Alumni in Touch

Here are some alums we’ve heard from in Graduation Date order!

Donald Duane Gross (1981) is director of the Community Development Department for the City of Council Bluffs, IA.

Matthew Baltes (2002) is working as the Minnesota State GIS Coordinator for the USDA — Natural Resources Conservation Service.  Matthew indicated in his email to us  “In 2015, I will have 15 years in with the federal government doing GIS related work, and it all started at BSU.”

Shawna Marie Sneller (2004) attended graduate school at Appalachian State University (graduating in 2007). She then went to Army Flight School and now flies for the North Carolina National Guard.  She also works for the North Carolina National Guard in their Joint Operation Center managing the Common Operation Picture (COP), which is a web-based GIS. Her email is

Jeffrey Killmer (2007) is working as a forestry technician for the U.S.Forest Service in Cook, Minnesota. He spends most days setting up and cruising timber sales and is an active GIS user.

Trent Nelson (2009) is an academic advisor with the Labovitz School of Business and Economics at the University of Minnesota Duluth.  He also spent three and half years as an academic advisor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Trent finished his master’s degree in Educational Leadership (higher education) at the University of North Dakota in May 2014. He spent two years working as a residence hall director with Northern State University and then another two years at the University of North Dakota. Trent was married in October 2010 to Shiloh and they have a daughter named Azalea. His email address is

Brian Mustonen (2012) has been working in GIS since 2001 and is employed at Paul Bunyan Communications in Bemidji as the GIS supervisor. Brian’s email is

Kirsten [Kirby] Goldstein (2014) is currently working with AmeriCorps Vista in Bozeman, Montana.  She is working with the Northern Rocky Mountain Economic Development District and the Human Resource Development Council in Bozeman.  Her email address is 

Trey Steele (2016) is working as a GIS Analyst for Fastenal corporation in Winona, MN.

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