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Instructor Biographies

NDPTC's cadre of instructors are of the highest caliber, very well-respected in their fields and disciplines. Many have advanced degrees in science, engineering, planning, and architecture, and years of practical experience as leaders within their field of expertise.

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Cheryl Nelson

Cheryl Nelson is the Founder & Owner of Prepare with Cher, LLC and has two decades of experience in front of the camera as a lifestyle TV host, spokesperson, meteorologist and natural disaster preparedness expert. She specializes in preparing the public for all types of weather and natural disasters, while ensuring they are prepared to travel, no matter what Mother Nature has in the forecast. Highly respected in her field, Ms. Nelson has appeared on TV networks such as BBC World News, Fox News Channel, CNBC, The Weather Channel and The AccuWeather Network and she currently hosts the weekday lifestyle TV show, Coast Live on CBS in Norfolk, Virginia. She also hosted the TV special Get Ready America: The National Hurricane Survival Test which aired in fifty television markets in the United States. Her successful satellite media tours on severe weather/hurricane preparedness and the lifesaving importance of disaster preparedness kits are seen by millions of people nationwide. A broadcast meteorologist certified by the American Meteorological Society, Ms. Nelson helps save lives by teaching the public how to prepare for hurricanes, wild fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, thunderstorms, winter storms and extreme heat - with a focus on family and pet preparedness. Working tirelessly to educate on severe weather safety, she is affiliated with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration as an ambassador for Weather-Ready Nation. Ms. Nelson is also a FEMA-certified instructor for the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) where she teaches courses on Flooding, Hurricane, Tornado and Winter Weather Preparedness. A graduate of Penn State University, Ms. Nelson holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorology with an emphasis in Communications. Ms. Nelson serves on the American Meteorological Society Broadcast Board as member and co-chair of the AMS Broadcast Conference in 2020. Follow Ms. Nelson on social media @CherylNelsonTV and on her website, .

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Kyle Nelson

Kyle Nelson is a meteorologist and emergency management professional with a specialty for blending weather, social media and public safety in the professional classroom. He is a 911 Dispatcher for Pitkin County, Winter X Games Coordinator and Professional Ski Patroller at Buttermilk Mountain, and Training Coordinator for the Colorado Virtual Operations Support Team. Kyle received his M.S. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and B.S. in Meteorology from Central Michigan University. In addition to his academics, Kyle has complementing skills in emergency management, public safety communications and digital media. He draws on his experiences with local emergency management and the National Weather Service, providing on-site communication and weather decision support for large-venue events, training weather spotters, and conducting storm damage surveys, event pre-planning exercises and public outreach. He actively engages public, private and academic sectors to enhance citizen weather literacy to build a more Weather Ready Nation. Kyle brings enthusiasm and passion to the classroom and delivers a rich and engaging vision for communicating effectively on social media, and understanding weather and climate hazards that threaten our communities. Follow him on Twitter: @WxKyleNelson

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Mallory Nicholls

Mallory Nicholls is currently a broadcast meteorologist for News 13 in Orlando in addition to being an instructor for the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center. In the past ten years, she has been able to forecast the weather for multiple climates. This includes snow, ice, heat waves, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes from the mountains of Tennessee to the coast of South Carolina and Florida. She most recently covered Hurricane Matthew, which battered the east coast of Florida before moving north and dumping several inches of rain over the Carolinas.

Mallory has a Bachelors of Science in Meteorology from North Carolina State University and is currently obtaining a Masters of Science in Emergency Management from Millersville University. She’s an active member of the American Meteorological Society and holds the Certification for Broadcast Meteorologists.

Follow her on Twitter: @MalloryNicholls