Kansas Association of Mappers

Speaker Biographies

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Lee Allen, GISP

Lee Allen is the GIS Manager for Shawnee County and has worked in local government for 17 years. He is an FAA certified remote pilot finding his way through the world of GIS and technology right along with everyone else.

Michelle Ballinger

Michelle Ballinger has over 20 years of experience in the geospatial industry and the last 10 years has been spent at BHC, a full service civil engineering firm, working on telecommunications and public works projects. Prior to BHC, she spent the first half of her career working on NGA projects. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geography from Ohio University and a Masters in GIS from Penn State. Her current role at BHC is Project Manager for large telecommunications projects located coast to coast while helping to organize and run our GIS group.

Eileen Battles

Eileen Battles manages the state’s GIS data clearinghouse, the Kansas Data Access & Support Center (DASC). Eileen oversees DASC numerous geospatial projects and initiatives that includes everything from application development, services, portals, and hubs to data processing, workflows, standards, and guidelines. She works with government and private industry to promote geospatial collaboration across the state.

Joe Bima

Engaged in bringing success to customers in the Civil Infrastructure Engineering industry with one foot in Civil Engineering, one foot in GIS, one hand in Surveying and one hand in Photogrammetry/LIDAR for 35+ years.
Sheldon Bina

Sheldon is the GIS Manager at PEC. He has over 25 years of GIS and CADD experience, and has degrees from KSU and Fort Hays State University. He specializes in developing applications using ArcGIS Platform to support local government workflows for Public Works, Community Development, and Administration departments.

Peiwen Chiu

Peiwen Chiu is a Senior GIS Analyst with AtkinsRéalis. She has over 9 years of experience working with floodplain mapping projects supporting the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through FEMA. Peiwen is a GISP and a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM). She is also a Team Lead who provides guidance, training and mentoring to 5 junior staff. Her main focus involves working with 2-dimensional modeling products and developing the subsequent mapping datasets in accordance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) standards. Peiwen and her team support Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) production and floodplain mapping in compliance with FEMA Preliminary and Post-Preliminary processes. Peiwen also provides GIS support for various Flood Risk Products, including database development, flood depth grids, water surface elevation grids, chance grids, and HAZUS analysis.

Dan Cramer

Dan Cramer is a GIS Analyst for the City of Wichita. He has more than 15 years of experience in GIS, including 2 years at the City of Wichita. Dan graduated from Central Michigan University with a B.S. and M.S. in GIS.

Roger Denton

Roger Denton is the GIS Coordinator for Atchison County, Kansas. He holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University and a MS in Technical Education from Pittsburg State University. He is currently a registered Landscape Architect and a CLARB Record holder. His professional career includes time with Bartlett & West and Denton Associates Inc. P.C. of Eagle, Colorado. He spent time as the Director of Public Works for Atchison, Kansas and City Planner for Leavenworth, Kansas. He served as the department head for Engineering Computer Graphics for Highland Community College. He is heavily involved with youth and community activities.

Claire DeVaughan

Claire DeVaughan is the USGS National Map Liaison for Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas, and Utah. The National Map Liaisons cultivate and maintain long-term relationships with partners and develop agreements for The National Map and other initiatives that support USGS science. Claire has been with USGS since 1989, in various roles as a geographer and cartographer, and has been the National Map Liaison for Kansas since 2020.
Luke Finley

Luke is a Solution Engineer at Esri, supporting State and Local government in the Midwest Region. Prior to beginning his career with Esri in January, he worked for nearly seven years doing GIS at the Kansas Division of Emergency Management.
Sam Garrison, IG

Sam is PEC's GIS Analyst and supports many of PEC's GIS workflows. He has a Geology degree from Fort Hays State University.

Dave Grolling, MPSGIS

Dave Grolling, MPSGIS, is a GIS Developer at DASC. With 10 years of GIS experience he has worked in various industries applying GIS including pipeline engineering, population health, and state government. At DASC he is responsible for programming solutions, project development, outreach, and ArcGIS Online user and content management.
Johnny Harley

Johnny Harley, is a GIS Analyst for TREKK Design Group in Kansas City, MO. He has worked in utilities for the 6 years and was previously a GIS Analyst for Black & McDonald. Johnny graduated from Northwest Missouri State with a BS in Geography and an MS in GIS. I have recently become a member of the KAM Program committee this year and co-host a monthly meetup group, GeoDev KC.
Matthew Hartung

Matt started working with GIS at Mississippi State where he received a masters is Environmental Geophysics and a masters in Geospatial Analysis and Remote Sensing. Soon after he worked for the City of Olathe, KDHE, and now the City of Lawrence. Matt is a GIS analyst for the City of Lawrence as well as an adjunct geosciences professor at KU and MCCKC. He works primarily with EHS and various water/wastewater projects. This is his second year with KAM!

Nathaniel Ingersoll

Nathaniel Ingersoll is the GIS Asset Analyst for the City of Andover, Kansas. He began his career with the City of Salina, KS after completing his college education in 2019. Nathaniel has held positions within Public Works and Utilities as the lead GIS analyst for their respective departments. With about nearly a decade of dedicated experience within GIS and work within municipalities. His focus within automation, cloud based mapping, and interdepartmental teamwork helped advance Andover’s GIS infrastructure and utility. Most recently he has been the lead staff member in integrating the City’s GIS data on assets into an asset management system that uses ESRI software to house and support the geospatial data of these assets.

Marcus Kitchens

Marcus is an Account Manager at Esri, supporting local government in the Midwest Region. Prior to beginning his career with Esri , he worked for NISC and Witt O’Brien’s in various roles ranging from GIS Analyst to Tech Support to Sales. In his spare time, you can find Marcus seated upon a bike saddle sending it on downhill trails hanging on for dear life. Marcus always enjoys long walks on the beach that end with a glass of champagne as he watches the sun set in the distance. Because at the end of the day… location matters.
Mike Kollmeyer

Mike Kollmeyer is a Senior GIS Architect at the City of Wichita. He has had more than 29 years of experience in GIS and 26 years of service at the City.

Chen Liang
2023 John Cowen Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Chen Liang is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography and Atmospheric Science at University of Kansas. She received her MSc. in international planning and development from Cardiff University, UK. Liang’s research centers on combining remote sensing data with hydrologic model to monitor water quality through machine learning algorithms. In addition, she is interested in the application of geospatial technology, methods, and tools for the mapping of vegetation dynamics.
Sherry Massey, GISP

Sherry Massey, GISP, is the Kansas 911 Coordinating Council's GIS and Technical Specialist. She has extensive experience in 911, county-level GIS in Kansas, and has been involved in the Kansas NG911 project for almost 10 years.

Brent Miller

Brent Miller is a GIS Specialist at DASC. He started working at DASC as a student and has remained working there for 20 years. He is responsible for imagery and raster data catalog, customer service support and works on other various projects.
Clint Miller

I have been with the Municipal Services and Operations at the City of Lawrence for the past 18 years, as lead GIS Analyst for the GIS / Asset Management and Technology program. I have been a KAM member since 2007 and served on the KAM Board of Directors, Education and Designation committees.

Nick Moore, PE

Nick supervises processing for PEC’s land survey and geospatial data. His duties include developing/maintaining data processing standardization; assuring Quality Control measures are implemented; client/project management, terrestrial LiDAR registration/data extraction, and coordination between field crews and office processing technicians. He is responsible for managing PEC’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). This includes regulatory requirements, flight operations, photogrammetry, and aerial mapping data processing, and extraction.

Charles Myers

Charles H Myers is a GIS Analyst with the City of Lawrence. His career in geospatial technology has taken him through planning consultation firms, land surveying, cartographic entrepreneurship, and now asset management. His primary focus is bringing additional efficiency and value to public processes by refining existing systems and seeking to resolve pain points in the communication process.

Bill Pace

Bill Pace, is a Floodplain Mapping Specialist for the Kansas Department of Agriculture. He has been with KDA for 4 years and has a background in meteorology, geography, and GIS.

Bryant Ralston
Bryant is a second-time KAM offender/member from the mid 1990s, as he covered Kansas & Missouri in a client-facing Solution Engineer role while at ESRI-St. Louis, following his formal education in Geography at K-State. Later living in a log cabin near Clinton, Bryant was instrumental in the establishment of the Montana Association of Geospatial Professionals (MAGIP) and facilitating the State of Montana’s GIS governance structure, including an FTE for a GIO, to support the implementation of their Statewide Esri Software Agreement. After 9/11, Bryant was a co-founder the GIS Subcommittee for the Montana Governor’s Homeland Security Council and served as Esri’s liaison for any Lewis and Clark related activities before and during the Bicentennial Commemoration. More recently, he served as contributor to xyHt magazine and was asked to participate in the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s Modeling and Simulation Working Group. Now living on his family farmland near Augusta, Bryant fancies himself a GeoRancher while trying to keep up with and learn all he can from his farming Father to operationalize geodesign tenets in the transition to implementing biophilic and regenerative practices to help Planet Earth.
Amy Roust, GISP
Amy Roust is an IT GIS Administrator for the City of Lawrence. She has more than a decade of 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) designation in 2016. She is finishing her sixth and final year on the KAM board of directors in the role of past president, and served as the Education Committee chair this year.
Andrew Schappert
Andrew Schappert is the GIS Analyst for Shawnee County.
Micah Seybold
Micah is the GIS Manager for the City of Lawrence where he has worked for 23 years in various GIS roles and departments. He completed a B.S. degree in Geography from the University of Kansas in 2002 and received a GIS Professional (GISP) designation in 2012. Micah enjoys mentoring college students for GIS careers through the City of Lawrence GIS internship program.
Allen Shafer
Allen joined DASC as a part of the crash mapping team in 2022. He has a Geography degree from Kansas State, and 18 years in the GIS world. Most of that time was spent as GIS Manager for the City of Hutchinson, with private sector and county-level work in between.
Tony Spicci, GISP

Tony Spicci has been active in the geospatial community for over 30 years. He began his professional career with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) in 1992 building a team of research specialists that included technology, geospatial, biometrics and social science professionals to conduct and support science within the Department. He recently retired from MDC and is currently the Executive Director of the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI). The GISCI promotes the advancement of proficient GIS professionals through its international GISP® (Certified GIS Professional) certification program. The Institute fosters rigorous professional and ethical standards, community engagement, and professional mentoring within the GIS industry. Tony is an active member of the Missouri GIS Advisory Committee, National States Geographic Information Council, Missouri Geographic Names Board, and a past member of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee. Tony helped lead the effort to create the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO) where he serves today. In addition to working for the GISCI, Tony is a member of Missouri Task Force 1, a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Team and a volunteer with the Boone County Fire Protection District. On fall weekends he can be found on the sidelines officiating for the Father Tolton Trailblazers, the Mizzou Tigers, and the World Champion Kansas City Chiefs.

Christian Stallings, CP

Christian Stallings, CP is a highly accomplished and sought-after speaker in the field of geospatial technology and remote sensing. As the Vice President at BAAM.Tech, a leading geospatial technology company, he brings over 15 years of experience in manned, unmanned, and mobile LIDAR and Imagery collection and processing. With a master's degree in geographic information technology and a graduate certificate in remote sensing from Northwestern University, Stallings has a strong educational foundation. Mr. Stallings is widely recognized for his groundbreaking research on UAS-derived photogrammetric accuracy, which won him the ACEC/NC Grand Conceptor and the ESRI Special Achievement in GIS award. His expertise has been shared through peer-reviewed publications and presentations at ASPRS conferences and workshops. Known for his ability to communicate complex concepts effectively, Stallings' speaking engagements captivate audiences, providing in-depth insights into geospatial technology advancements.

James Stewart

James Stewart is GIS Manager for the Kansas Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Planning. He has experience going back to the 2000s with implementing physical addressing, GIS and Enhanced 9-1-1 at the local level in addition to establishing and managing a statewide process for the State of New Mexico to aggregate and parse out GIS data to public service answering points (PSAPs) for 9-1-1 call location. He has additional experience in managing implementation and modernization projects for complex web applications and data interfaces for state and local governments.

Steve Thompson, PE

Steve Thompson, P.E. has been a Licensed Professional Engineer in Kansas since 1976. Steve was a design and project engineer and computer programmer for Wilson & Co., Engineers & Architects in Salina, KS (1972-1982). (1982-2003) Steve was an Associate Professor at KSU-Salina where he taught Computer Science, Surveying, Civil Engineering, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) / Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). He began the first GIS/GNSS Associate Degree option in the U.S. and established the first GNSS base station in KS at the KSU-Salina campus in 1990 with funding from National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Kansas GIS Initiative. Steve served as a member of the Kansas GIS Technical Advisory Committee (1987-2003) and served as a grant reviewer for NSF (1991-1998) helping them determine which GIS/GNSS grant proposals to fund nationally. Steve has written many GIS/GNSS articles and made numerous GIS/GNSS presentations at local, state, regional, national, and international conferences and proceedings. (2003-Present) Steve has been a GIS/GNSS consultant working with local, state, and federal agencies and the private sector in Kansas regarding parcel and centerline mapping, utility mapping, and GIS/GNSS training and advising related to E-911 and Homeland Security. He has also been an adjunct professor at Butler Community College-Andover campus (8/2008-12/2014) and Cloud County Community College-Concordia campus (8/2010-12/2013), teaching GIS/GNSS.

William Trimble

William Trimble is a GIS Developer for the Kansas Data Access & Support Center (DASC). He has spent the last 10 years working as a GIS Specialist in TN and KS at both the state and local levels, with a focus on NG911. As a Developer for DASC he supports the collection, processing, and aggregation of 911 data for the state of Kansas NG911 project and associated 911 initiatives.

Mike Tully

Mike Tully is the President & CEO of Aerial Services, Inc. located in Iowa and has been leading ASI for two decades. He is a certified photogrammetrist and GIS-professional, holds an B.S. in Forest Management, a M.S. in Forestry Entomology, and a Masters in Business Administration. Mike enjoys helping professionals understand remote sensing and mapping and providing solutions to geospatial problems.
Phil Waring

Phil Waring is a Senior GIS Analyst at the City of Wichita. He has had more than 17 years of GIS experience and 9 years of service at the City.
Trevor Witt
Trevor D. Witt is the Owner & Operator of Kairos Geospatial LLC. He has a decade of drone remote sensing experience. Before leading Kairos full-time in 2021, Trevor worked for K-State Salina's Applied Aviation Research Center.
Tyler Wehr

Masters in GIS from Northwest Missouri State University. Business Analyst at LAZ Parking. A contractor with the City of KCMO. 6 years experience in GIS with 10 years experience as a broadcast meteorologist.

Jeffrey Young

Mr. Young has over 30 years of sales, program, project and channel management experience, including more than 25 years in senior management of geospatial corporations in various capacities. Currently as Managing Account Executive for 1Spatial, Mr. Young ascertains customer expectations and requirements to ensure quality products, services, and communications are delivered that help customers achieve their goals including achievement of data quality aspirations. Mr. Young’s educational background is as follows: Master of Arts, Geography—specializing in Land Use Analysis and Environmental Hazards, (National Science Foundation supported); Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science, Geography, cum laude; Lock Haven State College, Pennsylvania. Mr. Young currently is the ASPRS-RMR Past President.

Kristen Zimmerman, AICP

Kristen is the Team Lead for PEC’s Planning, GIS, and Land Development Team. She is a Planner by trade, and has over 20 years of experience working for regional planning organizations. She has Geography degrees from KSU and the University of Arizona.

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