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 Eric Wing, President

City of Boise

Boise, ID

First elected 2017; Re-elected 2021; Term Expires 2025

Eric Wing is an Enterprise GIS Analyst, Sr. at the City of Boise, Idaho. Eric is part of the central IT GIS team that maintains, administers, and expands the GIS program at Boise. Eric’s primary duty is GIS integration and business analysis – determining where GIS can improve workflows. Eric began his career in GIS working as a student intern for the Deschutes National Forest, in Oregon, while earning a BS in Natural Resources/GIS from OSU. Eric has been working for the City of Boise since 2002 and subsequently earned an MS in GIS from Penn State, GISP certification, and PMP certification. Eric routinely provides volunteer GIS education to K-12 schools and education centers.

  Samantha Nakata, Secretary

Clark County GIS

Vancouver, WA

First elected 2016; Re-elected 2020; Term Expires 2024

Samantha Nakata is a GIS Analyst for Clark County, WA. Before coming to the Pacific Northwest she focused on environmental management in both consulting and non-profit sectors; her first foray into public service was as an analyst for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where she specialized in emergency planning. She received her BA in Geology from Carleton College and her MS from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  Chris Hill, Treasurer

Meshek & Associates LLC

Sumner, WA

First elected 2018; Re-elected 2022; Term Expires 2026

Chris Hill is the lead GIS Professional for Meshek & Associates LLC’s Northwest office. Since joining Meshek & Associates LLC in October 2000, Chris has been involved in numerous mapping and GIS projects for many several communities and counties. He has expertise in municipal mapping, data visualization, project data organization and GIS project administration. During his 18yr tenure at Meshek, he has served as GIS Specialist, Project Manager, and as Principal. In 2017, Chris relocated from Oklahoma to the Seattle area and is committed to providing and promoting GIS initiatives for communities in the Pacific Northwest. Chris has a B.S. in Geography from the University of Oklahoma (1999) and has also earned an A.S. in Engineering from Tulsa Community College (1996). He is a certified GIS Professional (GISP) and a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM). Chris’s current work projects are focused on developing GIS Web Applications for communities and working with ESRI’s ArcGIS Online resources to create engaging and effective mapping solutions.

  Chris Yake

JUB Engineers/Gateway Mapping

Coeur d'Alene, ID

First elected 2021; Term Expires 2025

Chris is a Senior GIS Analyst with JUB Engineers/Gateway Mapping. He has over 18 years leveraging GIS in land use and transportation planning in both the public and private sectors. In addition to planning, he specializes in water and sewer system analysis, desktop and interactive web mapping, and data driven visualization. Chris is proficient in advanced ESRI tools and applications including ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, Spatial and Network Analyst. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Master’s in City & Regional Planning.

Jim Glassley


Bellevue, WA

First elected 2014; Re-elected 2018; Re-elected 2022; Term Expires 2026

Jim Glassley is the GIS Team Leader in the Environmental Planning Department at the Bellevue Office of HNTB where he mentors other users, promotes GIS best practices, and fields all the GIS related questions and project needs for the office. He has 30 years of GIS experience with 29 of those in Environmental and Engineering Consulting.   Throughout his career he has provided project support and task management towards many types of projects including planning, permitting, survey, sampling, monitoring, mitigation, design, remediation, wetland inventories, road inventories, and transmission line upgrades.  Clients have included Sound Transit, Seattle Public Utilities, Puget Sound Energy, King County, WSDOT, and Grant County PUD, to name a few.

 Natalie Martinkus, PE, PhD

Dry Creek Engineering & Geospatial

Moxee, WA

First elected 2021; Term Expires 2025

Natalie Martinkus is a small business owner of Dry Creek Engineering and Geospatial, where she specializes in stormwater and site design, and providing GIS services for local governments and agricultural clients.  Before this, Natalie spent 6.5 years in different civil engineering consulting firms, 5 years in a PhD at WSU, and 2 years teaching GIS, AutoCAD, and Water Resources at Heritage University in Toppenish WA.  She used GIS extensively in all the different capacities, and is now enjoying learning how to create customized web apps using the JavaScript API. Natalie is originally from Texas, and has lived in Yakima WA and now Richland WA for the last 14 years with her husband and two sons.

  Randy Bonds, Jr.

City of Yakima

Yakima, WA

First elected 2018; Re-elected 2022; Term Expires 2026

Randy Bonds Jr. is currently employed with the City Of Yakima as the Web Applications Developer. He is the ArcGIS Online and Open Data Portal Administrator and works heavily in the ESRI Javascript API. He has 15+ years of IT experience ranging from Systems Engineering to Application Development.

  Ruth Bunch

City of Longview

Longview, WA

First elected 2012; Re-elected 2016, 2020; Term Expires 2024

Ruth Bunch is the GIS Coordinator for the City of Longview. She has worked in the GIS field since 1986. She worked for the City of Los Angeles as a GIS Specialist for 11 years then moved to Oregon/Washington and did contract work for the USDA Forestry Dept., Oregon Fish & Wildlife, Boise Cascade - OR, Washington County - OR, Oregon Water Resource Dept. and the City of Longview. Since she has worked for Federal, State. County, Private Industry and Local Government she has a rounded sense of the needs of standardization in the GIS field and would like to promote that goal.

  Sam Jenkins

City of Pullman

Pullman, WA

First elected 2022; Term Expires 2026

Sam Jenkins is the GIS Administrator of the City of Pullman, Washington. Prior he worked for Washington State University Facilities Services to implement a web mapping platform, develop their utilities networks and fly drones for mapping and inspections. Before moving to the Palouse in 2016, he lived in Fargo, North Dakota, where he developed a GIS for the municipal power and water utility in Moorhead, Minnesota. Sam sails in the summer ⛵, curls in the winter   and is dragged around the city by an energetic, young blue heeler year-round  ♂️.

  Scott Wolter


Olympia, WA

First elected 2018; Re-elected 2022; Term Expires 2026

Scott Wolter has been working in GIS for 19 Years. He started with Esri in 2000 in the Charlotte, NC and was the Esri Account Manager for multiple States including Tennessee, North Carolina, Alabama and South Carolina. He re-located to the Olympia, Washington Office and now is an Account Manager and Team Lead for the Esri- Pac-NW Local Government team. He graduated with a B.A. in Geography from the University of Colorado-Denver and did studied at the University of Denver for graduate work in GIS. 

  Tyson Taylor

J.R. Simplot Company
Boise, ID

First Elected 2022; Term Expires 2026

Tyson Taylor is an GIS Solutions Engineer working at the J.R. Simplot Company and helps support the company's enterprise GIS systems by implementing GIS solutions within the company's integrated portfolio, which includes phosphate mining, fertilizer manufacturing, farming, ranching, food processing, and other agriculture-related interests. Tyson is a GIS Professional with decades of experience in using esri and Microsoft technology stacks. Tyson has held numerous GIS roles such as: Analyst (Kootenai Electric Cooperative, ID and Kootenai County, ID), esri Authorized Instructor and Manager (Boise State University, ID), Developer (City of Bellevue, WA). Tyson has a B.S. degree in Geography/GIS from the University of Idaho (1992) followed by a M.S. degree in Management of Information Systems from Boise State University (2003). Passionate about Cartography, Geography, and GIS.

I thrive in an environment where I am constantly learning new things, there is always something new and exciting going on with GIS especially in the NW. It is an honor to serve on the NWGIS Board and I look forward in contributing to the NWGIS user group and its mission.

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