Wisconsin Geospatial News

Staffing news from around the state

DIANN DANIELSEN resigned her position as the Land Information Officer for Dane County in September.  Diann now is working on a short-term appointment with the State Cartographer’s Office (SCO) through the end of January 2007.   She is serving as the Editor for the SCO’s forthcoming Wisconsin Spatial Reference Systems publication.  In addition, she is maintaining a busy schedule by teaching a GIS class for surveyors at Madison Area Technical College, and is taking classes herself toward a Certificate in Technical Japanese Studies at UW-Madison.

STEVE KUNZE is now the Land Information Officer for Clark County.  Steve was the Assistant Zoning Administrator for Clark County, and replaces Jay Shambeau, who is now the Village Administrator for the Village of Kewaskum, WI.

MITCH MOLINE is now a GIS Specialist with the WI Department of Transportation.  Mitch was previously employed by Wisconsin Emergency Management, a division of the WI Department of Military Affairs.

MARILYN MUELLER is retiring effective December 31, 2006 as the Register of Deeds and Land Information Officer for Kewaunee County.  She plans to enjoy retirement by spending time with her husband, and helping out her mother, children and grandchildren where she can.  Marilyn will also probably be getting back into the volunteer work at her church through the Christian Women’s Service Guild, and going back to playing the organ for services, since there should be more time to practice.  She told me “there are so many things to do that I don’t know where to start!”

RINA GHOSE, Professor of Geography with UW-Milwaukee, was selected in October to receive a UWM Foundation/Graduate School Research Award for demonstrating excellence for her research in GIS.  She was one of five UWM scholars selected across all departments to receive the prestigous award.

JOANNA SCHUMANN, a familar face to anyone involved in the Wisconsin Land Information Program, is now working for the Department of Commerce as a Community Development Block Grant Program Manager.

JERRY SULLIVAN is working with the State Cartographer’s Office on a short-term appointment through December 2006.  He is assisting with the Wisconsin Spatial Reference Systems guide, and is also applying his extensive expertise toward a project to revamp the Wisconsin Land Information Program annual survey.   Jerry was formerly employed by the WI Department of Administration as a GIS Data Specialist.

CYNTHIA SWEET recently departed Ayres Associates, where she was a Business Development Specialist focused on the geospatial services market.  She now works for the UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations as a Business Liaison.   Cynthia says she’ll miss the geospatial community, and her many friends in the Wisconsin Land Information Association!

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