UGIC Board Candidates 2019

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 (10 May 2019). Board members serve three year terms.

 

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State

Tommy Thompson

Bio

Tommy Thompson is a Senior GIS Analyst and Audio/Visual Specialist 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. He loves to demonstrate how spatial analysis and drones can be leveraged in ways that helps us better understand and explain natural resource development. He gained his undergraduate degree in Geography emphasizing in Bioregional Planning and Analysis, minoring in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He is a member of the Geography Honor Society (Gamma Theta Upsilon), and was a Service Learning Scholar. He also 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 five years, he has focused his time and effort on small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS), commonly referred to as drones, and infrared thermography (IRT). He received his master degree in Ecology and his research focused on using sUAS and IRT to detect and monitor sage-grouse. He explored how temperature data can aid in classifying sage-grouse gender. His research has created a unique spatial dataset that wildlife managers and researchers can use in real world applications. He has 10+ 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 that.

Reason

I was born and raised in Utah and see myself as a steward to this beautiful place we call home. I believe that GIS, remote sensing, and drones are key components when measuring responsible natural resource development. I’m applying to be a UGIC Board member because I have a strong passion for GIS, drones, and collaboration. I am also running because this organization plays a vital role in facilitating GIS development and collaboration with various organizations across Utah and I would love to participate in that. I would like to serve you so I can help champion our GIS accomplishments, better explain challenges, and aid in achieving the goals our GIS communities are striving for. In 2017, I was awarded the UGIC student scholarship and I helped the board members in a small capacity, which was a very positive experience, but now I would like to help more. Lastly, I would like to aid in the advancement of geospatial science in and around Utah. I enjoy helping others in general but I love to help others accomplish their goals by leveraging GIS, remote sensing, and drones. We need to advance the latest and greatest technology to improve our ability to responsibly manage Utah’s natural resources, utilities, cities, counties, and much more. With your vote, I can help achieve our shared goals and interests. I would really love the opportunity to server you all in this capacity. Thank you for your time and consideration. I hope to earn your vote.


Justin Johnson

Bio

I am a lifelong Utah resident, spending most of my first 20 years in Price, with a few summers in Delta and Cedar City. I have visited nearly all of the state. After high school, I moved to Salt Lake City, where I completed a B.A. in Economics at the University of Utah, then returned a few years later to earn an M.S. in Geography. I have been working with GIS as a student, teacher, and analyst for 20 years. My GIS work experience includes years in academia as a teaching assistant and adjunct faculty, providing GIS support for consulting firms, 10 years in commercial real estate, and work within the Department of Natural Resources in the State of Utah at the Division of Water Resources, Utah Geological Survey, and now as a Senior GIS Analyst with the Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands. I currently reside in downtown Salt Lake City. Outside of work, I enjoy cycling, photography, programming and development, language study, and road trips. I hope to always be learning something new.

Reason

I began studying GIS because it combined my longtime interests in maps, which I began collecting in my early teens, and technology. I am a fan and proponent of open data and open source technology. Utah has a long history of making geospatial data available at the state level through the AGRC. I would like to advocate for efforts to bring more data from local governments and historic sources into the pool of available GIS data online, as well as advocating for a greater presence for open standards and applications within the GIS discussions in Utah. Lastly, I have benefited greatly from the GIS community in Utah, and feel that it would be my privilege to contribute by following the recommendation given at close of this year’s UGIC conference, and get more involved.


Jennifer Biggs

Bio

I have worked for the State of Utah with the Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands for 25 years. Currently, I am the IT Administrator for the Division. I really enjoy using technologies like GIS and IT to help make peoples lives better and easier. Most of my experience is in web design, database management, and IT coordination. I have some experience in GIS and truly understand how powerful the technology can be. I am proud of the work I have done to enable the GIS tools and software for the state. I have an AAS in Information Technology. I am a member of the GIS/IT group for our division. I have a strong background in Web and Print design.

Reason

I feel I would be a strong asset to the UGIC board. I am very creative, hardworking and focused. I have the full support of my agency to contribute to the UGIC board and will be able to contribute my time and skills to make UGIC even better. I have been a big contributor in organizing numerous conferences over the years and feel this experience would be beneficial to the UGIC board and conference. I have attended every UGIC conference since 2014 and have enjoyed getting to know and being a part of the GIS community in Utah.


Industry

Kasey Hansen

Bio

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 19 years. He currently serves as Gateway Mapping’s General Manager, 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.

Reason

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 many years, and this is why I initially ran for the board. Over the past few years, I have served on the board as UGIC Secretary and as UGIC Chair, and I have learned the details regarding how to make UGIC a great organization with a very successful annual conference. I feel that I can use that knowledge and experience to help contribute to UGIC’s success in the future, and I would love the opportunity to continue to serve on the UGIC board.


Michael Philp

 

Bio

Hi, I’m Michael Philp. I have been involved in GIS for over 20 years. After graduating from BYU, I was hired as a GIS programmer/analyst at Maricopa County Emergency Management in Phoenix, Arizona. While there I learned the value of timely and accurate spatial information. I responded to the terror attacks of 9/11. I learned how a geospatial specialist can play a role on a larger team. In 2006, I accepted a position as GIS Coordinator at Springville City here in Utah. While at Springville I learned how to build a GIS. I installed a web-based GIS and an enterprise geodatabae, but what I really learned is that building a GIS has little to do with installing software and gathering data. Building a GIS happens at a personal level. GIS grows as you gain the trust of your users and show them how GIS can help them do their job. GIS grows as your co-workers see GIS applications as a personal extension of you, their friend. In 2019 I accepted a position with Novotx as a product specialist on the ElementsXS team. I continue to push myself professionally to learn new technical skills and applications of geospatial technology but always within the context of people before systems.

Reason

I’m happy to serve on the UGIC board because I love UGIC as an organization. We have such a wonderful community. UGIC is made up of a group of very different people who come together to share their passion for geospatial technology in Utah. I value my membership in UGIC because it has given me so much. I’ve built lasting friendships, learned from practical skills from talented colleagues, and hopefully shared a few bits of wisdom with others along the way. This is exactly what a professional organization should be. I served on the Board from 2015 to 2017 and I did my best to serve. I’d be happy to serve on the Board again if you feel like I’m the right person for the job.


At-Large

Nick Kryger

Bio:

Nick Kryger is the GIS & IT Administrator for Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities. Nick has been working in GIS & IT for over 30 years. He is responsible for all mapping of Salt Lake City’s utility infrastructure and watershed. Also responsible for all IT within the Department. This includes any scada, website, billing and server technology. 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.

Reason:

Though my years with UGIC I have had the pleasure of working with many great people.  I would like to continue my work with UGIC to finish some of the initiatives we have started and are very close to completing.


Shawn Beecher

Bio:
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 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 much more. While at Spanish Fork I have developed a successful intern program. We have helped dozens of interns successfully enter the workforce in the 15 years I have been there. I have presented at UVGIS, UGIC, ESRI SWUC, and ESRI UC. I have been involved with UGIC and UVGIS here in Utah. At UVGIS I have served in various positions from Secretary to President. I am proud to say that I have recently been accepted to UMETT.

Top Reasons of why I am Running

1. I have really enjoyed the UGIC community and all they offer.
a. After coming to my first UGIC Conference, 9 years ago, in 2010 in Moab, UT I wanted to come back as many times as Spanish Fork would allow me.
b. I feel the networking, knowledge, experience, comradery, and more that we get at these conferences is huge.
2. We at UGIC have a phenomenal group of people of which I am glad to be a part.
a. I want others to be able to enjoy what I have been able to enjoy. Let’s spread the word
b. Because of the phenomenal group of people here at UGIC this conference will be great for many years to come
3. This conference is second only to the ESRI UC. Let’s keep it going
4. I have been a part of UGIC for over 10 years.
a. I have felt for many years the need to give back to the community that has given me so much.
b. It’s time for me to give back


Rachel Manko

Bio

Rachel Manko is a GIS Analyst for the Salt Lake County Surveyor’s Office. She is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved out to Utah for school and attended the University of Utah without even touring it first. She graduated in 2016 with a BS in Urban Ecology, geography minor, and GIS certificate. During her senior year of school, she got a GIS internship with the Salt Lake County Surveyor which upon graduation turned into a full-time job. In her free time, she likes to take her dog Poppy on lots of walks, hikes, and basically anywhere dogs can go. She also is a big fan of mail, specifically sending postcards to friends all over the world.

Reason

I feel both honored and nervous to be nominated to run for the UGIC board. Utah has such a large GIS community and I feel so fortunate that I get to be a part of it. Attending the UGIC conferences is something I look forward to each year and allows me to meet and share ideas with so many new people. Seeing how UGIC brings our community together is something that I want to help with along with giving back to the community that has given me so much.


Andrea Befus

Bio

Andrea Befus has been involved in GIS for the past 5 years and loves it. She graduated in 2019 from BYU with a GIS degree and is currently working for Utah County as a GIS Systems Analyst. She has made maps for pawn shop crime analysis, elections, court rooms, and mosquito abatement. She is a certified drone pilot with a Part 107 license. Her GIS internships include HydroGeologic in Reston, Virginia after high school and also Gateway Mapping Inc. while attending BYU – she also worked with Dr. Brandon Plewe on campus as a Research Assistant in the Geography department. Andrea was a UGIC scholarship winner in 2018 and won the 2019 Iron Cartographer competition at UGIC. Andrea was born in Tokyo and has lived all over the world including Boston, Chicago, Washington DC, Istanbul, and Albania. Her love of geography stems from seeing new places and cultures and she enjoys learning how to cook foreign foods.

Reason

I would like to run for the UGIC board to help the GIS community grow. I am passionate about GIS and see the potential it can have in everyone’s life to solve problems and be used as a tool to bring clarity to diverse, large and complicated data sets. I believe that children should learn about GIS at a younger age to become spatially aware of the world they live in. I also think the annual gathering of GIS professionals at UGIC is a great opportunity to learn from each other and form lasting relationships. On the UGIC board, I would enjoy planning and serving the GIS community.


Dennis Allen

Bio

Dennis Allen is the GIS & IT Administrator for Farmington City. He has been involved in GIS for the last 11 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.

Reason

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!


Casey Sledge

Bio

Casey Sledge is the GIS Analyst and Developer for the Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency (UTOPIA) and has been working in GIS for over 10 years. In 2008 he graduated from BYU with a BS in Geospatial Intelligence. He likes programming with Python and JavaScript, backpacking across the western US, fishing, citizen science, and bringing GIS to larger audiences with his apps and automations.

Reason

I’d like to serve on the UGIC Board for no other reason than to give back some of the benefits that have been given to me through UGIC. My participation in conferences, classes, and events have given an invaluable boost to my career skills as well as a network of professional colleagues and wonderful friends. I think I speak for many when I say that my GIS career would be less rewarding without UGIC so I hope to be able to bring my talents to the Board.


Kyle Rowley

Bio

I grew up in Santaquin, Utah. My family operates a fruit farm on the south side of Santaquin. I enjoyed growing up in agriculture and continue to enjoy working with my dad and brothers through the summer months. After graduating from Payson High School, I enrolled at Brigham Young University. I attended one semester before leaving on a mission to Chile for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After returning, I settled on studying Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Water Resources. In graduate school, I worked with Aquaveo in Provo helping develop a sediment transport interface for Aquaveo’s SMS. As I finished my master’s degree, a teaching position opened at Snow College for a civil engineer. I applied for the position and am grateful to still be teaching at the college. While teaching, I worked concurrently for two years with Jones and DeMille Engineering. While working at the college, I helped develop a GIS certificate program alongside geography, geology, and natural resources professors and continue to teach two courses in the program. I also have incorporated GIS into our Surveying for Engineers course. Over the past five years, it has been a privilege to see students progress in their education and move into the workforce.

Reason

I am grateful for the opportunity to be considered for the at-large position on the UGIC board. I have benefited from the many resources made available by UGIC and am enthusiastic to assist members of the GIS community throughout the state of Utah and encourage businesses, institutions, and government agencies to incorporate GIS into their products and goals. I am excited about educating students and promoting GIS in our schools and universities. If elected to the UGIC board, I will work to learn my duties and fulfill them in a way that will be beneficial to those in the GIS community in our state. I feel that I can help collaboration between industry and education, and I can provide a connection between urban and rural Utah.

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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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The Importance of the UGIC Board Elections

As you may already know voting is now open for several positions on the UGIC Board.  You can review the candidates here.

Serving on the UGIC Board is a big responsibility that requires a real commitment.  Of course serving on the Board is a volunteer position.  Many of you may see the work that the Board does at the UGIC conference.  But, serving on the board is much more than just running around at the conference.  It takes a lot of effort from the Board year round to make UGIC work.  We are focused on facilitating connections within our community, supporting public outreach efforts, and acting as a unified voice for geospatial professionals in Utah.

Producing a successful UGIC conference is a major undertaking that keeps the Board busy for months.  There are a thousand details to work out.  If you have an enjoyable conference, it’s largely because the UGIC Board spent hours planning and working to make things run smoothly.

UGIC is really fortunate to have a lot of great candidates willing to serve on the Board.  So it is important for the UGIC membership to vote in this election.  Please take a few minutes to read through the candidates and vote.

It’s important.

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.


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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!


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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.


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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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