Speaker Bios

We are proud to have to following presenters for our 2018 Fall Seminar:

(listed in alphabetical order)

David Carter, PE, PLS, is a co-founder of CDP Engineers and currently serves as its President and CEO.  He is a registered professional engineer and professional land surveyor with over 30 years of experience in the areas of infrastructure design and planning, surveying, and geospatial data management.  Since 1996, he has been the primary software / system architect for GeoSync GIS software products including the GeoSync GO Cloud Service which is targeted toward mobile GIS for asset management and includes applications for IOS, Android and Windows devices.  David’s most recent area of interest has been the development of 3-D tools and GIS workflows to better utilize and integrate Lidar data sets.



Stephen C. Chino, Jr., PLS is the GIS Manager for the city of Paducah and has been involved with 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.  He began interning with the Barren River Area Development District in Bowling Green, Kentucky in 1998 in the GIS/GPS department and in 2000 he accepted a full time position with the BRADD as their Public Administration Specialist.  In July 2001 he accepted a surveying technician position with Hunter Martin & Associates in Paducah, Kentucky.  While with HMA, Inc. Mr. Chino successfully obtained his Professional Surveying license for the state of Kentucky in 2008.  In December of 2011, Mr. Chino accepted the GIS Specialist position with the City of Paducah and was promoted to GIS Manager in the fall of 2016.  He has practiced in the GIS/geomatics field for 18 years and has been a licensed Kentucky land surveyor for 8 years.

Duties with the City include:

  • Administration of the MAP~GIS consortium enterprise system (
  • Administration and maintenance of all GIS hardware and software including servers
  • Creating and maintaining thematic maps using ESRI software in an ArcSDE environment
  • Developing new department specific GIS applications for consortium members
  • Designing , testing and implementing GIS-based web and desktop applications
  • Providing support and training to all consortium members and their employees
  • Obtaining and integrating new data, documents and maps for use with current geodatabase

Professional Organizations

  • Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals (elected to Board of Directors for 2017)
  • Kentucky Association of Professional Surveyors
  • National Society of Professional Surveyors
  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society

Mr. Chino resides in McCracken County, Kentucky with his wife Sheryl, son Aiden (8) and daughter Olivia (2).

Christopher R. Gephart has been involved in the surveying industry since 1989 and has experience in a variety of applications including: boundary location/retracement, ALTA/ACSM, topographic, aerial mapping, control and construction layout/staking.

Chris is the Vice President of Land Surveying Services and oversees all aspects of the survey work at the Ft. Mitchell office of Bayer Becker from initial client contact and site reconnaissance to the finished record maps or plats. He has extensive experience in boundary survey work including records research, field data acquisition, resolution, property descriptions and platting. Chris has completed surveys for residential subdivisions, industrial parks, retail and commercial centers, utility corridors, and roadway alignments. He has also worked as an expert witness in boundary dispute cases.

Chris is a Licensed Professional Surveyor in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.   He was President of the Kentucky Association of Professional Surveyors (KAPS) in 2004 and currently serves as Liaison to the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Engineers and Land Surveyors.  He received the “Surveyor of the Year” award in 2000 and was an integral part of the team that had legislation passed in early 2005 that would require all future Kentucky surveyors to have a bachelor’s degree in order to become licensed. Chris is also a 2007 graduate of Leadership Northern Kentucky.

Christina Groves, CFM is a Specialist with the Community Rating System covering 8 states within 4 FEMA Regions (Kentucky and Tennessee (R-IV); Indiana (R-V); Arkansas (R-VI); Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska (R-VII); within the 8 states she manages 160+ communities.  Christina has been with the CRS Program for 5 years.

Prior to joining the ISO/CRS team Ms. Groves was the Director of Development Services for a nine jurisdiction planning commission.  During her tenure with the planning office some of her responsibilities included: management of construction on the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), plat review, drafting zoning ordinances and enforcement, comprehensive planning and the review and adoption of new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs)

Ryan Hermann, Associate GIS Specialist

Ryan has been with LINK-GIS/PDS since 2014.  He is responsible for customer service, custom mapping and digital file organization.  Ryan earned BA in Geographic Information Systems from Ohio University in 2013.    Ryan was previously with Duke Energy where he updated the electric utility data.  Ryan also interned at Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs from 2010 to 2013.



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 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.