Mapping Tennessee
2015 Board of Director Nominees

Mary Beth Stephens

​Mary Beth Stephens is an Associate Engineer with the Nashville Electric Service. Prior to her role at NES, she spent seven years as a GIS Analyst with the Metropolitan Nashville Planning Commission, where she provided management, Council members and fellow Metro departments with maps and analyses based on parcel data, zoning data, or department-specific data. 
Mary Beth has been a member of TNGIC since 2007.  She has been active in helping plan the Middle Tennessee GIC Forum for four years, the last two years serving as the vendor coordinator.
Mary Beth holds an Associate Degree in Civil Engineering Technology from Nashville State Tech Community College, and will complete her Master of Science in Geosciences from Middle Tennessee State University in May 2015.  She is also a certified GIS Professional (GISP).
As a student herself, she hopes to facilitate communication between her fellow TNGIC members and administrators of GIS educational programs to provide opportunities for furthering GIS knowledge and enhancing career prospects.  Mary Beth is also interested in publicizing TNGIC membership to students in these GIS programs. 

Judy Manners

​Judy graduated from Western Kentucky University with degrees in agriculture and biology and earned a Master of Science in Biology from Murray State University.   She began working with the State of Tennessee in 1999 and gained on-the-job training in GIS at the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and Department of Transportation when ArcView was made available to State employees. 
Judy has been a TNGIC member for almost 10 years and is a strong advocate of geospatial visualization and analyses.  She has increased the practice of GIS at the Department of Health where her expertise and advice is frequently sought by her peers.  In fact, Judy has promoted GIS use by providing mentoring, technical assistance, training, and giving presentations to folks across multiple Divisions of Health and other state departments.
If elected to the Board of Directors, Judy would like to help TNGIC and the Tennessee GIS community stay in the forefront of education and networking with GIS professionals statewide and nationally.

David Light

​David S. Light graduated from East Tennessee State University in 1987 with a BS in Engineering Technology.  He received his GISP Certification from the GISCI in 2011. Since 1991 he has been employed by Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport TN, where he is a Principal Technologist and is the leader of the GIS program.  Prior to that David was a Production Supervisor at AFG Industries.  David also serves as the IT Manager and Real Estate Broker for the family owned business - Earl Light Realty Company. 
    David was honored to be selected as the TNGIC GIS Champion at the 2014 Annual Conference.  He served as TNGIC President in the 2010 Conference Year, Past President in the 2011 Conference year, and as a Board Member from 2009 – 2011.  In 2008 he was an appointed, non-voting liaison for the East Tennessee Region. David is founder and current President of the North East Tennessee GIS User's group – NETGIS.  He served as Conference Chair for the 2008 Fall East Tennessee Regional TNGIC Conference, held at Meadowview Conference Center in Kingsport, TN and Co-Chair for the 2010 and 2011 East Tennessee Regional TNGIC Conferences.
    For the past nine years David has led the GIS program for the Tennessee Eastman Site / Utilities Division and has led the Training and start-up a GIS program at the Texas Eastman Site.  David is also leading other efforts to support Eastman’s World-Wide GIS Needs.  The Eastman GIS Program Team has mapped Thousands of points on Eastman's campus; leveraged CAD Data, developed server based applications, led numerous aerial photography and LiDAR acquisition projects, and continues to develop and explore more exciting applications of GIS technology.  The GIS Team includes one data collector, one GIS/CAD Mapping Technician, supplemented with CAD and GIS Support from several Consultants.  David fills the roles of GIS Manager/Analyst/Program Lead.  David has experience developing and implementing applications using esri’s ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Server Software, FLEX-Viewer Applications, and Trimble’s GeoXH GPS with ArcPad.  He also has experience in developing vehicles and applications for taking GIS data into field work environments with no network connectivity.
    David has lived his entire life within 10 miles of his current hometown of Kingsport TN.  He and his wife Janet have been married for 27 years and they have one son, Jason.  Jason and his wife Kara live in Jonesborough TN.  Some of you may remember Jason performing at a TNGIC Conference in Chattanooga.  Janet is currently serving as TNGIC’s office Manager and is a very talented and accomplished Pianist and she also teaches Piano Lessons. David and his family love outdoor activities like camping, hunting, riding ATVs, boating, and fishing.  He also enjoys GeoCaching and using GPS for recreational activities. 
    If re-elected to the TNGIC Board, David plans to continue to promote training opportunities for GIS users and help increase TNGIC Membership from the North East Tennessee Area.

Bill Avant

​Bill Avant is the GIS lead for Tennessee State Parks under the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.  From 1992 to 1998, he worked as an instructor for the North Carolina Outward Bound School in the Pisgah National Forest and the Everglades National Park.
In 2001, Bill received his Masters of Science degree in Natural Resource Management from North Carolina State University.  In collaboration with the United State Forest Service in the Caney Creek Wilderness, his work included sociological and biological studies, trail impact assessment, and plant species identification and preservation.
In October 2002, Bill started working for the State of TN as a Conservation Planner and then as GIS Manager in 2004.  He has served on the National Recreation and Parks Associations GIS technical advisory committee and the TNGIC Board.  He currently serves on the TN Geographic Names Committee, and has facilitated numerous workshops in GPS and GIS.  In 2008 Bill added the responsibility of managing TDEC’s Real Property.
Bill has overseen the design of the and the websites.  Bill maintains the TNGIC Twitter and Facebook accounts and works hard to maintain member communications with all electronic media.  One of those uses of technology for TNGIC is the Guidebook, an online Conference program guide.

David McMillen

​David McMillen is a soil scientist with USDA-NRCS. His responsibilities are GIS & GPS support and training for 26 counties in Middle Tennessee.  Also, he delineates wetlands and teaches hydric soil identification. David started the first digital soil survey in Tennessee and oversaw the digital conversion of all the soil surveys in Tennessee. He was part of a national team that developed budgets and infrastructure to convert all soil surveys in the nation to the data mart concept and Web Soil Survey web app. Along the way, David was elected as county commissioner in Dickson County, TN and worked with 12 entities in the county to create a local public/private partnership to be a part of the state parcel mapping project and lay the foundation for GIS in local government. David also served as the legislative liaison for the Soil Scientists Association of Tennessee and co-authored the “Soil Scientists Licensing Act of 2009”.  Since becoming active in TNGIC, David has been involved in the Middle Tennessee Forum and state conference planning as well as teaching the “Experience I” class. He and his wife, Vicky, have 3 adult children and 6 grandkids.

Jason Duke

​Jason Duke is the Southeast Region GIS Coordinator (Southeastern 10 States and the Caribbean) for the US Fish & Wildlife Service out of Cookeville, TN. Jason started his GIS career with the US Geological Survey in Nashville (he was raised in Old Hickory) in 1990 using the newly released Arc/INFO 5 on a PRIME minicomputer. He then transferred to the US Fish & Wildlife Service in 1993 and nearly went crazy with ArcView 1 and PC Arc/INFO on Windows 3.1. Jason earned his BS in Information Systems and his MBA in Information Systems from Tennessee Tech. He also graduated from the Southeast School of Banking at Vanderbilt in search of financial education. With the US Fish & Wildlife Service he works on land use change modeling, urbanization analysis, climate change studies, invasive species monitoring, sea level rise modeling and provides general GIS support to approximately 600 GIS users across the southeastern US.
Jason has served as President of TNGIC for 4 non-consecutive terms, has been a member since its inception and attended every annual conference since the first in 1994. From setting up the GIS data server at to being the chair of the Tennessee Federal and State GIS Users Group, he has always worked on data sharing projects for all of Tennessee. For the past 19 years, he has served as a faculty member at Tennessee Tech and teaches 3 GIS courses per semester (GIS I, GIS II and GIS Project Design and Management) where he has taught hundreds of college students. Jason teaches many of the Experience GIS in Tennessee classes for TNGIC and given GIS presentations at numerous elementary and high schools. TNGIC has always been Jason’s most important activity (outside of his primary job in GIS) and he helps lead the annual West Tennessee GIS Forum and attends all of the 3 Regional Forums possible and MAGIC each year.
Jason and his wife, Tonia, have 3 children and live in Livingston, TN, on a small 20 acre family farm. When not working on spatial issues, Jason is active in his church, loves to fly airplanes of all types, restore old Ford Mustangs, Scuba dive, fish and travel with the family. Jason loves to be an evangelist for GIS and enjoys speaking at GIS Conferences and telling crazy stories from his youth at TNGIC Conferences. Geography has long been a love for him and he has accumulated a collection of historic maps and authored a book, entitled ‘Tennessee Coal Mining, Railroading and Logging in Cumberland, Fentress, Overton and Putnam Counties’.