Adailin “Adi” Lebron, GISP, received a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from the University of Texas, Austin and a Master of Applied Geography in Geographic Information Science from Texas State University in 2018. Her Master’s research included working with Spatial Big Data (SBD) and database management. Adi’s professional background includes GIS internships with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas General Land Office. She began working at AECOM as a GIS Intern in January of 2017 and was later hired on as a GIS Analyst where she was involved in various projects. Adi currently works as he GIS Engineering Specialist for the City of Grapevine where she maintains Public Works infrastructure. Adi has served URISA Texas since 2019.
Kristina Deitz, GISP, received her Master’s Degree in Geospatial Surveying Engineering from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi in 2015. She discovered GIS back in 2007 and had several summer internships working with multiple companies ranging from environmental mapping to oil/gas while working on her Bachelor’s degree in GIS. While working on her Master’s degree she worked as a Teaching Assistant with various labs ranging from basic GIS concepts to the more advanced GIS classes. After graduating with her Master’s degree she went on to work in the consulting realm for AECOM for over 5 years. She has since moved on to the municipal government sector and is currently a Business Intelligence/GIS Analyst with the City of Plano. She has also been an active member of URISA’s GISCorps where she has previously served as a Data Manager for a Community Solutions partnering with the Northeast Hartford project.
Chairman Robert Wood is a GIS analyst for the Fort Worth based civil engineering firm Freese & Nichols. He started with URISA Texas in 2018 on the events committee planning Mappy Hours in Fort Worth, Houston, and Corpus Christi. In 2019 Robert became co-chair of the outreach committee with goals to gain corporate sponsorships and engage other GIS organizations and universities in URISA activities. Robert is passionate about seeing the Texas chapter grow and committed to giving our members opportunities to grow with us.
Director-At-Large Sara Taylor, GISP, is the GIS Manager at Texas811 in Dallas, Texas, and the outgoing President of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of URISA. Prior to relocating to Texas, Sara spent 15 years in the consulting industry completing GIS and Database Management project work for both public and private sector clients. Sara received her Bachelor of Science from Rutgers University and is a 2016 graduate of Penn State’s Postbaccalaureate GIS program. She was certified as a GISP by GISCI in 2010. She has served on the Mid-Atlantic Chapter’s Board of Trustees since 2017, as the 2017 Sponsorship Coordinator and the 2019-2020 Board President. At the national level, she has served as a 2020 URISA GIS Pro Conference Committee Member, Track Chair, and Silent Auction Chair.
Oly Powers, GISP discovered the world of GIS in 2008 and quickly went on to receive her Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, and her Graduate Certificate from the Geomatics Institute at Fleming College in GIS – Cartographic Specialist. Oly has spent the last decade working with NGOs, public and private sectors in both Canada and the US. While her love for Conservation is what first drew her to GIS, she’s since become a subject matter expert in Public Works and Asset Management, and is currently a GIS Analyst with the City of Rockwall. Oly has served on the URISA Texas Board of Directors since 2016 in various positions; hosts the URISA Texas podcast - More Than Just Maps; she regularly volunteers with the Texas Emergency GIS Response Team, and serves as the TxEGRT liaison for the NCTCOG PWERT work group.
Liz Parrish, MBA, is a Director-At-Large and has served as the Communications Committee Chair for URISA Texas since 2020. In a professional capacity, she is currently the Manager of Geospatial Analytics and Insights for H-E-B, having 15 years professional experience in the Geospatial industry. Previously, Liz was a Strategic Advisor with Esri Professional Services with a portfolio that included the top financial institutions, retailers, and commercial real estate brokerages and have demonstrated experience helping these organizations strengthen their business performance through the application of location intelligence. Liz's passion is helping others be successful and reach their potential. Her personal motto is "Impact the Outcome" and she is always looking for opportunities to give back to the Geospatial community through mentorship, volunteering, or independent coaching. Liz holds an M.B.A. from the University of Redlands, a B.S. in Geographic Information Science and a Certificate in Information Technology from Kennesaw State University, and is a Certified Scrum Master and Scrum Product Owner. Professional memberships include URISA, ASPRS, and ICSC.
Past President 2012-2015 and Director-At-Large Brian King, has been involved in geospatial science since 1999. He has a master’s degree Geographic Information Systems and a Graduate Certificate of Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT), from the Pennsylvania State University and the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF). Mr. King is a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA), having 15 years of experience in the field of archeology, and a Certified Floodplain Manager. He earned a BA in Anthropology from the University of Kentucky in 1997 and an Associates of Architecture from the Lexington Community College in 1993. Mr. King is currently employed by Freese and Nichols, Inc. since 2011 and has worked for other engineering and cultural resource management firms since 1999. Over the years he has gained experience in drafting and design tasks in areas of floodplain modeling and mapping, remote sensing, Lidar processing, land development, hydrology and hydraulics, residential sites, and highway projects in the state of Texas. Other areas of expertise include ModelBuilder, Mobile GIS applications, Amazon EC2 web mapping, ArcSDE, and engineering and archaeological reporting writing. He is one of the original members involved to form the statewide Texas URISA Chapter. Mr. King is a member of the international Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI), and Texas Floodplain Management Association (TFMA).
Director-At-Large Patrick Young, GISP, has over 17 years of experience working with geospatial technologies. He earned his Master’s degree in GIS from the University of Texas at Dallas and then spent 10 years in the consulting world where utilized his skills in support of a wide variety of civil engineering planning and permitting projects. In 2019, he went to work for Atmos Energy as a GIS Supervisor where he leads a team of GIS professionals whose mission it is to manage and maintain the company’s high pressure pipeline assets to help ensure Atmos remains the safest provider of natural gas.
Adailin Lebron, President
Kristina Deitz, Vice President
Nicholas Willette, Secretary
Liz Parrish, Communications Coordinator
Courtney Roe, Events Coordinator
Sara Taylor, Outreach Coordinator
Associate Officers: Janny Phung, Jordan Carmona, Nicole Dogan, Robert Wood