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2016 MAGIP Elections

Newly Elected Board Members

    • Gerry Daumiller, Vice President - 3 Year Term (Vice President, President, Past President)
    • Jenny Connelley, Member-at-Large - 2 Year Term
    • Jessie Fernandes, Member-at-Large - 2 Year Term    

Appointed Positions

    • Jeff Hedstrom - Professional Development Committee Chair - 2 year Term 

Elections closed May 16, 2016

Only MAGIP members in good standing are eligible to vote. A link to vote will be sent via email to MAGIP members when the election opens. The new board members will take office at the June 13, 2016 MAGIP Board Meeting.

2016 MAGIP Nominees

Vice President

Gerry Daumiller has been a geographic information specialist at the Montana State Library since 1988. He has a bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Montana and studied cartography in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for three years. He was on the MAGIP board from 2004-2008 and 2012-2013.  He was president of MAGIP in 2006. He enjoys running, telemark and cross-country skiing, kayaking, travel, and recording all these activities with his GPS.


Member-at-Large (2 positions)

Jenny Connelley has been an active member of MAGIP for over 8 years, participating on the Intermountain GIS Conference Committees of 4 consecutive conferences, taking a leading role in both Emergency Services and Student outreach and coordination. Her broad work at Gallatin County ranges from the interlinking of GIS systems and recorded legal documents, to the implementation of geospatial technologies for E911 and Emergency Services, to field mapping everything from noxious weeds to irrigation infrastructure to residential neighborhoods. Jenny has extensive experience in board leadership for non-profit organizations in community groups like the Girl Scouts and the American Cancer Society, in addition to her extensive professional administrative experience in private industry, local government, and wildland fire services.


Phil Davis is a plant ecologist and weed management specialist, currently working on precision agriculture research at MSU. His professional interests are in using spatial data and GIS for natural resources management. He is an active member of the Education and Membership committees where he has contributed eagerly and with much dedication.



Jessie Fernandes has worked at DPHHS for 8 years as an epidemiologist and manager, most recently in the Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Bureau. She grew up in Oregon and previously lived in New Orleans where she received a master’s degree in public health and in Panama where she was a Peace Corps Volunteer. Jessie has been an advocate for GIS at DPHHS for the last several years promoting its uses for epidemiology, program planning, and evaluation of public health issues. She has participated in the GIS Manager group for the last 2 years and have chaired a health track at the Intermountain GIS Conference in 2014 and 2016. Jessie also serve as an administrator for the Public Health and Safety Division's ArcGIS Online account. Though not an expert in GIS, she supports other staff with their GIS projects and encourage others to consider spatial aspects of their data. She is interested in this position as a way to continue to support and advocate for GIS in the healthcare and public health fields.


Kristy Fortman recently started as the GIS Coordinator for the Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program at the DNRC. For the last 7 and a half years she worked at the Montana DEQ as a senior water quality planner. She recently took a sabbatical to serve as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer, working on a source water study with a municipality in Leyte, Philippines. Kristy also served as a Peace Corps volunteer for 2 years in Ecuador. She received her graduate degree in Geography from Miami University and her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and Geography from the University of Colorado.




Michael Krueger is a GIS Specialist who provides support on a variety of power delivery and transportation design projects at HDR Engineering in Billings, MT, and has been with the company for 6 years. At HDR Michael serves on a geospatial leadership team and helps drive new GIS technologies in the power market sector. He acquired his Bachelor of Science in Geography and Environmental Sciences from the University of North Dakota in 2009. Michael transferred to the HDR Billings, MT location from North Dakota in December of 2014 and has been an active member of MAGIP for 8 months. In which, he currently serves as a Technical Committee member. He has also undertaken remote volunteer efforts for the GISCorps providing mapping efforts in response to global disasters.

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