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Board of Directors 2014-2015

AmericaView is a national consortium comprised of individual state consortia. The national consortium is governed by a Board of Directors, elected to staggered multi-year terms of office by the membership. Board members serve on a voluntary basis and receive no compensation beyond travel support.


Chair: Russell G. Congalton, PhD

Dr. Russel Congalton
Professor of Remote Sensing and GIS
MS Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Natural Resources & the Environment
114 James Hall, 56 College Rd
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH 03824
Term: Feb 2015 – Feb 2016 
Vice Chair: Jarlath O'Neil-Dunne
Jarlath O'Neil-Dunne
Spatial Analysis Laboratory
The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
University of Vermont
Aiken Center, Room 220
Burlington, VT 05405
Term: Feb 2014 - Feb 2017 
Treasurer:  Rebecca L. Dodge, PhD
Associate Professor
The Department of Geosciences
Midwestern State University
3410 Taft Blvd
Wichita Falls, Texas 76308
Term: Feb 2015 – Feb 2018
Secretary: Rick Lawrence, PhD 
Dr. Rick Lawrence
Land Resources and Environmental Sciences Department
Director, Spatial Sciences Center
Montana State University
PO Box 1733490
Bozeman, MT 59717-3490
Term: Feb 2015 – Feb 2018
Director: Mary O'Neill
Water Resources Institute
South Dakota State University
211 Agricultural Engineering
Brookings, SD 57007
Term: Mar 2013 – Mar 2016
Director:  Brent Yantis
Regional Analysis Center
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Abdalla Hall
635 Cajundome Blvd
Lafayette, Louisiana, 70506
Term: Feb 2014 – Feb 2017
Director: Kevin Dobbs
Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program
Kansas Biological Survey
The University of Kansas
2101 Constant Ave.
Lawrence, KS 66047
Term: Mar 2013 – Mar 2016
Director: Pia van Benthem
Center for Spatial Technologies and Remote Sensing (CSTARS)
Program Coordinator for UCD CA Space Grant Consortium, & AggieMentors
The University of California, Davis
Department of Land, Air and Water Resources
137 Veihmeyer Hall
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
Term: Mar 2013 – Mar 2016
Director:  JB Sharma, PhD
Professor and Eminent Scholar
Assistant Department Head - Physics
Institute for Environmental Spatial Analysis
University of North Georgia
Gainesville, GA 30504
Term: Feb 2015 – Feb 2018

USGS Liaisons to AmericaView

Timothy Newman
Land Remote Sensing Program Coordinator
U.S. Geological Survey
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive MS 517
Reston, VA  20192
Sally Cook
USGS Land Remote Sensing Program
Climate and Land Use Change Mission
U.S. Geological Survey
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive MS 517
Reston, VA  20192


AV Executive Director
Roberta (Bobbi) Lenczowski
9083 Whitehaven Drive 
St. Louis, MO 63123 


AV Program Director

Debbie Deagen 
Montana State University
PO Box 173120
Bozeman, MT 59717
The AmericaView Program Director is responsible for internal communications, management of day-to-day business affairs, and support for AV Committees and StateView activities.
AV Fiscal Manager
Theresa Benko
8700 Quail Circle
Kirtland, Ohio, 44094
The AmericaView Fiscal Manager is responsible for management of AV's fiscal affairs and is contract officer for AV's sub-awards and contracts.


Sub-Awardee Information

Requirements for Acknowledgement, Publication, and Copy Provision for Research Articles Funded through AV's NLRSEORA grant from the USGS

a. Acknowledgement

Recipient is required to place an acknowledgment of USGS support and a disclaimer, as
appropriate, on any publication written or published with such support and, if feasible, on any
publication reporting the results of, or describing, a grant‐supported activity. An
acknowledgment shall be to the effect that:

The project described in this publication was supported by Grant Number G14AP00002 from the Department of the Interior, United States Geological Survey to AmericaView. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors; the views and conclusions contained in this document are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the opinions or policies of the U.S. Government. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute their endorsement by the U.S. Government.

b. Publication

Publication of the results of any project carried out under this Agreement is authorized in professional journals, trade magazines, or may be made by the USGS. Manuscripts submitted to journals or professional publications for publication shall be accompanied by the following notation:

This manuscript is submitted for publication with the understanding that the United States Government is authorized to reproduce and distribute reprints for Governmental purposes.

One copy of each article planned for publication shall be submitted to the USGS Project Officer simultaneously with its submission for publication. One reprint of each published article shall be submitted to the USGS Project Office immediately following publication.

c. Departmental Manual Requirements

505 DM requires that two copies of each publication produced under a Grant or Cooperative Agreement be sent to the Natural Resources Library with a transmittal that identifies the sender and the publication. The address of the library is:

U.S. Department of the Interior
Natural Resources Library
Division of Information and Library Services
Gifts and Exchange Section
18th and C Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20240

Cap on IDCs for Sub-Awardees

Effective July 1, 2006, pursuant to Program Announcement 06-010, the maximum allowable overhead recovery is 15%. 

The rate change is applicable to all new awards (Requests For Assistance, or RFA’s) and Requests for Continued Assistance (RCA’s) issued on or after July 1, 2006. Consistent with current overhead recovery policies and award agreement terms, the maximum overhead requirement will apply both to the award issued to the Recipient’s institution and to any subcontracts that are issued by the institution in the performance of the award. 

The rate change was made by the AV Board of Directors in response to constraints in federal funding and resulting cost-reduction mandates from the federal agency that funds AmericaView. 

Requests for Changes in PI Leadership within a StateView

Policy adopted by the AV Board in 2010

The procedure to handle changes in the PI within the lead institution for a StateView is for (1) an authorized officer from the lead institution’s administrative office responsible for grant administration (e.g., grants and contracts office or office of sponsored programs) to provide a letter authorizing the change in PI and (2) the new PI and outgoing PI (if possible) to provide a clear explanation and rationale for the change, including any reasonably anticipated changes in operational management and objectives for the coming year, plus a CV for the new PI, to the extent possible, within thirty days prior to the official change. The AV Board of Directors will vote to recommend this change for final approval by the full membership. Reasons for non-acceptance will be communicated back to the lead institution with recommendations for subsequent requests for change.

Request for Changes in Lead Institution for a StateView

Policy adopted by the AV Board in 2010

The procedure to handle member (lead) institution changes in a StateView is for the original member (lead institution) to resign and the new academic institution that is a part of a state consortium (either existing or new) to apply for membership at the same time. If the proposed new lead intends to keep the state consortium essentially intact, the new member will provide to the Board a two to three page document that states the overall goals, expected operational management of the consortium and objectives for the coming year plus a CV for the new PI and a support letter from the new institution expressing willingness to handle sub-awards and the 15% IDC limitation. Ideally, support letters from other state consortium members should also be submitted.  If the new member intends to make significant revisions or reconstitute the state consortium, the proposed new member should submit a full RFA.  The Board of Directors retains the right to require a proposed new member who has submitted an abbreviated application to submit a full RFA.  Approval of the change in the lead institution (Member) will be by the full membership.

If an existing member has effectively ceased to act as the lead of a state consortium or otherwise fails to meet requirements for membership, but declines to submit a resignation, the Board of Directors will proceed with the Bylaw designated process to remove the member.