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.
I have been working in GIS for 20 plus years, I began as a surveyor and worked in the engineering field for 8 years. I then went back to college and gained a BS in Geology, I worked that field for another 10 years. I came into GIS after that working in the private sector and also the public sector from local governments to Federal level.
I am currently a GISP and a GIS Analyst for the City of Grand Junction where I have worked for the last 15 years. I am currently the Board Vice President representing the western half of Colorado..
I was a Sargent in the US Army from 1969 to 1973 where I served as a photographer and also OV1 Mohawk crew chief.
I would like to continue serving on the board as the western slope representative.
The 2014 NFL season is here, and the Facebook data team is taking a look at fandom for all 32 teams, along with the total interactions and top social moments from Thursday night’s opener. They released a map (link) that shows where football fans live based on which NFL team they “Like” on Facebook. Note, each county is color-coded based on which official NFL team page has the most Facebook “Likes” by people who live in that county.