Who I am

I am currently a PhD candidate in Medical Geography at the University of Utah and the Director of the Office of Primary Care and Rural Health at the Utah Department of Health. I have over ten years of experience in GIS and spatial analysis. I am interested in population health, community health needs assessments, health disparities and social determinants of health. I am an out-of-the-box thinker and problem solver who loves to collaborate, build strong relationships and turn great ideas into reality. . My greatest interest is in finding solutions to medical and public health issues through geographic analysis of environmental and public health data. View my site Public Health Geographics to learn more about my work in medical geography.


Stuff I do

I founded Carte Design, LLC in 2007 and began building web-based mapping applications for local government. In 2018 I partnered with AppGeo to offer their MapGeo platform to my own clients in Utah, Texas and Oklahoma.


My Education

PhD student at the University of Utah in Medical Geography (Estimated graduation of Dec. 2019).

Graduate Certificate in Public Health (University of Utah, 2018)

Master of Natural Resources (Utah State University, 2011).

GIS Certificate (Penn State, 2008).

B.S. Geography (University of Utah, 2005).


My Work Experience

Director of the Utah office of Primary Care and Rural Health at Utah Department of Health (8/2017 - Present).

Senior Research Analyst at Utah Department of Health (7/2016 - 8/2017).

GIS Mapping Director at Infobytes, Inc. (9/2015 - 6/2016).

GIS/IT Administrator at Farmington City (7/2007 - 8/2015).

GIS Analyst at IGES, LLC (7/2006 - 7/2007).

Adjunct Instructor at Weber State University (1/2012 - present)

Principal/Owner of Carte Design, LLC (4/2007 - present)


My Skills

    ArcGIS Desktop
    Spatial Analysis and Spatial Statistics
    Carto & Carto.js
    HTML, CSS, JavaScript
    Google Maps JavaScript API
    Google Earth & KML/KMZ
    Custom Web Mapping
    R and RStudio for Statistical Data Analysis
    Web Design & Development
    Windows Server 2012
    Network Administration
    Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop
    Microsoft Office Suite
    Business Startup and Management
    Higher Education: Instruction and Presentation skills


My Presentations and Publications

  • Utah Valley GIS Users Group – 2016, Building a Web Mapping Application with CartoDB and the SQL API. Orem, UT.
  • Utah Association of Counties (UAC) – 2015, Custom Online Mapping Applications for County Recorders and Assessors. St. George, UT.
  • Utah Geographic Information Council (UGIC) – 2015, An Introduction to CartoDB for Web Mapping. Snowbird, UT.
  • Utah Geographic Information Council (UGIC) – 2012, Introduction to Google Maps JavaScript API.
  • Utah League of Cities and Towns – 2011, Utilizing the Google Maps JavaScript API to Display GIS Data on the Web. Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Utah Geographic Information Council (UGIC) – 2011, Urban and Community Forestry Tree Inventory. Logan, UT.
  • Salt Lake Users Group (SLUG) – 2010, GIS and Google Maps Web Applications. Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Davis Users Group (DUG) – 2010, Urban and Community Forestry Tree Inventory. Farmington, UT.
  • Utah Geographic Information Council (UGIC) – 2007, Successful Integrations of GIS and Google Earth and Google Maps API. Cedar City, UT.