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Board of Directors

Executive Management Team  (Duties of the Board)


Mark Limbruner, GISP
GIS Manager, Southern Marcellus Shale Division
Range Resources – Appalachia LLC
3000 Town Center Blvd.
Canonsburg, PA 15317
724-743-6705 (412-496-0509 Mobile)


Mark Limbruner, GISP has spent over three decades in the geospatial industry working for a number of firms in the petroleum exploration, coal exploration, mining, environmental engineering, and GIS consulting fields. Since 2008 Mark has been employed by Range Resources Corporation in their Canonsburg, Pennsylvania office where he manages the Southern Marcellus Shale Division’s GIS department.

Throughout his career, Mark has presented at a number of national and regional GIS conferences and has served on the GITA Oil and Gas Conference (now Pipeline Week) organizing committee. Mark also serves as the co-chair of EnerGIS, an annual GIS conference focused on the energy industry in the northeast.  Mark has served as an international delegate representing GITA at conferences hosted by GITA’s sister organizations in Japan and Australia.  A member of the GITA board since 2013, Mark is serving as GITA President for 2015-2016.


Matthew Thomas
Senior Industry Manager
Norvara GeoSolutions
17171 Park Row
Suite 350
Houston, TX 77084
281-746-1249 Mobile


Matt has been involved with GIS in the oil and gas industry since moving from Maine to Texas in 1999, working both on the operator side as well as the services side of the business.  His current role in the industry is as the Sr. Industry Manager for Pipelines representing Novara GeoSolutions, a CHA Company.

In his 15-plus years in the industry, Matt has developed an understanding and appreciation for a variety of disciplines impacting the oil and gas pipeline industry, including pipeline integrity, engineering construction, right-of-way/land management, operational compliance, public awareness/One Call, and GIS best practices. He brings a process-centric approach to GIS and data management that focuses on serving timely, accurate information to GIS users, supporting more educated, efficient, and repeatable decision support that is well-positioned toevolve as new technologies and new regulations are introduced to the industry.


In addition to his work experience in the industry, Matt has been involved with GITA since 2002 as ITAG Coordinator (2004-2010), Texas Gulf Coast Chapter President (2009-2013), Pipeline Conference Chair (2010 & 2015), and Board of Directors member (2014-Present). Matt also has contributed to PODS, INGAA, CGA, API/AOPL, and numerous other industry groups in an effort to help further GIS usage and GIS best practices across the infrastructure utilities sector.



Talbot J. Brooks, GISP
Director, Center for Interdisciplinary
Geospatial Information Technologies
Delta State University
Box 3325
Cleveland, MS 38733


Talbot’s undergraduate degree was awarded by the Rochester Institute of Technology and he conducted his graduate studies at Arizona State University. His emergency response career began in 1986 as a firefighter for Wareham (MA) Fire Department and he has since held numerous paid and volunteer positions within the emergency response domain. He was introduced to spatial technologies while researching the effects of global climate change on agronomic crops for the US Water Conservation Research Laboratory (USDA) in Phoenix, Arizona in 1993. He joined the faculty at Arizona State University’s Department of Geography in 2000 before departing moving to a cooler climate in Mississippi in 2005. He served as President of GITA, is Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies at Delta State University, provides volunteer GIS services for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, and is the Chief Engineer for Bolivar County Volunteer Fire Department. Service activities include the National Geospatial Advisory Committee, the Mississippi Coordinating Council for Remote Sensing and GIS (Technical User’s Group Chair), and the Board of Directors for the GIS Certification Institute.

Awards and Recognition:
- 2nd Place, Best Press Copy, Atlas or Map Series, ESRI International User’s Conference (2011)
-Mississippi Legislature Joint Resolution providing commendation for service to community and profession (2010, House Concurrent Resolution No. 107)
-3rd Place, Best Press Copy, Atlas or Map Series, ESRI International User’s Conference (2010)
-Bolivar County Firefighter of the Year (2011)
-Best Speaker Award GITA Annual Conference 29 and 31 (2007, 2 awards in 2009)
-ESRI Special Achievement Award in GIS (2006)
-Named one of the industry’s "Top 50 to Watch” by GPS World (May 2007)



Eric Hoogenraad, GISP
Manager of Geomatics and Facility Planning
City of Abbotsford
32315 South Frasier Way
Abbotsford, BC V2T 1W7


Eric Hoogenraad is the Manager of Geomatics for the City of Abbotsford in British Columbia, Canada. Abbotsford has a population of about 150,000 and covers approximately 150 square miles between the US border and the Fraser River, about 80 km east of Vancouver. Eric’s department is responsible for all the City GIS needs, the preparation of infrastructure design drawings, all land survey requirements and municipal infrastructure surveys. He is a certified Technologist with ASTT (AScT), a registered GIS professional (GISP) and teaches Autocad at UFV (local university) in the evening. He also serves on the Industry advisory board for the University of the Fraser Valley. Eric is involved with Strategic Planning at the City of Abbotsford and has a Management certificate from the Banff Centre for Management and Strategic Planning. Eric has been a international board member for GITA (Geospatial Technology and Information Association) since 2005 and served as the 2009 President for the Pacific North West Chapter. He is also involved with ICIS (Integrated Cadastral Information Society) in BC and a regular contributor to various Geospatial Industry publications. When not working he enjoys kayaking, hiking and just generally not being indoors.



Elizabeth Bialek, P.E.
Engineering Manager
East Bay Municipal Utility District
375 Eleventh Street, MS 503
Oakland, CA 94607


Elizabeth Bialek is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and Master’s Degree in Geotechnical Engineering. She has over 20 years of professional Civil Engineering experience, working in the water and wastewater industry both in the private and public sector.

In her role as Manager of Engineering Services, Elizabeth oversees a staff of approximately 55 technicians, clerks, engineers and programmers that provide engineering and drafting services to support the Department’s annual capital program. Among her duties, she manages EBMUD’s mapping unit, which maintains GIS data for the EBMUD’s water treatment and distribution system. In her role she also oversees EBMUD’s Dam Safety Program and has actively advanced emergency response and recovery within her Department.


At-Large Board Members

Rebecca (Becky) Shumate, GISP
BDS Geospatial Consulting
3851 Beckett Ridge Drive
Humble, TX 77396


Ms. Shumate has worked as a leader in the geospatial industry since she first interned with the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service in 1998. Much of her career to date has been spent with PennWell, working her way up over the course of nearly 15 years from a position as a GIS Specialist to Operations Manager. She is an active member-at-large of GITA and has represented the organization to GISCI, serving first as a member of that organization’s Board of Directors and, most recently, as Vice President. As such, Ms. Shumate brings not only significant work experience, but in-depth knowledge about the credentialing process and where it is headed within the geospatial industry.


Terry Strahan
Qualitylink GIS Solutions, LLC
19211 Doveton Lane
Spring, TX 77388

Terry Strahan has 25 years’ experience applying GIS technology to solving real-world problems in various fields, including Pipeline GIS Management, Environmental and Emergency Response and Gas, Electric and Landbase Data Management.  

He has vast experience in GIS data production and Pipeline GIS System development as well as in Environmental and Response Mapping, AutoCAD facility development and maintenance, management of Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) field data and volume containment for plan development. He has a comprehensive background in the Spill Response process involving interaction with federal and state agencies, software design and development, GIS technical analysis, project and staff management.

Terry is a member of the Houston Pipeliners Association and Team Leader for Survey/ROW on the PODS “New Construction” initiative. He has written numerous article and blogs that have been published in industry magazines and posted to various technical websites.

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