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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  • 39Communities
  • 22Years of Service
  • 31Experts
  • 1,097,104Residents 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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    Improving local government effectiveness through shared staffing services and collective resources.

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

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    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. See how our company has grown!
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  • Thomas Thomey General Manager Tom Thomey 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.
  • Maria Storm GIS Manager Maria Muceito 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!
  • Matt Huser 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 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.
  • Jan Teisinger Analyst 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 European countries!
  • Lexi Araoz Analyst 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!
  • Analyst 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.
  • Mike Falkofske Analyst Mike Falkofske 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!
  • Louise Hahn Analyst Louise Hahn 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!
  • Courtney Tyler Analyst Courtney Tyler Courtney began her MGP career in March 2019. She had previously worked as a GIS Analyst in the telecom industry expanding coverage for wireless carriers and had two GIS internships at botanical gardens. She also taught English as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia. Courtney attended Illinois State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Geography, and attended Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, earning a Master of Science in Geography. Courtney has traveled to 25 countries so far and plans to continue visiting new places. Some highlighted experiences include volunteering at a Thai elephant sanctuary, spending NYE in Morocco, and relaxing in geothermal hot springs in Iceland.
  • Client Account Manager Brian Dieker 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.
  • Peter Szewczyk Analyst 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.
  • Eric Altergott Analyst Eric Altergott 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.
  • Grant Dixon Analyst Grant Dixon 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.
  • Jennifer Gandy Analyst Jennifer Gandy 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.
  • Robert Davis 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 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.
  • Brett Melvin Analyst Brett Melvin Brett comes to MGP from a diverse background. Throughout his career as a Data and GIS Specialist, he has served as the data steward of many organizations, including the City of Chicago, a real-estate company, a utilities company, and most recently, the State of Wisconsin. His background is in sociology and community development, and his experience lies in data quality, visualization, and data analysis. His experience working at various levels of government are an asset to the team, as he brings a new understanding of what it means to partner with the members of the GIS Consortium. When not at work, Brett loves spending his time with his Corgi puppy named Kaiju. Ask him to see some cute pictures!
  • Courtney Reents Analyst Courtney Reents 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!
  • Rachael Bradley Analyst Rachael Bradley 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!
  • Megan Loker Analyst 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.
  • Kristin Bilar Analyst Kristin Bilar 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.
  • Bill SooHoo Analyst Bill SooHoo 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
  • Ralph Nikischer Client Account Manager Ralph Nikischer 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.
  • Caitlin Pennington Analyst Caitlin Pennington 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.
  • Glenn Sullivan Analyst Glenn Sullivan 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.
  • Donna Thomey Management Support Specialist Donna Thomey 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!
  • Elaine Kurr Analyst Elaine Kurr 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.
  • Lee Hartman Analyst 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!
  • Alissa Pump Analyst 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!
  • Andrew Shuman Analyst Andrew Shuman 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!
  • Chad Krater Analyst Chad Krater 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.
  • Geoff Lloyd Analyst Geoff Lloyd 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.
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