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2015 MAGIP Elections

MAGIP Bylaws Amendment

This year the MAGIP membership also voted on whether to amend the Election Process within the MAGIP Bylaws. The Bylaw Amendment was passed.  View the amendment

View the current MAGIP Bylaws

2015 MAGIP Board Election Results

    • Vice President - Brian Andersen
    • Member-at-Large - Karen Coleman
    • Member-at-Large - Henry Hansen


Elections Closed May 30, 2015


2015 Board Candidates

Vice President


Brian Andersen, Montana Department of Transporation

Brian Andersen is the Supervisor for Road Inventory and Mapping at the Montana Department of Transportation. Brian has been in the GIS field with the MDT for almost 15 years. He supervises employees that manage multiple programs including ArcGIS Online, Fuel Tax Allocations, GPS Road Inventory, Central GIS database, Highway Performance Monitoring System, and MDT’s Transportation Information Management System. Brian has extensive experience in GIS Analysis, Cartography, Database Management, GIS Project Management and interactive mapping. In his free time he enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, rafting, camping and spending time with his family.



Member-at-Large (2 Positions)


Karen Coleman, Montana Natural Heritage Program 

I have been doing GIS for over 20 years. I started out in the Ecology department at the University of Minnesota, and we wanted to map some trees.... From there I went on to get my M.S. in Forestry at UMN with an emphasis on GIS and data management, taking advantage of the wonderful GIS community at the Remote Sensing Lab there. After a brief time as a GIS Technician for the Chippewa National Forest in Minnesota, I was hired as the Biological Data Systems Coordinator for the Montana Natural Heritage Program (2004) and have been here ever since.

In 2013 I received my GISP and was elected to the MAGIP Board of Directors. In 2014 I took over as the MAGIP Treasurer and have decided to run for another term on the Board in hopes of continuing that position. I have been working on documenting protocols for our book-keeping practices in order to improve our organization and accountability and would like to see this project to completion.




Henry Hansen, Park County

I bring technical experience from both the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and environmental sectors. Some of my previous positions included working for the United States Geological Survey, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service and the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Currently, I serve as the Park County/City of Livingston GIS Technician. This position applies a diverse range of cartographic skills, spatial data management processes and web-based mapping solutions. The recently released interactive Park County Atlas is a strong example of these applications. I also am dedicated to researching modern GIS workflows and adapting them to local government GIS. This can best be seen through the integration of Python workflows and tools, development of web GIS analytics, and the utilization of open source GIS technology. I was recognized as a National Science Foundation – Applied Science Future Leader during my time at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and was student chapter president for both the American Fisheries Society (co-founder as well) and Natural Areas Association. This diverse skill set is ideal for continuing MAGIP’s mission, “to stimulate, encourage, and provide for the advancement of an interdisciplinary approach to the use of geographic information”, and more specifically, ushering and advising on undergraduate student involvement with MAGIP. Outside of work, I have a passion for cooking and fly fishing. Thank you for your consideration.


Hunter Simpkins, Robert Peccia and Associates (RPA)

Hunter Simpkins is the GIS Services Manager for Robert Peccia and Associates (RPA), an Engineering, Survey, and Planning firm with offices in Helena, Kalispell, and Fort Collins, CO. Hunter currently serves on the MAGIP Board as Secretary and enjoys the interaction with the Montana GIS community. In her past two years of service, the opportunities to meet people and get involved have proven rewarding.

Hunter joined RPA in the summer of 2014. She is responsible for overseeing and producing GIS analyses and graphics for drawings, reports, simulations, presentations, and other deliverables. With over 16 years as a GIS analyst, she has developed, created, and produced maps and graphics for documents and public involvement displays. Ms. Simpkins applies and incorporates GIS data with civil engineering, landscape architecture, and land surveying data using ESRI ArcGIS and Global Mapper. She combines GIS data with AutoCAD or MicroStation drawings for road, utility, land use, emergency service, site development, water and wastewater treatment systems and other projects.



Nancy Stempel, McCone County 

Nancy Stempel started as the GIS Coordinator for McCone County in 2008. She manages rural addressing and supports all county departments, as well as Emergency Services, with data management and mapping. She and her husband operate a wheat farm in Eastern Montana near Brockway. Nancy retired from the Army Reserve after 23 years of service. She earned a Bachelors in Business Administration with an Information Systems Option from Eastern Montana College.




Contact Meghan Burns, MAGIP President, for more information.




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