2014 NEURISA Board Nominees

18 Oct 2013 3:21 PM | Stephen Sharp

2014 NEURISA Board Nominees


The New England Chapter of URISA’s (NEURISA) Nominating Committee recommends the

following nominees for 2014 NEURISA Board.  NEURISA is fortunate to have an excellent group of professionals willing to serve.


NEURISA’s 2013 Annual Meeting has been scheduled for November 14th at 10:30AM (via conference call).  The NEURISA Board will be voting on these nominees at that time.  


Please use the form below to submit any
comments or thoughts you may have regarding any of these nominees.

Thank you - NEURISA Board of Directors


Nominees for Officer

  • President: Diana Maties - Diana Maties graduated in the summer of 2010 from DePaul University, where she majored in Geography with a concentration in Metropolitan Development and a GIS Certificate. Ms. Maties is a GIS Specialist and has been with CDM Smith for three years. As a GIS Specialist, Ms. Maties has experience with FEMA’s map modernization and RiskMAP programs and has been involved in collection, production, and review of products and data for the FEMA projects. Currently Ms. Maties is the GIS Lead at FEMA Region 1 Regional Service Center (RSC) helping with quality reviews of various products and any additional support the region may need. Ms. Maties was the New England Chapter of URISA (NEURISA) Events Coordinator in 2013. Ms. Maties has also been part of the URISA Vanguard Cabinet from 2011-2013 and has been involved with the conference planning of GIS Pro 2013 and will be helping with GIS Pro 2014 - New Orleans.

  • President-Elect: Chris Akin (GISP) - Chris is the GIS Technical Supervisor at FM Global, a global commercial and industrial property insurance company focused on engineering-driven underwriting, loss prevention research, and risk management solutions. Chris provides supervisory, technical, and consultative work in the development and oversight of FM Global’s GIS endeavors, including international hazard data research and development, internal and external geospatial web tools, and the corporate Geospatial Enterprise platform.  Chris received his BA in Geography with a GIS emphasis degree from Texas A&M University and a Master’s in GIS for Business and Service Planning from the University of Leeds, England. Chris also chairs the GIS Corporate Coordinate Committee at FM Global, and is on the Board of Directors New England Chapter of URISA (NEURISA).

  • Past-President: Steve Sharp (GISP) - Mr. Sharp is a certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) with nearly 20 years of experience in the GIS industry.  Mr. Sharp is currently Director of Enterprise GIS Services at the Vermont Center for Geographic Information (VCGI). Mr. Sharp provides supervisory, technical, and consultative work in the development and oversight of State's geospatial databases, and manages a wide range of projects and initiatives for the State.  Mr. Sharp was the President of the New England Chapter of URISA (NEURISA) in 2013.

  • Treasurer: Nate Dansereau (GISP) - Nate has been working with Geospatial Technologies for over twenty years having worked in state and local government and private consulting.  He has spent the last eight years working for Green Mountain Power, Vermont’s major electric utility.  Nate has been on the NEURISA board for three years and is seeking a second term as treasurer.  Nate has experience in database design, project management, and photogrammetry, among other technical skills.  Nate has worked with a wide variety of GIS applications in many industries ranging from agricultural, forestry, public safety, recreation, and transportation.

  • Secretary: John Hangen (GISP) - ·John Hangen is the GIS Coordinator for the City of Milford, CT.  He has served in a variety of private, local, and regional government GIS positions during his 19 year GIS career.  John received Geography and History degrees from Central Connecticut State University and an MA in Geography from the University of Connecticut.   He currently holds a GISP certification and has previously served on the GIS Certification Institute’s Outreach Committee, the CT GIS User to User Group’s Communications subcommittee, and Cadastral Standards Working Group subcommittee.   John begins his term as Secretary for the NEURISA Board of Directors in January 2014.   Before being appointed to this role, John spent a year as an at-large member for NEURISA, where he coordinated the entertaining July 2013 NEURISA Lightning Talk event in New Haven, CT.   He has conducted numerous GIS outreach presentations for grade school students and for Boy Scouts of America.  John is convinced he could still launch an ArcEdit or ArcPlot session using command line Workstation or PC Arc/Info.

  • Communications Coordinator: Erin Jacque - Erin Jacque is GIS Coordinator/Wetland Scientist with BSC Group, Inc. in Worcester, MA.  At BSC Group Erin is responsible for environmental and utility mapping for Federal, State and local permits in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.  Erin regularly completes maps for impact analysis on wetlands, tree removal, residential sensitive receptor proximity analysis (electromagnetic field), and visual impact assessments.  In addition Erin has experience collection and analysis of GPS data, delineating wetland resource areas, and state wetlands regulation and permitting.  Erin has a great deal of experience with stormwater infrastructure mapping, natural resource mapping, and wetlands mapping (integrating ecology and GIS).   Erin is a Graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a BA in Geography.  Erin has also completed work towards a Masters Degree at UMass Amherst in Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation.  She is currently a part-time Masters student at Northeastern University in the Geographic Information Technology program.  Erin serves as an At-Large Board Member on the New England Chapter of URISA, and serves as the Web Master for Society of Ecological Restoration, New England Chapter.


Nominees for At-Large Board Member

  • Brian Stice (LandVest) - Brian Stice is a geospatial professional at LandVest, in Boston, MA. He received his M.S in Geographic Information Technology from Northeastern University, and is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Remote Sensing Technology. Brian specializes in demographics mapping/analysis, database management, environmental land use/renewable energy GIS, and remote sensing/imagery analysis. Brian has more than 5 years of experience with GIS, is actively involved in GIS professional organizations, and keeps LandVest on the cutting edge of GIS software and technology. He currently lives in Watertown, MA, with his wife Dr. Camilla Stice and his dog Jesse James.

  • Shane Bradt (UNH Extension) - Shane Bradt is an Extension Specialist in Geospatial Technologies at the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. Shane’s job is to educate everyone on the potential uses of geospatial technologies and provide hands-on training to specific audiences to help them adopt geospatial approaches in their work and personal life. He became a certified GIS Professional in 2011 and received his PhD in 2012 in the use of remote sensing to monitor lake water quality. Shane has presented at several NEURISA events, including NEURISA Day in October 2012 and the lightning talk event held at Dartmouth College in April 2013. Shane also helped coordinate, advertise and sponsor the Dartmouth lightning talks. In cooperation with the NEURISA board, he offered intro-level, hands-on training on basic GIS concepts and open source GIS in Worcester, MA, also in April 2013. Shane recently attended the GIS-Pro conference in Providence, RI in September 2013. During the conference, he attended a workshop, gave a presentation, and participated in several NEURISA activities.






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