Meet The Team

The Disaster Aid USA Board of Directors

Disaster Aid USA, INC. was incorporated as a non-profit corporation is Washington, DC on 6/18/2010. We have received our 501(c)3 status as a public non-profit. All donations to DAUSA are tax deductible.

DAUSA was established by the former ShelterBox USA team in Central Maryland/Washington DC

Disaster Aid USA incorporates the following:

  • Board of Directors- All active Rotarians or Rotaractors

  • Advisory Board

  • Paid and Volunteer staff

  • Ambassadors- Volunteers who share the mission of DAUSA with others

  • Disaster Aid Response Team members (DARTs)

DAUSA’s mission is to provide disaster aid and relief world-wide, relying on the Guiding Principles of Rotary and the Rotary 4-Way Test, with a Board of Directors from every Rotarian Zone in the USA. 1/3 of the Board will be up for re-election each year.

DAUSA is an American Rotary project run by Americans. Our disaster tent was designed by DAUSA Executive Director, Larry Agee, a Rotarian in the Sulphur Sunrise Rotary Club in Louisiana.

Disaster Aid USA will operate with full transparency, accountability, oversight and professionalism that are expected of genuine Rotary projects.

 

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Robert R. “Bob” Grill is Chairman of the Board of Disaster Aid USA, was born and raised in Franklin, Pennsylvania, a small town northwest of Pittsburgh. After graduating from Franklin High School in 1956 Bob joined the U. S. Navy. After completing boot camp and hospital corps training he served as a medic in the emergency room in the Naval Hospital at Camp Le June, North Carolina. In 1958 he was transferred to the U.S. Marine Corps, and spent the remainder of his service time at the Marine base at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.  After his discharge Bob returned to Franklin where he met his wife Phyllis.  While in Franklin, Bob worked in construction as a union carpenter rising to the position of job superintendent. In 1966 Bob and family moved to Maryland, continuing in construction as a partner in a home improvement company until 1969 when he started his own construction company, Bob Grill General Contractor, Inc., specializing in residential and commercial building and remodeling. At present Bob is still semi-active in his company.

In 1992, Bob joined the Rotary Club of Bladensburg, MD. He is a past president of his Rotary Club (twice), a past district governor of Rotary International (2002-03), and was invited by D.K. Lee, (2008-09) President of Rotary International to represent him at a district conference in L’Aquila, Italy.

On the district level Bob has served as aide to six RI Presidents; 2004-05-06 served as the TRF annual-fund sub-committer chairman; 2007 permanent fund sub-committee chairman,;2008-2009 districts Rotaract chairman; 2010-2011 chairman for the selecting the District Governor Nominee;  involved in the districts RYLA program since 1998. Bob has received many awards for his service to Rotary International. Through his membership and leadership in Rotary and his service across a broad spectrum of community initiatives that serve youth, homeless, handicapped and seniors, Bob is known locally, nationally and internationally.

Bob was honored as one of the Prince Georges County’s Real Heroes at the 2001 annual Prince George’s County Chapter of the American Red Cross Real Heroes Breakfast.  His hands-on-style is evident when building ramps for the handicapped, giving a boy afflicted with Cerebral Palsy the opportunity to be an “employee for a day,” including a ride in his construction company dump truck and Bob-cat.  Bob’s heartwarming caring stretches abroad, internationally, helping to raise funds to purchase needed medical equipment for reconstructive facial surgery for children in South America.

Bob has been married 54 years and has three children, 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He is a family man, believing in family values. Bob is honored to serve as Chairman of the Board of Disaster Aid USA.

 

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Mr. Kenneth “Larry” Agee is the Executive Director of Disaster Aid USA and also represents Rotary Zone 31.  He has a Bachelor Degree from Louisiana Tech University, Business Management, Major Production and Operations Management, currently called Sustainable Supply Chain Management. The degree includes instruction in acquisitions and purchasing, inventory control, storage and handling, “just-in-time” manufacturing logistics planning, shipping and delivery management, transportation, quality control, resource estimation and allocation, and budgeting. He is currently self employed with his independent financial planning business. Larry is a Rotarian of 8-years and he currently serves as Assistant District Governor.  He has received the Rotary International Service Above Self Award for 2010/2011.  He has also received the Service Above Self Award for His District (6200) and His Club and been awarded Rotarian of the year award for his club. Larry’s disaster aid experience is extensive.

He served 4-years respectively for ShelterBox and Disaster Aid International.  These 4-years resulted in 7-deployments with 6 as a team leader.   His duties have included logistical management of containers, transportation, customs and labor issues, evaluating disaster areas for proper distribution of aid with proper recording of beneficiaries.  This has resulted in successful experiences of working with numerous NGOs and governments, including the UN, Red Cross, Marion Medical Mission, Food for the Hungry, World Vision, UNCIEF, and many others, to coordinate relief efforts.

Larry is a Disaster Aid USA Board Member & Zone 31 coordinator as well as a Disaster Aid International DART team leader. He is currently working on his Masters in Disaster Management.

 

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Doctor William “Bill” DuBoyce is representing Rotary Zone 33. Wayne is also the Vice Chairman of the DAUSA Board of Directors. Bill is a Past President of the Bladensburg, Maryland Rotary Club and he is still a member there. Bill attended Howard University College of Medicine and he is a Board Certified Internal Medicine physician. He is presently a Physician at Medstar. In addition to being a very active Rotarian and a supporter of Disaster Aid USA, Bill is the President of the Friends of the National Ballet. Bill brings a solid Rotarian background to our Board of Directors.

 

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Wayne Beaumier is representing Rotary Zone 21b. Wayne has worked for Standard Safety Equipment Company, a manufacture of reusable chemical clothing for over 25 years. As Vice President of Sales, he is responsible for sales, marketing, and distribution worldwide. His main focus is on the refineries and chemical plants that use HF acid. Wayne also serves the Boy Scouts of America as a Scout Master for SHAC area, Troop #939. His oldest son is an Eagle Scout and the other two are well on their way. In addition, he serves his local Little League program as a Staff Umpire for Texas District #16.. Wayne is the 2009-2010 Past President of his Rotary club, Bear Creek Copperfield Rotary Club. (Presidential Citation recipient.) He has also received the Distinguished Service Citation and Community Service Award from Rotary Texas District #5890. He is currently serving his second term as Assistant Governor and he is also a Paul Harris Fellow.

He currently serves his Rotary club as Flag Chairman and with Fundraising. Wayne is an active volunteer for Disaster Aid USA, where he has trained as a DART and also serves the Houston, Texas area as a DAUSA Ambassador. Wayne and his wife, Michelle, have been married for over five years and have four children. Wayne feels that now that the kids are getting older it will be easier to spend time oversees helping with Disaster AID USA. Being a Rotarian and knowing that the efforts and money are well spent by fellow Rotarians makes this a great Rotary project to get behind.

 

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Kyle Morford is the Webmaster and Co-founder of DAUSA. Kyle served as the Vice President of DAUSA from 2010-2013. He received a Master’s degree from American University in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, where he worked to bridge development with youth in conflict. Kyle has worked in the emergency management field since his beginnings as a Shelter Manager with the American Red Cross. He has responded to disasters around the world and has coordinated domestic DART training in Rotary District 7620. Kyle is also a member of the Rotary District 7620 Domestic Relief Committee.

 

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Tore Knos is representing Rotary Zone 26 and is based in Venice in Southern California. Tore is also a DART (Disaster Aid Response Team member and has deployed to South Sudan. He is an active Ambassador For DAUSA as well and has made numerous presentations and displays of our tent and equipment at Rotary Events. Tore is the Past President of the North Atlanta Rotary Club. He has traveled extensively in Asia, Panama, Mexico, Sweden and Costa Rica. Tore speaks English, Swedish and Spanish. He has a doctorate in Public Administration from the University of Georgia. We are pleased to have his expertise and enthusiasm help our Board of Directors to meet our goals!

 

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Joseph Fillion is representing Rotary Zone 32. Joe has worked 29 years for Schneider-Electric (formerly Invensys, Siebe and the The Foxboro Company).  He has had a number of roles from R&D, Engineering, Sales & Marketing, GM and is now a Business Value Consultant.  His work has taken him to 48 states and 42 countries, exposing him to many cultures around the world across 6 continents.

In his Rotary world he is the 2010-11 Past President of his club after being in Rotary only one year.  He led an international project in the Philippines for a school and then rolled into a district wide water project in Philippines which has sustained this water project for many years, getting clean water to thousands of people by teaming up his district 7950 with the Naga City Rotary club in District 3820.

Due to his experience in clean water and his ability to pull multiple clubs into one district and RI grant, Joe joined his district’s water committee and has been asked to chair this committee. He is currently AG for district 7950 starting July 1, 2016 for a 3-year period and a Paul Harris Fellow.

Joe is married to Lourdes, who is from Mexico City.  Although not in RI, Lourdes attends many RI meetings and has been key in a Gray Water Project which Joe worked on in San Miguel, Mexico.  Joe has one daughter, Jessica, who is now 21.  Joe has always wanted to help people globally and feels that RI is a great way to do this as there are so many people and clubs globally within RI which allows many people the connections rotating to make great things happen.  This is how Joe met Wayne and is now an ambassador for his District for Disaster Aid USA.  As an AG, Joe feels that he will be able to create more excitement about DAUSA to help grow this RI Project.

 

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Arthur Hodge is representing Rotary Zone 34. Arthur joined The Rotary Club of Vero Beach Sunrise in April of 2002. He has served on many committees of the club and has perfect attendance since joining. He has served on the Club’s Board for seven years and was Club President in 2008-2009. After serving as President, Arthur was the District 6930 Area 7 Assistant Governor for 2009-2010 and 2010-2011. As an RLI Discussion Leader he has facilitated Parts 1, 2 and 3 in both Florida and the Caribbean.

District 6930 duties have included: Governor 2013-14, District Trainer, Caribbean Partnership, Finance Committee, and District Conference Committee for four years including its Conference Chair for 2012. Arthur is a Paul Harris Society member with multiple Paul Harris Awards. He has attended five International Conferences, Zone Seminars, six Multi-District P.E.T.S., visited four countries for the purpose of Humanitarian Projects and has taken an active part in many District meetings and Conferences. Currently Arthur is District Paul Harris Society Chair, District RLI Director 2015-16, Zone 34 Director of the Caribbean Partnership.

Arthur attended East Tennessee State University, Brevard Community College and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a BS in Business Administration. Work experience includes a ten-year stint with Trans World Airlines in Florida and New York. After his airline career, he has worked in another form of transportation. He is currently the Owner/Manager of an Agency serving the trucking industry.  Arthur provides long-distance truck transportation for refrigerated and frozen food products in the United States and Canada.

Arthur and Brenda enjoy traveling in their spare time. They recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. They have two sons, both of whom live in Vero Beach. They are happy to share most of their available time with their three Grandchildren, all girls.

 

More coming soon about our other Rotarian Board Members:  Mary Dudley, Secretary,  and Lisa Walsh, Treasurer.

 

Advisory Board

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THOMAS A. AGEE, CPA, CIA, CVA

  • American Institute of CPAs, Louisiana Society of CPAs
  • Rotary International- District Governor 2009-10
  • Rotary Club of South Shreveport- various offices(including President)

BELKYS LOPEZ

Belkys López is a consultant whose work centers upon governance, peacebuilding and development.  She has worked extensively on the issue of conflict management and has researched the impact of trauma and economic instability on peace. Previously she worked as a technical advisor to the government of Abyei, a critical border area of the Sudans. Her role was to advise in the strategic planning of Peace, humanitarian and development initiatives. As an advisor she assisted in the return of approximately 44,000 IDPs to Abyei and helped develop the Administration’s framework for the return and reintegration of the returnees. She also worked as Director of Programs of KUSH Inc, a Sudanese-American 501 c3. There she designed emergency relief projects, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, development, peacebuilding and government capacity-building programs. She is currently serves on the advisory board of Kush.

 

Prior to her work in Sudan, she received fellowships for research carried out in South Africa and Cuba.  Her past research focused upon governance and the role of non-state authorities in the global economy and the transforming nature of the state in regionalization. She worked at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Before embarking in a career in development and foreign policy, as a mother she lived and worked in Japan for 5 years.  She received a Master’s degree from the University of Warwick in the UK in International Political Economy. She is a Bryn Mawr College graduate having earned a BA in Political Science and Africana Studies.