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Board of Directors

Executive Management Team


Matthew Thomas
Senior Industry Manager
Norvara GeoSolutions
2000 S Dairy Ashford
Suite 410, 
Houston TX 77077
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.


Vacant during 2017.



Mark Limbruner, GISP
GIS Manager,Southern Marcellus Shale Division
Range Resources – Appalachia LLC
3000 Town Center Blvd.
Canonsburg, PA 15317
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 served as GITA President for 2015-2016.



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.



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: 2017-2018

Sean Bruce, MBA, PMP

Director, Project Delivery

Global Information Systems, LLC

1050 N. Post Oak Rd, Ste.160

Houston, TX 77055


Sean is Director of Project Delivery for Global Information Systems. He directs the development and implementation of GIS and project performance management software. Mr. Bruce previously held positions with RLG International, Midland Mortgage, and Deloitte Consulting. Mr. Bruce served in the US Air Force from 1990 -2010. He began his Air Force career as an avionics technician on the F/FB-111 and F-15 aircraft, received a commission and served as an Air Battle Manager flying on board the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft. He began his career as an Airman Basic and retired as a Major.


Mr. Bruce holds a MBA and a BS in Computer Studies from the University of Maryland. He has previous experience serving on the board of directors for the Project Management Institute, Oklahoma City Chapter. His professional and volunteer affiliations include the BYU Management Society, The Boy Scouts of America as an adult volunteer, and is a member of the American Legion and the VFW.


Troy Bumgardner, GISP
GIS Business Analyst, IT Operations Services
IT Operations Services
1 Williams Center 
Tulsa, OK  74172

Troy's geospatial career began in late 2007, after nearly a decade in telecommunications.  In telecommunications he provided wireless site services ranging from site construction, to inspection, to safety and fall protection training, and grounds maintenance services.  Troy then entered the energy industry as a pipeline construction manager.  In that role he quickly realized the need for good maps during all phases of a well-executed project – from planning, to materials delivery, to contractor execution of work. 

Troy is currently employed as a GIS Business Analyst for Williams Companies, previously working with MarkWest Energy Partners, Contracting & Consulting Services, and Superior Pipeline among other firms. Troy holds BS in Business Administration from Wayland Baptist University.

Troy has served as an Adjunct GIS professor at Tulsa Community College and has presented at numerous GIS conferences including Pipeline Week and the ESRI International User Conference. He is currently serving on two Advisory Committees:  the Tulsa Community College GIS Certificate Program, and as a GITA representative on the Pipeline Week Advisory Committee, serving in this role since the 2013 conference.  Troy also volunteers as a Cubmaster for the Boy Scouts. 


Drew Fioranelli, GISP
GIS Director
Fauquier County GIS
29 Ashby St., 3rd Floor
Warrenton, VA 20186

Drew Fioranelli, GISP is a graduate of Delta State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in GIS and a Master’s Degree in Geospatial Information Technology.  He has been involved with GIS for local government for over 10 years, spending 6 years building and managing the GIS department for the City of Asheboro, NC, a program that was recognized for its visionary use of GIS in receiving the G. Herbert Stout Award for the development and implementation of Mobile311, a mobile data collection application that helped reduce operating cost by 64% within the environmental services department.  After a brief stint with the United States Marine Corps in Quantico, VA working as an Intelligence Analyst through Lockheed Martin, Drew is currently the GIS Director for Fauquier County, VA.

As GIS Director, he manages a staff of three and is responsible for managing and updating over 35,000 parcels and address points, while working to implement Next Generation 911 capabilities for emergency services.  Drew has volunteered with GITA as a customer service and back-end support representative, as well as been a member of the Board of Directors for the American Public Works Association’s Technology Division.


Michael Mirobelli, GISP
GIS Team Lead
Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation
2000 Park Lane, Suite 300
Pittsburgh, PA 15275


Mike has been active in the field of GIS since 2003 when he began his career as an Archaeological Technician mapping archaeological sites and survey areas. In 2009 he transitioned to the energy sector and has been employed in geospatial positions at Mountaineer Keystone, EXCO Resources, and Dominion Delivery. In 2014 he joined Cabot Oil & Gas where he serves as GIS Team Lead and is responsible for GIS development and web-based GIS systems supporting Cabot’s North Region strategy.

Mike holds BA's in Geography and Anthropology and a Certificate in GIS from Penn State.  He has also expanded his professional geospatial knowledge by participating in post-graduate learning experiences in computer science, computer programming, web design, and database administration. Mike is a founding member of the Appalachia Petroleum User Group (APUG), member of the Association of Petroleum Surveying & Geomatics (APSG), and has served on the GITA EnerGIS Conference Committee since 2014.

Jacob Parakadan, MBA, PMP
Director, Operations Business Systems
Spectra Energy
5400 Westheimer Ct.
Houston TX 77056

Jacob Parakadan has over 26 years of experience with geospatial applications within the oil and gas and utilities sectors, spanning consulting, information technology management, and business leadership. Much of his career before joining Spectra Energy has been in implementing AM/FM/GIS systems for major utilities and pipeline customers around the world. 

In 2007, Jacob joined Spectra Energy and held various roles within the IT department, and in 2011, transitioned to the business side as the manager for asset information services. In 2015, Jacob transitioned to his current role of Director, Operational Business Systems within Spectra Energy’s US Transmission business unit, where he oversees both the asset information services team (which includes GIS) and the data, process, and project management team, as department head. 

Jacob holds a MBA from the University of Houston, and a PM certificate from the Univ. of Alabama. He also has a BE in Computer Engineering from the University of Mumbai. Jacob has been an active member within the GIS community, having presented at international, national, and regional conferences.   Jacob volunteers as a member of GITA's Pipeline Week Committee, where he has also been a featured speaker and panelist, he is also a member of INGAA, API and PODS.



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