Excellence Award

Each year PAMAGIC recognizes one individual or organization that has contributed greatly to the promotion or advancement of GIS in Pennsylvania.

2017 Award Recipient

The 2017 Excellence Award is being presented to Nicole Ernst in recognition of her devotion to educating and influencing the Geospatial Community in Pennsylvania.   

She led the development of a very successful and influential Geospatial Technology program at Harrisburg Area Community College.  She has played a significant role in the creation of the Central PA GIS Day, which has grown to become a very important event in the region, and she has also made important contributions as a member of the PA GIS Conference Planning Committee.

Nicole’s energy and enthusiasm are infectious and her GIS achievements will have a lasting impact on future generations. State College, PA, May 16, 2017.

2017 Excellence Award Presentation


2016 Award Recipient

The 2016 Excellence Award was presented to Eric Jespersen in recognition of his life-long devotion, dedication and commitment to volunteer and non-profit organizations like PaMAGIC.  He has led by example, with steadfastness and  limitless energy. 

 Eric has been pivotal in the creation and formation of Pennsylvania’s State Geospatial Coordinating Board and numerous initiatives of PaMAGIC that are aimed at providing the citizens of the Commonwealth with quality geospatial resources. State College, PA May 17, 2016.

Eric Jespersen with PAMAGIC Board


Jim Knudson and Eric Jespersen2015 Award Recipient

The 2015 Excellence Award was presented to Jim Knudson for all his efforts in advancing geospatial technologies in Pennsylvania.  

The GIS community appreciates all your commitment and work.  Thank you Jim!  State College, PA – June, 2015






2014 Award Recipient

The 2014 Excellence Award was presented to Laura Simonetti for being an active leader   in the PA GIS community, which is exhibited by her contributions to coordination and communication activities on a local, regional and statewide basis.  State College, PA – May, 2014

laura and eric award


2013 Award Recipient

The Master of Ceremonies duties shared by Mike Bialousz and Mike Shillenn during recent GIS Conferences exhibit many of the characteristics and benefits of public and private collaboration.

  • Shared work is easier to accomplish
  • Simple communications are often enough
  • Small mistakes hardly matter
  • Humor and creativity help
  • Two heads are better than one
  • Experience counts

The excellent example set forth by both Mikes and their perennial labors in planning the GIS Conference are valuable to us all. State College, PA – June, 2013

mike and mike with excellence award


2012 Award Recipient

The 2012 Excellence Award was presented to the Northwest Pennsylvania GIS Planning Committee. They have exhibited strong dedication to the organization and excellent execution of the annual Northwest PA GIS Conference.

PaMAGIC Excellence Award


2011 Award Recipient

The 2011 Excellence Award was presented to Brady Stroh. Brady has steadfastly and unselfishly worked to foster the growth and development of a coordinated GIS within the Commonwealth for over 15 years. His ideas and optimism have been demonstrated through words and actions, which have proven to be a steadying force in GIS and have been regularly useful in promoting a way forward. Brady’s commitment to excellence is evident in a desire to educate others while providing leadership in a public setting as well as behind the scenes. Examples of the his commitment to the public good are numerous, but none more so than the many years he spent organizing and managing the Pennsylvania GIS Conference.

2011 excellence award winner Brady Stroh


2010 Award Recipient

Whereas, Representative Russell Fairchild has exhibited leadership by introducing legislation that would give Pennsylvania's GIS practitioners a voice at the state level through the creation of a Geospatial Coordinating Council. Representative Fairchild's long-standing support of this endeavor speaks to his dedication not only to the state's geospatial community but to every citizen of Pennsylvania. Now therefore, the PAMAGIC proudly recognizes the efforts of Representative Fairchild and his service to the Commonwealth. Johnstown, PA May 11, 2010

2010 excellence award winner Russell Fairchild


2009 Award Recipient

The first Excellence Award was presented in 2009 to Ms. Maurie Kelly, Director of PASDA. Ms. Kelly has been a long-standing advocate for Pennsylvania's Spatial Data Clearing House and continues to promote data sharing throughout the Commonwealth.

The Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access otherwise known as PASDA has exhibited technical innovation consistent with responsive needs to its users, responsible use of limited resources and exhibited excellence in GIS for the benefit of all Pennsylvanians. PAMAGIC recognizes the long standing contributions to the director and staff of PASDA.

2009 excellence award winner Maurie Kelly