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URISA Board of Directors 2017-2018

 2018 URISA Board Election Results Announced

URISA  is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors – unpaid volunteers who are elected by the URISA membership to serve three-year terms. In addition, the chair of the Chapter Advisory Board participates as a non-voting member of the Board. Elections take place each summer and board terms begin at the close of the GIS-Pro annual conference.

Governing Documents:

  • Organizational Structure - adopted October 2015, amended October 2017
  • URISA Bylaws - adopted October 2015
  • Policy Manual - adopted October 2015, amended October 2017 (note that this version will be substantially revised and updated as OneURISA is implemented.)
  • URISA Committees - Each committee’s purpose and scope; membership and chairmanship; and committee-specific policies and procedures are included.

The Board communicates regularly via email and holds a monthly conference call to conduct business. The Board meets in person during one or two weekends each year in addition to meetings before and after the GIS-Pro annual conference. 

Executive Committee

PresidentTeresa Townsend, AICP
Planning Communities, Raleigh, North Carolina
Board Liaison to Vanguard Cabinet
(Board Term 2017-2019)

President-ElectKim McDonough, GISP
Tennessee Department of Transportation, Nashville, Tennessee
Chair of Strategic Planning Committee; Board Liaison to GIS Management Institute
(Board Term 2018-2020)

Immediate Past-PresidentTripp Corbin, GISP 
eGIS Associates, Inc, Dacula, Georgia
Board Liaison to Chapter Advisory Board
(Board Term 2016-2018)

Treasurer: Stephen Berry, GISP 
Clark County Consortium for GIS, Winchester, Kentucky
Strategic Planning Committee, Finance Committee; Board Liaison to GISCorps
(Board Term 2016-2018)

SecretaryBryan Townsend, GISP 
York County, York, SC
(Board Term 2018-2020)


James Armstrong, AICP, GISP 
Spatial Relationships, LLC, Boston, Massachusetts
Board Liaison to Finance Committee, GISCI
(Board Term 2017-2019)


Keri Brennan, GISP
Michael Baker International, Indianapolis, Indiana
Board Liaison to URISA GIS Leadership Academy, Annual Conference Committee, and NextGen 911 Task Force
(Board Term 2016-2018)

Lynn Dupont, GISP, ASLA 
Regional Planning Commission, New Orleans, Louisiana
Strategic Planning Committee; Board Liaison to Professional  Education Committee
(Board Term 2018-2020)

Corey Halford, GISP
City of Airdrie, Airdrie, Alberta Canada
Board Liaison to International Task Force and ESIG Awards Review Committee
 (Board Term 2016-2018)

Brent Jones, PLS
Esri - Vienna, Virginia
Board Liaison to Policy Advisory and Marketing Committees
(Board Term 2017-2019)

Robert Kirkman, GISP
Metro- Portland, Oregon
Strategic Planning Committee; Board Liaison to Address Standards  Working Group
(Board Term 2017-2019)

Michael (Glenn) O'Grady, GISP 
Planning Commission Chairman, City of Encinitas, CA
Policy Advisory Committee Chair; Representative to  Coalition of Geospatial Organizations

Non-Voting Board Member / Chapter Advisory Board Chair: 
Cindy Post, GISP
City of Leduc - Leduc, Alberta
Representing URISA Alberta


Primary Committee Level Appointments:

  • Whistleblower Policy Compliance Office: Mark Sievers
  • GIS Management Institute Chair: Rebecca Somers
  • GISCorps Chair: German Whitley
  • Marketing Committee Chair: Christina Boggs-Chavira 
  • Leadership Academy Chair: Ashley Hitt
  • Professional Education Committee Chair: Kevin Mickey
  • Policy Advisory Committee: Glenn O'Grady
  • Special Awards Chair: Tripp Corbin
  • ESIG Awards Chair: Duncan Rowe
  • Chapter Advisory Board Chair: Cindy Post
  • Chapter Advisory Board Vice Chair: Tom Fisher
  • Leadership Development Chair: Tripp Corbin
  • Annual Conference Chair: Alex Hepp
  • Annual Conference Program Chair: John Nolte
  • Annual Conference Associate Program Chair: Ashley Hitt
  • GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference Chair: Dan Cypert (2018), Matt Bryant (2019)
  • International Task Force: Valrie Grant
  • NextGen 911 Task Force: Keri Brennan

Other Board Appointments:

  • GIS Certification Institute: Martin Roche and Allen Ibaugh
  • Coalition of Geospatial Organizations: Glenn O'Grady (Delegate) and Ed Wells (Alternate)
  • FGDC Address Subcommittee: Ed Wells, Martha Wells, and Sara Yurman

Liaison Relationships:

  • American Planning Association: Teresa Townsend
  • National States Geographic Information Council: Cy Smith
  • International Association of Assessing Officers: Brent Jones
  • Property Records Industry Association: Peirce Eichelberger
  • National Association of Counties: Thomas Conry



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