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Candidates for the NEURISA 2021/2022 Board of Directors


Voting is open to all New England Chapter members of URISA.  
There are 6 NEURISA Board of Directors positions open for the 2021/2022 term. 


Staggered 2-year term positions allow the board maintain some continuity and streamline knowledge transfer from one year to the next. The NEURISA board also strives to have representation from around the New England region and across different industries. You can find the list of current board members here.

Read about each of the candidates below, then vote here by November 30th.
You will need your URISA member ID to vote.

Candidate for President-Elect

Jennie Byron, Senior Project Geospatial Lead
Golder Associates Inc.; Westborough, MA

Current NEURISA Board Member, Director At-Large

NEURISA is an organization that I greatly believe in and includes a wonderful group of people that I've been fortunate to collaborate with over the past year. NEURISA board members, volunteers, and its members provide an excellent resource and support the greater New England geospatial community. I am honored to be nominated for President-Elect and, if elected, I would continue to bring my over 15 years of industry and academic expertise to support the on-going initiatives and values that NEURISA stand for as an organization. I am a Senior Project Geospatial Lead at Golder in Massachusetts and I apply my geology background, teaching experience, and location intelligence expertise on diverse projects across mining, energy, and the environment.

Candidates for Open Board Positions

Matthew DealGovernment Account Executive
Esri; Middleton, MA

Current NEURISA Executive Board Officer, Membership Coordinator

I like 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 my goals to improve and refine processes. Nothing is perfect, and so constant progress is itself a goal that motivates me to help folks find ways to impact their organizations. I have 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.

Matthew Franz, GISP, GIS Analyst
Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission; Worcester, MA

Current NEURISA Board Member, Director At-Large

Matt has been the GIS Analyst at the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission for the past 12 years and has been involved in municipal/regional GIS since 2000. In his current position, he manages the RPA’s GIS library and provides GIS services and support inhouse and to the various departments within the communities he serves. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and is GISP certified. Outside of the commission he enjoys reading, watching SciFi, playing board games and spending time with his family.

Michael Gallotta, GIS Program Manager
Town of Rockport, MA; Rockport, MA


Michael Gallotta considers himself an evangelist of GIS technology in the public sector. Driven by the pursuit of new and better ideas, he is highly motivated when it comes to connecting people with solutions based in all things geospatial. Currently, he is the GIS Program Manager for the Town of Rockport, and actively pursuing a Master of Science in Geo-Information Science at Salem State University. When he can find time in between work and school, he can be found either fixing his bike or developing film in his homemade darkroom. Michael would be an energetic and passionate candidate to the NEURISA board. While lacking the decorated professional experiences of his colleagues, he makes up for it for his open mind and respect for tried and true methods.

Fran Hutton Lee, GIS Coordinator
Town of Medway, MA; Medway, MA

Current NEURISA Board Member, Director At-Large

Fran has been active in NEURISA activities for several years. She has been a GISPro presenter, and has spoken at other GIS conferences. She has been a URISA member for several years. Fran is the first ever GIS coordinator for the Town of Medway, MA, and is enjoying developing GIS for the Town in this new capacity. She is also interested in using GIS in the arts and humanities, and seeing how GIS can be applied to a wide range of disciplines. In her spare time she maps books for fun.

Pamela Locke, GISPFacilities Information Systems Coordinator
UMass Lowell; Lowell, MA

Current NEURISA Executive Board Officer, Immediate Past President

Pamela has happily served on the NEURISA Board since 2016 filling positions such as At-Large Member, Secretary, and President. She loves being able to connect with the New England GIS Community and help NEURISA plan events that encourage these connections. She is hoping to be able to continue to contribute during the upcoming term! Outside of NEURISA, Pamela is the Facilities Information Systems Coordinator at UMass Lowell where she manages the University’s Space Inventory as well as all of the GIS work. She has (finally) finished renovating her 1880’s house with her husband Matt and dog Toasty and is looking forward to a cozy winter without any house projects.

Ryan Norton, GIS Specialist
Town of Foxborough,MA; Foxborough, MA

Current NEURISA Executive Board Officer, Communications Coordinator

Ryan Norton has been serving on the board for two years, and most recently held the role of Communications Coordinator, in which he led the revamping of NEURISA's website. He 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 traveling and getting outside. Ryan looks forward to having an opportunity to continue serving on the NEURISA Board of Directors!

Jeff Olson, GISP, GIS Analyst
Unitil Corporation; Hampton, NH


Jeff Olson is a GIS Analyst with Unitil Corporation, a regional Gas & Electric Utility in Hampton, 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 this year on NEARC Host Committee, organizing Mappy Hour events for the Unofficial Seacoast GIS organization and having previously served on the NEURISA Board of Directors for 5 years. He proudly served in several NEURISA 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.

Nate Ward, GISP, Geospatial Systems Administrator
Terracon; Portsmouth, NH


Hi, my name is Nate Ward and I am the Geospatial Systems Administrator for Terracon. Since 2016, I have lived in seacoast New Hampshire and have enjoyed meeting and talking with NEURISA members at hosted mappy hour events. Attending this year's NEURISA Day and URISA's GIS Pro sparked an interest in giving back to this community however I can. NEURISA and its members were instrumental early in my career to identify the abilities and opportunities that GIS can create and helped motivate me to continue down this path. As a GISP and FAA certified remote pilot, now specializing in enterprise solutions and automation, I want to make an impact and promote our community in New England.


The New England Chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (NEURISA) is the professional association of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) practitioners in New England. NEURISA is a nonprofit 501(c)6 organization whose mission is to advance the effective and appropriate use of GIS and related information technologies to solve challenges throughout the region.

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