Susan Miller is Georgia’s inaugural State Geospatial Information Officer (GIO). In this new role Susan works to foster collaboration among local, regional, state and federal agencies in the development and maintenance of critical data and tools used to improve the overall safety and economic prosperity of the citizens of Georgia. GIS and spatial data is developed and used at every level of government every day to drive policy and decision-making. Ensuring these data are developed and shared as efficiently and effectively as possible will improve the quality of the decisions they are used to make, and will save taxpayer dollars by eliminating redundant data development efforts.
Prior to joining the team in Georgia she was the Director of a global GIS program for The Nature Conservancy, the world’s largest conservation organization, where she lead the design & implementation of organizational-wide geospatial strategies. Susan expanded the scope of the Conservancy’s GIS program to include support for dozens of non-profits around the world including World Wildlife Fund, Wildlife Conservation Society, Conservation International, the Jane Goodall Foundation and the Greenbelt Movement. Her work to empower organizations from around the globe, and thousands of GIS practitioners has resulted in the development of numerous national and international GIS Programs, Projects and Communities of Practice and resulted in the Conservancy receiving the Esri Presidents Award, the highest honor given by the world’s leading GIS company, for outstanding vision and leadership.
Susan’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Conservation Biology and a Master’s of Science in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). She has recently been appointed to the Board of Advisors for Georgia Tech’s Centre for GIS and as the Georgia delegate to the National States Geospatial Information Council, a group which advocates State interests on national geospatial policy and initiatives.
Mr. Lash works in the Travelers’ Health Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, GA. He has worked at the CDC since 2007 in the application of geographic information science and technology to public health, focusing on infectious diseases. In his current position, he designs and produces maps to help inform doctors, nurses, and the general public about health risks related to international travel. He has a B.A and M.A in Geography from the University of Kansas, and is a current PH.D candidate in Geography at the University of Georgia.
Coleman is the Executive VP of Fulcrum, a SaaS platform for building software solutions for GIS, field data collection, and mobile operations. He has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida in Geography, and has spent 12 years in GIS, mapping, remote sensing, and software development. With Fulcrum, Coleman has worked with hundreds of customers around the world to help optimize their mobile workforce using a blend of technology, tools, and processes.
Coleman has a unique blend of combined experience in the traditional GIS space, open source geospatial, developing software for diverse customers, and consulting on workflow with hundreds of organizations around the world.