PAIGH United States National Section Member Biographies
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President Deirdre Dalpiaz Bishop
Deirdre Dalpiaz Bishop is the Geographic Advisor at the U.S. Census Bureau where she is leading and directing a staff of 300 federal employees and 100 contractors in 24 branches. She is overseeing the Geographic Support System Initiative, a $400 million program that will enhance the Census Bureau?s future geographic operations. She is actively planning for the 2020 Census on a day-to-day basis. Throughout her career she has served as liaison to external stakeholders, with a current focus on international and national organizations, federal agencies, and state and local governments. Prior to her current position, Deirdre was the Assistant Chief of the Census Bureau?s Redistricting Data Office, where she managed the five phases of the Redistricting Data Program and acted as a primary liaison to state government officials. She coordinated the integrated activities of ten Census Bureau operating units to ensure accurate and timely distribution of the data for nationwide congressional redistricting.
Before her tenure in the Census Headquarters Office, she served as both Program Coordinator and Geographic Coordinator in the New York Regional Office. During the 2000 Census, she managed the Local Update of Census Addresses Program for the City of New York. She was twice awarded the Bronze Medal, the Census Bureau?s highest honor at the national level. Deirdre received her Master?s Degree in Public Administration from New York University and her Bachelor?s Degree in Urban Studies from Lehigh University. She is a graduate of the Department of Commerce?s Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program, Class of 2013. She resides in Washington, D.C., with her husband and daughter, where she is engaged with the community. She serves on the board of Oyster Creative Activities, a bilingual non-profit after-school program. She instructs the Children?s Liturgy at St. Thomas the Apostle Church and actively volunteers to help a local Girl Scout Troop.
Vice President Paul R. Cooper
Paul Cooper is an experienced leader in Hydrography, Geodesy, and Nautical Cartography with an exceptional record of applying new and existing technologies to production methodologies in international affairs. While as a career federal employee as Director of the Hydrographic Cooperation Program of the US Naval Oceanographic Office, he administered bilateral hydrographic surveying and charting agreements between the United States and 30 foreign nations. Cooper is experienced as a senior US representative, working issues within and across a broad spectrum of US government and International organizations, foreign hydrographic offices, and private contractors. He administered Bilateral Surveying and Charting agreements between the US and 30 foreign countries. He advised cooperating nations on survey plans, operations, and charting requirements. Cooper also represented the US on International Hydrographic Organization S44 Hydrographic Standards and Capacity Building Committees. He has been part of the US delegation for 5 International Hydrographic Conferences. Cooper serves as Chairman of the PAIGH Institutional Strengthening and Technical Cooperation Committee. He speaks, reads and writes Spanish, French and German. Paul Cooper is currently Vice President of CARIS USA, a world leader in Marine Geomatics.
Cartography Commission Representative Eric Van Praag
Mr. Eric van Praag is a Project Manager at ESRI in Redlands California and specializes in GIS and SDI topics. Before joining ESRI in 2015, he was the coordinator of the GeoSUR Program, a Latin American Spatial Data Infrastructure Initiative led by CAF - The Latin American Development Bank. Mr. van Praag also served as the Information Technology Officer in charge of designing and implementing ICT/GIS for development projects in the Latin America region on behalf of CAF. He was the South American representative and the Chair of the Technical Committee of the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association and a member of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Global Advisory Board.
Mr. van Praag obtained his bachelor degree in Computer Sciences from Universidad Simón Bolívar (Venezuela) in 1986 and his M.Sc. degree in Environmental Sciences from Salford University (UK) in 1991. Before joining CAF in 2006 he worked for the U.S. Geological Survey for 7 years, coordinating the development of geospatial projects in Latin America and for the United Nations Environment Program - Caribbean Environment Programme for 2 years in the establishment of a Caribbean Environmental Data Network. He has done consulting work for several national and international organizations, including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Bank, the Organization of American States (OAS) the World Conservation Monitoring Center (WCMC) and several Venezuelan institutions.
Geography Commission Representative David S. Salisbury
Dr. David S. Salisbury is Associate Professor of Geography, Environmental Studies, and International Studies at the University of Richmond. He has directed a Higher Education for Development-USAID grant in the Peruvian Amazon from 2013-2015, served as a Fulbright Fellow in Perú, holds an Honorary Professorship at the Universidad Nacional de Ucayali, and been Chair of the Latin America Specialty Group of the AAG, as well as a board member of the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers. His academic research and activities have focused on tropical conservation and development, Amazon borderlands, natural resource management, transboundary political ecology, environmental justice, and cartography. He holds a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin (Geography), an MA from the University of Florida (Latin American Studies/Tropical Conservation and Development), and an undergraduate degree from Middlebury College (Spanish). He speaks Spanish and Portuguese.
History Commission Representative Erick D. Langer
Erick D. Langer is Director of the Center for Latin American Studies and Professor of History in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He received his Ph.D. at Stanford University in 1984 in Latin American History. Before coming to Georgetown in 1999, he taught for 14 and a half years at Carnegie Mellon University. He is author and co-author of various books, most recently Expecting Pears from an ElmTree (2009) and editor of Contemporary Indigenous Movements in Latin America (2003). He is also presently Editor in Chief of the online data base Latin American Studies (Gale) and Senior Editor of the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture. His research specialties include peasant movements, nineteenth-century economic development, and frontiers in Latin America. Dr. Langer is working on a monograph showing how indigenous peoples contributed to economic development in the Andes during the nineteenth century. He is also finished an edited work titled Indians, Frontiers and the State in Nineteenth-Century Latin America.
Erick D. Langer es Director del Center for Latin American Studies y Professor of History en la School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Recibió su Ph.D. en Stanford University en 1984 en Historia de América Latina. Antes de entrar a Georgetown en 1999, ensenó por 14 y medio anos en Carnegie Mellon University. Es autor y and co-autorde varios libros; su obra más reciente es Expecting Pears from an ElmTree: A History of the Franciscan Missions Among the Chiriguanos in the Heart of South America (2009) y fue editor de Contemporary Indigenous Movements in Latin America (2003). Es Editor Principal de la base de datos Latin American Studies (Gale) y Senior Editor de la segunda edición de la Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture. Sus temas de investigación incluyen movimientos indígenas y campesina, Desarrollo económico en el siglo XIX y las fronteras en América Latina. Dr. Langer está escribiendo una monografía sobre como los indígenas contribuyeron al desarrollo económico en los Andes durante el siglo XIX y está editando un libro titulado Indians, Frontiers and the State in Nineteenth-Century Latin America.
Geophysics Representative Jorge L. Bajo Sanchez
Jorge Bajo is a PhD. Candidate in the Geography Department at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His research focuses on the use of Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing to reduce vulnerability and risk of volcanic hazards. His research consists of working with communities on the Ilamatepec (Santa Ana) Volcano, El Salvador and government agencies to enhance communication of volcanic hazards and to help with volcanic risk reduction. Bajo is also part of the VHub development team, an online resource for collaboration in volcanology research and risk mitigation. He also is a development member of GeoProMT, a Web-based tool for management of shared geo-spatial and multi-temporal data such as GIS data and remotely sensed images, and Bent, a theoretical model of a volcanic plume, based on applying the equations of motion in a plume-centered coordinate system.
Allyson M. Johnson
Ally Johnson is the Lead Secretary for the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), serving 250 individuals across two sites. In addition to providing support to the Center Director and Sr. Staff, she leads the Administrative Support Team and serves as a Records Liaison Coordinator for NGTOC Administrative Records Management.
Prior to her current position, Ally was the Lead Secretary for the Financial Management Division of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Riverdale, Maryland. While in Maryland, Ally also worked as a Management Analyst, reviewing International Trust Fund accounting records of foreign cooperators who import agricultural products requiring USDA inspection.
Ally worked at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala as the Executive Secretary to the Director of the Moscamed Program, a tri-governmental effort between Guatemala, Mexico, and the United States to eradicate the Mediterranean Fruit Fly.
While living in Guatemala for 10 years, Ally became fluent in oral and written Spanish. This skill has remained useful throughout her Federal career. After returning to the States, she finalized an Associate?s Degree in General Studies from Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri.
Ally resides in Rolla, Missouri, together with her husband, Mark, and their two sons, Jonathan and Christopher. While Ally enjoys being involved in her community by playing violin in the University Chamber Orchestra, her most fulfilling musical experiences continue to be ministering in local churches and nursing homes.