MN GIS/LIS Polaris Leadership Award Winner

Banette Kritzky 
USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service - 2008

Banette Kritzky has continuously and tirelessly contributed toward the betterment of the GIS community through service, coordination and education. She increased the awareness and the value of GIS to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Minnesota Department of Transportation where she led efforts to provide service and increase communication within those agencies. At the same time, she became a leading force for increasing communication across state agencies. She continues this supportive and collaborative work at the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service – providing leadership across the state of Minnesota and the nation. At the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium she has provided service as Secretary, Chair-Elect, Chair, Spring Workshops Chair, Scholarship Chair, Database Chair, and Policy Manual Chair. Her leadership of the Scholarship Committee has led to a better program, with a student competition and a growing endowment fund. On top of this, she has been the GIS instructor at Anoka Ramsey Community College for the past six years, where she educates and trains up and coming GIS professionals.

Banette Kritzky
Accepting for Banette is Danielle Evans with nominator Sally Wakefield.


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