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, I have been the Manager of the Franklin County GIS Consortium. The GIS Consortium is a group of eighteen local government and public utility agencies in Franklin and Marion Counties.
Previously, I was a GIS Programmer Analyst at the Alabama Department of Transportation. I spent seven years as an independent spatial technology consultant, working with local government agencies, foresters, and public utilities throughout Alabama and Mississippi. Prior to that, I was GIS Coordinator for Elmore County E911.
Earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Geography from the University of North Alabama.
Serve on the Alabama GIS Advisory Committee as the Chair of the Data Subcommittee.
Serve as a proxy member on the Alabama GIS Executive Council, representing the Alabama County Commission Association.
Board member for the Franklin County Water Service Authority Board of Directors.
Member of the Franklin County Broadband Task Force.
The Franklin County GIS Consortium was a recipient of Esri’s “Special Achievement in GIS” Award in 2012.
In 2015, I was named “Alumni of the Year” by the University of North Alabama Geography Department.
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.