National Visiting Committee
Bill Hodge, National Visiting Council, 325-315-3251, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Hodge is the Executive Director of the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI), holding this position since mid-2013. He had been with the City of Midland, TX as their GIS Division Manager, for 8 years, until his retirement there in Oct, 2014. He has variety of experience in the GIS arena, acquired over the last 16 years, starting as a Planner with the NRCS and continuing with the City of Midland. He is a proud member of the GISCI family of GISP Certified professionals.
Jonathan Beck, National Visiting Committee, 320.291.5380, Jonathan.Beck@northlandcollege.edu
Jonathan Beck has worked in the aviation industry for over 15 years. He began his career as an air traffic controller and has been working with Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) technology since 2004. His career has involved fielding first of their kind small, medium and large scale UAS programs and operations across state and federal organizations and most recently in higher education. In 2011, Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls, MN launched the nations first UAS maintenance program. He is currently an Instructor and Program Manager of UAS technology at Northland. He provides adjunct instruction for other colleges across the MinnState system and holds a research faculty position in the Geography Department at St Cloud State University. Over the past 4 years he has participated in UAS applied research projects for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. He is also a principal investigator for the DroneTECH project, supported by the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education program. The DroneTECH project provides UAS educational opportunities to educators, students and other stakeholders.
David DiBiase, National Visiting Committee, 909-793-2853, email@example.com
David DiBiase leads the Education Team within Esri’s Industry Solutions group. The Team promotes GIS use and spatial thinking in higher education, schools, and youth groups worldwide. Before joining Esri, David founded the Penn State Online GIS Certificate and Masters degree programs. He served as lead editor of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Geospatial Technology Competency Model and the GIS&T Body of Knowledge published by Association of American Geographers. He also led the National Science Foundation-funded “GIS Professional Ethics” project from 2008-2010, and continues to offer professional ethics workshops for Penn State Online.
Tim Johnson, National Visiting Council, 919-754-6588, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim Johnson is the Director of the North Carolina Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (CGIA). CGIA is the lead state agency for GIS in North Carolina within the Department of Information Technology. Tim provides strategic, policy and operational direction for CGIA, and guidance to the Geographic Information Coordinating Council (GICC), a legislatively established body for GIS implementation. He is the state representative for North Carolina on the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC).
Tim has been a part of CGIA for 30 years, serving as Director of the agency since 2000. He previously held positions in the private sector in GIS project management and systems analysis. Tim holds a master’s degree in geography and GIS from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is a Certified GIS Professional (GISP).
Joseph Kerski, National Visiting Council, 303 449 7779 x1-8237 , email@example.com
Joseph Kerski is a geographer with a focus on the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in education. Joseph Kerski was the President of the National Council for Geographic Education and gave an invited TED Talk in 2018 on “The Whys of Where”. He has served as advisor to the GeoTech Center since its inception and is honored to be working with this community. He has served as geographer in 4 major sectors of society, including government (with NOAA, the US Census Bureau, and the US Geological Survey), academia (with Sinte Gleska University, the University of Denver, and as MOOC instructor for Penn State University, Elmhurst College, and eNet Learning), private industry (as Education Manager for Esri), and nonprofit organizations (with roles in the National Council for Geographic Education, the American Association of Geographers, and others). Joseph Kerski has authored over 75 chapters and articles on Geographic Information Systems (GIS), education, physical and cultural geography, mathematics, fieldwork, teaching and learning, and related topics, and makes frequent presentations at conferences and university campuses. He is active in conducting professional development training for primary and secondary educators. He has authored or co-authored 7 books, including Interpreting Our World: 100 Discoveries that Revolutionized Geography, Essentials of the Environment, Spatial Mathematics, Tribal GIS, International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning in Secondary Education, and the GIS Guide to Public Domain Data.
Roberta Lenczowski, National Visiting Committee, 314 842 1767, firstname.lastname@example.org
Roberta (Bobbi) Lenczowski is a geographic information and geospatial intelligence consultant. She serves as Board Director for AmericaView (AV), GEO-STL, and the Great Rivers Region of the National Defense Industrial Association and as national secretary of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. She is a member of two federal advisory boards, NOAA’s Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing and DOI’s National Geospatial Advisory Committee. She is deputy chair of the latter’s Landsat Advisory Group. She recently completed nearly four years as the Executive Director for AV. Ms. Lenczowski retired as a federal senior executive of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.
Jonathon Little, National Visiting Committee, 585-292-2396, email@example.com
Jonathon Little is a Geography/GIS Professor at Monroe Community College where he teaches geospatial and geography courses. Jonathon Little is Principal Investigator of a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education grant to develop a geospatial career pipeline between high schools, Geospatial Information Science and Technology (GIST) Certificate and the geospatial industry. He developed and manages five local high school GIS courses and coordinates the GIST Certificate program at MCC. He is Principal Investigator of a 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant to develop a hybrid study abroad program to monitor coastline water quality in Cartagena, Colombia (Fundación Universitaria Tecnológico Comfenalco) using GIS Technology and Spanish Consultants. He is currently on the Fulbright Specialist roster, was the 2017 GeoTech Center Educator of the Year recipient, and is a board member of several Geography and GIS organizations in New York. Before working at Monroe Community College, he taught high school science in California.
Eric Muncy, National Visiting Committee, 585-459-1300, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric Muncy, is the Mapping-GIS Segment Manager for Precision Products. He has over 24 years of experience as a Geospatial professional. Eric graduated from the University of Louisville with a BS degree in Geography with a concentration in Environmental Analysis. This time was before GIS was called GIS. It was called computer mapping and working on a computer with a 386 processor and no internal hard drive! He has worked for himself, several engineering companies and most recently a reseller of geospatial products ranging from GNSS/GPS receivers, UAV/Drones, Laser Measuring Devices, Data Collection/Compression/Analyzing Applications, and 3D Scanners. Most of Eric’s experience has been managing data collection/data implementation projects, GIS asset management and tracking, creating and maintaining a variety of data sets from government and private organizations . Currently, Eric assists customers with creating and viewing accurate geospatial data using a variety of products including GPS/GNSS receivers, laser range finders, UAVs, 3D scanners and software.
Demetrio Zourarakis, National Visiting Council, 859-537-6295, email@example.com
Demetrio P. Zourarakis, Ph.D. has been involved with GIS and remote sensing for over two decades. While in service at the Kentucky Division of Geographic Information, from which he retired after 25 years serving state government, his duties included data processing, information analysis, outreach, agency consultation and coordination, and administration of the Esri postsecondary Site License Program. He holds GISP (GISCI) and Certified Mapping Scientist (ASPRS) and Certified GEOINT Professional/GIS (USGIF). Demetrio contributes regularly in the area of geospatial educational and professional development. He presents regularly at conferences, instructs at workshops and has published several articles and book reviews. Currently, he is an independent scholar and consultant. He also serves as Past President of the Mid-South Region and Vice-Chair, Region Officers Council (ASPRS), Director-elect of the Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals (2018-2019), Past-President of the Cumberland Chapter of URISA, and Adjunct Faculty at the University of Kentucky. He also contributes his time as geospatialist volunteer at the National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence.
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National Visiting Committee (NVC)
The National Visiting Committee (NVC) is the official advisory board for the GeoTech Center. Led by a chairperson, the NVC serves as the eyes and ears for the program officer at the National Science Foundation (NSF) responsible for the Center’s primary funding. The NVC serves two roles: support and evaluative. In their support role, the NVC nurtures the Center in its operation by providing the Director and Principle Investigator with advice on the goals and direction of the Center. In their evaluative role, the NVC reviews the Center’s progress in meeting its annual goals, through consultation with the independent external evaluator. They formulate an annual report for the NSF Program Officer, who uses the information in their decision to renew funding for the Center.