2018 Election Update
The 2018 nomination process has concluded and we have no contested positions. The nominees for open positions are as follows:
Hunter Simmons was first introduced to GIS in 1998 while digitizing rare maps from Auburn University’s Special Collections. Three years later, after obtaining his degree and working as a landscape architect in Memphis, TN, the architecture/engineering firm where he was employed received a grant to implement GIS. As the only employee with any experience, the task fell to Hunter. Way in over his head, he learned how to set up databases and networks, and in the process realized the power of GIS. That introduction to the field lead to his first career change.
Hunter moved to Birmingham and began working on a degree in information systems to learn more about software development and databases. During that time, Hunter began a part-time GIS position with the City of Homewood that lead to a career in local government. Hunter went on to serve as GIS Manager and then 911 Director during his ten-year career with Homewood.
In 2014, Hunter moved to the City of Mountain Brook as their GIS Manager. Recently, Hunter was promoted to Zoning Administrator, but he continues to manage the City’s GIS. Hunter is currently working on a Master’s of Public Administration at UAB.
South Region Director
Kelly Tomkins has been in her current position as the GIS Specialist for the City of Foley since March 2016. Kelly earned her B.S. in Molecular and Microbiology from the University of Central Florida in 2008. She began her Masters in Environmental Science at the University of Colorado, Denver in 2010, and completed it, along with her graduate certificate in GIS, at the University of West Florida in 2013. She hails from Florida where she gained her professional GIS footing in Pensacola Energy’s Engineering Department before transitioning to the City of Foley. Noteworthy skills and applicable knowledge include: database management, utilities (natural gas), local government, property, flood management, risk assessment, environmental science, damage assessment, redistricting, city planning, water and soil sampling and quality testing, and emergency response.
She has been an active URISA member during her first full year working in Alabama and is currently pursuing her GISP. Kelly lives in Pensacola, FL with her two daughters.
Central Region Director
GIS Manager at St. Clair County, AL
Responsible for all Geographic Information Systems (GIS) efforts in St. Clair County, Alabama. Providing GIS support, knowledge and strategic planning to all county agencies as well as water – Fire Authorities and Municipalities within St. Clair County.Education: Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn Michigan
North Region Director
Since March 2011, Michael has been the Manager of the Franklin County GIS Consortium. The GIS Consortium is a group of sixteen local government and public utility agencies in Franklin and Marion Counties. In 2012, the Franklin County GIS Consortium won the Esri Special Achievement in GIS Award. In addition to his role as GIS Manager, Michael has been appointed to the Franklin County Broadband Committee and leads the county’s social media efforts.
In early 2012, he was appointed by Governor Robert Bentley to the Alabama Geographic Information Advisory Committee. Shortly thereafter, he was named Chairman of the Data Subcommittee. In June of 2013, Michael coordinated the formation of the GEO Huntsville Public Agency Working Group, and was named Chairman.
Jeannette Byrd, Marti Byrnes, and Shona Dunn will continue to serve in their current roles as Secretary, Treasurer and Capital Region Director. Matt Brown will assume the role of President and Dan Mellott will serve as Past President.
Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations, 2018 should be a great year for URISA Alabama!
The Alabama Chapter of URISA was developed as a consortium of GIS professionals, agencies, and corporations driven to help build GIS programs and standards in Alabama, provide the best geospatial information and services, and improve professional development and certification. URISA-AL is focused on becoming a strong professional organization by encouraging Geographic Information Systems Professionals (GISPs) certification, increasing membership, and creating an environment for better networking and information sharing. As a recognized Chapter of National URISA, URISA-AL enjoys cooperation and sponsorship from URISA and the other State and Regional Chapters. Look for more information on the URISA.org web site.