DGA Staff

The staff of the Delaware Geographic Alliance includes an Alliance Coordinator and several area-specific managers:

David R. Legates   legates@udel.edu
DGA Coordinator and Website Manager
David R. Legates is a Delaware native who has lived most of his life in Delaware. In 1988, he enrolled at the University of Delaware as a Geography major and received his bachelor's degree in 1982 with a double-major in Geography and Mathematics. He also completed his M.S. degree in Geography-Climatology in 1985 and his Ph.D. degree in Climatology in 1988, both from the University of Delaware. He spent 9½ years at the University of Oklahoma and 1½ years at Louisiana State University where he participated in activities with OKAGE and LAGEA, respectively. In 1999, he returned to the University of Delaware and became co-Coordinator of the DGA in 2005. As a product of the Delaware Public School System, David takes a strong interest in enhancing the quality of education in Delaware's schools. His research interests focus on hydroclimatology and statistics.

Anne Deinert     anne.deinert@gmail.com
DGA Office Manager and Elementary School Manager
Anne Deinert retired in June 2012 after a 33-year career as an elementary special-education teacher in the Christina School District. She was trained as a Teacher Consultant for the Alliance in 1999. She served for more than ten years on the Social Studies Committee in Christina as a lead teacher for her building. She has written curriculum and test items for the district as well as for the Department of Education and the Social Studies Coalition of Delaware. She has presented professional development to teachers across the state and served as an adjunct at Wilmington University, teaching Integrated Methods for Teaching Social Studies. Most recently, Anne helped to revise curriculum, make presentations, and guide field trips at Trap Pond State Park as part of the new Watersheds Grant developed by the Alliance. She serves the Alliance as Program Director, providing support for the programs and members of the Alliance.

Mary Schorse     schorse@udel.edu
Secondary School Manager and High School Manager
Mary Schorse is a human geographer who specializes in sustainability and natural resource governance. She has worked internationally as an environmental management consultant and continues to work with NGOs/CBOs in the Caribbean region to develop and implement innovative sustainable development strategies. Since relocating to northern Delaware from the southern Caribbean in 2009, Mary has become active in efforts to improve and expand educational offerings in K-12 public schools. She is part of the leadership team of the Friends of Christina School District (FOCSD) advocacy group and is interested in working with schools in the Christina District as well as across the state to improve and expand geography education. She received her PhD in Geography from the University of Delaware in 2015.

Brooke Santiago     brookesantiago35@gmail.com
Geographical Techniques Manager
Brooke Santiago has been a GIS Coordinator for her current employer for the past 10 years. She has devoted her spare time to the education of geospatial technologies for K-16 educators and students throughout the State of Delaware. Brooke is the former Chair of the Delaware GeoEducation subcommittee , and has been a committee member for over 6 years. She is also a 2013 alumnus of the Esri T3G (Teachers Teaching Teachers GIS) program. She continues to be a GIS mentor where she seeks opportunities to work with teachers, students, and coworkers in and outside of the classroom. As a mentor, this opportunity to gain feedback continues to be the best option to meet the tasks of introducing geospatial technologies to new audiences and therefore helps to increase their geographic knowledge using computer based systems. Brooke received a M.S.M. in Public Administration in 2015 and holds a B.A. in Organizational Management from Wilmington University.