As we start this new decade, I would like to take a moment to sincerely thank and congratulate our current Past-President, Pamela Locke, on an amazing job well done, and to thank our incoming President-Elect, Jodie Gosselin! I am a very lucky president to have these amazing GIS professionals on my presidential team. This entire process has been completely surreal, and now it is my privilege to follow in the footsteps of many before me, to take the wheel as acting President. The role of the president would be a very lonely one, if it weren’t for the diligent voluntary work that the NEURISA Board of Directors members each add to NEURISA’s goals.
The thing that makes this NEURISA Board of Directors so special is the emphasis that each annual board places on continuity. As we celebrated our 10th Annual NEURISA Day this past September, I was reminded of how well that continuity has been passed down through the years, as past and prior board members all came together to celebrate NEURISA. The same tenets ring true as from the first formation of a NEURISA Board of Directors: to grow the GIS profession, to always push for GIS’s equality in the workforce, and to engage younger generations in the ways of GIS so that we can continue GIS’s growth in our communities and throughout the world.
This year, as President, my main focus is ‘GIS Growth through Educational Outreach.’ To achieve this goal, I am inviting the NEURISA Board of Directors, and the entire New England GIS community, to reach out to New England’s educational institutions - from kindergarten through higher education - and visit these educational organizations to engage and interact with students and show them the powers of GIS. I feel that if we can connect with students at all levels, we will be able to grow the GIS profession for many years to come. Let us give some of our time and expertise to our communities, to plant the seeds of knowledge, and then sit back and appreciate the new growth and stability.
The NEURISA Board of Directors is also creating the opportunity for non-Board members to participate in NEURISA Committees. As part of our community outreach, we are looking for GIS professionals, or GIS Students, to help us both spread the word of NEURISA and to add their expertise and knowledge to the NEURISA Board. We have had a few early responses, and slots are filling up quickly, so if you have interest in giving back to the GIS community, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information. Here is to an amazing 2020! Please be on the lookout for our NEURISA Day 2020 Save the Date, coming soon!
2020 NEURISA Board of Directors