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  • 18 Oct 2013 3:21 PM | Stephen Sharp (Administrator)

    2014 NEURISA Board Nominees

    The New England Chapter of URISA’s (NEURISA) Nominating Committee recommends the

    following nominees for 2014 NEURISA Board.  NEURISA is fortunate to have an excellent group of professionals willing to serve.

    NEURISA’s 2013 Annual Meeting has been scheduled for November 14th at 10:30AM (via conference call).  The NEURISA Board will be voting on these nominees at that time.  

    Please use the form below to submit any
    comments or thoughts you may have regarding any of these nominees.

    Thank you - NEURISA Board of Directors

    Nominees for Officer

    • President: Diana Maties - Diana Maties graduated in the summer of 2010 from DePaul University, where she majored in Geography with a concentration in Metropolitan Development and a GIS Certificate. Ms. Maties is a GIS Specialist and has been with CDM Smith for three years. As a GIS Specialist, Ms. Maties has experience with FEMA’s map modernization and RiskMAP programs and has been involved in collection, production, and review of products and data for the FEMA projects. Currently Ms. Maties is the GIS Lead at FEMA Region 1 Regional Service Center (RSC) helping with quality reviews of various products and any additional support the region may need. Ms. Maties was the New England Chapter of URISA (NEURISA) Events Coordinator in 2013. Ms. Maties has also been part of the URISA Vanguard Cabinet from 2011-2013 and has been involved with the conference planning of GIS Pro 2013 and will be helping with GIS Pro 2014 - New Orleans.

    • President-Elect: Chris Akin (GISP) - Chris is the GIS Technical Supervisor at FM Global, a global commercial and industrial property insurance company focused on engineering-driven underwriting, loss prevention research, and risk management solutions. Chris provides supervisory, technical, and consultative work in the development and oversight of FM Global’s GIS endeavors, including international hazard data research and development, internal and external geospatial web tools, and the corporate Geospatial Enterprise platform.  Chris received his BA in Geography with a GIS emphasis degree from Texas A&M University and a Master’s in GIS for Business and Service Planning from the University of Leeds, England. Chris also chairs the GIS Corporate Coordinate Committee at FM Global, and is on the Board of Directors New England Chapter of URISA (NEURISA).

    • Past-President: Steve Sharp (GISP) - Mr. Sharp is a certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) with nearly 20 years of experience in the GIS industry.  Mr. Sharp is currently Director of Enterprise GIS Services at the Vermont Center for Geographic Information (VCGI). Mr. Sharp provides supervisory, technical, and consultative work in the development and oversight of State's geospatial databases, and manages a wide range of projects and initiatives for the State.  Mr. Sharp was the President of the New England Chapter of URISA (NEURISA) in 2013.

    • Treasurer: Nate Dansereau (GISP) - Nate has been working with Geospatial Technologies for over twenty years having worked in state and local government and private consulting.  He has spent the last eight years working for Green Mountain Power, Vermont’s major electric utility.  Nate has been on the NEURISA board for three years and is seeking a second term as treasurer.  Nate has experience in database design, project management, and photogrammetry, among other technical skills.  Nate has worked with a wide variety of GIS applications in many industries ranging from agricultural, forestry, public safety, recreation, and transportation.

    • Secretary: John Hangen (GISP) - ·John Hangen is the GIS Coordinator for the City of Milford, CT.  He has served in a variety of private, local, and regional government GIS positions during his 19 year GIS career.  John received Geography and History degrees from Central Connecticut State University and an MA in Geography from the University of Connecticut.   He currently holds a GISP certification and has previously served on the GIS Certification Institute’s Outreach Committee, the CT GIS User to User Group’s Communications subcommittee, and Cadastral Standards Working Group subcommittee.   John begins his term as Secretary for the NEURISA Board of Directors in January 2014.   Before being appointed to this role, John spent a year as an at-large member for NEURISA, where he coordinated the entertaining July 2013 NEURISA Lightning Talk event in New Haven, CT.   He has conducted numerous GIS outreach presentations for grade school students and for Boy Scouts of America.  John is convinced he could still launch an ArcEdit or ArcPlot session using command line Workstation or PC Arc/Info.

    • Communications Coordinator: Erin Jacque - Erin Jacque is GIS Coordinator/Wetland Scientist with BSC Group, Inc. in Worcester, MA.  At BSC Group Erin is responsible for environmental and utility mapping for Federal, State and local permits in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.  Erin regularly completes maps for impact analysis on wetlands, tree removal, residential sensitive receptor proximity analysis (electromagnetic field), and visual impact assessments.  In addition Erin has experience collection and analysis of GPS data, delineating wetland resource areas, and state wetlands regulation and permitting.  Erin has a great deal of experience with stormwater infrastructure mapping, natural resource mapping, and wetlands mapping (integrating ecology and GIS).   Erin is a Graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a BA in Geography.  Erin has also completed work towards a Masters Degree at UMass Amherst in Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation.  She is currently a part-time Masters student at Northeastern University in the Geographic Information Technology program.  Erin serves as an At-Large Board Member on the New England Chapter of URISA, and serves as the Web Master for Society of Ecological Restoration, New England Chapter.

    Nominees for At-Large Board Member

    • Brian Stice (LandVest) - Brian Stice is a geospatial professional at LandVest, in Boston, MA. He received his M.S in Geographic Information Technology from Northeastern University, and is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Remote Sensing Technology. Brian specializes in demographics mapping/analysis, database management, environmental land use/renewable energy GIS, and remote sensing/imagery analysis. Brian has more than 5 years of experience with GIS, is actively involved in GIS professional organizations, and keeps LandVest on the cutting edge of GIS software and technology. He currently lives in Watertown, MA, with his wife Dr. Camilla Stice and his dog Jesse James.

    • Shane Bradt (UNH Extension) - Shane Bradt is an Extension Specialist in Geospatial Technologies at the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. Shane’s job is to educate everyone on the potential uses of geospatial technologies and provide hands-on training to specific audiences to help them adopt geospatial approaches in their work and personal life. He became a certified GIS Professional in 2011 and received his PhD in 2012 in the use of remote sensing to monitor lake water quality. Shane has presented at several NEURISA events, including NEURISA Day in October 2012 and the lightning talk event held at Dartmouth College in April 2013. Shane also helped coordinate, advertise and sponsor the Dartmouth lightning talks. In cooperation with the NEURISA board, he offered intro-level, hands-on training on basic GIS concepts and open source GIS in Worcester, MA, also in April 2013. Shane recently attended the GIS-Pro conference in Providence, RI in September 2013. During the conference, he attended a workshop, gave a presentation, and participated in several NEURISA activities.

  • 26 Sep 2013 8:56 AM | Stephen Sharp (Administrator)

    NEURISA Awarded Outstanding Chapter of the Year



    The New England Chapter of URISA (NEURISA) is pleased to announce that it was awarded the 2013 Outstanding Chapter Award at URISA’s annual GIS-Pro Conference in Providence, RI (September 16-19, 2013).  Each year URISA recognizes an outstanding Chapter that has sponsored particularly effective activities or has otherwise excelled in serving its membership. The Outstanding Chapter Award criteria include: Innovation, Outreach, Education, and Community Impact.

    The NEURISA Board of Directors ( is honored and pleased to have received this award from URISA International (  This award recognizes the vision, commitment, and hard work of current and past Board members and the NEURISA community.  These individuals have committed themselves to advancing the GIS Profession by putting their time, energy, and creativity behind the “association for GIS professionals” (URISA).  NEURISA will continue to work with URISA and GIS professionals throughout New England to support the advancement of our profession.

    Board of Directors

    New England Chapter of URISA (NEURISA)

  • 23 Sep 2013 12:08 PM | Stephen Sharp (Administrator)

    NEURISA 2013 Awards

    Press Release


    The New England Chapter of URISA (NEURISA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 NEURISA Awards.  The awards were presented at GIS-Pro 2013 (URISA's Annual Conference) in Providence, RI on September 18, 2013.

    NEURISA Special Achievement Award

    Criterion: Through the use of geospatial or other information technologies, the individual has made a significant contribution that greatly enhances the efficiency and effectiveness of an organization; or realizes a significant return on investment; or greatly improves the quality of services. This contribution may be a single act or a cumulative performance.

    2013 Recipient - Michael Howser

    Congratulations to Michael Howser, UCONN - University Libraries - Map and Geographic Information Center (MAGIC), for receiving the 2013 NEURISA Special Achievement Award!  Michael has transformed the way GIS data is organized and made available in CT.  He has facilitated the growth and innovation that has transformed CT’s Map and Geographic Information Center (MAGIC) over the past five years.  He has had a role in creating a seamless statewide 1934 aerial data set of CT.  He helped to establish the CT State Data Center, a collaboration of academic and state organizations that serve as a liaison to the US Census.  He has helped to digitized a wealth of historical information through a massive scanning and metadata project of over 200,000 documents.  The comprehensive collection of digital GIS datasets available through MAGIC has exploded in the past five years, yet still remains easy to navigate and simple to use.

    NEURISA Superior & Dedicated Service Award

    Criterion: A NEURISA member or a member of the NEURISA Board of Directors who has made a significant contribution to the organization and its activities.

    2013 Recipient - Neil MacGaffey

    Congratulations to Neil MacGaffey, past NEURISA President and Assistant Director at MassGIS, for receiving NEURISA’s Superior and Dedicated Service Award for 2013.

    Mr. MacGaffey exemplifies the meaning of superior and dedicated.  He was a key player helping to sustain NEURISA when it was struggling to survive.  He understood the importance of establishing and documenting procedures and protocols necessary to mature and sustain the organization.  He realized that leadership starts with a “vision”, but is nothing without hard work, team building, speed and authenticity.  He understood the importance of recruiting good people to the Board.

    • Feng Yang (NEURISA Past-President): “He dedicated a great deal of his time to running this organization for many years. He was instrumental in laying down the foundation for this organization to grow to where it is now.  NEURISA benefited from his vision, excellent communication and outreach skills, his ability to identify talented people, his management skills and his solid technical understanding of the profession.”

    • Paul Samara (NEURISA Past-President): “He is the consummate collaborator and defender of both needed and defined processes. He has been unwavering with his commitment to this organization and his efforts have been nothing short of stellar.  He exemplifies this award and I cannot think of any person more deserving!”

    More than anyone else he brought discipline, focus, and dedication to NEURISA.  He was (and still is) committed to making NEURISA a great organization!

  • 06 Sep 2013 11:11 AM | Stephen Sharp (Administrator)

    Dear NEURISA Member,

    GIS-Pro 2013 is only 1 week away (Sept 16-19)!  Don’t have the time to attend the entire conference?  No problem.  URISA is offering discounted one-day registrations for NEURISA members (if you’re getting this email you’re a NEURISA member)!

    Tuesday or Wednesday are the best options for one-day registrants.

    • If you register for Tuesday, there is the GovGirl keynote, presentation luncheon, access to the exhibition hall, networking reception, 18 breakout sessions, and NEURISA’s evening social at Rí Rá Irish Pub (free drinks/food/prizes)!

    • If you register for Wednesday, there are 12 breakout sessions, the UNH keynote, the awards breakfast, and the main GIS-Pro social event.  You can attend the sessions on Thursday morning too!

    Here is the schedule:

    Register online to take advantage of your NEURISA discount.

    We’ll see you there!

    New England Chapter of URISA (NEURISA)
  • 22 Aug 2013 1:45 PM | Stephen Sharp (Administrator)

    The New England Chapter of URISA (NEURISA) is excited to help bring GIS-Pro 2013 ( to Providence, RI this year (September 16-19).  GIS-Pro is an excellent opportunity to reinforce or introduce your company’s presence to GIS professionals who help drive the adoption of technology within their organizations.

    NEURISA is looking for sponsors to help us host a fun GIS-Pro evening social at Ri Ra’s Irish Pub ( in downtown Providence Tuesday night (September 17th).  We’ll have live entertainment, food, free drinks, and raffle prizes for GIS-Pro participants.  It will be an excellent opportunity for GIS-Pro attendees to mingle and network in a relaxed setting, and an opportunity for your company to showcase its presence and support.

    Your company can be a sponsor for only $250.  As a sponsor you’ll receive the following benefits

    • You will be identified (logo) as a sponsor on the event flyer, which will be inserted into the GIS-Pro program.

    • You will be recognized for your support during the event.

    • You will receive a list of all event attendees (name, organization, email).

    Please contact Diana Maties ( or myself ( if your company would like to sponsor this event or if you would like more details.

    Thanks again for your support.

    Steve Sharp


    New England Chapter of URISA
  • 17 Jul 2013 7:51 AM | Stephen Sharp (Administrator)

    The New England Chapter of URISA (NEURISA) is dedicated to providing quality workshops and webinars on topics relevant to you.  We have created a brief survey to gather your feedback so we can improve our chapter, our events, and the topics covered.  Your feedback is important to us!

    The survey can be found here:

    This survey should only take about 5-10 minutes of your time, and your answers will be completely anonymous.  A survey summary will be published in our Fall NEURISA Newsletter.

    Please fill out the survey by Friday, August 2nd.

    Thanks in advance for completing the survey!

    Steve Sharp

    President, NEURISA
  • 11 Jul 2013 4:55 PM | Stephen Sharp (Administrator)

    The New England Chapter of URISA (NEURISA) is accepting nominations for our Special Achievement Award, which will be presented at GIS-Pro 2013 (Providence, RI - Sept 16-19).  The NEURISA Board of Directors is looking for nominees who through the use of geospatial or other information technologies, have made a significant contribution that greatly enhances the efficiency and effectiveness of an organization, realizes a significant return on investment, or greatly improves the quality of services.

    Please submit a nomination by completing this form:  The deadline for submissions is August 9th, 2013!

    Potential Recipients: Geospatial or Information Technology Professionals

    Criterion: Through the use of geospatial or other information technologies, the individual has made a significant contribution that greatly enhances the efficiency and effectiveness of an organization; or realizes a significant return on investment; or greatly improves the quality of services. This contribution may be a single act or a cumulative performance. Significance will be measured by a positive impact on an organization or a community.

    Nomination Process: Nominations will be solicited from geospatial and information technologies professionals and the NEURISA Board.  The nomination deadline is August 9th, 2013.

    Selection Process: A committee of three NEURISA Board Members (President, President-Elect and Past-President) will select from nominees submitted based upon the criterion outlined above.
  • 24 Jun 2013 12:02 PM | Stephen Sharp (Administrator)

    New England URISA (NEURISA) is partnering with URISA to offer some discounts to our valued partners.

    URISA is offering discounted GIS-Pro 2013 (Providence, RI, Sept 16-19) Exhibitor pricing for NEURISA Corporate Sponsors ($750).  To help you take advantage of this deal, NEURISA is offering a special mid-year Corporate Sponsorship package for only $250 (normally $400 for the year)!

    • NEURISA Corporate Sponsorship (rest of 2013) = $250

    • GIS-Pro 2013 Exhibitor Booth (NEURISA discount) = $750 before July 1st

    So for $1000 (the price of a single “non-member” exhibitor registration) you can reach out to potential clients by supporting NEURISA, by being part of GIS-Pro 2013, while saving up to $300!

    I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity by

    • Replying to this email ( indicating that you would like to be a NEURISA Corporate Sponsor.  We will simply invoice you for $250 (please send us the email and/or address to forward the invoice to).

    • Registering as a GIS-Pro 2013 Exhibitor  Select the discounted fee option for NEURISA Corporate Sponsors.  Act before July 1st to get the best deal!

    Don’t hesitate to contact me at if you have any questions or would like additional details (please see info below).

    Steve Sharp


    New England Chapter of URISA

    NEURISA Corporate Sponsorship benefits are detailed here

    GIS-Pro 2013: Special Rate Schedule for NEURISA Corporate Sponsors

    • Discounted Fee for URISA Corporate Partners and NEURISA Corporate Sponsors:

        $750 until July 1 / $1,000 after July 1

    • Fee for Non-member Exhibitors: $1,000 until July 1 / $1,300 after July 1

    Register as an Exhibitor here
  • 22 Apr 2013 9:40 AM | Stephen Sharp (Administrator)

    Happy spring from the New England Chapter of URISA (NEURISA)!  We hope you had a great winter.  

    NEURISA has had a busy start to 2013.  We’ve welcomed several new board Board members (Chris Akin, Erin Jacque, Diana Maties, Brett Horr, Brian DuPont and John Hangen); a very capable group that is bringing new ideas and energy to NEURISA’s efforts.   We successfully hosted several events during the first quarter of 2013 including

    • NEURISA Webinar: Leveraging Census Data in Rhode Island (February 21, 2013)

    • NEURISA Training: Free GIS Mapping Resource Options in Massachusetts (April 13, 2013)

    • NEURISA Lightning Talks: Dartmouth College (Hanover), NH (April 16, 2013)

    Special thanks to Diana Maties (NEURISA’s Event Coordinator) and Erin Jacque (NEURISA At-Large Board member) for pulling together these events.  We would also like to thank our Corporate Sponsors (AppGeo - Cartegraph - CDM Smith - DGT Survey Group - Sewall - VHB - CAI).  Their support allows NEURISA to offer free Chapter membership, and free webinars, workshops, and events to constituents throughout New England.

    We are planning several additional summer and fall events.  Stay tuned.

    NEURISA is also very pleased to announce that GIS-Pro 2013 ( is coming to New England this year (Providence, RI - Sept 16-19)!  GIS-Pro is URISA’s annual conference.  GIS-Pro delves into more than just technology and applications; it explores issues related to policy, standards, GIS leadership and management. GIS-Pro offers a unique multidisciplinary approach, with participation from all levels of government, academia, and technology you the benefit of a variety of viewpoints and experiences.  NEURISA members qualify for a discounted registration rate (if you're receiving this message you’re a NEURISA member!).

    We’ve  also been working to strengthen our connection to URISA, our parent organization.  Following extensive work by the Chapter Affiliation Work Group and Chapter Leaders from most of URISA’s Chapters, the URISA Board of Directors adopted a policy statement to modify and improve the affiliation between URISA and its chapters. The purpose of this policy is two-fold: (1) to improve the connection and communication between the chapters and URISA; and (2) to assist URISA in continuing to provide benefits to its chapters.  URISA has formed a new Chapter Advisory Board (CAB) under a charter that includes the above-stated goal. Every Chapter has one representative appointed to the CAB.  NEURISA has appointed Mike Olkin, NEURISA’s Immediate Past President.

    At NEURISA we are interested in working with you to facilitate opportunities that enrich your career and our profession. Do you have suggestions for webinars, workshops, or other events?  Drop a note into our suggestion box available on our homepage (

    All the best,

    Steve Sharp

    NEURISA 2013 President

  • 11 Mar 2013 5:50 PM | Stephen Sharp (Administrator)
    NEURISA is proud to announce our first NEURISA Lightning Talks event for 2013.  It will be held on Tuesday, April 16 (6:30-9:00PM) at Dartmouth College, NH.  Each presentation is limited to 20 slides which auto-advance every 15 seconds, encouraging presenters to stay on topic and on their toes!  This year we are inviting University and College students to submit abstracts as well as GIS professionals.  A cash bar and free appetizers will be available for attendees and presenters.

    Registration: Attendance is free.  Seating is limited to 40 people, so register today.

    Call for Presentations: We are actively looking for speakers. Topics include anything and everything GIS or IT related.  Do you have a quick GIS or IT story to tell?  Submit a presentation proposal online by going to:  The submission deadline is April 1st.

    Here is a link to last year's Ignite Spatial Vermont presentations:

    Sponsors: NEURISA would like to thank the University of New Hampshire’s Cooperative Extension for their support.

    We would also like to thank our Corporate Sponsors.  We are looking for additional sponsors for this event.  Please contact Diana Maties at 617-574-4409  ( or Steve Sharp at if you would like to learn how your organization can sponsor this event.


    Corporate Sponsors: AppGeo - Cartegraph - CDM Smith - DGT Survey Group - Sewall - VHB
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