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2012 MAGIP Elections  

Elections are Closed

Voting will occur via Survey Monkey.  Only members in good standing will be eligible to vote.
A link to the Ballot will be sent to members e-mail addresses on Thursday, April 19th. 
If you did not receive a ballot and you are a member in good standing contact Ms. Lee Macholz

Elected Positions:

  • Vice President
  • Member-at-Large (2 Positions)

Appointed Positions:

  • Professional Development Committee Chair
  • Education Committee Chair

Additional Election information can be found on our Election Overview page.

2012 MAGIP Nominees

Elected Board Positions Open:

Vice President:

Allen J. Armstrong, GISP, GIS Manager - Gallatin County GIS

Allen Armstrong has been the GIS Manager for Gallatin County, Montana
since 1997. Gallatin County is using Geographic Information System (GIS)
technology to get more out of existing resources and deliver increased
value to the taxpayers.  In this role, he is responsible for management,
development and promotion of GIS technology throughout all county
departments.  A new level of importance is being attached to GIS as
Gallatin County moves away from departmental solutions to enterprise
applications that deliver increased informational access to county staff
and the public.

Allen was previously Manager of GPS/GIS Services at GeoResearch in
Billings and managed numerous multi-disciplined Global Positioning
System (GPS)/GIS projects, provided international project planning and
system implementation consulting, conducted training seminars and
authored many papers on the GPS/AM/FM/GIS industry.

He received a B.S. degree in Geological Engineering from the Montana
College of Mineral Science and Technology, Butte, Montana.

As Vice-President, in addition to working collaboratively with current
board members, he is interested keeping MAGIP fiscally responsible,
exploring new technology to reach and include more users, making
connections between GIS professionals and groups they can partner with,
and striving to develop a trustworthy relationship with the incoming
governor and appointed staff.


Member-at-Large (2 Positions): 

Andrew Gordon, CDM


Andy is a Helena native who has been working for CDM for the past 11 years and as a GIS specialist for the last 8. He graduated from The University of Montana with a B.A. in Geography. His experience as a GIS specialist in Denver and Helena included work on numerous projects involving environmental remediation, wastewater CIP, stormwater modeling, and transportation planning.

Andy's goals as a MAGIP board member will be to help facilitate the organization and growth of one of the nation's finest statewide GIS organizations while continuing the tradition of trailblazing GIS excellence demonstrated by Montana to the rest of the international GIS community.


Tom Kohley, Ranch Maps

Tom is the principle and founder of Ranch Maps, a company that provides mapping services and custom map products for farm and ranch operations in the northwestern US. He also provides GIS/GPS consulting services in the areas of emergency services, rural addressing, E911 map systems and wildland fire mapping. For the past 20 years, Tom has collaborated on GIS projects with many state and federal agencies, private companies, non-profit organizations and universities. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees in geography with an emphasis in natural resource management and geo-spatial technologies. After completing his graduate degree at the University of Wyoming, he remained with the University as a research scientist and was also involved with the Wyoming Geographic Information Advisory Council, a state entity similar to MAGIP. If elected as a board member, one of Tom’s goals would be to recruit additional private sector membership into the Association especially engineers and land surveyors who could potentially contribute valuable data to the geodetic control framework.


Robin Lium, Ecologist - Montana Natural Heritage Program

Robin has been working at the Montana Natural Heritage Program for over 3 years as an Ecologist/Photo Interpreter in the Ecology Program. She has mapped areas of the Yellowstone River, Southwest Montana, Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Missoula and Flathead Counties and the Upper Musselshell.  Recently she has been working on her Python skills to help improve verification processes and automating geoprocessing steps. 

Rather than starting out with using ESRI’s ArcGIS package, Robin was introduced to GIS through GRASS GIS during a course in graduate school. 

Robin graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 2008 with an MSc in Wildlife Conservation and Habitat Management and a BA in Conservation Biology and Ecology from Boston University in 2005.


Catherine Maynard, Natural Resource Analyst - USDA NRCS


Catherine has worked for the Montana NRCS since 1996. She specializes in using satellite imagery and other geospatial data to model and evaluate resource conditions for statewide and local projects such rangeland inventories, watershed planning, wetlands conservation, precision agriculture, and land cover mapping. From 1988 to 1996 she worked for Region One of the USFS as a soil scientist and ecologist where she mapped soils and vegetation and developed landscape level analysis methods for mapping and classifying ecosystems.

She received a Ph.D. in Land Resources and Environmental Science from Montana State University in 2003, a M.S. in Soils and Forest Ecology from the University of Montana in 1988 and a B.S. in Plant Ecology and Environmental Science from Utah State University in 1977.

Catherine has been involved in the Montana GIS community since the 1990’s and served as the first president of MAGIP when it was formed in 2004. She has also been the USDA representative on the Montana Land Information Advisory Council (MLIAC) for several years.  If elected as a board member she will bring her experience as a long-term GIS practitioner, and the goals of advancing professionalism and improving coordination between all GIS users in Montana.


Carrie R Shockley, GIS Water/Wastewater Specialist - City of Bozeman

Carrie Shockley is the GIS Water/Wastewater Specialist for the City of Bozeman.  She is responsible for developing and maintaining the Geographic Information System, providing training and support for GIS solutions, and researching and recommending technology initiatives related to GIS needs for the Water/Sewer Department.

Prior to joining the City of Bozeman Carrie was the GIS/Rural Addressing Manager for the City of Livingston and Park County from 2002 - 2006.  While she was there she was responsible for creating and maintaining the GIS database for rural addressing and 911, developing policies, procedures and standards related to GIS system maintenance, operations, and services, participating in the development and administration of the GIS budget.

Carrie graduated from Flathead Valley Community College with an Associates of Science in 2000 and from Montana State University with a Bachelor of Science in 2002.  She is a  member of the Montana Association of GIS Professionals.


Appointed Board Positions Open:

Education Committee Chair: 

Contact Maya Daurio, current chair


Professional Development Committee Chair: 

Contact Michael Sweet, current chair

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