Meet Our Staff

At Cadasta, we believe that investing in our team members is the key to an engaging, positive, and productive work environment. We cultivate community with a shared sense of purpose and care for one another, from collaborating on impactful projects to supporting each other in maintaining healthy work-life balance. Our staff is empowered to think creatively and take risks as they own their work, with support and endorsement from their leaders. We seek to include diversity in representation along with this diversity of thought—inclusiveness is the core of our organization’s mission to help marginalized people secure their land rights. This foundational value fosters our commitment to social good, and drives us to create positive impact for people who need it most. To support this goal, we are technologically transparent and culturally open. Cadasta is invested in our team’s success, both as professional individuals and as a community trying to make the world better for everyone.

NOEL TAYLOR
Co-Founder & CEO

Childhood Nickname: Tangles
Go-to Karaoke Song: Walk This Way
Number of Countries Visited: 44
Superpower of Choice: Mimicry. The ability to copy or absorb other superpowers


Noel has spent almost 20 years working internationally in the land administration sector, particularly in the application of appropriate technology for developing and emerging economy contexts. Prior to his former role as Senior Director of Global Business Development & Strategyfor Thomson Reuters, he was the Vice President for International Operations with International Land Systems (ILS), Inc.

FRANK PICHEL
Co-Founder & Chief Programs Officer

Childhood Nickname: Squish
Superpower of Choice: Flight
Favorite Hashtag: #landrights….naturally
Random Fact: I picked up a hitchhiker once…and I’m now married to her.


Frank is a land administration specialist with experience designing, managing, and implementing land-related projects with a technology focus around the globe. He has worked both with the private sector in implementing programs while based in West Africa, as well as designing and managing programs as part of the Land Tenure and Property Rights Office for the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

KATE CHAPMAN
Chief Technology Officer

Nickname: wonderchook
Strange Phobias: wet floors
Favorite Hashtag: #geofamous
Number of Countries Visited: 27


Kate leads the organization’s technology team and strategy. She is recognized as a leader in the domains of open-source geospatial technology and community mapping, and an advocate for open imagery as a public good. Over the past 15 years she’s worked on geospatial problems of all kinds, including tracking malaria outbreaks, mapping private residences for emergency response, and even analyzing imaginary items used in geospatial games.

BORIS ZAMYATIN
Chief Financial Officer

Nickname: Bobo
Goal in Life: One day to take over the world
Favorite Hashtag: What is a hashtag?
Go-to Karaoke Song: Man Down by Rihanna


Boris is a highly motivated, finance professional who possesses leadership capabilities, financial acumen, and international operations management experience that allow him to lead the financial function of Cadasta Foundation. He previously served as Group Controller of International Land Systems and Director of Finance of gategroup’s Corporate Development unit. Boris holds a BS in Finance and an MBA from the University of Maryland.

CHANDRA LASH
UI/UX Developer

Strange Phobias: Mild case of ornithophobia
“Closet” Fan of: Country music
Go-to Karaoke Song: Livin’ On A Prayer by Bon Jovi
Random Fact: Had a summer job where I dressed as a double-stuffed Oreo, complete with huge chocolate chip shoes


Chandra is the UI/UX Developer for Cadasta. For 15+ years she has used her own unique balance of design skills and technical expertise to translate complex marketing strategies into compelling user-friendly applications. Chandra holds a BFA from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

OLIVER ROICK
Lead Developer

Favourite Programming Language: Python
Work Style: Just get that stuff done.
Favourite Development Tool: Grunt
Favourite Industry Site: Python Weekly, A List Apart, Geohipster


Oliver is a developer for Cadasta. He has a background in building software to collect, visualize and analyze geographic information and to support community mapping. Oliver believes in the benefits of open data, enabling transparency, participation and self-empowerment. He holds a degree in Geography and Computer Science from University of Jena, Germany.

EUGENE ALVIN VILLAR
Developer

Superpower of Choice: Telekinesis
Go-to Karaoke Song: “Unwell” by Matchbox Twenty
Random Fact: I know Pi to 20 decimal places
Goal in Life: To be a prolific knowledge philanthropist


Before joining Cadasta, Eugene spent more than 12 years in the completely different field of ASIC design and verification, wherein he helped develop and test hardware modules that eventually go into the microchips that power Canon’s products. On the side, he does web development and contributes to open knowledge projects like Wikipedia, Wikidata, and OpenStreetMap. Eugene holds a degree in Computer Engineering from the University of the Philippines Diliman.

ADRIENNE PLATNER
DevOps Engineer

Nickname: Adri
Favorite Storybook Character: Cayce Pollard
Countries Visited: 39
Superpower of Choice: Omnilingualism


Adrienne is a DevOps Engineer at Cadasta, with over 15 years’ experience in systems engineering and software development across a broad range of industries. She has a penchant for automation and specializes in building robust and resilient platform infrastructure.

BRIAN O'HARE
Developer

Closet Fan Of: Kylie Minogue
Favourite Programming Language: Python
Favourite Development Tool: Atom
Goal in life: To live long and prosper


Brian is a software developer with Cadasta and has over 15 years experience in the field. Before joining Cadasta Brian worked with organizations including The University of Edinburgh, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team and The World Bank. He holds an MSc. in Computing from Manchester Metropolitan University and an MA in Modern Drama from University College Dublin. Brian lives in rural Ireland.

LINDSEY JACKS
Junior Developer

Childhood Nickname: Annie
Go-to Karaoke Song: Rehab by Amy Winehouse
Superpower of Choice: Telekinesis
Strange Talent: I can spin fire


Lindsey is a Junior Developer at Cadasta. She originally joined the Cadasta team as an intern through Outreachy. Prior to Cadasta, she worked as a development associate for the Sunlight Foundation, where she developed a passion for open data, transparency, and using technology to improve the lives of others. She has a degree in Anthropology from Hendrix College in Arkansas.

DAVID PALOMINO
PRODUCT OWNER ANALYST

Favorite Storybook Character: Mafalda, although I do like soup 🙂
Favorite Hashtag:#activism
Go-to Karaoke Song: I Want to Break Free by Queen
Superpower of Choice: Time travel, so I could see the future


David is a product and program manager with over 15 years of experience mostly spent in the Telco and Internet industries driving international, large-scale programs, and managing roadmaps for the worldwide deployment of products. Along his career he has had the opportunity to work with many different stakeholders around the globe.

ALEXIS FRANKLIN
Designer

Childhood Nickname: Mookie
Go-to Karaoke Song: Proud Mary by Tina Turner
Random Fact: I have 34+ Funko Pop bobbleheads
Most Likely to…: Make friends with random strangers


Alexis is a strategic, multidisciplinary designer with an eye for innovation. With 10+ years in design, she specializes in presentation, print, branding and web design. She has a drive to push her design-limits, and inspire new ideas. She wants to use her varied background to help make the world a better place.

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