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Candidates for the 2023-2024 NEURISA Board of Directors

Voting is open to all New England Chapter members of URISA.  

Staggered two-year term positions (or three-year terms, for the Presidential track) allow the Board to maintain continuity and streamline knowledge transfer from one year to the next. The NEURISA Board also strives to include representation from around the New England region and across different industries.

You can find the list of current Board members here. Candidates are allowed to run for positions in both the President-Elect and At-Large categories, which is why you may see candidates listed multiple times in the categories below. A candidate cannot fill two positions at once. Anyone who is voted into the Presidential track will vacate their old position on the Board if they have one, or withdraw their candidacy to an At-Large position if they're nominated.

Read about each of the candidates below, then vote here from November 12 to November 25, 2022. You can vote for multiple candidates for the At-Large positions!

You will need your URISA member ID to vote.

Candidates for President-Elect

James Armstrong, GIS Specialist
Spatial Relationships; Boston, MA

I have been involved in the URISA family for many years beginning on the CarolinaURISA Board of Directors, which included a year as President, then serving on the Board of Directors for NEURISA, and finally serving a 3-year term on the URISA Board of Directors. I am now living in Boston MA as a partner in GIS consulting firm - Spatial Relationships, LLC. Additionally, I currently serve as a Faculty Affiliate for the Geospatial Program at the Northeastern University College of Professional Studies. I am honored to work with the NEURISA Board and members in whatever manner is most productive.

Candidates for Open Board Positions

Craig Austin, GIS Analyst

I have over ten years experience as a GIS Analyst, all at MassGIS. For about 10 years I have been managing the QA process for our Parcel/CAMA statewide datalayer. This involves receiving incoming submissions from each of the 351 cities and towns (plus the economic development area of Devens), working with GIS staff or designated vendors to correct issued uncovered, and preparing the files for uploading. I also review challenges to our representation of municipal boundaries and coordinate what must be done. I volunteer with several organizations including two watershed associations, the Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory, the Norwood Trails Committee, and I volunteered at the FOSS4G Conference in Boston.

Andrew Bartshire, GIS and IT Manager

Hello, my name is Andrew Bartshire. My wife and I moved to Bristol, Rhode Island in 2020 to be closer to her family. I grew up in Fairfax, California before going to school at the University of Oregon in Eugene where I earned a B.S. in Geography with a focus in GIS and minored in Planning and Public Policy. While in school I interned with the local planning department for two terms, assisting city planners with mapping and data tasks. After graduating, I spent a year as an AmeriCorps member working with University of California San Diego California Sea Grant’s (CSG) Russian River Salmon and Steelhead Monitoring program in Windsor, CA. Upon completion of my AmeriCorps term I was hired full time with CSG. For the last 10 years I have been working with CSG developing our program’s GIS capabilities. In that time we have gone from paper maps with hand drawn “x’s” to a fully integrated ArcGIS Enterprise using Survey123 and Field Maps for data entry and ArcGIS Online for data sharing. We have become a hub for local stakeholders to access our data and also our forms that are being used by multiple agencies. I am currently working remotely as the GIS and IT manager with CSG and manage two full time staff. In my free time I enjoy construction, photography, and gardening. My wife, Suzanne, is a nurse at Newport Hospital and we have a full house with two cats (Folly and Kirra) and our dog (Hygge). 

Danica CucchiGIS Coordinator
Town of Randolph; MA

Danica Cucchi is the GIS Coordinator for the Town of Randolph in Massachusetts. She received her Bachelor's degree at Framingham State University where she studied Environmental Science, Law, and Policy with minors in GIS and Biology. Danica has contributed to both the private and public sectors where she has brought her passion of GIS for the use of utilities and asset management. She is also looking to spearhead stormwater infrastructure for the town and to teach both residents and staff about the infinite use of GIS. Danica is always hoping to connect with more people in the GIS community and to learn more. In her spare time, she enjoys finding new trails to hike and listening to music!

Matt Franz, GISPGIS Analyst

Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC); MA
Current NEURISA Executive Board Member - Secretary

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.

Rosemary Mosher, GIS Data Visualization Specialist
Viewshed; Yarmouth, ME

Rosemary Mosher is a GIS data visualization specialist for Viewshed in Yarmouth, ME. She works with numerous clients assisting them to tell their stories using visual tools.  Rosemary has a great deal of experience working with ArcGIS Online, training, and working with a variety of municipal government GIS projects.  

After spending nearly 20 years as a data analyst, she returned to college to find a new passion and found it in GIS, graduating from the University of Southern Maine with a degree in geography and geology.  In the 25 years since that time, she has worked in academia as a GIS curriculum developer and GIS instructor, in the public sector as a GIS Manager, and currently in the private sector.  In her spare time, she enjoys quilting, reading, spending time outdoors, and exploring Maine’s rich history.

A. Tito Sanchez, GISP, GIS Project Manager
BETA Group, Inc.; Boston, MA

With over 17 years of experience in the engineering, utilities, and consulting fields, Tito utilizes his geospatial know-how to provide clients with the ability to solve complex real-world problems. Tito’s dedication to his clients, professional achievement, and a deep knowledge of Geographic Information Systems allows clients to see issues in a different light, empowering them to determine unique solutions for their specific projects. Tito specializes in applying cutting edge GIS technologies to solve problems by looking at the big picture and connecting all the pieces. During his tenure, Tito has managed all aspects of GIS analyses and GPS post-processing, as well as overseeing production and cartography on a wide variety of projects. His extensive experience also includes utilizing ArcGIS online to develop WebApps, Dashboards, and WebMaps. He is also familiar with Python programming, Model Builder, and database management for automating tasks. Additionally, Tito is a certified GIS Professional and has years of experience in the fields of ArcGIS System Architecture & Development Strategies.

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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