Paula Kay Lazrus – St John's University

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Paula Kay Lazrus is an archaeologist and an associate professor in the Institute of Core Studies at St. John’s University and is also affiliated with the school’s Environmental Science Program.  Paula teaches a basic environmental analysis class for the latter program and integrates various types of GIS tools into that class and others that she teaches.  This also includes a multi-year academic service learning project with freshman that involves collecting GPS positions and basic measurements on the campus’ 3000 …

Greg Bonynge – University of Rhode Island

Greg Bonynge is a Geospatial Extension Specialist at the University of Rhode Island’s Environmental Data Center.  He has a special interest in geospatial data management and archiving, and server-based technologies for supporting emergency management applications.  Greg holds a B.A. in Biology and a M.S. Environmental Science.

Currently, Greg serves both as project manager for a National Park Service project that is assisting coastal parks with using geospatial technology to prepare for storm events, as well as data manager on behalf …

Shannon White – University of Missouri Extension

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Shannon White is a 4-H State Science Youth Specialist at the University of Missouri Extension, has focused on outreach and research in GIS and geospatial education for over 14 years. Shannon has been working at the University of Missouri to promote geospatial technologies, geographic analysis and spatial thinking throughout the state since 2008. Her work in Missouri is with local, state, regional, national and international groups of researchers and geospatial technology users. At the Missouri 4-H Center for Youth

Ken Bates – Kentucky State University

Ken Bates

Ken Bates is the GeoSpatial Extension Specialist at Kentucky State University currently focusing on extending the reach of GIS to students, faculty, researchers and extension staff in the College of Agriculture, Food Science and Sustainable Systems.

He holds a B.S. in Agriculture from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture (1997) and postgraduate study in soils and geology.

Prior to Kentucky State University, Ken Bates has worked as a GIS user, manager, and consultant for the last 30 years. He …

Nathan Mattox – City of Columbia Missouri

Nathan Mattox is the GIS Enterprise Systems Administrator for the City of Columbia Missouri.  Nathan focuses on extending and promoting the use of Geospatial Technologies throughout City Governmental units.  Nathan’s specializations include, GIS, GPS, GIS Enterprise Database Systems, local government aerial photo acquisition, online mapping systems, and Mobile GIS, all focused within the realm of local government systems.  Nathan is a founding member of Map@Syst.  He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Geography from Oklahoma State University.

Barron J. Orr – University of Arizona

Barron J. Orr is a Professor in the Office of Arid Lands Studies in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona where he has been on faculty since 2001. Termed “Geospatial Extension Specialist”, his position links the missions of NASA, USDA, NOAA, and that of Land Grant universities to bridge the gap between Earth systems science and technology and its use by the general public. His approach to knowledge transfer covers all facets of …

Frank Wideman


Frank Wideman is a Natural Resources Engineering Specialist with the University of Missouri Extension.  He specializes in natural resource management, water quality, farm and home energy and emerging technologies.  He includes GIS, GPS, and Remote Sensing in all those areas.  He also utilizes distance education, social media, and community resource management to develop these programs.  He is currently serving as an eXtension Question Wrangler along with his duties for University of Missouri.  Frank has a B.S. & M.S. in …

John McGee – Virginia Tech

John McGee is an Associate Professor in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation (FREC) at Virginia Tech.  At Virginia Tech, he heads up the Virginia Geospatial Extension Program and the VirginiaView consortium.  John’s programming focuses on supporting geospatial workforce development issues, including GIS, GPS, and Remote Sensing across Virginia (and beyond…).  John works with an array of partners across the Commonwealth, including:  Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Virginia Community College System faculty, the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, …

Leslie Pelch – Vermont Center for Geographic Information

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Leslie has been the Outreach Coordinator at VCGI since 1997. She helps people understand geospatial technology, organizes professional development events, and offers hands-on GIS and GPS trainings. Leslie has a B.S. in Biology and a M.S. in Community Development and Applied Economics.

Currently, Leslie is working on projects that include coordinating the creation of a statewide parcel data layer in VT, a distributed conserved lands data update process, and a statewide GIS software license for K-12 educators in the state.…

Aimee Mandeville – URI Environmental Data Center

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Aimée Mandeville is a Research Associate with the University of Rhode Island’s Environmental Data Center.  As a GIS Analyst in the EDC, she is involved in a variety of research projects utilizing geospatial technologies (GIS, GPS)  to perform analysis, generate maps and disseminate information through online mapping technologies.  She is a co-instructor and co-developer of technical hands-on training workshops offered through URI’s Geospatial Extension Training Program

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