Meet the Board

Kurt Babcock

Kurt is a long time member of IGIC who has dedicated many hours and years to the advancement of the GIS profession. He has served in both the state and local levels of government as a GIS professional working to improve coordination and data sharing in communities across Indiana. He has worked in the private sector gaining valuable experience in the field of design, architecture, and engineering that can aid him in identifying the needs of IGIC members across the professional spectrum. Kurt strives to improve the accuracy and transparency of geospatial information for all Hoosiers by promoting adherence to sound technical practices and statewide accessibility to data.

Lacey Bannon

Lacey is a GIS Analyst at The Polis Center at IUPUI, primarily working to assist DNR with their FEMA Risk MAP efforts and the Veterans Affairs space management project. She has been a member of IGIC and the Waters Workgroup since 2008. Lacey is enthusiastic about GIS and the benefits it brings to the community. As a board member, she would continue to promote public use of IGIC’s data and maximizing GIS within government.

Eric Banschbach

Eric has been the Manager of the Land and Aerial Survey Office within the Indiana Department of Transportation since 2008. He has been an Indiana licensed Professional Surveyor for 14 years and has been working in the field of land surveying, both in private practice and public service, for 24 years. He has been on the Board of Directors for the Indiana Society of Professional Land Surveyors, Inc. since 2010. In his position with the state, he represents Indiana on the Great Lakes Regions Height Modernization Program Consortium and has been a member of the joint IGIC-ISPLS Geodetic Control Workgroup actively involved in the progress of Indiana’s Height Modernization program. His office is responsible for the administration, maintenance and operation of Indiana’s statewide network of Continuously Operating Reference Stations and GPS-GNSS Real Time Network, known as InCORS. His office is also responsible for the INDOT Benchmark network and database.

Megan Compton

Megan is the GIS Coordinator at the Indiana Integrated Public Safety Commission. Megan has blended GIS with Public Safety beginning as a research assistant for the Center for Criminal Justice Research at the IU Public Policy Institute, continuing as Director of the Drug and Crime Control Division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, and currently as GIS Administrator for the Indiana Integrated Public Safety Commission. Megan has developed additional skills in the areas of government administration and policy, program development, analysis, and grant writing. She has an MPA, Criminal Justice & Policy, from IUPUI.

Jennifer Dunn

Jennifer joined the MPO in August of 2016 as a Senior Data Planner and her current responsibilities include traffic count, pavement, and crash data. Jennifer is originally from Bloomington and studied Biology and Environmental Studies at Oberlin College and received a Master of Science in Environmental Science from IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. It was through coursework at IU that Jennifer first discovered her love of Geographic Information Systems. Prior to joining the MPO, she spent 15 years working as a Geographic Analyst for HERE Maps (formerly Navteq) in Indianapolis.

Irv Goldblatt

Irv works for the State of Indiana as IDEM/GIO, Infrastructure Manager/State Agency GIS Coordinator. Irv has been active with the Indiana GIS community since the early 1990’s. He has been involved with planning Conferences since the 1991 Midwest Arc Users Group and has been an active advocate of GIS coordination and cooperation between agencies. He is an active member of IGIC and was active with the predecessor entity, UGISA. Irv is also a recipient of the David Ford Special Achievement Award in 2010.

John Hannel

John is a GISP and PMP with over 25 years of experience managing complex geospatial technology integration projects. His GIS career has allowed him to lead many high profile and strategic utility asset implementation programs for some great companies and clients around the world. He is proud to have been elected to the IGIC Board and is hopeful for the opportunity to be involved in GIS at this level.

Rick Hill

Rick Hill is employed with the Indiana Geological Survey (IGS) as Assistant Director for Technical Services. Rick has served the IGS in previous roles as Cartographer, Head Cartographer, Publications Manager, and Head of Information Technology Services. Rick offers his unique experiences in mapping, GIS, IT, management, and strong support of IGIC’s goal to provide coordination of Indiana GIS through dissemination of data and data products, education and outreach, adoption of standards, building partnerships, and IndianaMap.

Bill Holder

Bill is currently the Kosciusko County GIS Director. He is also one of the founders of the Northeast Indiana Geospatial Information Community (NIGIC) and has previously served as its President. Bill served on the IGIC Board from 2007-2009, and was elected President of the organization in 2008. In his spare time he likes to map cemeteries. He undertook a countywide mapping project with the Kosciusko County Historical Society to map every cemetery within the County.

Steven J. Hook

Steve is a GISP and GIS Manager for Noble County Government. Over the last 18 years Steve has worked in the Surveyor’s Office for 7 years and been GIS Coordinator for 11. While GIS Coordinator, Steve worked with city and town governments sharing GIS resources, helped various county government offices to improve efficiency, and serves on the Noble County Economic Development Corporation Board. Steve is also a past President of IGIC, and a past and current President of the Northeast Indiana Geospatial Information Community (NIGIC).

Chad Hoover

Chad Hoover has a B.S. in Environmental Science and works at LaGrange County REMC, Engineering/GIS Technician. Chad has represented Rural County Governments on the IGIC Board in the past. He has experience with all GIS activities within County Government working as the Steuben County GIS Coordinator. He recently began working for the Lagrange County REMC and is looking forward to working on the GIS infrastructure for the electric utility. He has been working in GIS for the last 16 years, earning his GISP in 2008.

John Howe

John is the GIS Director for Gibson County. John’s purpose in joining IGIC has been to increase two-way communication for both the GIS professionals in Southwestern Indiana and the IGIC Board. He has spent 10 years as a GIS Technician, Analyst and now Director in the local government sector. He received both his Bachelor’s and MPA from the University of Missouri.

Kyle Johnson

Kyle is GIS Coordinator, Delaware County GIS Department. Kyle has worked in the GIS Profession for 14 years. He has facilitated the integration of GIS applications into many departments and agencies as well as to the public, increasing efficiency and government transparency. Kyle has built strong partnerships with Ball State University and other agencies to help promote GIS as an important tool to help them make better decisions. Kyle has helped plan the annual GIS Conference as a local liaison for the IGIC Conference Committee.

Nicole Kong

Dr. Kong is an Assistant Professor and GIS Specialist at Purdue University Libraries. Her research interests include geospatial information discovery, access, integration, and management, as well as GIS education across disciplines. She led the development of a geospatial data portal at Purdue University, participated in various geospatial research projects, and is teaching graduate level GIS courses. From the outreach perspective, she is organizing Purdue’s GIS Day College and High School programs in recent years.

Tom Maggard

Tom has 10 years of professional GIS experience in public, private, and educational sectors, with the last 3 years in local government. He has been a member of IGIC for 5 years and a member of the Waters Workgroup. Tom is responsible for GIS updates, maintenance, and education for the City of Greenwood employees and citizens. He is an advocate for the need of data sharing within the GIS community.

Rob Mendel

Rob is the CAD/GIS Technician for the City of Huntingburg, where he manages the GIS and provides user support. He has spent the last few years updating and improving the GIS for the City. The GIS is used by all Departments within the City of Huntingburg.

Chris Morse

Chris has been the state GIS Coordinator for the UDSA NRCS in Indiana for the last 5 years and is also a Federal Sector representative on the Indiana Geographic Information Council. Chris has a Bachelor’s degree in Cartography and GIS from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Chris has worked for NRCS for 15 years on numerous GIS tasks that include soil surveys, the National Resource Inventory program, all NRCS conservation programs across multiple Farm Bills, and multiple imagery, elevation, and hydro data production efforts.

David Nail

Dave is the USGS Geospatial Liaison to Indiana. He has over 18 years service with the USGS and previously worked with the National Hydrography Data program for 10 years as a project manager and production supervisor. David received his BS in Geology from Missouri State University.

Bob Neary

My GIS career started in 2009 with the nonprofit Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.Work included records integrity, database maintenance, analysis, coordinating research partners, contract management, and organizational strategy. The latter included developing a browser based GIS for prioritizing resources, which uses baseline data derived from Marion County LiDAR. Since 2012, various IUPUI courses have balanced the common GIS bootstrap learning experience. Recently hired by The Nature Conservancy, I look forward to further exploring GIS in nonprofits.

Dan Niksch

Dan is the GIS Coordinator for the City of Crown Point. He Graduated from Ball State University in 2005 with a degree in Computer Technology, and has been with the City since then. In 2006 the City started its GIS department with Dan leading the way. He works daily with all City departments, as well as local emergency responders, to provide updated mapping solutions. The City of Crown Point is continually using new technologies for mapping, including street level video mapping. Dan is a member of the Northwest Indiana GIS Forum.

Kent Park

Kent brings more than 30 years of assisting all levels of government and private firms with their geospatial requirements. He sees the value of bringing multiple individuals, and varying levels of government together for the greater success of the entire group. Kent previously served eight years as an IGIC board member, and continues to be active in many of IGIC’s meetings, workgroups and committees.

Justin P. Peters

Justin is a GIS Specialist at Indiana University Bloomington. Justin has been involved with Indiana GIS efforts since the early 2000’s including development work on the IndianaMap, the Indiana Spatial Data Portal, and service on numerous IGIC workgroups and committees. As a member of the IGIC board, Justin will contribute valuable insight and experiences from his current position of managing GIS software site licenses for IU and the IU regional campuses throughout Indiana.

Matt Riggs

Matt is currently employed at the Polis Center and teaching at IUPUI. He has been involved with GIS for over 23 years and strongly supports the role IGIC plays in the Indiana GIS community. He is excited that his current employment allows him to dedicate time assisting IGIC to fulfill its mission.

Matt Rummel

As a member of IGIC since its inception, Matt has played an active role in the development and progress of the organization. Serving as Vice-President for IGIC in 2015 has allowed him to work closely with several members of IGIC and further understand and appreciate the needs of individuals and organizations from all levels of government, the academic world, and the private sector. By working with other Board Members to address the goals and objectives of IGIC, along with his 20 years of GIS experience, he believes that his position on the IGIC Board will continue to bring additional insight and knowledge to the members of IGIC and the GIS community.

Shaun Scholer

Shaun Scholer, GISP, has been managing the Wayne County/City of Richmond GIS Interlocal since 2002. He has also been involved in IGIC serving on the board as well as the executive committee where he is currently serving as Treasurer for IGIC. He received a Master’s in Geography in 1995 from Indiana State University.

Larry Stout

Larry has been a GIS Developer for Beck’s Hybrids since he retired from Hamilton County in 2015. Previously, he was the Hamilton County GIS Director for 19 years. He also worked with GIS for SIECO Engineers, R.W. Armstrong, and Indianapolis Water. Before that he was a Civil Engineer. Larry was one of the founding members of IGIC and served as President in 2007.

Brad Stump

Brad developed and managed GIS at the local government level and advocated for it at the State level. He strongly supports enhancing and expanding the data-sharing initiative. He has experience in GIS (17+/-years), county government (33+/- years) and City Council (9+/- years) plus GIS experience gained working at a consulting firm (currently 2 1/2 years). He is currently a Northeast Indiana Geospatial Information Consortium (NIGIC) member, and IGIC Data Sharing Committee member and a past Orthophotography Workgroup member.

Anne E. Trobaugh

Anne Trobaugh serves as Corporate Relations Director for the Indiana Association of Cities & Towns (IACT), where she works with local elected officials and corporate members, manages the Associate Member and Endorsed Programs, solicits corporate sponsorships, sells advertising, provides governmental affairs assistance and serves as staff liaison for several IACT Affiliate Groups. Anne also serves as the part-time Executive Director for the Indiana Association of Regional Councils, a position she was appointed to in 2006. Prior to joining IACT in 2001, Anne gained local government experience working for the City of Kokomo from 1997-2001, serving in the Economic Development and Public Works Departments. Anne sits on the Board of Directors for the Indiana Rural Development Council, Inc. and the Purdue University Center for Regional Development Advisory Committee and also serves on the Membership Committee for Downtown Indianapolis GOP Inc, and is a member of St. Christopher’s Catholic Church in Speedway. Anne received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from Kentucky Wesleyan College in 1997 and a Graduate Certificate in Non-profit Management from Indiana University in 2002. A native of Kokomo, Indiana, she currently resides in Indianapolis.

Jeff  Warren

I’ve worked professionally with GIS for 11 years. 8 years for a private company in the E911 field. I was the lead project mapper for several international airports and public safety agencies. I’ve been with the City of Jasper, for 3 years, and oversee all GIS operations. I hope to bring to IGIC, the knowledge I gained working in the public safety field as well as the understanding of starting a city GIS from scratch.

Robert N. Wilkinson

Bob has been the GIS Coordinator for the Indiana DNR Division of Water for the past nine years and an active IGIC member for ten years. He is an active participant in the Waters Workgroup, Board of Geographic Names Workgroup, Elevation Workgroup, Data Sharing Committee and GIS Response Corps Committee. In his position with the Division of Water, Bob has worked with many GIS professionals in the public and private sector. In doing so, he has gained an excellent understanding of the Indiana GIS community’s strengths, opportunities, and needs.

Phil Worrall

Executive Director, Indiana Geographic Information Council (IGIC). Phil helps leads the organizations efforts to build a strong geospatial community across Indiana. These efforts include GIS education, outreach, partnerships, and coordination to help develop and share local, state and federal geospatial data across Indiana. Phil works collaboratively with a strong and active community of GIS and non-GIS professionals across the state, numerous partner organizations, and the State of Indiana’s Geographic Information Officer (Jim Sparks) to accomplish these goals and to promote and advance IGIC’s IndianaMap cornerstone initiative. Phil has served as IGIC’s Executive Director since 2008, and also has over 35 years of private industry experience working in the mapping sciences. Phil along with Jim Sparks also represent Indiana on the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC).