Kass Green Elected as ASPRS Vice President

Morton, Smith, and Iiames Elected as Assistant Division Directors

The results of the 2006 election have been tallied by the Tellers Committee and they reported that Kass Green won the election over Charles Mondello to become ASPRS Vice President for 2006. Green is President of The Alta Vista Company, and consults on geospatial strategy, technology and policy issues to private, educational, and public organizations.  

Once she is sworn in as President in 2008, Green will be the seventh woman to hold that office since the Society was founded in 1934. “Kass will be an excellent addition to the ASPRS officer corps. The election of four women officers in four years is an unprecedented trend, but I believe it demonstrates the ever-increasing diversity of our membership. It is a comment on the integrity of our organization and the membership that outstanding individuals are recognized for their professional contributions," said Karen Schuckman, ASPRS President. 

Becky Morton was elected as Assistant Director, Photogrammetric Applications Division. Morton is the director of Business Development for Horizons, Inc. in Rapid City, South Dakota. Douglas L. Smith was elected as Assistant Director, Professional Practice Division. Smith is vice president at David C. Smith & Associates, Inc., a family-owned photogrammetric mapping firm in Portland, Oregon. John S. Iiames, a research biologist-remote sensing scientist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, was elected Assistant Director, Remote Sensing Applications Division.

An ASPRS member since 1988, Green has served the Society on the ASPRS Board of Directors, as cofounder of the GIS Division, Program Chair for the 2000 Pecora Conference, Registration Chair for the GIS 1987 conference, and has presented workshops at almost every ASPRS conference for the last decade. She has received numerous awards from the Society.

Three years ago, Green retired as President of Space Imaging Solutions, a division of Space Imaging LLC where she supervised over 200 employees involved in tasks including operation of a digital airborne system, acquisition of airborne and satellite imagery from numerous platforms and sensors, creation of land cover and land use coverages from remotely sensed data using both manual and automated techniques, and the development of desktop and web based geospatial analysis software. Prior to joining Space Imaging, Green was President of Pacific Meridian Resources, a geospatial services company she co-founded in 1988 and grew to 7 offices throughout the United States.

Green has developed several courses and workshops on remote sensing and GIS applications, and is currently developing two web-based courses for the University of Mississippi. She serves on the Boards of several for-profit and non-profit organizations, and is currently a member of NOAA’s Advisory Committee for Commercial Remote Sensing and USGS’s National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive Advisory Committee. Past industry service includes President and Board member of MAPPS, and member of two NASA Advisory Committees. Green also provides pro bono advice and consulting to public agencies and non-profit organizations.

She has given several hundred research presentations throughout the world at various conferences and her published articles have appeared in numerous journals. Her scientific service includes membership on three National Research Council panels for the National Academy of Sciences, authorship of several chapters of books, as well as co-authoring the text book, Assessing the Accuracy of Remotely Sensed Data. She is currently Chair of the College of Natural Resources Advisory Committee at the University of California, Berkeley.

Green has set for her goals as an ASPRS officer to:

• increase individual and sustaining membership by discovering new methods of communicating ASPRS’s relevance and successes;
• continue to propel ASPRS into the leadership of significant geospatial policy discussions including:
• securing stable long term funding and an operational home for the Landsat program,
• maintaining American leadership in remote sensing,
• emphasizing the importance of ASPRS geospatial professional certification, and
• support critical funding for government mapping programs.

A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Green received her BS degree in Forestry. She also completed her MS degree in Resource Policy and Management from the University of Michigan, and advanced to PhD candidacy at the University of California at Berkeley.

Founded in 1934, ASPRS is an international professional organization of 6,000 geospatial data professionals. ASPRS is devoted to advancing knowledge and improving understanding of the mapping sciences to promote responsible application of photogrammetry, remote sensing, geographic information systems and supporting technologies.