Board of Directors

Officers

Ahna Miller, President

Ahna Miller is excited to serve this year as Women in GIS president after volunteering with Women in GIS the past few years with Professional Development and Outreach Committees. She first became involved with Women in GIS when after attending a GIS developers conference and was shocked by the limited number of women present at the conference. By day, she works as the GIS Platform Manager for Driscolls, Inc working to enable decision makers behind the world's leading company in fresh berries to make well informed, strategic decisions through deep analytics and geospatial data visualization.

Gabriela Guzman, Vice-President

Saskia Cohick, Past President

Saskia is currently the Stormwater GIS Manager for the City of Wilmington. She obtained her bachelors degree from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and her Masters Degree from Pennsylvania State University. In addition to her work she enjoys spending time with her grandson and learning.

Suzi Cameron, Treasurer

I am originally from Lesotho in Africa, I’ve lived and worked in South Africa, Sweden, Ireland and Germany. Soon I hope to move to Portugal. I have performed Gis in various forms in all areas. Used for road planning to essential services in Africa, to municipal Corporate GIS in Sweden for a twinning program, to wind energy planning in Ireland and then to study my Masters in Germany on renewable energy location planning. I moved on to solar farm planning in the desert in Africa and wind turbine placement along the shores of the eastern cape. I now work in the USA where I am being exposed to GIS in the utility industry. Firstly worked in GAS for 5 years and now in electrical networking and on to assisting with implementing Utility Network for a 4 year project. My personal interest is in archeology where I am currently writing a book documenting primordial man movement and settlement using GIS to cover areas from the Scottish islands to Portugal. GIS has been an amazing resource and I’ve used and grown with it over my last 28 year career.

Tia Morita, Secretary

Tia is a GIS Specialist with the County of Los Angeles. Her 15+ year career in GIS came by way her background in international development policy and public administration. Using her Masters in both Public Administration and GIS, she believes strongly in the power of GIS to inform important decisions affecting people, organizations, and our everyday lives. Tia has also served for several years on the Board of the California Geographic Information Association (more recently as the Past Chair), and brings her enthusiasm to promote the WiGIS mission and her stellar organizational skills as Secretary.

Committee Chairs

Danielle Bram, Internal Affairs

Danielle Bram is a co-founder, former President, and current Board Member of Women in GIS. She has a passion for GIS and supporting women in the field of geospatial technology. Danielle is a GIS Professional with over 20 years of experience in the public agency, higher education and nonprofit sectors. Her applied research interests and experience cover a variety of topics such as municipal, conservation and water resource GIS. Danielle is currently Director of the Center for Geospatial Science and Technology at CSU, Northridge in California. She is on the Board of the California Geographic Information Association representing education interests, and is a member of the California GIS Council Hydrography and Education Workgroups.

Susana Crespo, Outreach

Growing up in both the United States and Ecuador and calling home to two very different countries led me to seek technologies which translate and integrate. Turns out, Geography would turn out to be the unifying language I was looking for. GIS became my superpower to explore and better understand relationships between place and the things that matter to me, like Food Security, Agriculture, and Sustainable Development. After working in research, at startups, and at Esri, now I'm exploring the intersection of Geography and AI to find new ways of translating Earth's complexity into predictions to manage assets, operations, and inform strategy.

Carley Fitzgerald, Professional Development

Carley Fitzgerald is a GIS professional from Florida. Her experience includes GIS consulting, county and city government, emergency management, water management district contract work, environmental consulting, and even teaching K-8 science. Carley serves on the Board of Directors for Women in GIS as the Professional Development Committee Lead. She volunteers her time in her community as the Vice-President of the neighborhood property owners association. Off the clock she enjoys designing planners, macramé, learning to speak Italian, & time with family.

Golnaz Badr, Mentorship

Dr. Golnaz Badr has over 10 years of experience in geospatial sciences and is a certified Geospatial Professional (GISP). Currently, she is a senior data scientist at Ford Motor Company specifically focusing on Autonomous Vehicles (AV) and demand analysis in future markets. In her role as a product anchor on the Geospatial Analytics team, she supports AV business office on various decision-making processes. Dr. Badr's interests include spatial suitability analysis, site selection, Big Data and Machine Learning applications in answering real world problems.

Sandra Chakra, Interview/Spotlight

Gabriela Guzman, Map Development

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