There are currently openings on the NWGIS Board of Directors. The following folks have expressed interested in joining the board. As a member of NWGIS, you have the opportunity to vote on the candidate of your choice. Please view them below and vote using the button at the bottom of the page.
Andrew Neuman (Oregon)
I am a GIS Solutions Architect for the City of Portland, OR. I have been working as a GIS Professional in the Portland Area for 23 years. In my spare time I am working towards an MBA with a concentration in Business Analytics from Southern Oregon University.
I've been blessed with working with some great mentors and GIS Professionals and I want to help give back to the Northwest GIS Community.
Sam Jenkins (Washington)
I am currently the GIS Administrator of the City of Pullman, Washington. Like many local government GIS administrators, I have the opportunity to work with various city departments and regional stakeholders – it’s a job that presents infinite opportunities to learn. I came to the City of Pullman from Washington State University where I worked with Facilities Services to implement their mapping platform, develop their utilities networks and fly drones for mapping and inspections. Before moving to the Palouse in 2016, I lived in Fargo, North Dakota, where I developed a GIS for the municipal power and water utility in Moorhead, Minnesota – winters are much kinder here. I came to the US in 2001, from Australia, where I was born and raised – winters were much kinder still, there.
Early in my GIS career a mentor suggested that I connect with two local GIS users groups – the Pine to Prairie GIS User Group and the Mid-west Esri Utility User Group. At meetings of these groups I learnt a great deal, everything from keyboard shortcuts to strategies for developing successful enterprise GIS implementations. I was introduced to a community of GIS users and leaders that would support and inspire my growth as a GIS professional. I was encouraged to develop GIS leadership skills, to present what I had learnt to the community, and I went on to serve on the boards of each of these user groups. The time I spent at each of those organizations was pivotal to making me the GIS professional I am today. Here in the Pacific Northwest I am looking to connect to a community both to continue my career growth and provide the same opportunity to new GIS professionals that I had. I hope to learn and serve by volunteering on the board of the NWGIS User Group.
Tyson Taylor (Idaho)
I am a GIS Solutions Engineer working at the J.R. Simplot Company. I lead the company's enterprise GIS systems by implementing GIS solutions within the company's integrated portfolio, which includes phosphate mining, fertilizer manufacturing, farming, ranching, food processing, and other agriculture-related interests. A GIS Professional with decades of experience in using esri and Microsoft stacks. I have held numerous GIS roles: Analyst (Kootenai Electric Cooperative, ID and Kootenai County, ID), esri Authorized Instructor and Manager (Boise State University, ID) , Developer (City of Bellevue, WA and Single Point Solutions, ID (Co-founder). Education B.S. degree in GIS from the University of Idaho followed by a M.S. degree in Management of Information Systems from Boise State University. Passionate about Cartography, Geography, and GIS.
I thrive in an environment where I am constantly learning new things, there is always something new and exciting going on with GIS especially in the NW. It would be an honor to serve on the NWGIS Board and I look forward in contributing to the NWGIS user group and its mission.
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