Appalachian Ohio Geospatial Data Partnership
Appalachian Ohio Geospatial Data Partnership

Leadership and Members

Leaders and Members


AOGDP Leadership



Kevin Buettner - President

Ohio Mid Eastern Governments Association

Kevin is a Transportation Planner/Development Specialist at the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association in Cambridge, Ohio. His responsibilities include grant writing, GIS database administration, and transportation planning for an eight-county region of eastern Ohio. He has a Masters in City/Regional Planning from The Ohio State University, a BA in Political Science from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and an Associates in Aviation Management from the Community College of the Air Force. He is also certified as a LEED Green Associate. 



Jason Pyles, GISP - Treasurer and Immediate Past-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, MS, 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. He obtained his BA in Geography from Bowling Green State University and his MS in GIS from Johns Hopkins University.Dru also serves as an active member in the Ohio Chapter of URISA and the NE Ohio GIS Symposium.



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.



Chaz Chavara - Charter Member

Chaz graduated from Youngstown State University with a BA degree in Geography. Currently works for Columbiana County Development overseeing their GIS program, completing projects for their Auditor’s Office, Land Bank, Port Authority, as well as municipalities in the county. 

Columbiana County, Ohio


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. 



Elkan Kim- Charter Member

Voinovich School - Ohio University




Jim Mercer - Charter Member

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.

At-large members


Amy Swigart                                                            Angelena Newman          
Bethaney Krzys, GISP
Bret Allphin, GISP
Brittany Converse, GISP                                        Chris Wilkin       
Corey Stollar                                              Corinna Fleeman                                                    Dave Simon                                                          Elizabeth Mather                                                    Grant Taylor   
Haley Zehentbauer
Jason Gillow
Jeff Gollner, GISP
Jeff McInturf                                                              John Forshey                                                            Luke Rueberger                                                Malcolm Meyer                                            Marcia Wolfe    
Matthew First                                                            Nancy von Meyer, PhD, P.E., PLS    
Nick Kroncke
Nicole Stump
Paul Boehnlein
Robert Delach                                                          Sean Lowery                                                            Tami Sulak                                                        Ted Auch
TJ Hootman                                                              Tom Fisher, GISP, AICP
Tracie Holdren                                                 

Guernsey County Auditor's Office                              Adams County Auditor's Office         
Eastgate Regional Council of Governments
Buckeye Hills Regional Council
City of Columbus                                                        Ohio Mid Eastern Governments Association
Monroe County Map Department                              Noble County Engineers Office                                            
Western Reserve Land Conservancy                          Eastgate Regional Council of Governments
Stark County GIS
Pickaway County GIS
Eastgate Regional Council of Governments
Morgan County Engineer's Office
Ohio Department of Transportation District 10            Eastgate Regional Council of Governments                City of Zanesville                                            Morgan County   
Ohio Department of Transportation District 10
Fairview Industries                                                        Land of Sky Regional Council                                      Wayne National Forest
Western Reserve Land Conservancy
Voinovich School - Ohio University                            Wayne National Forest                                        Ashtabula County                                                Frack Tracker                                                Coshocton County GIS/Tax Map Office                  Cuyahoga County
Guernsey County Map Department