Kansas Association of Mappers

Speaker Biographies

Name   Biography
John Nelson John Nelson is a cartographer and User Experience designer at Esri. He creates maps and related web experiences, and the occasional experimental cartographic technique. He frequently writes and speaks about this creative process because he just can't keep his mouth shut about it all. John holds an M.S. in geographic sciences from Central Michigan University, and a lifeguarding certification from the same institution which he let lapse in 1999.
Eileen Battles Eileen Battles is the Kansas Data Access and Support Center (DASC) manager and has over 20 years of experience in the GIS industry. She plays an integral role in statewide GIS collaboration projects working with private, state, local, and federal partners.
Lauren Voelker

Lauren Voelker is a Solution Engineer on Local Government Team in Esri's St. Louis Regional Office. She has been hands on with GIS since 2009 when she started using it for archaeological field excavation at Cahokia Mounds Historic Site. Before joining the Esri team, Lauren worked for St. Louis County, Missouri supporting both the GIS Service Center focusing on the use and expansion of GIS throughout county government and the Emergency Communications Commission, where she supported the Emergency Operations Center and the county's NG911 implementation.

Mike D'Attilio Mike D’Attilio is currently the GIS Coordinator at the Kansas Division of Emergency Management. After graduating from the Colorado School of Mines, Mike worked in software development for several years before completing a Master's degree in Geography at the University of Kansas in 1995. Since that time he has worked in GIS and GIS software development in the 9-1-1 and electric utilities industries before joining KDEM in 2014. Along with managing and building KDEM's own internal GIS projects and applications, Mike oversees the volunteer GIS Disaster Response Team and the PIGI (the GIS disaster response vehicle), along with serving on the NG911 GIS committee and representing KDEM on the state GIS Policy Board. In his role with the KDEM, Mike enjoys working with state, county, and municipal GIS colleagues to help them with disaster preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation. Mike and his wife Shelley have two sons in college, two cats, and more computing devices than are probably healthy.
Claire DeVaughn Claire DeVaughan is the National Map Liaison for Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah. She collaborates with partners and users of The National Map to improve the timeliness, quality and accessibility of geospatial data for the user community. She has served as a National Map Liaison since 2006, and recently became the liaison for Kansas in March 2020. She has been with USGS since 1989, in various roles as a geographer and cartographer.
Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson is a Geospatial Data Specialist for Alynix, an innovation incubator based in Lenexa, KS solving complex problems in civil engineering and mapping using AI, machine learning and remote sensing data.  Formally trained as a geologist, but with a passion for technology, Ian quickly saw the value of GIS and remote sensing for field and subsurface geologic mapping and begun integrating GIS tools and techniques into traditionally manual pen-and-paper workflows. In 2019 he joined Alynix, a subsidiary of George Butler Associates (GBA), as part of the software team developing AI tools for solutions for an expanding list of engineering problems from drone acquired imagery. He continues to be involved in unmanned flight operations and data collection but is currently leading GIS software development efforts for processing, visualizing and sharing spatial data with open-source software tools and web applications.  Ian received his Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science and Geology from the University of Miami (FL), Graduate Certificate in GIS from the University of Kansas, and is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Geospatial Data Science and Analytics from the University of Missouri.

Matt Hoehn Esri account manager for local governments in Kansas
Kyle Gonterwitz, GISP Kyle Gonterwitz is the GIS manager in the Bureau of Transportation Planning at the Kansas Department of Transportation.
Dan Haag

Esri St Louis Region Manager

Lee Allen, GISP Lee Allen is the GIS Manager for Shawnee County. He has been working with GIS, maps, and other fun stuff since about 2001.
Jack Joseph, GISP

Jack Joseph is the Sedgwick County GIS Director.  He has 20+ years of GIS experience in both public and private sectors and holds a B.S. in Geography from the University of Kansas.

Bryce Hirschman, GISP Bryce Hirschman, GISP, is the GIS Coordinator for Douglas County, KS. He has more than 25 years of experience in the GIS industry, having previously worked in both public and private sectors.
Frank Conkling Frank is the owner of Panda Consulting. He is a licensed surveyor and GIS parcel guru.
Ken Nelson Kenneth A. Nelson serves as the Kansas Geographic Information Officer, Director of the Kansas GIS Data Clearinghouse (DASC), and a Research Project Director at the Kansas Geological Survey (KGS), a research unit of the University of Kansas. Ken joined the KGS team in 1995. Over the past 24 years, Ken has directed numerous GIS database and application development projects, and collaborated with all levels of government and the private sector. DASC provides a variety of services for the Kansas GIS community and supports enterprise GIS applications for numerous state agencies. Additionally, Ken serves on the Kansas 911 Coordinating Council and is a co-chairperson of the GIS Committee which is developing GIS standards and policies for the Council’s Next Generation 911 system.
Amy Roust, GISP Amy Roust is a geospatial database administrator for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). She has both public and private sector experience supporting GIS clients in local and state government. Amy has an M.A. in Geography from the University of Missouri and earned her GIS Professional (GISP) certification in 2016.
Linda Sibert, KM

Linda Sibert has been involved in mapping and GIS for over 20 years, working in three different Kansas Counties and is currently the GIS Analyst in IT for the Kansas Department of Agriculture. In late 2016 KDA decided to move to ArcGIS Pro for most of our desktop mapping needs. Since then I have been using the software exclusively for all my map production, and have been responsible for teaching others in the department to use the software.

William Trimble

William is currently a GIS Analyst at the City of Lawrence, KS. He has 9 years experience with GIS. 

Luke Finley Luke Finley is a GIS Analyst at the Kansas Division of Emergency Management. Earned a B.S. in Geography from Kansas State University in 2016 with an undergraduate certificate in GIS. Shortly after completing a joint Urban Search and Rescue project internship with the Office of the State Fire Marshall, he joined KDEM full time. Luke actively trains and deploys with the Kansas Incident Management Team for large-scale local emergency response.
 Ken Wilkerson Ken Wilkerson, President of GISEDGE, Inc. has over 30 years of experience in the GIS industry. Mr. Wilkerson spent six years as technical project manager and instructor for Esri. Mr. Wilkerson has trained well over 7,000 students from around the world. His expertise and effective teaching models have been offered across the United States and several foreign countries including: Thailand, China, Japan, Taiwan,Canada, Bahrain, Nigeria and Angola Africa.
Vernon L. Jarboe Vern Jarboe has practiced law in northeast Kansas for more than 40 years. Mr. Jarboe concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate and business law. He is one of eight well-known real estate educators recently chosen by the Kansas Association of Realtors® to teach video-based online courses that will be available nationally to more than 200,000 real estate professionals. Mr. Jarboe is also one of relatively few attorneys in Kansas with extensive experience in condemnation cases. He regularly authors material for publication and lectures on real estate and construction law matters. He lectures several times each year to attorneys and real estate professionals.
 Micah Seybold, GISP Micah Seybold is the GIS Manager for the City of Lawrence where he has worked for 20 years. He attended Kansas State University for three years and finished his final two years of college with a bachelors of science in Geography from Kansas University. Micah lives in Lawrence with his wife and three children. He enjoys road biking, playing guitar and keeping pet chickens.
 Jason Randall, KGISD Jason Randall is a GIS Analyst for the City of Lawrence, KS Information Technology department and has been with the City for over 8 years. He served in the US Navy for 5 years prior to this working on aviation electronics and currently lives with his wife and three children in the countryside of Douglas County near Eudora on a hobby farm. Jason is also an advocate and patient representative who spends a lot of his free time in the colorectal cancer community after becoming an early onset stage 4 CRC survivor himself.

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