Steering Committee

The business of the Network shall be managed by a Steering Committee consisting of nine members. Steering Committee members may serve for a maximum of two consecutive three-year terms. In any given year, one-third of the Steering Committee members shall be approved by acclamation at the Annual Meeting except when vacancies may require more than one-third be approved. Individual Steering Committee members shall be selected to represent the following groups: state government, regional planning organizations, municipal government, public utilities, nonprofit non-governmental organizations, academia, private businesses, and two members-at-large. View past steering committee members here.

To view subcommittee members click here.

Executive Committee


Steven Birney

City of Norwalk CT


Vice President

Cary Chadwick
University of Connecticut, CLEAR




Mark Hoover

Connecticut MetroCOG

Committee Members


Cary Chadwick Academia Representative University of Connecticut, CLEAR
Aaron Nash Municipal Representative City of Hartford
Steve Perry Non-profit Organization Representative Granby Land Trust/Sperry Geospatial, LLC
Kristen LaBrie Private Sector Representative New England GeoSystems
Dan Czaja State Government Representative Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Vacant Regional Planning Organization Representative
Keith Anderson Utility Representative Connecticut Natural Gas Corporation
Mark Goetz Past President Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments
George Obeng Member-at-large Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments
Steven Birney Member-at-large City of Norwalk
Dan Bourret Member-at-large Lower CT River Valley Council of Governments
Jeff Nolan Member-at-large M5 Information Services
Jason Courter Member-at-large New England GeoSystems
Kevin Dunkin Member-at-large Town of Newtown
Thad Dymkowski Member-at-large Town of South Windsor
Mark Hoover Member-at-large Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments
Meredith Metcalf Member-at-large Eastern Connecticut State University
Kristen Ponak Member-at-large GEI Consultants
Erik Snowden Member-at-large Capitol Region Council of Governments


Steven Birney

City of Norwalk

Steven Birney is the GIS Analyst for the City of Norwalk, CT.  Steven graduated with honors from Central Connecticut State University where he holds a BA in Geography, specializing in Geographic Information Systems.  Initially he was introduced to GIS while working for the National Park Service at Haleakala National Park in Maui and Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco. Now he administers the enterprise geographic information system for the City of Norwalk. He specializes in municipal GIS, QAQC, cartography, and application development. When not climbing, biking, or hiking, he’s working on solving problems with GIS.  He loves learning about new tools and features just as much as teaching about them, and is always excited to hear how others are using GIS.


Dan Bourret

Lower CT River Valley COG

Dan Bourret is the GIS Coordinator for the Lower CT River Valley COG. I have been in the position for 10 years. I am also the zoning enforcement officer in Portland, CT. I graduated from UConn in 2007 with a B.S. in Geography. I’ve done a little bit of everything in that time but some large projects include a regional parcel dataset with town boundary study, Grow Smart economic study, and the COG’s Regional Transit plan. Most of my work outside of COG projects involves working with smaller towns in our region providing them GIS services.



Cary Chadwick

University of Connecticut, Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR)

Cary Chadwick is the coordinator of the Geospatial Training Program at UConn’s Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR). She develops and teaches short courses using CT’s public domain data and geospatial technologies including desktop GIS, smartphone GPS, remote sensing and online mapping tools. As part of CLEAR’s geospatial team, she also helps to update and maintain the CT Environmental Conditions Online (CT ECO) website which provides a variety of online maps and tools for viewing Connecticut’s environmental and natural resource information and statewide orthophotography. CTECO is a partnership between CLEAR and the CT DEEP.


George Obeng

Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments

George does wonderful things at MetroCOG. Once he submits his bio, it will be posted here.


Jason Courter

New England GeoSystems


Jason is a 2000 Graduate of Central Connecticut State University and is currently employed as a GIS Analyst at New England GeoSystems (NEGEO) where he has been since 2005. Jason has also served intermittently for the Connecticut Parcel Working Group on developing statewide parcel standards since the mid 2000’s. Jason’s experience is based on his 17 year journey from being a GIS intern to his current primary responsibility of managing municipal cadastral datasets for NEGEO’s 70+ municipal clients. Jason and the technicians under his watch are responsible for actively maintaining, updating and publishing datasets of multiple clients weekly and work to assure a high level of accuracy and adherence to the State of CT Parcel Standards. Jason is also responsible with working with management to complete these projects within tight budgets constraints and providing the quickest possible turnaround. Using the full suite of ESRI software products and AutoCAD as needed, Jason and team of technicians steward a municipality through the initial development of a cadastral dataset, through tax map design, implementation, annual maintenance and eventual hosting on NEGEO’s MapXpress online GIS application.



Thad Dymkowski

Town of South Windsor

Thad Dymkowski is a certified GIS professional working for the Town of South Windsor with experience successfully completing GIS projects for a multitude of organizations in government, private sector, and academia. He has comprehensive knowledge of data creation and analysis, GIS server management, application design, database administration, web mapping, and 3D digital model creation. He earned Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Geography from CCSU. He developed an original curriculum for a GIS certificate program and is currently teaching it at Central Connecticut State University for its seventh successful year. He is a founding member and facilitator of the annual GIS Day Event for State of Connecticut. He currently serves as the treasurer for the New England chapter of URISA and is a past President of the Connecticut GIS  User to User Steering Committee.


Kevin Dunkin

Town of Newtown

Kevin Dunkin is the GIS Specialist for the Town of Newtown. Kevin graduated from Fairfield University where he holds a BA in Sociology and Anthropology and minor in Environmental Studies and Communications. He was initially introduced to GIS through his statistical analysis research with his professor at Fairfield where he provided support in the advocacy of local non-profit initiatives for legislative reform. His passion for both people and the natural world has led him to continue exploring the relationship between the two with the use of GIS. Since Fairfield, he now has direct municipal GIS experience with the cities of Bridgeport and Norwalk. He has worked extensively on planning, public works, and IT projects and looks forward to becoming more involved with and participate in the GIS



Mark Goetz

Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments

Mark Goetz is the GIS Director for the Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments.  He has been active in the GIS community for over the past decade including leading the development of the State of Connecticut Cadastral (Parcel) Standard as well as a prior stint on the CT GIS User to User Steering Committee. Mark has extensive work experience helping municipalities, regional organizations and utilities in being successful in utilizing GIS technology.


Mark Hoover

Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments

Mark have been a GIS professional for the past 9 years.  Currently, he is a GIS Analyst with the Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments where he works on a variety of transportation, conservation and municipal projects.  Before that he was involved in academia, first as a Research Specialist with CLEAR, where he modeled salt marsh migration from sea level rise and then as a Research Associate at Yale where he worked on modeling CO2 evasion from streams.  Mark graduated from UConn with a BS in Environmental Science and a MS in Natural Resources.



Kristen LaBrie

New England GeoSystems


I have been working in the GIS field now for approximately 13 years, the past five as a Municipal Project Manager for Applied Geographics, Inc. Prior to my work with AppGeo, I worked as a GIS Specialist/Analyst for the Virginia National Guard in Blackstone, Virginia. My duties there included time in Operations, Real Property, and Environmental. Although originally trained as an archaeologist, during undergraduate (UNC-Charlotte) and graduate (USC-Columbia) coursework, I was introduced to GIS and I was hooked. My current position involves serving as Project Manager to over 20 municipalities, primarily in CT, but also in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Maine. I have also worked on State- and Agency- level projects, but my passion is working with Towns.
I love my work. One of the things I love best is solving problems…using GIS as a tool to help other people do their job better. Advocacy and mentoring are two ways in which we can reach out and give back to our profession. I would like to be a member of the Steering Committee to promote both, and to help shape the vision of GIS in Connecticut.


Dan Czaja

Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection

Dan has been a GIS professional for the past 19 years.  He is currently the GIS Coordinator with the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection where he is in charge of Statewide 9-1-1 mapping.   Before that he worked for the Capitol Region Council of Governments as a GIS Analyst. Dan is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University.



Jeff Nolan

M5 Information Services

Jeff Nolan is a management consultant focused on improving the performance of supply chains through applied analytics. His work has been featured in BusinessWeek and Aviation Week & Space Technology and has been noted in the Harvard Business Review. He has taught statistics and was involved in what Forbes Magazine reported as the first industry-academic collaborative MOOC (massive open online course) that enabled 13,000 students to run web-based statistical analysis live. He believes that though GIS we can do what Buckminster Fuller advised: “To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.”



Meredith Metcalf

Eastern Connecticut State University

Meredith Metcalf has a diverse background in the natural sciences with a bachelor’s degree in Geology from Colgate University and both a master’s degree in Geology and Geophysics and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and the Environment (with a concentration in hydrogeology) from the University of Connecticut.  Her research interests are in mapping and analyzing groundwater sustainability, ground water quality, and groundwater flow patterns in fractured rock.  She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Earth Science at Eastern Connecticut State University.  She is responsible for teaching courses in introductory and advanced geographic information systems where the content is directed towards the application of GIS within the sciences.



Aaron Nash

City of Hartford

Aaron Nash has served the public sector for close to 10 years. He is currently working as the GIS project leader for the Department of Public Works at the City of Hartford. His current duties include building mobile and web applications and managing all spatial data in the public right of way. Before his time at the City of Hartford, Aaron worked for the Town of Vernon as the GIS coordinator developing Vernon’s first GIS system. Aaron has earned his graduate degree in Geography from CCSU and has his GISP.


Erik Snowden

Capitol Region Council of Governments

In the 19 years since working as an aerial mapping photographer in Colorado, Erik has been the GIS/IT Coordinator at the Capitol Region Council of Governments in Hartford. He’s managed many large scale regional data development projects including regional parcels and orthoimagery and is currently finishing up a statewide orthomimagery and lidar acquisition endeavor.



Steve Perry

Granby Land Trust/Sperry Geospatial, LLC.

Steve was first introduced to GIS during a college forestry careers class. He knew then and there his career path was laid out. Little did he know how much this field would evolve to what it has become today. Steve’s GIS career spans 20 years mostly with the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) and with Wayne County, MI. During his time with SEMCOG, he initiated the first ever multi agency regional orthophotography flight in Michigan covering over 5,000 square miles. While as the GIS Technical Manager at Wayne County, Steve oversaw the road network conflation initive as well as the conversion of over 800,000 parcels to the County GIS parcel fabric. However, the passion Steve has with GIS is how it can be adapted to so many disciplines to answer questions and build collaborative relationships. Six years ago Steve and his family moved to Connecticut for his wife’s job. While being a stay at home dad he volunteered his GIS services to the Granby Land Trust and just recently formed his own consulting company. Steve received his Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Michigan Technological University and his Masters in Geography/GIS from Eastern Michigan University. He is also a GISP.


Kristen Ponak

GEI Consultants

Kristen Ponak is a GIS Professional (GISP) and GIS Analyst at GEI Consultants. She’s earned nearly a decade of experience in GIS design/analysis, Web-GIS deployment, mobile application development and 3D visualization for various environmental, water resources, ecological and geotechnical projects all over the northeast states.  She graduated from the University of Connecticut, with a bachelor’s degree in GIS and Web-Technology.  To round out her education, Kristen’s Master’s Degree from Central CT State University is in Ecology and Environmental Science.  Kristen stepped into the consulting world after she was a GIS Technician for Northwest Conservation District, Candlewood Lake Authority, and a Resource Assistant for CT DEEP Wildlife. To feature her heart in her work, Kristen also volunteers as Vice-Chair for Connecticut Envirothon, an environmental educational program for high school students.



Keith Anderson

Connecticut Natural Gas Corporation

Keith has been working in the GIS field since 2000. Over the past seven years he have been the GIS Mapping and Records supervisor for Connecticut Natural Gas. His responsibilities include supervising CNG’s Mapping Technicians as they map our gas distribution facilities, customers and land base changes throughout our 26 town franchise area and the collection and scanning of CNG’s paper records into our record management system. He is also on the AvanGrid Gas GIS integration committee which is integrating GIS systems, standards and work flows between 6 different gas utility companies. Prior to his time at CNG, he worked at Close Jensen and Miller as their GIS Analyst and Environmental planner and various other engineering firms doing surveying, CAD drafting and GIS work. Keith is a 2002 graduate of CCSU, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Geography.