OUR TEAM

Although we are a technology company, we find that people are inspired by other people—not technology. We’re proud of our company, our team and our clients, and we’re intentional in how we work together!

MGP’s leadership team believes that people drive success. We are committed to building, coaching and developing the MGP team.

Tom Thomey

Founder & General Manager

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Robert Davis

Analyst Lead

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Brian Dieker

Client Account Manager

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Maria Muceito

GIS Manager

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Ralph Nikischer

Client Account Manager

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Tom Thomey

Founder & General Manager

Tom is the founder and General Manager of Municipal GIS Partners (MGP) Inc., which he founded in 1998 to help municipalities optimize GIS for better efficiencies, cost-savings and decision-making. His vision has been adopted by 34 communities in Illinois, known as the GIS Consortium. He offers almost thirty years of experience as a public servant, senior consultant, project manager, software engineer and business entrepreneur. From 1994 through 1997, he was GIS Manager for the City of Highland Park, overseeing data maintenance, software development, and program management. A little-known fact about Tom is that he was in Germany in 1989 when the Berlin Wall came down.

Robert Davis

Analyst Lead

Robert brings a wide range of expertise to the MGP team. He is a trained engineer, with a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Marquette University. He also holds GIS Certification from the College of DuPage. Robert is an Analyst at in the MGP office where he assists Analysts on site with technical needs and project development. He also leads MGP’s Data Quality initiative, ensuring that the Consortium communities have the most optimal information to aid them in making the best decisions. Robert is also a brewing expert and brews his own beer, which he often shares with MGP staff.

Brian Dieker

Client Account Manager

In the Spring of 2018, Brian connected with the MGP team to continue his passion in leadership and client service. He began his professional career with Bartlett & West as a GIS Technician but quickly advanced into management as a Senior Group Manager for their GIS & Technology Service Group. His responsibility as a leader was multi-faceted with both an internal team of professionals and external clientele. His responsibilities and engagement with clients included project management, data quality assurance, technical and business process innovation, and business development. When he is not at work, he is trying new and exciting experiences. Most recently, Brian traveled overseas for the first time in 2017, indulging his love for travel, food, and history by exploring Italy.

Maria Muceito

GIS Manager

Maria Muceito is the GIS Manager at MGP, joining the team in 2013. Maria worked for Motorola for 15 years, where she initially gained exposure to the needs and nuances of local government. In 2005, she pursued her passion for leadership development, communication, and coaching by joining Dale Carnegie Training. Her primary focus was working with clients to deliver relevant programs aimed at improving communication, alignment, and performance. MGP was a former client of Maria’s which is how she came to know Tom. Maria loves decorating and home improvement projects. She also recently adopted a child!

Ralph Nikischer

Client Account Manager

Ralph joined MGP in the summer of 2018 as a Client Account Manager. Prior to working with MGP, Ralph worked as an Assistant Urban Forester for the City of Monterrey, CA and worked for the Village of Hinsdale, IL as a Public Service Superintendent and Horticulturist. Ralph began working in local government in 2007, his significant experience and knowledge in local government has allowed him to bring a new perspective to MGP. Outside of focusing on the health of our client programs, you can find Ralph reading about ecological restoration and permaculture. He has propagated thousands of native trees and plants that help restore local environments.

MGP team members, put relationships first in our consulting and project delivery. The more clients know we care, the more opportunity we have to make a difference and inspire them.

Eric Altergott

Analyst

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Kristin Bilar

Analyst

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Grant Dixon

Analyst

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Mike Falkofske

Analyst

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Jennifer Gandy

Analyst

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Sarah Gardner

Analyst

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Louise Hahn

Analyst

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Lee Hartman

Analyst

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Matt Huser

Analyst

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Elaine Kurr

Analyst

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Geoff Lloyd

Analyst

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Megan Loker

Analyst

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Rachael Luzar

Analyst

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Kiko Mari

Analyst

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Alison Maulhardt

Analyst

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Alissa Pump

Analyst

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Caitlin Pennington

Analyst

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Courtney Reents

Analyst

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Joel Schoerner

Analyst

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Andrew Shuman

Analyst

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Glenn Sullivan

Analyst

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Bill SooHoo

Analyst

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Peter Szewczyk

Analyst

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Donna Thomey

Management Support Specialist

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Jan Teisinger

Analyst

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Seth Tribby

Analyst

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Eric Altergott

Analyst

Eric began his career with MGP as a GIS Site Analyst in November 2018. He worked previously in the natural gas industry as a GIS Technician for Nicor Gas in Naperville, Illinois, and prior to that was a GIS intern in the real estate department at Commonwealth Edison in Oak Brook, Illinois. Eric attended Harper College, earning an Associate of Arts degree and then went on to Elmhurst College where he earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees, one in Geographic Information Systems and the other in Geography, with a minor in Urban Studies. Eric enjoys traveling and so far, has been to 16 countries on 4 different continents. Before working with GIS, Eric served in the Marine Corps for 5 years.

Kristin Bilar

Analyst

Kristin began her career with MGP in December 2018. She worked previously in the Village of Schaumburg as an Engineering Project Technician and as the GIS Technician for the Village of South Barrington. Kristin earned her Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Southern IL University, Carbondale and has continued her education at College of DuPage and Harper College taking courses in ecology, horticulture, and earning her GIS Certification. Kristin is a Certified Prescribed Burn Manager and at the peak of her natural resource management career was burning 300-400 acres per year. Currently, she enjoys volunteering her chainsaw skills with Lutheran Early Response Team (L.E.R.T.) after natural disasters.

Grant Dixon

Analyst

Grant began his career with MGP in August 2018. He worked previously in 911 dispatch as a GIS Intern with QuadCom 911, producing emergency service analyses and data visualizations. Grant attended the University of Southern California, earning Bachelor of Arts degrees in Interdisciplinary Archaeology and Religion. He earned his Master of Arts in Archaeology from the University College London, and is finishing a Master of Science degree in Geographic Information Science and Technology at USC. Grant is an avid history buff and traveler. He has visited 27 states and 10 countries and once visited 9 castles in 3 days.

Mike Falkofske

Analyst

Mike has been with MGP for most of the company’s history. He has been a GIS Specialist since 2000. He currently manages the GIS programs in Mundelein and Lake Forest and routinely participates in the training and mentoring of many of MGP’s employees. Prior to MGP, he worked as a Project Manager for Geocode Inc. in Eau Claire Wisconsin. Mike has a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Steven’s Point. Mike has always had a strong interest in local government, which prompted him to become an active member with the Kenosha Unified School Board in April 2015. Although Mike has quite the sweet tooth, he absolutely despises Lemon Meringue Pie!

Jennifer Gandy

Analyst

Jennifer began her career with MGP as an Analyst in June 2019. Prior to MGP, Jennifer was the GIS Coordinator for the Village of Niles and for the City of Battle Creek, MI. Jennifer attended The University of Northern Iowa majoring in Geography with a Minor in Earth Science and then attended Northern Illinois University to receive her Master’s of Science in Geography. Jennifer has climbed to the top of Wind River Peak in Wyoming and completed a Half Ironman. She loves to do anything that involves the outdoors.

Sarah Gardner

Analyst

Sarah comes to MGP with a background in GIS and natural resources. She holds a Master’s in GIS and a B.A. in Environmental Biology, both from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Prior to joining the team, Sarah worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and helped them with their GIS and data management needs. In her free time, Sarah loves to read, watch HGTV, play volleyball, take pictures of nature, and try out new crafts from Pinterest. Sarah was born on the day the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill occurred and coincidentally grew up having a passion for wildlife and the environment. A few of her favorite animals include red pandas, narwhal, and blue-footed boobies.

Louise Hahn

Analyst

Louise Hahn has been with MGP since March 2015 and is currently an Analyst in Northbrook, Oak Park, and Glencoe. Louise graduated Magna Cum Laude from Valparaiso University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Geography. Louise has worked various positions outside the GIS field after graduating. One of her unique experiences in life includes spending a summer working on a small, organic farm!

Lee Hartman

Analyst

Lee joined MGP in 2016 as a GIS Specialist. He kicked off his GIS career with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as a GIS Analyst, where he mapped the geomorphology of northeast Florida for the National Park Service. His diverse experience also includes work as a GIS Coordinator for Mobilitie and a GIS Specialist with Nicor Gas. His academic accreditations include a B.S. in Geography and a Masters in Geographic Information Systems from Florida State University. Outside of work, Lee is a board game enthusiast who appreciates good competition!

Matt Huser

Analyst

Matt Huser joined MGP in 2013 as a GIS Specialist. He has a B.S. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. After graduation, Matt worked for Garmin International. Formerly a Specialist, Matt now works in the MGP office as an Analyst providing project and technical assistance to Analysts on site. Matt also leads the innovation and development of Community Portal, a portal aimed at giving residents the most pertinent information about their property. In addition to his passion for working with local governments, Matt and his family own and operate a hamburger stand that was started by his great-grandfather in 1909.

Elaine Kurr

Analyst

Elaine began her career as a GIS Analyst with MGP in August 2019. She attended the University of Tampa, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science-Biology and attended Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, receiving a Master of Science in Coastal and Marine System Science. Elaine previously utilized GIS to complete research projects investigating the effects of freshwater inflow on estuary production and fish populations. Elaine spent much of her life working at her family’s carwash. She also has a passion for aquatic life and hopes to one day have a pet shark.

Geoff Lloyd

Analyst

Geoff has been with MGP since 2013, where he currently manages the GIS Programs in Skokie and Morton Grove. Prior to working with MGP, Geoff worked as an Outreach Assistant for Alliance for the Great Lakes, as an intern for Friends of the Parks, and contributed to the H+T Index as an Intern for the Center for Neighborhood Technology. Geoff holds a master’s Degree in Urban Policy and Planning, and a certificate in Geospatial Analysis and Visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a B.A. from Ripon College. Beyond these, Geoff is an avid fan of The Office, and can quote every episode.

Megan Loker

Analyst

Megan began her career with MGP in July 2016 as a GIS Specialist. She has been working with GIS for the past 4 years, previously employed as a GIS Specialist for Nicor Gas and Wind Lake Solutions. Megan has a background in the geospatial industry, notably LiDAR, formerly working for Quantum Spatial located in Sheboygan Wisconsin. Her academic degree was acquired at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, a Bachelor of Science in Geography-GIS with a minor in German. Megan played numerous sports throughout her lifetime. Her favorite sport is volleyball and her personal best in bowling is a 265– she’s still striving for a perfect game some day.

Rachael Luzar

Analyst

Rachael joined MGP in the fall of 2017. Rachael graduated from State University of New York at Geneseo with a Bachelor of Arts, where she was the Vice President of the National Honor Society for Earth Sciences. She achieved a Master of Science in Geospatial Science from Missouri State University in August of 2017. Throughout her studies she was a teaching and research assistant with geological science and planetary science focuses. A one-of-a-kind experience Rachael had while visiting New York City, was witnessing the epic snowball fight scene in the Christmas movie Elf!

Kiko Mari

Analyst

Kiko began his career with MGP as a GIS Analyst in October 2020. He worked previously in local government as a Graduate Intern for the City of Elgin’s City Manager’s Office, Community Development Department, and GIS Team. Kiko attended Elmhurst University in undergrad, earning degrees in International Business and Spanish and is now completing a master’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago with a specialization in spatial planning. Kiko played baseball at Elmhurst University and his favorite place in the world is his family’s neighborhood in Valencia, Spain.

Alison Maulhardt

Analyst

Alison Maulhardt is a Site Analyst serving the villages of Northbrook and Skokie. Previously Alison was a Senior Planner at GCR in the Community Planning and Resilience division. Prior to this, Alison worked at the New Orleans Regional Planning Commission as the Brownfield Program Manager, and Sustainability/Transportation Planner. Alison worked at the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board as a Senior Planner in the Environmental Affairs Storm Water Section. She has a BA in Physical Geography/Environmental Studies from UCLA and a Masters in Urban/Regional Planning from University of New Orleans. Alison served in the Peace Corps in Benin, West-Africa.

Alissa Pump

Analyst

Alissa began her career with MGP in March 2014 as a GIS Specialist. She manages the GIS Programs in La Grange, Schiller Park, and Oak Park. Alissa received a B.S. in Physical Geography from the Department of Geography and Geographic Information Systems at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she conducted research to raise awareness of hazardous materials obstructing waterways. After graduation, she had a GIS internship at the Field Museum in the Conservation and Environment Department. Her passion for cartography does not stop with her career, as she has an impressive collection of map inserts from National Geographic magazines between the 1950s to early 2000s!

Caitlin Pennington

Analyst

In the summer of 2018 the MGP team excitedly welcomed Caitlin. She brings knowledge and skills from her past experiences to the team such as leadership through collaborating with a team of experts and data analysis and interpretation of technical field data. Caitlin received two Bachelor degrees focusing on Meteorology and Geography and also received her Master of Science in Geography. Prior to working for MGP she worked for a consulting company as a GIS Analyst assisting the Navy and Marine Corps with risk management and utility infrastructure assessments. When Caitlin is not in the office and there is a good storm brewing in the Midwest, you will likely find her storm chasing! She has been several times and is excited to be living in a region where the setup is ideal.

Courtney Reents

Analyst

Courtney comes to MGP with a background in GIS with a focus on environmental sustainability. Prior to joining MGP, Courtney worked as a Research Associate for USEPA Region 5, where she worked with a team that used collection, management, and analysis of environmental contamination data to support decision-making at some of the most polluted sites in the Midwest. Courtney graduated from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with her Bachelor of Science in Earth, Society and Environmental Sustainability and her Master of Science in Geography and Geographic Information Systems. Although Courtney is a spatial wiz, she is also an author. Courtney loves creative writing and has written six (not yet published!) novels so far. Look for Courtney on the New York Times Best Sellers list in the near future!

Joel Schoerner

Analyst

Joel joined MGP as a Site Analyst in November 2020. He has over 23 years of experience in GIS, map production, and database management, the last 19 of which were with the Content Operations and Sourcing groups at TomTom. He has supported in a variety of roles focused on Map and Data Specifications, Process Development, and Database Quality Analysis. Joel attended University of Illinois where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Geography. Despite only attending a few live sports events each year, Joel was fortunate to see Mark Buehrle pitch a perfect game for the White Sox in 2009.

Andrew Shuman

Analyst

Andrew began his career with MGP in 2013. Prior to joining MGP, Andrew worked for the Sequoia Riverlands Trust in Visalia California. He has a Bachelor of Science with a dual major in Forestry and Biological Conservation and a certificate in Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as a Masters in Geographical Information Science from the University of Denver. A fun fact about Andrew is that he has dressed up as Smokey the Bear on more than one occasion. Ask him about it!

Glenn Sullivan

Analyst

Glenn began his career with MGP as a Site Analyst in July 2019. Glenn has been in the environmental consulting industry for 5 years and previously worked at Tetra Tech as a GIS Analyst where he gained experience in GIS, project management, programming, and data management. Glenn primarily assisted with disaster relief efforts and emergency responses for the EPA and CalRecylce. Glenn attended the University of Michigan, earning a BA in Environmental Science with a specialization in Sustainability. Glenn loves sports, animals, outdoors, and nature. One of his favorite hobbies is rock climbing, and he one day hopes to ascend a rock face over 1000 feet.

Bill SooHoo

Analyst

Bill began his career with MGP as an Analyst in July 2019. He worked previously for Cherokee Nation Technologies as a GIS Specialist in support of the USGS. Bill received his BA in Geology and History from Calvin College and his MS in Geography from the University of South Carolina. In his free time, Bill likes to play Ultimate Frisbee for the club team Black Market. His ability to go above and beyond for his clients is what makes him the ULTIMATE Analyst

Peter Szewczyk

Analyst

Peter brings a variety of skills to the MGP team. He graduated from DePaul University in 2014 with a degree in Business, and joined MGP in September 2016. His professional experience includes two years as a GIS Analyst at the Village of Arlington Heights and as an AutoCAD Technician in the private sector in Schiller Park. Peter is proficient in Python, VBA,HTML, and in SQL. Peter currently manages the GIS programs in Norridge and Tinley Park. He is also fluent in Polish. One of his foremost, favorite hobbies is building and driving his racecar.

Donna Thomey

Management Support Specialist

Donna Thomey joined MGP in 2003, and is currently the Management Support Specialist. Donna started her professional career in an Administrative capacity with Jim Beam Brands and then moved into Office Management with MCG, a deferred compensation company. Following MCG, Donna went into Human Resources/Personnel with OneSource and Lake Forest High School. Donna has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fashion Merchandising with a minor in Business from Western Illinois University in Macomb. Donna keeps the MGP “ship” afloat, making sure that all aspects of the company are in great shape!

Jan Teisinger

Analyst

Jan has been a long time, loyal component of MGP since 2004. He serves as the primary Platform Administrator for the company. Prior to MGP, his GIS experience derives from a GIS Analyst role with the Village of Arlington Heights, an Application Development Technician for the Earth Data Analysis Center, and a Map Reference Assistant with the Map and Geographic Information Center also in Albuquerque. Jan has a B.A. in Geography from the University of New Mexico and holds several Microsoft™ certifications. He has a knack for traveling and has visited all contiguous U.S. States and 27 European countries!

Seth Tribby

Analyst

Seth Tribby began his career in GIS in 2016, and has a degree in Urban, Regional, and Global Geography with a minor degree in Geographic Information Science from The Ohio State University. Client Achievements have been the Ohio Bike Trails: Prime AE – developed a standard to update all bike trails in GIS for the Ohio Department of Transportation, OSU 3D: Center of Urban and Regional Analysis – developed 3D mapping networks to map individuals from specific campus rooms across the Ohio State University campus, Insight 2050: MORPC – assisted in the development of land use maps to help regional development of central Ohio to support making resources and transportation assessable for the growing and aging population. Seth is an avid photographer and artist and you can find his work at www.DeepDreamsGallery.com and his favorite topics are history and philosophy.