Program Committee

We are proud to say that the sessions and keynotes at FOSS4G NA 2015 are chosen by an independent program committee made up of volunteers from the FOSS4G community.

To contact the program committee, send us email.

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Kate Chapman [Cadasta Foundation]'s picture

Kate Chapman [Cadasta Foundation]


Kate leads the Cadasta Foundation's technology team and strategy. She is recognized as a leader in the domains of open-source geospatial technology and community mapping, and an advocate for open imagery as a public good. Over the past 15 years she’s worked on geospatial problems of all kinds, including tracking malaria outbreaks, mapping private residences for emergency response, and even analyzing imaginary items used in geospatial games.

Rob Emanuele [Azavea]'s picture

Rob Emanuele [Azavea]

Tech Lead, GeoTrellis

Rob Emanuele is a software developer at Azavea, and is the project lead for the GeoTrellis project.

Scala, Big Data, functional programming, clean API development, music and all other types of art.
Jody Garnett [Boundless]'s picture

Jody Garnett [Boundless]

Community Lead

Serves on the Project Steering Committee for each of the GeoServer, GeoTools and uDig projects. Outreach to new projects as a member of both LocationTech technology project and Open Source Geospatial Foundation incubation committee.

Volunteers with the OpenSource Geospatial Foundation as chair of the incubation committee focused on new project outreach. Currently servers on the OSGeo Board of Directors.

Committer representative on the LocationTech Steering Committee. Works with new projects as chair of the top-level technology project.

Regina Obe [Paragon Corporation]'s picture

Regina Obe [Paragon Corporation]

Co-Founder Paragon Corporation

Regina is the co-founder of Paragon Corporation,  a web application development company. They use PostgreSQL and PostGIS extensively in their practice. 

Regina is a member of the PostGIS and GEOS project steering committees and development team and a member of the pgRouting team. She also maintains the PostgreSQL Windows application stackbuilder extension for PostGIS and pgRouting.

She is a co-author of several books with her husband. 

  • PostGIS In Action (1st and upcoming 2nd edition) (Manning Publications)
  • PostgreSQL: Up and Running (1st and upcoming 2nd edition) (O'Reilly Media)
  • pgRouting A Practical Guide in progress - due out some time 2016 (LocatePress)
PostGIS, PostgreSQL, MapServer, OpenLayers, pgRouting
Andy Petrella [NextLab]'s picture

Andy Petrella [NextLab]

Lead Dev

Andy is a mathematician (and a geek/computer scientist) from the Fervent City (Liège, Belgium) who was involved in Geospatial processing (semantics and OGC standards) since his student years and developed on several GIS platforms (f.i. ERDAS Apollo, formelly Ionic's Red Spider suite).
Although geo data are his preference, he extended his domain field to embrace the Big Data technologies and related data analysis processes. Hence, he's now involved with his company (NextLab, in the development of distributed systems and enjoys mining massive heterogeneous data sets.
He's also tutor of university students on master thesis aiming to tackle geo problems using Big Data technologies.

Math, Machine Learning, Gis models, Distributed Computing and Functional Programming. Learn kid to code Open data ambassador (OKFN member)
Beth Tellman [Arizona State University]'s picture

Beth Tellman [Arizona State University]

PhD Student

I am a PhD student in Geographical Sciences at Arizona State University. I study flood disasters from global to community scales. I use geospatial data and software to research how changes in land use impact ecosystem services for flood mitigation. A current geospatial data intensive project is with the SNAP initiative with The Nature Conservancy to identify the role of nature in water security for 70 Latin American Cities.

disaster resilience, flooding, ecosystem services, coupled human natural systems, land use change, hydrology, remote sensing, complexity science