach, was on the City’s Crisis Activation Team and participated in all activations of the emergency operations center.

Erik Salna is a Full Member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. Erik received an Excellence in Media Award from the Press Club of Southeast Texas in 2004, a Bronze Telly Award in 1998 for creating a lightning safety video, the Florida Governor’s Hurricane Conference Media Award in 1994 and TV Broadcaster of the Year by the National Weather Association in 1989.

Erik earned a MS in Meteorology from Northern Illinois University and a BS in Physical Geography with an emphasis in Meteorology from the University of Illinois.

DR. J.P. KEENER

Director:  STEM Academic Programs
Florida Department of Education

Dr. J.P. Keener Dr. J. P. Keener holds degrees in chemistry, physics and education, with emphasis on educational technology.  He has worked on several state, national and international projects including international biodiversity studies of pandas, lemurs, blue monkeys, Gorillas of the Congo and Cuban alligator populations. He has also worked on environmental health standards for rainforests, and coral reefs, and has published in several environmental, and educational venues, as well as the Journal of the American Chemical Society.  Dr. Keener has been an Associate and Adjunct Professor of math, science and education for several universities, including Florida Atlantic University, Nova Southeastern University, Barry University, The University of Phoenix, and the University of Pittsburgh.  Dr. Keener has collaborative working relationships with the Cousteau Foundation and the Wild Spots Foundation, and brings his knowledge of mathematics, science and international standards to students and districts across the state of Florida.

WILLIAM DELGROSSO

Project Manager
Booz Allen Hamilton

ot bill delgrossoMr. DelGrosso is Project Manager for Booz Allen Hamilton, coaching a range of clients on emergency management, mission assurance and training and exercise programs. He had advised the intelligence community, the US court system, and the nation's healthcare agencies on contingency and emergency response planning. He has over 15 years of experience managing the consequences of disasters on Federal and local levels. His career began at the Federal Emergency Management Agency coordinating the Federal response to some of the Nation's most challenging disasters. In 1996, Mr. DelGrosso moved into a first responder role as an Emergency Management Coordinator with the Miami-Dade County Office Of Emergency Management. As the EOC Operations Chief and Logistics Section manager, he has coordinated the efforts of local, state and Federal agencies in response to various disasters and terrorist incidents. He has extensive training credentials, has authored legislation in support of emergency management and is adept at strategic communications.

DWANE ELMORE

Creative Director

Dwane ElmoreDwane Elmore has assisted in the nationwide branding of StormZone since the program’s inception in 2006. Mr. Elmore has more than forty years of experience in the field of design as a Creative Director. He received his Bachelor of Arts from The University of Central Oklahoma, majoring in Advertising Design. Having spent his early years living in the heart of tornado alley (Kansas and Oklahoma) Mr. Elmore moved to South Florida in 1977 where he accepted the position of Art Director for Miami Magazine.  In 1982, he formed his own design firm, Elmore Graphics, Inc., in Miami, working with such clients as Ryder Truck, CenTrust Savings Bank, Mount Sinai Medical Center and Baptist Health Systems. He has since relocated to the West Palm Beach, Florida area.

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