UGIC Board Members

The UGIC Board is made up of elected volunteers who serve a 3 year term representing city, county, state, federal, higher education, industry, and ‘at large’ user groups.


Kasey Hansen
Contact Info:
Gateway Mapping, INC, 466 N 900 W, Kaysville, UT, 84037, (801) 547-0393
UGIC Position: Chair
Representing: Industry
Primary Sector: Industry
UGIC Board Member Thru:
2023
Bio: Kasey’s background in mapping and GIS really began when he was very young—he has been making maps as long as he can remember. He grew up drawing maps of his neighborhood, his school, and camping and vacation routes. In high school, he decided he wanted to create maps for a living and has never looked back. After high school, he enrolled at BYU to specifically study cartography and GIS, and graduated with a master’s degree in 2001. During Grad School he was hired by Gateway Mapping where he is still employed today and currently serves as the General Manager for the company.

Over the years Kasey has had the opportunity to gain experience in a wide variety of GIS applications, from web mapping to GIS analysis to data collection to computer programming. In particular, he enjoys teaching GIS concepts, and has had the opportunity to provide onsite training to many cities, counties, and other organizations in Utah and other western states to help them further their GIS efforts. Kasey has served on the UGIC Board since 2013, and has had the opportunity to teach workshops during past UGIC conferences where he has been able to get to know many GIS users around the state. When not at work, his favorite activities still have a tie to geography. Kasey enjoys taking his family hiking, camping, geocaching, and exploring around in general.


Nick Kryger
Contact Info: Salt Lake City Corp, 349 South 200 East Suite 200, Salt Lake City, UT, 84111, (801) 483-6834
UGIC Position: Vice-Chair
Representing: At-Large
Primary Sector: City
UGIC Board Member Thru:
2023
Bio: Nick Kryger is the Chief Data/Geographic Officer for Salt Lake City. Nick has been working in GIS & IT for over 30 years. He is responsible for all Data, analytics, and Mapping needs for Salt Lake City in his previous position Nick had been over all locators, surveyors, and mapping for 25 years.  Making better decisions based off good data. Nick has a BS degree in Business Administration and in Industrial Relations. He is a Certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) and is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer


Tommy Thompson
Contact Info:
Department of Natural Resources in the Division of Oil, Gas and Mining. 1594 W North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84116 (801) 538-5203
UGIC Position: Director
Representing: State
Primary Sector: State
UGIC Board Member Thru:
2023
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.


Mellissa Lasslo-Campbell
Contact Info: Springville Power, 777 West 425 North, Springville, UT 84663 (801) 491-7848
UGIC Position:  Treasurer
Representing: At-Large
Primary Sector: County
UGIC Board Member Thru:
2024
Bio: Mellissa Lasslo is the Utility Planner for Springville City Power Department. She helps assist the electric Superintendent in preparing preliminary primary power plans and cost estimates of electrical distribution projects for customers, government agencies, and developers. She also maintains GIS records for all equipment located on poles and underground installation and is responsible for building and maintaining existing street light inventory maps and data. She was GIS Specialist at Carbon County from 2008-2018. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology/Zoology with a minor in Marketing at Southern Utah University in 2007. In 2008 she completed her Certificate in GIS at Southern Utah University. She received her GISP in 2013. Before coming to Carbon County she did an internship for Fishlake National Forest and was responsible for creating a GIS based database of gathered bird monitoring data for 2005-2007 from the Fillmore and Beaver Ranger Districts. She also provided data summaries, map output and a program that provided the ability to make annual updates to the database with the ability to query the accumulating data. At Carbon County, Mellissa was responsible for collecting and updating data, data summary and map outputs. She helped create the interactive map and was responsible for maintaining it. Mellissa helped implement customized maps for Garmin GPS units and had been working towards implementing maps for mobile devices. She is also the Chair of the Canyon Country Partnership (CCP) user group. She was featured in ArcNews for her work using Spike GPS and her incredible ROI for her work in their road sign program.

In March 2014, she was selected to be part of the DACUM Panel to help update Salt Lake Community College’s geospatial curriculum along with the GeoTech Center’s national core curriculum for geospatial professionals.


Dave Henrie
Contact Info:
Utah County GIS, 100 E Center St , Provo, UT 84606 , (801) 851-8327
UGIC Position: Conference Chair
Representing: County
Primary Sector: County
UGIC Board Member Thru:
2022
Bio: Dave Henrie graduated from high school in Mt Pleasant, MI. He received a BS in Geography from BYU, after which, he also got his MPA from the same institution. He has worked in the GIS field for Utah County Government for the last 29 years. He is currently working in the IT Department, where he develops applications for Internet Mapping. Dave has been involved with UGIC for several years and is currently serving as the UGIC Conference Chair


Stan McShinsky
Contact Info:
351 W Center St, Provo, UT, 84601, (801) 852-6561
UGIC Position: Secretary
Representing: At-Large
Primary Sector: City
UGIC Board Member Thru:
2022
Bio: 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 is a certified drone pilot. Stan loves to play pickleball and is a certified referee. He graduated from BYU. Stan likes to play softball, go geocaching, play pickleball and ride his 4 wheelers.

Andre Coleman
Contact Info:
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
UGIC Position: Director
Representing: Federal
Primary Sector: Federal
UGIC Board Member Thru:
2022
Bio:
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.


Chris McGinty
Contact Info: USU Remote Sensing/GIS Laboratory, 5275 Old Main Hill, Utah State University, Logan, UT, 84322, (435) 797-0653
UGIC Position: Director
Representing: Higher Education
Primary Sector: Higher Education
UGIC Board Member Thru:
2024

Bio: Chris McGinty is the associate director of the Remote Sensing/GIS Laboratory at Utah State University. He has spent more than 14 years using geospatial technology in both private and academic settings. As a student when command line was still the best way to conduct geospatial analysis, Chris had the opportunity to observe and take part in the paradigm shift in the way we teach and use geospatial tools. Throughout Chris’ time at Utah State University, he has had the opportunity to engage hundreds of students in Introduction to Geographic Information Science as well as Advanced Geographic Information Systems courses he has taught. As many know, teaching these rapidly evolving courses can be very challenging, but above the challenge, extremely rewarding. Chris will bring a great level of enthusiasm and excitement to the position and would look forward to supporting UGIC in its efforts to further and promote the teaching and use of geospatial technologies as well as enhancing the connection and participation of Utah’s K-12 schools and high education institutions.



Phoebe McNeally

Contact Info: University of Utah DIGIT Lab, 675 Arapeen Dr Rm 121, SLC, UT 84132, (801) 585-9133
UGIC Position: Director
Representing: Higher Education
Primary Sector: Higher Education
UGIC Board Member Thru:
2021

Bio: Phoebe McNeally is a Research Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Utah and the Director of the DIGIT (Digitally Integrated Geographic Information Technology) Lab. She has a B.S. in Survey Engineering from the University of Maine at Orono and M.S and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Utah in Geography. Phoebe is involved in a wide range of GIS projects from developing the GIS capabilities of the Salt Lake Cooperative County Plan to supporting invasive species mapping and mitigation efforts in southern Utah to providing mapping solutions for defense applications. These projects include local, national and international GIS work. In addition, her research interests include geographic information science, geographic visualization, spatial database design, and spatial decision support systems.


Shawn Beecher
Contact Info: 40 S Main St Spanish Fork, UT 84660, Office:  801-804-4571
UGIC Position: Director
Representing: City
Primary Sector: City
UGIC Board Member Thru:
2024

Bio:  Shawn is the GIS Administrator for Spanish Fork City taking the GIS there from humble beginnings to a massive program everyone uses.  Done through building an enterprise GIS and Databases, incorporating field collection, dashboards, online maps/apps, asset management (using GIS), starting utility networks, ArcGIS QuickCapture and incorporating as many ESRI GIS tools as he could.

He graduated from BYU with a B.S. in GIS and Cartography in 1998.  He’s had various GIS experiences, including working as a mapping intern at BYU, an intern for the City of Springfield, MO, a GIS Specialist for an Engineering Firm in Kansas City, MO, and a GIS Specialist II in Logan, UT until he landed in Spanish Fork in 2003.  He received his GISP in 2011, has presented at UVGIS, UGIC, ESRI SWUC, and ESRI UC, and published an article in the Fall 2018 ArcNews. He has served on the UVGIS Board, and is a proud member of UMETT.

He is a strong advocate of GIS, and his motto at work is “If you build it, they will come.”  He loves seeing the excitement in others as GIS improves their lives through the tools we build.  He is excited to serve the members of UGIC.  When he is not at work, he enjoys spending time with family, canoeing, fishing, swimming, camping, boating, being on a beach, exploring Utah’s wonders, and just being outside.



Hayley Miller
Contact Info: ESRI, 1 International Court, Broomfield, CO, 80021, (303) 449-7779 Ext. 1058
UGIC Position: Associate Director
Representing: Esri, Industry
Primary Sector: Other/At-Large
UGIC Board Member Thru: Appointed
Bio: Hayley Miller is a Solution Engineer on the State & Local Government team out of the Esri Denver Regional office. She is a self-proclaimed geogeek with a passion for spatial data science and transforming the world through story-telling & maps. She also serves on Esri’s Young Professional Network committee. Prior to Esri, Hayley received Computer Science, Geography, and GIS degrees from the University of Denver.

Greg Bunce
Contact Info: UGRC, 4315 South 2700 West, Taylorsville, UT 84129, 801-538-366
UGIC Position: Associate Director
Representing: UGRC, State
Primary Sector: State
UGIC Board Member Thru: Appointed
Bio: Greg Bunce is the GIS data coordinator at the Utah Geospatial Resource Center (UGRC), and he has been in the geospatial industry since 2003.  Greg began his career working for the Elections Department in Maricopa County, Arizona. During his 10 years there, he assisted with geo-enabling the department’s elections and developed numerous custom GIS tools and websites to advance the department’s mission. At UGRC, Greg is heavily involved in the state’s 911 and election efforts and also leads the data team. Currently, Greg is focused on streamlining data aggregation and promoting data sharing as well as working to improve the quality of crucial datasets in the state geographic information database (SGID). Greg believes that collaboration and strong relationships are key when building and maintaining quality data. In addition to his work at UGRC, Greg is a mentor to NSGIC’s Geo-Enabled Elections program, on the NSGIC NG911 steering committee, and the cohost of the Utah Geospatial Podcast. He has a bachelor’s from the University of Utah and a master’s from Northern Arizona University, both in geography with a focus in GIS.  In his free time, Greg bikes, skis, travels, reads, writes, and hangs out with his family.

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