Board of Directors

Robert Wood, Chairman

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.

Adailin Lebron, Vice Chairman

Vice Chairman Adailin “Adi” Lebron received her Master’s Degree in Geographic Information Science from Texas State University in 2018. Adi became involved in URISA Texas in 2019 and served as the Board Secretary for two years. 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. In 2019 Adi changed career paths from consulting to local government when she began working as a Business Intelligence/GIS Analyst for the City of Plano. Today, Adi is the GIS Engineering Specialist at the City of Grapevine where she maintains the Public Works GIS environment.

 Suzette Stone, Board Secretary

Kristina Deitz, Treasurer

Treasurer Kristina Deitz 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.

Oly Powers, Past Chairman

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.

Danny Haverlaugh, Director-At-Large

Director-At-Large Danny Haverlah has been in the geospatial professional realm for over twelve years with experience in Oracle databases, SQL Server, Maximo geospatial integration, web mapping applications, GIS solution based work flow design, ArcSDE database management, ArcGIS Online application architecture design, mobile data collection, and leading GIS technical teams. He has been employed as an IT Application Analyst with Development Services Department and has been with the City of Austin for the last eight years and continues to be a member of Austin’s Geospatial Information Management Operations Board. Danny is the head organizer of the Austin GIS User Group, a member of The Austin Python Meetup, Maptime ATX, and sits on the CenTex GIS Committee. He holds a Bachelor degree in Geography from the University of North Texas and has a strong passion for being involved in the local and regional GIS Community.

Brian King, Director-At-Large

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).

Sara Taylor, Director-At-Large

Director-At-Large Sara Taylor, GISP is the GIS Manager with Texas811. She serves as the URISA Texas Outreach Coordinator, representative to the URISA Chapter Development and Relations Council, and as a volunteer with URISA International. Formerly hailing from NJ, Sara has served on the Board of Trustees for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of URISA (MAC URISA) as a Trustee, then President, and now as Past President. After more than 15 years of working in the GIS and Environmental consulting fields in NJ, Sara relocated to Texas to start the next phase of her career in Public Safety GIS. Sara received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy from Rutgers University and was certified by GISCI as a GISP in 2010. She is also a 2016 graduate of Penn State’s Postbaccalaureate GIS program.

Patrick Young, Director-At-Large

Director-At-Large Patrick Young, GISP, has over 15 years of experience working with geospatial technologies. After obtaining his Bachelor’s degree from Texas State University, he went on to get a Master’s degree in GIS from the University of Texas at Dallas. He has gained a wide range of GIS experience through work in local government at the county and city levels and later spending 12 years in the civil engineering consulting world. In 2019, Patrick joined Atmos Energy, one of the country's largest natural-gas-only distributors, where he is a GIS Supervisor for the high pressure pipeline team.

Officers of URISA Texas

Robert Wood, President

Adi Lebron, Vice President

Devon Bennett, Secretary

Liz Parish, Communications Coordinator

Oly Powers, Events Coordinator

Sara Taylor, Outreach Coordinator

Associate Officers: Kristina Deitz, Nicole Dogan, Janny Phung, Dolph Scott

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