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Kaitlyn Scott

I am writing to express my interest in running for an open Board of Directors position. I first learned of GIS during an internship I held with the Wyoming Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit while I was in college. While I was only digitizing habitat maps, it was enough to spark an interest in GIS in me. After college, I decided to pursue an MS in GIS at the University of Denver. I have since earned my Graduate Certificate in GIS at DU, and will graduate this spring with my MS. In 2017, I began what would be a 1.5 year GIS Internship at Castle Rock Water. I excitedly moved to Castle Rock from my hometown of Dillon, CO for the position. This past January, I started a new position as GIS Technician for Castle Rock Public Works. While I am new the GIS world, I have proven my dedication to the field by getting involved in any way that I can. As a Program Coordinator for the GIS in the Rockies Conference, I have begun making a name for myself in the GIS industry. Any opportunity that has presented itself to me, I have taken. This is all because in my brief time in GIS, I have grown to love the field and understand the vital importance that GIS has on just about everything we do. So, why should you consider me for a GISCO Board of Directors position? I feel that being young, in life and in GIS, gives me an advantage of seeing everything in with fresh eyes. Also, because I am still in school I have a personal interest in advancing the GIS careers of young professionals. I have proven this by working to build-up the Student Presentation track in GIS in the Rockies, in order to get young professionals recognized by successful professionals in the field. It also goes without saying, that I am a dedicated, hardworking and organized individual. I will put everything I can into my position on the Board, and I will represent GISCO in a strong and professional manner.

Jackie Phipps

My name is Jackie Phipps and I would like to be considered for a GISCO board member position. Currently I work at the City of Littleton as their GIS Supervisor. I received my Masters in GIS from University of Denver and have my GISP. I received my undergraduate degrees in Geography and Social Science from Humboldt State University in Northern California. Though I left the state to explore the Redwoods in California, I am a Colorado Native, whose heart has always lived in this state. have been with the City of Littleton’s GIS department for the last four years. My time with the city has given me insight not only in using and deploying GIS systems, but also how the community and public uses and perceives GIS. This hands-on and similarly bigpicture view has given me ideas in improving both our internal GIS operations and also our communities’ interactions with and perception of GIS. Like most of you, I have a passion for GIS and Geography. I believe that through GIS we can make data driven decisions to improve our local communities, state, and wider world around us. For this tool to broaden its reach we need to be more creative in our methods of outreach and we need to diversify our user base to involve users of all ages and backgrounds. For instance, I believe initiatives should be sought to introduce the power of GIS and mapping to the younger generation through education events and generationally relevant data presentations and activities. Though these ideas represent the forefront of my focus in advancing GIS, I have plenty more if I have the honor and opportunity to share them with the GIS Colorado Community. As my 7th grade campaign slogan is still relevant here. I must say: Vote for Jackie, she’s not wacky.

Jason Lord

Thank you for your consideration to be voted upon for the GIS Colorado Board. Recently I worked as the Utility GIS Coordinator for the city of Brighton, Colorado, and was responsible for the details and data for the Water, Sanitary Sewer, Stormwater, and Water Resources under the umbrella of the Infrastructure Services division. My previous 19-year history has been in orthophotography/LiDAR mapping, private consulting, Land surveying, Data Management, Geophysical data collection and field operations, and also with a large county as their GIS technician. I have a deep interest in the fields that are connected to geospatial data and offer unique perspectives from the wide variety of experiences that I have acquired via my geospatial journey. Goals I have for GIS Colorado are to support and develop more field and data training that can benefit the overall community and to learn more about the needs of the Colorado and regional geospatial community at large. I hold a deep admiration for the AuthaGraph map projection and believe we should have globes and not just web Mercator in our schools.

GPS Technician - Temporary

Company/organization: South Adams Co Water & Sanitation

Job description: This position will provide assistance to the GIS Department in field location of District assets (valves, hydrants, etc) using a Trimble GPS unit; collect, verify, manage and edit data associated with those assets and create maps using ESRI ArcGIS Software/AutoCAD Civil 3D.

Qualified candidates should be enrolled in a GIS related program. Valid, current Colorado Driver’s License required, with clean MVR. Drug Screen/background check required prior to employment.

Proficient computer skills including knowledge of Word, Excel, and Outlook in addition to basic knowledge of AutoCAD and/or ArcGIS is necessary. Ability to use hand held GPS unit. Ability to work independently with solid problem solving and communication skills.

This position requires work in a variety of locations, terrains and conditions. Ability to lift up to 60 lbs occasionally is necessary.
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Contact person: cheryl layton

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Nickolas Viau

Nick Viau is a GIS specialist and instructor with 8 years of experience applying geospatial technologies to solve problems in the natural resource management field. He holds a B.S. in Geosciences and GIS from Colorado State University (2012). He has worked on or closely with a number of respected GIS teams including: National Park Service Natural Resource Stewardship & Science GIS team, Ft. Collins, CO (2010-2012), the Trust for Public Land national GIS team (2014 – present), USFS Southwestern regional GIS team (2014 – present) and USFS Rocky Mountain regional GIS team (2015 – present). He currently works for Allpoints GIS as a GIS specialist and instructor. Nick has been involved with GIS Colorado for more than 5 years. He is currently serving as an interim board member for GIS Colorado and would love to continue his work to serve the organization. He hopes to help GIS Colorado expand its networking and training offerings. Nick is 28 years old, a lifelong Colorodan, and lives with his wife in beautiful Dillon, CO. He enjoys hiking, skiing, biking, camping, rock climbing, live music and all things that happen outside.

Rachel Medina

Please consider this letter as my expression of interest in serving on the GIS Colorado Board. I have only been in the professional GIS world for 4 years but I have become very interested in being involved with my local GIS community and beyond. I am an active civil servant with a strong background in natural resources, geology, and local government while boasting an enthusiasm for public work. I have experience sitting on boards and believe I could contribute greatly to this board. Currently I am a GIS specialist for Montezuma County in southwest Colorado. Part of my role at work is to collaborate with Dolores County’s GIS Department so that our data is seamless and can be easily merged and utilized by the public and emergency services. I also working closely with our local public lands office, but outside of this, it’s hard to keep in touch with my GIS neighbors. Living in a rural part of the state makes meeting and networking with my peers difficult but GISCO’s quarterly meetings that rotate locations around Colorado have created an avenue for this. There is so much value in these meetings and I want to help keep the vision going. Being on the board, I can help represent the western slope and less populated areas of Colorado. There is so much value in these meetings and I want to help keep the vision going. Thank you in advance for your consideration of my letter of interest to serve on the GIS Colorado Board. After attending my first GISCO meeting in July 2016, I became aware of the power that networking through these events has. I would like to help grow, shape and execute GISCO’s mission by being a part of the board.

Laura Atkinson

Laura Atkinson has been working in data management and GIS for eight years. She has experience in public and private sector positions including the NPS Rocky Mountain Inventory and Monitoring Network, the urban forestry startup Plan-It Geo, and DigitalGlobe. Laura recently finished a Master’s program in GIS at the University of Denver and is currently working on another in Data Science. She has been attending GIS Colorado meetings for several years helping out wherever possible, including serving on the board for the past year as outreach coordinator. During the past year on the board, Laura has helped reach out to local colleges and companies to try and increase awareness of GISCO and its resources. She has also provided a student perspective to board decisions to help foster a supportive environment for those new to the industry. She hopes to continue bringing new insights and ideas to the community at large as a board member. As someone who is Colorado born, raised, and schooled, Laura has a unique perspective on the challenges of Colorado’s geospatial community and the needs of the industry in the state.

2016 Scholarships Announced!

GIS Colorado is pleased to announce this year’s scholarships. For 2015, GIS Colorado is offering four scholarships to deserving Colorado University or college students: One to a full-time undergraduate student ($1500), one to a full-time graduate student ($1500), one to a part-time undergraduate student, and one to a part-time graduate student. Part-time students must have a minimum of one three-credit class in fall 2016. The award for part-time students will be calculated at $100 per credit to a maximum of $500.


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Please see the Scholarships page for full details.

Spring quarterly meeting announced!

It is time to start planning your attendance at the GIS Colorado spring meeting to be held in Breckenridge, Colorado. The spring quarterly meeting will be held April 29th at the Summit County Library in Breckenridge.

Summit County Library - Breckenridge
Reserve a space for you and your colleagues to ensure your attendance at this event!

We are looking for presenters and sponsors for the meeting. If you have something cool you are doing, something you are struggling with, or just something interesting why not share it with GIS Colorado.  Fill out the presentation submission form if you are interested in presenting or contact Caitlin Bernier with any questions.

Stay tuned for information on training associated with the Spring meeting.

We look forward to seeing you in Breckenridge!