Dear NYS GIS Association Member,

The NYS GIS Association Board election is officially open! For the 2022 Board year, we have vacancies for the following:

1.  President-Elect (3-year total elected term, with following terms as President & Past-President)
2.  Board Members (2-year elected term)

All members are encouraged to vote for nominated candidates for the three open Board positions; their biographies are below. As a reminder, please only complete this form once.

The link to the Survey Monkey election form is below:

The election will run from Wednesday, September 15 until Wednesday, September 22.

Thank you for your participation and we look forward to sharing these results at the conclusion of the election!


Christopher Badurek
President, NYS GIS Association

President-Elect (vote for one)

Mary Susan (Suzie) Knauss is a consultant with experience in Utilities and Asset Management. Mary Susan graduated from Bard College with a BS in Physics and Math and earned an MSIS from University of Pittsburgh. She is a graduate of SUNY Albany Masters GIS Certificate Program and is a GISP. Most recently she was employed by NYSDOT as a Senior Transportation Analyst responsible for implementing the collection of roadside assets statewide and leveraging the State’s ESRI Portal for field data collection by state forces and contractors to maintain the inventories. This past year, she developed and taught a course in GIS and Asset Management for engineering PDH credit at NYS Association of Transportation Engineers (NYSATE). She came to the field from Telecommunications and Data Networking where she was introduced to the power of GIS for designing telecom networks. She was trained at AT&T Bell Labs in Fiber Optic Transmission Engineering. Mary Susan was the Program Manager for the implementation of the first dual wavelength giga-bit fiber optic system, FTSG. While working for financial data networking companies she implemented fiber networks in several eastern cities and the first use of the TCP/IP multicast protocol for an international network for stock trading. She’s looking forward to serving on the NYS GIS Association board to foster increase use of GIS by engineering disciplines and wider use by Municipal Governments.

Board of Directors (vote for 2)

Catherine DuBreck is a Rochester, NY area native with a passion for GIS and geospatial technology. She has both a BA and MSc in Geography and recently completed a GIST certificate program. As of September 2021, she is continuing her education and pursuing a GIST micro-credential. Catherine has worked as a GIS professional in both the public and private sectors, and is currently the Junior Town Planner and main GIS contact for the Town of Penfield, NY. In her spare time, she volunteers on the NYS GISA Communications Committee and works part-time as an employee in the GIST department of Monroe Community College where she mentors intro GIS students and assists in the creation of a new AAS degree in GIST, among other things. She also served on the NYS GISA Board of Directors as an appointee mid-year due to a vacancy on the Board. Outside of GIS, Catherine enjoys hiking and walking with her dog, Max. In addition to increasing the Association’s presence on social media and sharing interesting GIS-related items, she hopes to join the Board of Directors for a full two-year period and continue helping the Association be a successful group for networking, knowledge-sharing, learning, and discussion for all things NYS GIS-related.

Dawn F. McCall, GISP has been a Geographic Information Systems Professional for over 25 years. She currently is the Director of GIS Services at Control Point Associates, Inc and supports GIS needs throughout the entire corporate footprint from Maine to Virginia. She has extensive knowledge in GIS and Land Records with experience in project management, database management, and systems integration. Dawn has over 13 years dedicated to facilities and land-related issues relating to GIS integration. Dawn is actively involved in many GIS and Surveying professional organizations including the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (MAC URISA), the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), and the New Jersey Society of Professional Land Surveyors (NJSPLS). Dawn spent 20 years on the board of MAC URISA holding many positions from Trustee to President.


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