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Currently, I have two focuses in GIS.
Teaching at FRCC – I have served on the GIS Steering Committee for several years. FRCC/Boulder County Campus has garnered several awards, including best academic program at any Colorado Community College in 2012 and a SAG Award from Esri in 2014. My focus has been with GPS Field Data Collection, which is taught in the summer as a hands on, project focused course.
Developing UAV platforms for Geospatial use – I am also with Juniper Unmanned Aerial Systems where I am responsible for developing geospatial uses for UAV. My title is Flight Operations Manager and I work to integrate UAV into full compliance with FAA regulations. My team is working to confirm best practices based for various geospatial applications by matching platforms to sensors and mission plans.
My vision for GISCO is to find a way to expose more high school and college students to the benefits of acquiring a GIS skill set, no matter what your academic pursuits might be.
I have been an active member of past GISCO boards, while still employed by Esri. I also used my GISCO board position as a platform for the formation of WyGEO, which functions like GISCO in the state of Wyoming.
At 24, I'm probably a bit younger than most members of the board. However, I did work in GIS through college and have a decent chunk of experience as a result. I've worked as a cartographer for the Patagonian Expedition Race (in Chile), a GIS analyst for the US Naval Facilities Engineering Command (in Florida), as a hydrolgist/research assistant (in Greenland and Florida), and under Darcee Killpack with the National Park Service (in Grand Junction). Currently, I work as a geospatial software developer for Antero Resources in downtown Denver. Though I have degrees in geology and geography, my real passion lies with computers and software. I rarely make print maps.
I believe I can offer the board a fresh perspective on issues. Having moved to Colorado in May of 2014, I'm still learning about the geospatial challenges faced by GISCO members. One issue that I would like to see increased board involvement in would be education/outreach to tangentially-geospatial professionals (such as biologists, engineers, etc.). As I'm sure you know, those who don't use GIS everyday easily get very frustrated with it and often write it off entirely. As the field grows, these professionals will need increasing support/mentors. Additionally, I'd like to see more discussion regarding web mapping among the community. Seeing as most other facets of the tech industry are moving towards web applications and cloud computing, it is inevitable that GIS will soon be driven primarily by the web.
I've been a mapping enthusiast since childhood and an IT professional for over 20 years. I'm currently a web developer for the US Government and work on projects covering everything from custom content management systems to web mapping applications and GIS data integration. I also provide consulting services to local and international companies mostly in the realm of internet application development and custom mapping solutions.
While I'm new to the GIS world, having only worked on a handful of projects (most of which are web-mapping related), I've been an IT professional for over 20 years and have worked at every level. I've worked as a network engineer, system administrator, web developer, and hardware/software technician. This breadth of experience plus the knowledge I've already gained through consulting and studying for my ICT/GIS masters at the University of Denver make me a great candidate to take GISCO to the next level.
I'm also a career USAF Reservist and will pass my 20 year service mark in April. I've managed and mentored groups of over 20 airman in all aspects of their career and have extensive experience in bringing geographically separated groups together. This experience has helped me learn to utilize strengths of individuals to help realize the goals of the entire team.
My passion for GIS began with the study of topographic maps and landform analysis while pursuing my undergraduate engineering degree. I then served as an officer in the U.S. Army, with leadership roles requiring the extensive use of GIS tools for the calculation of artillery solutions, as well as for tactical operations planning.
My current role is Manager of IT Systems Analysis, at CenturyLink in Denver. Throughout my 15 years at CenturyLink I've led technical and project management teams on large-scale business initiatives, including many in which GIS was a major component of the business solution.
The passion I have for GIS extends to my hobbies as well, which include orienteering, map collecting, mountain biking, trail running, and other mountain adventures in the U.S. and Europe. I also love history, especially when the story of a world event is portrayed in the form of a map.
My formal education includes a BS in General Engineering from the United States Military Academy (West Point) and a Master of Arts in Telecommunications Management from Webster University. I am certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP).
I would like to serve on the board of GIS Colorado to contribute to the GIS community. My extensive leadership experience will contribute to our central mission of fostering collaboration across this rapdily growing community.