As CEO, President, and Founder of StormCenter Communications, Inc., Dave Jones combines years of experience in meteorology, broadcasting, and remote sensing with a vision for the future in leading the way to transform the television weathercast into an Envirocast®. Dave has been described by NASA as an "Applications Futurist" with his ability to identify future earth science applications that can address national and local priorities. Dave is leading StormCenter Communications, Inc. to provide critical environmental information and visuals to the media, government agencies and decision-makers and the public.
Rafael Ameller is Chief Technology Officer. Rafael's geoinformation and remote sensing career originated in Spain, where, after receiving a Master's degree in Structural Geology and in Geophysics awarded by the Complutense University of Madrid, he successfully proposed and participated in several national and European Union projects concerning technical issues as they relate to the environment and earth observation. In 1988 Rafael moved to the United States, and since then he has become one of the most outstanding scientists in the fields of geodata mining and visualization for emergency management and new media communication including mitigation and preparedness.
The duties that Rafael performs for StormCenter spearhead significant new initiatives that greatly impact the organization, its clients and the public interest. His "hands-on" experience and his excellent analytical / problem solving skills combined with his easy-going character has allowed him to envision, create, and manage the full line of Envirocast® Vision™ products and services for GIS and Earth observation data visualization and real-time collaboration.
Rafael has received Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, based on the DHS/FEMA/Citizen Corps national standard curriculum and certification. He is also ICS (Incident Command System) and NIMS (National Incident Management System) certified by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He volunteers as a CERT first responder in Montgomery County, Maryland, managed by the Montgomery County, Maryland Fire and Rescue Service.
Rafael is genuinely excited and enthusiastic about learning and pushing technical limits and finding new solutions and is committed to ongoing learning. He has been invited on several occassions by his friend and colleague Dr. Guido Cervone to give lectures to Ph.D. students at the department of Geography and Geoinformatics Science (GGS) at George Mason University. Over the past few years, he has given highly rated lectures including a very unique lecture from an angle which is often neglected in University classes: How scientist results are shown to the geneal public through standard news media, in particular TV.
Nancy is an experienced contracts and business management professional with knowledge gained through employment in non-profit research, education, and commercial environments, including 25 years with federal government contractors. She has managed prime contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements of all types and sizes issued by NASA, NOAA, the Army, the Navy, the U. S. Department of Transportation, GSA, and the National Science Foundation as well as subcontracts issued by prime contractors.
In addition to managing existing contracts, Nancy supports new business development by assisting with proposal writing and cost proposal development as well as preparing requests for proposals/quotations for subcontracts to be issued by StormCenter.
As business manager for several multi-year contract projects, Nancy has managed project forecasts and budgets, prepared contractual financial reports, coordinated and supported conferences and workshops, managed proposal peer review processes for government customers, prepared successful H1-B visa petitions, and supervised administrative personnel. She is comfortable interacting with individuals at all levels within employing organizations and with federal contracting officers and their representatives, federal project managers and their resource analysts, foreign national employees and visitors, university research principal investigators and their graduate students as well as university sponsored research office personnel.
Nancy's formal training includes a BA in English and an MA in library and information science from the University of Wisconsin, post graduate courses in business administration and accounting, and numerous professional development courses in contracts, process training (ISO and CMMI), human resources, business immigration, and the basics of export control.