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

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.


2017 Officers

Dawn McCall, GISP, President

Dawn is a GIS Analyst for the Facilities Administration Services Group, Princeton University. She is a member of URISA International and obtained her GISP certification in 2004. Dawn has a long standing professional association with the New Jersey surveyor community and is constantly looking for ways to foster a closer relationship among surveyors and GIS professionals. Trustee since 2006.

Matt Duffy, GISP, Vice President

Matthew is a GIS Specialist for the Atlantic County Office of GIS since 1999 and a MAC URISA Executive Board & Committee Member from 2009-2014. In 2010, Matt was the primary proponent of moving the MAC URISA biennial conference to an all-inclusive venue in Atlantic City. He was also the main advocate to expand the multi-day training event and include a banquet dinner. Matt hopes to continue expanding the MAC URISA membership and the type of event activities by developing partnerships with social & community groups within our region, such as Maptime, GeoPhilly & ESRI Meetup. Rejoined the board in 2017.

John Reiser, GISP, Treasurer

John Reiser is the Director of Information Services at Rowan University in Glassboro. John oversees maintenance of enterprise software applications, database administration, and new software development. John also consults on web application development and maintains open source GIS tools. Trustee since 2010.

Maya Thomas, CAPM, Secretary

Maya Thomas is a GIS Specialist at the NJ Office of Information Technology, Office of GIS, with specialties in cartography, database management, technical support, web mapping, and automation. She is both an Esri Certified Desktop Associate and a Certified Associate in Project Management. She is an Affiliate Member of the New Jersey Society of Professional Land Surveyors and currently serves as the Recording Secretary of their GIS/LIS Committee. Maya has a diverse background in GIS, including utilities, natural resources, planning, emergency management, economic development, and transportation. She attended the University of Vermont to obtain a B.S. in Environmental Science along with a minor in Geospatial Technologies. Trustee since 2016.

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2017 Trustees

Jason Bottcher, CFM, Trustee

Jason Bottcher is a life-long Hudson County resident who has served as the Hudson County Division of Planning’s GIS Specialist since 2012. Jason’s primary role is focused on expanding the role GIS plays throughout the county. In this capacity, Jason works closely with the Hudson County Board of Elections, Office of Emergency Management, the Tax Board, among others. Jason has also received his Certified Floodplain Manager license and is managing several projects related to flood mitigation and serves as an advocate for responsible development within flood prone areas. Jason will be completing his Masters in Urban Planning at CUNY – Hunter College in December of 2016. Newly elected in 2017.

Justin Cusick, Trustee

Justin Cusick is a business development professional empowering local governments to build smarter communities. Prior to joining Esri in 2016, Justin spent 5 years in the EPC, energy services, and computer aided design (CAD) industries. Having been born and raised in the Delaware Valley, Justin aspires to work closely with local governments to educate on the significance of a location platform and together, help solve problems facing our communities using applied geography. Newly appointed in 2017.

Trish Long, PP, Trustee

Trish Long is currently employed as a GIS Specialist by the USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Before joining NRCS, she was a Senior Planner for the City of Trenton from 2003-2010. Prior to that, she was a GIS Specialist for the NJ Office of State Planning. Trish has a B.S. in Environmental Science from Rutgers University and a M.S. in Environmental Monitoring from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She has been a member of URISA for many years and values the organization and its mission. Trish serves on the NJ Geospatial Forum Executive Committee. She lives in Trenton with her husband, seven-year-old son, and dog, Seamus. Trustee since 2015.

Matt Soslow, Trustee

Matt Soslow is a GIS Analyst for Camden County, where he has been employed since 2012. Matt has worked with various departments in the County, including: Public Works, Planning, Public Safety, Parks, and Housing Code Enforcement, where he currently oversees the day-to-day operations of the office. Matt has a B.A. in Environmental Studies with minors in GIS and Planning from Rowan University. In his free time, Matt contributes to geospatial online projects including OpenStreetMap and Google Map Maker. Matt has been a member of the New Jersey Geospatial Forum and MAC URISA since 2013. Newly elected in 2017.

Sara Taylor, GISP, Trustee

Sara is a Project Technical Specialist with Woodard & Curran, specializing in GIS and Data Management. She is a leader in the Environment and Remediation Business Unit tasked with streamlining and integrating GIS and Database practices. Sara is also a member of the Society of Women Environmental Professionals (SWEP) Philadelphia and New Jersey chapters. A graduate of Rutgers University, she received her GISP certification in 2010. She is also a recent graduate of Penn State’s Postbaccalaureate GIS program. Newly appointed in 2017.

Merrilee Torres, GISP, Trustee

Merrilee is a GIS Specialist at Burlington County where she has been employed since 1995. She is charged with coordinating the County's internal GIS efforts as well as acting as a liaison to local, regional, and state agencies. She chair's the County's GIS Users Group and sits on the Burlington County College GIS Advisory Committee. Merrilee has made contributions in the planning of MAC-URISA meetings chaired several conference sub-committees. Trustee since 2004.



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