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Board Candidate Biographies

Each year WAGISA elects one-half of their WAGISA Board members at its annual conference in May.  This year again will be done online via our WAGISA Website and open on May 24th and will close at 10:00am on May 26th, 2022.  Voting is open to all WAGISA members.

Listed below are the WAGISA Board Candidate’s by position along with a short bio, a statement as to why the candidate wishes to serve or continue serving on our WAGISA Board and their photo.  Our standard elected term is for two years.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at:   Nominations@WAGISA.ORG  

(OPEN)  WAGISA Treasurer - Emily Pitman

(OPEN)  WAGISA Board At Large Position -- Taylor Dixon

(OPEN)  WAGISA Board At Large Position-- Gregory Lund

(OPEN)  WAGISA Board At Large Position-- Leslie Carman

(OPEN)  WAGISA Board At Large Position -- Ashlee Llewellyn


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

Position:  Treasurer

Emily Pitman, Thurston County

Emily Pitman is a GIS Analyst II with Thurston County. She is the primary GIS analyst for Thurston County's Community Planning and Economic Development department. In this role, she's able to combine her GIS knowledge with her personal interest of connecting directly with the public. Emily lives in Tacoma and originally calls Cape Cod, Massachusetts home. When she's not at work, Emily enjoys riding her bike and creating bike routes to ride to new places to eat.

Personal Statement:

“Hi all! I've enjoyed supporting WAGISA since as Treasurer since the end of 2020 and hope to continue on in this position! I've enjoyed learning and supporting WAGISA in a variety of ways. If elected Treasurer, I would build on the knowledge and experience I have developed in the past 16 months. I will bring my attention to detail in maintaining financial records and in establishing WAGISA as an independent organization. It's been a privilege to be Treasurer so far and I hope to continue on in this role for the next two years!”

Position:  Board Member At-Large

Taylor Dixon, Seattle Public Utilities

Taylor Dixon is a Senior GIS Analyst for Seattle Public Utilities. While completing his GIS degree at the University of Washington, he interned for the City of Bothell. After graduating, he immediately took a job with Seattle Public Utilities and has been there for the last 10 years. He has volunteered for a handful of organizations both in and outside of the City of Seattle, and has even volunteered his GIS skills for politicians and sports blogs in his spare time. When he’s not working, he’s probably playing soccer, writing music, playing video games, cheering on his sports teams, arguing about music and movies, riding roller coasters, or staring at mountains.

Personal Statement:

"For the past two years, I have thoroughly enjoyed serving as an At-Large Board Member, the Dick Thomas Award Co-Coordinator, Washington GIS Conference Technology Co-Lead, and I’m currently filling in as the Technology Committee Co-Lead. And I haven’t ruined anything yet! All jokes aside, I love working with this board and these committees, I enjoy contributing where I’m useful, and I hope to have your vote so I can continue doing so!"

Position:  Board Member At-Large

Gregory Lund, University of Washington Tacoma

C:\Users\Ian\Documents\WA-URISA\Lund_Gregory_headshot.jpgGregory Lund, is a Full Time Assistant Teaching Professor in the School of Urban Studies at the University of Washington Tacoma. Gregory has over twenty years of teaching experience, thirteen of which have been in the field of GIS. Gregory earned a Masters Degree in GIS at the University of Washington Seattle, a GIS Certificate from the University of Washington Tacoma as well as both a Bachelors/Masters of Science degrees in Education from the State University of New York (Brockport). Gregory teaches five GIS Courses per year and is the Geospatial Lab Manager. Gregory has been involved with the Esri Middle/High School ArcGIS Online StoryMaps competition for the past four years. He is a current board member of the WAGISA (Washington GIS Association) and a member of the WAGISA Conference Technology Team.


Personal statement: 

"I am very grateful for the time I’ve been on the WAGISA board, and wish to continue my service to the organization. I have been involved with the Technology, Community Engagement, Summit Newsletter, and Professional development committees over the past 6 years. For the past 2 years I have been the co-Technology lead for our WAGISA online conference, and recently helped with the Portal Summit. If re-elected, I will do my best to advocate for students as well as focus on increasing student participation in as many areas of WAGISA as possible. My position as an educator provides me an opportunity to bring a unique perspective to the WAGISA Board. My students are the future of WAGISA. Thank you very much for your consideration."

Position:  Board Member At-Large

Leslie Carman, Thurston County GeoData

Leslie Carman is a GIS Analyst II at Thurston County GeoData where she supports county departments, currently supporting Public Works and Emergency Management. She also manages datashares with other agencies and has become the go-to plotter troubleshooter. She has been at Thurston County for almost 3 years and completed GIS internships at other government agencies before joining the county. Leslie earned her B.A. in Environmental Science at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois in 2015 where she took her first GIS courses. After completing the Post-Baccalaureate program at Knox College in 2016, she moved to Olympia, Washington where she started the Master of Environmental Studies Program at The Evergreen State College. Leslie discovered her love for GIS in the program and completed her thesis in GIS. She used Illinois cancer incidents data to examine the art of cartography and how the maps we create are interpreted by general audiences by conducting a survey. She earned her M.E.S in 2019 shortly after joining Thurston County. In her free time, you can find Leslie admiring maps including those in Craig of the Creek, spoiling her two cats with rides in their stroller, exploring the Pacific Northwest (with a map of course), and knitting.

Personal Statement:

"I have been a member of WAGISA since attending my first conference in 2018 and still keep my coffee mug from that conference on my desk. I am excited for the opportunity to continue to participate in WAGISA conferences and to learn more about the board and committees as a Board Member At-Large. I hope to learn from the current board members and work together to provide opportunities for members of WAGISA and the local GIS community."

Position:  Board Member At-Large

Ashlee Llewellyn, GISP, Esri

Ashlee Llewellyn earned her B.A. in Geography from Sonoma State  University. During college she worked at the university’s Map  Library assisting other Geography students, performed data  collection for which resulted in a series of AVA map  posters seen in 100s of Sonoma County wineries, and inventoried every paper map at The Map Store which sadly did not survive the  recession. Since graduating college, Ashlee’s 12-year career has  always included GIS. She started her career in environmental  management (HAZWOPER certified) as a GIS Analyst and worked  her way up to a GIS Department Manager. Ashlee then pivoted her career to local government working  within Public Works for Marin County CA and within IT for Napa County CA supporting GIS business  needs for all departments. Ashlee was also the GIS Unit Lead for Napa County’s Emergency Operations  Center (ICS Management Level Certified) where she supported wildfire, flood, Public Safety Power  Shutoffs (PSPS), and COVID-19 response and recovery efforts earning her recognition awards, but most  importantly, the ability to showcase how critical GIS is in government to a much wider audience. While  gaining professional experience, Ashlee has contributed to the GIS community in many ways: Vice Chair  of the CA GIS Council, North Bay GIS User Group participation (Board Member, GIS Day Event  Committee Volunteer, Poster Judge, and Speaker), regular guest speaker at Sonoma State’s Senior  Seminar Series, competition judge for the CA Geographic Alliance’s My CA GIS Mapping Showcase (K-12  StoryMaps), and most recently, Speaker Coordinator for the WAGISA 2022 WA GIS Conference. Her  continued education post undergraduate degree, professional experience, and volunteer activities gave  Ashlee the ability to obtain her GISP certification. In early 2021 Ashlee accepted a position at Esri as an  Account Manager where she supports the GIS business needs for the State of Washington. Ashlee has  been a resident of Olympia WA for almost a year. 

Personal Statement:

“When I moved away from CA I also had to leave behind my position with the CA GIS  Council, but I knew I would find ways in WA to volunteer with the GIS community. But where to start?  My colleague Heather Glock had nothing but great things to say about her experience with WAGISA  (formerly WAURISA). I did my research, became a member, and decided to volunteer for the conference  committee. Volunteering with the conference committee has given me a fast-tracked experience of  becoming familiar with WAGISA and I’m along for the ride! I am looking forward to learning about how  the board functions and how I can become a strong contributor as a Board Member At-Large to the  organization’s mission of recognizing, supporting, and encouraging professional growth through  continuing education, communication, technical development and service to its members and others in  the field of geospatial and information technologies.”

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