Keri K. Stephens, PhD, is a Professor in Organizational Communication Technology, a Distinguished Teaching Professor, Co-Director of Technology, Information, & Policy Institute, and she directs the OPTICLab in the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research program examines the role of technology in organizational practices and organizing processes, especially in contexts of crisis, disaster, and health. She has authored over 100 articles appearing in research journals, proceedings, and books, and her two most recent books are the national-level, award-winning book New Media in Times of Crisis (2019, Routledge), and the two-time, national-level, award-winning book Negotiating Control: Organizations and Mobile Communication (2018, Oxford University Press). Prior to academia, she used her BS in biochemistry degree and worked in the fields of environmental chemistry, biopharmaceutical analysis, and laboratory robotics.
Gregory Allione is the General Controller, Departmental Director of the Fire and Rescue Service of the Bouches-du-Rhône, France. "Like most of us, I was a volunteer firefighter in my village, in one of these communal rescue centers where we enjoy meeting up and getting involved. I was barely 17 years old." Originally from the Var, he became a volunteer fireman in 1989, then a professional in 1997. He joined the board of directors of the Federation in 2003, then left the federal authorities in 2010 to serve the State and carry the voice of firefighters. He thus became social advisor to the Director General of Civil Security and Crisis Management, then civil security advisor to the Minister of the Interior in 2012. In October 2014, he is appointed chief of corps, departmental director of Bouches-du-Rhône. He is again elected to the Federation's Board of Directors in September 2015 and then joined the Executive Committee as Vice President in charge of strengthening the role of firefighters in civil security and crisis management. He has been President of the Federation since October 12, 2018 and as such he sits on the national governance bodies of fire and rescue services (National Commission of Fire and Rescue Services, National Council of Volunteer Firefighters, Association for the Loyalty and Recognition Benefit, Monitoring Committee of the National Sdis-SAMU Reference System).