Molly Schar
Executive Director


As Executive Director, Molly Schar serves as a strategic partner to the NSGIC Board of Directors and leads the organization's operations. Calling on nearly two decades of experience in nonprofit management, growth and impact, Molly works to foster coordination and collaboration with volunteer leaders, members, organizational partners and other stakeholders across the geospatial space. Molly grew up in a family of public servants in the Washington, DC area. She has lived on boats on both the East and West coasts and now resides "on the hard" near the Gulf Coast in her adopted hometown of New Orleans.

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Jamie Chesser
Director of Programs


As NSGIC's Director of Programs, Jamie serves as a collaborative, energetic partner working with the executive director, staff, leadership volunteers, membership, organizational partners and stakeholders to advance the mission of the organization. Jamie draws on a life and career full of geospatial science and GIS technology teaching and curriculum building, project management, public speaking and facilitation, and community organizing and activism. When introduced to the power of GIS in graduate school, not only was Jamie hooked on this technology, she knew it was vital for our communities, states, countries, and the world. After bouncing around the US, Jamie and her family have made their home in Colorado.

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Amy Holmes
Administrative Assistant


As a dedicated professional, Amy serves as Administrative Assistant for NSGIC. She supports the Executive Director and staff by demonstrating her skills in hospitality and customer service. Amy graduated with a BA in Geography from Kennesaw State University. Passionate about sustainability and conservation, she co-founded a multi-campus environmental club with her fellow classmates, Owl Swap, at her alma mater focusing on ethical and sustainable fashion. Amy currently resides in Myrtle Beach, SC, but she is a native of Atlanta, Ga.

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Bridget Nolan
Deputy Director

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Based in New Orleans, Bridget Nolan serves as the Deputy Director with NSGIC. She has demonstrated success in event planning, membership engagement, and has a deep passion for advocacy and social change. She is excited to help facilitate a community and space in which important and necessary conversations can be had. Bridget is interested in the role GIS and other geospatial technologies have in creating equitable economies which also support a balanced and healthy planet.



Emily Ruetz
Programs Associate


Emily Ruetz comes from a computer science and GIS background, and she is looking forward to bringing those skills to benefit NSGIC. She enjoys working collaboratively to achieve goals, build connections, and promote sustainability. Minnesota is her home, even when she’s off traveling elsewhere (in non-pandemic conditions).

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Lynda Wayne
Data for the Nation Project Manager

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Lynda Wayne brings 3 decades of geospatial data management and coordination experience to the position of 3DEP Project Manager. A long-time metadata advocate, Lynda thrives on creating practical approaches to complex issues. She is a Landscape Architect by training and spent her early career in the marshes of coastal Louisiana applying GIS and image processing to the mitigation of land loss, hurricanes, and oil spills. She is a former NSGIC alternate for the State of Louisiana but left for the mountains of western North Carolina before the NSGIC staff coalesced in New Orleans.

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Phil Worrall
Data for the Nation Project Engineer


Phil brings almost five decades of working in the mapping sciences industry to the NSGIC team. He worked in private industry for 36 years as a photogrammetrist, GIS analyst, GIS project engineer/manager, and GIS director. For the last ten years, Phil served as the Executive Director of the Indiana Geographic Information Council (IGIC) where he was also the NSGIC co-representative for the State of Indiana. Phil retired from the IGIC in 2019 and is excited to continue to work with NSGIC to help support projects with our federal partners.

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