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2020 MAGIP Elections

The Election was open May 4 and run through May 18, 2020.  All members in good standing receive a ballot via e-mail.  New Board Members will take office on June 1, 2020.

Election Results

    • Vice President: Jeff Hedstrom
    • Members-at-Large: Phoebe Ferguson and Steven Jay
    • MAGIP Constitution and Bylaws Changes - PASSED
Thank You and Congratulations to the Candidates!

MAGIP Bylaws Amendment

This year in additional to electing new members to the Board of Directors, the MAGIP membership will vote on whether to amend the MAGIP Bylaws. View the Proposed Bylaws

View the current MAGIP Bylaws

Open Board of Directors Positions

Elected Positions

  • Vice President - Elected to three (3) year term (Vice President, President, Past President)
  • Member-at-Large (2 Positions) - Elected to two (2) year term

Only MAGIP members in good standing are eligible to run for a MAGIP Board position, submit nominations, and vote in the election for the three (3) elected positions.

New Board Members will take office June 2020


Vice President

Jeff Hedstrom is a GIS Analyst at the Montana State Library (MSL) in Helena. His primary focus at MSL includes maintaining the Cadastral and CadNSDI datasets within the MSDI framework as well as maintaining metadata collections, developing GIS applications pertaining to his primary focus and collaborates with other MSL geographic information staff or other local/state government GIS employees within his discipline to help solve complex geographic problems. Prior to joining the MSL team, he was the GIS Coordinator for the City of Great Falls for six years where his focus was maintaining geographic content and administrating GIS Enterprise systems. He has been a MAGIP member for 10 years and has served on the MAGIP Board from 2016-18 as the Professional Development Chair. During his time on the board, he helped organize the Montana Salary Survey and was one of the advocates for MAGIP re-branding their conference and migrating towards hosting an annual conference. He helped plan (as co-chair) the Intermountain GIS Conference in 2016, the first ever to be held in Great Falls. He organized one or two meetups a year while in Great Falls including a GIS Day event November of 2019. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences (concentrating in GIS) from Montana State University in 2012 and a Master of Professional Studies in Geographic Information Technology from Northeastern University in 2019.


Phoebe Ferguson spent her formative years in central Florida then headed to the South Carolina foothills to attend Furman University in Greenville, SC where she achieved a B.S. in Earth and Environmental Sciences. Previously, Phoebe worked as a guest scientist with the U.S. Forest Service’s National Groundwater Program in Lakewood, CO where she used StoryMaps to design a geologic inventory application and worked to develop a mobile version of the Groundwater Dependent Ecosystem: Level 1 Inventory using Survey123. She joined the Montana Natural Heritage Program in 2019 and works as a GIS specialist and rangeland ecologist. Phoebe splits her time between photo interpretation and digitization for the National Wetland Inventory and field data collection for the terrestrial Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring program for the Bureau of Land Management. Phoebe uses her free time to bake, run and generally look at things on the ground. She dabbles in graphic design and has created multiple posters for the Colorado Environmental Film Festival as part of her volunteer work with their planning committee. Her background in GIS is strongly complemented by a desire to integrate her experiences on the ground and a love for design into her work style. Her experience in Montana has encouraged Phoebe to continue sharing how geographic information can be used to cross boundaries and improve lives.

Steven Jay is the GIS Analyst for Park County, MT. He has been a MAGIP member since 2016. Steve is currently on the MAGIP Board as co-chair of the Business and Operations Committee and is a moderator for the MAGIP ListServe. Steve graduated MSU with a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and has been working as a GIS professional since 2007. He is looking forward to continue to serve on the MAGIP Board for another term.

Additional Election information can be found on our Election Overview page

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