Keynote Presentations

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Featured Keynote Presentation: Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch
Tuesday, September 29. 9:00 am

CrouchSuzanne is a proud lifelong resident of Evansville, where she lives with her husband, Larry Downs. She was elected Lt. Governor in 2016 and previously served as Indiana’s State Auditor. Before assuming that role, she was elected in 2005 as state representative for parts of Vanderburgh and Warrick counties. Prior to serving as a state representative, Suzanne spent eight years as Auditor of Vanderburgh County. During that time, her office received its first clean bill of health in decades from the State Board of Accounts. She then went on to serve as a Vanderburgh County Commissioner until joining the House. As Lt. Governor, Suzanne oversees a portfolio that includes the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, Office of Defense Development, Office of Community and Rural Affairs and Office of Tourism Development. In addition, she also serves as President of the Indiana Senate and chair of the Indiana Counter Terrorism and Security Council. Suzanne received her Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University, majoring in Political Science.

Keynote Presentation: Susan Bergeron
Tuesday, September 29. 1:30 pm

Susan Bergeron is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology and Geography at Coastal Carolina University. Susan earned her Ph.D. in Geography from West Virginia University, and her dissertation is entitled "Engaging the Virtual Landscape: exploring the development of a spatial experience engine for historical landscape analysis." Susan also holds an M.A. in Geography from West Virginia University, an M.A. in History from Syracuse University, and a B.A. in History from Duke University. Her research interests include virtual heritage, immersive simulation through video game technology and 3D landscape reconstruction, geovisualization, GIScience and the humanities, and geospatial technologies in education. Susan has co-authored book chapters on the Geospatial Web and GIS and geovisualization in the humanities. Her research into the development of immersive 3D landscapes as platforms for representing humanities knowledge has focused on the development of Virtual Hampton, an immersive 3D landscape representation of Hampton Plantation, embedded with digital stories of those who lived and worked there. Along with Dr. Ron Green, a colleague in Religious Studies at CCU, Dr. Bergeron was recently awarded an ASIANetwork Student-Faculty Fellowship grant to travel to Japan in May 2020 on a research trip with students to begin fieldwork for her current project in virtual heritage – the Virtual Shikoku Pilgrimage. This ongoing project is involving students in the process of designing and developing an immersive 3D platform to explore the landscape of the Shikoku pilgrimages, and tell the stories of the pilgrims’ experiences, the places they visit, and the impact of the pilgrimage as part of Japan’s cultural heritage. In addition to her academic work in GIS and geovisualization, Dr. Bergeron is also a founder and co-host of A VerySpatial Podcast, one of the first and longest-running podcasts related to Geography and geospatial technologies, and a past winner of Esri's Special Achievement in GIS award. A VerySpatial Podcast celebrated its 15th anniversary in July 2020 and continues to offer bi-weekly episodes on news and topics related to the geography and geospatial technology community.

Keynote Presentation: Tonya Kauhi
Wednesday, September 30, 1:30 pm

Tonya Kauhi is the GIS Programs Manager for the Port of Tacoma. Tonya is a techno-optimist who uses GIS as her superpower to engage and educate the community, provide geospatial insights to help make better business decisions, and save the Port time and money. She has almost 20 years’ experience planning, coordinating, developing, implementing, integrating, and maintaining Geographic information Systems. Tonya specializes in data management, GIS architecture, improving workflows and evangelizing GIS. Tonya earned her B.S. in Environmental Science from University of Washington Tacoma. Prior to working with the Port, she worked for an Earth Science & Technology company where she provided GIS services and management for a variety of clients including state agencies, municipalities, mining companies, water districts and privately held companies. She is also the leader and co-founder of the Washington Women in GIS & Technology meet-up group, whose mission is to empower women to learn, teach, and promote GIS and technology. In her spare time, Tonya enjoys volunteering for Emergency Food Network and spending time with her nephews exploring nature, coding, robotics and building Legos.