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.
I have administered the San Luis Valley GIS/GPS Authority (SLV GIS) for the past 20 years. During this time, I have overseen the creation of seamless GIS spatial data over six counties in south-central Colorado. During the last 4 years, SL V GIS has been in a public/private partnership with Integrated Land Services (ILS) of which I am President and part-owner. I was a member of the Board of the Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust from 2005 to 2008, serving as Chair during my last year on the Board. I served as Alamosa County Emergency Manager (parttime) from 2008-2013 and was Chair of the San Luis Valley All-Hazards Committee. During my service as Emergency Manager I was a member of the Grant Review Committee for the Governor's Office of Homeland Security. I have been a member of Alamosa County's Planning Commission since 2008. Presently I am a Founding Board member of Society Hall here in the City of Alamosa. Society Hall is a 501c3 organization that provides a venue for cultural events, primarily music. In terms of education, I earned a PhD in Physical Geography from Oxford University, a MSc and BS in Geology from Old Dominion University and a BA in French from Randolph Macon College. I feel that my experience with a variety of organizations and purposes, as well as my education, has provided me with a rich tapestry of knowledge and experience that will serve GIS Colorado in a beneficial and productive manner. I believe my current service to the Board of GIS Colorado has resulted in a positive impact with not only the members of GIS Colorado, but with other organizations and individuals associated with the geospatial industry. Providing GIS services to a large area of rural Colorado (nearly 10% of the State) as a self-sustaining entity has been a challenge and continues to be a challenge. Being elected to the Board of GIS Colorado is a similar challenge, and a challenge that I openly seek. Because of these challenges, my education and my experience with geospatial data, I ask that the voting members of GIS Colorado elect me to another term on the Board of GIS Colorado.