MAGIP will be electing new board members from the candidates listed below. Members will receive voting instructions via e-mail, and voting will occur between April 28 and May 30.
If you are interested in the Professional Development Committee Chair position, please send an email to the current Professional Development Committee Chair, Leslie Zolman
If you are interested in the Web Subcommittee Chair position, please send an email to Carrie Shockley, the Operations & Business Committee ChairElection Overview page
Leslie Zolman is the Montana Department of Commerce, Census and Economic Information Center GIS coordinator. She has been with CEIC for 2 years and has provided leadership and shared vision for implementing cloud based interactive maps and received the Special Achievement in GIS Award from Esri in 2013. Her past GIS work has included working with non-profit organizations in the US and abroad.
Leslie holds a master’s of GIS from Penn State and an undergraduate degree in microbiology. She holds a geographic information systems professional (GISP) certification and is a member of the GISP review committee. She is the current Professional Development Committee chair for MAGIP and has done volunteer work with Humanitarian OpenStreetMap.
Tara Chesley-Preston is a Montana State University Institute on the Ecosystems (IoE) employee w ho has provided GIS and spatial analysis support for the USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center for the past 5 years. During this time she has supported projects spanning environmental effects of oil and gas development to large landscape conservation initiatives. Prior to her employment with IoE, she completed a Master’s degree in Geography at MSU. During that time, she taught the lab portions for the three undergraduate GIS courses offered through the Earth Sciences Department. Tara has been an active MAGIP member since 2010. She helped organize a Snow Science Mini-Conference at the 2010 Intermountain GIS Conference and has assisted with the MAGIP Elections Committee. She is now looking forward to expanding her involvement with MAGIP by running for the elected position of Member-at-Large.
Valentijn Hoff is a GIS analyst for the FireCenter at the University of Montana in Missoula. He has worked in GIS since 2005, first at a county government and currently at the FireCenter. While educated as a forester, most of his professional life has involved managing and analyzing spatial data. Valentijn is excited for the opportunity to serve the Montana GIS community, of which he has been a member since 2008. And while he is not making maps or helping fire managers with all things techie, he can be found canoeing, paddle-boarding or mountain biking with his wife and two sons. More on Valentijn can be found on his Linked In page.
Hello! I am a GIS Analyst with Tetra Tech and have over 7 years of experience in GIS consulting services, database management, cartography, and field services. My winter months are typically spent in the office working on a variety of projects including Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Statements, and Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plans w here vulnerable populations and critical infrastructure are analyzed in conjunction with local hazards (i.e. wildfire, flooding, landslides, etc.) During the summer, I am able to get out in the field more often and help out with GPS field collection for cultural surveys, surface water and soil sampling, and river habitat mapping. I have a BA in Geography and I am currently enrolled in an online Master's in GIS program, which has been rewarding and challenging, but also a HUGE lesson in time management. I live in Helena with my girlfriend and our dog, Jake. When I’m not staring at data, maps, and email, or thinking about that extra cup of coffee while I wait for imagery to redraw , I can be found on the trails around Helena by bike or by foot and on skis in the backcountry during the winter months, exploring the terrain that I may have already run a slope analysis on.
I am excited for the opportunity to join MAGIP as a Member-At-Large to help out with event planning, gain new contacts through networking, collaborate with colleagues on policy and technology, and support the use of GIS in any profession. Having lived in other states with exposure to other GIS organizations, the Montana GIS community seems to be pretty unique with its alliance of users helping each other on everyday GIS challenges, engaging and sharing of ideas, and encouraging personal, academic, and professional development. MAGIP seems to promote its members as our best resources. I hope to continue that. Looking forward to working with you all.