WAURISA SUMMIT AWARD RECIPIENTS

The Washington State Chapter of URISA (WAURISA) strives to show accomplishments of professionals in the GIS community of Washington state along with working with students who are looking into a career in the GIS field.


2017 GIS Person of the Year

GIS Person of the Year!

Ann Stark, Senior GIS Analyst, City of Bellingham was the recipient of the 2017 Summit Award. Ann’s contribution to the Washington State GIS community has been, and continues to be, outstanding and inspirational to us all. Her drive to bring GIS professionals together to develop solutions and expand knowledge and resources has helped many throughout the region. Ann exhibits professionalism on all levels. Her drive for excellence in the GIS profession along with her outreach, volunteerism (former WAURISA President), coordination, and mentoring makes her a very worthy recipient of the WAURISA’s GIS Person of the year (2017 Summit Award winner).


2016 GIS Person of the Year

2016 GIS Person of the Year!

Pierce County’s Chuck Buzzard is a groundbreaking technologist, innovative leader, and partner with many state and local agencies. was named “ 2016 GIS Person of the Year” for his expertise and countless hours of volunteering.

The Washington State Chapter of the Urban & Regional Information Systems Association (WAURISA) annually recognizes a candidate who has changed the GIS profession in some significant way. During his 20+ year career, Chuck has volunteered for critical leadership roles, including serving as WAURISA President, Conference Chair, and past Board member. Chuck’s major accomplishments include helping to implement Washington’s Next Generation 911 project, leading a major voter redistricting project, and serving on Washington’s Hydrologic Data Framework Committee and Transportation Framework Committee. Chuck is a teacher and mentor to many GIS professionals who recognize his ability to solve complex challenges and build consensus. He always makes the time to help others achieve their goals, and is often the guiding hand behind the scenes.

“Chuck Buzzard is the “gold standard” for GIS professionals,” said Pierce County IT Director Linda Gerull. “His leadership and constant focus on partnerships have improved GIS data and systems at the local and state level. He is always ready to share his expertise and is patient as others learn the complexities and impacts of GIS.”


Other Winners

  • 2015 - Joy Paulus - State of Washington
  • 2014 - Sabah Jabbouri - Green River Community College
  • 2013 - Karl Johansen
  • 2012 - Greg Babinski - King County
  • 2011 - Tom Nolan - City of Seattle
  • 2010 - Ian Von Essen - Spokane County
  • 2009 - Marty Balikov - ESRI
  • 2008 - Mike Onzay - City of Mercer Island
  • 2007 - Donna Wendt - City of Tacoma
  • 2006 - Nancy Hultquist - Central Washington University, Geography Dept.
  • 2005 - Geoff Almvig - Skagit County
  • 2004 - Linda Gerull - Pierce County
  • 2003 - Richard "Dick" Thomas - Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District