IMAGIN is a professional development organization committed to providing opportunities for its members to network with professionals who are using, creating, or maintaining spatial resources within Michigan. IMAGIN serves as a crossroads for spatial information users/developers at all levels of government, business, and non-profit organizations by providing its members partnership opportunities to recognize, share, and create spatial data resources for both traditional and new application

IMAGIN is a non-profit organization founded in 1993 to establish a statewide forum to advance the use of geographic information systems and spatially referenced information. There are currently over 150 members representing government, private sector, university, & non-profit organizations and membership is open to anyone interested in learning more about GIS & proclaiming its applications.

The organizational goals of IMAGIN include:
Raising Michigan's awareness of GIS by demonstrating both traditional and innovative uses
Building reciprocal relationships with organizations interested in applying GIS
Engaging IMAGIN members to participate in teams promoting outreach, education, events, and information resources
Showcasing the dynamic changes occurring in the world of spatial information to interested benefactors

Mission & Vision

IMAGIN's Mission:

IMAGIN enhances professional development of Michigan's geospatial community by providing an annual conference, education events, and networking opportunities.

IMAGIN's Vision:

To Improve Michigan's Access to Geospatial Technologies and to provide opportunities for professional interaction by fostering collaboration and networking.

IMAGIN's 2014-2014 Goals:

The IMAGIN Board of Directors has adopted the "SMART" goal process, meaning that the goals are:
     -Time Bound

    For the 2014-2015 year, IMAGIN's goals are:

Message from the President

Welcome to summer, and welcome from your 2014-2015 IMAGIN Board of Directors.  As your new President, I would like to take a moment to introduce myself to you.

My name is Thomas Van Bruggen, and I am the GIS Administrator for Muskegon County, Michigan.  I am a 1997 graduate of Central Michigan University's geography program and have spent my entire professional career with Muskegon County.  In the sixteen years I have spent at Muskegon, I have built the GIS program from the ground up, starting with hand drafting parcel maps through the enterprise system in place today.  I have been involved with IMAGIN since attending my first conference in 1999, was appointed to the board in early 2008, and served as Secretary from 2008 until 2014.

Your Board of Directors held a planning session on June 6, 2014 to chart the course of IMAGIN for the next year.  Guided by our existing mission and vision, the Board set out to focus our efforts on identifying and prioritizing focus areas for IMAGIN for the 2014-2015 year and have established the following goals for the next year.

The Mission of IMAGIN
IMAGIN enhances professional development of Michigan's Geospatial community by providing an annual conference, educational events, and networking opportunities.

The Vision of IMAGIN
To improve Michigan's Access to Geospatial Technologies and to provide opportunities for professional interaction by fostering collaboration and networking.

IMAGIN's 2014-2015 Goals
Goal 1: Provide professional development networking opportunities for Michigan’s geospatial community
Goal 2: To improve communication to the membership
Goal 3: To host a student paper and poster competition with awards ceremony
Goal 4: To improve collaboration with other statewide organizations
Goal 5: To recognize the contributions of geospatial professionals
Goal 6: To increase membership in IMAGIN

Your Board is working on restructuring the teams (aka: committees) that are tasked with various objectives in meeting these goals, and we are going to be looking to YOU for help.  I have charged the Board to engage the membership directly to involve members, as we are a better and stronger organization when we work together.  There is much to be done over the summer.

And in the spirit of engaging our membership, let me start by asking you to give me feedback.  What do you want or need IMAGIN to be?  How can IMAGIN best serve your professional needs?  I truly welcome any input you would like to share.  You can send me your thoughts via email to vanbruggenth@co.muskegon.mi.us or feel free to give me a call and share directly, my number is 231-724-4458.

In this ever-changing media-driven world we live in, we need to remember that our greatest asset is each other.  We learn the best and grow the most through direct interaction with our colleagues, so I encourage you to stay informed, get involved and help shape IMAGIN into a great professional GIS organization.  We are better together.

Have a wonderful summer!

~ Thomas Van Bruggen

IMAGIN Board of Directors

IMAGIN is governed by a fifteen (15) member board with each member serving a two year term. 

Elections are held each year with final election ballots being due at the IMAGIN Annual Conference.  In any given year, either seven (7) or eight (8) board seats are open for election.  The Board of Directors are elected by an open election by all members in good standing, with ballots sent out a few weeks prior to the conference and due by the moring of the second day of the conference.   

The IMAGIN Executive Team is made up of the President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary, all of which are elected by the Board of Directors annually.


President: Thomas Van Bruggen, GISP, MCAO
GIS Administrator

Term Expires 2017
Muskegon County GIS / IT
141 E. Apple Ave
Muskegon, MI 49442
P: 231.724.4458, F: 231.724.1129
Vice President: Sarah Merz
GIS Analyst
Term Expires 2016
Wexford County
437 E. Division St.
Cadillac, MI 49601
P: 231.779.9534 F: 231.779.9529

Treasurer: Scott Ambs, GISP
GIS Coordinator
Term Expires 2017

Jackson Community GIS
120 W. Michigan Ave - 16th Floor
Jackson, MI 49201
P: 517.768.6691, F: 517.768.6693

Secretary: Peter Schneider, GISP
GIS System Analyst

Term Expires 2016
Ottawa County GIS
12220 Fillmore Street, Suite 320
West Olive, MI 49460
P: 616.738.4829

Andrew Brenner, Ph.D.
Senior Program Director
Term Expires 2016
Quantum Spatial
315 W Huron Street, Suite 260
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
P: 734.680.6424
Chad Collins, C.M.S., GISP
GIS Consultant

Term Expires 2017
InfoGeographics, Inc.
620 Third Street
Traverse City, MI 49684
P: 231.995.8266, F: 231.995.8267
Andrew Giguere
GIS Analyst
Term Expires 2016
Leelanau County
8527 E Government Center Drive
Suttons Bay, MI  49682
P: 231.256.8152
Brodey Hill, GISP
GIS Analyst
Term Expires 2016
Kent County
320 Ottawa Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
P: 616.632.6558
Janet Mocadlo
Term Expires 2017
Southeast Michigan Council of Governments
1001 Woodward Ave, Suite 1400
Detroit, MI  48226
P: 313-324-3434
Diane O'Connell
Geography Chair
Term Expires 2016
Schoolcraft College
18600 Haggerty Rd
Livonia, MI 48162
P: 734.462.4400 x 53238
Bill Rowe
GIS Coordinator
Term Expires 2016
Marquette County
234 W. Baraga Ave
Marquette, MI 49855
P: 906.225.8170, F: 906.225.8155
Lori Schultz
GIS Specialist
Term Expires 2017
Public Health, Delta & Menominee Counties
2920 College Ave
Escanaba, MI 49829
P: 906.789.8138, F: 906.789.8147
Kathleen Stack
GIS Analyst
Term Expires 2017
DTE Energy
One Energy Plaza, WCB 1722
Detroit, MI  48154
P: 313-235-1093
Scott Swan, GISP
GIS Consultant
Term Expires 2016
Scott Swan Consulting
5277 Heritage Way
Traverse City, MI 49684
P: 231.668.7926

Michael Woods, AICP
Regional Planner
Term Expires 2016
PO Box 506
Traverse City, MI  49685
P: 231.929.5056

Management Services Provided By:

Tracy Riehl
Maryellen Jansen
Sue Feenstra
To contact the Executive Team of the Board of Directors, email exec@imagin.org.
To contact the entire Board of Directors, email board@imagin.org.

Teams (AKA Committees)

Executive Team

The Executive Team consists of the President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary and handles the day-to-day operations and business of IMAGIN and provides leadership to the board and membership at large. In addition to the officers on the team, IMAGIN's management team, Riehl Solutions serves on this team as a non-voting member. 

For 2014-2015, the Executive Team members are:
President Thomas Van Bruggen
Vice President Sarah Merz
Treasurer Scott Ambs
Secretary Peter Schneider

To contact the executive committee, send at email to

Communications Team

The Communications Team is charged with developing and maintaining IMAGIN's webiste, database, social media outlets, newsletters, membership materials and marketing materials.


 To learn more about the Communications Team or to volunteer as a team member, contact the team at communication@imagin.org.

Conference Team

The Conference Team is charged with planning, developing and orchestrating IMAGIN's Annual Conference.  The team performs site selection, develops conference content, selects keynote speakers, plans activities and social outings, and coordinates all activities and details of the Annual Conference.


To learn more  about the Conference Team or to volunteer as a team member, contact the team at conference@imagin.org.

Membership Team

The Membership Team is charged with defining current membership and benefits, identifying potential membership areas, establishing membership pricing structures and all aspects relating to membership in IMAGIN.


To learn more about the Membership Team or to volunteer as a team member, contact the team at membership@imagin.org.

Student Paper & Poster Competition Team

The Student Paper & Poster Competition Team is charged with the development and hosting of IMAGIN's Annual Student Paper & Poster Competition.  The competition is IMAGIN's annual scholarship event that recognizes the efforts of undergraduate and graduate students in the geospatial technology fields.  The team plans and orchestrates all aspects of the competition.


To learn more about the Student Paper & Poster Competition Team or to volunteer as a team member, contact the team at sppc@imagin.org.

Bylaws of IMAGIN

IMAGIN adopted a new set of bylaws on June 9, 2015 during the IMAGIN General Memebership Meeting
To download a PDF of the official IMAGIN Bylaws, CLICK HERE

Bylaws of IMAGIN, Inc.
Improving Michigan’s Access to
Geographic Information Networks




The name of the corporation shall be Improving Michigan’s Access to Geographic Information Networks (IMAGIN).



A.    GENERAL PURPOSES.  IMAGIN is organized exclusively for educational, scientific and charitable purposes, including making distributions to organizations that qualify as tax exempt organizations under § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or comparable provisions of subsequent legislation (the "Code"). The purposes of IMAGIN include:

1.    To provide technical, scientific, and educational information to individual citizens, public organizations, other nonprofit corporations, and other member organizations for improving the use of geographic information systems and spatially referenced information in the state of Michigan.

2.    To solicit and receive grants, contributions and other property;

3.    To enter into contracts, to engage needed personnel and services and to hold or transfer such property as may be required to carry out the purposes of IMAGIN; and

4.    To take all other lawful actions consistent with the other purposes of IMAGIN.

B.    PERMITTED ACTIVITIES.  Notwithstanding any other provision of these Bylaws, IMAGIN shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on by (a) a corporation exempt from federal income tax under § 501(c)(3) of the Code or (b) a corporation for which contributions are deductible under
§ 170(c)(2) of the Code.

C.    POLITICAL ACTIVITIES.  No substantial part of the activities of IMAGIN shall consist of attempting to influence federal or state legislation. IMAGIN shall not participate or intervene in any political campaign (including publishing or distributing statements) on behalf of any candidate or public office. Nothing in these Bylaws prevents IMAGIN from providing independent and neutral analyses of county, city, township or other local ordinances or regulations.

D.    PROPERTY AND ASSETS.  The property of this corporation is irrevocably dedicated to educational, scientific and charitable purposes.

E.    NET EARNINGS.  No part of the net earnings of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in this article.

F.    DISPOSITION OF PROPERTY. Upon dissolution, IMAGIN shall, after providing for the payment of all outstanding debts and liabilities, distribute its remaining assets to a nonprofit fund, foundation or corporation which is organized and operated exclusively for educational, scientific or charitable purposes and which has established its tax-exempt status under § 501(c)(3) of the Code.

G.    EXPENSES. No Director, Team Member or contracted management company employee shall have the authority to incur debt or personal expenses on non-budgeted expenses in excess of five hundred dollars ($500.00) without express Board approval.



A.    ANNUAL MEETING.  There shall be an Annual Meeting of IMAGIN for the election of Directors and the transaction of business. The time and place for the Annual Meeting will be determined by the Board of Directors. The order of business at the Annual Meeting, except when otherwise determined by a vote of the Directors present, shall be:

1.    Approval of Meeting Agenda

2.    Approval of the minutes of the previous meeting;

3.    President’s Report

4.    Annual Financial Report

5.    Election of New Directors;

6.    Open Membership Comments.

B.    REGULAR MEETINGS.  A Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors shall be held at least four (4) times per year, unless otherwise determined by the Board of Directors. The order of business at a Regular Meeting shall be:

1.    Board Member roll call;

2.    Approval of meeting agenda;

3.    Approval of minutes of previous meeting;

4.    Treasurers Report

5.    Review of Old Business / Action Items

6.     Team Reports;

7.    New Business;

8.    Adjournment.

One of the required Regular Meetings may occur immediately after and at the same place as the Annual Meeting with the newly elected Directors and Officers transacting IMAGIN business.

C.    NOTICE OF MEETINGS.  Electronic mail (E-mail) notice stating the place and time of any Meeting shall be provided to the Board of Directors not less than 7 days and not more than 28 days before the Meeting.   Additional notifications and electronic calendar reminders of the Meeting may also be utilized. 



A.    NUMBER and TERM OF OFFICE. The Board of Directors shall consist of 15 members, each serving a 2-year term of office. 7 Board Members will be elected in conjunction with the Annual Conference of odd-numbered years, and the remaining 8 Board Members will be elected in conjunction with the Annual Conference of even-numbered years, according to the schedule outlined in Article IV (B).

B.    MANNER OF SELECTION. All Individual Members of IMAGIN are eligible to vote for, and run for, seats on the Board of Directors. When voting to fill seats on the Board, each Individual Member shall be allowed to cast one vote for each Board Member seat up for election. As a result of these annual Board elections, to the extent that willing candidates allow, the Board composition will satisfy the following criteria, listed in order of decreasing importance, along with any additional criteria the board deems necessary to provide fair representation to the entire IMAGIN membership. There will be:

1.    No more than two Board Members whose primary affiliation is with the same Organization;

2.    No less than twelve Board Members whose primary place of work or residence is in Michigan;

3.    No more than five Board Members whose primary affiliation is with a for-profit corporation;

4.    No less than five Board Members whose primary affiliation is with regional (i.e., multi-county), county, or sub-county level governmental units, no less than three of which will be county or sub-county units;

5.    No less than two Board Members from within each of Michigan’s three State Plane Coordinate System zones (south, central, and north);

6.    No more than nine Board Members whose primary place of work or residence is within the same Michigan State Plane Coordinate System zone (south, central, or north).

If all the listed criteria cannot be satisfied, then the more important criteria will be satisfied in preference to the less important criteria.

If two or more candidates receive the same number of votes, and the selection of one candidate over another is not required to create a proper Board composition as specified above, then the other Members of the newly elected Board will settle the tie vote by naming one of the candidates in question to the Board.

C.    VACANCY. A Board Member may resign from his/her Board position by giving notice in writing to the President.   If a Board Member ceases to be an IMAGIN member, then that Board Member shall be removed from his/her Board position.  In the case of a Board position vacancy, the remaining Board Members may appoint an IMAGIN Member to fill the vacancy so created for the remainder of the term.

D.    DISSOLUTION OF BOARD. The Board shall continue in existence as long as IMAGIN consists of at least 15 members. If an election is not held or the Board is abolished, because IMAGIN consists of fewer than 15members, the functions and powers of the Board shall be exercised by the remaining members of IMAGIN.

E.    GOOD STANDING. Any Director who misses three regularly scheduled Board Meetings shall have his/her position on the Board of Directors reviewed by the Executive Team.  If the Executive Team determines additional action is required, the stated action will be presented for a vote by the Board. Notice, as set forth in Article III, shall be provided specifically stating that such a review is to occur. The Director in questionable standing shall have the opportunity, in person or in writing, to explain the absences, but may not vote on the question.

F.    POWERS AND DUTIES. The affairs of IMAGIN shall be managed by the Board of Directors, as described in these Bylaws and in the Rules and Procedures established by the Board.

1.    The Board shall establish and approve an annual budget.

2.    The Board may authorize any officer, or officer’s agent or agent of IMAGIN, in addition to the officers authorized by these Bylaws, to enter into any contract, or to execute and deliver any instrument, in accordance with these Bylaws, in the name of and in behalf of IMAGIN. Such authority may be general or confined to specific instances.

3.    The Board shall designate those Officers or agents by resolution who shall sign all checks or other evidence of indebtedness issued in the name of IMAGIN.

4.    The Board shall establish Rules and Procedures necessary for the proper operation of IMAGIN.

5.    The Board may establish membership fees as necessary to support the functions of the organization. The Board shall review and may adjust the amount of the membership fee on an annual basis.

6.    The Board may accept on behalf of IMAGIN any contribution or gift for any purpose consistent with the Articles of Incorporation and these Bylaws.

7.    The Board may name Ex Officio members to the Board as needed. Ex Officio members do not have voting rights on the Board but do receive all Board related materials and notices and can participate fully in all Board discussions.

G.    QUORUM. A simple majority of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum.

H.    DECISIONS OF THE BOARD. The act of a majority of Directors present at any meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the Board of Directors, unless the act of a greater number is required by law or these Bylaws.


I.     ABSOLUTION OF LIABILITY. IMAGIN assumes all liability to any person other than IMAGIN, including its members, for all acts or omissions of a volunteer director as defined under Public Act 162 of 1982, as amended, occurring on or after the date of adoption hereof, or such earlier date as is permitted by law. If, after the adoption of this Article by the members or directors of IMAGIN, the Michigan Non-Profit Corporation Act is hereafter amended to further eliminate or limit the liability of a director, then a director of IMAGIN (in addition to the circumstances in which a director is not personally liable as set forth in the preceding paragraph) shall not be liable to IMAGIN or its members, to the fullest extent permitted by the Michigan Non-Profit Corporation Act, as so amended. Any repeal or modification of this Article by the members, or directors of IMAGIN shall not adversely affect any right or protection of a director of IMAGIN existing at the time of such repeal or modification.



A.    Unless altered pursuant to Article VIII, a person or organization joins IMAGIN by becoming a member of one of the three following categories of IMAGIN membership.

1.    Individual Member.

Any person may become an Individual Member of IMAGIN by providing the requested member information and paying the membership fees established by the Board of Directors. Benefits of Individual Membership may include a newsletter, discounts for IMAGIN products and events, and other benefits as established by the Board of Directors.

2.    Supporting Organization.

Any legal entity may become a Supporting Organization of IMAGIN by providing the requested member information and paying the membership fees established by the Board of Directors. Benefits include one free Individual Membership, and may include discounts on additional Individual Memberships for employees of the Supporting Organization, and other benefits as established by the Board of Directors.  In addition, Supporting Organization members receive all the benefits of an Individual Member.

3.    Student Member.

Any full time student at an accredited educational institution may become a Student Member of IMAGIN by providing the requested member information and paying the membership fees established by the Board of Directors. Benefits of Student Membership may include a newsletter, discounts for IMAGIN products and events, and other benefits as established by the Board of Directors.

B.    STANDARDS FOR MEMBERSHIP.  As provided in Article IV Section F, the Board of Directors may establish reasonable standards for membership in IMAGIN as part of IMAGIN’s Rules and Procedures.

C.    RENEWAL.  The right of renewal shall rest in the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors may place reasonable conditions and limitations on the renewal of any membership. The offer of renewal of membership, including any limitation or condition, shall be established by transmitting to the member notice that the dues for the ensuing year are due and payable to IMAGIN. The payment of such dues shall constitute an acceptance of the offer. Any conditions or limitations placed upon any renewal may be removed at any time as determined by the Board of Directors.

D.    DISSOLUTION AND RESIGNATION.  Dissolution of any member Supporting Organization shall terminate its membership. Any member may resign by providing notice to IMAGIN.



A.    OFFICERS.  The officers of IMAGIN shall be the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Any member of the Board may be selected to serve as an officer, according to the rules and procedures adopted by the Board of Directors.

B.    ELECTION and TERM OF OFFICE.  Officers shall be elected by the Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting. Officers shall serve for a term of approximately one (1) year, with the term beginning at the Annual Meeting where the officers are elected and ending at the next election of Officers occurring at the subsequent Annual Meeting.

C.    VACANCIES. A vacancy in any office may be filled by the Board of Directors for the unexpired portion of the term.

D.    POWERS AND DUTIES. Officers shall have such powers and duties as may be specified in the resolutions or other directives of the Board of Directors. In the absence of such directives, the Officers shall perform the usual duties assigned to officers of the same title serving non-profit corporations of the same or similar general purposes and objectives necessary and proper to conduct business.



A.    MEMBERS. The Officers of the Board are the members of the Executive Team.

B.    MEETINGS and RECORDS. Meetings of the Executive Team may be held at the call of any member of that Team. Such meetings may be conducted in person, by telephone, or other electronic means. A record shall be kept of all meetings of the Executive Team.

C.    QUORUM and DECISIONS. A majority of the Executive Team shall constitute a quorum for conducting business. Decisions of the Executive Team require concurrence of at least 3 members.

D.    EXPENDITURES. The Executive Team shall not incur debt or expenses in excess of the amount set forth in the annual program budget categories adopted by the Board of Directors.

E.    LIMITATION OF AUTHORITY. The Executive Team is not authorized to adopt an agreement of merger or consolidation, fill vacancies of the Board of Directors, fix compensation of Directors for serving on the Board or Team, amend the Articles of Incorporation, or amend or repeal any resolution of the Board of Directors.



A.    When an Officer, Director or Team Member participates in a project for IMAGIN which will result in compensation for that person, the following steps must be taken:

1.    Disclosure must be made to both the Board and the contracting party;

2.    The person working on the project must abstain from all votes pertaining to the project; and

3.    Accept such other conditions as are necessary.


ARTICLE IX.In addition, IMAGIN requires all Board Members to review and sign the IMAGIN Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest Policy and Disclosure Form.


A.    Each year the Board will review the IMAGIN Bylaws to consider changes and improvements. Any change in the IMAGIN Bylaws must be formally proposed by a 3/4 majority vote of the Board to the Individual Members of IMAGIN. Proposed changes in the IMAGIN Bylaws must be approved by a majority of Individual or Student Members who cast a ballot in order to enact those changes.

B.    The original version of these Bylaws were adopted by IMAGIN on June 7, 1995. A revision to the original  Bylaws was approved by the IMAGIN Membership in September of 1999. In March of 2003 the IMAGIN membership approved updated wording of Article IV paragraph A. This version of the bylaws was approved by the IMAGIN Membership on June 9, 2015. 



These bylaws are enacted this 9th day of June, 2015

__________________________________________                                                  ___________
Thomas Van Bruggen, IMAGIN President                                                                 Date



To view a policy, click on the links listed below. If you would like to download the policy, right-click on the link and click "save target as."

Policy 2010-04:  IMAGIN Whistleblower Policy -66 KB PDF
Policy 2010-03:  IMAGIN Non-Descrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy - 72 KB PDF
Policy 2010-02:  IMAGIN Document Retention Policy - 155 KB PDF
Policy 2010-01:  IMAGIN Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest Policy - 73 KB PDF
Policy 2007-01: IMAGIN Internal Communications Policy - 11 KB PDF


To view a resolution, click on the links listed below. If you would like to download the policy, right-click on the link and click "save target as."

Resolution 2008-01: IMAGIN Support of Statewide Orthoimagery

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