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Volunteer Highlights

2022

1st Quarter - Amy Clearce


Amy Cleare has been a passionate GIS professional for 17 years. She studied Geography, with a GIS certificate, and a minor in Ocean Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and graduated with a Bachelors of Science from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia in 2007. Since then she has had the opportunity to work in many industries applying geographic principles. From parcel maintenance to UAS/aerial collection, the challenges of new technology never end so the opportunities that URISA offers to connect and learn are appreciated. “When you love what you do for a living, it makes the days and projects fly by!” When she's not designing and configuring geospatial web applications, she enjoys walking the trails, going to the beach, or fishing with her family and dog in Clear Lake, Texas, a SE suburb of Houston.

2nd Quarter - Richard Ra


Richard Ra is the GIS Technician and interim GIS Department lead for the City of Richardson, a community of 100,000+ residents situated in a split between Dallas and Collin County. In 2018, he received his BA in Criminology from the University of Texas at Dallas and began his career in GIS through contract work at a natural gas utility company where he mapped numerous pipelines throughout the states of Texas and Kansas. In early 2022, he started volunteering for URISA Texas and has, since then, been creating all events in the URISA Texas website.

3rd Quarter - Samantha Dinning


Samantha Dinning joined URISA Texas in 2021 while she was working at City of Carrollton as a GIS Analyst. Since then she has helped to take lead on the Educational Outreach program which helps connect geography and GIS programs at universities and colleges to URISA TX. These relationships help students connect with URISA and career opportunities, in addition to helping URISA TX know what kinds of events to have and communications to send out to target our student audience. Students are more than welcome to begin volunteering with URISA TX as well. The relationships with schools benefit both students and URISA. She unfortunately has left our wonderful state of Texas, but she continues to help URISA TX Outreach program (from Douglas County, Colorado) and hopefully start connecting students with networking programs in my new area as well! We are very lucky to have her and her continued support to URISA Texas.

2021

1st Quarter - Patrick Mason


Patrick has a BS from Texas A&M in Geology and a MS in GIS from University of Denver. His Master's project focused on GIS improvements for the city’s irrigation system as a pilot project using two city facilities. ArcGIS mapping tools and statistical modeling were used to evaluate irrigation coverage, efficiency, and considerations for irrigation programming. He worked as a microseismic geophysicist at Halliburton over 3 1/2 years in Houston out of college. He had taken a GIS course at Texas A&M, liked it, and continued on to get GIS analyst training at Austin Community College. After working at the cities of Austin and College Station in geospatial and GIS-related positions, he completed a software certification (JavaScript, PostgreSQL, MongoDB and React.js) in Austin. In his off time, he plays lead guitar in a band with his brother in Austin, running and kayaking.

2nd Quarter - Devon Bennet


Data Acquisition Lead at HERE Technologies, based in Dallas Texas. She works to keep the HERE basemap up to date in the Central US, which in turn improves things like navigation, package delivery, and 911 emergency access. Devon is originally from Colorado and is a graduate of the University of Denver with a BA in Anthropology and Geography. Her personal geographical interests include sustainable cities, access to public transit, and walkable urban spaces. In her spare time, she enjoys Dallas arts and culture, cooking, and participating in local markets selling her crocheted creations.

3rd Quarter - Courtney Roe


Courtney has been a member of the GIS, CAD, and Survey community since 2013, with her roots in these fields going back to her academic experience at Texas State University and Austin Community College. Courtney is currently employed at Pape-Dawson Engineers as a Civil CAD Designer in Land Development and is a GISP, Autodesk Civil 3D Certified Professional, and FAA Remote UAS Pilot. She enjoys being on the Board of Supporting Women in Geography & GIS (SWIGGIS) and is always engaged in the GIS and CAD community. As a curator of knowledge, Courtney brings an enthusiasm and passion for the integration of Civil CAD, Surveying and GIS to maximize the potential of the industry. “Embrace it, we never stop learning!”

4th Quarter - Nicholas Willette


Nicholas entered the world of GIS as a GIS Analyst in the U.S. Marine Corps. After leaving active duty he moved into surveying, first as an Instrument-man and later a Survey Party Chief, working on projects all over Texas as well as projects overseas. At the same time, he attended the University of North Texas, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Arts and Science in 2019 and a Master of Science in Information Science in 2021. Nicholas currently works as an IT Programmer/Analyst in the City of Fort Worth Water Department GIS group, and is responsible for maintaining and updating the City’s water and sewer utilities in GIS. Nicholas believes that education never stops, and strives to learn new skills and technologies and encourages others to do the same.

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