[PAST EVENT] CGA Speaker Series: W&M Graduate & GIS Young Professionals Panel

December 2, 2022
1pm - 2pm
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The CGA speaker series continues with a panel of four William & Mary graduates and previous CGA Fellows: Allison Bowers, Rachel Layko, Sean McFall, and Jordan Moghanaki. They will discuss their post-graduate path, GIS technologies, skill-sharing within your GIS network, and provide insight on graduate school and jobs. The talk will be held via Zoom on December 2nd at 1 pm. Register here: https://www.tinyurl.com/CGA-AlumniPanel.

Sean McFall

For the past four years Sean has been a data engineer in the financial tech space, migrating and modernizing data stacks for large corporations and small startups alike.

His previous positions include: Senior Data Engineer at KoalaFi, a payment plan startup ; Data Engineer at CapTech, consulting for a Fortune 500 bank; Data Analytics Specialist at Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services; GIS Analyst at Trout Unlimited, a conservation non-profit.

His current position at Nousot has him consulting with a (different) Fortune 500 company that needs help setting up a modern data stack. Using the latest and greatest products (Airflow, Snowflake, dbt, Fivetran, Tableau) Sean will empower his client to confidently gather, transform and analyze their data. While he's been away from GIS for a number of years now, its lessons on how to clean, handle and critically think about data have been invaluable.

Jordan Moghanaki

Jordan is a Support Specialist at Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri), working for 2+ years to assist customers working with ArcGIS Desktop products for utilities, pipeline referencing, and business analysis. He enjoys solving geospatial problems and creating resources to address knowledge gaps. In his free time, Jordan enjoys mountain biking and baking sourdough.

Here is an ArcGIS StoryMap to one of Jordan’s personal GIS projects. 

Rachel Layko

Rachel Layko is a geography PhD student in the Donovan Lab at Arizona State University. She is examining the role of human-environment interactions in shaping the development of ecosystem-based management plans and managing vulnerable marine ecosystems. Rachel graduated from William & Mary with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Marine Science. She previously worked with The Nature Conservancy, the National Park Service, as a Dangermond Fellow with the National Audubon Society, and as a William & Mary CGA Fellow. Rachel also served a three year term on the URISA Vanguard Cabinet, an advisory board focused on supporting young geospatial professionals. She served as a co-chair for the Mentoring subcommittee where she helped relaunch a mentoring program that pairs emerging GIS professionals with more experienced GIS professionals, facilitating conversations and skill-sharing and resources across the network.

Links/additional information:

Donovan Lab:https: https://donovanlab.org/

URISA Vanguard Cabinet: https://www.urisa.org/vanguardcabinet

URISA Mentoring Program: https://mentoring-network-urisa.hub.arcgis.com/

StoryMap of work as an Audubon Dangermond Fellow: https://arcg.is/110a5C

StoryMap from Research with TNC Caribbean: https://arcg.is/rjLaP

Allison Bowers

Allison is currently a Site Finding GIS Specialist for Urban Grid, mainly finding potential areas for utilities-scale solar farms. She has worked as a GIS Analyst for ManTech, The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, and Booz Allen Hamilton. She was a CGA Fellow from 2018 - 2019 after graduating with a Bachelors in Government and Kinesiology & Health Sciences, focused on international development, public health, and GIS.

Bowers previously worked as a contractor for the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center as a GIS analyst where she made interactive web maps for a variety of public health topics such as COVID-19, HIV prevention, and birth control access. She also worked with the Naval Health Research Center analyzing geospatial and demographic data on military spouse mental health, employment, and education to support their Millennium Cohort Study. In her free time Allison loves spending time at coffee shops, running her dogs Instagram, and taking on many embroidery projects.