Christina Friedle has been teaching Geography & Geographic Information (GIS) classes at Portland Community College since 2007. She has worked on a wide variety of geographically based projects including: Director of a Watershed Education program, Conservation Geographer for a salmon conservation organization, and as an independent GIS contractor in conservation, transportation and planning. Christina received an M.S. in Geography from Portland State University with a focus on Natural Resource Management, Protected Areas, and Central America. Christina has been instrumental in designing and implementing the GIS Certificate Program at PCC.
Jon Kelter Gehrig finished his Master's in Geography from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012. His past work revolves around food, identity, and globalization, in an attempt to make the connection between the consumer and the producer. As part of his Master’s thesis, the Quinoa Project is part of a greater effort to analyze how our patterns of consumption impact producing cultures and the environment in complex and adverse ways. Currently, Jon is a GIS instructor at PCC and works as an environmental consultant for the City of Hood River. He will be beginning his PhD in Urban Studies at Portland State in the Fall.
James Manzione is a New York native who has focused much of his academic and professional work on GIS Programming and Hydrological research. Currently employed as a Physical Scientist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, James has contributed to an array of different projects that support local, regional, and national environmental and water resource management initiatives.
Nadia Jones has been teaching GIS and GPS courses for Portland State University since 2010 and Portland Community College since 2013. She received her GIS Graduate Certificate in 2009 and her M.S. in Geography in 2012 with a focus in remote sensing, fluvial geomorphology, and soils. She has worked on various projects as a geographer and GIS specialist for US Fish & Wildlife, USDA Forest Service, and Oregon DEQ. She is also a member of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. In her off time she races dragon boats.
Bryan Kilburn has 15 years experience as a GIS professional and has used the technology to provide analysis and support for: regional demographics studies, redistricting, transportation planning, urban planning, environmental planning and parks-recreational planning. Mr. Kilburn completed a bachelors from Stephen F. Austin State University in Forestry and masters from the University of Texas at Dallas in GIS. He thoroughly enjoys the opportunity that being an instructor gives to pass these skills along to future GIS professionals.