2015 NEURISA Board Nominees

04 Dec 2014 1:26 PM | Stephen Sharp

2015 NEURISA Board Nominees


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

following nominees for 2015 NEURISA Board.  NEURISA is fortunate to have an excellent group of professionals willing to serve.


NEURISA’s 2014 Annual Meeting has been scheduled for December 11th at 10:30AM (via conference call).  The NEURISA Board will be voting on these nominees at that time.  


If you have any comments regarding any of these nominees please submit using this form.




Thank you - NEURISA Board of Directors



Nominees for Officer

  • President: Chris Akin, GISP - Chris Akin, GISP, is the Senior GIS Specialist at FM Global, a global commercial and industrial property insurance company focused on engineering-driven underwriting, loss prevention research, and risk management solutions. Chris focuses on the development and oversight of FM Global’s Enterprise GIS endeavors, including international hazard data research and development, internal and external geospatial web tools, and the corporate Geospatial Enterprise platform. Chris received a Bachelor’s 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. He chaired the GIS Corporate Coordinate Committee at FM Global for 3 years and, has been an elected RTM town representative in North Attleboro, MA since 20111.  Chris was the NEURISA President-Elect and became President in April 2014.


  • President-Elect: Brian DuPont - Brian DuPont is a career public servant with over 12 years of experience in project management and GIS. Brian currently serves under the IT Department of Wellesley, MA as the Town’s GIS Manager, and is also responsible for content, design, and navigation on the Town’s website. Brian holds a BA in Geography from Clark University, and a Graduate Certificate in Local Government Leadership and Management from Suffolk University. In addition to his work activities in Wellesley, Brian volunteers as a member of the Planning Board in the City of Marlborough, MA. Brian has served on the NEURISA Board of Directors for 2 years, including this past year as Treasurer.


  • 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: Jeff Olson - Jeff Olson is a GIS Analyst with Unitil, a regional Gas & Electric Utility in Hampton, NH.  Jeff has worked in the GIS field for ten years in a variety of areas with the majority being in the Utility sector.  At Unitil, Jeff works as part of a team of GIS Analysts overseeing the maintenance and integrity of company Enterprise GIS datasets.   Jeff works with both gas and electric datasets across the company territory in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, while directly supporting the regional office in Fitchburg, Mass, with map creation, GIS assistance and deployment of data updates. Additionally Jeff administers the company gas construction GPS database and has experience in the collection and correction of GPS data, data dictionary creation and geodatabase design.  Through his past experience Jeff has gained a thorough knowledge of stormwater and sewer mapping, municipal tax mapping, environmental datasets mapping and military infrastructure mapping.  Jeff has a BA in Geography with a specialization in GIS and cartography from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and has served as an At-Large Board Member for the Geospatial Information Technology Association (GITA) Southeast chapter.


  • Secretary: Jodie Gosselin, GISP - Jodie Gosselin is a certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) and is currently the GIS Manager at Dawood Engineering in Sturbridge, MA. At Dawood, Jodie is responsible for the creation and maintenance of GIS for the company. Jodie supports GIS for a wide range of engineering applications for offices throughout the United States. Jodie has over 10 years of experience in the GIS industry with her focus being primarily on the Natural Gas industry. Jodie received a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography with a GIS emphasis from West Virginia University. In addition, Jodie became an ESRI Certified ArcGIS Desktop Professional in 2013. Jodie was previously a member of the Young Professional’s Committee and represented the GIS group for the Pipeline Unit advancement committees for her past company.


  • Communications Coordinator: Erin Jacque - Erin Jacque is GIS Analyst with Tighe & Bond in Worcester, MA and Middletown, CT.  At Tighe & Bond Erin is responsible for environmental and utility mapping for Federal, State and local permits in Connecticut.  In addition Erin works with Connecticut municipalities and regional planning organizations/councils of governments to develop and maintain municipal data, including parcel, wetlands, and zoning data.  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 has served as a NEURISA Board member for two years, serving on the Board of Directors as Communications Coordinator in 2014.


  • Events Coordinator: David dosReis - David dosReis is the GIS Manager for the City of Providence, Department of Planning and Development.  In this role, David is responsible for designing and implementing the City’s GIS strategic vision, managing the City’s Enterprise GIS, and developing custom web applications for both internal and external parties. David has worked in the GIS field for 11 years providing decision makers with geospatial data, tools and strategies needed to address municipal, state and regional planning issues.  He is a GISP and is also the co-chair of the Rhode Island Municipal GIS User Group.  


Nominees for At-Large Board Member

  • Shane Bradt - 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 been on the NEUIRSA Board since early 2014 and served as the event coordinator in his first year.


  • Jamie Carter - Jamie Carter is a Senior Remote Sensing Analyst with The Baldwin Group on contract with NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management. Jamie supports coastal managers throughout the United States with tools, training, and information necessary to increase the resilience of coastal communities, ecosystems, and economies. He provides outreach, training, and technical assistance to agencies and organizations, and performs technical analyses of coastal hazards using lidar and high-resolution imagery and derived products. Jamie specializes in lidar analysis, including data validation, product development, and spatial analysis. Jamie graduated from Tulane University with a B.S. in Ecology and from Oregon State University with a M.S. in Physical Geography, and now has over ten years of applied GIS and remote sensing experience with NOAA.


  • Liz Crutcher - Liz Crutcher is GIS Coordinator at the Southeastern CT Council of Governments, a regional planning organization based in Norwich, CT serving 20 municipalities. She applies GIS technology to a range of disciplines including transportation, land use, and parcel mapping.  Liz has a B.A. in Political Science from Simmons College and an M.S. in Environmental Science with a concentration in GIS from the University of New Haven.  Prior to joining SCCOG, she worked as a consultant to various municipalities and state agencies. Her background includes science and technology editing and writing for a national engineering association, research and preparation of federal legislative initiatives, and project management for a  state program to encourage the development of alternative energy, energy efficiency, and energy conservation.


  • Patrick Cunningham, GISP - Patrick Cunningham offers nearly two decades of experience in software development, marketing, sales, consulting, and project management.  As CEO of Blue Marble Geographics Cunningham has enabled the company to become the leading software vendor in geomatics and coordinate conversion.  He was responsible for the acquisition of Global Mapper in 2011 and now directs the product to everyday GIS users as a low cost GIS solution that resonates with all types of GIS professionals, both government and commercial.  Cunningham is Vice Chair of the Maine GIS Users Group and holds a masters in sociology from UNH.


  • Helenmary Hotz - Helenmary Hotz is the GIS Lab Manager for the Geospatial Information Technology (GIT) labs within the School for the Environment at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is also the site license administrator for all GIT software used on campus. Over the past ten years, she has encouraged and facilitated the dispersal of GIS campus wide. She consults with departments and institutes using GIS and teaches both undergraduate and graduate GIS courses at UMass Boston. She is the President of the Northeast Geographic Information Society (NEGIS) and is on the Board of Women in Science (WINS) at UMass Boston. She has an MS in Environmental Science and is currently pursuing a PhD in Environmental Science at UMass Boston.


  • Raj Singh - Raj Singh is a platform advocate for Cloudant, an IBM company. He pioneered Web mapping-as-a-service in the late 1990s with a startup he co-founded. After that he finished his PhD at MIT, which explored the potential of web services to power urban information systems. Prior to joining Cloudant in 2014, Raj work on geospatial data interoperability challenges for the Open Geospatial Consortium, an international standards body. He's a frequent speaker on interoperability and geo-location services, and contributed to O'Reilly's 2005 book, "Mapping Hacks".



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