Dan Ross
Interim Executive Director


Dan recently joined NSGIC as the Interim Executive Director after 26 years working for the State of Minnesota in various geospatial and leadership roles within multiple state agencies.

Most recently, Dan served as the Minnesota Chief Geographic Information Officer and Director of the Minnesota Geospatial Information Office (MnGeo) under MN.IT Services. In addition, he served as the Chief Business Technology Officer for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Board of Water and Soil Resources, and the Health Licensing Boards. As the GIO for Minnesota, his focus was collaborating, sharing, and relationship building within the Minnesota and the national geospatial community to deliver foundational geospatial services and data.

Dan is has been active in the national geospatial scene and is a Past President for NSGIC.

Dan’s focus is building partnerships within the geospatial community within all sectors and organizations NSGIC serves while the organization searches for a new Executive Director.

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Jamie Chesser
Director of Programs


As NSGIC's Director of Programs, Jamie serves as a collaborative, energetic partner working with the executive director, staff, leadership volunteers, membership, organizational partners and stakeholders to advance the mission of the organization. Jamie draws on a life and career full of geospatial science and GIS technology teaching and curriculum building, project management, public speaking and facilitation, and community organizing and activism. When introduced to the power of GIS in graduate school, not only was Jamie hooked on this technology, she knew it was vital for our communities, states, countries, and the world. After bouncing around the US, Jamie and her family have made their home in Colorado.

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Amy Holmes
Membership Associate


As a dedicated professional, Amy serves as Membership Associate for NSGIC. She supports the Executive Director and staff by demonstrating her skills in hospitality and customer service. Amy graduated with a BA in Geography from Kennesaw State University. Passionate about sustainability and conservation, she co-founded a multi-campus environmental club with her fellow classmates, Owl Swap, at her alma mater focusing on ethical and sustainable fashion. Amy currently resides in Myrtle Beach, SC, but she is a native of Atlanta, Ga.

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Emily Ruetz
Programs Specialist


Emily Ruetz comes from a computer science and GIS background, and she is looking forward to bringing those skills to benefit NSGIC. She enjoys working collaboratively to achieve goals, build connections, and promote sustainability. Minnesota is her home, even when she’s off traveling elsewhere (in non-pandemic conditions).

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Ashley Sievert
Manager of Meetings & Communications


Based in Northern Virginia, Ashley brings years of experience in event planning and management within the geospatial community. She spent eight years with the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) working to bring industry, academia and government together to develop a stronger geospatial ecosystem. Ashley is excited to now be with NSGIC helping to promote and facilitate connections with geospatial leaders across the nation. Her passion for horses and world travel keep her busy and on-the-go in her spare time.



Cy Smith
Policy Director


After serving many years as a NSGIC state representative, board member, and board president, Cy Smith has joined NSGIC’s staff team in the newly-created role of Policy Director. In this position, Smith will work with NSGIC leadership to develop, promote, and coordinate strategies that advance states’ geospatial interests linked to federal programs, congressional actions, and related initiatives. The new appointment coincides with Smith’s retirement from state government service in Oregon on Nov. 12, 2021.


Lynda Wayne
Data for the Nation Project Manager

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Lynda Wayne brings 3 decades of geospatial data management and coordination experience to the position of 3DEP Project Manager. A long-time metadata advocate, Lynda thrives on creating practical approaches to complex issues. She is a Landscape Architect by training and spent her early career in the marshes of coastal Louisiana applying GIS and image processing to the mitigation of land loss, hurricanes, and oil spills. She is a former NSGIC alternate for the State of Louisiana but left for the mountains of western North Carolina before the NSGIC staff coalesced in New Orleans.

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Phil Worrall
Data for the Nation Project Engineer


Phil brings almost five decades of working in the mapping sciences industry to the NSGIC team. He worked in private industry for 36 years as a photogrammetrist, GIS analyst, GIS project engineer/manager, and GIS director. For the last ten years, Phil served as the Executive Director of the Indiana Geographic Information Council (IGIC) where he was also the NSGIC co-representative for the State of Indiana. Phil retired from the IGIC in 2019 and is excited to continue to work with NSGIC to help support projects with our federal partners.

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