Category Archives: Candidates 2021

Sarah Rollins

Public Safety GIS SME – DATAMARK – Lakewood, CO
GIS Analyst – Intrado Public Safety – Longmont, CO

My love of maps began at a very young age. My father was a navigator for the United States Air Force so I was surrounded by charts and navigation plans. After I graduated from Stanford, I went to work for Strategic Mapping. Strategic Mapping and their Atlas GIS suite of software was, at that time, one of the top competitors (against MapInfo and ArcInfo) in the fledging desktop GIS software development industry. There I translated my passion for maps into a healthy aptitude for all things GIS and mapping-related. GIS really seemed, to me, to marry my degrees in Sociology with the maps I grew up with. I loved being on the cutting edge of this technology and teaching people how GIS could make their lives better. I left Strategic Mapping in 1993 to open my own consulting business. This exposed me to managing and executing large projects in several different areas – marketing, banking, health care, and real estate – as well as giving me the opportunity to develop GIS software training. I closed my consultancy in 1996 to start my family.

In 2014, I entered the GIS Certificate program at Front Range Community College. I went back to school to study GIS for 2 reasons: 1) I really enjoy working with GIS and wanted to get back to my original profession, and 2) I was concerned that after so much time away, technology would be too different and perhaps even my older (albeit much wiser) brain would not be able to keep up with the technology. Thankfully, I discovered that my brain still worked just fine!

In between raising my family and working in GIS, I have now accumulated more than 10 years’ experience as a GIS consultant and business-owner, and as a Public Safety GIS SME for both Intrado and DATAMARK. I am particularly invested in helping GIS folks around Colorado who are tasked with supporting 9-1-1 to understand what the future holds, and what a vital role they will play in 9-1-1. I am now a free agent, no longer working for a vendor. Serving on GISCO’s Board will give me the opportunity to have an impact on our State’s GIS community in an unbiased and committed way.

Anna Riling

MS PG, Cartographer/Geologist – Durango, CO

Hi, my name is Anna Riling. In 2012, after working for 20 years in various fields of geology, I made the dubious decision to wait until I had two kids under two to get my MS in GIS online from the University of Denver! Since then, I have worked in GIS, with experience in remote sensing, hydrologic modeling, visibility studies, Esri field apps, geologic maps, and as a FAA Part 107 UAS pilot. In Durango, feeling like I was in a bit of a vacuum, I formed the Durango GIS Group in 2018, a spin-off of local GISCO members. The group became a monthly meetup (pre-pandemic) for anyone interested in GIS in southwest Colorado, leading to great friendships, exceptional presentations, and many networking opportunities. I am also a cartographer and artist, and several of my maps, graphics, and artwork have won awards at mapping conferences, including at GIS in the Rockies, the Mapping the Grand Canyon Conference, and the AZ Geographic Symposium.

I feel that one of the most valuable aspects of GISCO and our local Durango GIS Group is the ability to ask questions in an environment of knowledge, support and encouragement. As a GISCO Board member, I would be dedicated to advancing the spirit of community and professional growth for which GISCO is renowned, and helping members get the most out of membership. I would be excited to apply my enthusiasm and experience in fostering community connections to encourage involvement in the quarterly meetings and ensure everyone has the opportunity to grow and learn, especially while so many of us are working remotely.

Victoria McKennan

GIS Analyst – City of Greeley, CO

I was born and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado and have now returned with the intent of instilling the same appreciation for nature that I grew up with into my two sons! I first learned about GIS while working towards my master’s degree in Regional and Community Planning at Kansas State University. It wasn’t until I saw the real-world applications of GIS - in transportation planning - that the power of spatial data clicked for me. I’ve been a GIS enthusiast ever since! I love learning, teaching, and sharing the limitless ways spatial data can transform processes ranging from analysis to visual communication.

I am eager to contribute to GIS Colorado in many meaningful ways. As much as I love GIS, my skills extend far beyond the technology. Through my professional experience as a transportation and environmental planner, I have developed skills in planning, communication, and community engagement. Having worked as a planner across Colorado and Kansas for a decade, and currently as a GIS Analyst for the City of Greeley, I have interfaced with various agencies and developers to work towards community goals. My big-picture perspective, attention to detail, and strategic outlook add value to partnerships, projects, and visions.

Nickolas Viau

GIS Specialist & Instructor – Allpoints GIS – Denver, CO / Gypsum, CO

Hello GISCO friends! My name is Nick Viau and I am running for reelection to a second term on your GISCO board of directors. Over the past three years I have been honored and pleased to serve on this board and contribute to our wonderful community of professionals, students and enthusiasts! The number one reason that I am seeking reelection is that I feel I have too many things in the works to stop now. For the past two years I have served as the training coordinator for GISCO, planning and organizing the many awesome training opportunities that we provide to all of you (with help from my fellow board members of course!). With all the craziness of the past year, the training program has taken a hard turn into the virtual realm and we are getting well rooted in this new paradigm. Myself and other board members have been working hard to expand the virtual training opportunities we are able to provide to the community. This is all coming together nicely and we have a robust plan to provide more training opportunities than ever in 2021! I want to see these plans through and continue leading the charge for more training by seeking reelection.

Secondly, I love this community and all of the fabulous people in it! Over the past 3 years I have had the pleasure of getting to know many of you. From planning and attending quarterly meetings to teaching trainings to circling around the campfire singing to the guitar I have loved every second I get to spend with our community.

A little background on myself: I am a GIS specialist and instructor at Allpoints GIS, a Denver based firm where I have worked for the past 6 years. I enjoy living on the western slope in sunny Gypsum. I have been a GIS professional working in the field of natural resource management for almost 12 years now. I have done extensive work with organizations such as the US Forest Service, The Trust for Public Land, The National Park Service, Tribal Nations, American Forests and USAID. I have lived in Colorado nearly my entire life (got here when I was 5, haven't left, couldn't bear the thought). I hold a BS degree in geosciences and GIS from Colorado State University. When I'm not being a geo-geek, you are likely to find me on a trail somewhere, whether that's hiking, biking, skiing, climbing, rafting... I'm up for it!

I want to continue to help enhance this group by seeing through all of the plans this board has made over the past years. I am actively engaged in a number of efforts with my current board members to make this organization bigger, better and more beneficial than ever. I ask for your vote so that I may continue to serve you and this community.