Our Executive Team

Dr. Tulinda Larsen, Executive Director

Dr. Tulinda Larsen is currently researching the commercial drone market after having spent 40 years in analyzing commercial aviation. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Business School, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU).. She holds a Doctorate in Management, from the University of Maryland University College, a Master’s Degree in Economics, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from The George Washington University. Additionally, she holds a Part 107 Remote Pilot license and a private pilot’s license.    

Jon Tull, Director Industry Liaison, Sensors, Drone Systems & Processing

  

Mr. Tull is a commercial grower, cultivating avocados in Southern California.

In addition, he founded the company behind the software platform Dronifi, an image analytics software system serving a variety of business verticals, include a strong offering in agriculture.  Dronifi’s agricultural product is marketed under the brand FarmSolutions.  FarmSolutions has extensive capabilities related to drone data ingestion and automated analysis tools that convert high resolution imagery into actionable farm data.  Additionally, FarmSolutions automatically ingests data from soil moisture monitoring systems, weather stations and nutrient testing labs. 

 

Mr. Tull brings to the AgARS Council extensive experience leading a consultancy practice to develop data standards for the real estate industry and driving the resulting standards’ adoption into the industry’s vendor and enterprise user ecosystem.  Prior to Dronifi, Mr. Tull founded another software company, eREI, and operated the company for almost 11 years before selling to RealPage, (NASDAQ: RP) and becoming a Division President of that company.  

Jim Etkin, Director Framework Development

Mr. Jim Etkin is a seasoned IT executive with decades of experience in data exchange standards and frameworks. He has worked with the C-Suite Management of insurance companies, led the design and implementation of high-profile, mission-critical, applications and systems, and created enterprise data infrastructures that drive profitable decision making. Currently he is researching ways to directly apply the power of data science to some of the world’s pressing problems, including RS for agriculture. He holds a BS in Computer Science, Union College.

Robert Blair, Grower Liason

  

  

Mr.Robert Blair is a consultant and a fourth generation farmer from Kendrick Idaho received his B.S. in Agriculture Business from the University of Idaho.

His journey with precision agriculture started in 2003 using a PDA for simple mapping. That evolved into all different types of equipment, including Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) in 2006. 


Mr. Blair is the first U.S. farmer to own and use a UAS. His vision and advocacy of these technologies helped him become the Precision Ag Institute’s 2009 International Farmer of the Year. Robert has been on the leading edge of the precision agriculture utilization in the PNW and U.S.


Mr. Blair received an Eisenhower Fellowship in 2011, taking him to South America for six weeks studying these technologies. During the fall of 2012 he spent three weeks in Germany on a McCloy Fellowship for agriculture. In Idaho, he was recognized as one of the most influential University of Idaho (U of I), College of Agriculture and Life Science (CALS) alumni, received the 2013 Governor’s Award for Agriculture Technology and Innovation and was honored as a 2015 U of I CALS Distinguished Alumni. His 1987 Lapwai High School Basketball Team is the 2018 recipient of the Idaho Legends of the Game honor and in 2018 he has been featured in a precision agriculture display at the Smithsonian American History Museum for his work with drones.


His vision and leadership ability has been recognized by the positions he has held including president of the Idaho Grain Producers Association, chairman of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) Research & Tech Committee, chairman of the U.S. Wheat/NAWG Joint Biotech Committee, Idaho Farm Bureau Federation county president, an initial member of Idaho’s UAS steering committee, an initial advisory board member of the Drone World Expo, and a member of the AGree Conservation and Crop Insurance Task Force.

Advisors

Randy Russell

Mr.. Randy M. Russell was born and raised in Virginia. Mr. Russell attended George Mason University, where he was a proud member of the school’s baseball team, and where he did his undergraduate studies in public administration and graduate work in economics. Before joining the advocacy firm, The Russell Group,  in 1986, he worked in a number of agricultural policy positions both inside and outside of government.  Randy served as Chief of Staff to Secretary of Agriculture John Block and also as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Economics.  He also served as agricultural aide on Capitol Hill for the Senate Agriculture Committee and former U.S. Senator Rudy Boschwitz.  

Dr. Joe Glauber

Former USDA Chief Economist Dr. Glauber was the department’s chief economist since March 2008, when he was named to the post by then-Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer. He’d been deputy chief economist from 1992 to 2007, before serving a brief stint with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. He now serves as Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, DC. Dr. Glauber received his Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin in 1984 and holds an AB in anthropology from the University of Chicago. In 2012, he was elected Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.  

Dr. Mac McKee

  

Dr. Mac McKee is Executive director of the Utah Water Research Laboratory (UWRL) at Utah State University; founder of AggieAir, which specializes in water resources engineering; diverse experience in flood control, water supply, irrigation and drainage, and water quality management; current AggieAir research focuses on development of UAVs for remote sensing in scientific problems and on the improvement of large water supply system operation efficiency through the use of statistical learning theory and remote sensing.

Dr. Nadine Alameh

  

As the CEO of Snowflake Software Inc, Dr. Alameh has successfully launched and grew the business in the states to become the model for innovation in the Aviation Information Management field. Dr. Alameh works with Snowflake's North American customers to leverage the growing amount of aviation information available nowadays, and to simplify their information management and dissemination operations. Prior to Snowflake, Dr. Alameh was Executive Director of the OGC Innovation Program where she led the one-of-a-kind global, innovative, hands-on agile prototyping program designed to unite users and industry in accelerating geospatial interoperability in a multitude of markets. Dr. Alameh is a recognized leader in the GIS field with over 20 years of experience working across several sectors of the industry such as Aviation, Defense & Intelligence and Earth Observations. Prior to joining the OGC, Dr. Alameh co-founded a small business dedicated to developing, promoting and incorporating geospatial interoperability within her clients' enterprise architectures. In that capacity, she served as Senior Technical Advisor to NASA's Applied Sciences Geoscience Interoperability Office, acting as the NASA representative to OGC, ISO and other standards organizations. Dr. Alameh holds 2 MS degrees and a Ph.D. from MIT in the field of Information Systems Engineering. 

Darryl Jenkins

Mr. Darryl Jenkins was born in Michigan, and educated in Utah and Arizona. Previously, he was with George Washington University for fifteen years and served as Director of the Aviation Institute and the Director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Aviation Management from 2001 to 2003. He was visiting faculty at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 2004. As a consultant, he has worked on numerous projects related to commercial aviation.  Recently, Mr. Jenkins changed his area of emphasis to commercial drones after he released  the first economic impact study of integrating UAS into the National Airspace for the trade group AUVSI. Although this study is more than three years old, it is still the most quoted study on UAV economics and was recently referred to in a White House speech by President Obama.     

Support Team

Ken Lee, Government Relations

Mr. Kenneth Lee has been involved in Washington, DC legal, legislative and regulatory matters since 1976. After 15 years in the Solicitor’s Office of the Department of the Interior, specializing in environmental and natural resource legal issues, he went into private practice and began to hone his government relations skills. In 2001 he set up his own shop, Kenneth G. Lee, Consulting, to focus on his government relations and advocacy clientele.   

Andrew Rae, Head IT

 Mr. Andrew Rae is an expert in cloud base data architecture and the supporting infrastructure. He specializes in Big Data, Systems Engineering and Architecture, Data Continuity and Web/Software Development. He led team of Systems Engineers responsible for some of Amazon's largest data storage infrastructures including Backups, DataWarehouse, and Log pulling and Archival Systems. Previous positions included build out and management of Amazon Data Center operations.

Andrew Updegrove, Legal Counsel

We have retained services of Mr. Andrew Updegrove, Gesmer Updegrove LLP,[1] the well-known advisor on the establishment of Standards Setting Organizations (SSOs). Mr. Undegrove has assisted several hundred SSO from establishment through full-scale standards setting and accreditation. He will help to ensure the proper design and operation of a technical process at the core of the Council.
   [1] www.consortiuminfo.org      

Professional Management

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