Charline Avey is the Operations Support Lead in the Information Technology Department for Veolia Water Indianapolis where she develops and manages computer systems and databases required for the IW/GIS (Indianapolis Water Geographic Information System). Charline has been directly involved with growing the GIS at the Water Company since its inception in 1989. She also supports technology needs for Hydraulic modeling, Engineering and Field Service. Her biggest challenge and goal continues to be integrating GIS information that includes the Water Company's facilities, landbase, and aerial photography spanning 6 counties into the everyday operations of Capital Projects, Customer Service and Maintenance Departments. Her current joy is developing applications for the operating departments and the enterprise using mobile computing technology. She has written applications currently being used daily by 25-30 employees using Palm OSâ„˘ handhelds.
Charline received a BS in Supervision from IUPUI, is the technical committee member to IMAGIS (Indianapolis Mapping and Geographic Information System), has been the treasurer for the IKO (Indiana Kentucky Ohio) Chapter of GITA for 6 years and is a voracious reader of audible books.
Kurt is a long time member of IGIC who has dedicated many hours and years to the advancement of the GIS profession. He has served in both the state and local levels of government as a GIS professional working to improve coordination and data sharing in communities across Indiana. He has worked in the private sector gaining valuable experience in the field of design, architecture, and engineering that can aid him in identifying the needs of IGIC members across the professional spectrum. Kurt strives to improve the accuracy and transparency of geospatial information for all Hoosiers by promoting adherence to sound technical practices and statewide accessibility to data.
Fiona is the Site Conservation Planner in Indiana, where she also manages the GIS and provides user support. Fiona worked in Northwest Indiana restoring prairies and wetlands, and is now based in Indianapolis. The Nature Conservancy preserves the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth. In Indiana, they have protected over 45,000 acres of irreplaceable forests, wetlands and prairies..
Joel Bump has worked with spatial information technologies for over 15 years. He has spent the last few years as the GeoSpatial Manager for the Indiana Department of Transportation. At INDOT he works with a dedicated staff of GIS experts that have helped develop one of the largest enterprise GIS deployments in the state. Joel has worked hard to evangelize and educate the agencyâ€™s staff on the benefits of GIS. The agency now has 350+ desktop users, thousands of web based users both in house and through the various publicly available applications. GIS is used in the complete roadway lifecycle of planning, design, construction and operations as well as support roles in finance and legal.
Prior to INDOT Joel worked in the private sector specializing in cadastral and utility GIS systems, working on over 80+ projects from software development to large scale data conversions and field applications. Joel also worked with the National Park Serviceâ€™s Midwest Trails Office and received his degree in Landscape Architecture from Ball State University.
Danielle has served as the Deputy Legislative Director for the Association of Indiana Counties (AIC) since January 2011. Prior to joining the AIC, Danielle was a legislative assistant for the Indiana House of Representatives Republican Caucus from 2008 through 2010.
Danielle is a member of the 2010-2011 class of The Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series and a 2009 graduate of the Bowen Institute on Political Participation. Very active in politics, she has also volunteered for a number of House Republican campaigns. In addition, Danielle is a member of the Indiana Society of Association Executives (ISAE), Indiana Federation of Young Republicans, the (Indianapolis) Downtown GOP Club, and the Junior League of Indianapolis.
Dave Estes is the Deputy Director of the Department of Planning Services and the GIS Administrator for Allen County Indiana. He has been involved in GIS for over 15 years and has led GIS operations recognized as progressive, winning the ESRI SAG award (2006) and IGIC Excellence in GIS award (2010). Dave is a past President and founding member of the NIGIC User Group and works to create and share GIS technology and solutions.
Brooke is the GIS Administrator for Hamilton County Public Safety Communications. From 2003-2012 she was the 911 address coordinator for the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, where she updated dispatch and mobile mapping for first responders. She has a BS in Landscape Architecture from Purdue University and is a GISP. She discovered GIS during a college internship with HNTB Corporation, where she became a GIS Specialist after graduating.
Brooke is the chair of the annual GIS Conference and a member of the Streets & Addresses Workgroup.
Rick Hammond, GISP, is a Client Services Representative with Woolpertâ€™s Indianapolis, Indiana office. With over 20 years of industry experience, he services clients within the Geospatial and Utility GIS industries. His efforts have focused on GIS and IT solutions to integrate infrastructure data into enterprise systems and to deploy unique data collection solutions at a state and local level.
Mr. Hammond holds a BS in Regional Analysis from the University of Wisconsin â€“ Green Bay and an MS in Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin â€“ Madison.
Rick Hill is employed with the Indiana Geological Survey (IGS) as Assistant Director for Technical Services. Rick has served the IGS in previous roles as Cartographer, Head Cartographer, Publications Manager, and Head of Information Technology Services. Rick offers his unique experiences in mapping, GIS, IT, management, and strong support of IGICâ€™s goal to provide coordination of Indiana GIS through dissemination of data and data products, education and outreach, adoption of standards, building partnerships, and IndianaMap.
Chad Hoover has a B.S. in Environmental Science and has been the Steuben County GIS Coordinator since 2000. He received his GISP in September of 2008. Prior to becoming the GIS Coordinator he worked for the Steuben County Surveyor. He has worked on GIS projects for many of the County Offices, and creating and maintaining data for some of the towns in Steuben County. He lives in Angola, with his wife Julie, and children Sophia and Grady.
John is the GIS Director for Gibson County. Johnâ€™s purpose in joining IGIC has been to increase two-way communication for both the GIS professionals in Southwestern Indiana and the IGIC Board. He has spent 10 years as a GIS Technician, Analyst and now Director in the local government sector. He received both his Bachelorâ€™s and MPA from the University of Missouri.
Mike Martin is the agency GIS Coordinator for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR), having been in that role for the past 6 years. Prior to that he was the GIS Coordinator for DNRâ€™s Division of Outdoor Recreation. As agency coordinator, Mike is working to enable department staff throughout the state to best take advantage of the departmentâ€™s and stateâ€™s GIS resources. He serves as the lead communicator and educator for the department regarding GIS, and provides technical assistance to department staff. Mike also serves as the chair of the IGIC Waters Framework Dataset Workgroup.
Paul is the GIS Coordinator for the Madison County Council of Governments. He received his BS in Geography from Ball State University and has worked as a GIS Technician, Analyst, Programmer and Coordinator. His work has focused on elevation data and 3D analysis for regional and project planning. As GIS Coordinator for the Anderson MPO he is tasked with the data and system management across multiple jurisdictional entities. As an IGIC Board member he plans to give and receive knowledge to build a better GIS network across local and regional boundaries.
Rob is the CAD/GIS Technician for the City of Huntingburg, where he manages the GIS and provides user support. He has spent the last few years updating and improving the GIS for the City. The GIS is used by all Departments within the City of Huntingburg.
Margaret has been with Dearborn County since 2005, and has spent more than five years establishing the Countyâ€™s GIS. Her focus involves utilization of available resources, collaboration, and increasing levels of service. Prior to GIS, Margaret had many job titles, including Peace Corps Volunteer, Botanist, and Grants Administrator. Margaret previously worked with two other Greater Cincinnati GIS Departments.
Mike has been in GIS for 16 years, serving as the GIS Coordinator for the City of Noblesville Utilities for the last seven. When he isnâ€™t busy making sure all the sewer information in the city is updated and accurate, he is implementing Cityworks into Noblesvilleâ€™s other departments and updating the E911 mapping for the City of Noblesville. Mike has a BS degree in Geography with an emphasis in GIS from Ball State University and is a GISP. He is a past Streets & Address Workgroup co-chair and a current member of HagTag. He is married with four children, who love maps as much as they love camping.
Chris is the State GIS Specialist for the USDA NRCS in Indiana. He has 10 years of service in NRCS with experience in SSURGO and NRI as well as field operations, conservation planning, and Farm Bill Program support. He got his start in GIS at the NRCS Soils Digitizing Unit in Madison, Wisconsin. There he performed digitizing and coordination on SSURGO projects for seven states. After soils, he moved to the field operations side of NRCS as an Area GIS Specialist in southeast Wisconsin for five years. As state coordinator, he now oversees and directs GIS and GPS projects in Indiana. A 2001 University of Wisconsin Madison graduate, Chris holds a Bachelorâ€™s degree in Cartography and GIS.
Dave is the USGS Geospatial Liaison to Indiana. He has over 18 years service with the USGS and previously worked with the National Hydrography Data program for 10 years as a project manager and production supervisor. David received his BS in Geology from Missouri State University.
Dan is the GIS Coordinator for the City of Crown Point. He Graduated from Ball State University in 2005 with a degree in Computer Technology, and has been with the City since then. In 2006 the City started its GIS department with Dan leading the way. He works daily with all City departments, as well as local emergency responders, to provide updated mapping solutions. The City of Crown Point is continually using new technologies for mapping, including street level video mapping. Dan is a member of the Northwest Indiana GIS Forum.
Matt is currently employed at the Polis Center and teaching at IUPUI. He has been involved with GIS for over 23 years and strongly supports the role IGIC plays in the Indiana GIS community. He is excited that his current employment allows him to dedicate time assisting IGIC to fulfill its mission.
Carol leads the IBRC's work providing economic and demographic data to Indiana. She is the State Liaison to the Census Bureau, works with the Federal Cooperative on population projections, and is a leader of the State Data Center Program. Under Carol's guidance, Indiana data is accessible via the STATS Indiana website. Carol's goal both with IBRC and IGIC is to improve availability of GIS data and tools, and help people use these resources to yield insights.
As a member of IGIC since its inception, Matt has played an active part in the development and progress of the organization. Serving on IGIC committees has allowed him to understand and appreciate the needs of individuals from all levels of government and the private sector. He fully supports the activities of IGIC, and believes that his 18 years of GIS experience and knowledge helps him benefit the members of IGIC and the GIS community.
Geoff Schomacker is a project manager for the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), a state agency led by Lt. Governor Becky Skillman. His role focuses on broadband policy, entrepreneurship, and economic development. In this position, Geoff partners with community and industry leaders to develop programs to build capacity to achieve their vision for economic development.
Geoff developed firsthand knowledge of entrepreneurship while building a commercial service organization prior to joining OCRAâ€™s staff. This venture evolved out of a successful career in sales and management in the technology industry.
Born in Michigan City, Indiana, Geoff is enthusiastic about OCRAâ€™s mission to assist small communities in shaping their economic futures to ensure that our smallest communities continue to be attractive places to build lives and raise families.
Geoff loves Indianaâ€™s natural beauty. He loves to explore the outdoors with his dogs, and often canoes our stateâ€™s rivers and streams. Geoff volunteers for Junior Achievement, acts as an amateur handyman, and could have been a top contender on Rock and Roll Jeopardy. Geoff and his wife, Amy, will welcome their first child this year.
Chris is the GIS Program Director at the Indianapolis Division of Homeland Security where he works with local and federal law enforcement and fire personnel to track and identify critical infrastructure (CI) assets. He supports Emergency Operation Center activations and CI vulnerability assessments with GIS mapping and analysis. He is pursuing an MS in GIScience at IUPUI.
Katie is a friend to the Indiana GIS community and a supporter of public access to good data. She is currently an IGIC member and has been involved with IGIC for several years as coordinator of Indianaâ€™s State Data Center Program, a federal-state partnership between the State of Indiana and the U.S. Census Bureau. She's participated in several IGIC committees including Communications, Education, and Data Sharing. As a government information librarian, a trainer of data users, and an avid social media user herself, she acts as an advocate for all GIS data users. She brings to IGIC fresh perspectives on GIS problem-solving and advocates for improved communication between the GIS community, government, academics, non-profits, cultural and educational institutions, and the public.
Jim is the Program Manager for IMAGIS, a GIS consortium of city, county, utility, health and university partners who make and use maps in Indianapolis. He has worked with GIS since 1983. In 2005, he served as technical manager for the Indiana orthophotography project. Jim is a past President of IGIC, and served on many committees, including Legislative, Orthophotography and Membership). He is a strong proponent of a statewide orthophotography program and the IndianaMap.
Andrew's understanding of municipal spatial data sharing is the primary resource he brings to IGIC. Both the policies surrounding data sharing as well as the technical issues involved have been the dual focal points of his entire career in municipal IT work. From 1997 to 2007, as he served as the manager of the Planning Divisions research group, the need was for assembling data from different city departments and sharing with community organizations. Since 2007 he has been responsible for data and forecasting at the Indianapolis MPO, which is a Division of the Cityâ€™s Department of Metropolitan Development. The MPO depends on sharing with over 36 local governments serving nine counties. The need for shared data has led to his active participation in the IMAGIS Consortium and on the SAVI data and policy boards. Sharing works.
Larry worked in energy exploration, based in the Rockies, before moving to Indiana. As a former consultant, and current academic GIS analyst staff member at Purdue University, he supports the linkage between public and private GIS sectors as crucial to Indianaâ€™s success. Larry feels Indiana is a national leader in GIS infrastructure and should continue the effort to build a statewide community that spans private, public and academic sectors.
Anne E. Trobaugh
Anne Trobaugh serves as Corporate Relations Director for the Indiana Association of Cities & Towns (IACT), where she works with local elected officials and corporate members, manages the Associate Member and Endorsed Programs, solicits corporate sponsorships, sells advertising, provides governmental affairs assistance and serves as staff liaison for several IACT Affiliate Groups.
Anne also serves as the part-time Executive Director for the Indiana Association of Regional Councils, a position she was appointed to in 2006. Prior to joining IACT in 2001, Anne gained local government experience working for the City of Kokomo from 1997-2001, serving in the Economic Development and Public Works Departments.
Anne sits on the Board of Directors for the Indiana Rural Development Council, Inc. and the Purdue University Center for Regional Development Advisory Committee and also serves on the Membership Committee for Downtown Indianapolis GOP Inc, and is a member of St. Christopherâ€™s Catholic Church in Speedway.
Anne received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from Kentucky Wesleyan College in 1997 and a Graduate Certificate in Non-profit Management from Indiana University in 2002. A native of Kokomo, Indiana, she currently resides in Indianapolis.
Chris Walls is a passionate GIS professional with over 10 years of experience in creating GIS solutions. His vision for 39 Degrees North has developed over the years to become one of the staple GIS service providers to local government in Indiana. In addition, 39 Degrees North services customers across multiple commercial sectors across the country, including utility, defense, energy, and real estate. Chris is dedicated to GIS and the contribution it brings to analysis, solution delivery, and management.
Joyce is a life-long Geographer, drawing maps as a youngster and earning a B.S. in Geography at Western Illinois University. Joyce has been happily and gainfully employed in the commercial mapping and GIS industry for over 30 years providing successful GIS solutions throughout Indiana. As a Board member, Joyce draws from her IGIC participation and experiences with GIS groups in other states to seek new individuals from public and private sectors and welcomes them to participate and enrich the IGIC experience.
Executive Director, Indiana Geographic Information Council (IGIC).As Executive Director, Phil leads IGIC's efforts in the statewide coordination of Indiana GIS. Phil works collaboratively with a strong and active community of GIS and non-GIS professionals across the state, numerous partner organizations, and the State of Indianaâ€™s Geographic Information Officer to accomplish these goals and promote the vision of IGIC. Phil has over 35 years of private industry experience working in the mapping sciences, with major responsibilities in the development of over 200 photogrammetric mapping and mapping and GIS projects across the United States and around the world.