KAREN NICHOLS, RN
Health and Wellness Coordinator
Karen is a Registered Nurse and a longtime fan of the marching arts. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Rutgers University. Karen’s 30 years of nursing experience includes having worked in hospitals on Pediatric units, and in Pediatric ICU’s, as well as having served as an RN in the U.S. Air Force. She has been working the last 22 years as a school nurse in Irving, Texas, holding National Certification as a school nurse. She volunteered with the Troopers in 2019, joined the Health and Wellness Team in 2021, and is was promoted to Health and Wellness Team Coordinator in the fall of 2022.
Daniel Recoder & his team
Daniel Recoder is a licensed physical therapist assistant (PTA) and world class educator with over 20 years of experience in the performing arts.
As a bay area native, Daniel graduated from James Logan High School, then later San Jose State University with a Bachelor's Degree in percussion performance.
Daniel performed in elite ensembles as a quad drummer from 2004-2017. He has performed in several countries around the world, massive sporting events, and most US states.
He has spent over 12 years coaching an array of students ranging from beginners to world champions. His coaching experience includes elementary school, middle school, high school, open class and world class drum corps.
In the educational process of breaking down percussion and marching technique, Daniel discovered a fascination for kinesiology, the study of movement. This newfound passion sparked a desire to further his studies in the physical therapy field. Daniel went on to graduate from Ohlone College with an Associate's Degree in Physical Therapy.
Daniel now works full--time as a licensed physical therapist assistant (PTA), where he utilizes his coaching skills to influence tremendous outcomes for his patients. On top of his full-time job, Daniel continues to serve as an educator, and design consultant within the marching arts community.
His passion for rhythm, movement, and exercise have served as tools to pioneer a new style of fitness for the marching arts community. The desire to inspire a healthier future for humanity serves as his guiding light.
DR. STEPHANIE ELMORE, MD
Health & Wellness Consultant
Doctor Stephanie Elmore, MD is a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician and owns the Starcare Family and Preventive Medicine clinic, in Irving, Texas. She has been in solo practice with two Physician's Assistants for over 20 years now. She is also a Clinically Affiliated Physician/Associate Professor with UT Southwestern.
B.S. in Biology 1990 Texas Wesleyan University (summa cum laude)
M.D. 1994 U T Houston Medical School (Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society member)
Residency 1997 U T HCS San Antonio in Family Medicine
Private Practice for 23 years
DR. KEVIN KLOESEL
Kevin is responsible for providing weather forecast and weather safety information to the OU Office of Emergency Preparedness before, during and after weather threats of all types on the OU Campus. He also provides support to the OU Executive Policy Group in severe and winter weather situations in order to facilitate campus protection and closure decisions. He develops and leads high-impact weather safety training on the OU campus for its over 30,000 students, faculty and staff, and for the over 40,000 pre-collegiate students that call OU home during summer sports and academic camps.
Kevin is a tenured Associate Professor specializing in decision-making in weather-impacted situations. He led the teams that won the Innovations in American Government Award from Harvard University and the Ford Foundation for their work with the emergency management community in Oklahoma, as well as awards from the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. Kevin was awarded the American Meteorological Society's 2015 Charles E Anderson Award for "over two decades of dedication to engaging minority and underrepresented groups through community outreach and academic leadership."
Kevin works directly with thousands of decision makers and emergency management professionals in finding appropriate applications for weather data in local education, decision-making, and weather safety planning. He has provided numerous training workshops to improve weather forecasting and decision making in Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan and Nigeria, as well as weather preparedness training to the NFL, NCAA, NASCAR, Drum Corps International, and numerous sports venues, concert halls and amusement parks throughout the country.
A frequent guest on local, state and national radio and television programs, he has appeared on the National Academies of Science Distinctive Voices, NPR's Talk of the Nation, the Tavis Smiley Show, WeatherBrains, ABC Nightly News, The Discovery Channel, The Weather Channel, WxGeeks, the BBC, and dozens of local radio and TV shows from coast to coast. He has also provided keynotes at the National Tornado Summit and the SXSW Eco Conference. He has served on two National Academies of Sciences panels reviewing weather forecast performance for the nation, and works closely with the Norman Chamber of Commerce and Norman Economic Development Coalition to provide support for the growing private weather and climate enterprise in Norman. He also served as a content designer for Scholastic's The Magic School Bus Kicks Up a Storm children's museum exhibit.
Kevin has been with the Troopers since the summer of 2021.
Spencer Adkins is an award winning chief meteorologist for WOWK-TV in Huntington-Charleston, WV. Certified by both AMS and NWA, Spencer has been forecasting weather since 1997 for the Tri-State area. He has forecasted and led coverage of many major storms from tornado outbreaks to Superstorm Sandy to major floods to derechos. Public safety and being weather aware is Spencer’s key mission in meteorology. He’s been on TV in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio for over 30 years at various stations in various positions.
As a member of the marching arts community, Spencer marched 4 years at Algonac, High School in Michigan in the 1980s from a French horn, changing to percussion. First exposed to DCI in the early 1980s, Spencer has been an avid fan logging thousands of miles to attend shows across many states and Canada ever since. Spencer and his wife Susan have four boys, all of whom have marched in the award winning Cabell-Midland Marching Knights from Ona, WV. Now in addition to attending DCI shows, Spencer attends Bands of America Shows.
Combining work along with being a drum corps nut and a band dad, Spencer has been tweeting forecasts for DCI fans during summers since 2014. The tweets led him to team up with Dr. Kevin Kloesel from Oklahoma University who has been working with Pacific Crest and DCI on marching safety and health. Spencer plans to continue his show forecast tweets while working under Dr. Kloesel to provide weather safety information to the corps community. He also covers the marching scene on WOWK-TV featuring local members of drum corps during the summer as well as promoting the annual local Drums Across The Tri State show in Charleston along with announcing at many local high school band shows during the fall competition season. You can find him @spencerweather on Twitter often using the hashtag: #marchingmeteorology
Spencer has been with the Troopers since the summer of 2021.