2018 UGIC Board Elections

The Utah Geographic Information Council Board is composed of volunteers from around the state of Utah who are passionate about geospatial data, topics, and applications. The Board is elected by those who are UGIC members as of the date of the current year’s annual UGIC conference (11 May 2018). Board members serve three year terms.

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County

David Henrie

Biography: I have worked in GIS for Utah County Government for the last 26 years. I majored in Geography and later earned an MPA from BYU. I started out working for Utah County in the Assessor’s Office as a GIS Analyst. I worked there for 13 years and then took a job at the Utah County IT Department. In the IT Dept I had a hand in developing all the GIS applications that the County uses.

I used to co-chair the now defunct Technical Interchange Group (TIG). TIG served to promote the exchange of ideas and best practices of GIS. TIG used to sponsor annual summer field trips where we would visit some very interesting places and see GIS in action and learn how to use GPS equipment. For example, we visited and GPS’ed much of the infrastructure of Zion, Great Basin, Capitol Reef, and Timpanogos Cave. TIG lasted for many years until it was replaced by local user groups such as SLUG and UVGIS.

I believe that professional organizations such as UGIC and TIG fill a very important role in the local GIS Community. I have been privileged to serve the UGIC organization for many years and would love to continue to serve on its board of directors. Since I have been on the board we have hosted conferences in Logan, Midway, Park City, Bryce Canyon, Moab, Cedar City, Richfield, Salt Lake, Provo, and Vernal. I love UGIC organization and would feel privileged to continue to serve on the board.


Ken Richards

Biography: Hello fellow geospatial enthusiasts! My name is Kenneth Richards, (please call me Ken). Currently I am the GIS Coordinator for Iron County. I have been involved with GIS for 10 years. I received my formal GIS training from SUU where I received my GIS certificate and a bachelors in Engineering Technology. I then went on to the University of Arizona where I completed the Masters of GIS Technology program. I got my start georeferencing historical maps for SUU Special Collections. From there I have been involved in many types of projects in geospatial community including facilities management, web programing, hazard mitigation, addressing, OHV trails. Currently my primary goal is to get GIS into more users hands. I have recently started by deploying Collector and Workforce to our Roads and Weeds departments. What do I do besides GIS? Well I love to go offroading with an emphasis on rock crawling with my family. Utah has some amazing trails for that need to be explored (and mapped)!

Statement: I am running for the UGIC board to better represent the southern Utah GIS community. We have a lot of great people and resources here and I want to help represent them and bring their ideas to the table. I also want to give back to our amazing community. All of you have given me some great opportunities for learning and growth and I want to give back and help each of you. GIS is about connections and I want to build and strengthen the connections we have.


Sheldon Baumgartner

Biography: I grew up here in Utah and attended the University of Utah. There I got my Bachelors of Science in Geography with a certificate in Applied GIS in 2009. I’ve been working in the GIS industry since 2008 and have worked for various private, local, state, and federal agencies. Currently, I work as the GIS Specialist in the Salt Lake County Emergency Management Operations Center. In my free time I enjoy hiking and exploring the Utah landscape!

Statement: I feel honored to be nominated to run for the UGIC board. I feel that Utah has a very strong GIS community and I would like to be able to help strengthen the community through the work UGIC does. Something that I noticed while working in the DC area for the past year and a half is how collaborative and technical the GIS community is here. It is something that I missed while I was working out there. I feel a lot of that comes down to members of the GIS community here being proactive about providing meetings, conferences, and community events or outreach. I would like to be a part of continuing to build relationships with agencies, communities, and bringing continuing education to the GIS community in Utah.


Federal

Andre Coleman

Biography: André Coleman is a senior research scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (18-years) and currently resides in Sandy, Utah. He brings 25-years of experience in the fields of geoinformatics, hydrology, and computer science with significant experience and research interests in spatial and numerical modeling for water resources/water scarcity, snow hydrology, bioenergy and beneficial waste resources modeling, estuarine systems, disaster assessment and response, and climate analysis, in addition to applying digital photogrammetry, remote-sensing, data mining, data fusion, machine learning, and high-performance computing to these research areas. These specialties have been applied to numerous local, regional, national, and global scale environmental, energy, and national/global security related projects. Mr. Coleman graduated with a BS in Geography and Earth Resources from Utah State University in 1995 with emphases in GIS, hydrology, and fluvial geomorphology. In 2008, he completed an MS (cum laude) in Geoinformatics at the Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands and won the International Award of Academic Excellence in Geoinformatics for his work in neural-based classifiers. Mr. Coleman is currently working on a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Utah with a focus on heterogeneous data fusion for disaster assessment and response. To date, he has authored or co-authored 32 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters.


At-Large

Dennis Allen

Biography: Dennis Allen is the GIS & IT Administrator for Farmington City. He has been involved in GIS for the last 10 years filling the following additional roles: GIS Manager at Vivint Internet, GIS Specialist III at Brigham City, GIS Technician/Intern at Box Elder County, and Private GIS Consultant. Dennis received his BS in Geography with a minor in Geospatial Analysis from Weber State University.

Statement: I love GIS and I love learning! For me, UGIC does more than satisfy both of these loves. Each time I attend the conference, I am able to continue to expand my knowledge and understanding of GIS. I always take away something that I can implement in my work and enjoy the new friendships I develop as well. I would be thrilled to be able to give back by serving as a part of the UGIC board!


Stan McShinsky

Biography: Stan McShinsky is a GIS Web Developer for Provo City. Stan enjoys building interesting maps like puzzles, augmented reality sandboxes, mazes and map art. Currently Stan develops web applications for various projects in the city. He recently completed the Part 107 drone test and is a certified drone pilot. He graduated from BYU. Stan likes to play softball, go geocaching, and ride his 4 wheelers.

Statement: For me, GIS is not just a job but a way of life. I see the different needs of those around me from coworkers to customers and I look for a way to fill that need through maps. By having a position on the board I believe I can clearly see the bigger picture and needs of those I come in contact with. I consistently push myself to improve my skills and learn new things. I like to think outside the box and believe I can bring a fresh perspective. Many GIS professionals have helped me along the way–from getting an internship to troubleshooting projects. I would appreciate the opportunity to be on the board and have a way to contribute to the GIS community myself.


Talsan Shulzke

Biography: Talsan has worked for Unified Fire Authority since October 2014, where for most of that time he was the GIS Supervisor in the Emergency Management Division for Salt Lake County. In December 2017, Talsan moved into Administration as the Strategic Data Manager, where he now oversees the datasets used by UFA (GIS and otherwise) and has begun an initiative under the direction of the fire chief to utilize data metrics in guiding decision making throughout the organization. In this new role, Talsan will also help develop UFA’s first Standards of Response Coverage document, which will formally define the department’s baseline of operations, identify benchmarks for achieving its goals, and determine the levels of service UFA communities should expect. Talsan has over 10 years of experience in GIS—including utilities, municipal government, and education—and as a GIS analyst and cartographer with the City of Rexburg, Idaho, Talsan worked closely with the fire department, the sheriff’s office, and the police department to provide GIS support and create Madison County’s first comprehensive 911 responders atlas. Working closely with first responders has taught him a deeper appreciation for the sacrifices these good people make to ensure we all get the help we need when it’s needed most. Talsan holds a master’s degree in English from Idaho State University and earned his GISP certification in 2015. Together with his wife Alesha and their three children, he has thoroughly enjoyed getting better acquainted with Utah and all it has offered him and his family.

Statement: My only hesitation in accepting the nomination to run for the UGIC Board was the time commitment, but it didn’t take long for me to consider the impact UGIC has had on me in the short time I’ve been in Utah. The network of talented and friendly professionals made my transition to this particular GIS community seamless. So first of all, thanks; and second, I feel that the time commitment doesn’t even come close to repaying the benefits I’ve reaped as a member of UGIC, which is just a sentimental way of saying, I’d love to run for a spot on the board! I’ve come to know several members of the board over the last few years, and in working with them have gained a lot of insight regarding our industry here in Utah. But I also hope to contribute to UGIC’s work throughout the state by offering some of the insights I’ve gained working both out-of-state and abroad. We see on a regular basis that part of GIS culture is a willingness to share with colleagues those things that have benefitted us. And that’s a huge part of what makes GIS the best field to work in. It comes down to the people, and the chance to interact with more of you from around the state is an alluring prospect. So again, thanks for being an awesome GIS community, and thanks for giving me the chance to run for the board!


Tom Thompson

Biography: Tommy Thompson is a Senior GIS Analyst for the Department of Natural Resources in the Division of Oil, Gas and Mining. He’s constantly advocating for Geographic Information Systems (GIS), drones, and the use of geospatial data in our everyday lives. Tommy demonstrates how various spatial analysis and mapping can be leveraged in ways that helps us better understand and explain what is happening in our complex world. He gained his undergraduate degree in Geography emphasizing in Bioregional Planning and Analysis and minoring in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He is a member of the Geography Honor Society (Gamma Theta Upsilon), and was a Service Learning Scholar and he received the S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources Legacy of Utah State Award and the Legacy of Utah State Robins Award. For the past three years, he has focused his time and effort on small unmanned aerial vehicles (sUAS), commonly called drones, and infrared thermography (IRT). His just received his master degree and his research focused on using sUAS and IRT to detect and monitor sage-grouse and how temperature data can aid in classifying the different sexes of sage-grouse. His research has created a unique spatial dataset that wildlife managers and researchers can use in real world applications. He has eight years of experience in conducting spatial analysis using various GIS and remote sensing software. If you are not currently thinking of using drones and GIS for natural resource management, he will make you think twice about not using it.

Statement: I’m a great candidate for the UGIC Board as I have a strong passion for both Utah and GIS. I was born and raised in Utah and am a responsible steward to this beautiful place I call home. I believe that GIS is key to measuring successful and responsible natural resource extraction and reclamation. I am running for the UGIC Board because I see it as an important vehicle allowing me to work with individuals, as well as, groups across Utah in a mutually beneficial manner. I would also like to be on the UGIC Board because it exposes me to larger perspectives and helps me better understand the needs of the GIS community in Utah. In 2017, I was awarded the UGIC student scholarship and was lucky enough to aid in the UGIC conference set up, which was a positive experience for me. I would like to have more a roll than I did as a scholarship recipient and I think that by serving on the board that would give me that ability. Lastly, I want to be on the board so I can aid in the advancement of geospatial science in and around Utah. I enjoy helping to advance the latest and greatest technology to improve our ability to responsibly manage Utah’s natural resources and I believe that by being on the board will help me achieve this goal. I would really appreciate the opportunity to server in this capacity. Thank you for your time and consideration.


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2018 ArcGIS Online Competition

 2018 Map Competition for Utah High School and Middle School Students

Basic Information

  • Theme:
  • Deadline:
  • Eligibility: All Utah public, private, or homeschooled students are eligible to enter the contest. Maps can be submitted individually or as a team of two students. Limit of one entry per student or team.
  • ArcGIS Online Requirement: You must use ArcGIS Online to create an original map that features an interesting story about your hometown. The map you submit must be a story map in one of the following formats:
    • Story Map Journal
    • Story Map Series
    • Story Map Tour
  • ArcGIS Online is available to any K-12 school in the United States free of charge from Esri: Go to https://esri.app.box.com/connectedpdf to sign up for a free ArcGIS Online school organization account. Your final map must be created using the school organization account. You may not use a public account.
  • Prizes:  The five maps judged the best in each division will be awarded a $100 gift certificate to Amazon.com. All students whose maps are submitted and their teachers will also receive Map Competition T-shirts.

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Guidelines

  • Each school is allowed to submit up to five student maps for the state competition.

All qualified entries need to meet the following guidelines for topic and map construction:

  • Your final project may include images and videos but must be primarily based on the data on your original map.
  • Your mapped story must include some analysis based on the information presented. Some examples of analysis are:
    • Use the ArcGIS measure feature to determine the size of an area shown on your map.
    • Create symbols for your map using Map Notes to show important locations.
    • Create a layer using a csv file to show the geographic distribution of some type of feature, and include your explanation of the distribution as a part of the story map.
    • Create a layer using a csv file with numerical information that can be displayed using the ArcGIS “Counts and Amounts” feature.
    • Compare two or more imported layers and explain the patterns you find.
  • All of your research must be documented on the Details page of your ArcGIS tory map. All non-original materials need to be properly referenced. Include a description of how your original map was created and how you did your analysis.

Map Construction Guidelines

  • You must use ArcGIS Online to construct your map.
  • Your map must address the theme for 2018.
  • Your map must be original and not created using only layers of data already available either online or from Esri.  To meet that criteria, you must have created at least one layer of your own data.
  • Your final map for submission must be one of the following:
    • Story Map Journal
    • Story Map Series
    • Story Map Tour

Maps can only be submitted by an individual student or a team of two students.

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Judging Criteria

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Questions

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Congratulations to the 2017 Map Gallery winners!

Last week’s conference saw an impressive turnout of map gallery entries, and we all really enjoyed viewing all the maps. The choice was tough for conference attendees who voted for one entry in each category. Congratulations to the winners below:


Map as Art

Stan McShinsky

 

 


Citizen Engagement

Is Your Community at Risk From Wildfire?

Utah Forestry, Fire, and State Lands and Timmons Group

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Reflections on the 2017 NSGIC Midyear Meeting

NSGIC’s State Caucus Meeting

Annapolis, MD: Josh Groeneveld and Kasey Hansen (UGIC Board Members)

The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) held its Midyear Meeting in Annapolis, MD from February 27th – March 2nd.  Representatives from 27 states and the District of Columbia were in attendance to collaborate, share best practices and learn about the latest geospatial advancements, particularly in the federal space.  

NSGIC promotes the philosophy of “make it once, use it a bunch”.  There is so much value to all involved in terms of time and effort saved if we can share existing solutions and best practices.  When we have to explain what GIS is to a non-professional, we often hear things like, “Hasn’t everything already been mapped?”  

Not at all!  It was apparent at the Midyear Meeting that there are still challenges creating data in a timely fashion and sharing it with stakeholders across all levels of government. Many national data programs have been implemented for the purpose of addressing these challenges. For first-timers at NSGIC, the sheer number of programs can feel a little overwhelming (not to mention the abundance of federal acronyms!), however the purpose and goal of each program was discussed thoroughly at the meeting.  Even so, while many GIS professionals may be willing to share data, some are under legal constraints to not share data because of privacy concerns.  There are also concerns of some “shared” datasets where the authoritative agency can submit their data into a database and then never see the resulting product.  Some of the hot-button topics at the meeting were Next-Generation 911, the USGS 3D Elevation Program (3DEP), open data, and the GIS Inventory.  

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Maps on the Hill 2017 Recap

Thank you to everyone who participated in Maps on the Hill 2017! It was a great day for the GIS community to participate in telling the story of how geospatial technology can improve efficiency, support decisions, and communicate complex topics. Be sure to check out the photos of the event and Maps on the Hill 2017 Book. AGRC also compiled a video of the event being announced on the house and senate floors (along with great praise), and a time lapse of the morning.

In an effort to reward the best work at Maps on the Hill, a judged contest was added to this year’s event in the capitol rotunda. Recognition and small prizes (Utah AGRC wall maps and ESRI press books) were awarded to the map displays that best conveyed the value of GIS-based solutions.

A four judge panel, consisting of Beth Overhuls (Salt Lake County CIO), Evan Curtis (Governor’s Office of Management and Budget), Lance Newman (Dean, Westminster College Arts & Sciences), and Mike Hussey (State CIO), rated the map displays for overall effectiveness, visual appeal, data integration, and innovation.

 

This year’s winners are:

UGIC 2017 Maps on the Hill – Best of Show

  • Division of Forestry Fire and State Lands (FFSL) – Wildfire Risk (11*)

UGIC 2017 Maps on the Hill – Awards of Excellence

  • City of West Jordan – Sewer and Sidewalk Infrastructure (18, 31)
  • Division of Wildlife Resources – Wildlife Tracking (10,41)
  • Salt Lake City Public Utilities – Infrastructure Mapping (26-28)
  • Utah State Remote Sensing/GIS Lab – Sage Grouse Habitat (13,36)

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UGIC 2016 Board Election Candidates

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(Voting closes June 9th at 5:00 pm)

 

The following individuals have been nominated, and have accepted the opportunity, to run for UGIC Board positions:

– INDUSTRY –

Kim Coburn

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Biography: Kim Coburn has been with Epic Engineering for 3 years and has been utilizing GIS for over 7 years. She earned her Bachelors in Civil Engineering with a Minor in Astrophysics at the University of Toledo. Her Master’s focused on water quality and she has a passion for creating environmental reports, modeling, and feasibility studies. She has worked with several municipalities on the utilization of GIS with their utilities, including Magna Water and Service District, Draper Irrigation, North Fork Special Service District, the City of Myton, the Town of Daniel and many more. She specializes in water resource management including hydraulic modeling of infrastructure, floodplain modeling, and storm water delineations.

Statement: I would like to run for the Industry Board Position because I am excited to be part of such a dynamic community. The industry and tools to utilize spatial information are constantly evolving and I want to be at the forefront of that technology. I believe that communication between the different organizations is pivotal to the continued growth of our community.  I would love to help facilitate the continued open communication so that we can not only advance our databases but the ease and implementation of our spatial technology.


Kasey Hansen

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Biography: Kasey Hansen graduated from Brigham Young University with a Master’s Degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in 2001 and has worked for Gateway Mapping for the past 16 years.  He currently serves as Gateway Mapping’s GIS Services Director, and is a certified GIS professional (GISP).  Kasey’s responsibilities include GIS project management, analysis, GIS-based asset management, programming, and GIS training.  Kasey thoroughly enjoys teaching GIS concepts and loves to help others see the value in GIS. He enjoys planning and carrying out GIS events, and has served on both the UGIC board and on the planning committee for the Northern Utah GIS user group. When he’s not at work, Kasey’s favorite activities still have a tie to geography. He enjoys taking his family hiking, camping, geocaching, and exploring around in general.

Statement: I love being able to work with geography and GIS, but I also love teaching and sharing what I’ve learned with others.  That’s what is great about UGIC – it gives us an opportunity to do both!  This is why I have actively participated in UGIC for more than ten years, and this is why I initially ran for the board.  Over the past three years I have served as UGIC Secretary, I have learned the details regarding how to make UGIC a great organization with a  very successful annual conference, and I feel that I can use that knowledge and experience to help contribute to UGIC’s success in the future. I would love the opportunity to continue to serve on the UGIC board.


Frank Pisani

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Biography: Frank Pisani is a GIS Analyst with HDR in Salt Lake City. He has over 10 years of experience with GIS in both the private and public sectors. His specialties lie in enterprise data management, spatial data visualization and web based mapping. Frank is an advocate of GIS technology and strives to show clients and colleagues how taking a GIS approach to solving problems make projects more successful. Before working at HDR Frank served as UDOT GIS manager for 5 years and was the project manager and technical architect of the DOT’s UPlan GIS applications. The UPlan project has received best practice awards from ESRI, AASHTO, URISA and FHWA. Frank graduated from the University of Delaware in 2004 and moved to Salt Lake City where he lives with his wife and daughter.

Statement: I am interested in a board position because I feel UGIC is what makes the Utah GIS community flourish. When moving to Utah the UGIC events provided an outsider a great way to meet and learn from others in the state. I want to help keep our GIS community thriving and support the events that UGIC offers.


Tom Toronto

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Biography: I was raised in Farmington, UT where we currently reside. I attended BYU as a PreMed, but after taking the Intro to GIS class for a Geography requirement, I was hooked. My experience is in both the Public and Private sectors of the Geospatial Industry for the last 15 years. I started at Farmington City, UT to set up the GIS Operations and then moved to Phoenix, AZ to do the same thing at an engineering consulting firm. I loved the diversity of GIS projects and project locations that I was able to work on. We moved back to Utah and shortly thereafter, was a part of the original 3 that created SLUG (The Salt Lake GIS Users Group). I have really enjoyed serving on the SLUG board and can’t believe it’s been almost 7 years since the commencement. Right now I am 3 years into running my own GIS Consulting Services business with clients in UT, ID, CA, AZ, TX, & NM. My clients comprise Municipalities, Water Companies, Legal Firms, & Educational Organizations. My Geospatial acumen is in GIS, GPS, Survey, Engineering, Planning, and Public Works. I have a wife, 3 girls and finally, a boy due in Oct. I enjoy all sports, primarily, basketball (surprised?) and enjoy skiing, camping, hiking, fishing, Star Wars etc. My latest hobby is adding GIS technical terminology from the ESRI Colombia Twitter feed to my Spanish learned while a missionary in Barranquilla, Colombia.

Statement: I appreciate being nominated for the potential opportunity to serve on the UGIC board.  If voted in, I’ll work hard to continue the thriving organization that it is and wasn’t really surprised to find out that this past conference was the 25th anniversary.  That is a testament to the many great people who have willingly served to enable the viability and success of UGIC.  As I have worked with Geospatial professionals from other states, they all seem to be aware of the GIS presence in Utah and frequently declare that Utah is one of the front runners in the industry.  As mentioned in my bio, I have enjoyed serving on the SLUG board and look forward to the possibility of transferring that experience to serve on the UGIC board. Thanks for your consideration.


– STATE –

Steffie Gould

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Biography: Steffie is a GIS Analyst with the State of Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) where she has worked since 2015. Before SITLA she worked as a GIS Specialist/Fiber Engineer for Zayo, a Colorado Communications Infrastructure company. Her first job utilizing GIS was a Forest Steward Intern for the Green Mountain Club, a Vermont non-profit that maintains the Long Trail- a long distance hiking trail that runs through the state. In 2014 she received a Master’s of Engineering in GIS from the University of Colorado, Denver. Her studies culminated with a project examining how land cover characteristics affect urban water use in Austin, TX while also looking at developing an easily replicable method to measure land cover characteristics for water demand modeling. She received a B.S. in Forestry and Resource Ecology from the University of Vermont. When not working, Steffie can be found exploring Utah by foot, bike and ski!

Statement: I am relatively new to Utah, having moved to Salt Lake City in January of 2014. Since then I have enjoyed getting to know Utah and the GIS community here. Attending my first UGIC Conference this year really highlighted the vibrant energy and engaging opportunities surrounding GIS within the state. By joining the UGIC board I hope to continue to connect with this amazing community as well as contribute to helping grow and strengthen it. I believe my background with both the public and private sectors along with my enthusiasm for the power of all that is geospatial will be assets on the UGIC board.


Josh Groeneveld

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Biography: Josh Groeneveld is the GIS Coordinator for the Utah Division of Emergency Management.  He is the chair of the Utah Mapping Emergency Technical Team, which provides GIS professionals with resources and guides for producing maps and performing data analysis during an incident.  He is co-chair of the National States Geographic Information Council Geospatial Preparedness Committee, which promotes coordination and shares best practices between state emergency management, public safety and homeland security agencies.  He received his Masters in Geography from the University of Utah in 2011 and a Bachelor’s in Geography from Western Michigan University in 2008.

Statement: UGIC has done a wonderful job fostering collaboration and cooperation in the GIS community in Utah.  Through my involvement with NSGIC and various emergency management organizations, my perspectives and insight can further enhance how the Utah GIS community works together.  I want to actively build up the already successful UGIC efforts for both GIS Day and Maps on the Hill.  As chair of UMETT, I have witnessed strong partnerships and a willingness to share expertise within the Utah GIS community and I would enjoy serving on the UGIC Board to keep this fantastic community growing.


Adam Radel

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Biography: I have enjoyed performing geospatial wizardry for almost 10 years. I have a B.S. In GIS from the University of Idaho. I ‘m a proud GISP and love supporting the GIS community in various ways. In April I completed a 6-month long GIS Corps mission creating an elevation dataset that will be used in the design of a modern water system in a small Panamanian town.  I enjoy hanging out at local schools on GIS Day, expanding the idea of Geography for the kiddos I have the honor of speaking to. I have experience working in both federal and state government organizations as well as private companies.  I’m lucky enough to spend my days at UDOT where I am a GIS Program Manager. I love hiking, camping, cycling, mountain biking, disc golf, long walks on the beach, and running.

Statement: Let’s make UGIC great again! Actually, UGIC is an amazing organization that I look forward to being a part of for many years to come. I would like to be considered for UGIC board member as I have a broad range of GIS and leadership experience. I don’t mind staying late or coming in early to setup a meeting or activity. I would like to offer my time, talent, and humor to ensure UGIC continues to be the exceptional organization it is!


– FEDERAL –

André Coleman

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Biography: André Coleman is a senior research scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (16-years) and currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. He brings 24-years of experience in the fields of geoinformatics, hydrology, and computer science with significant experience and research interests in spatial and numerical modeling, water resources, bioenergy modeling, estuarine systems modeling, disaster response, climate analysis, data fusion, machine learning, high-performance computing, photogrammetry and remote-sensing. These specialties have been applied to numerous local, regional, national, and global scale environmental and energy-related projects. Mr. Coleman graduated with a BS in Geography and Earth Resources from Utah State University in 1995 with emphases in GIS, hydrology, and fluvial geomorphology. In 2008, he completed an MS (cum laude) in Geoinformatics at the Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands and won the International Award of Academic Excellence in Geoinformatics for his work in neural-based classifiers. Mr. Coleman is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from Clemson University with a focus on the water-energy-environment nexus and sustainable systems. To date, he has authored or co- authored 28 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters.

Statement: The purpose and objectives of the Utah Geographic Information Council align with my professional background and interests to continue promoting the value of geographic information, sharing and learning best practices, increasing operation/system efficiencies with effective data management practices, and ensuring a high-degree of data quality and pedigree in an era of data deluge. While currently working under the Federal umbrella, I have also worked in the private industry and academia and understand these environments.


– AT-LARGE –

Shawn Beecher

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Biography: I am Shawn Beecher.  I am the GIS Administrator at Spanish Fork and have been since 2003.  I have been involved in GIS for over 20 years.  I received my GISP in 2011.  While studying GIS and Cartography at BYU (1996-1998) I worked for the LDS Church as an intern digitizing road networks for cities in South America.  After graduating with a BS from BYU, I moved to Springfield, MO where I worked on my masters at SMSU and worked for Springfield City as an intern doing application development, training, and GIS services.  Upon leaving Springfield I got a job with a Private Engineering Firm in 2000 doing GIS consulting, GIS training, and application development.  I moved to Logan, UT in 2002 as a GIS Specialist for 6 months before moving to Spanish Fork where I am currently the only full-time GIS person doing everything GIS, IT, and more.

Statement: I have really enjoyed the UGIC community and all they offer.  After coming to my first UGIC Conference in 2010 in Moab, UT I wanted to come back as many times as Spanish Fork would allow me.  I feel the networking, knowledge, experience, comradery, and more that we get at these conferences is huge.  I have felt for many years the need to give back to the community that has given me so much.  I feel this is my way to do that.  We at UGIC have a phenomenal group of people of which I am glad to be a part.


Jordan Behunin

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Biography: Jordan Behunin has been a GIS Specialist for Carbon County since 2012. Before he worked for Carbon County, he volunteered with Hurricane City GIS and worked for the Forest Service as a seasonal technician. He has a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Resource Management and a minor in GIS from Utah State University. He is three classes away from obtaining his Master of Science in GIS Management from Salisbury University. During his most recent semester of school, he conducted a use assessment for Carbon County GIS. As a GIS specialist, Jordan has many responsibilities including data collection and creation, creating map deliverables, and doing analysis. Most recently, he transitioned Carbon County’s online maps from ArcGIS flex viewer to Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS (Developer Edition). In the past Jordan has been chair of the Castle Country Trails Committee and now functions as the GIS Specialist for the committee. When Jordan is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, mountain biking, hiking, riding OHVs, fishing, and staying active.

Statement: Within the first three weeks of beginning work for Carbon County GIS, I attended UGIC at Bryce Canyon in 2012. Every year since then, I have looked forward to UGIC conferences as an opportunity to learn techniques, skills, and applications from Utah’s GIS experts. Through networking opportunities at UGIC, I have gained new friends and had awesome opportunities in GIS including GIS Day held at Utah Valley University, participated in Maps on the Hill, and presented at various user groups and conferences. I am grateful to be nominated as a prospective member of the UGIC board. I would gladly give back to the GIS community of Utah by serving as a member of the board. I want to represent you and your ideas as Utah’s GIS professionals. I will continue to build upon the hard work and dedication of past boards, by providing opportunities for you to continue to network, learn innovative skills, and gain knowledge at UGIC conferences and events throughout the year.


Steve Johnson

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Biography: I am excited to be a member of the geospatial community in Utah and have loved the chances I have had to serve in UGIC. I hold a bachelors and a masters degree in geography from Brigham Young University and have been employed at the City of Orem for 20 years as an Engineering Specialist in the Storm Sewer Utility. I have sought out opportunities to maintain professional relations with fellow GISers in Utah County through intiating the establishment of UVGIS.

Statement: As a UGIC board member for the past three years and a conference committee member for three years before that, I have grown to love the opportunity to learn from UGIC presenters and expand a network of friends and colleagues that share my love of maps, places, locations, and spatial relationships.Some of my favorite experiences in my career have been in organizing and assisting with GIS Day events in Utah County, Salt Lake County, Richfield and Escalante. If I were re-elected to serve on the board, I would seek to enhance the Council’s education and outreach efforts. I would also like to find ways to assist GIS users with their needs in asset management and public works applications.


Nick Kryger

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Biography: Nick Kryger is the GIS & IT Administrator for Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities. Nick has been working in GIS for over 25 years. He has a BS degree in Business Administration and in Industrial Relations Nick is a Certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) and is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.

Statement: I would like to continue on the board to help promote GIS across the State of Utah.  Having worked in GIS for over 25 years and having the knowledge on how UGIC functions I feel will help our GIS Community.


Stan McShinsky

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Biography: Stan McShinsky is a GIS Web Developer for Provo City. Stan enjoys building interesting maps like puzzles, augmented reality sandboxes and mazes. Currently Stan develops web applications for various projects in the city. Previously he worked in the energy department at Provo City managing a fiber network and power grid data.  He also has experience with the UTOPIA project in managing fiber networks around Utah. He graduated from BYU. Stan likes to play softball, go geocaching and beekeeping.

Statement: For me, GIS is not just a job but a way of life. I see the different needs of those around me from coworkers to customers and I look for a way to fill that need through maps. By having a position on the board I believe I can clearly see the bigger picture and needs of those I come in contact with. I consistently push myself to improve my skills and learn new things.  I like to think outside the box and believe I can bring a fresh perspective. Many GIS professionals have helped me along the way–from getting an internship to troubleshooting projects. I would appreciate the opportunity to be on the board and have a way to contribute to the GIS community myself.


Andrea Roskelly

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Biography: Andrea Roskelley has worked as a GIS Analyst for Ogden City GIS the past 11 years. Andrea’s work has led her to many different aspects of GIS including public utilities, business development, public safety, municipal elections and emergency operations. She has also worked to configure a number of the web applications for Ogden City. Andrea has trained many new users on how to use GIS and worked with other users to help them improve their skills.  She has worked to spread her knowledge of GIS with others through conference presentations, GIS Day events and classroom presentations.  Andrea’s favorite part of her job is cartography, and getting the details just right so she can deliver an amazing map. Andrea is a graduate of Weber State University with a Bachelor of Science in Geography and she is a certified GIS Professional (GISP).

Statement: I love UGIC and the GIS community that goes with it. I would be honored to be a member of the board. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of GIS with others, and I have been a presenter most of the years that I have attended the UGIC conference.  I have a passion and enthusiasm for all things GIS and I would use those traits to be a great asset on the UGIC committee. I would be thrilled to have the opportunity to serve and help in whatever way I can.


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