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The U.S. Board on Geographic Names is comprised of representatives of Federal agencies who share the responsibility of standardizing geographic names with the Secretary of the Interior. Members and deputy members are appointed every two years. The committee on which the agency serves is identified next to the agency name.


United States Board on Geographic Names

Chair: Marcus Allsup

Department of Defense        

Vice Chair: Michael Tischler

Department of the Interior


Executive Secretary for Domestic Names

Glenn Guempel

U.S. Geological Survey

523 National Center

Reston, VA 20192-0523



Executive Secretary for Foreign Names

Trent Palmer

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

7500 GEOINT Drive Mail Stop N62

Springfield, VA 22150-7500

Phone: (571) 557-7028



Members and Deputy Members (October 1, 2021 - September 30, 2023)

Department of Agriculture (Domestic Names)

Member: Elizabeth K. (Betsy) Kanalley, U.S. Forest Service

Deputy Member: vacant


Central Intelligence Agency (Foreign Names)

Member: R. David W.

Deputy Members: Ingert K., Foreign Names Committee Vice-Chair

                            Christopher G.


Department of Commerce (Domestic Names and Foreign Names)

Member: Tara Wallace, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Deputy Members: Kenia Allen, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

                            William R. Bredemeyer, Bureau of the Census

                            Thaddeus Ellerbe, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

                            Andrew Flora, Bureau of the Census


Department of Defense (Domestic Names and Foreign Names)

Member: Marcus Allsup, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Foreign Names Committee Chair

Deputy Members: Zachary Davis, DoD                           

                            Andrew Griffin, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

                            David de Hosson

                            Susan Lyon, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Domestic Names Committee Chair

                            Gregory M., DoD

                            Stephen Norton, DoD


Government Publishing Office (Domestic Names)

Member: Brenda-Anne C. Forrest

Deputy Member: vacant


Department of Homeland Security (Domestic Names and Foreign Names)

Member: Meghan Barrett

Deputy Member: Curtis Ross

                           Kevin Wright


Department of the Interior (Domestic Names)

Member: Michael Tischler, U.S. Geological Survey

Deputy Members: Wendi-Starr Brown, Bureau of Indian Affairs

                            Chris Hammond, U.S. Geological Survey

                            Sean Killen, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

                            Patrick Mahoney, Bureau of Land Management

                            Michael Shelton, National Park Service

                            Jeremy Smith, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management


Library of Congress ( Domestic Names and Foreign Names)

Member: Paulette Hasier

Deputy Members: Veronica Ranieri

                            Timothy St. Onge, Domestic Names Committee Vice-Chair


Postal Service (Domestic Names)

Member: Alesha Perdomo

Deputy Member: Earl Johnson, Jr.


Department of State (Foreign Names)

Member: Brooke Marston

Deputy Members: Michael Crino, U.S. Agency for International Development

                            Eric Doornbos

                            M. Scott Thompson, U.S. Agency for International Development


Advisory Committees:

Antarctic Names (ACAN)

Chair: Scott Borg, National Science Foundation, retired

Members: Raymond Arnaudo, Department of State, retired

                Manuel Castro, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

                Bob Glover, U.S. Geological Survey

                Tom Neumann, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

                Mark Rockmore, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, retired

                George Troop, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, retired

Secretary: Roger L. Payne, U.S. Geological Survey



Undersea Features (ACUF)

Chair: Meredith Westington, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Members: Ginger Barth, U.S. Geological Survey

                Norman Z. Cherkis, Naval Research Laboratory, retired

                John Smith, University of Hawaii

                Christine M. Taylor, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

                Tara Wallace, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

                Gerard (Gerry) J. Walter, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

                Amanda Williams, Department of State

Secretary: Leigha Peterson, NGA



Extra-Terrestrial Features

Chair: vacant

Secretary: Tenielle Gaither, U.S. Geological Survey