BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS
Matthew Schroyer (President) is a drone and sensor developer, social network analyst, STEM educator, and data journalist based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. He develops remotely piloted aircraft and drones to improve the quality of journalism, STEM education, and research. To this end, he has founded the Professional Society of Drone Journalists (PSDJ), located at DroneJournalism.org.
A former newspaper and freelance journalist, he has a master's in journalism University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he taught journalism and helped produce CampusCrime.net, an award-winning interactive web site using data journalism practices to report on crime at UIUC.
Currently, he works on a National Science Foundation grant based at the University of Illinois called EnLiST, which trains and supports K-12 science teachers to reform STEM education through innovative collaborations. For EnLiST, he performs a variety of duties as a communications specialist and social network analyst. He also heads its “Drones for Schools” program, which teaches high school students STEM concepts and practice engineering design as they build and operate their own unmanned aerial vehicles for photomapping and digital ground modeling.
Additionally, he consults journalists and news organizations on how to adopt data, drone, and sensor journalism strategies for low-cost, high-impact investigative reporting. He blogs at MentalMuniton.com and occasionally contributes to the small unmanned systems news website SUASNews.com.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ian Hannah (Vice President) was educated and trained in the UK graduating from University of Dundee in post graduate studies in electronic imaging. On moving to Canada he was employed by Wescam a gyro stabilized camera platform attached to full sized helicopters, he covered many of the large sporting events as Wescam operator as well as Tv and feature films.
His varied career continued at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation where he worked for the national news service, in the nineties he embraced the new emerging digital video technology creating the first television program acquired on this format, he also encourage cross skilling in a traditionally set market, becoming the first VJ at the CBC.
This lead to a successful career reporting and filming around the world, including War Zones and extreme conditions, he was nominated for a Gemini for his work in Afghanistan and won the following year for a documentary set in India. He produced series for the Alliance Atlantis networks under his own company, as well as Directing and shooting documentaries for the discovery channel. During which time he learned to fly fixed wing aircraft, gaining a multi IFR rating.
Always on the lookout for new technological answers for filming Ian became interested in the role of UAV’s after seeing them deployed in Afghanistan, closely following development, he has worked with media outlets in Canada to show how drones can be used for newsgathering. He is the owner and operator of the Avrobotics aerial filming company, and is the Director of Operations for Industrial Sky Works.
Ryan Hamlet (Board Member) is currently working on assorted research and development projects in Melbourne, Australia, looking into new applications of UAV technology.
He is proud to represent the Southern Hemisphere on the PSDJ Board.
Caleb Scott (Board Member) is a college student out of the Kansas City area studying Film and Journalism. Additionally, he studies functional and media use of drones as well as proper methodology and safety for using multirotor drones. Scott operates his own business building, modifying and flying small UAV aircraft.
Parker Gyokeres (Board Member) an active-duty USAF photojournalist currently stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. He has been involved with RC flight for around ten years, and recently started his own business, Propellerheads Aerial Photography, to provide quality, ethical and timely imagery for the realty, construction and media professions in the New Jersey, Philly and NYC area. Gyokeres and his business partner are attempting to stay at the forefront of this new technology.
Faine Greenwood (Board Member) is a Field Analyst at the New America Foundation, specializing in the usage of drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) for international development and journalism applications, with a background in Southeast Asian foreign correspondence. Her interests include building and piloting drones, photogrammetry techniques, drone policy (both national and international), and entrepreneurship related to the growing UAV industry. She was a member of the Stanford UAV club, where she graduated with a Master's in Digital Journalism.