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Vote for THSOA National Board -- Deadline: February, 10

February 03, 2021 10:23 AM | Haley Hollis (Administrator)

The THSOA Proxy Voting will open from February 3 at 2:00 CT until 5:00 CT on February 10, 2021. Voting for THSOA Board Members is only open to members in good standing of The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA).

In order to vote you will need to please login to the THSOA website (https://thsoa.org). In the upper right corner where your name is displayed please click “View Profile”. Scroll down under “Contact Information” to locate your unique THSOA ID#.

Candidates and Bio's are below. Voting links will be emailed to members, if you have any problems or questions, please contact admin@thsoa.org.

President-Elect nominee: Rafael Ponce

Graduated from the Mexican Naval Academy as Naval Sciences Engineer; spent 8 years on board Mexican Navy ships (Oceanic Patrol Ships, Destroyers, Dredging Ship and  a Hydrographic Ship) at different positions (Operations Officer, Navigation Officer, Weapons Officer, ASW Officer, Chief Engineering, and Commanding Officer). I became a Category B and later Category A Hydrographer with a Master of Science in Hydrography at the University of Southern Mississippi. I was commissioned at the Mexican Hydrographic Office where I spent the last 15 years of my naval career until my voluntary retirement in 2007. Since then, I work at Esri the GIS company, currently as Principal Maritime Consultant.

As a professional mariner and hydrographer, I’m passionate about the oceans and progress of our world through hydrography. Supporting people and new colleagues in the field, as well as learning from all, are my motivations to keep vibrant our hydrographic society.

En Español:

Graduado de la Heroica Escuela Naval Militar de México como Ingeniero en Ciencias Navales, pasé 8 años a bordo de diversos buques de la Armada (Patrullas oceánicas, Destructores, un buque draga y buque hidrográfico) con diversos cargos (Oficial de Operaciones, Oficial de Navegación, de Armamento, Guerra Antisubmarina, Jefe de Maquinas y Comandante). Obtuve la clasificación como Hidrógrafo Cat B y posteriormente Cat A y Maestría en Ciencias Hidrográficas en la Universidad del Sur de Mississippi. Estuve comisionado en la Oficina Hidrográfica de México por los últimos 15 años de mi carrera naval hasta mi retiro voluntario en 2007. Desde entonces trabajo para la empresa Esri de SIG como Principal Consultor Marítimo.

Como marino profesional e hidrógrafo, mi pasión es el océano y el progreso de nuestro planeta a través de la Hidrografía. Apoyar a la gente y nuevos colegas en este campo, así como aprender de los demás, son mis motivaciones para mantener vibrante nuestra Sociedad hidrográfica.

Trustee nominee: Corey Goodrich

Currently serving as Managing Partner of TCarta Marine in Denver, CO, Corey Goodrich heads up federal grant and international funding initiatives, designs and implements strategic plans, manages the company’s financial and human resources and upholds countless operational requirements.  Corey joined TCarta’s team 4 years ago, at a time of intense growth in technological capabilities and in company size; in that time, she has gained significant insight and become materially involved in the operational planning and growth necessary for the small, space-based hydrographic survey company to bring new technologies to the hydrographic community.

With a background of more than 15 years in education, Corey’s most significant accomplishments were in models-based mathematics instruction, inquiry-based curriculum, financial literacy curriculum design and service on multiple leadership bodies, including a public school board of directors for 7 years.

If chosen to serve this 501(c)3 committed to education in hydrography, surveying, positioning, charting and the related earth sciences, I envision leveraging my experience from two career paths in support of THSOA’s mission to sustain and bolster existing scholarship programs to remove barriers and encourage the next generation in advancing these applied sciences.  Additionally, in my position at TCarta, I have had the opportunity to hear from many hydrography, remote sensing, GIS, and geomatics professors in North America about their strong desire to integrate the most recent, relevant technologies into their programs with little-to-no budget for such undertakings.  With a common interest in providing tomorrow’s workforce with cutting edge training, I would seek potential within the existing THSOA structure to develop industry-academia partnerships and formalized programs.

Trustee nominee: Starla Robinson

Starla Robinson is a sailor scientist who has called NOAA home for the last nine years. These years are inclusive of her twenty years as a GIS Professional.  Robinson served as a Trustee in 2018 – 2019 and 2020.  Her primary contribution to the community has been to collaborate in organizing the Women in Hydro Events for CHC 2018 and US Hydro 2019.

I am passionate about collaboration and recruitment.  I see gifted professionals (both seasoned and students), who are looking for meaningful work; and I see organizations with a lack of consistent personnel.  I would like to identify and develop tools that increase the matches between the hydrographers-of-our-future and those many development opportunities.  THSOA is the natural host for this since it attracts membership from the entire community including government, private industry, and academia.

THSOA is the gateway for disseminating information about the hydrographic profession.  THSOA has many people interested in public outreach and education.  As a trustee, I will do my best to support those initiatives, and recruit more professionals into these service opportunities.

As we build the infrastructure for communication and reach out to people to use that infrastructure, we increase both collaboration and recruitment.  Together we are creating a stronger community.

Thank you for the opportunity to run for Trustee, Starla

Trustee nominee: Hans Van Sumeren

Hans Van Sumeren is the Director of the Great Lakes Water Studies Institute at Northwestern Michigan College.  During his tenure NMC he has collaboratively developed several new opportunities in water related research and education including associate degrees in both Freshwater Studies (2009) and Marine Technology (2012), a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Technology (2014), Offshore ROV Pilot Training (2015), The Marine Center (2018), and an associate degree in Surveying (2019) along with numerous other professional development opportunities for the marine industry.  Prior to Northwestern Michigan College, Hans worked at the University of Michigan in the Ocean Engineering Laboratory and the Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratories where he served at various research and administrative positions from 1992 through 2008.  He holds both a BSE and MSE in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan with emphasis in Marine Environmental Engineering.

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