LUCIEN C. PROBY III
StormZone Program Director
Lucien 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 former U.S. Marine.
Florida International University
International Hurricane Research Center
Erik Salna is Associate Director of the International Hurricane Research Center, located on the campus of Florida International University (www.ihrc.fiu.edu/). Mr. Salna is a meteorologist by profession. He is a member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. His experience has been within both non-profit and for-profit organizations in meteorology, mitigation, preparedness, education, media and EOC activations. Prior to his position with FIU, Mr. Salna worked at Miami, Florida based America's Emergency Network with Max Mayfield, former National Hurricane Center Director. AEN technology provides video streaming capability over the internet and via satellite. He also 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 teaches hurricane and disaster mitigation, safety and preparedness. Mr. Salna also has been a broadcast meteorologist, providing live continuous coverage for hurricanes, tornadoes and flooding. He recently conducted weather fill-ins for WINK-TV in Fort Myers, Florida and currently provides weather fill-in for WSFL-TV in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
DR. J.P. KEENER
Director: STEM Academic Programs
Florida Department of Education
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.
BILL DELGROSSO, CEM, CBCP
Lecturer,Rabdan Academy, United Arab Emirates
Bill DelGrosso, a founding StormZone partner, is a strategist dedicated to creating resilient people, communities and companies. Mr. DelGrosso has led various cross functional teams that create robust relationships to establish, implement, and test risk-based emergency management, continuity, risk management, critical infrastructure, and strategic communications programs. His employers and clients have included high profile, high risk, public and private sector enterprises with complex, global operations. He is currently transferring 25+ years of knowledge from global work experience to undergraduate students at Rabdan Academy, a public safety and resilience college established by the government of Abu Dhabi. (www.ra.ac.ae)
Dwane 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.