WorldView Welcomes New Staff!

WorldView is happy to announce the conversion of Aaron Bowles and Manoj Kancharla from contractors to full time staff and also to welcome Jamie van Emmerik back after a stint in Ghana!

Aaron Bowles is a full stack developer on our Developer team.  He has been working on a range of activities for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)’s Smart Portal application from back end database work to front end web development.  He will soon be switching to work on enhancing the Dam Safety application for Virginia’s Department Conservation and Recreation (DCR). Glad to have him on board!

Jamie van Emmerik is re-joining the team as a GIS Technician and is dedicated to our data maintenance team working with localities to collect and update their tax parcels, addresses, and road centerlines. Previously he had been working on VGIN’s statewide land cover project. We are happy to have him back!

Manoj Kancharla started as a contractor in November 2017 and has been working as a Senior Developer on many projects during that time.  In addition to working on Newport News’s Cityworks implementation, Manoj has been focused on VDOT’s Smart Portal application.  He is now an integral part of the Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)’s VPA Biosolids application.

Meet the Team – Roy Gilb

Roy started as a GIS Specialist in December 2018 for WorldView Solutions and has quickly jumped into writing scripts to automate various workflows in addition to several Cityworks implementation projects for clients such as Spotsylvania and Henrico counties.  His previous work experience includes developing a suite of models for the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Natural Heritage to map land conservation priorities in Virginia.

Fun Facts about Roy

What is something that is considered a luxury, but you don’t think you could live without? Spotify Premium. I love the idea of being simple and camping and going off grid, but the one thing I’ll always want is access to all music. 

What stat about your life would you most like to see? I really nerd out about all the running stats like steps taken, miles traveled, elevation gained.  I’m actually running the Boston Marathon this weekend.  **Update** Roy finished the marathon in 2 hours and 49 minutes averaging 6:28 minutes per mile! Way to go Roy! 

What irrational fear do you have? Nothing irrational, but you know when you’re swimming in a lake or the ocean and you feel like sharks or turtles are swimming around your feet? That or being the center of attention. 

Meet the Team – Angela Oakes

Angela is WorldView’s first Marketing Coordinator.  Her past work experience includes working in business development for the Henrico Economic Development Authority and in both proposal writing and GIS cartography at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.  Angela is a Richmond native and loves being back downtown in WorldView’s Shockoe Bottom office.

Getting to know Angela

What age do you wish you could permanently be? 30 because that’s how old I am now.  I feel like I always like my current age. 

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning a medal for? Seasonal decorating. Not just plain home decor, but specifically seasonal. I really enjoy that. I would crush it!

What’s something you’ve been meaning to try but just haven’t gotten around to it? Starting a blog. I’ve started designing one, but haven’t actually written anything. It’ll be called ‘Adulting with Angela.’

Meet the Team – Hannah Maddy

Say hello to Hannah Maddy, our Office Administrator who keeps things running around here!  Hannah is involved in many facets of daily operations including supporting human resources and marketing, event planning, and greeting all our WorldView guests.  She is a recent graduate of University of Richmond where she studied Classical Civilization and Latin.

Learning more about Hannah

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received? Every decision is right at the moment you make it. 

How many times do you hit snooze in the morning? Way too many times and I don’t know how many because I do it in my sleep. 

What irrational fear do you have? When I’m driving up a hill and have to stop at a red light. I’m scared that when the light turns green that my car isn’t going to go forward and I’ll just roll backwards all the way down. 

Meet the Staff – Evan Bollinger

Evan is our newest GIS Technician to join the WorldView Solutions team.  He is a recent graduate of The University of Mary Washington where he received a BS in Geology, a certificate in GIS, and a BA in English. Evan has experience in geodatabase analysis, geoprocessing, and image interpretation.  Currently, Evan is working with some of our local government partners to update their public safety datasets to meet the Next Generation 911 standards.

Getting to know Evan

What do you wish you knew more about? Baking bread. I tried baking it a week ago and it went “blat.”

There are two types of people in the world. What are those two types? Cat people and dog people.  I like dogs more, but I act more like a cat. 

What book impacted you the most? Fahrenheit 451.  I read it in high school and still remember it. 


Meet the Staff – Roger Smith

Roger Smith joined WorldView in February 2018 as a Project Manager and has hit the ground running leading several projects for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP).  He is an avid cricket player (so English of him!) and co-coaches the University of Richmond’s Women’s Club Soccer team.  With degrees in Computer Science and experience in Java, C, and SQL, Roger has been a great addition to the team.  Roger brings 5 years of project management experience. His previous work also includes 15 years experience in the software industry and 10 years of financial sales and sales management.

Fun Facts about Roger:

What’s your claim to fame?  I played against Leicester City in the County Cup Final in 1993 and we beat them.  They won the Premiere League a couple years ago.

What irrational fear do you have?  I’m pretty rational.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?  I was on the beach on my honeymoon in Mauritius. There was a guy on the beach with kids running all around and he said to wait 5 years before you start having kids. My son was born 5 years and 13 days after we were married, so we followed that piece of advice pretty well.



Happy Pi Day!

The WorldView team celebrated Pi Day with one of our favorite activities… a cook off!

Congrats to the champ Lyndsay Duncan with her traditional key lime pie. She took home the prized Pi Day gold medal. Special recognition to runner-up Kara Winters (blackberry key lime pie) and to our tied third place winners Hannah Maddy (pecan) and Brittany Lebel (mac and cheese pie).

Welcome Cort Esch!

We are excited to announce our newest hire Cort Esch.  He brings over 15 years of project management experience and will serve as WorldView’s Director of Consulting Services.

Cort has been a leader and manager for most of his career, from a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy to technical manager at AOL, to project and program manager lead in the software industry. His focus has been on state and local government as well as managing consulting services for federal and commercial clients.  Cort has an M.B.A and Doctor of Science in Engineering Management.

Getting to know Cort: 

What skill would you like to master? Being a lumberjack

What’s something you like to do the old-fashioned way? My own auto mechanics

What fad or trend do you hope comes back? Fake wood sided cars with rear facing seats

PracticeKeeper implemented in Delaware

Delaware’s Three Conservation Districts on Board to Implement PracticeKeeper

We are excited to add the state of Delaware to the PracticeKeeper platform! WorldView kicked off its newest PracticeKeeper implementation with Kent, New Castle, and Sussex Conservation Districts in Delaware.  PracticeKeeper will streamline the districts’ conservation planning efforts and best management practice tracking all in one convenient web-based platform.

Learn more about PracticeKeeper on our Products page and schedule your demo today!

DEQ and Roger Smith

Kicking off Enhancement Project with Virginia DEQ

Today the WorldView team led by our newest project manager Roger Smith met with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to kick off the TMDL Implementation Plan Enhancements Project.  Having undergone a modernization effort in 2016, DEQ selected WorldView to return to add some new functionality and features.  It is a pleasure to continue working with our friends at DEQ on this project.