2021 TNGIC Board of Director Nominees

Below are the 2021 TNGIC Board of Director Nominees and their biographies.  We are excited to have a great list of candidates. 

Ian Feathers

Ian Feathers is a Geographer with over 10 years of experience in geospatial solutions and technologies. Ian serves as a Geospatial Consultant for Patrick Engineering, focusing on solutions for Facilities, Campuses, and Renewable Energy. Prior to his role at Patrick, Ian served as a Solution Engineer for Esri in the Geodesign division and as a Group Lead and Senior Analyst on the Enterprise technical support team. Ian obtained his Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Geography from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. Along with his role as a consultant, Ian teaches Introduction to GIS at Sullivan East High School in Bluff City, TN. Outside of work, Ian loves the outdoors and likes to garden, backpack, and fly fish. He loves to play live music and is CrossFit Level 1 coach at Iron Mountain Fitness in Abingdon, Virginia.

Cliff Hoeffner

Trimble Mapping & GIS Representative for Tennessee, Duncan-Parnell, Inc

Cliff has been working in the GIS industry for the last 15 years.  He graduated with a GIS degree from Tennessee Technological University.  After graduation, Cliff started his career as a GPS technician at GEO-Jobe GIS Consulting.  This hands on experience with high accuracy GPS equipment still guides his career today.  For the last 7 years, Cliff has worked in the Geomatics division of Duncan-Parnell where he assists customers in integrating high accuracy Trimble GNSS equipment with their GIS.

Jeff Kirchberg

GIS Programmer, City of Maryville

Jeff is a GIS Programmer for the City of Maryville Water and Sewer Department. He graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South in 2014, where he worked in the Landscape Analysis Lab and performed geospatial studies on salamander populations. Jeff then began his career at the City of Maryville Water and Sewer. Here he contributed to the development of the automated annual reporting for the department. Jeff then moved to Johnson City where he managed databases and implemented enterprise-level software as a Geospatial Coordinator.  Jeff has recently returned to Maryville, where he is currently updating the workflows for both Water and Sewer and Electric Departments to GIS-based solutions.  He has given presentations at TNGIC and served on both state conference and regional forum committees.

Chris Pape

Planning Analyst, Washington County Zoning Office

Chris Pape is the Planning Analyst for Washington County, Tennessee’s Zoning Office and has been in GIS management for fourteen years.  Chris has been an active member of TNGIC for approximately six years and has been a member of the NETGIS user group the past twelve years, two of which as its Vice-President and is currently serving as secretary/treasurer.  He has also served as a map gallery coordinator or vendor coordinator for 3 previous Eastern Regional TNGIC Forums and vendor coordinator for the 2020 annual TNGIC Conference.

Chris lives in Afton with his wife, Arlene, cat and dog.  Chris is a GISP and Eagle Scout.  When not helping citizens in Washington County with their property uses and future plans, Chris enjoys traveling, spending time with family, hiking and strategy table top games.”

Rachel Schultz

State of Tennessee TDEC State Parks

Rachel Schultz is a geospatial analyst, developer, and cartographer local to the greater Nashville area and an alumna of MTSU’s graduate program in GIS. In her current position with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Rachel engineers solutions to spatial problems related to natural and cultural resource conservation, recreational facilities management, State Parks marketing, and more. In her spare time, Rachel is a voracious reader and hobby artist. She enjoys cooking vegetarian meals and camping in Tennessee State Parks with her husband, Jonathan, and dog, Clementine.