Category Archives: candidates 2017

Rich Chamberlain

Dear GIS Colorado Membership: I would like to nominate myself for another term on your Board. I have been a board member since 2011 and have truly enjoyed my time working on your behalf. Since 2012 I have been membership chair and have worked hard to streamline and enhance our membership services. Besides membership chair duties, I have also coordinated a good handful of the quarterly membership meetings as well as assisted with the scoping of our website update and the maintenance and update of our membership database. But I would like to contribute even more and another term on the Board will help make this a reality. Here are some of my ideas to help make GIS Colorado an even stronger organization: • Continue to streamline membership services: Ensure our updated website allows members to easily pay and track their membership status. Provide documentation on your membership status to use for GISP certification. • Continue outreach efforts on behalf of GIS Colorado: Help to organize additional training opportunities. • Increase our membership base across all areas of Colorado: This will generate more revenue (per members’ dues) and will ensure continued support of scholarships, inexpensive training classes, and quarterly membership meetings. Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to serving another term on your Board. Rich is GIS Practice Leader and Rocky Mountain Area Environment Business Development Team Lead for Water Resources at AECOM in Greenwood Village, Colorado. He has been with AECOM for 20 years and has been a member of GIS Colorado since 2004.

Luke Kaim

My name is Luke Kaim and I am nominating myself for the GIS Colorado board. I am seeking reelection to be on the GIS Colorado Board. I have been a board member and secretary since 2014. I have organized three quarterly meetings since joining the board. I am active on the listserv and am always willing to help others. I have gained a lot of knowledge from GIS Colorado and it is a great community of likeminded individuals. One of my goals is to help with outreach and serving on the board is one of the ways I give back to the GIS community. I currently work for Applied Future Technologies as a GIS System Analyst and I am an Adjunct Faculty Member at the University of Denver. My in-depth experience and energy would help GIS Colorado in the future. I look forward to organizing future quarterly meetings and helping in any way I can.

Jason Lord

Hey There, I'm Jason Lord. I grew up in a spatially challenged life of moving to new places every few years due to my Dad being in the Army. Eventually things calmed down and I settled here in Colorado for college and have stayed here for past 29 years. Currently I work as the GIS Technician in Park County. Prior to that I was working in land surveying in pursuit of gaining the experience and contact time to become licensed in the future. In 2014 I was awarded a GIS certificate from Front Range Community College while working full time in land surveying. While attending, I was requested by the Director of the program to assist on the steering committee to develop a list of relevant surveying principles that have become the basis of two full semester courses in the Associate of Applied Science degree in Geospatial Science. I have also worked in main frame computer support, IT Security and system administration, Environmental science, Geophysical surveying, and even worked as GPS Ground Support for an IED detection platform funded by DARPA. My background of IT and Geospatial field work has given me a wide depth of experience across the spectrum of GIS, and has also created a deeper drive and interest of finding out where the industry and especially the education of Geospatial work and research will be headed into the future. I love solving puzzles and problems, and truly enjoy helping people gain solutions with spatial data and processes. Land surveying allowed me to see the value in high quality field data, and to fully understand the critical nature of planning, collection, reduction of data, and the finished products in the work I was assigned in the aftermath and rebuilding of the flood damaged areas around Boulder County from 2013. I have attended all of the past year quarterly meetings for GIS Colorado, and learning a great deal about our organization along the way. I want to become more involved and participate with the day to day and active involvement within the board; to learn more about what I don't know, and to share my experiences to help in anyway I might be able to do so. Best Regards, Jason

Genie Hayes

I would like to be considered for the GISCO board. Election and qualifications below. Originally from Spokane, Washington I graduated in 2004 from the University of Washington in Seattle with a bachelor's degree in geography with a concentration in GIS. In 2010, I completed an online master’s degree in computer information systems from Denver University and currently reside in the Denver metro area. In my almost 15 years in the GIS industry, I have served for four years on GISitR planning committee as a registration and program coordinator and delivered numerous presentations and full day workshops at quarterly GISCO meetings. I love deadlines, a clean desk, and will bring a fun and collaborative attitude to the board. Thanks, Genie

Darcee Killpack

I would like to nominate myself, Darcee Killpack, for the GIS Colorado Board of Directors. I have been on the GIS Colorado Board for the past 6 years. I have been proud to work with our great community on training, conferences, and our quarterly meetings. Since 2012, I served as the GIS Colorado representative to the GIS in the Rockies Board of Directors. I worked with the Board and Planning Committee members to grow and expand the GIS in the Rockies conference. In 2014, I was proud to serve as the Conference Chair of GeCo in the Rockies hosted in Grand Junction. GIS Colorado was a sponsoring organization to the conference. I have decided to vacate my position on the GIS in the Rockies board this year hoping to dedicate more time to GIS Colorado if I am re-elected to the Board. I feel there is still more I can contribute to our community. I want to continue grow our training opportunities in the state, complete our Strategic Plan providing the vision and direction of the organization for the next 5 years, and continue to arrange our quarterly meetings providing local presentations and community networking opportunities around the state. If elected, I am dedicated to working with the GIS community more to evolve and grow GIS Colorado to meet the changing needs. As for my professional background, I have over 18 years of experience in the GIS profession. I currently work as the Deputy Director of the USGS National Geospatial Technical Operations Center supporting the production and delivery of The National Map, US Topo, 3D Elevation Program, and the National Hydrography Dataset. I previously worked for the National Park Service as the GIS Coordinator for the Intermountain Region providing direct GIS support to over 90 park units in 8 states. I also worked for SWCA, Inc. as the GIS Director supporting the integration of GIS into environmental management, assessments, and analysis.