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


2024 Officers

John Reiser, President

John Reiser is an experienced software developer and engineering team leader. Currently, he is a full-stack developer and database administrator at Areaplot. 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.

Justin Cusick, Vice-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.

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 the Sustainable Moorestown Green Team Committee and is a Board Member of STEM (Save the Environment of Moorestown).  Trustee since 2021.

2024 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.


  • 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.

Meghan Leavey, GISP, AICP, Trustee

Meghan Leavey is the Lead Planner in the Office of Climate Resilience Bureau of Climate Resilience Planning in the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. She is a Planning professional who coordinates the Resilient NJ program working to provide assistance to municipalities and regions developing resilience action plans and supporting other climate resilience planning efforts in the State of New Jersey.

Chris McClain, Trustee

Christopher McClain is a longstanding member of the local geospatial community, having worked as a Photogrammetrist, GIS Technician, and GIS Specialist and community volunteer. Christopher has spent time at BAE systems, Brick Township MUA, and Lakewood Township MUA, where he is currently employed. While dealing with many sectors, Christopher’s experience has primarily been with wastewater and municipal services. Christopher has worked all the entire GIS data lifecycle, with direct involvement and oversight of data collection, creation, management, and analysis. He has presented talks at several MAC URISA conferences, Esri MUG user conferences, Esri Dev Meetups, and other events. He has also been active in the NJGF serving as Municipal Representative and Executive Committee Chair and Vice Chair and is currently co-leading the NJGF Utility Taskforce. Ongoing projects include implementing Esri's Utility Network and an enterprise asset management solution. More recently he has also been tasked with handling the administrative Cybersecurity responsibility for the Lakewood Twp MUA. He looks forward to continuing the efforts of the MACURISA board to increase engagement with members and providing learning and networking opportunities..

Joe Smalley, GISP, Trustee

Joe Smalley is a GIS specialist with 16 years experience serving county government in urban planning and IT. He's involved in geodatabase management, enterprise GIS administration, data design, data editing and analysis, cartography, and modernizing government workflows using GIS technology. He is a certified GISP and holds two ESRI technical certifications. Additionally, he's won prizes at the NJDEP mapping contest. Further, he has served on the executive committee of the NJ Geospatial Forum. He enjoys attending conferences and events, networking, organizing, and presenting. He learns about GIS and technology through his work, webinars, personal training, and conversation with others in the industry.

Shawn Wathey, Trustee

Shawn has over 15 years of experience in the field of GIS, data analytics, data quality, and asset management. Before his current role as Data Governance and Integration Manager, Shawn was a GIS Manager, where he managed the GIS for several DoD contracts and delivered high-quality GIS solutions for water and wastewater infrastructure. He has extensive knowledge of Power BI and GIS tools and techniques. Shawn holds a Bachelor's Degree in Geography from Bloomsburg University.

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