Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association
 

About Us


Our Mission

The mission of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Urban & Regional Information Systems Association (MAC URISA) is to:

  • Provide a community to facilitate communication and education among the various GIS constituency groups within the Mid-Atlantic region.
  • Promote the business of GIS by providing access to networking, new information and technology.
  • Foster relationships with organizations with similar missions to further the profession of GIS.

Our By-Laws



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2023 Officers

Julia Wolanski, President

Julia Wolanski serves as a GIS Project Manager for Colliers Engineering & Design’s GIS & Asset Management Division. Her responsibilities include working across multiple disciplines and client types to provide GIS based technology for data collection, data modeling, and asset management applications. She is responsible for managing client GIS projects and participates in business development within the northeast region of the U.S. Additionally – Julia serves as a board member for MACURISA and is the founder and current organizer for Philadelphia Women in GIS. She is trained in Agile Project Management as well as the Scrum Project Management techniques and their adjacent software requirements. Trustee since 2022.

John Reiser, Vice President

John Reiser is an experienced software developer and engineering team leader. Currently, he is the Database and Development Manager at Digital Masterplanning. John previously was employed by Rowan University in a variety of data and IT related roles, including management of the enterprise application and software development teams. John runs multiple websites related to data processing and visualization and also maintains open source GIS tools. Trustee since 2010.

Deepa Sanjeevaraya, Treasurer

Deepa Sanjeevaraya is a GIS Data and Web Specialist at the New Jersey Office of Information Technology, Office of GIS. She is one of the data advisors and coordinators for various projects including Next Gen 9-1-1, furthermore, she develops and creates web-based GIS applications to support GIS requisite of partner agencies. She has Bachelor’s in Geography and GIS and Master’s in Environmental science. She is also a former GIS adjunct faculty member at Rowan University. Trustee since 2019.

Christopher Salvatico, GISP, Secretary

Chris Salvatico, GISP is a Senior GIS Analyst and Environmental Planner with AECOM. His project experience includes a wide range of large-scale transportation and infrastructure projects as well as a multitude of comprehensive plans. His role at AECOM also includes geographic information systems strategic planning, cartography, data collection, database development and maintenance, and application support services including mapping and thematic analyses. He is experienced in working with DOT GIS-based databases such as BMS, RMS, crash analysis and pavement management systems.

Mr. Salvatico also is the current serving Chairman of MAGTUG (Mid-Atlantic Geospatial Transportation Users Group). In this role he helps transportation professionals stay abreast of advances in geospatial technology and assists GIS professionals navigate transportation-specific issues by promoting events where MAGTUG may share knowledge, news and successful practices.

Mr. Salvatico also serves on MEAC (Moorestown Environmental Advisory Committee). MEAC is tasked with the review of incoming development plans to ensure compliance with environmental regulations as well as to improve the state of the environment in the community. Trustee since 2021.

Justin Cusick, Past President

Justin Cusick is a business development professional empowering local and regional governments to build smarter communities using the science of geography and technology of geographic information systems (GIS). He is particularly interested in transforming how governments engage the public and improving service delivery. Justin has previous experience in the EPC, energy services, and computer aided design (CAD) industries. He is an advocate of business, technology, infrastructure, education, music, and Philly sports. Trustee since 2017.

2023 Trustees

Mark Bowen

Mark Bowen is a Solution Engineer at Esri on the State and Local Government Team. He has nearly a decade of experience deploying and managing ArcGIS Enterprise and asset management technology to support local government. He enjoys learning about the needs or organizations and aligning spatial tech to solve problems and help governments do amazing things with GIS technology. Prior to Esri he worked in the public sector for a medium sized utility where he led a team of GIS Professionals who helped translate the strategic objectives of the organization into solutions and aligned GIS technology (i.e., ArcGIS Enterprise, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, Cityworks, Utility Network, etc.) to support and achieve those objectives. Mark enjoys helping organizations rethink their geospatial approach to maximize their investment and share their GIS success stories. In addition to his role at Esri, Mark also serves as a Board Member with Keystone GIS which is a not-for-profit organization that provides leadership and guidance in the establishment of GIS throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Mark also holds a BA and MS in Geography from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Nick DiPaolo

Mr. DiPaolo is the Director of Geospatial Solutions for the JMT Technology Group. He has more than 21 years of experience working with internal and external clients on Technology and Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) solutions. He has managed GIS application development and data projects including Next Generation 911 (NG911), integration of asset management systems with GIS, and managing large GIS inventory/prioritization projects. He has led GIS projects for NJDOT, NJTA, DelDOT, Montgomery County PA, Berks County PA, Chester Count PA, DuPont, American Water and BP during the Gulf Oil Spill.

Affiliations/Awards:

  • MACURISA member (since 2019)
  • GISP (#161367)
  • GIS Certificate, Penn State World Campus (2016)
  • NJ Geospatial Forum Utilities/Public Works Task Force (since 2022)
  • NENA member (since 2018)
  • NENA NG911 GIS Data Model Working Group (since 2019)
  • 2022 Outstanding Public Safety Professional by the NG911 Institute
  • Philadelphia Arts and Education Partnership Executive Board, Secretary (since 2020)
  • Mount Ephraim Fire Department, Vice President and Board of Trustees (since 2020)
  • American ResQ non-profit organization, Vice President (since 2018)
Additionally, he is a volunteer firefighter of over 20 years and currently serves as the vice president and trustee of his department. He also serves on the Camden County, NJ Land Search, and Rescue Team. He has advanced emergency operations training and has aided his departments in developing GIS-related applications for locating hydrants, routing emergency vehicles, and preplanning. Mr. DiPaolo was named Firefighter of the Year in 2014 and received the Mount Ephraim President’s Award in 2018 and Pennsauken Police Chief’s Award in 2017.

Grant Ervin, GIT, Trustee

Grant Ervin, GISP, is Northeast Regional Manager for GIS and Asset Management with Michael Baker International. Before joining Michael Baker, Grant worked for the City of Philadelphia for more than 16 years in various roles including GIS Program Manager for Public Safety and Deputy GIO for Enterprise Services. He received his Master of Arts in Geography from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Trustee since 2019.

Meghan Leavey, GISP, AICP, Trustee

Meghan Leavey, GISP, AICP, Licensed NJ Professional Planner is the GIS Services Manager/Supervisor for the County of Monmouth, NJ. She has professional experience managing enterprise geographic information systems, GIS analysis, long range and strategic planning, regional land use, historic preservation, program development, public outreach, conservation and natural resources, watershed policy, and insect rearing. She has a Masters degree in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University and was a B. Budd Chavooshian Endowed Memorial Fellowship Recipient. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Management from the University of Rhode Island. Trustee since 2019.

Maya Thomas, CAPM

Maya Thomas is the Solutions Team Lead at the NJ Office of GIS and currently serves as the Secretary of MAC URISA. She is both an Esri Certified Desktop Associate and a Certified Associate in Project Management. Maya has a diverse background in GIS and also specializes in enterprise data management, project management, website administration, and communications. She attended the University of Vermont to obtain a B.S. in Environmental Sciences along with a minor in Geospatial Technologies. Trustee since 2016.

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