The Disaster Aid USA Board of Directors

Disaster Aid USA, INC. was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in 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
  • 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 operates with full transparency, accountability, oversight and professionalism that are expected of genuine Rotary projects.

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Wayne R. Beaumier Sr.

Wayne R. Beaumier Sr. is the Chairman of the Board of DAUSA. Past President of two Clubs in Rotary District 5890, Presidential Citation Award winner. He has served 4 times as Assistant Governor, currently serving his third term as District Disaster Chair. Distinguished Service and Community Service Award winner. Club and District 5890 Rotarian of the year.

Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Paul Harris Society Member, Level 2 Bequest Member, Polio Plus Society Member.

IFSR- International Federation of Scouting Rotarians, Wine, Beer and Whiskey Fellowship, Lifetime Member of each.

Disaster Network of Assistance-Rotary Action Group and Water-And- Satiation Rotary Action Group Member DAUSA is an active member of VOAD- Voluntary Organization Active in Disasters, Gulf Coast Chapter.

Wayne is one of the Ambassadors for the Houston, Texas area. As Zone 21b Chairman is in charge of developing 8 Rotary Districts strike teams. Currently the zone has 4 Domestic response trailers and one commercial drying trailer to assist the public in case of natural or man- made disasters. He has been deployed out of the country four times and has logged over 5,000 volunteer hours. “Wherever” and “whenever” he is needed he response.

Wayne was promoted to Chairman of the Board January 2018 and will continue his zone role as well as helping developed domestic response unit members and international DARTS. (Disaster Aid Response Team) He is employed by Standard Safety Equipment Company a USA based manufacture of high end reusable chemical fabrics and chemical clothing. His focus is on refineries and chemical companies that use Sulfuric or Hydrofluoric acid. He has worked there for more than 25 years and mixes Rotary with his work responsibilities as Vice President of Sales and handles all aspects of the company’s distribution networks worldwide. Standard Safety also manufactures Germ Free Chambers that are used in laboratories and universities for research.

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Robert R. “Bob” Grill

Robert “Bob” Grill was born and raised in Franklin, Pennsylvania, in 1969 he started his own construction company, specializing in residential and commercial building and remodeling and he is still semi-active in his business.

He was invited to become a Rotarian in 1992. He is a past president of his Rotary Club (3 times), 2012-03 District Governor District 7620. In 2009.Invited to and represented D.K. Lee, President of Rotary International at a district conference in L’Aquila, Italy.

He has received many awards for his service to Rotary.  Founded, chaired and worked on many club service projects. Served as manager, coordinator of his club fund-raiser for 12 years (preparing and selling food and drinks at the FedEx field during Redskin football games and other stadium events. On the district level has served 7-1/2 years as the treasurer of the Chesapeake President Elect Training Seminar. Aide to five RI Presidents and six RI Presidents Representatives. During his years as a Rotarian he has served on several district committees, (annual-fund, permanent fund, Rotaract, RYLA). In 2015 received the Rotary International Service Above Self Award. Through his membership and leadership in Rotary, his service 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 and making a boy afflicted with Cerebral Palsy and “employee for a day” and giving the boy 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, he truly acts generously in the heart of need.

In 2010 he was one of the three founders of Disaster Aid USA. He is the past board chairman, current president and CEO of Disaster Aid USA, a 501-c3 registered charity (a Rotary Club Project of the Prince Georges County Rotary Club) that provides disaster relief and humanitarian aid when disasters strikes, natural or man-made, DAUSA is run and managed by American Rotarians throughout the U.S. Supported by Rotarians, non-Rotarians, Rotary Clubs, Businesses, and Grants.

Since 2010 DAUSA has deployed and provided aid and assistance to those in need following domestic disasters in; Alabama, Louisiana, North East USA, Oklahoma, Colorado, IL, Arkansas, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia, Florida, Puerto Rico, BVI, Hawaii and North Carolina.

Bob has been married 58 years and has three children, he is a family man believing in family values, and he enjoys hunting, fishing and cooking.

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Mr. Kenneth “Larry” Agee

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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Dr. William “Bill” DuBoyce

Dr. William “Bill” DuBoyce is representing Rotary Zone 33. Bill 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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Kyle Morford

Kyle Morford is the Webmaster and Co-founder of Disaster Aid USA. 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 Club of Chicago Lakeview.

Tore Knos

Tore Knos is a Venice California resident and is a board member representing zone 26.  He is a DART (Disaster Team Response Team) member and has been deployed to South Sudan, Malaysia, Philippines, Bahamas, and Dominica.  Tore has a PhD in Public Administration from the University of Georgia and has taught construction management at the university level.  He has licenses in construction and plumbing in addition of being  a ICC certified code inspector in all facets of residential construction.  He has written one book titled The Shi**y Little Book on urine diverting dehydrating toilets on how to provide fertilizer and sanitation to rural areas.

Tore is a Rotarian who is the past President of North Atlanta Rotary and is a graduate of the Rotary leadership institute.  He became a Paul Harris fellow in 2010, Rotarian Humanitarian Star Award in 2016, club Rotarian of the year in 2010, and the David Chow Foundation humanitarian award in 2017.

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Joseph Fillion

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

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.