GISCI Organizational Chart

GISCI Board of Directors


     Allen Ibaugh GISP
Data Transfer Solutions

       *URISA Representative


   Mark Limbruner  GISP

         Range Resources Corp.     

                   *GITA Representative             

Jochen Albrecht GISP

Hunter College, CUNY

*UCGIS Representative


John Kelmelis, Ph.D
  Pennsylvania State University

   *AAG Representative


Tony Simental GISP
     W VA Office of GIS Coordination

 *NSGIC Representative

Martin Roche GISP
   GeoPlanning Services, LLC


*URISA Representative



Helmut Kraenzle, PhD
James Madison University

*UCGIS Representative


      Steve Sharp GISP 
          VT Center for Geographic Information

Vice President

*NSGIC Representative


Terry Strahan

*GITA Representative


Michael S. Scott Ph.D., GISP 
Salisbury University


*AAG Representative


*GLIS Representative




*GLIS Representative

* Board members are appointed by the Member Organizations of GISCI

GISCI Standing Committees

The following Standing Committees receive direction from the Board of Directors.  The purpose of these committees is to carry out the Institute’s mission and to execute its strategic plan.  Any GISP in good standing may volunteer to participate and/or serve as Chair of these Committees.  These committees may be inactive at some times or used only on an as-needed basis.

Certification Committee - Assesses the ongoing success of the certification programs of the Institute through discussions, surveys, and other information gathering means with GISPs and other relevant parties.  Drafts and considers possible revisions to the Institute’s certification programs, including the operating procedures and interpretations of those programs.  Informs the Board of Directors of its actions and findings and advises the Board on needed revisions and updates to the certification programs.

Chair of the Certification Committee: Dan Ferstenberg, CPM, GISP, City of Miramar, Miramar, FL

Applicant Review Committee - Advises Institute staff regarding the evaluation of applicants.  Suggests changes to operating procedures and certification standards in response to issues noted during applicant reviews.  Resolves disputes and inconsistencies with submitted applications.  Maintains a history of decisions made as an aid to consistency.  Subject to objection by the Board of Directors, the Review Committee proposes, reviews, and/or approves instructions to applicants.

Chair of the Applicant Review Committee: Matthew Cieri, GISP, City of Bakersfield, Bakersfield, CA

Outreach Committee- Formulates, recommends, and, with the Board's approval, undertakes activities intended to increase the exposure and effectiveness of GISCI and its certification programs, and to enhance the Institute's support of GISPs.  Identifies legislative issues of interest to GISPs and makes policy recommendations regarding these issues to the Board of Directors.  The Board may also direct the Outreach Committee to undertake a study of particular policy issues and make recommendations to the Board regarding those issues.

Chair of the Outreach Committee: Christina Lara GISP, Mgr, Morgan Stanley, Houston, TX

Ethics Committee - Develops programs that emphasize the GISCI Code of Ethics, Rules of Conduct, and the ethical behavior of GISPs.  Maintains the Code of Ethics and Rules of Conduct and suggest changes or additions.  Suggests operating procedures and other policies addressing unethical practice.  Examines ethical abuses and takes necessary steps to resolve them.  Implements the adopted method of receiving, evaluating, and resolving complaints of unethical practice.

Chair of the Ethics Committee: Eric Bohard GISP;  Technology Services Manager, Clackamas County, OR


GISCI Staff Support



Bill Hodge GISP
GISCI Executive Director

GISCI Certification Staff 

Katie Morehead, Certification Coordinator