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OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

Women Who Drone® is a team of dynamic individuals with a passion for drones and empowering women in their respective areas of expertise.

Elena Buenrostro

Founder & CEO

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Elena Buenrostro is a content creator, Part 107 licensed drone pilot, educator and the Founder of Women Who Drone, an organization that inspires, educates and empowers women and girls with drone technology. Elena is also an international public speaker sharing her drone knowledge at conferences and universities worldwide including World of Drones & Robotics Congress, AUVSI FAA Symposium, Girl Scouts of America, Girl's Inc and Columbia University amongst many more. Elena's work has been featured in The Washington post, Fast Company, DJI, The Verge, FierceMitu, Drone Life and many more publications.

Elena is also on the Google Play Brand team as the Social & Engagement Brand Marketing Manager leading the global social media, content and engagement strategies across all owned and operated channels and gaming influencer program.

Recent experience includes developing content and social media strategies for global social channels, working with top developer companies to execute sponsored content with Youtube influencers.

Past experience includes producing online courses and weekly Facebook Live content with celebrity influencers. Elena's TV experience includes pitching, writing, hosting and producing award winning luxury lifestyle, travel and documentary TV shows for an international television network, AWE.



In addition to creating content at a professional level, Elena is an engaged international speaker, educator and FAA Part 107 remote licensed drone pilot with experience teaching K-12 video production and drone workshops.

Eliza Sarobhasa, PMP

Chief Technology Officer

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Eliza Sarobhasa is a Certified Drone Pilot, and currently test flights her DJI Phantom 3 in the forests, mountain peaks, and oceans of Vancouver, BC. Her drone projects include wildfire prevention, fire surveillance, SAR, robotics, 3D mapping, geospatial, and satellite imagery projects.

Eliza joined the Women Who Drone team in 2019 and runs large-scale projects and programming, global content marketing partnerships, fullstack front/back-end website development, and everything technical-related to WWD.

She has been marketing for over 11 years, and works in both advertising and software products. Her many hats include roles from Data Science, Project Management, UI/UX Design, Open Source Software, and Linguistics. 

She holds four degrees - BA (English Literature, Interaction Design, Communications, Linguistics) from Simon Fraser University, Arts degree from Langara College, and Technical degrees in Project Management and Agile Development from British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Ella Sophia Garcia

Social Media Marketing Manager

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Ella started as just an intern, helping out and learning from Elena during the very first few months of Women Who Drone. She fell in love with the industry and became passionate about Social Media Marketing and its capabilities to bring communities together.

In addition to Women Who Drone, she manages social for several brands while also working as a photographer and Certified Drone Pilot.

Yasmin Tajik

Brand Ambassador Director

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Yasmin is a professional photographer and drone pilot based in Arizona.  She has been traveling internationally since she was 5 years old, which sparked her deep-seated interest in exploring new and exciting corners of the world, especially meeting new people.  

Her humanitarian and documentary work covers issues in social causes and civil rights including stories on refugee resettlement, asylum seekers, and international stories covering gender equality in Iceland and the rise of Islam in Cuba.  Her goal is to inspire and create change by sharing images that document the basic rights we all deserve living on this planet.

Psyona Williams

Content Producer & Editor

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Psyona has always loved photography and filmmaking since she can remember, she purchased her first drone in 2017 and went on to obtain her PfCO in 2018. Psyona graduated university in Film Studies in 2018 and now works as a freelance drone operator and video editor.

Vanessa Townsend

Web Designer & Graphic Designer

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Vanessa is a multi-talented designer with extensive experience in web design, graphic design, and marketing. She graduated from Ivey Business School where she specialized in marketing.

Her passion for drones started back in 2017 when she bought her first DJI Spark. After her first flight, she instantly knew that drones were going to change photography and videography forever. Since then her drone has never left her side and has become her #1 travel companion.

As the designer at WWD, she is able to combine both of her passions: designs and drones and is excited to see what's next for WWD and the drone industry.

Ishveena Singh

Editorial Writer

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Ishveena Singh is an independent writer and journalist with a deep passion for drones and location technologies. She comes with more than 13 years of experience, working with both mainstream media organizations and niche technology news websites alike.

A digital nomad, Ishveena’s clients include some of the world’s biggest drone manufacturers and service providers. She is also on the panel of a regular YouTube series that addresses current news in the drone world.

In Feb 2021, Geospatial World magazine named Ishveena as one of the 50 'Rising Stars' of the geospatial industry. She helps the WWD community to achieve its mission through insightful and timely blogs.

Tyesha Ferron

Senior Editor & Writer

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Tyesha Ferron is a writer and an artist based in Atlanta, Georgia. Specializing in digital art, Tyesha loves exploring the new ways technology intersects with culture and how drones make things more efficient and accessible for artists, hobbyists, and industry professionals.

As a novice drone enthusiast, she continues to be impressed by what the drone community and industry can accomplish.

Karla Centeno

Content Director

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Karla Centeno was born and raised in San Diego, CA. Throughout her career, she has sought experiences that allow people to see the world as it is while imagining what it could be.


Currently, Karla is Co-founder of All of Us, an artist-run collective and online gallery. She was the Arts and Culture Project Manager at the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. In this role, Karla prepared communication materials, assisted with budget development, and helped manage the $11M grantmaking program. Before her tenure at the City, Karla was the Director of Education and Public Programs at the San Diego Art Institute (SDAI), where she supported new and existing programs that engaged the local community. Before joining SDAI, Karla was a Gallery Educator at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD). She managed teen programs, K-12 arts integration projects, and led dozens of bilingual tours. While living in Mexico City, Karla worked with a team of six to organize Material Art Fair, the city’s only art fair devoted to emerging art practices. In Late August, Karla transitioned into her new role at MCASD as Director of Education and Engagement, where she provides external and internal strategic leadership in the development and all related aspects of the Museum’s educational initiatives and public and community engagement.

Dr. Catherine Ball

Advisor

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Associate Professor Catherine Ball is an advisor, author, founder, executive producer, executive director, company director, and diversity advocate working across global projects where emerging technologies meet humanitarian, education and environmental needs.  Catherine also likes to create businesses and champion movements, collaborate with peers, and advise game-changers.

A sought-after voice across the start-up, futurist and tech world, Catherine works globally across a wide range of projects from creating documentaries and world leading conferences and events, to advising on the use of drones across environmental and humanitarian projects.  Catherine is a proponent of community engagement with technology and likes to demystify emerging tech.

Catherine holds a BSc Honours (Environmental Protection) and a PhD (Spatial Ecology, Descriptive and Predictive Statistics) from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the United Kingdom.