. "Appendix E Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff." Successful Response Starts with a Map: Improving Geospatial Support for Disaster Management. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2007.
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for public safety. For the past two years, Dr. Donahue has served as a technical adviser to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) Science and Technology Directorate, helping to develop research and development programs to meet the technological needs of emergency responders. From 2002 to 2003, Dr. Donahue served as senior adviser to the Administrator for Homeland Security at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). She was the agency’s liaison with DHS and the Homeland Security Council and identified opportunities for NASA to contribute to homeland security efforts across government. In 2003, Dr. Donahue spent three months in Texas helping manage the Columbia recovery operation, an intergovernmental response that involved 450 organizations and 25,000 responders. Prior to her affiliation with the University of Connecticut, Dr. Donahue was a senior research associate at the Alan K. Campbell Public Affairs Institute at Syracuse University. She also has 20 years of training and field experience in an array of emergency services-related fields, including managing a 911 communications center and working as a firefighter and emergency medical technician in Fairbanks, Alaska, and upstate New York. As a distinguished military graduate of Princeton’s Reserve Officer Training Corps, she served on active duty for four years in the 6th Infantry Division, rising to the level of captain. Dr. Donahue holds her Ph.D. in public administration and her M.P.A. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Her B.A. from Princeton University is in geological and geophysical sciences.
J. Peter Gomez is manager of information requirements for Xcel Energy. He has broad knowledge and experience of critical infrastructure protection, particularly in the context of gas and electric system planning and design, asset management, and data system integration. Mr. Gomez has been with Xcel Energy (formerly the Public Service Company of Colorado) since 1985. His current responsibilities include the expansion of the corporation’s asset management system across the company’s 10-state service territory. He also serves as a primary business liaison between Xcel Energy’s operations organization and IBM, the information technology business partner of Xcel Energy. Earlier, he led Xcel Energy’s Geographic Information System and Outage Management System application development organization. Mr. Gomez received a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from New Mexico State University. He has served on advisory boards for the Colorado School of Mines, Metro State University, and the Denver Public Schools Career Development Center. Since 2000, Mr. Gomez has been on the Board of Directors of the Geospatial Information Technology Association (GITA) and served as its president in 2005.