Signing up for the customized schedule isn’t the same as registering for the conference.
Be sure to register so you can take advantage of all the great sessions. 

Sign up or log in to bookmark your favorites and sync them to your phone or calendar.

Sessions [clear filter]
Thursday, February 26


The Map: Your Know It All Friend
When you hold your phone or tablet in your hand, you have access to the most detailed, useful, and powerful map ever created. History has never seen such a finely tuned and comprehensive spatial index of the world. Every day we use this map to connect with the people and places that are important to us. The trusty map provides confidence when navigating unfamiliar cities, offers suggestions for new experiences, and warns us when a truck hauling chickens overturns on the interstate and threatens to turn our 10-minute commute into an hours-long delay while the chickens have a dance party on the interstate.

A company called HERE spent the last 30 years indexing the world, building a map, and developing location services with one vision: help people navigate their lives with ease and confidence.

HERE believes quality mapping is a local and collaborative activity. HERE partners with thousands of local governments and volunteer mappers in the U.S. who contribute their native expertise to the HERE Map. Just as you want a clean house when visitors stop by, these map experts want their corner of the world to be accurate on the map. In this presentation, get a (non-technical) behind-the-scenes look at HERE and the expert contributions that power a map accessed over 100 million times per day on mobile devices, in cars, and in enterprise applications around the world.



Dawn Perry

GIS Project Coordinator, Orange County Tax Administration
Dawn Perry has been working in the GIS mapping world for the last 17 years, mostly as a local government employee. She has been an active member of the NCPMA, serving on the Program Committee, Location Committee, and Certification Committee. 


Thursday February 26, 2015 11:00am - 11:30am
Room 302 B/C


GIS and Ethics: How Society is Shaping and Being Shaped by Geospatial (AICP)
Geospatial awareness has become an essential element of our society.  This new normal (one with an ever-present geospatial foundation) allows for the continuing and rapid enhancement of how we view our society on a macro scale and how we interact on a personal level.  This session examines the ethics and decisions behind how our geospatial data are created, managed, shared, and analyzed, and will explore provider, customer, professional, and citizen perspectives to highlight GIS uses.

  • Ethics and the Geospatial Profession
             Max Baber
    This a paradoxical time for geospatial professionals, a veritable Age of Spatial Reasoning where the majority of our nation routinely uses geospatial data and technologies but remain largely unaware a geospatial profession exists. In relative anonymity our professional community continues to expand, and a growing number of geospatial professionals pursue certifications from organizations such as GISCI, ASPRS, and USGIF. Credentialed professions maintain ethical standards to assure and sustain public faith in a diversity of fields including engineering, medicine, accounting and - most recently - geospatial. Ethical issues for the geospatial community exist across individual, institutional, and policy domains. Questions regarding legal rights to individual privacy have been raised by civil libertarians around our nation, with potential for government policy shifts that can impact commercial geospatial activities spanning everything from unmanned aerial systems to location-based applications on portable smart devices. A number of geospatial organizations serve our professional community interests by taking advocacy positions on these matters. Geospatial professionals can support these efforts by joining and volunteering with one or more of these organizations.

  • Spatial Analysis and Social Equity
             Allan Parnell
    GIS is a powerful tool for making racial inequality visible. I present materials from civil rights litigation and civil rights advocacy, and discuss my strategies for effectively addressing the issues. I review research design including scale, access to public data, and building a spatial "narrative."

  • A Wanderer’s Guide to the Data Network: Navigating our Connected World
             Garrett Shields
    Technology is advancing at an unprecedented rate and information is becoming more readily available to the average person. As new forms of information exchange come to light, our interaction with so called “Big Data” becomes more frequent. Understanding the vast and sometimes complex way that spatial, tabular and social datasets are interconnected is the key to unlocking new and innovative ways to understand our dynamic world.
    This presentation will serve as a guided tour of the world of Big Data with emphasis on the fact that there is no such thing as an “unrelated dataset”. We will see how different methods of collecting data affects not only the information itself, but begins a chain of social, business and technological interactions that ultimately changes the way we live our lives. Leveraging how we adapt to and utilize the expanding market of information will allow us to move forward with new, innovative technologies and a better understanding of our connected world.


Rob Farrell

Information and Logistics Specialist, NCSU Libraries

avatar for Dr. Max Baber

Dr. Max Baber

Director of Academic Programs, US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation
Max began his career in the 1980’s working as a commercial real estate researcher in Atlanta, Georgia, which led to his pursing a master's degree in geography at Georgia State University, and later completing his Ph.D. After completing his doctorate, Max spent a decade teaching... Read More →
avatar for Garrett Shields, GISP, CFM

Garrett Shields, GISP, CFM

GIS Production Manager, Amec Foster Wheeler
Garrett Shields works as the GIS Production Manager for Amec Foster Wheeler in Durham, NC. Mr. Shields is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a degree in Geography/GIS and is a GISP as well as a Certified Floodplain Manager and Certified HAZUS Practitioner.  During his... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Allan Parnell

Dr. Allan Parnell

Vice President, Cedar Grove Institute for Sustainable Communities
Allan Parnell, Ph.D., is demographer. He is currently Vice-President of the not-for-profit Cedar Grove Institute for Sustainable Communities and President of McMillan and Moss Research.  His AB (Geography), MA (Sociology) and PhD. (Sociology) are all from the University of North... Read More →

Thursday February 26, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 302 A


Open Source, Open Discussion
Open Source, Open Discussion will follow an open Q&A format. The panelists will speak briefly about their background and experience with open source technology and data, then the floor will be open for general or technical discussions. If you are just getting started with open source solutions or curious about all of the open source buzz, this discussion should be on target and informative. Attendees with more open source experience may be interested in exchanging development or implementation recommendations.

         Ralph Dell GISP
         Randal Hale
         Jason Hibbets
         Dr. Helena Mitasova GISP

avatar for Jennifer Moore Myers

Jennifer Moore Myers

Resource Information Specialist, USDA Forest Service
Jennifer Moore Myers is a Resource Information Specialist with Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center in the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station. Her work includes geospatial analysis, database management, web development, and technology transfer activities... Read More →

avatar for Dr. Helena Mitasova, GISP

Dr. Helena Mitasova, GISP

Professor at the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, and Center for Geospatial Analytics, North Carolina State University
Dr. Mitasova is a Professor in the Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and a member of the Geospatial Science and Technology Faculty at the Center for Geospatial Analytics at the North Carolina State University. She is a member of the OSGeo Foundation and the Open... Read More →

Ralph Dell, GISP

Programmer/Analyst, Catawba County GIS
One of my responsibilities is the design, development and maintenance of our GIS web pages. We use Open Source software tools on our pages. For our mapping sites we use OpenLayers and jquery on the client side, and Goeserver postgis and Apache web server on the server side. We started... Read More →
avatar for Randy Hale

Randy Hale

Owner, North River Geographic Systems, Inc.
Randy is the owner of North River Geographic Systems. Specializing in all this geospatial. He enjoys long walks on the beach, laughter, and working with the Free and Open Source GIS Community. NRGS is also business partners with Fulcrum. So - if you've ever had a question on Mobile... Read More →
avatar for Jason Hibbets

Jason Hibbets

Senior community architect, Red Hat
Jason Hibbets is a senior community architect at Red Hat. He is a mash-up of a community manager and project manager and can be found on Twitter: @jhibbets.Jason is the author of a book called The foundation for an open source city--a resource for cities and communities interested... Read More →

Thursday February 26, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 305 A/B


Don't Fear the Open Source
How Open Source tools can be used to innovate and complement your existing Enterprise structure.

  • How to Build Fat Polygons
             Skip Daniels
    GIS professionals are being asked more than ever to combine and analyze an assortment of data from numerous sources. Often times this can present a problem if you are trying to mix databases, spreadsheets, open or propriety source software, and so on. However, KNIME is an open source product that bridges the gap and allows you to combine all the data you want without having to know programming. This session will demonstrate how KNIME can be used to create “Fat Polygons” which then can be used in your GIS Software for display or analysis.

  • How to Use GitHub to Hire Your Next Analyst
             Dave Michelson, Cameron Carlyle
    At the city of Asheville we have been doing quite a bit with Github lately. So far we largely use it as a version control system for some custom mapping apps. But Github also was some great features such as hosting web pages. Incredibly this includes hosting JavaScript based mapping websites. So, this year we advertised and hired a new analyst\programmer. As part of the hiring process we usually do a skills test. But the skills test have never provided much about the candidates real world working skills and habits. This time we tried a new approach, we asked candidates to submit a code project using Github and Github pages. The results blew us away and taught us way more about the candidate then have ever before. This has flat out changed the way we hire.

  • Open Data Kit (ODK) An Exciting, Free, and Open-Source Field Data Collection Alternative
             Eric Wilson
    GIS Professionals are regularly tasked with gathering data in the field for a variety of different clients and a variety of different asset types. Open Data Kit is an option KCI Geospatial Solutions is utilizing to meet the needs of clients requiring traditional long term data collection efforts as well as clients who need near real time data collection results along with a flexible mobile form design in regards to their collection options. “Open Data Kit (ODK) is a free and open-source set of tools which help organizations author, field, and manage mobile data collection solutions.” (OpenDataKit.org) Open Data Kit provides a large increase in efficiency to KCI field personnel and a reduced amount of application developer expenses due to its design. ODK has provided an increased value to clients who need daily and even hourly reports of field progress as well as satisfying the need to alter digital input forms on the fly based on client requests.

avatar for Corey White

Corey White

GIS Application Developer, City of Raleigh Public Utilities
Corey has worked in local government and municipal GIS for 7 years and currently works for the City of Raleigh, NC Public Utilities GIS group. He began his career in GIS working for San Antonio Water Systems in 2007, and later worked 3 years for the City of Asheville, NC IT GIS group... Read More →


Cameron Carlyle

GIS Analyst/Civic Programmer, City of Asheville

Skip Daniels

GIS Software Developer/Analyst, MapForsyth
GIS Software Developr with Forsyth County since 2005 starting with ArcGIS Engine. For the past three years, working with Web Apps using ArcGIS JSAPI and Silverlight API and using Open Source GIS. After discovering Knime two years ago, I have developed many workflow projects to create... Read More →

Dave Michelson

City of Asheville

Eric Wilson

GIS Developer, KCI Geospatial Solutions
Mr. Wilson is a GIS application developer with more than 19 years of experience in the field of GIS. He brings a wealth of experience from over 10 years in local government working with Anne Arundel County, Maryland and nine years in the private sector. He has a wide variety of experience... Read More →

Thursday February 26, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 306 A


Social Media Goes Both Ways
A look at how social media can be used to put the power of GIS at the fingertips of citizens as well as how it can be used by citizens to help improve our GIS.

  • Canada-United States Exercise CAUSE III: The Cross Border Collaboration Between Canadian and US Communities: Applying Lessons Learned to North Carolina
             Jeff Sopel, Alison Yeloushan
    A study was done back with Hurricane Irene on the uses of Social Media for situational awareness in ways more than trend analysis. The thought was that social media could be used to compliment communication and collaboration done through traditional media.
    1-Will walk through what was done with Hurricane Irene, have several screenshots and will provide participants a .shp or data set of every geo-coded public safety twitter account on the eastern seaboard.
    2-Review of CAUSE III, presented through a Story Map of a Hurricane hitting the eastern seaboard and going up into the Canadian Maritime provinces. The story map will walk through the various stages of response, recovery etc? and how social media contributed.
    3-Will close out with use cases in North Carolina with NC DPS and Charlotte Fire Department.

  • Differentiating Networked Branding with an Anonymous Presence
             Dale Loberger

  • Social Media and ArcGIS: A Two-Way Street
             Mike Sweeney
    Esri has many tools for leveraging social media. Come learn how you can share content via numerous social media networks. In addition, social media can serve as a valuable input to your enterprise. Discover different methods for mining social media for your organization.

avatar for Dan Madding

Dan Madding

Emergency Programs, Information Support Services Director, NC Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services

avatar for Dale Loberger, GISP

Dale Loberger, GISP

Community Manager, Bradshaw Consulting Services
Mr. Loberger has always had a love for both history and maps, but never believed he could make a living with either of them so he started his career in forestry. His introduction to GIS back in 1984 was strictly practical, however his interest soon turned into a life-long passion... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Sopel

Jeff Sopel

Senior Consultant, G&H International Services
Mr. Sopel is an industry subject matter expert in the use of geospatial technologies with the public safety community. The community supported covers the whole spectrum from National Interoperability and Information Sharing initiatives with the US Department of Homeland Security’s... Read More →
avatar for Mike Sweeney

Mike Sweeney

Solution Engineer, Esri-Charlotte
I have worked for Esri for 28 years, primarily as a Solution Engineer. My current focus is on state agencies in the Esri-Charlotte region.  
avatar for Alison Yeloushan

Alison Yeloushan

Director Customer Solutions, G&H International Services
A GIS industry leader and ENFJ personality. Built Allegany County Maryland’s first Enterprise GIS. Went onto work for Esri as the Account Manager for Maryland and help drive Governor O’Malley’s initiatives for StateStat and BayStat, One Maryland One Map. Worked on Esri’s Federal... Read More →

Thursday February 26, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 302 A
Friday, February 27


Certification from GISCI
Learn everything about GISP certification from how to qualify to taking the exam.

  • GISCI and the Upcoming GISP exam
             Rebecca Somers
    In the past two years, GISCI has initiated some important and long-anticipated transitions in the GISP certification program. These developments include the addition of an exam to the portfolio-based certification process, alignment of the certification program with current professional certification standards and accreditation, and restructuring the certification process. This presentation will discuss these developments to help GIS professionals adapt to the changes coming in 2015 and beyond.

  • GIS Certification: to Certify or Not to Certify
             Tripp Corbin
    Certification is still relatively new to GIS and there much discussion on whether GIS needs certification or not. This presentation will discuss the benefits certification provides the GIS community and talk about some of the possible pitfalls. It will also explain the difference between licensure and certification.


Kristin Michel, GISP

Crime Analysis Unit, Management Analyst, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
Kristin Michel is an analyst for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department. Previously, she was a GIS Analyst for the City of New Orleans and worked in the Emergency Operations Center through the Hurricane Katrina recovery.

avatar for Rebecca Somers, GISP

Rebecca Somers, GISP

GIS Management Consultant, GMI Chair, Somers St Claire GIS Management Consultants
avatar for Tripp Corbin, GISP, MCP

Tripp Corbin, GISP, MCP

CEO, eGIS Associates, Inc.
Tripp Corbin is the Chief Executive Officer and Lead Instructor for eGIS Associates. He is an award winning Certified Trainer with over twenty years of experience orchestrating and managing geospatial projects. He is recognized as an industry expert with a variety of geospatial software... Read More →

Friday February 27, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Room 302 C


Enterprise Architecture
The successful development and execution of strategy often depends on the planning, design, implementation and maintenance of enterprises and enterprise system architectures. Learn about where to start, how to move forward and learn about the maintenance of an enterprise system design.

  • A National Perspective on Enterprise Architecture Planning: URISA's GIS Management Institute® and the GIS Capability Maturity Model
             Allen Ibaugh
    This session introduces the new URISA GIS Capability Maturity Model (GISCMM) as well as the online assessment tool. Session attendees will leave with information on how to complete an initial assessment of their own GIS operation.
    Enterprise GIS is expensive to develop, maintain, and operate. Even small-to-medium-sized cities, counties, and regional agencies have invested millions of dollars to develop their GIS capabilities, and they can have large annual operating budgets. Many recent third-party studies have proven that GIS delivers significant financial return on investment (ROI) to organizations that deploy it as an enterprise business-support tool. However, almost no GIS operation would be considered to be 100% implemented. In fact, most enterprise GIS operations lack important resources to meet all of their potential business needs, their sustainability is uncertain, and ROI varies depending on the maturity of their GIS management practices.
    The URISA GIS Capability Maturity Model will be described, along with its relationship to the GIS Management Institute®, including development of the GIS Management Body of Knowledge. The current development status of the GISCMM will be discussed and future uses and activities outlined. These will include development of new GIS management best practices and the offering of an enterprise GIS accreditation service.
    This session will be of value to those interested in the development, implementation, and use of GIS management professional standards and best practices.

  • Enterprise GIS Strategic Planning – The Importance of Change and a Location Platform
             Adam Carnow
    Modern enterprise GIS has recently morphed from a collection of software on different devices to a fully integrated location platform. For many established enterprise GIS departments, they are still managing and planning for their GIS based on the historic paradigm. This presentation will show the meaning and power of a location platform and how to plan to take advantage of the platform.

  • GIS Architecture for the Enterprise: Modeling a Technology Solution in UML
             Robert McKitrick
    In an environment with strict separation of duties, an n-tier system design, many levels of firewalls, and shared common services, managing the details of even a moderately sized GIS design can be a daunting task. Using the capabilities of UML to document and manage the complexity of the system makes management and communication of the design practical.


Charles Friddle, GISP

Director, Wake County GIS

avatar for Adam Carnow

Adam Carnow

Community Evangelist, Esri
Adam Carnow is a Community Evangelist at Esri, the global market leader in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He is a keynote speaker, thought leader and technology evangelist, helping organizations get the most out of their GIS investment, and make a difference in their communities... Read More →
avatar for Allen Ibaugh, AICP, GISP

Allen Ibaugh, AICP, GISP

President, Data Transfer Solutions
Will submit at later date

Robert McKitrick

System / Application Architect, NC Dept. of Transportation
Robert has been developing software solutions for over 20 years. He has developed everything from embedded devices to enterprise class systems. He has been working in the NCDOT GIS Unit as a software engineer and system / application architect for over ten years. He helped NCDOT move... Read More →

Friday February 27, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Room 306 C


Effective Enterprise Examples
Learn how these organizations have tamed the Enterprise beast, and are doing things others only wish they could do.

  • Using GIS for Neighborhood Improvement: Durham's Neighborhood Compass
             Rob Cushman, John Killeen, Tyler Waring

  • Transforming Government in 12 Weeks with an Intern at the City of Mooresville
             Irene Mann
    Over the summer Esri had an intern that helped the Town of Mooresville. The summer internship was 12 weeks and during this time our intern worked with Town staff to deploy many meaningful information projects that support workflows across multiple departments. Please take a look at the work: http://mygov2.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/?appid=cbfa423306274549b2eae298911e8321. As you look through the map journal please keep in mind that some of the apps were internal, so we attached a screen capture to give you an idea of what the apps looks like. This project has completely transformed the Town. The Town went from using GIS as a tool by a very small group of GIS professionals to leveraging our COTs platform as a complete system for the entire Town (again this was done in 12 weeks)!

  • From Custom to COTS - GIS at Charlotte Douglas International Airport
             Haley Cleckner
    The two main GIS applications in use at Charlotte Douglas International Airport were custom and developed internally. These applications served the airport well for a long time and include a noise complaint tracker and a facility finder. As the GIS platform at the airport improved over time, the airport was limited due to these custom applications. The airport did not have the resources to update them. This left the airport stuck in an older version of GIS. In order to free the Airport GIS from the legacy version, it was decided to replace these applications with Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) technology. In a brief time, with limited investment, both applications were replaced with COTS applications, one which leverages cloud technology. The benefits and lessons learned from this project will help guide future GIS development at the airport.


Janet Lowe

NC Dept. of Transportation

avatar for Haley Cleckner

Haley Cleckner

GIS Analyst, Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Haley Cleckner has served as the GIS Analyst for the Charlotte Airport since 2012. She has an MA in Geography and a BS in Biology from East Carolina University. Haley started her career using GIS for environmental analysis and risk mapping but now has a passion for aviation. Her... Read More →

Rob Cushman, GISP

GIS Analyst II, City of Durham
Rob Cushman has been providing spatial analysis to the City and County of Durham since 1996. He began his life-long commitment to locational awareness and community development at the knee of Mr. Rogers. Neighborhood engagement is scale dependent... "Won't you be my neighbor?"
avatar for John Killeen

John Killeen

Neighborhood Compass Project Manager, City of Durham
John Killeen manages the Neighborhood Compass, a community indicators tool, for Durham’s Neighborhood Improvement Services. The Compass is part of a community-engaged effort to measure access to core services and needs, economic activity, housing conditions, and other phenomena... Read More →
avatar for Irene Mann

Irene Mann

GIS Administrator, Town of Mooresville
GIS Administrator, Town of Mooresville North Carolina. I earned my GIS Certificate in 2004 from UNCC. Mooresville is known as Race City USA. We are the home of many NASCAR teams. I serve all departments for the Town with GIS services with the help of the awesome IT Department... Read More →

Tyler Waring

City of Durham

Friday February 27, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 306 C


GIS in Higher Education
As the demand for geospatial professionals grows, so does the need to train the workforce. Learn about GIS opportunities in higher education.

  • Applying the Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM)
             Rodney Jackson
    In collaboration with the US Department of Labor, the National Geospatial Technology Center has updated the Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM) so that it can remain relevant to the geospatial industry. Given the impending update to the Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIS&T) Body of Knowledge by the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), and the move by the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) to base their exam upon Tier 4 of the Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM), it was time to revisit the GTCM. This session will review the updated GTCM and the larger implications regarding geospatial competencies.

  • GIS Education in Community Colleges
             Vince Dinoto

  • GIS Higher Education Opportunities in NC
             Joanne Halls
    The UNC system has historically provided, and continues to provide, a breadth of GIS educational opportunities that covers a wide geographic area and also includes a variety of thematic and disciplinary topics at a range of levels from undergraduate certificates to PhDs. The purpose for this presentation is to provide a current synopsis of the opportunities that are available across North Carolina and helpful information about the programs and people who are instrumental in making these programs successful.

avatar for Sarah Wray, CGCIO, GISP

Sarah Wray, CGCIO, GISP

Spatial Data Manager, NC Dept. of Transportation
Sarah Wray is Chair of the North Carolina Geographic Information Coordinating Council (NCGICC) ad hoc Metadata Committee. She currently serves as the Spatial Data Manager for the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

avatar for Vincent DiNoto

Vincent DiNoto

Director and Principal Investigator, National Geospatial Center of Excellence
Vincent A. DiNoto, Jr. is Dean of College and Systemic Initiatives and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Jefferson Community and Technical College. He is the Director/PI of the National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence. Vince has been PI, co-PI and senior team member... Read More →
avatar for Rodney Jackson, GISP

Rodney Jackson, GISP

Co-PI: National Geospatial Technology Center, Davidson County Community College
Rodney Jackson received his MA in Geography from East Carolina University (ECU) in 1992 and worked in the GIS field for local government agencies prior to initiating a career in higher education in 1998. He began his efforts by developing the first Geographic Information Systems... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Joanne Halls

Dr. Joanne Halls

Associate Professor, UNC-Wilmington
Dr. Halls started at UNCW in the Fall of 1999 and where she initiated the GIS program. Since then, UNCW has developed extensive curriculum across several departments and has hired several GIS and remote sensing experts. Dr. Halls is the coordinator for the minor in geospatial technology... Read More →

Friday February 27, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 302 C


Professional Groups
A panel of representative from a number of different GIS related professional groups and organizations will speak about their group, what they do, who they are for, and how to join.

         Doug Newcomb, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
         Kevin Locklear, NC Property Mappers Association (NCPMA)
         Amy Barron, NC ArcGIS Users Group (NCAUG)
         Kristin Michel, Carolina chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (CURISA)
         Chris Koltyk, NC Local Government Information Systems Association (NCLGISA)
         Nancy Ross, Charlotte Metro GIS User Group
         Bryan Townsend, Geospatial Administrators Assoc. of SC (GAASC)


Dawn Perry

GIS Project Coordinator, Orange County Tax Administration
Dawn Perry has been working in the GIS mapping world for the last 17 years, mostly as a local government employee. She has been an active member of the NCPMA, serving on the Program Committee, Location Committee, and Certification Committee. 


Amy Barron, GISP

GIS Strategist, Duke Energy
For undergraduate and graduate school Amy attended the University of South Carolina. She has worked in both the public and private sector before landing at Duke Energy in Charlotte. She spent the first five years at Duke Energy in the Transmission Engineering Group where she used... Read More →

Kristin Michel, GISP

Crime Analysis Unit, Management Analyst, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
Kristin Michel is an analyst for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department. Previously, she was a GIS Analyst for the City of New Orleans and worked in the Emergency Operations Center through the Hurricane Katrina recovery.

Chris Koltyk, GISP

CIO, City of Jacksonville
Chris Koltyk has MPA from Appalachian State University and MSE in International Trade from Gdansk University, Poland. Koltyk is currently serving as a CIO for the City of Jacksonville, NC. He has worked in Catawba County and Moore County, NC where he was involved in GIS development... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Ross, GISP

Nancy Ross, GISP

Planning & GIS Specialist III, City of Gastonia
Nancy Ross is a GIS Specialist with over 27 years of experience in local and regional GIS. She has been with the City of Gastonia for almost 10 years and specialized in using GIS in Planning but works with every City department and the public. She has been the Chairperson for the... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Locklear

Kevin Locklear

Property Mapping Supervisor, Wake County GIS
Kevin is the 2015 President of the North Carolina Property Mappers Association.  He has served on the NCPMA executive committee as Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President and President Elect.  Kevin has also served on various committees throughout the organization including chairing... Read More →
avatar for Doug Newcomb

Doug Newcomb

Cartographer, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Lidar, Open Source Geospatial Software, Endangered Species
avatar for Bryan Townsend

Bryan Townsend

GIS Manager, York County
As GIS Manager of York County since 2001, I am responsible for all things GIS in County Government. This role includes fostering the vision and strategies for the GIS division (while aligning with the County strategic plan), managing the division’s daily operations, serving as... Read More →

Friday February 27, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 305 A/B