The Board of Directors for IMAGIN serve two (2) year terms and are elected by ballot prior to the IMAGIN Annual Conference, with the results of the election announced as part of the Annual Membership Meeting. The Executive Officers of IMAGIN are elected by the Board of Directors annually.
For the 2018 Election, eleven (11) candidates are vying for eight (8) board seats. Four (4) of the seats are being vacated by board members stepping down, while four (4) seats being contested are held by an incumbent candidate.
IMAGIN would like to extend a special thanks to Andrew Giguere, Brodey Hill, Diane O'Connell and Bill Rowe for their dedicated years of service on the IMAGIN Board of Directors
Sarah Merz (I) - Wexford County
My name is Sarah Merz. I currently am the GIS Analyst for Wexford County and the Vice-President of IMAGIN. I have been a member of IMAGIN since 2004 and a Board Member since 2008. I also have a Master’s Degree in GIS from Penn State. I am also studying to earn my Part 107 certification from the FAA through the Northwestern Michigan College’s UAV program. As drones are now becoming vital to the GIS industry, I feel it is necessary to have more certified commercial drone pilots.
I enjoy working with GIS and am intrigued with the endless possibilities it offers for doing geospatial analyses. I have had many wonderful and different opportunities to work with and be part of the GIS/Geospatial Technologies community. I have worked with GIS in a variety of fields and look forward to the changes and new technologies that GIS/Geospatial Technologies will provide in the future.
I would very much like to continue to serve on the IMAGIN Board of Directors, as Vice-President, and as Team Lead on IMAGIN’s Communications Team. I find IMAGIN to be a worthwhile organization that provides great educational and networking opportunities to geospatial professionals in the state. I would like to see IMAGIN be the driving force that leads our community and the state into new realms and a sustainable future for all GIS professionals.
Scott has served on the IMAGIN Board of Directors since 2008. An IMAGIN member since the 1990's. Scott has been an IMAGIN volunteer since 2003, when he began serving on the Professional Recognition Committee. Scott is on the faculty of Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, where he teaches GIS and Marine Technology courses at the Great Lakes Water Studies Institute. He also provides independent GIS consulting and server administration support to clients in Michigan and Tennessee. Scott has been a Certified GIS Professional (GISP) since 2006. In 2010 he became one of the first professionals ever to achieve the ESRI Certified ArcGIS Desktop Associate credential. Scott holds a Masters degree in Applied Remote Sensing and GIS from the University of Michigan and he participates in the ESRI Northern Michigan User Group.
I am currently a Certified GIS Professional (GISP) and have been heavily involved in the GIS community. While living in FL, I was a regional director of FLURISA (FL Chapter of URISA). Since moving back to MI, I have attended and spoke at all of the major conferences and several user group meetings throughout the state. Currently, I am also the MI coordinator for the OH-MI GIS user group.
I have a passion for the GIS field & promoting GIS… I would love to be on the IMAGIN board to help further GIS growth throughout the state. I have developed a close relationship with several members of IMAGIN and think that I would be a great fit for the team.
Keith Rikli is a Production Coordinator at DroneView Technologies. Keith received his Bachelor's of Science (Summa Cum Laude) from Western Michigan University in 2012, majoring in Geographic Information Science with a minor in Earth Science.
I want to be a part of the board, because since my first Conference with IMAGIN I have been energized about its mission. I also want to help bring GIS tools more to the forefront as avenues of communication about What IMAGIN's mission and operations to the Public, the Membership, and to the Board with GIS applications, Story Maps, GeoForms, and Web maps.
I attended and presented at the 2017 IMAGIN Conference in Traverse City, will be presenting at the 2018 Conference and have been a regular participant of the Meetups since their inception (SE Michigan Meetups). This year I have had the pleasure of working on the Map Gallery team for the 2018 IMAGIN Conference, and updating a few of the forms located on the IMAGIN website to ArcGIS Geoforms.