OFWIM will elect three new officers to serve on the Executive Committee for the coming year. Read our candidate bios below and vote online by clicking here!
Candidate for President-Elect
Missouri Department of Conservation
Dyan Pursell is a GIS Specialist in the Science Branch of the Missouri Department of Conservation. Dyan has been in the GIS field since 2004. She has a BA in History and a MA in Geography from the University of Missouri. Dyan spent the first 11 years of her GIS career at Missouri Resource Assessment Partnership (MoRAP) before moving to MDC. Her major duties include providing GIS expertise to a variety of research programs, developing LiDAR projects, and creating custom tool kits for non-GIS users. When not at work, Dyan spends her time reading, knitting, and learning different languages while she’s taking road trips with her husband Scot.
Candidate for Member-at-Large
Amy Martin Ewing
Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources
Amy Martin Ewing currently serves as Environmental Services Biologist and Wildlife Information Manager Services (WIS) Program Manager at the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR). Amy is responsible for reviewing projects, policies, and permits for impacts upon wildlife, wildlife habitats, and programs for which DWR is responsible, including threatened and endangered species protection. Amy represents DWR on the inter-agency team that oversees wetland and stream mitigation banking in Virginia as well as other inter-agency committees, including the Virginia Forest Conservation Partnership. In addition, Amy guides and oversees the work of DWR’s WIS staff: a data scientist focused on internal biological data projects, and an information biologist focused on external education and updating of internal wildlife information.
Amy received her B.S. in Wildlife Management from Virginia Tech in 1996 and her M.S. in Environmental Science from the Center for Environmental Studies (CES) at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002. As an Environmental Biologist, Amy is able to work on her two passions: wildlife management and environmental protection. In support of her goals, Amy works closely with DWR’s GIS and WIS programs to ensure that the agency is appropriately managing, updating, and serving wildlife data to the environmental community, our partners, and our constituents.
Amy first became an OFWIM member in 2001 and has served on the ExCom before as Member-At-Large and Secretary and also previously led the Data Standards and Technology Trends Committee. Amy has presented numerous times at OFWIM, been a session moderator, Beth’s Vanna for the raffle, and has participated as a member of the Conference Planning Committee a number of times.
Candidate for Treasurer (3-year position)
Arizona Game and Fish Department
Michael Barbour is an HDMS Data Specialist with the Arizona Game and Fish Department. He is responsible for curating biological information on special status wildlife species occurrences from all sources for the needs of Arizona’s Heritage Data Management System (HDMS). He also acts as State Administrator for Arizona’s iMapInvasives program and maintains the iMapInvasives database for Arizona. He received B.S. degrees in Biology and Wildlife Management from Virginia Tech, and an M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of New Hampshire. He completed a Ph.D. research project in Zoology (Wildlife Management) with the Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory (CWRL) at Southern Illinois University.