Featured Presenters

Visit the 2023 Conference Schedule for complete agenda.

Cheryl Musgrave

May 11

Cheryl Musgrave, Vanderburgh County Commissioner
Presented by Wessler Engineering

Cheryl Musgrave is no stranger to county government. Cheryl was elected three times as Vanderburgh County Assessor and three times as Vanderburgh County Commissioner. As Assessor, Cheryl Musgrave was first in the state to make all real property assessment and sales records freely available on the Internet. She was one of the first in Indiana to create a GIS system and again first to place all the data on the Internet for free. As County Commissioner, she expanded and created TIF Districts and used the funding to plan a massive increase in local infrastructure growth, including roads, bridges, and trails. As Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance under Governor Mitch Daniels, Musgrave implemented the wider use of modern technology, assisted in the virtual abolishment of the office of Township Assessor, and saved millions of dollars in school construction projects. In 2022, Musgrave’s leadership and creative problem-solving style resulted in the public-private broadband contract between Vanderburgh County and AT&T which will provide high speed access to unincorporated Vanderburgh County, tying southwest Indiana to the world and the world to southwest Indiana at speeds that are unsurpassed anywhere on the globe.

Megan Compton and Tracy Barnes
May 11

Megan Compton, State Geographic Information Officer
Tracy Barnes, IOT Chief Information Officer

Megan Compton serves as the State Geographic Information Officer for Indiana, appointed by Governor Eric J. Holcomb in April 2018. In this role, she oversees the State’s spatial data and technology portfolio and supports teams to build effective and innovative solutions that benefit our communities and the state. With Compton leading statewide geospatial coordination, and in collaboration with local, state, and national partners, Indiana’s GIS community has reached major milestones in geospatial maturity, strategic planning and first-time funding from the Indiana State Legislature for GIS programs. 

Indiana Office of Technology Chief Information Officer Tracy Barnes was appointed by Gov. Eric J. Holcomb in March 2020. In this role, Tracy oversees the Indiana Office of Technology and provides strategic oversight of the State,s technology portfolio, as well as leadership on technology and cybersecurity policy.

Gary Kent
May 11

Gary Kent, Owner, Meridian Land Consulting

Gary Kent has been a professional surveyor with Schneider Geomatics since 1983 and is also owner of Meridian Land Consulting, LLC. He chaired the joint American Land Title Association (ALTA) and the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) - ALTA/NSPS Committee on the Land Title Survey standards from 1995 to 2021. He also sits on the Indiana State Board of Registration and lectures nationally. Gary was one of the contributors to the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) – “URISA White Paper - Defining the Boundaries of Practice Between Surveyors and GIS Professionals - Background with Recommendations.”

Mitchell Winiecki
May 12

True Stories of Adventure
Mitchell Winiecki, Sales Engineer, Esri

Come along on a journey of adventure through a series of short stories from the far sides of the world. During this  presentation you will hear stories of Mitch’s mountaineering expeditions: life and death on Denali during his 20 day solo expedition, traversing North America’s 3rd highest point, an unplanned solo attempt on Mt. Rainier, and climbing in Africa’s High Atlas Range. Mitch will use 3D maps in ArcGIS Pro to show you the routes and camps along the way and also use his own personal media to tell his stories and put you there with us on the mountain. This is a can’t miss event for anyone who loves adventure, geography, or has ever wondered “what it takes to be a mountaineer”. Bring your notepad and hang-on because this session will be intense!  “After a summit I try not to view it as if I beat the mountain, I view it as a kinship between the mountain and myself. If you climb – you have that respect.”