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Candidate Biographies

Each year at the conference we elect several new members to the WAURISA board.  These are the biographies of this year's candidates.  Be sure to review them before voting at the conference. 

Fill out your ballot and turn it in before Thursday at 10 am!

**Note that you need to sign in as a member of WAURISA before you can vote.


Heather Glock, is an Account Manager on the Local Government team at Esri. Heather has over 18 years of experience working in the geospatial field, focusing primarily on city and county government. Heather will receive her Master’s in Public Administration degree from The Evergreen State College in June 2018. She recently took a career quiz (when she should have been working on her capstone project) and by leaps and bounds her quiz results pointed to a career in government and public administration. It’s in her blood – she’s where she is supposed to be. Heather has been involved with Washington URISA since 2005 and has served on the board in various capacities including board president. Heather currently serves as the Washington URISA Membership committee chair.

Personal statement:

I can’t stay away. I really enjoyed my years serving on the board for Washington URISA and I hope to come back into the fold with your vote. If elected, I will focus on increasing membership communications, benefits and opportunities for networking. Thank you very much for your consideration.  


Mike McGuire, Owner/Operator of Ascent GIS, Inc., Spokane Washington.  Mike cofounded Ascent GIS, Inc. in 1998 and has provided professional GIS services to Federal, State and Local Governments; Universities; Utility, Mining, Engineering, Forestry, and Agriculture businesses for the past 20 years. Mike’s specialty is remote sensing. He has years of experience working with aerial, satellite and LiDAR industry leaders all over the world. Mike has managed hundreds of acquisition projects in the Pacific Northwest with a majority of those projects located in the State of Washington. Mike earned a BAE with an emphasis on geography at Eastern Washington University. Post-graduation, he taught a wide variety of subjects at the secondary education level and extended his education by receiving GIS training from a local Spokane AutoCAD company where he eventually became the GIS Manger. Mike has served as Vendor Chair of the NW User Conference on three separate occasions.

Personal Statement:

I have really enjoyed participating in the Washington URISA conference over the years. Ascent GIS has a very strong customer base in the State of Washington. The WAURISA conference has proven to be an invaluable networking event for my company. I currently manage the Washington State Imagery Program, working very closely with the State Coordinator and contributing partners, and have participated on the State’s Imagery Committee for years. I’m particularly proud of the work Ascent GIS, in partnership with the State of Washington, has performed over the years making affordable imagery accessible to rural counties and cities throughout the state.


Tami Faulkner supervises the Thurston GeoData Center. Her background as a Senior IT and GIS Project Manager allows her to provide guidance from both a GIS perspective as well as a traditional IT application development point of view.  Tami has been on the WAURISA Board for one year and participated in the annual conferences since 2002.  Tami began working in GIS while serving as the GIS Project Manager in charge of the Washington Transportation Framework for GIS (WA-Trans).  Tami received the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) President’s Award for work she and her team did on WA-Trans.   This national award recognizes “exemplary service to the States furthering transportation”.  The WA-Trans project also received recognition for ‘Best Practices’ from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).  Prior to that she was a Senior Project Manager for the Washington State Department of Transportation’s IT division, managing other project managers and very large projects.  Tami has been with the County for almost 8 years and the State for 13 years previously.  She is formerly from the State of Montana.  While there, she was a Senior Programmer Analyst for the Montana Department of Revenue.  Tami has a BA in Speech Communication from Montana State University and completed all required coursework towards an MS in Computer Science at Montana State University.   Tami enjoys reading, good music, fun with friends, dancing, weight lifting and travel in her spare time.

Personal Statement:

I have participated with WAURISA since the beginning of my GIS odyssey.  As a traditional IT applications person who most enjoys making computers comprehensible to people, GIS is a natural fit.  I love that GIS is so collaborative and that sharing is a key part of this technology.  WAURISA just provides more opportunity for that collaboration and I am very happy to have the opportunity to give back to an organization that has provided so much support for the work I have done the last 17 years.  I hope my experience managing budgets for large projects and supporting a GIS program budget will allow me to provide real benefits to WAURISA and its membership as treasurer. 


Jeff Anderson

Personal Statement:

I have over 25 years experience working in the GIS industry in both the private and public sectors.  On the job, in this, my home state of Washington, I've successfully worked with and collaborated with internal staff and local, regional, and state government entities and private GIS consultants to facilitate GIS program development and data sharing.  I want to bring these same skills and experience to WAURISA to facilitate its continuing function and growth - while having a good time meeting and networking with others along the way.

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