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Kentucky Association of Professional Surveyors


Meet the Speakers


(listed in alphabetical order by last name)

Ethan Carr, LSIT

Ethan Carr, LSIT recently graduated with a land survey degree from the Glenview State University in 2021 and was hired to work on the Qk4 Elite Land Survey Team. As a second-generation land surveyor, Ethan continues a legacy of professional land surveying decisions in Kentucky. He is one of the NSPS Young Surveyor Chapter leads, is willing to work, loves the outdoors, and has spent his first year collecting millions of points across the Commonwealth of Kentucky armed with all the advanced tools in the survey toolbox.

Stephen C. Chino, Jr., PLS

Stephen C. Chino, Jr., PLS is a professional land surveyor for Siteworx Survey and Design in Paducah, KY and has been involved with Surveying/GIS/GPS work and projects since 1997.  He graduated from Grayson County High School in 1994 and received his Bachelor of Science in Geography from Western Kentucky University in 1999.  While there his major emphasis was in GIS/GPS technology with a minor in City and Regional Planning.  After working for a private surveying firm, he obtained his professional licensure in 2008.  Mr. Chino is also Remote Pilot Certificate holder and has been since 2018.

Professional Organizations

  •  Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals (Past President 2018-2019)
  • Kentucky Association of Professional Surveyors
  • National Society of Professional Surveyors
  • Boy Scouts of America (District Chairman for Four Rivers District)

Mr. Chino resides in Paducah, Kentucky with his wife Sheryl, son Aiden (14) and daughter Olivia (8).

Nick Jerdon, PLS

Nick Jerdon - Nicholas A. Jerdon, PLS, EIT runs a small, private surveying and drafting services company, grid2ground, with his wife Debbie. He has been licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor since May of 2015. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a BSCE in May of 2011 and acquired his EIT in December 2010. His resume consumes of construction staking, boundary retracement survey’s, engineering support, etc. Nick has 5 daughters, 3 sons and 2 grandchildren and currently lives in Versailles, Kentucky. He has been the instructor of Standards and Ethics course since 2019.  

Al Matherly, PLS

Al Matherly, PLS is President/Owner of Matherly Cemetery Planning Services (a Veteran-Owned business).  He has 45 years of experience in land boundary analysis, design and construction, of which 30+ years relate to cemetery feasibility studies; location (mapping); and design of new and expansion (infill) cemeteries.

  • Past President of the Kentucky Association of Professional Surveyors (KAPS)
  • Past President of the Kentucky Cemetery Association (KCA)
  • Past Governor (8-years) of the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS)    
  • Past Board member of the Kentucky State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors (2000-2004)
  • Past Trustee for Worthington Cemetery, Louisville, KY. 

Multiple design and mapping projects in Florida, Indiana, and Kentucky. Additional site designs in Alabama, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, 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.  


Bob Neuhaus, PLS

Bob Neuhaus, PLS has over 20 years of land surveying experience.  Bob started his survey career with getting his Associates Degree in Surveying Technology from Paul Smit’s College of Arts and Sciences (NY) and later transferring to East Tennessee State University where he obtained his Bachelors in Surveying and Mapping.  Bob has an extensive background in providing surveying services in multiple states and for multiple federal, state, and local agencies.  Since coming to Kentucky ha has worked for and managed the surveying department for American Engineers Inc. for 13 years and has been a Survey Manager with QK4, Inc. since 2021.  He is currently responsible for the management and scheduling of field and office staff.  Projects routinely performed consist of Conventional / GPS Control Networks, Aerial Control, Corridor Surveying, ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys, Highway Surveying, Boundary and Topographic Surveys.  

Jonathan Payne, 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.  

Tyler Pence, PLS

Tyler Pence, PLS is Sales and Operations Director for Precision Products, LLC, the Trimble Geospatial Dealer for Kentucky, Tennessee, and Southern Indiana. As the son of a Land Surveyor, Tyler grew up with a passion for the profession. Licensed in Kentucky, he spent many of his years climbing the hills of central Kentucky locating and solving boundaries. Now Tyler helps other Surveyors and Engineers get the most out of technologies from the latest in GNSS, Robotics, 3D scanning, UAV photogrammetry and LiDAR, all the way to the Trimble MX9 mobile mapper.

Bud Salyer, Attorney

Bud Salyer, Attorney practiced law in Morehead, KY, from 1973 until retirement, with a large part of his practice specializing in boundary and road disputes. During that time, he served a number of years as General Counsel for the Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. 

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. His experience ranges from collecting 3D data with everything from a plumb bob to high res color mobile mapping LiDAR. He grew up helping his dad survey through the corn fields of Michigan and later ran a survey 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, Kentucky.

Jared Wilson

Jared Wilson is an assistant professor and program coordinator of the surveying and mapping science program East Tennessee State University in the Engineering, Engineering Technology, and Surveying.  He has taught courses regarding general land surveying applications, principles, computations, professional decisions, and field management procedures.  His professional focus is on educating future surveyors and the public with regards to the field of land surveying and mapping.

Michael Wilson, PLS

Michael Wilson, PLS 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 multi office organizations. While in the industry he has worked for Beal's & Wilson, CG Hartman & Associates, American Land Surveyors, Rumpke Consolidated Companies, Civil & Environmental Consultants, CESO and Woolpert, Inc. Michael’s experience includes boundary surveys from projects as small as residential lots, to retracing and monumenting county lines. He has performed numerous boundary surveys, ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys, topographic surveys, control surveys, 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. He is licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the State of Ohio.

Luke Woodyard, LSIT, EIT

Luke Woodyard, LSIT, EIT recently graduated with a civil engineering degree from the University of Kentucky in 2019 and was hired to work on the Land Survey team for Qk4 Inc. A unicorn of sorts to the surveying community in Kentucky, Luke wanted to be a surveyor like his grandfather and not just settle for being an engineer. He is willing to work, loves the outdoors, and has spent his first couple of years collecting millions of points across the Commonwealth of Kentucky armed with a pair of the best GPS units, and a scanning total station.


Kentucky association of professional surveyors

Phone: (502) 695-2349

PO Box 436451
Louisville, KY  40253

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