The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) announces the appointment of five new members to its Board of Directors, as well as the full list of officers and Board members for the 2020-2021 period.
Frank Winters (NY) begins as president-elect to assume the presidency of NSGIC, taking the reins from Karen Rogers (WY). Frank is Executive Director of the New York State Geospatial Advisory Committee. Frank has a Master of Science in Geography from the University of Idaho and has been involved with GIS in the New York State government for 29 years.
New NSGIC President Frank Winters mentioned in a press release that the COVID-19 pandemic has created great new challenges for his nation and highlighted the need for continued coordination and investment in its geospatial data, technologies and workforce. He is delighted to have the opportunity to serve his NSGIC family as president. He is confident that the nation's geospatial community will play an even more impactful role in the challenges ahead.
Jenna Leveille (AZ) was elected as Chairperson for the 2020-21 Board of Directors. A graduate of Oregon State University and an employee of the Arizona State Department of Lands (ASLD) for twelve years, Jenna has over 15 years of GIS experience. He is currently a senior GIS analyst and project leader for the Arizona State Department of Lands. Likewise, he has served as the Representative of the State of Arizona before the NSGIC since 2017.
Megan Compton (IN), Indiana Geographic Information Officer, has been chosen as Director. Megan directs the Indiana Office of Geographic Information and provides strategic oversight of the state's GIS technology portfolio as well as leadership in GIS governance for the state of Indiana. She has been involved in GIS projects and applications since obtaining her MPA from Indiana University in 2008.
Jonathan Duran (AZ), re-elected to the Board of Directors, joined the Arkansas GIS Office as a GIS Analyst in 2010 to support the development and ongoing maintenance of framework data programs, primarily highway centerlines and direction points. . In October 2016, he was promoted to Deputy Director and assists with project management, as well as the agency's day-to-day operations and strategic planning. Jonathan has been practicing and learning GIS for almost 20 years.
Mark Yacucci (IL), Chief of the Geoscience Information Management Section of the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS), has also been elected to the Board of Directors. Mark coordinates data management and sharing across ISGS and oversees the development of the Illinois Geospatial Data Clearinghouse, Illinois Height Modernization Program (including LIDAR procurement for the state), Records Unit geological and map standards coordination.