2018 Annual Conference

From the President-Elect:
Please join us on March 7-9, 2018 at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, WI for the Annual Conference where we will welcome some very distinguished speakers to our stage!

It feels like hardly a day goes by when I don’t hear something on the news related to the opioid crisis that is widespread in Wisconsin and across our country. It is either the heartbreaking stories of families who have lost a loved one far too young or the steps government and non-government players are taking in an effort to combat the problem. This epidemic knows no boundaries and impacts all segments of our communities. I am excited to announce the Thursday morning keynote at #WLIA2018 will place an emphasis on the role land information professionals are playing / can play in being part of the solution.

Jeremiah Lindemann is a solution engineer with Esri. He has been with Esri for 17 years, teaching courses and supporting local governments with the use of ArcGIS. Within the last year he started a Public Interest in Technology Fellowship to create the Opioid Mapping Initiative, which combines several local governments as they use mapping and technology to fight the epidemic. Jeremiah resides in Colorado and loves spending time in the outdoors with his wife, two daughters and dogs.

Tom Engels was appointed Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health Services in February 2015. Tom is a member of the Governor’s Opioid Task Force representing the Department of Health Services. Previously, Tom served as the Deputy Secretary at the Department of Safety and Professional Services, and prior to that as the Vice President of Public Affairs for the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin for many years. Tom has also served as the Government Affairs Director for the Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association and has held public service positions as Governor Tommy Thompson’s Deputy Press Secretary and as Communications Director for the Senate Republican Caucus. He has also held staff positions in the State Senate and Assembly and worked as the District Field Representative for former United States Congressman Scott Klug.


Kathleen Eickhoff is the Executive Director of Elkhart Lake Tourism. She is responsible for the overall destination marketing and management efforts for the Village of Elkhart Lake which include oversight for strategic planning, marketing, public relations, communications, website, digital and video development. She has held this position since 2006. Eickhoff is an active member of the Tourism Alliance of Sheboygan County and also holds a seat on the Board of Directors for the Elkhart Lake Chamber of Commerce.

Tom Czaja retired after 39 years in law enforcement from the Fox Point Police Department where he served as the Chief of Police for 18 years. In November 2017, Adjutant General Donald Dunbar appointed Tom to be the first Director of Emergency Communications for the State of Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs. Tom is the past president of the Milwaukee County Law Enforcement Executives Association (MCLEEA), the Wisconsin Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates, and the Suburban Mutual Assistance Response Teams (SMART), as well as the past Vice President of the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association. In addition, Tom is a graduate of the 168th session of the FBI National Academy.

Nicole Paripovich-Stifle has worked with multinational companies, global nonprofits, and state and local governments for ESRI for a decade and she now leads the advancement of Kohler Companies’ geospatial capabilities. Nikki serves as a cross-divisional strategist working with leaders to align initiatives across organizations to utilize resources optimally, support growth, and provide the desired level of service to the end consumer. Previously, Nikki spent three years in Estonia as a Peace Corps volunteer.

Please join me March 7-9, 2018 at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake for the 2018 Wisconsin Land Information Association’s (WLIA) Annual Conference.

Eric Damkot
2018 WLIA Annual Conference Chair


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