Certification Governance Board
The Certification Governance Board is an advisory body to USGIF and its Universal GEOINT Certification Program. The board comprises a variety of experience, background, and perspective relevant to the international GEOINT Community.
The Certification Governance Board is responsible for overseeing the development, maintenance, and ongoing updates of the certification program and scheme for each certification created as part of the certification program. Also, the Certification Governance board has decision-making and voting authority over processes and procedures of the Universal GEOINT Certification Program.
For more information about the Certification Governance Board, please contact the Certification Program Manager.
Certification Governance Board Members
Robert F. Austin, Ph.D.
Dr. Austin is a geospatial industry professional with extensive experience in the academic sector, local, and municipal government and the private sector, including work in Antigua, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Malaysia, Russia, Ukraine, and Vietnam. He served on the board of directors and as president of GITA and as a member of the GISCI board of directors. He served six years on the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC); three years as chair. He is co-author of GIS for Critical Infrastructure Protection.
John Brockhaus, Ph.D.
Dr. Brockhaus (Ph.D., University of Idaho) is the director of the Geospatial Information Science program and teaches remote sensing, advanced remote sensing, aerial photogrammetry, surveying, computer cartography, and geographic information systems at the United States Military Academy-West Point. Dr. Brockhaus’s research interests include military target detection using hyperspectral imagery, characterization of obstacles to cross-country mobility with lidar data, and the detection of invasive non-native plants in forested ecosystems.
Mr. Brooks is the director of the Delta State University Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies, an NGA Center for Academic Excellence. He also serves as a member of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC), is an advisor to UN-SPIDER, and is a past-president of GITA. Mr. Brooks has provided assistance for many significant natural disaster events and crises such as the April 2011 tornado outbreak in Mississippi, the 2011 Mississippi flood, the 2011 Tohuku Tsunami, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. He is a 29-year veteran of the fire service, an active instructor at the U.S. National Fire Academy, and former U.S. Army officer. He currently serves as CGB Co-Chair.
Mr. Brown is an adjunct professor teaching graduate level remote sensing and image processing at George Washington University and a employee of Planet. He spent the last decade designing and building GEOINT applications for the DoD and IC and now does it commercially. Mr. Brown holds a BS and MS in Optics from the University of Arizona’s Optical Science Center.
Mr. Fahey retired from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) as a senior executive with 47 years GEOINT Community experience leading global operations within several multi-national communities. He served as DoD rep to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names and Foreign Names Committee. He also served on Vice President Al Gore’s “National Partnership for Reinventing Government” team coordinating across multiple International and U.S. government organizations. He currently volunteers in George Mason University’s mentoring program.
COL (Ret.) Steven D. Fleming, Ph.D.
COL Fleming teaches geospatial intelligence and other geographic information science and technology courses with the SSI-USC. A decorated U.S. Army commander, he spent much of his 30-year military career as an air defense officer and with combatant Joint and NATO staffs. His last duty was as an academy professor and deputy head of the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at the United States Military Academy.
Mr. Grochol is a former Special Operations Aviation Veteran with over 100 Combat Missions flown in conflicts around the world. He specializes in airborne collection assets and the intelligence and communications infrastructure needed to maximize their use.
Mr. Howald is the Harris Corp. geospatial collaboration manager, providing advanced technology insertion support to ongoing GEOINT programs. Mr. Howald holds a M.A. in Geography. He has a passion for geospatial technology and solution development, especially in data analytics and content management. He has extensive leadership and management of teams involved in GIS, remote sensing, data integration, and solutions for spatial data analysis. He volunteers with academic and environmental geospatial projects.
Shawn A. Kalis, Ph.D.
Dr. Shawn Kalis supports the DoD and Intelligence Community as senior researcher at Riverside Research. He has more than 30 years of intelligence experience, including 21 years with the U.S. Air Force, two years as a department contractor, and 13 years directly supporting DoD and IC missions. His GEOINT support expertise is in the use of synthetic aperture radar, overhead persistent infrared, and hyperspectral imagery. Dr. Kalis also has experience as an adjunct instructor for the DoD and Wright State and Wilberforce universities.
Mr. MacDonald has been the chief operating officer of Analytical Consulting Group since 2009. He has worked in the intelligence field for more than 20 years and in the GEOINT discipline since 2003. Mr. MacDonald has supported NGA since 2006, where he has been recognized by NGA Source for Innovative Analysis and with an ODNI Spark Award for innovative activity based collection strategies. He has a master’s degree in diplomacy from Norwich University.
Angel Martinez Jr.
Mr. Martinez retired from the U.S. Army as a Chief Warrant Officer Five Geospatial Engineering Technician with 30 years of experience in providing GEOINT products and services in support of a full range of military operations from the tactical to strategic levels. He was previously the Senior Geospatial Engineering Technician at the Army GEOINT Battalion and a Foundry GEOINT-Geospatial Engineering Instructor. Mr. Martinez is currently planning to join the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Army Geospatial Center as a Geographer in February 2017. He currently serves on the CGB representing the Universal GEOINT Certification Program certified population.
David Messinger, Ph.D.
Dr. Messinger received a bachelor’s degree in physics from Clarkson University and a Ph.D. in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a professor and director of the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he previously was the director of digital imaging and remote sensing. He is also an associate editor of the journal Optical Engineering.
Bruce Franklin Molnia, Ph.D.
Dr. Molnia is the USGS senior science advisor for national civil applications. A recipient of the USGS Lifetime Communications Achievement Award, Dr. Molnia has authored, coauthored, or edited more than 400 publications and is one of the world’s foremost glaciologists and applied glacier remote sensing scientists. Dr. Molnia is a recipient of the Antarctic Service Medal and the namesake for Molnia Bluff in Antarctica’s Dry Valleys.
Nancy E. Nunan
Ms. Nunan has a broad litigation practice in Northern Virginia and has appeared before numerous courts in D.C., Virginia, Maryland, and across the United States. She received her B.A. from Cornell University in 1985 and her J.D. from Georgetown University in 1992, becoming a member of the bars of New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, and District of Columbia shortly after graduation. She has served in various positions on the board of directors of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, and she is currently its president. She currently serves as the CGB’s public member.
Marco Painho, Ph.D.
Dr. Painho is a full professor at the NOVA Information Management School (NOVA IMS, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL)). His research interests include geographic information systems science, (spatial) decision support systems, spatial analysis, geospatial intelligence, VGI, and GIS education. He holds a degree in environmental engineering fro, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, a master of regional planning from the University of Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. in geography from University of California, Santa Barbara.
William J. Schouviller
Mr. Schouviller is program manager for professional certification programs within Marine Corps Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Enterprise (MCISRE). As an active duty Marine, he served in a wide range of GEOINT positions, including as Marine GEOINT Office director at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). He is a prolific OpenStreetmap.org mapper and member of the United States Geological Survey’s The National Map Corps (TNMC). He was previously a program manager at the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity (MCIA).
Dr. Rich Schultz
Dr. Schultz is currently associate dean of distributed learning at North Park University in Chicago, Illinois, and associate director of the NSF-supported National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence, in Louisville, Kentucky. Involved in the geospatial community for more than a decade, he is the senior author of more than 90 publications, presentations and articles.
Diana S. Sinton, Ph.D.
Dr. Sinton is the executive director of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), a non-profit organization supporting a community of practice around GIScience research and teaching. She teaches GIS at Cornell University, writes for Directions Magazine, and has degrees from Middlebury College (BA) and Oregon State University (MS, Ph.D.).
Ms. Spuria has a 30-year federal career in GEOINT related fields, primarily in analysis, analytic tradecraft, and analyst development. Her passion for analytic tradecraft helped develop the integration of GEOINT fields and its successful application on national and international challenges. She currently focuses on advising companies about developing new capabilities with the analyst perspective in mind. She currently serves as CGB Co-Chair.
Mr. Stahl is a Physical Scientist serving the US Army TENCAP and Army Geospatial Center with advanced development, technology integration, and GEOINT experimentation. Over his 16 year career he has held a variety of positions within private, nonprofit, and government ranging from GEOINT instruction, field collection/validation, tradecraft development, and analytic prototyping. Mr. Stahl holds a M.S. in Geography from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University and is working toward a PhD in Earth Systems & GeoInformation Science at George Mason University. Mr. Stahl’s research interests include sensitivity analysis, terrain reasoning, air/ground mobility applications, and emerging technologies that enable human-machine teaming.
Mr. Walker retired in 2017 as director, product initiatives for BAE Systems’ Geospatial eXploitation Products business in San Diego, California, U.S.A. He now provides marketing and business development services in photogrammetry, LiDAR and mapping. He holds MA, MScE and PhD degrees in geography and geomatics from the universities of Glasgow, New Brunswick and Bristol, and an MBA from Heriot-Watt. He is an ASPRS-certified photogrammetrist. After an academic career at the University of East London, Stewart transitioned to the private sector in 1987, working in sales, product management and business development for Leica Geosystems and its predecessor companies in England, Switzerland and the U.S