Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd is a Professor in the Department of Geography’s Atmospheric Sciences Program at the University of Georgia (UGA). Dr. Shepherd earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in physical meteorology from Florida State University. Prior to joining the UGA Faculty, Dr. Shepherd spent 12 years as a research meteorologist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. During that time, he served as Deputy Project Scientist for the Global Precipitation Measurement Mission. Dr. Sheppard is an AMS/TRW Industry and Dolores Auzene Fellow, and National Achievement Scholar. His research interests include the urban climate, tropical precipitating systems, hydroclimate variability, satellite remote sensing of weather and hydroclimate, as well as the development of innovative outreach strategies and applications for research data. In May 2004, Dr. Shepherd was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for his work on how urban environments affect precipitation. He has since been elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. Dr. Shepherd has well over 65 scholar publications, and he serves as an Editor for the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. He served on the National Academies of Science Committee on National Security Implications of Climate Change on U.S. Naval Forces, and presently serves on the NOAA Climate Working Group, the University Space Research Association Earth Science Advisory Committee, and is a Project Associate for the Urbanization and Global Environmental Change project.

Ellis M. Stanley, Sr. is the Vice President of Western Emergency Management Services at Dewberry’s office in Los Angeles. Dewberry is a respected professional services firm that serves both the public and private sectors. Mr. Stanley has been directing emergency management programs for over thirty years, including ten years spent as the general manager for the Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness Department. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and recently received an honorary doctoral degree for public service from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). Mr. Stanley is a faculty member at both Harvard University and American University, where he teaches meta-leadership, and senior crisis management, respectively. In addition, he serves on board of directors for the National Institute of Urban Search and Rescue, and the board for the Disaster Recovery Institute International. He also is a member of Operation Hope, Inc. and the American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles.



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