Improving Communities by Inspiring Innovation

Partnering with communities to manage and visualize data to make informed decisions.

Who we are

We are a technology company that believes that local government is the most important government in our lives. We inspire community innovation through our unique brand of shared-services that delivers more than just staffing. By harnessing the power of shared resources, we can effectively organize, analyze, and visualize data to empower our clients.
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  • 34Communities
  • 18Years of Service
  • 32Experts
  • 1,026,953Residents Served

What we do

We are a cohesive team dedicated to local government. We collaborate with our communities to make informed decisions through data governance, management, and visualization.
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    Service

    Improving local government effectiveness through shared staffing services and collective resources.

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    Technology

    Specializing in data-driven solutions, and implementation of strategic technologies to increase effectiveness in decision-making and local government processes.

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    Innovation

    Inspiring new solutions through the collaboration among local government experts.

Who we work with

MGP is the founding partner of the GIS Consortium. We work alongside communities and their departments to effectively serve their residents.

What we have made

We believe in actively improving upon the past and creating a better future. Our products below have improved local government processes and empowered our clients to make the best decisions for their communities.

Our Solutions

The tools and processes that we have implemented as a company have spearheaded innovation, problem solving, and partnership.  MGP’s products, partners, and relationships are all outcomes from these processes.

Meet the team

We are critical thinkers who focus on building lasting relationships to identify and leverage uncommon connections to create value for local government.

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  • Thomas Thomey President/Founder Tom Thomey Tom is the president and founder 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.
  • Maria Storm Client Experience Manager Maria Storm Maria Storm is the Client Experience 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 is also in the process of adopting a child!
  • Matt Huser GIS Analyst Matt Huser 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 a GIS Analyst providing project and technical assistance to the Specialists 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.
  • GIS Specialist Sarah Gardner 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.
  • Mitch Greenan GIS Specialist Mitch Greenan Mitch Greenan joined MGP in 2014 as a GIS Specialist. Prior to joining MGP, Mitch served as the GIS Coordinator for the Injury Prevention Research Center at the University of Iowa. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Geography and a Master’s degree in Occupational and Environmental Health from the University of Iowa. At MGP, Mitch is member of the Website Management Team, Address Standardization team, and Resource Management Team. He is committed to creating new and effective ways to get quick and reliable answers. Mitch is an avid Green Bay Packers fan and MGP’s resident pun expert.  In May of 2017, Mitch participated in the “O. Henry Pun-Off” in Austin, Texas. He made sure to show up on time, PUNctuality is very important to him!
  • Lexi Araoz GIS Specialist Lexi Araoz Lexi joined the MGP team in the summer of 2017 as a GIS Specialist. Lexi has a diverse educational background with a Bachelor of Science from Western Illinois University and a triple minor in GIS, political science, and sociology. During her college studies she worked as a GIS Assistant where she spear-headed several ArcGIS Online Projects, designed resource maps for McDonough County, and exercised high quality data maintenance. She served in the Army National Guard for 6 years as an intelligence analyst visualizing trends of enemy activity. Lexi possesses a motivated, team-oriented attitude with a passion for helping communities. As a testament to Lexi’s love for GIS and Cartography, she named her son Atlas!
  • Mike Falkofske GIS Specialist Mike Falkofske Mike has been with MGP for most of the company’s history. He has been a GIS Specialist for nearly 17 years. 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!
  • Nate Rock GIS Specialist Nate Rock Nate has an extensive GIS background, both in the private sector and public sector. He began his GIS career at McLean County and Will County. His background includes work with programming and scripting. He holds Geography degrees from Illinois State University (B.A.) and University of Iowa (M.S.). He joined MGP in 2013 as a GIS Specialist, and currently serves as the GIS Specialist in Woodridge. He also heads MGP’s Data Analytics initiatives, where he is innovating ways in which MGP helps clients visualize and analyze their data. In addition to his expertise in technology and public service, he is also a major Ghostbusters enthusiast. Once, as a child, he watched Ghostbusters 2 five times in one day!
  • Louise Hahn GIS Specialist Louise Hahn Louise Hahn has been with MGP since March 2015 and is currently a Specialist 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!
  • Peter Szewczyk GIS Specialist Peter Szewczyk 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.
  • Andrea Lewis GIS Specialist Andrea Lewis MGP welcomed Andrea as a GIS Specialist in 2014. Andrea began her professional career with a GIS internship at the Field Museum and was also a library assistant at the University of Illinois. She has a master’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy, and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois. She received her GIS certificate from the University of Denver. Andrea promotes progress and innovation in GIS as a co-founder of the Chicago GIS Network, organizing Geo-Networking and GIS lighting talk events in the Chicago area. Outside of work she enjoys reading novels, especially works done by her favorite author Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
  • Robert Davis GIS Analyst Robert Davis 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 one of two GIS Analysts at MGP, where he assists GIS Specialists 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.
  • Sean Murphy Client Account Manager Sean Murphy Sean Murphy joined MGP in May 2016 as a Client Account Manager. Sean graduated from Rowan University with a B.A. in History and earned his M.B.A from Boston College’s Wallace E. Carroll School of Management. Prior to joining MGP, Sean was the Director of Customer Success with Luvo, an education technology startup in Boston. Sean and his wife recently moved to Chicago and are enjoying life in their new city. An ambiguous celebrity, Sean was once featured in a documentary on the History Channel.
  • Tony Vargas Dispatch Application Specialist Tony Vargas Tony is the Dispatch Application Specialist at MGP. He is stationed at the Glenview Police Department. Tony received a B.S. in Telecommunications from Roosevelt University and an A.S. in Pre-Engineering Electronics from DeVry Institute of Technology. He previously worked at Motorola Solutions in Schaumburg as a Pre-Sale System Engineer, a Senior Systems Project Engineer, Upgrade Operations, Software Test Engineer, Lab Design Operations and Systems Support Center. Tony has also earned the CompTIA Network+ certification. In addition to his dynamic work life, Tony is also a very active dad, tending to his four children, including a set of twins.
  • Jackie Kelly GIS Specialist Jackie Kelly Jackie joined MGP in 2016 as a rising star and is currently a GIS Specialist in Crystal Lake and Highland Park. Jackie graduated in May 2016 from Illinois State University with a B.S. in Geography, where she was the president of the university’s Geography Club. She also acquired an Associates in Arts degree, with a focus in physical education from Elgin Community College. After college, she completed a GIS internship at the City of Crystal Lake working alongside two other MGP staff members. A favorite local hockey team and former 2015 Stanley Cup winners, Jackie is a huge Blackhawks fan—Go Hawks Go!
  • Jan Teisinger Platform Administrator Jan Teisinger 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 of the 50 European countries!
  • Jim Silverstein GIS Specialist Jim Silverstein In 2013, Jim joined the MGP team as a GIS Specialist. He currently serves in Elk Grove Village and Buffalo Grove. Jim graduated Cum Laude from Northern Illinois University with a B.S. in Geography, along with a Certificate in Environmental and Hazard Risk Assessment from the Department of Homeland Security. During his time at NIU, Jim presented research as an undergraduate on GIS Analysis of Travel Patterns in Chicago. He also worked in the public sector doing GIS for the Lake County Department of Transportation. Jim’s love for maps began at an early age. While other kids were collecting and reading comic books, Jim was busy collecting maps and reading the Chicago Six County Atlas!
  • John Dakarian GIS Specialist John Dakarian MGP welcomed John as a GIS Specialist in 2014. John got his start in GIS with the Iowa Flood Center, where he focused on floodplain analysis, and watershed and stream network delineation for the Iowa Statewide Floodplain Mapping Project. He received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in Geography from the University of Iowa. John is originally from the northwest suburbs but currently resides in Lincoln Park in Chicago. He loves the outdoors, particularly fishing. In fact, he vacations in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan every year, where he stays in a cabin and goes fishing!
  • Megan Loker GIS Specialist Megan Loker 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.
  • Jon Sedey GIS Specialist Jon Sedey Jon has been a GIS Specialist with MGP since February 2016, and oversees Lake Forest and Wilmette. He began his career in 2010 where he was responsible for all aspects of the GIS department for Index Publishing. Since then, he worked for the Cook County Clerk’s Office maintaining and analyzing voter data and for Mobilitie, a wireless solutions provider. Jon graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning and Development, and a GIS Certificate from Elmhurst College. Since the inception of Google Street View in 2007, he has seen himself twice throughout the imagery!
  • Donna Thomey Director of Human Resources and Office Administrator Donna Thomey Donna Thomey joined MGP in 2003 as Director of Human Resources and Office Administrator. 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!
  • Kyle Malmborg GIS Specialist Kyle Malmborg In 2011, Kyle joined the MGP team as a GIS Specialist. He is a Specialist in Tinley Park and Riverside. Kyle has been working in local government and GIS since 2006. In the past, he has worked as a GIS professional for the City of Naperville and in the private sector building community profile maps. Kyle has a B.A. in Geography from Carthage College and a GIS Certificate from Elmhurst College. A unique childhood memory: when he was 17, Epson Printer ran a series of magazine ads that featured a photo of him on his 2nd birthday, excitedly stuffing his face with cake—they paid him $100 to use the photo!
  • Lauren Walcott GIS Specialist Lauren Walcott Lauren began her career at MGP in 2013 and is the primary GIS Specialist in the City of Des Plaines. She earned her B.A. in Geography and Public Administration from Aquinas College and also held two various internship positions in local government throughout her studies. Lauren began her GIS career, working with Western Land Services, focusing on leaseholds, mapping, and analysis. She has carried out an impactful role in her time at MGP by leading a Data Quality initiative to create a strong focus for maintaining good Data Quality Standards and conducting various informative webinars for MGP and community staff members. Despite being an Illinois resident, she has mastered the art of the Canadian accent.
  • Lee Hartman GIS Specialist Lee Hartman 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!
  • adam GIS Specialist Adam Jovanovich In November 2016, Adam started with MGP as a GIS Specialist. He is a specialist in Glen Ellyn and Park Ridge. His professional experience includes a GIS Specialist role for Mobilitie, a wireless solutions provider, and as a GIS/Digitizing Associate for the Anthropology Department at Northeastern Illinois University. Adam acquired a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Indiana, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology and also obtained a GIS Graduate Certification from Northeastern Illinois University. Hello! Hola! Zdravo! Adam can speak English, Spanish, and Serbian, however, typically he only dreams in Serbian.
  • Alissa Pump GIS Specialist Alissa Pump 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!
  • Ana Grahovac GIS Specialist Ana Grahovac Ana joined MGP in 2015, where she currently manages the GIS programs in Carol Stream and Lincolnwood. Prior to joining MGP, Ana conducted research on public health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for her M.A. in Geography. She also holds a B.A. in International Studies and French from DePaul University. Ana’s previous experience includes work at National Geographic and at the European Parliament in Brussels. Ana is passionate about social media, and manages the GIS Consortium website and the MGP website. When Ana is not working on her professional passions, you can find her traveling the world, for she visited 25 cities around the world and counting.
  • Andrew Shuman Client Account Manager Andrew Shuman Andrew began his career with MGP as a GIS Specialist in 2013 and was quickly promoted to Client Account Manager in 2015. 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 Conversation 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!
  • Chad Krater Business Analyst and Developer Chad Krater Chad is MGP’s Business Analyst and Developer, a role he began in 2015. Chad joined MGP in 2006 as a GIS Specialist, where he excelled as a Specialist in Wheeling, Norridge, Des Plaines, Glencoe, and Glenview. He started his professional career in GIS as a Remote Sensing Intern with the Institute for Technology Development. Chad holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Chad has a passion for travel and has managed to lose a pair of sunglasses in various oceans world-wide.
  • Dan Wolf GIS Specialist Dan Wolf MGP welcomed Dan Wolf as a GIS Specialist in early 2016. Prior to working with MGP, Dan was a GIS Intern with the Forest Preserve District of Will County. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.S. in Environmental Studies, a concentration in Management and Policy, and a Certificate in Geospatial Analysis and Visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also holds an M.S. in Ecosystem Services from the University of Edinburgh. Dan has gained notoriety for commuting by bicycle and eating spicy peppers (though not simultaneously).
  • Amanda Daiello Director of Human Resources and Office Administrator Amanda Daiello Amanda Daiello is a vital part of the MGP Team as the Director of Human Resources and Office Administration. She brings to the team 10+ years of customer service and team management skills. Amanda has previously fulfilled roles as a Staffing Manager, Operations Manager at three different medium-sized business locations and Business Manager. Her diverse experience has transpired into her strong ability to assist with strategic planning, give direction, and coordinate the administrative functions with integrity at MGP. Although Amanda was born and raised in Illinois, she thoroughly enjoys traveling—and not just locally. She has been outside the United States 12 times with no intentions of stopping there!
  • Geoff Lloyd GIS Specialist Geoff Lloyd Geoff has been a GIS specialist 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.
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