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September 28, 2020
NSGIC Announces New Board Members; New York State’s, Frank Winters takes over as President

New Orleans, LA - National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) announces the appointment of five new members to its Board of Directors, as well as the full slate of officers and board members for the 2020 - 2021 term.

Frank Winters (NY) makes the move from President-Elect to assume the presidency of NSGIC, taking the reigns from Karen Rogers (WY). Frank is the 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 New York State government for 29 years.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created new grand challenges for our nation and highlighted the need for continued coordination of and investment in our geospatial data, technologies, and workforce,” said new NSGIC President Frank Winters. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve our NSGIC family as president. I am confident that the nation’s geospatial community will play an even more impactful role in the challenges that lie ahead.”

Jenna Leveille (AZ) has been elected President-Elect to the 2020-21 Board of Directors. An Oregon State University graduate, and Arizona State Land Department (ASLD) employee of twelve years, Jenna has more than 15 years of GIS experience. She is currently a Senior GIS Analyst and project leader for the Arizona State Land Department. Jenna has served as the Arizona State Representative to NSGIC since 2017.

Megan Compton (IN), Indiana’s Geographic Information Officer, has been elected as Director. Megan leads the Indiana Geographic Information Office and provides strategic oversight of the state’s GIS technology portfolio, as well as leadership on GIS governance for the State of Indiana. She has been involved with GIS projects and applications since earning 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 ongoing development and maintenance of framework data programs, primarily road centerlines and address points. In October 2016, he was promoted to Deputy Director and assists with project management as well as the day-to-day operations and strategic planning for the agency. Jonathan has been engaged in practicing and learning GIS for almost 20 years.

Mark Yacucci (IL), Head of the Geoscience Information Stewardship Section at the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS), has also been elected to the Board of Directors. Mark coordinates data management and sharing across the ISGS and supervises the development of the Illinois Geospatial Data Clearinghouse, the Illinois Height Modernization Program (including lidar acquisition for the state), the Geological Records Unit, and map standards coordination.

NSGIC offers its thanks to Dan Ross (MN) for his service as a Board Officer for the last three years. Dan brought a high caliber of leadership and wisdom that will be missed. NSGIC also would like to extend a thank you to Board members Erin Fashoway (MT) and Tony Spicci (MO), both of whom have completed terms of Board service.

The slate of board members for 2020-2021 is listed below.

Frank Winters (NY), President

Jenna Leveille (AZ), President-Elect

Karen Rogers (WY), Past President

Megan Compton (IN), Director

Jonathan Duran (AR), Director

Tim Johnson (NC), Director

Neil MacGaffey (MA), Director

Mark Yacucci (IL), Director

Mary Fulton (PA), Secretary

Mark Holmes (MI), Treasurer

The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) promotes the efficient development and management of location-based information resources, and advocates for innovative, strategic use of these assets to advance the interests of states, tribes, regions, local governments, and the nation. For more information, visit nsgic.org or email Executive Director Molly Schar molly.schar@nsgic.org.  

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