Geospatial Administrators Association of South Carolina
GAA-SC

Directors

Board of Directors

Daniel Morgan

Director
Beaufort County
President '09-10, 17-18
President-Elect '08-09, 16-17
Director-at-Large '06-08, 15-16
Past-President 2010-2011

Dan Morgan has an illustrious history with GIS that began during his studies at Utah State University. He ran the GIS lab while studying for his Bachelor’s in Geography (achieved in 1993) and a Masters in Ag Systems Technology (1995). Before graduating with his Masters, he secured employment with the Lowcountry Council of Governments. But before his first year was finished, he had been recruited to take the position of GIS Director for Beaufort County. He has held this position since 1996. Not one to sit on his laurels, Dan has continued his training and received certificates in ERDAS remote sensing software and ArcSDE Administration for Oracle. His diligence paid off when, under Dan’s leadership, Beaufort County received a Special Achievement in GIS award at the 1999 ESRI Users Conference in San Diego, California. Dan has also worked with his staff to create a GIS website, providing access to Beaufort County GIS Data on the Web. A vital member of the GIS community for over ten years, Dan has held positions on the Information Resources Council and related committees, and was one of the first members of the SC Arc Users Group (SCARC). 


Alison Sengupta

Planning & GIS Manager
Lexington County
Director-at-Large 2016-2017
President-Elect 2017-2018

Alison Sengupta started her career using GIS in the environmental field at The LPA Group (now Michael Baker International) serving as a GIS Analyst/Environmental Scientist.  When the opportunity arose to join Lexington County Planning & GIS she jumped at the opportunity to focus solely on GIS.   She has been with the County for about 15 years and has served as a GIS Analyst and more recently as the Planning & GIS Manager.  She has a BS in Environmental Science from TCU (Go Frogs!) and a Master of Earth & Environmental Resources Management from USC (Go Gamecocks!).  Alison is currently a co-chair of the Next Generation 911 GIS Subcommittee for South Carolina.  Alison also has her GISP certification.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and is an avid sports fan, especially TCU football.


Jacob Deuel

GIS Administrator          
Town of Hilton Head
President 2016-2017
Director-at-Large 2013-2016
Past-President 2017-2018

Jacob Deuel holds a B.S. degree in Geography from the University of South Carolina and is a Certified GIS Professional (GISP). He has 10 years of experience in the GIS field working mostly in the municipal government setting. He is currently employed with the Town of Hilton Head Island as the GIS Administrator. Other interests include strengthening his faith, spending time with his wife and two daughters, watching soccer, and cheering on the Gamecocks in football.


Brenda Wheatley

GIS Coordinator
Charleston County
Director-at-Large 2016-2018

Brenda Wheatley did not start her career in GIS but in the field of IT.  Beginning work in the late-1970s, Brenda worked directly for a large computer firm supporting a customer base largely in South Carolina, conducting training sessions, computer analysis and computer migration.  As the computer industry tumbled in early 2000s, Brenda worked for a small vendor supporting solutions in the manufacturing industry, traveling nationwide supporting manufacturing applications and bar coding solutions.  Brenda became IT Director for a local manufacturing firm, then moved to the county to manage the migration of the mainframe Assessors system to a UNIX based system.  As this migration near completion, Brenda was asked to move over to GIS to handle the introduction of GIS at Charleston County.  From 1997 to present, Charleston County GIS has grown from a parcel based system tucked away in the Assessor’s office to supporting all departments in the county except payroll and HR.  Brenda has been a recipient of ESRI’s SAG Award in 2010 and SCARC GIS Achievement Award in 2013.  Outside of work, Brenda enjoys her family time, traveling and hiking.  


Ryan Coleman

GIS Manager & DBA
Town of Bluffton
Webmaster 2016-2018
Director-at-Large 2014-2015

Ryan Coleman graduated with a B.A in Geography from the University of South Carolina and has a GIS Professional Certification (GISP). Ryan got started in 2005 with a GIS internship at the SC Department of Commerce's Insite Program after which he joined the City of Columbia as a GIS Analyst. While there in 2008 the City's GIS Division was honored with a Special Achievement in GIS Award from ESRI. After 3 years with the city he traveled to Hawaii, where he worked at Pearl Harbor mapping communications infrastructure as a GIS Analyst II. Missing the South, Ryan returned to SC and municipal government in 2010 at the Town of Bluffton where he is currently GIS Manager & DBA. While away from a computer, Ryan enjoys spending time with his son, reading, hiking and camping.


Kathleen Brenkert

GIS Manager
City of North Charleston
Treasurer 2016-2018
Director-at-Large 2014-2015

Kat Brenkert graduated with a B.A. in Biology from Augustana College.  Kat first discovered GIS as an intern studying wild dolphins on the Chesapeake Bay from 1994 to 1995, mapping travel and habitat patterns.  It was as cool as it sounds, and Kat continued as a Wildlife Biologist for both Mote Marine Laboratory and then the US Fish and Wildlife Service at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.  Her GIS career began to take off in 1998 once she was put in charge of mapping invasive plant species, wildlife habitats and patterns at the refuge.  In 2001 she decided to dive fully into GIS and accepted a job with the City of North Charleston as a GIS Analyst.  She has since been promoted to Senior Systems Analyst, has hired several GIS employees and has overseen every aspect of GIS development for the city.  Kat has served with South Carolina ARC (SCARC) User Group since 2004.  Kat was the SCARC Secretary from 2004 – 2012, SCARC President Elect from 2012-2013, SCARC President from 2013-2014 and SCARC Past-President from 2014-2015.  Kat enjoys spending time with her husband and two children in Charleston.  Other interest include photography, surfing, and graphic design.


Frank Bishop, Jr

GIS Manager
Aiken County
Director-at-Large ‘06-07, 17-18
President-Elect, 2007-2008
President 2008-2009
Past-President 2009-2010

Frank Bishop Jr. has 13 years experience in the GIS field. Frank’s career started and continues in Aiken County.  After graduating from Aiken Tech in 1990, he started as a simple mapper (pen & ink on mylars) and progressed up the ladder while helping build the current GIS from the ground up. He now manages the GIS Division of Aiken County. In January 2005, Frank and his staff had the unfortunate task of dealing with a train derailment with a chlorine spill in Graniteville. They put in countless hours creating maps and queries to aid the emergency personnel responding to the accident. Frank learned many lessons from the real life accident and has since shared his knowledge with the GIS community to help them better prepare for future disasters. Frank has been involved with SMAC since 1991, and SCARC and the CSRA Arc Users Group from their creation.


Robbie Ervin

GIS Database Administrator
Florence County
Secretary 2016-2018

Robbie graduated from Clemson in 1983 with a degree in Political Science and then in 1986 with a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning.  His biggest accomplishment in college was meeting Red Skelton. He worked with the Anderson County Planning and Economic Development Board from 1986 until 1992 where he worked in transportation planning and worked on special planning projects.  He got an introduction to GIS during this time when he started using MapInfo. After this, he moved back to Florence where he had grown up.  He worked with the City of Florence Planning Office, which later merged with the County in 1997 to become the County Planning and Building Department.  After the merger, the Planning Office dropped its Genamap license and began using ArcInfo. In 2007, GIS was split off from the Planning Department to become its own department.   Robbie was made GIS Database Administrator.  In that role, he has managed SDE and the SQL Server instance that it runs on, developed programs and websites using a wide variety of platforms and languages,  edited countless layers, and done whatever else Crys Hoge, his boss, told him to do.

 
2017 - 2018 Board Members
President Dan Morgan
President-Elect Alison Sengupta
Past-President Jacob Deuel
Director 1 Brenda Wheatley
Director 2 Ryan Coleman, Webmaster
Director 3 Kathleen Brenkert, Treasurer
Director 4 Frank Bishop
Director 5 Robbie Ervin, Secretary

2016 - 2017 Board Members
President Jacob Deuel
President-Elect Dan Morgan
Past-President Cherie Moritz
Director 1 Brenda Wheatley
Director 2 Ryan Coleman, Webmaster
Director 3 Kathleen Brenkert, Treasurer
Director 4 Alison Sengupta
Director 5 Robbie Ervin, Secretary

2015 - 2016 Board Members
President Cherie Moritz
President-Elect Jacob Deuel
Past-President Kevin Whaley
Director 1 Carmen Durham
Director 2 Ryan Coleman, Webmaster
Director 3 Kathleen Brenkert, Treasurer
Director 4 Susan Overstreet, Secretary
Director 5 Dan Morgan

2014 - 2015 Board Members
President Kevin Whaley
President-Elect Cherie Moritz
Past-President Crystine Hoge
Director 1 Carmen Durham
Director 2 Ryan Coleman
Director 3 Susan Overstreet, Secretary
Director 4 Kathleen Brenkert
Director 5 Jacob Deuel

2013 - 2014 Board Members
President Crystine Hoge
President-Elect Kevin Whaley
Past-President Shawn Carson
Director 1 Carmen Durham
Director 2 Heather Landry, Secretary
Director 3 Cherie Moritz, Treasurer
Director 4 Susan Overstreet
Director 5 Jacob Deuel

2012 - 2013 Board Members
President Shawn Carson
President-Elect Crystine Hoge
Past-President Connie Banegas
Director 1 Carmen Durham
Director 2 Heather Landry, Secretary
Director 3 Cherie Moritz
Director 4 Susan Overstreet
Director 5 Kevin Whaley, Treasurer

2011 - 2012 Board Members
President Connie Banegas
President-Elect Shawn Carson
Past-President Bryan Townsend
Director 1 Carmen Durham
Director 2 Crystine Hoge, Secretary
Director 3 Heather Landry
Director 4 Kevin Whaley
Director 5 Rich Hamilton, Treasurer

2010 - 2011 Board Members
President Bryan Townsend
President-Elect Connie Banegas
Past-President Dan Morgan
Director 1 Carmen Durham
Director 2 Crystine Hoge, Secretary
Director 3 Shawn Carson
Director 4 Kevin Whaley
Director 5 Rich Hamilton, Treasurer

2009 - 2010 Board Members
President Dan Morgan
President-Elect Bryan Townsend
Past-President Frank Bishop Jr.
Director 1 Connie Banegas, Secretary
Director 2 Crystine Hoge
Director 3 Bruce Harper
Director 4 Kevin Whaley
Director 5 Rich Hamilton

2008 - 2009 Board Members
President Frank Bishop Jr.
President-Elect Dan Morgan
Past-President Mark DePenning
Director 1 Connie Banegas, Secretary
Director 2 Crystine Hoge
Director 3 Tony Westmoreland
Director 4 Bryan Townsend
Director 5 Rich Hamilton

2007 - 2008 Board Members
President Mark DePenning
President-Elect Frank Bishop Jr.
Past-President Tim Oliver
Director 1 Connie Banegas, Secretary
Director 2 Dan Morgan
Director 3 Tony Westmoreland
Director 4 Bryan Townsend
Director 5 Vacant

2006 - 2007 Board Members
President Tim Oliver
President-Elect Mark DePenning
Past-President Vacant
Director 1 Frank Bishop Jr., Secretary
Director 2 Alison Harden
Director 3 Vacant
Director 4 Vacant
Director 5 Vacant