Shivon Van Allen is currently a GIS Technician at NW Natural and has a background in land use planning, technical writing, and project coordination. She earned her MS in Geography and Certificate in GIS from the University of Alabama and her BS in Environmental Studies and Film from Portland State University. As president of the OR-URISA Emerging Professionals, she aims to build a community for new graduates and emerging GIS professionals in Oregon. Beyond work, Shivon enjoys visiting national parks and volunteering on the weekends at OMSI.
Alicia Milligan is currently a masters student of Geography at Portland State University. She has a BS in Geography with a minor in Sustainable Urban Development and recently earned a Certificate in GIS from Portland State University. In addition to being a board member of Emerging Professionals, she is also the President of PSU's Student Chapter of ASPRS. Alicia is highly engaged in the GIS community and involved in many projects related to public participation GIS, humanitarian efforts and community involvement. Being an advocate of outdoor recreation, Alicia spends her extra time bouldering, climbing, backpacking, hiking and spending time in nature with her husband and two kids.
A native Oregonian and world-traveler, Liam believes that people are fundamentally interesting. Liam is a commercial sUAS pilot and a graduate of Portland Community College’s GIS Certificate Program. He has a BA in French, is a certified welder, a commercial driver, and has a passion for psychology, history, and geography. His years working as a science technician, combined with a strong professional background in tourism/hospitality, have given him a unique skillset and perspective. Liam's hobbies include hiking, fencing, social board-gaming, creative writing, photography, and paragliding. Liam also enjoys the endless discovery of transatlantic differences, both linguistic and cultural, with his wife, as well as seeing his own culture from her perspective.
Matthew Gregg is currently an undergraduate student of Geography at Portland State University and a graduate of Portland Community College GIS Certificate Program. Matthew focuses primarily on mapping political landscapes and exploring the territory between cartography and data visualization. He believes strongly in the power of maps to effect change in our communities by providing individuals with the knowledge necessary to form informed opinions and make sound decisions. Aside from GIS pursuits, Matthew enjoys hiking, reading and sitting down for a nice meal with those close to him.
Claire Brumbaugh-Smith just finished a Certificate in GIS from Portland State University and has a BA in Environmental Studies-Biology from Reed College. Claire has participated in amphibian and turtle surveys in the Portland area, which has led to an interest in the role of participatory GIS in analysis and decision making. She is especially interested in the open source GIS community and how user-centered design in web maps can be used to increase the accessibility of maps and mapmaking.