URISA 2014 Board of Directors Election Results Announced

Des Plaines, IL (July 25, 2014) --- URISA is pleased to announce the results of its 2014 Board of Directors’ Election. Rebecca Somers will become President-Elect of the association and Valrie Grant, Kevin Mickey and Martin Roche will begin their terms as members of the Board of Directors, at the close of GIS-Pro 2014: URISA's 52nd Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, September 8-11, 2014.               

Rebecca Somers, GISP, Somers-St. Claire GIS Management Consultantsresides in Fairfax, Virginia.In her statement to the membership, she noted, “URISA has done some outstanding planning in the past couple of years and has many exciting new initiatives planned and underway.    These new developments have the potential to transform URISA to a new level of GIS professional leadership.   I’ve worked on the teams developing the GMI, GIS best practices, and expanded educational programs, and it has been an intellectually stimulating and rewarding experience.   As president, I would work to ensure the successful progression of all of URISA’s new plans.  The years 2014-17 should see many new developments including the launch of GMI’s organizational assessment and accreditation service, publication and dissemination of GIS best practices information, new professional publications and resources, new workshop and webinar topics, and new educational programs….URISA has always been a central part of my professional life and I look forward to the opportunity to combine my business expertise and extensive URISA experience to help guide URISA to continuing success.”

Three new directors were elected by the URISA membership to serve a three-year term on the URISA Board, also beginning in September. The three new Board members are:

  • Valrie Grant GISP - President, GeoTechVision, Kingston, Jamaica
  • Kevin Mickey, GISP - Director Geospatial Technologies Education, The Polis Center-IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN
  • Martin Roche, GISP - President/CEO, Geo Planning Services LLC, Orlando, FL

At the close of GIS-Pro 2014 in New Orleans, the terms of service for these Board members will conclude:

  • Al Butler (Immediate Past President) – City of Ocoee, Florida
  • Tripp Corbin, GISP – eGIS Associates, Dacula, Georgia
  • Cindy Post – University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta Canada
  • Teresa Townsend, AICP – Planning Communities LLC, Raleigh, North Carolina

We thank them all, in advance, for their dedication and service to URISA and anticipate many more years of continued involvement.


Wendy Nelson
Executive Director - URISA
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