Executive Board Officers
Jennie Byron, President
Ryan Norton, President-Elect
Jodie Gosselin, Immediate Past-President
Thad Dymkowski, Treasurer
Rhode Island Department of State
Pamela Locke, GISP
Jennie Byron is a Senior Project Geospatial Lead in the Earth and Environment Division with Golder, member of WSP USA Inc. She has over 15 years of experience leading projects in GIS, CAD and 3D visualization and provides spatial solutions at the local and international level on projects spanning infrastructure, energy, geology, mineral exploration, waste management, hydrology, and environmental science. She taught “GIS Applications in the Earth Sciences” to 3rd year undergraduate students at Laurentian University, Canada for several years. She holds a B.Sc. in Geology from Acadia University and an Advanced Diploma in GIS from the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS). She is a senior member of Golder’s global Spatial Information Management Technical Community, supporting GIS innovation and technical excellence. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and being oceanside.
Ryan Norton is the GIS Specialist for the Town of Foxborough, Massachusetts, where he has worked since July 2013. He received his undergrad at UMass Boston where he studied Earth, Environmental and Ocean Science with a GIS concentration, and his Master of Arts in Geographic Information Sciences at Clark University. In his spare time he is developing a website using PostGIS which will facilitate connections between GIS professionals, employers, academia, and other organizations. He is also an avid musician and enjoys getting outside. Ryan also loves to travel and is looking forward to catching up on his backlog of trips the later half of the year!
Jodie Gosselin is the Director of Geospatial Technologies at Dawood Engineering, a multidisciplinary design firm founded in 1992. She has over 17 years of experience in GIS with a focus on utilities and asset management. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography/GIS, is a certified GIS Professional (GISP), and an ESRI-Certified ArcGIS Desktop Professional. This will be her seventh year serving on the Board of Directors for NEURISA. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, making traditions, exploring, and soaking in every minute of motherhood with identical twin toddlers at home. As a working Mom, Ms. Gosselin is passionate about both geography and education and is eager to continue NEURISA’s work in K-12 education this year.
Thad Dymkowski is the GIS Analyst for the Town of South Windsor, Connecticut. With a BA and MS in Geography/GIS from Central Connecticut State University, and almost 20 years of professional experience, Thad has contributed to the private sector, public sector, and the world of academia. You may or may not have seen him present at a NEARC conference, NEURISA Day, a GIS Day event, or any other place people are happy to listen to him. He is most proud of his 8 year old twins, but also his GISP and the GIS Certificate Program that he created and teaches at his alma mater. This is his fifth term in the role of Treasurer for NEURISA, though he has been a longtime supporter of NEURISA. When not playing the role of GIS professional, he likes playing soccer with his kids, listening to live music, and sitting on any beach with his wife.
Matt Franz is the GIS Analyst at the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC) where he provides GIS management, services and support to CMRPC staff, member communities and outside agencies. Activities include GIS data/Database development/maintenance, GIS training, GIS/Database technical support and project development and implementation. Matt has been working in state and municipal GIS since 2000. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Cartography from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. When not creating maps and editing data, Matt enjoys spending time with his family, playing board games, swimming and most things Sci-fi.
Cynthia Gaines is the GIS Manager at the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, providing mapping and spatial analysis support for the design, deployment, and operation of high-speed broadband networks in western and central Mass. Prior to MBI, she worked at GIS and environmental consulting firms, with a primary focus on facilities management and ordnance remediation projects. She has over 20 years of GIS experience and holds a B.A. in Economics and Environmental Science from the University of Virginia and a GISP certification. She also loves to travel, play soccer, and do all sorts of outdoor activities - including mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, snowboarding, and much more.
Chester is the GIS Coordinator at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine. He has over 15 years of experience working with GIS, data analysis, and project management. Previous to the Navy, he worked at several government entities in Massachusetts and New York City. Chester holds degrees in Urban Studies and City Planning, and is pursuing a Public Administration graduate degree. Outside of work, Chester enjoys trying out new foods, spending time outdoors, and being with his family.
Lynn Carlson has over 25 years of experience working with Geographic Information System software and geospatial databases. She was first exposed to GIS in the late 1980s while working at the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, and the technology was in its infancy (command line ArcInfo v. 5). In 1998 she moved from RIDEM to Brown University to manage the school’s newly formed dedicated GIS and Remote Sensing computer lab. In this position, she provided GIS expertise to researchers, staff, students, and facility managers across campus for 23 years. Having just retired from Brown (October, 2021) she is now doing freelance GIS work dba Compass Cartographic, remains an active member of the RIGIS Executive Committee, and has recently been appointed to her town’s conservation commission. Lynn is an avid dog sport enthusiast and regularly participates in agility, barn hunt, and nosework.
Jessica Cigna has spent her career striving to make data and information more accessible and transparent, always with a spatial bent and always community-minded. Jess currently serves as the Senior Data Analyst for the Rhode Island Department of State. She has a MPP from Brown University and a BA in Public and Community Service Studies from Providence College. She also currently serves on the Board of the Providence Housing Authority and enjoys a variety of hobbies- you can find her hiking or enjoying a new-to-her brewery most weekends.
Matt Deal likes connecting ideas and people through location. Using modern technology to improve cooperation and solve real world problems is a worthy task and it is one of his goals to improve and refine processes. Nothing is perfect, and so constant progress is itself a goal that motivates him to help folks find ways to impact their organizations. Matt has been in the geospatial field for many years, starting with environmental focused areas of forestry and agriculture and then on to imagery and finally business focused geoanalytics.
Pamela Locke is the Facilities Information Systems Coordinator at UMass Lowell where she manages spatial data upkeep, data collection, and data sharing throughout the University. She received her undergraduate degree in Geography from Clark University and her Master’s Degree in GIS from Pennsylvania State University. She has served on the NEURISA board since 2016 and enjoyed her term as President in 2019. Outside of work and NEURISA, Pamela enjoys travel, art, and playing with her dog.
Jay Metzger is the GIS Manager for the Rhode Island Department of Health. He has a background in Environmental and Municipal GIS. He has a passion for GIS and it shows in his exuberance for the growth of the GIS Profession. This is his fourth year serving on the Board of Directors for NEURISA, and is honored to be the Immediate Past-President in 2021. In his spare time, he keeps busy with his two daughters and loves to see them laugh. Excelsior!
Emily Pettit is the GIS Coordinator for the Maine Office of GIS (MEGIS), which provides geospatial data, services, and support to GIS users in state government and the broader geospatial community. She earned her M.Sc. in Cartography and GIS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she worked as a cartographer and metadata technician. This is her second year on the NEURISA Board. When not creating maps, managing projects, or running analyses, Emily enjoys exploring Maine by hiking, backpacking, and cross-country skiing.
Jeff Olson is a GIS Analyst with Unitil Corporation, a regional Gas & Electric Utility in Exeter, NH, where he works as part of a team of GIS Analysts overseeing the maintenance and integrity of company Enterprise GIS datasets. 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. Jeff is a certified GISP who has worked in the GIS field for over fifteen years in a variety of areas with the majority being in the Utility sector. Jeff has a BA in Geography with a specialization in GIS and cartography from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Jeff is highly involved in the New England geospatial professional world having served on NEARC Host Committees, organizing Mappy Hour events for the Unofficial Seacoast GIS organization and having previously served on the NEURISA Board of Directors for 7 years. He proudly served in several officer positions including President in 2017, Treasurer & Communications Coordinator. Outside of Jeff’s professional life he loves to travel, hike and spend time with his wife & daughter.
Katie Walker is a geospatial professional with cross cultural communication skills and a passion for utilizing data visualization for environmental and social issues. Katie graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Geography and certificate in Geospatial Information Analysis. She has worked internationally and currently volunteers with the Red Cross. Katie also enjoys volunteering, traveling, photography, and cooking.
Tim Woodfield is the Senior Geospatial Specialist at Dawood Engineering where he acts as the project lead on asset management, data collection, and inspection projects, along with providing overall project management. Tim also oversees the online mapping and web application deployment for the department. He has been with Dawood for what will be 5 years in March and recently obtained his GISP. Tim graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a bachelors in Environmental Geography with a focus in GIS. Go Blue Devils! Outside of work, Tim enjoys hiking, mountain biking, going to sporting events, and finding new restaurants and breweries throughout New England.