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Founder's Story

What does it mean to be courageous? What does it take to move someone to take a step to help another person?

Learn how our founder’s quest to help others started the movement that became Storm Warriors.

Founder's Story

Storm Warriors International was founded in 2009 in North Carolina by author, speaker and producer Jon Nappa. By that time, Nappa had already worked in motion picture and television for over twenty years. An avid reader and collector of nautical books, Nappa discovered an 1875 original edition non-fiction book entitled, Storm Warriors: or, Lifeboat Work on The Goodwin Sands. It was about sea rescues that took place in the English Channel. It referenced the inventor of the English lifeboat and openly wondered what may have motivated him. Eventually, Nappa wrote a historical fiction version merging the authentic rescue accounts with an imagined backstory of what inspired the inventor to risk saving others from the teeth of fierce storms.

Nappa’s Storm Warriors novel, published in 2007 by NavPress, asked a larger question:

As Nappa met with readers of the book at book signings, conferences and book clubs, he realized that many were inspired to become modern day storm warriors, with lifeboats comprised of individual gifts, talents and calling. They desired to help others who were in desperate conditions but whose storms were of many kinds. However, Nappa also learned the readers had little vision about how to begin.

Nappa determined to help people become better informed about real-life storms like poverty, genocide, epidemics and other crises, before they would act. Finding no existing business models supporting a continuous effort to tell such stories with an emphasis on inspiring action, Nappa began exploring how such an end might be obtained. He imagined how to encourage, even facilitate, those desiring to become modern day Storm Warriors who act swiftly and relieve completely.

Nappa shared his ideas with television, motion picture and creative artist colleagues. They lauded his vision for an organization that mobilized skillful creative storytellers and media makers.

It followed that these efforts would prove valuable to existing not-for-profits and non-governmental organizations that needed help in telling their stories and engaging contributors to their cause.

In 2017, Storm Warriors International has been established in Camden, Maine, fitted and launched with chart, compass, and map along with a committed crew of Storm Warrior Advisors and Board Members.

Our Team

Board of Directors

Jon Nappa

President

Jon Nappa

Board of Directors

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.”

Board of Directors

Charlie White

Secretary

Charlie White

Board of Directors

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.

Board of Directors

Jim Deignan

Treasurer

Jim Deignan

Board of Directors

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.

Board of Directors

Sarah McLean

Director

Sarah McLean

Board of Directors

Sarah McLean

Director

Sarah is owner of GPS, Global Packing & Shipping. That company was founded in Camden in 1988 under the name of Pop & Pac. The odd name of Pop & Pac originated because of the product lines sold by the business. In the early years, Pop & Pac sold over thirty varieties of popcorn and was also a drop-off location for UPS. The founders eventually decided to offer packing services as well, and the rest is history.  In 2002, Sarah purchased the business and recognized that packing and shipping had become the “tail wagging the dog,” so she and her team focused on professionalizing the core service. Since then, she has successfully established her company as a reliable partner in business-to-business service as the packing and shipping department for many small businesses while at the same time providing a valuable direct service to the consumer. Under its modern moniker, Global Packing & Shipping, or GPS, Sarah’s leadership has kept the company growing and living up to its original motto: “Shipping Across the Harbor and Around the World.”She brings leadership, networking and business administrative talents to Storm Warriors as evidenced by her exceptional work and reputation as the much-appreciated President of the Penobscot Chamber of Commerce.

Staff

Jessica Jones

Production Supervisor

Jessica Jones

Staff

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.

Staff

Rebekah Nappa

Production Support

Rebekah Nappa

Staff

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.

Staff

John Nappa

Production Support

John Nappa

Staff

John Nappa

Production Support

John Nappa aspires to one day direct feature-length films. He enjoys working with cameras and learning anything and everything he can about them. He attended MCC in Rochester, NY for 2 years majoring in Cinema and Screen Studies. He interned at the SW Media Foundation for the summer of 2019 and was hired as a full-time Production Support team member in September that same year. He is excited to be a part of the Storm Warriors production staff, and the team values his strong work ethic, collaborative attitude and commitment to pursuing his craft with excellence.

Staff

Brian Goding

Director of Photography, Cameraman

Brian Goding

Staff

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.

Staff

Neil Shelley

Technical Production Consultant

Neil Shelley

Staff

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.

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SWMF trains storytellers through Storytelling School, a free online self-guided course on how to become a storyteller for social good. We also donate services in classrooms to explore issues through the making of their own documentary films.

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The SW Media Foundation is the first ever organization in the world that is exclusively devoted to helping other nonprofit organizations who are directly involved with the rescue, recovery, restoration and/or relief of real people in real crisis. The impact has been significant — already, the SWMF has gifted 21 organizations in 14 sectors of humanitarian crisis.