Meet Our New Staff!

Meet Our New Staff!

We kicked off 2014 with some new faces on the Azavea team.


Laurence Liss joins Azavea as a software developer on the Civic Applications team. He graduated from New York University with a Bachelor’s degree in Film Production and Mathematics.  Laurence also has a Master’s degree in Information Science and Technology from Temple University.  He began working as a web developer specializing in sites for the publishing industry where he used his experience in film production to create multimedia pieces and animation.  Love of mathematics and logic eventually pushed him further into the inner workings of machines and software development.  Laurence is an open source advocate and teacher of web development.  One of his focus areas continues to be systems security.  When not designing databases, creating REST APIs, or implementing front-end interfaces, Laurence enjoys Aikido, running, and playing chess.

Kevin DeLoach joins Azavea as a software developer also on the Civic Applications team.  He graduated from Central High School in Philadelphia.  He brings to the company over eight years of experience developing software.  Prior to joining Azavea, Kevin developed web applications for non-profit organizations in the Philadelphia area, created content management and bug tracking tools for franchise businesses, and worked on usability analytics software.  His hobbies include learning new programming languages, video game design, and PC gaming.  Beyond the digital realm, Kevin enjoys reading, watching movies, and gymnastics.

Kathryn Killebrew joins Azavea as a software developer on the Justice and Election Services team.  She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in English.  Kathryn has been developing software, building websites, and designing databases for over six years.  Projects she completed before joining Azavea include a website for matching donors to children to sponsor for a holiday gift-giving drive at a nonprofit; tools to support predictive modeling and analysis of vehicle fleets; and a call center logging application.  She has worked as a data analyst at Clockwork Solutions in Austin, Texas, run her own consulting business, and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA developing software for the Center for Family Services in Camden, New Jersey.  Kathryn’s personal interests include tinkering with electronics, cycling over dirt or pavement, exploring Philadelphia, and volunteering with Code for Philly.

Eugene Cheipesh joins Azavea as a software developer on the GeoTrellis team. He graduated from Temple University with dual B.Sc./B.B.A in Computer Science and Finance.  Before joining Azavea he worked in the financial software industry developing models and tools for analysis and accounting of derivative securities.  He is also passionate about exploring his interests in machine learning, functional programming, and parallel computing.  When away from his computer you can find Eugene on a fencing piste, improving his technique and tactics, searching for Zen on the archery range or finding thrills on a mountain bike.