Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff
David J. Cowen, chair, is the former chair of the Department of Geography at the University of South Carolina. He is also a Carolina Distinguished Professor of Geography. He earned his B.A. and M.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his Ph.D. in geography from the Ohio State University. He is past president of the Cartographic and Geographic Information Society of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping and serves on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of GIS and Transactions in GIS. He has served on the National Research Council (NRC) Mapping Science Committee (1987-1992, member; 2001-2005, chair) and the GIS Commission of the International Geographical Union. He has also been chairman of the Association of American Geographers GIS Specialty Group and the South Carolina State Mapping Advisory Committee. Dr. Cowen is a National Associate of the National Academies.
David J. Coleman is professor and dean of engineering at the University of New Brunswick. He holds B.Sc.E. and M.Sc.E. degrees in surveying engineering from the University of New Brunswick and a Ph.D. from the University of Tasmania in Australia. He has also spent 15 years in the Canadian geomatics industry, as a project surveyor and engineer initially; as general manager and vice-president in one of Canada’s largest digital mapping firms; and as a partner in a GIS (geographic information system) and land information management consulting firm. He has been involved as a consultant on projects in Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and South America. Dr. Coleman was a member of the NRC Mapping Science Committee from 1998 to 2000.
William J. Craig is associate director at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Craig is also active with MetroGIS and the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Geographic Information. He is a current board member of the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC). He earned his M.A., and Ph.D. in geography from the University of Minnesota. His current research interests focus on the institutional impediments to the use of GIS and the societal impacts of its use. Dr. Craig served as president of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science in 1997. He was a member of the NRC Mapping Science Committee from 2000 to 2005.
Cindy Domenico is the Boulder County assessor in Colorado, where the development of Boulder County’s GIS and implementations of the technology for appraisal analysis have been a focus of her work. She is president of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), where she has been active on conferences on GIS and Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal. Ms. Domenico is also a member of the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) and has served on the IAAO Mapping Council since 1990. She is also past president of the Colorado Assessors’ Association. She has a B.A. in environmental science and is a certified general appraiser.
Shoreh Elhami is GIS director for Delaware County, Ohio, and an adjunct professor at the Ohio State University. Prior to this, Ms. Elhami was GIS coordinator and principal planner for the Delaware County Regional Planning Commission and a regional planning analyst in the Ministry of Interior in Iran. She has more than 20 years of professional experience in GIS and planning, and has taught at the Ohio Wesleyan University. Ms. Elhami is a member of the URISA Board of Directors and currently chairs the GISCorps committee. In 2002, she received the Ohio State University College of Engineering’s Distinguished Alumni Award, and she has been involved as a committee member or participant in three NRC studies, including as a member of the Mapping Science Committee. Ms. Elhami has a degree in architectural engineering with a minor in planning from the National University in Tehran, Iran, and a master’s in city and regional planning from the Ohio State University.
Shelby Johnson is the state geographic information coordinator of Arkansas, directing the Arkansas Geographic Information Office organized under the state chief information officer. He previously worked as a research specialist at the University of Arkansas’ Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies, where his consulting work on GIS ranged from individual citizens to international agencies, and he developed and taught university classes and professional development courses. He has served in many leadership roles in Arkansas and was instrumental in organizing the State Land Information Board in 1998. Since 1999, Mr. Johnson has been responsible for assisting the State Land Information Board in building a coordinated GIS system to meet the needs of the people of Arkansas. He served on the NSGIC Board of Directors from 2001 to 2005. Mr. Johnson has a B.A. in geography.
Susan Marlow is founder and chief executive officer of Smart Data Strategies, Inc. (SDS), which provides software and data conversion and maintenance services to the land records industry. Throughout her career, Ms. Marlow has personally managed hundreds of cadastral conversion projects and has in-depth knowledge of the conversion and software implementation process. SDS is involved in more than 10 percent of the nation’s properties with either its conversion services or the implementation of its software. Ms. Marlow currently serves as the chairman of the board at the Institute for GIS Studies (IGISS), chairman of the Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS) Federal Cadastral Task Force, chairman of the Transportation Research Board’s Panel for Integrating Geospatial Technologies into the Right-of-Way Process, and a member of the Federal Geographic Data Committee’s (FGDC’s) Subcommittee for Cadastral Data; she is actively involved as an instructor for the IAAO’s GIS for Assessors course 651.
Frank Roberts is the GIS manager for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe in Idaho. His primary interest is in empowering the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and other indigenous groups by developing applications, teaching individuals how to use geospatial software, developing tools to help indigenous people to preserve Native culture, and integrating geospatial technology into decision-making processes. He was sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute and the Bioresource and Development Conservation Programme to be a guest speaker and training session leader at a conference for Nigerian foresters
and wildlife biologists in Calabar, Nigeria. He is responsible for GIS data and applications development for all aspects of tribal governance and land management. This responsibility involves development of a land parcel database for the tribe, as well as mapping private ownership on the reservation. Mr. Roberts is a metadata trainer for the FGDC and is a member of the InterTribal GIS Council Technical Working Group and the Indigenous Mapping Network. Mr. Roberts has B.S. and M.S. degrees in forest resources.
Michael T. Swartz is senior vice president and chief information officer for First American Flood Data Services, which is the leading provider of guaranteed flood zone determinations to the mortgage lending and insurance industries. Carrying out this function requires a comprehensive library of nationwide, digitized, vector parcel data in a common format. First American has built such a system by obtaining or creating the vector parcel data; therefore, Mr. Swartz brings the perspectives of both a developer and an intensive user of a national parcel data system and is very familiar with this topic. Prior to his employment with First American, Mr. Swartz spent 11 years in various systems and financial research positions on Wall Street, including vice president and manager of futures research for J. P. Morgan. Mr. Swartz holds an M.S. in computer science from New York University and a B.A. in computer science from Dartmouth College.
Nancy von Meyer is vice president of Fairview Industries, providing consulting, education, and GIS implementation services to government agencies and the private sector. She received her Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1989. Dr. Von Meyer works with many counties and local governments on parcel, land records, and system design for automation and modernization projects. She is also active with federal initiatives related to the FGDC Cadastral Data Content Standard, the National Integrated Lands System, eastern states cadastral initiatives, and other land records projects. She is a registered professional engineer and a registered professional land surveyor and has recently published a book entitled GIS and Land Records. Dr. Von Meyer served previously on an NRC ad hoc committee and on the NRC Mapping Science Committee from 1994 to 1997.
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Ann G. Frazier is a program officer with the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources, coordinating mapping science activities. She has 25 years of experience in science and engineering, including 10 years with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in geographic sciences. She focused on land cover change, urban growth, ecological modeling, and application of geographic analysis and remote sensing in interdisciplinary environmental studies. Prior to the USGS, Ann worked for 13 years in the aerospace industry on the Space Shuttle and Space Station Programs. Ann has a B.A. in physics-astronomy, an M.S. in space technology, a certificate in environmental management, and an M.S. in geography.
Amanda M. Roberts is a science assistant at the Office of Integrative Activities of the National Science Foundation. Previously, she was a senior program assistant with the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources. Amanda also interned at the Fund for Peace in Washington, D.C., working on the Human Rights and Business Roundtable, and worked in Equatorial Guinea, Africa, with the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program. She is a master’s candidate at the Johns Hopkins University in the Environment and Policy Program and holds an M.A. in international peace and conflict resolution from Arcadia University, specializing in environmental conflict in sub-Saharan Africa.