American Red Cross

GIS at American Red Cross International Services

Who we are

Dale Kunce Global Lead, ICT and Analytics

Dale Kunce leads the international ICT and Analytics teams. He is responsible for the adoption of open source software, open data standards and crowd sourcing to supercharge the international work at the American Red Cross.

Kunce is a geospatial engineer and urban planner with more than 10 years of experience. He and his team support programs and projects for both international disaster response and long-term programs. His recent projects include founding Missing Maps, a project to map the world’s vulnerable people, and leading the global Red Cross network’s GIS analysis and coordination for the Typhoon Haiyan, West Africa Ebola, and Nepal Earthquake response.

Kunce’s past work has taken him from community organizing in the California Central Valley and developing analytics for pandemic response in Uganda to helping astronauts capture high-resolution imagery from the International Space Station. He is a proud alumnus of the University of California, Davis.

Ashley Schmeltzer GIS Officer

Ashley started as a GIS Reservist providing support during major disasters and field projects. She has a background as a technical GIS and remote sensing specialist, as well as previous experience working with her local Red Cross chapter in California and as a GIS Officer based in Turkey to support the Syrian crisis.

Dan Joseph GIS Officer

Dan assists with disaster response and provides support to long term recovery and resilience programs. In addition to remotely supporting numerous disasters, he has deployed to the Philippines, Vanuatu, Canada, Haiti, and Dominica. Specializing in tools to improve data management and program implementation, he builds everything from websites featuring interactive analytic tools to forms for mobile data collection. Prior to the Red Cross Dan was a Peace Corps volunteer working with a rural, municipal government in the Philippines on environmental and planning projects.

Eva Ghirmai Information Management Officer

Eva supports data initiatives at the American Red Cross and aims to build a stronger data culture across the Red Cross movement. Before joining the Red Cross, Eva worked in international development research. Using impact evaluations and other assessment tools, she has worked in Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa to help organizations and governments use research to make better policy decisions. Eva is a recent MPA graduate of Princeton University.

Rachel Levine GIS Training and Operations Coordinator

As a Program Associate with the GIS team, Rachel handles operational needs and keeps the team on track and in line. Before joining the Red Cross, she completed a master’s degree in Activism and Social Change at the University of Leeds’ geography department and handled operations at other non-profit organizations. She is also a UMaryland alumna and a huge fan of parks. When not attending mapathons, Rachel likes to travel and wander new cities.