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Like bursting flares firing into the night...

...There are cries around the world that must be heard.

Board of Directors / Advisors / Staff

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Jon Nappa, President

Jon Nappa has worked in television, motion picture and corporate communications for over 35 years. His award-winning work has been featured on PBS, TLC, Hallmark Television, INSP-TV and other cable networks. He is a traditionally published novelist of historical fiction, including the book, Storm Warriors, which birthed this organization. Jon lives a life exemplary of compassion for those in need and who deeply believes in the power of inspired communications to awaken others to action. He often says, “It’s not what we believe that matters most, but what we believe strongly enough to act upon that makes all the difference.”

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Charlie White, Secretary

Charles White is president of Bayview Financial Services and provides financial and investment planning services for clients and institutions in over 29 states. A recent reward recipient of Rotary Paul Harris award, Charles enjoys spending his free time volunteering and giving back to his community at the local and national level.

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Jim Deignan, Treasurer

Jim spent several years working in human services with teens and families in a group home in Massachusetts. In the 80’s budget cuts closed the program and he transitioned into banking and then 32 years in mortgage banking.

Jim succeeded as a business proprietor beyond his hopes. He immensely enjoys offering financial guidance and industry insights to assist placing people into their home on sure financial footing. He remains active and responsible to originate for one of New England’s largest mortgage lenders while devoting much time, effort and expertise to the work of helping guide and support Storm Warriors.

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Chris Finn, Ex Officio

Chris Finn has spent the majority of his career focused on medical imaging. He has been instrumental in landing some of the largest commercial and federal contracts ever issued in that high technology market. Chris brings almost 40 years of expertise in corporate negotiations, professional selling, medical device and information technology leadership, and federal market consulting to the table.

A native of New York City, Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of LaVerne where he graduated Cum Laude and took honors in Economics. He also holds certifications in Radiologic Technology and a 100 Ton Master of Oceans from the U.S. Coast Guard. He is a father, teacher, an avid sailor, writer and musician. Along with his wife Liz and two children he currently resides in Camden, Maine where he operates a consulting practice assisting companies with their federal businesses.

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Rebecca Swanson Conrad, Philanthropic & Development Consultant

Rebecca Swanson Conrad formed RSC Consulting in 2019 to provide concepts, strategies and connections to businesses and organizations seeking to align mission to outcomes, develop new projects or scale to new market position.

Previously, she served as President and CEO of the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce where she led the acquisition of the Lewiston Auburn Economic Growth Council, which added entrepreneurial development and a loan portfolio to Maine’s largest Chamber of Commerce. She joined the Chamber following 12 years at Maine College of Art in Portland where she served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement. She was co-owner with her husband of downtown Auburn, Maine business Austin’s Fine Wines and Foods for 20 years and for 3 years owned and operated Rÿsen Home Garden & Antiques, a retail gallery promoting local art and products that supported international women’s economic development. Prior to Rÿsen, Conrad’s career spanned 21 years in higher education administration at Bates College, including 1999-2003 when she served as executive director of LA Excels, the college’s non-profit community development partnership in Lewiston-Auburn focused on leadership, arts, educational aspirations and economic revitalization. She served on the Maine Arts Commission for seven years, with four as vice-chair. Other volunteer board roles include past chair of the Lewiston Auburn Economic Growth Council, Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice and L/A Arts, vice chair of the Maine Association of Nonprofits and as a board member of Advocates for Children, Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce and Central Maine Community College’s Foundation. She currently serves with Oxfam’s “Sisters of the Planet,” a diverse group of American Women using their influence to fight global poverty, hunger, and injustice, with a particular focus on empowering women and girls worldwide. She is also on the advisory board of USM’s LA College, the USM Board of Visitors and the Muskie School’s Board of Visitors and is an Olympia Snowe Leadership Advisor at Leavitt High School. Conrad received her BA in English from Bates College and studied in the New England Studies MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine. She lives in Auburn with her husband Austin Conrad, Jr. and her cat, Charles Mingus.

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Jessica Jones, Production Supervisor

Jessica Jones is a native Mainer, who grew up in Owls Head and didn’t appreciate the coastal town until she left it! With an interest in photography, and a desire to get lost in a bigger city, she graduated high school and went to New York.
Jessica studied Film & Photography at Ithaca College and then spent six years in New York City at a commercial post production house. In this time, she soaked up the city life, and worked with several agencies such as Saatchi & Saatchi, McCann, BBDO, Leo Burnett, Digitas and Wolff Olins, before she even watched the series “Mad Men”. About the time her niece was being born, was the same time the city was wearing her down, and she took this as a sign to move to Boston, closer to home. Jessica spent a year “researching” the craft beer movement for a college friend’s documentary, all the while underestimating Boston’s tight-knit film scene and with her background in production, it was a disappointment to start back at the bottom of the totem pole.
Lucky for her, a start-up television station was brewing back in the Midcoast, and so was a past high school relationship, so her hometown started looking less daunting than it once was. Jessica perfected her editing, graphic and technological skills for over three years with the independent channel, VStv. Her proudest work was bringing life to the logos of several local businesses, and editing for the series, MaineLife.
In 2018, Jessica was hired as Production Manager for Storm Warriors International, which has brought a new meaning to her creative work. Jessica is excited to be using her skills and talents for the greater good, and is eager to work with the amazing humanitarian organizations this year and for years to come. She may be helping to bring awareness to the crises plaguing this world, but don’t confuse her with the troubled detective in New York, who’s getting paid by Marvel.

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Rebekah Nappa, Production Support

Rebekah Nappa was born in upstate New York but grew up in several different locations as her family moved back and forth between New York and North Carolina on multiple occasions.
In 2010 her family, total of six people, moved up to Rockport, Maine, with their 2 horses and 2 cats. With both her parents working, Rebekah went to public high school for the first time in her Junior year and immediately started loving her classes that had anything to do with production, film, and/or graphic design. Despite this, upon graduating high school, she applied and was accepted to a university for Secondary Education with a focus on U.S. History.
Realizing teaching was not her career, Rebekah moved to Portland Maine and attended Southern Maine Community College. In 2016 she received a degree in Communications and New Media and was immediately invited to intern at WCNY, a PBS television station in Syracuse, New York. Two months later Rebekah was hired as a Production Assistant. Her responsibilities ranged from working Ross Expression and After Effects to video editing and set preparation. She worked at WCNY for nearly 2 years before another calling reached her ears. Rebekah received an invitation to come back to the coast of Maine and work for Storm Warriors International.
Now Rebekah Nappa works as Production Support at Storm Warriors International (SWI). She is being trained for continuing producing, directing and other creative roles within the organization which is dedicated to storytelling for social good. Happy to be back with family, the ocean, the coastal towns, and the friendly locals, Rebekah is thrilled to be working with no end in sight of vital projects on the horizon. She loves meeting and working with other storytellers and learning from and helping many important organizations dedicated to helping others in need. She looks forward to continuing her journey, mastering her craft, and working hard to tell the stories designed to help rescue, recover and restore those in need.

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Brian Goding, Director of Photography/Cameraman

With a drive to create, and a curiosity to tell stories about the human spirit, Brian wandered in to the world of filmmaking. Brian is a cinematographer with a passion for light and meaningful composition. He has worked at Maine Media Workshops as the Film Technology Manager and a Teacher’s Assistant. Brian has also worked on various, commercials, PSAs and short documentary projects.
When Brian’s face is not glowing from the light of an LCD monitor or computer screen you’ll find him hanging with his wife Casey, son Oliver, daughter Helen or in the great outdoors drawing inspiration from New England’s beautiful landscapes.
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Neil Shelley, Technical Production Consultant

A Maine native, Neil Shelley has worked as a digital imaging technician, drone operator, editor, and assistant camera for a variety of projects including feature-length films, documentaries, and commercials. In addition to his wide-spread knowledge and experience, Neil is Maine’s only Adobe Premiere Certified Expert and is also a certified trainer for DaVinci Resolve. Neil enjoys sharing his knowledge by teaching classes in photography and filmmaking in the New Media program at the University of Maine, as well as technical centered workshops in Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects, Davinci Resolve, and digital cinematography at various locations throughout the state of Maine and beyond.

More to come…

Storm Warriors International is currently recruiting additional Advisors, Consultants and Board Members. Please submit your recommendations and/or referrals and/or interest to: info@stormwarriors.org.

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Our Purpose: To inspire people all over the world to compassionate, courageous, and selfless acts of rescue.