Paul Ferro, President
Linda Davis, Secretary
Bart Butterfield, Treasurer
Linda Davis is the GIS Manager for the Idaho Department of Water Resources. Linda has been a member of the Idaho GIS community for over 20 years working primarily in water resource issues. Linda received a BA from the University of California in Geological Sciences and in Graduate school studied GIS and Cartography at San Diego State University. Linda also has a certificate in restoration ecology from the University of Idaho.
Bart Butterfield is the manager of the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Information System at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Starting at IDFG in 1992 as a Senior GIS Analyst, he was promoted into his current position in 2002. Bart has worked to integrate GIS and traditional IT development into a comprehensive fish and wildlife information system information.
Bart has been active in the NW GIS User Group since 1991 when he attended the NWGIS conference in Silverdale, WA. He has been on the NWGIS Board of Directors since 2000. He was most recently re-elected in 2011 at the Boise, ID conference. He has organized and chaired four NWGIS conferences: 2001 Sun Valley, 2004 Sun Valley, 2008 Sun Valley and 2011 Boise.
Paul Ferro is a Senior GIS Analyst for the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). He is the project lead on web services, web, and mobile application development. As part of DOGAMI’s Lidar QC team, Paul collects RTK GPS field data in order to ground truth Lidar data throughout the State of Oregon. He uses ArcPad to create custom edit forms to streamline GPS data collection efforts and GPS data archiving. He is also a GIS and ArcPad trainer. Throughout his career Paul has helped private, non-profits, state, and local governments to successfully implement GIS applications.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geosciences from Boston College. He has organized and chaired NWGIS Conferences in Sunriver, Oregon in 2005, 2009, and 2013.
Jesse Manley specializes in ESRI-based GIS software and applications, modeling and presentation of geospatial data, and geospatial data management. He also has a strong background in land surveying and global positioning systems (GPS). Jesse is currently the GIS manager for GSI Water Solutions (http://www.gsiwatersolutions.com/) and has been with the firm since May of 2007. Prior to that, he worked as a GIS professional at various companies for 6 years. Jesse holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography and an Associate of Applied Science degree in GIS.
Keith Massie first became involved with Northwest GIS User Group was with the 1992 Conference at Welches, by Mount Hood in Oregon. I was the Program Chair. In 1996, along with Mark Bosworth of Metro, I Co-Chaired the first Skamania Conference. I then Chaired a second Skamania Conference in 2000.
For the past six years, I have also been active with Oregon & Southwest Washington URISA, serving as Conference Co-Chair for the 2010, 2011, and 2012 GIS In Action conferences in Portland. My greatest achievement with the GIS In Action conference was to lead a conference committee that turned a loss of $4,000 in 2009 into a profit of $14,000 in 2011. It truly was a group effort.
I believe the strength I bring to the Board of Directors is to be a ‘go-between’ for NW GIS and Oregon & SW Washington URISA.
Nathalie Smith is Esri’s Regional Manager for the Northwest. As Regional Manager and previously State and Local Sales Manager for the Northwest, Nathalie promotes Esri’s culture, objectives, mission, and vision. She manages and directs all regional sales activities. Nathalie has over 20 years of professional experience in the GIS industry with Esri encompassing product management, product support, customers’ relations and sales. Nathalie has a BA in Geography from UCLA and an MBA from the University of Redlands.
Kris Larson graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Geography, Cartographic emphasis. She has more than 20 years of GIS experience and is currently a GIS Specialist/GISP at CDM Smith. Ms. Larson has been active in the Montana GIS community since 1989 and has served as the President of the Montana Association of Geographic Information Professionals (MAGIP) as well as a Council Member appointed by the Governor to the Montana Land Information Act Council (MLIAC). She is part of an international Information Management Solutions group at CDM Smith that works cooperatively to implement GIS and custom software solutions for clients.
Ms. Larson began her career in the Natural Resource Information System (NRIS) at the Montana State Library, one of the first GIS clearinghouses in the nation. She then owned and operated KAL Consulting before being asked to come back to the State in 2002 to work for the Montana Department of Commerce. She has been very happily employed at CDM Smith since the fall of 2006. In addition to her work at CDM Smith, Ms. Larson is an adjunct professor at Carroll College.
Ms. Larson is interested in serving on the NWGIS Board to share resources and experiences with surrounding states, particularly in relationship to data development and exchange, data standards, and applications.
Eric Spangenberg joined the Lewis & Clark County / City of Helena GIS team as a GIS Database Analyst in May 2005, approximately one year later, April 2006; he was offered the job as GIS Coordinator.
In his various roles with Lewis & Clark County he has been responsible for the maintenance of core Enterprise GIS features as well as enterprise databases utilizing ArcSDE and SQL Server. His current role has him managing and supervising the GIS program, and coordinating the development, implementation, maintenance, support, and use of spatial information throughout the city and county enterprise. One of the on-going projects he is most excited about includes the development and deployment of the local government GIS Web services. This has become a powerful tool in providing information to people who need and can use it.
Eric holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Urban Forestry/Resource Management from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a Masters in Landscape Architecture (MLA) from Ball State University.
Eric joined the NWGIS Board to promote the open communication between the various GIS professional groups in the region. He is actively invovled with the Montana GIS professional group (MAGIP), and will work to promote information and knowledge sharing throughout the Northwest region.
Melinda Campbell is a GIS Analyst/Programmer for Deschutes County, Oregon. She manages the County’s enterprise GIS software and geodatabases, provides GIS training, technical support, and guidance to County staff and the general public.
Before moving to Oregon, Melinda was a GIS Analyst for a private land management consulting firm and various state and local governments in Florida. She served as a graduate research assistant in GIS for the GeoPlan Center at the University of Florida, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources and Conservation and a Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning.
Melinda has been a member of the Northwest GIS User Group since she attended her first NWGIS conference in Sunriver, Oregon in 2005. Her term expires October 2016.