We always get so excited to bring you new information about a different member of our terrific staff every two weeks. At Intterra, each employee plays a uniquely valuable role. We really couldn't exist without everybody on the team. As part of our get to know the team series, we invite you to meet Krista West this week. Krista is an Account Manager and the Remote Sensing Scientist here at Intterra, and she makes a huge difference in our day-to-day operations. Aside from being great at what she does, she's a really important person in our lives overall. Here's what you need to know.
What are you passionate about, both personally and professionally?
I strive to be part of an organization that makes a difference. It is important to me to know that my work, in some way, can really help society. I hope that my passion for analyzing remote sensing data and working with first responders will benefit everyone.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I really like to run, do yoga, and experiment with new (healthy) recipes in the kitchen. I plan to run my third half marathon this November, and then keep that running streak going. My husband is equally active, so we love exploring outside and taking our dog for walks.
What is curently filling the number 1 spot on your bucket list?
Since I live in Southern California, I have a three-way tie for the number one spot on my bucket list: I want to learn how to (1) surf, and (2) stand up paddle board, but I also want to (3) start hiking again. The start of the Pacific Crest Trail happens to be about an hour’s drive away, so I want to check out parts of the trail while I live here.
Anything else we should know?
I love dinosaurs and wolves (all canines, really… dogs, foxes, coyotes). Growing up, I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to be a paleontologist or a wildlife expert, so my parents took me on a trip during summer vacation to Wyoming and Montana to work at an actual dig site and then to see wild wolves in Yellowstone National Park. I ended up pursuing Geological Sciences and Geography in college, which introduced me to remote sensing. When people ask what I do, I tell them I’m a remote sensing scientist. If they look confused, I go on to explain that I basically look at a system like Google Earth for a living. Everyone tells me I have the best job; I totally agree.