Dave Knipfer – Owner/President
Dave is a life-long resident of the Madison area, and received a degree in geography with an emphasis in cartography from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. While attending college he gained experience in the mapping industry with Southwest Wisconsin Regional Planning. He started with MSL in 1986 as a cartographer, and subsequently was promoted to Project Manager, Project Estimator, VP of Marketing and Operations, and President in 2006. Dave and his wife Brenda purchased Mapping Specialists in January of 2009. Dave enjoys hunting, fishing, and gardening.
Oona Markielewski – Accounting Manager
Oona is originally from Washington, D.C. and grew up in Winona, Minnesota. She has a degree in accounting and finance and a B.A. in business administration from Lakeland College. She started as MSL’s part-time Office Manager in 1995 and was promoted to Accounting Manager in 1997. Oona wears many hats at MSL: handling accounting, payroll, cash management, finances, and data entry; she also has a hand in purchasing, shipping, and is (usually) the voice at the other end of the phone. On the side, Oona enjoys working out, fishing, boating, and vacationing in northern Wisconsin.
Joe Benash – Project Manager, Printing & Lamination
Joe is originally from Evansville, just south of Madison; he attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where he earned a major in geography with a GIS emphasis and a geology minor. After an internship with the Winnebago County (Wis.) GIS Department, Joe joined MSL in 1997 as a cartographer. As a project manager, Joe is responsible for customer support, custom mapping, product fulfillment, printing, laminating, and shipping. Joe is involved in sports, including flag football, volleyball, basketball, and fast-pitch softball; his softball team, with a record of 97-3, won two national titles in 2006.
Don Larson – Project Manager, Personnel Director
Don manages K-12 and college education print and online map programs. He oversees the production of a variety of mapping projects, including trade, reference, and trail mapping. Don is also responsible for the IT team and handles employee recruitment and other personnel duties. He has worked at Mapping Specialists since 1986. He earned his master’s degree in cartography from the University of Wisconsin while his undergraduate education focused on history and political science. Don is a member of the Association of American Geographers (AAG). He is an avid cyclist, hiker, and Nordic skier, and loves to travel, read, and cook.
Mike finished his B.S. in geography from Illinois State University and came to Mapping Specialists first as an intern, and then as a full-time cartographer, and was promoted to project manager in 2018. Mike specializes in street- and regional-level mapping, data acquisition and manipulation, GIS, custom mapping, and customer service. He has earned the Mapping Specialists Leadership Award and Onno Brouwer Excellence in Cartography Award. Mike is interested in music and movies; his office is decorated with Chicago Cubs memorabilia.
After an earlier career in writing and public relations, Terry joined the Mapping Specialists team in 1998. After a few years in production, he was promoted to editor to ensure that the company’s products meet the highest standards of cartographic quality. Terry is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Beloit College. He also holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Chicago, and a master’s degree in forestry from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He spent a year studying sustainable forestry as a Fulbright Scholar at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
Mike earned his degree in cartography and GIS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has worked at Mapping Specialists ever since. Mike’s expertise includes street mapping, indexing, and interactive and web map creation. He also assists with fulfillment of customers’ print and lamination projects. Mike was recently awarded the MSL Onno Brouwer Excellence in Cartography Award. Outside of work, Mike enjoys ultimate frisbee, running, hiking, cooking, board games, and volunteering with service groups.
William finished his B.S. in cartography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1991 and worked for a few years for the State of Alaska, before coming to Mapping Specialists in 1996. His cartographic knowledge makes him well-suited for data management, base creation, and generation of shaded relief. Besides being talented in the creation of quality cartography, William is Mapping Specialists’ IT Administrator, responsible for our hardware and software systems, network maintenance, scripting, and website development. He is well-versed in various Open Source systems.
Paul attended Governors State University in Illinois and received a B.A. in urban studies, and later attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning his M.A. in cartography. Before he came to Mapping Specialists in 1984, Paul worked for American Geographic Company and Map Works. Paul’s specialties include thematic mapping and large-scale trail maps and atlases. Paul is also an artist; his drawings, sculptures, watercolors, and prints have hung in exhibitions in Philadelphia and Rochester, New York. His current interests also include the active discovery of the outdoors via hiking, kayaking, and gardening; he also enjoys historical novels.
Rob has a B.S. in geology from Michigan State University and came to us in 2015 after spending 13 years at XNR Productions/Terra Carta. Rob is an excellent problem solver and highly skilled at map production. One of Rob’s areas of specialty is generating relief imagery and tilted perspective maps. Most often he can be found working on large-format projects such as wall maps and folded sheet maps. Rob enjoys general reference maps with tons of detail. He likes to explore, and figures that more detail means that more exploration can be done. Outside work, Rob plays on a kickball team, likes to ski, and ranks the back bowls at Vail as his favorite place to be.
Glen was enchanted with maps at an early age, which led him to a B.A., and later an M.A. in geography at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Before coming to Mapping Specialists, he worked at H.M. Gousha Company, NovoPrint USA, and XNR Productions. Glen finds great personal satisfaction in creating maps as well as doing the research beforehand. His strengths include the creation of maps for the educational publishing, travel, and trade industries, as well as globes. Glen has served two terms on the board of directors of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS). Outside of work, Glen enjoys cycling, stargazing, and coaching youth football and basketball.
Paula has a B.S. in cartography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has worked previously at the UW Cartography Lab, Ayres Associates, and XNR Productions. Paula is an artist and excels in creating hand-drawn and digital art. She is skilled at taking complicated data and representing it in a clear and concise manner. She produces maps, charts, graphs, and illustrations. In her spare time, Paula pursues painting, drawing, jewelry-making, martial arts, photography, outdoor activities, and home improvement projects.