Dan has worked for 20 years in the computer drafting and GIS fields, mostly in the realm of local and county government. He currently works as a GIS Analyst at WaterOne in Lenexa, Kansas, aka Water District #1 of Johnson County (WaterOne serves nearly 150,000 residential and commercial customers). He served on the Kansas Association of Mappers’ (KAM) Executive Board from 2008 to 2010, and as the organization-elected KAM President in 2011. He has served as KAM’s Publication Committee Chair since 2007 and has received KAM’s ‘Outstanding Kansas Mapping Project’ award in 2008 and again in 2010, both for great work in utility GIS. He has presented numerous times at KAM’s annual Conference and at the bi-annual Mid-America GIS Consortium Conference.
In addition to his regular career, he has also started a GIS in his small, rural hometown – Erie, Kansas. Alongside the City Superintendent, field and office data collection is underway, building the city’s water, sewer and electric utility database. The knowledge gained throughout the GPS collection and GIS editing processes will then be taught to their local High School as part of their Personalized Learning Program, or PLP where students have the ability to work with technologies not normally offered in the K-12 learning system, making Erie High School the first school in the state of Kansas to offer such courses. Since 2004, Dan has traveled to his school, presenting on GIS Day to the schoolchildren and faculty, sometimes as many as four per day.
Dan lives in Lawrence, Kansas with his wife Chelsea and their two children. As if there isn’t enough going on in their lives, they have Lawrence’s only local-owned, locally-operated paint and wine studio, named ‘Painted Kanvas’. They specialize in Kansas wines, beers and liquors and feature daily step-by-step painting instruction events led by local artists. Dan and his parents are also novice vintners, operating a vineyard with nearly 160 American varietal grapevines and some blackberry, just outside Erie. (KU Prof. McCleary’s ‘Geography of Wine’ was the start for his vineyard adventure.)