Steve chairs MnGeo's Emergency Preparedness Committee. He retired from the
Navy in 2006 after 30 years of active/reserve service in the U.S. Marine Corps
and Navy. During his last five years in the Navy, he was a member of the
Department of Defense (DoD) Emergency Preparedness Liaison Team to Minnesota,
and helped develop several national-level disaster response programs for DoD. He
is currently employed as a 747-400 pilot with Delta Airlines, serves as the
Executive Director of the nonprofit SharedGeo, and has been a member of the
Geospatial Information and Technology Association’s (GITA) Board of Directors
since January 2010.
Steve holds a B.S. Honors degree in geography from the University of Wisconsin,
and has completed a variety of post-graduate military schools.
During hurricanes Katrina, Ophelia, Rita and Wilma (2005), Steve served as the senior Department of Defense (DoD) Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer on the Pentagon staff that coordinated and directed DoD assistance along the Gulf Coast. He subsequently participated in the DoD/Department of Homeland Security-sponsored effort to create an emergency management Common Operating Picture that can be used by all levels of responders and decision makers. He is an ardent believer that Geographic Information Systems are central to effective disaster response.