Board Officer Bios

The ASPRS Board is comprised of individuals who have a wide range of credentials and experience in the related fields of photogrammetry, engineering, mapping and geospatial disciplines. Learn more about our current Board Officers below.

Charles Toth 2016

PRESIDENT: Charles K. Toth is a Research Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering at OSU. He received his MSc in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Geo-Information Sciences from the Technical University of Budapest, Hungary. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed journal and proceedings papers, and he is the co-editor of the widely popular book LiDAR: Topographic Ranging and Scanning Principles and Processing. Toth joined ASPRS in 1988. From 2004-2008 he served as Assistant Director, then Director of the Photogrammetric Applications Division (PAD). Since 2008 he has served as the ASPRS Eastern Great Lakes Region National Director. He is also President for the 2012-2016 Congress Period of Technical Commission I for the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS).

Toth said, “ASPRS is the premier society for geospatial information science and engineering professionals, uniquely blending government, the private sector, and academia. It is absolutely essential for the entire society to maintain its position of leadership as the broad use and application of remote sensing and geospatial data reaches many users who are not traditional members of ASPRS.” Toth continued, “we must be more proactive, demonstrating our knowledge and competence to solve problems for humankind, including disaster response, environment, climate change, peacekeeping, and food supply… I look forward to serving as an officer of ASPRS with honor and responsibility.”


mortonPRESIDENT-ELECT: Rebecca (Becky) Morton, CP, CMS

Becky Morton is President and CEO of GeoWing Mapping, Inc. (GeoWing), based in San Francisco, California. She founded the company in January of 2015 with the goal of offering both traditional photogrammetric mapping services as well as services related to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Her fascination with UAS photogrammetry began several years before she started her company. She was impressed by the accessibility of the new technology. For the first time, she could consider integrating and flying her own mapping cameras!

Ms. Morton is certified by ASPRS as a Mapping Scientist GIS/LIS and as a Photogrammetrist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and has taken post-graduate studies in computer science. Prior to the start of GeoWing, Becky practiced photogrammetry with Horizons, Inc., Fugro EarthData, Inc., and Towill, Inc. Over these years she has served in a variety of positions beginning in the role of Programmer/Analyst responsible for systems integration and the translation of mapping data, followed by positions as Orthophoto Systems Manager, Director of Business Development, Regional Manager, and Senior Program Director. In addition, Becky established and ran a small GIS company, RAMCad, for 8+ years to provide historical georeferenced imagery to the US Army Corps of Engineers and GIS application development services for numerous clients.

Becky Morton has been an active member of ASPRS since 1995, providing service to the Society at the Regional and National levels. She served as a regional officer from 2006-2013. She began her national leadership by serving first as Assistant Director and then Director of the Photogrammetric Applications Division from 2006-2010, where she worked with others in the development of standards and guidelines for lidar data and mapping accuracy. From 2010-2014 she served as Assistant Director and then Director of the Professional Practice Division where she worked with others on the writing and adoption of the ASPRS Guidelines for Procurement of Geospatial Mapping Products and Services. From 2012-2014 she served as Chair of the Division Directors Committee. In 2012, she served as Chair of the Corporate Sponsors Committee for the 2012 Annual Conference in Sacramento. In 2012-2013, she served on the ASPRS Restructuring Task Force. In 2013, she served on the Selection Committee for the ASPRS Executive Director. In 2014, she served as the Conference Chair for the UAS MAPPING 2014 RENO symposium and technical demonstration. Also in 2014, she was appointed by the ASPRS Board of Directors to head a UAS Task Force whose work resulted in the formation of the UAS Division. She is active on several ASPRS committees such as the Licensure Exam Writing Committee, Evaluation for Certification Committee, the Kenneth J. Osborn Memorial Scholarship Committee, and the planning committee for the UAS MAPPING 2015 RENO symposium. She has received two ASPRS Presidential Citations (2009 and 2011) and one ASPRS Outstanding Service Award (2013). Ms. Morton is active in other geospatial organizations and served from 2008-2011 on the Board of Directors for a regional URISA chapter.


VP hillyerVICE PRESIDENT: Anne Hillyer 

Anne Hillyer is a Cartographer in the Geospatial Services section of Bonneville Power Administration (US Dept. of Energy), a federal electrical utility serving Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. She has worked in photogrammetry and GIS since 1999.  She currently leads a remote monitoring program that detects changes in habitat conservation areas using GIS data, sub-meter satellite and aerial photography. She serves as a Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative for geospatial products. She developed a program for collecting 4-cm resolution orthoimagery of BPA facilities. She researched, tested and implemented the first digital photogrammetry production system at Bonneville Power Administration.

Hillyer began her career in geosciences while working for the US Forest Service in 1990-1993 as a field botanist using aerial photography to locate sample plots.

She has been an ASPRS-Certified Photogrammetrist since 2006, a Registered Professional Photogrammetrist in the state of Oregon since 2007 and a Certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) since 2008.  She received a Bachelor’s degree in French from the University of Oregon and a Master’s degree in GIS and International Development from Clark University (1998).

A member of ASPRS since 1998, Hillyer served as Director of the Professional Practice Division in 2010-2012.  She has been Vice President (2004), President, Past President and Newsletter Editor for the Columbia River Region of the ASPRS.

Hillyer participated in the “Cut Score” activity to assist the ASPRS Licensure Exam Development Committee to develop a photogrammetry-specific national licensing exam.  She served on several scholarship and awards committees between 2008 and 2012.

She served as a Board member on the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineers and Land Surveyors in 2013-2014.

Hillyer lives in Portland, Oregon and works in Vancouver, Washington.  She enjoys travel, hiking, and kayaking in her spare time.

 


American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) conference and Pecora 19/ISPRS/IAG Symposium the at the Renaissance Denver Hotel in Denver, Colorado, on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Photo Steve Peterson

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT: E. Lynn Usery is a Research Physical Scientist and Director of the Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science (CEGIS) with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). He worked as a cartographer and geographer for the USGS (1977-1988) researching and developing automated cartographic and geographic information systems. He was a professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Georgia, where he taught and conducted research in remote sensing, cartography, and geographic information systems (GIS) and led the establishment of undergraduate and graduate certificates in GIS. He returned to the USGS in 1999 and established a program of cartographic and geographic information science (GIScience) research that evolved into CEGIS. Usery also currently teaches remote sensing at the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

He has been active in societal governance and management chairing a Working Group for the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (1992-1996). He was Chair of the Research Committee (1999-2002), Board member (2003), and officer (2003-2005) including President in 2004 of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS). He was President of the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) in 2002. He was editor of the journal Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 2003-2006.

Usery is currently the Chair of the U.S. National Committee to the International Cartographic Association. He also chairs the Local Organizing Committee and is the Conference Director for the 2017 International Cartographic Conference which will be held in Washington, D.C. He is a Fellow of CaGIS and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, and was elected to the first class of Fellows of UCGIS. He received the CaGIS Distinguished Career Award in 2012.

Usery received his BS in geography from the University of Alabama and MA and PhD degrees in geography from the University of Georgia. His current interests and research are in theoretical GIScience including geospatial ontologies and semantics, map projections, multidimensional data models for lidar, and high performance computing for spatial data. Usery has been a member of ASPRS since January 1, 1978.


SECRETARY: Roberta E. (Bobbi) Lenczowski is an independent geospatial information-intelligence consultant. In addition, she is outside Board Director for TechniGraphics, GeoEye, Fugro EarthData Inc, and the non-profit Leonard Wood Institute, and supports the Academic Advisory Group of Sanborn.

Lenczowski retired, with 28 years of federal service, from the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) in 2005, as executive director of the St. Louis operations. During her tenure in Washington, D.C., Lenczowski served three years as NGA’s Technical Executive. Prior to that, she was director of Operations with the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) for over five years, serving as senior executive manager for the majority of NIMA’s professional employees and all imagery collection, geospatial production and imagery analysis.

Lenczowski has served on several national advisory groups and study teams. In the 90s, she represented DOD on the Board of the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, a university consortium funded by NSF to build the national research agenda for geospatial studies. During the last five years of her federal career, she represented NGA on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing; the Department of Interior’s National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive Advisory Committee; and, the Security Affairs Support Association.

Recognizing the importance of active participation in professional organizations, Lenczowski recently completed her second term in two decades as president of the ASPRS St. Louis Region. She is an Advisory Board member for the St. Louis Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association, is an individual member of the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, and has belonged to the Open Geospatial Consortium.

Lenczowski holds degrees from Creighton University, St. Louis University, and Washington University. She and her husband, Jerry, are parents to six adult daughters.


TREASURER: Donald T. Lauer retired from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) on June 1, 2001 and is now a volunteer Scientist Emeritus. His last assignment with USGS was Chief of the Earth Resources Observation Systems (EROS) Data Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was responsible for a workforce of over 600 employees (government and contractor) that preserves and safeguards the world’s largest civilian archive of remotely sensed land data; ensures that scientists, businesses and the public have ready access to this archive of land information; and promotes new uses and new users of remotely sensed and other types of geospatial data.

Dr. Lauer came to the USGS’s EROS Data Center in 1974. He led the remote sensing training program in his early years at EROS and then headed the science program until 1992. In December 1992, he was named Center Chief.

Prior to joining the USGS, he was a Research Scientist at the University of California, Berkeley where he specialized in developing and applying image analysis techniques for inventorying and monitoring Earth resources. In 1968, he was aninstructor in the Geography Department, University of California, Davis where he taught Basic Principles of Photo Interpretation and Photogrammetry, and in 1969 he worked on vegetation and terrain analysis at Lockheed Electronics, Co.

Dr. Lauer joined the Society as a graduate student in 1966. He presented in 1968 his first paper at the Annual Convention. That paper was titled “Multispectral sensing of forest vegetation” and was published in PE&RS (then PE) in April 1969. Dr. Lauer has subsequently authored or coauthored more than 100 technical reports and papers. In 1987, he received the ASPRS President’s Award for Practical Papers (2nd prize) for his paper “Applications of Landsat data and the data base approach.” He has served the Society as a contributing author to the Manual of Remote Sensing (1st and 2nd editions) and, for eight years, as correspondent to the ISPRS Commission VII: Interpretation of Data. He has been given three ASPRS President’s Citations for meritorious service—for making education training films and organizing specialty conferences for the Society. Dr. Lauer chaired the Steering Committee for the 1999 Pecora 14/Land Satellite Information III Symposium.

Dr. Lauer received his B.S. (forestry) and M.S. (forestry and remote sensing) from the University of California, Berkeley and his Ph.D. (geography and remote sensing) from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He also received an Honorary Ph.D. (Doctor of Science) from South Dakota State University. He has received the Department of the Interior’s Meritorious and Distinguished Service Awards and the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive.

Dr. Lauer and his wife Carol reside in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and have two sons, Mike and Matt. He and his wife enjoy travel, hiking, bicycling, cross-country skiing and visits to Southern California to be with their sons.


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Michael Hauck has over 20 years of experience in the creation and application of remote sensing and geospatial information technologies.  Reflecting the diverse membership of ASPRS, he has practiced in academic, government, Fortune 500, and start-up settings; and in industries that include transportation, energy, telecommunications, and defense. In addition to technical breadth, he is a versatile, collaborative, and adaptive leader with over a decade of general management experience that includes both board and executive positions in not-for-profit organizations.  His volunteer work includes service on local, State, and National boards, e.g. the Venture West Network of entrepreneurs, the State of Wyoming Telecommunications Council, and the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies.  His key scientific accomplishment has been the acquisition, processing, and interpretation of the first-ever deep seismic reflection profiles through the Himalayas, which were part of his PhD dissertation in Geological Sciences at Cornell University.  Beyond training in science and engineering, Hauck is also a student of science and technology communications, and a graduate of the Leadership Wyoming trustee leadership development program.

In accepting his appointment, Dr. Hauck said in part, “I am excited about the opportunity to join you, the other officers and directors, councils, advisory groups, members, and external stakeholders as we collectively advance the goals of ASPRS.   The women and men of ASPRS have immense technical depth across a broad range of disciplines that few professional societies can match.   The work of ASPRS members is integrated into so many aspects of modern life that it is easy to take their work for granted.  From the internal workings of GPS to the imagery embedded in the daily weather forecast, ASPRS members are behind the scenes making it all work for the betterment of humankind.  Whether they serve in academia, government, or industry, I want to help members tell their stories, maintain their skills, grow in their profession, inspire others to join us, and build the future in an ethical way that honors the public support that ASPRS receives.  I am honored to be asked to join this winning team.”