Speaker Bios


We are proud to have to following presenters for our
2019 Fall Seminars:

(listed in alphabetical order)


Matthew Clark, PLS

Matthew attended Murray State University and received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 2005.  He worked as a Summer Intern VL Associates in Murray Kentucky in 2001, joined JD & James Knoth  from 2005 to 2008, went on to work for Jack Williams from 2008 to 2010, and has been in private practice since 2010.

Matthew is a long standing member of the Kentucky Association of Professional Surveyors.  He is currently the Chair of the Jackson Purchase Chapter, and has been the Secretary and Treasurer of the Jackson Purchase Chapter in previous years.  Matthew’s professional practice focuses on boundary retracement and divisions, with a particular interest in farm land.


Roger Colburn, PLS
Roger is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Professional Engineer and Professional Licensed Surveyor with 37 years experience currently serving as the Manager of the Calvert City Municipal Water System.  He is a former Vice-President for a mid-size consulting engineering firm serving the Southeastern US.  During his  tenure with the consultant firm, he was routinely involved with site development, subdivision and infrastructure projects.  He also served as Director of the Environmental and Engineer Services Dept. for the City of Paducah where he assisted the City’s Planning Commission with engineering reviews and administration of regulations associated with development.

Jason Graves, PLS is a Professional Land Surveyor with Century Land Surveying, LLC. His daily duties include developing work flow strategies, business growth strategies, training and other duties typical for a land surveyor. Jason began his surveying career in 2001 and obtained his license in 2011. He is fluent with most surveying technologies and enjoys learning whenever he can. The thing that Jason enjoys most about land surveying is retracing boundaries in the older areas of Louisville Kentucky. Jason has amassed historic survey records, for Louisville, dating back to at least 1850. These records have provided Jason with an intimate knowledge of how land surveyors in Louisville would break down city blocks and the monuments typically used for by company during certain time frames. In his free time Jason enjoys spending time behind his boat wake-surfing, in the woods hiking or on bike, but mostly he enjoys spending time with his wife, their three children, and their three dogs.

Al Matherly, PLS

Mr. Matherly is the President/Owner of Matherly Cemetery Planning Services (a Veteran-owned business),                       Matherly Land Consultants in Louisville, Kentucky.  Mr. Matherly has 49 years experience in land boundary analysis, design and construction.  30 years of which relate to cemetery feasibility studies; location (mapping) and design of new and expansion (infill) cemeteries. Past Trustee for Worthington Cemetery, Louisville, KY. Multiple design and mapping projects in Florida, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. Additional site designs in Alabama, Kansas, New Mexico, Tennessee and Texas. In-fill projects in cemeteries ranging in size from one-half acre to 250-acres.  Clients include churches; municipalities; and for-profit historic cemeteries such as Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville.
Related professional memberships:

  • International Cemetery and Funeral Association
  • Southern Cemetery and Funeral Association
  • Kentucky Cemetery Association (Past President)
  • Kentucky Association of Professional Surveyors (Past President)
  • American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (Fellow)
  • National Society of Professional Surveyors (KY Governor 8 years) Fellow
  • KY State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors (Member 2000-2004)

Lecturer at Kentucky Cemetery Association; Kentucky Association of Professional Surveyors and Kentucky Historical Society (Cemetery) seminars. Articles published in both cemetery and surveying trade publications.  Past Chairman of Ethics Committee for the National Society of Professional Surveyors. Presented seminars on cemetery design considerations and maintenance issues for the Kentucky Cemetery Association’s annual meetings and periodic seminars.



Jonathan L. Payne, KY PLS

Jonathan Payne, PLS runs a private surveying consulting firm in Trigg County Kentucky.  He has been licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor since June of 2000.  His journey to becoming licensed began while working on a BS degree in Civil Engineering Technology and a MS degree in Engineering Technology from Murray State University.  This was followed by several years working, in a supervised capacity, for firms in Western Kentucky in areas of boundary, transportation, and subdivision surveys.
After achieving licensure, Jonathan began his own small surveying firm.  In private practice, he has concentrated on boundary retracement and subdivision surveys.  Having taken a brief break from private practice, Jonathan served as the instructor of record for the surveying courses at Murray State University from August 2013 until May 2017.  Back in private practice, Jonathan is pursuing a PhD in Education from the University of Kentucky.
Jonathan has served KAPS in a variety of positions ranging from committee member to President over the past years and present seminars when needed for the organization.


Ben Shinabery, PLS

Ben Shinabery, PLS is a land survey project manager at Qk4, Inc. where he specializes in high definition digital terrain modeling through traditional survey, 3D Laser Scanning and Aerial Drone Mapping. He grew up helping his dad survey through the corn fields in Michigan and later running a field crew in the swamps of Florida – Full spectrum land surveying: cold and frozen to hot and humid. Now, Ben would rather pick a nice day and program his drone to do the mapping for him. He prides himself on helping others visualize geographic data in an engaging and understandable way. He lives with his bride and three kids in Simpsonville within walking distance from the Ghirardelli outlet.



Timothy A. Tong, KY PLS 

Having gained the experience necessary for qualification for professional examination, and passing said exam, I have been licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor in the Commonwealth of Kentucky since May of 2012.
I began my surveying career for a local surveyor in Owensboro, KY in the winter of 2001. I fell in love with surveying and never looked back. I have since worked at several different local and national surveying firms located in Evansville, IN and Austin, TX. I studied Land Surveying & Geomatics at Austin Community College in Austin, TX. I moved back to Kentucky to work at GRW’s corporate headquarters in Lexington, KY where I now am the Survey Division Manager.
My vast experience includes many types of surveying and clientele. I have worked on everything from small retracement surveys, to pipelines that have stretched hundreds of miles all across the US, to construction staking for building gridlines on high-rises.
I have been a member of the Kentucky Association of Professional Surveyors since 2012.  I have served as a Director on the Board (2017-2018) as well as the Chair of the Bluegrass/Capital Chapter of KAPS (2018-present).


Michael Wilson, PLS

Michael is a second-generation surveyor who started his career working for Beal’s & Wilson, a family owned surveying and engineering firm in the late 1970’s. Michael has fulfilled many roles in the surveying profession. He started his career as a Chainman on a four-man crew and worked up to a Survey Group Manager managing surveying activities in a multi office organization. Michael’s experience includes boundary surveys from projects as small as residential lots, to retracing and monumenting county lines. He has performed numerous ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys, topographic surveys, control, hydrographic surveys, 3D laser scanning, and has an extensive construction staking background. He has an Associates of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati, has been past Southwestern Chapter President of the Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio, and is licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the State of Ohio.