Appalachian Ohio Geospatial Data Partnership
Appalachian Ohio Geospatial Data Partnership

Leadership and Members

Leaders and Members


AOGDP Leadership


Malcolm Meyer - President

Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission

Malcolm works as a Research and Planning Specialist for OVRDC, specializing in GIS data collection and publication. His previous work experience includes GIS positions with the City of Columbus, EMH&T and TechniGraphics. Malcolm received a Master of Arts in International Affairs from Ohio University, and a BA in Sociology/Urban Planning from The College of Wooster. He is a devoted supporter of open source software and works to expand the accessibility of GIS to small communities throughout southern Ohio



Jason Pyles, GISP - Vice President

Buckeye Hills Regional Council

Jason is the GIS Coordinator at Buckeye Hills Regional Council in Marietta, Ohio. He manages the data for Buckeye Hills' RTPO, and leads their other GIS efforts, assisting both the Regional Council's programs as well as their members. Jason holds a BS degree in Geography/GIS from the Ohio State University and is a member of URISA Ohio.



Dru Sexton, GISP - Secretary

Buckeye Hills Regional Council

Dru currently holds the position of GIS Specialist with Buckeye Hills Regional Council in Marietta, Ohio. In that capacity he works on a wide range of projects using GIS to aid in the economic development of Southeastern Ohio. Dru is a member of URISA International, and also serves as the Membership Chair for the Ohio Chapter of URISA. He obtained his BA in Geography from Bowling Green State University and his MS in GIS from Johns Hopkins University.



Jim Mercer - Treasurer

Guernsey County, Ohio

Jim currently holds the position of GIS Coordinator in the Guernsey County tax map office where he interacts with the County Auditor, Engineer, Recorder, Port Authority, Economic Development, Land Surveyors, and Real Estate Appraisers. Jim brings a wealth of real world experience in his dealings with many different departments within the County as well as the general public. Jim is able to bring interdepartmental evidence of the challenges faced by not having spatial data in a clear, consistent and standardized format.




Barb Matheny - Charter Member

Noble County Engineers Office

Barbara Matheny has worked in the Civil Engineering field for 19 years and currently holds the position of Engineering Technician II at the Noble County Engineer's Office located in Caldwell, Ohio. Among her duties are project manager, GIS coordinator, building design, storm and sanitary sewer design, survey crew/leader, roadway design and bridge inspection team. She has a Bachelors of Fine Art from the University of Dayton, Visual Communications Design degree.


James Fleeman - Charter Member

Monroe County Engineers Office

James currently holds the position of Asst. County Engineer for the Monroe County Engineer's Department located in Woodsfield, OH. Among his duties are bridge design, bridge inspection, project manager, map office/GIS supervisor, traffic counts, and transportation planning. He has a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Ohio University and an Associate's Degree in Engineering Transfer from Washington State Community College. He has over 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and runs a family oil and gas business in his spare time.



Tad Herold - Charter Member

Columbiana County, Ohio

Tad was appointed to the Columbiana County Director of Economic Development, in late 2013. Tad also maintains a small private law practice, and is the Executive Director of the Columbiana County Land Reutilization Corporation.  Tad earned his bachelor's degree in Geography at Youngstown State University. He also attended The Ohio State University, where he was awarded his Law Degree from the Moritz College of Law and his M.B.A., specializing in Investment Management and Real Estate, from the Fisher College of Business. He serves on the Columbiana County Community Action Agency's Board of Directors, the Columbiana County Transportation Improvement District Board, and the Board of the Columbiana County Port Authority.



Tom Fisher, AICP, GISP, ECMPCharter Member

Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District

Tom has over twenty years of experience in the private and public sectors of GIS and currently holds the position of Information Systems & Technology Manager for the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD). He supervises full-time staff members whom currently manage spatial data for the Muskingum River Watershed, compiled from eighteen counties on an annual basis. Tom holds two Bachelors of Science degrees, one in Cartography/GIS and the other in Network Communications Management. He is a Certified Planner (AICP) and GIS Professional (GISP) and is an active member of the American Planning Association and Urban and Regional Information Systems Association.


Justin Mondok  - Charter Member

Eastgate Regional Council of Governments

Justin is currently a Transportation Planner with Eastgate Regional Council of Governments out of Youngstown, Ohio. His responsibilities include maintaining the 208 Water Quality Management Plan and the 201 Facility Planning Areas for Mahoning and Trumbull Counties, assisting with the preparation of Watershed Action Plans, and managing Eastgate’s Rideshare and Air Quality program. He has obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Washington and Jefferson College and is a certified EPI with the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice.


Frederick T. Wachtel, P.E., P.S. - Charter Member

Coshocton County Engineer

Fred was first elected Coshocton County Engineer in November, 1992.  A 1978 graduate ofThe Ohio State University Fred  earned Bachelor of Science Degrees in Civil Engineering and Surveying.  He has been a licensed professional engineer in Ohio since 1983 and a licensed professional surveyor in Ohio since 1984.  Under Fred's vision and guidance the County Engineer's GIS / Tax Map Office undertook the creation and operation of the GIS in Coshocton County. Not only does the Map Office maintain all locally generated data incorporated into the GIS, the office also provides mapping support to other local government offices on an as requested basis. 


Dave Simon, GISP - Charter Member

Ohio University

Dave has worked with Geographic Information Systems for 12 years at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs as Data and GIS Specialist, followed by GIS Manager. His current position is Facilities Planner at Ohio University. In this position he uses GIS to inventory and analyze indoor and outdoor space for the University's main and branch campuses. Dave utilizes GIS software to analyze, organize and gather geographic data for a number of applications, including environmental, civic, economic, and demographic. He has worked on utilizing the newest technology to create on-line interactive web mapping systems as well as analytical and communicative print maps. Dave received a Bachelor of Science in Conservation from Kent State University and a Master of Science in Environmental Studies at Ohio University.


At-large members


Amy Swigart
Bethaney Krzys, GISP
Bo Powell
Bret Allphin, GISP
Brittany Converse, GISP
Corey Stollar
Dean Barbo
Elkan Kim
Haley Zehentbauer
James Taylor
Jason Gillow
Jeff Gollner, GISP
Jeff McInturf
John Forshey
John Hemmings
Mark Eicher, P.E., PS
Matthew First
Nancy von Meyer, PhD, P.E., PLS
Nick Kroncke
Nicole Stump
Paul Boehnlein
Sean Lowery
Seth Montgomery
Taylor Saeger
TJ Hootman
Tracie Holdren

Guernsey County Auditor's Office
Eastgate Regional Council of Governments
Morgan County Engineer's Office
Buckeye Hills Regional Council
City of Columbus
Monroe County Map Department
Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc
Voinovich School of Leadership & Public Affairs
Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District
The Gateway Engineers, Inc.
Pickaway County GIS
Eastgate Regional Council of Governments
Morgan County Engineer's Office
Ohio Department of Transportation District 10
Ohio Valley RDC
Noble County Engineer's Office
Ohio Department of Transportation District 10
Fairview Industries
Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission
Wayne National Forest
Western Reserve Land Conservancy
Wayne National Foret

Coshocton County GIS/Tax Map Office
Guernsey County Map Department