2017 Speaker Bios

(information added as received by speakers)


Mark L. Armstrong, PLS, WRE

Mark is a Geodesist with NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey and has been the Oregon State Geodetic Advisor from September 2009 to September 2016.  As of October 1st, 2016, Mark transitioned to the Northwest Region Geodetic Advisor covering OR, WA, and ID.  In this position Mark provides technical advice to academia, Federal, State, local agencies and the private sector involved in mark recovery, GNSS, geodesy, gravity, and height modernization, as it relates to the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS).  Mark also works to build partnerships throughout the region to enhance the geodetic infrastructure.  Mark also provides OPUS Projects for Managers training.  For more information contact mark at:

Mark L. Armstrong, PLS - Geodesist
NGS Northwest Region Geodetic Advisor
BLM Eugene District Office
202-306-6716

Mike Berry

Mike is a 1977 graduate of the Forest Technology program at Central Oregon Community College.  His 40 year surveying career includes state, federal, county and private sector work. He currently serves as the Deschutes County Surveyor and is a board member of the Deschutes County Historical Society. In the course of researching various survey projects throughout Deschutes County he often finds himself drawn deeper into the backstory of the men and women who walked these same lands generations ago. Mike and his wife Maureen have a daughter, Allison, who is a sophomore at Portland State University.

Trooper William Bush, Oregon State Police 

Bush has been a member of the Oregon State Police since 2010 and a member of the Collision Reconstruction Unit since 2012. He gained national accreditation as a Collision Reconstructionist through A.C.T.A.R. in 2015 and was subsequently appointed as the NNW Regional Reconstructionist. In that role he oversees all Collision Reconstruction Unit operations and assets for seven of the Oregon State Police’s most populated Area Commands.

John Byrd

John "JB" Byrd is the primary lobbyist for the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS). Employed for 12 years by the Reston, VA.-based John M. Palatiello & Associates (JMP&A), a public affairs consulting firm in the geospatial community, JB works with the NSPS board of directors and government affairs committee to advocate for NSPS and the surveying profession before Congress and federal agencies. He keeps NSPS members informed of actions in the U.S. Congress and federal agencies affecting NSPS members' business and professional practice through weekly reporting in "News and Views" as well as periodic government affairs reports. JB began working in the Federal policy arena in October 2001 as an aide to a U.S. Senator. He has a B.A. in History from James Madison University and a M.B.A from Winthrop University. JB also serves as the government affairs manager for MAPPS, the national association of geospatial firms, as well as the staff to the Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural and Engineering Services (COFPAES).

Gerry Clark 

Gerry Clark has worked for the Water Resources Department for 20 years. For the past 15 years he has worked in the Certificate Section processing Claim of Beneficial Use, providing training to Certified Water Right Examiners (CWRE) and to individuals interested in becoming CWREs, and proctoring the annual CWRE Exam. Before working in the Certificate Section he worked on the Klamath Adjudication and on water right applications. Prior to working for the Department he worked on a survey crew for 5 years. He has a degree in Elementary Education from Western Oregon State College.

Greg Crites

Gregory A. Crites, PLS, is currently acting as senior project manager/associate with David Evans and Associates, Inc., based in their Portland, Oregon headquarters.  During his 46-year career in land surveying, Mr. Crites worked as a forest engineer with a large industrial forestry company on the Oregon coast; owned and operated a land surveying company; served as Instructor in Surveying/Engineering Technology at Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Oregon, and Adjunct Instructor of Civil Engineering/Surveying at the University of Portland.  He has performed many land surveys, including boundary, mineral, cadastral, subdivisions, partitions, ALTA, construction, topographic, EHV Transmission lines, control (both terrestrial and GPS) and rights-of-way and has been asked to provide services on peer review committees along with working as an expert witness.  His leadership roles in professional affiliations have included serving as chapter president (twice) and chairman-of-the-board of the Professional Land Surveyors of Oregon (PLSO) as well as serving nine years as a board member of the Western Federation of Professional Surveyors and co-champion of the PLSO statewide committee on strategic planning.  He has authored numerous articles relating to his profession in both state and national publications.  Mr. Crites was awarded the honor of Surveyor of the Year in Oregon for 2002.  He holds bachelors degrees in Forest Engineering and Forest Science from Oregon State University and is a registered land surveyor in Oregon, Washington, and Arizona.

Doug Devine

Born in Gardner, Mass. Graduated high school from a small town in Eastern Pennsylvania. Joined the US Navy after high school. Upon completion of Naval tour as an electronic technician  joined Wagner Electric, Tung Sol division, Livingston New Jersey, Engineering R & D . While at Wagner Electric, attended Newark College of Engineering. Subcontracted to Bell Labs and Digital Equipment Co. In 1974 left New Jersey, headed West and settled in Jacksonville, OR. Worked with Litton Industries for several years developing and selling programmable engineering calculators. My Introduction into surveying instrumentation sales began in 1979 as a co-founder, Northwest division, of SECO, Surveying Equipment Company, Redding, CA.

In 1984, he founded Pacific Survey Supply as a privately owned and operated supplier of high end surveying and engineering equipment. Over the past 27 years the company has developed into an industry leader, pioneering in sales of unique equipment, systems implementation, and international sales of engineering and surveying systems 

David Doyle

Dave Doyle joined the National Geodetic Survey in 1972, and held the position of chief geodetic surveyor at his retirement in January, 2013. He was responsible for the development, technical design and management of plans and programs that enhance the United States National Spatial Reference System. Mr. Doyle began his career as a geodetic surveyor in the U.S. Army in 1967, and served on numerous survey campaigns until completion of his military service in 1970. From 1970 until 1972, he worked for a private surveying company near Washington D.C. where he was responsible for completing boundary, topographic and engineering surveys while he pursued undergraduate studies in geodesy, cartography and mathematics at the George Washington University. During his time at NGS his experiences included all phases of geodetic triangulation, astronomic positioning, leveling, GPS data collection, data analysis, datum transformations, network adjustments, and data publication. Mr. Doyle’s activities have included extensive efforts on the development and implementation of the North American Datum of 1983, the North American Vertical Datum of 1988, the Puerto Rico Vertical Datum of 2002 and the Virgin Islands Vertical Datum of 2009. He has also provided technical support to various countries for the modernization of national and regional geodetic reference systems in Caribbean and Central America, Africa, and the Pacific. Mr. Doyle’s activities include 35 articles on geodesy and geodetic surveying in national and local surveying publications and he has conducted more than 420 workshops and seminars detailing the various aspects of geodesy and the National Spatial Reference System. Mr. Doyle continues to support education in geodesy for surveyors and others interested in high accuracy geospatial positioning by providing seminars at surveying and GIS conferences.

Mr. Doyle is a past president of the American Association for Geodetic Surveying, a Fellow member of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping and a charter member of the Geographic and Land Information Society. He has also served on the U.S. delegation to the International Federation of Surveyors. Mr. Doyle is also an active member of the American Association for Geodetic Surveying, the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia professional surveyors’ associations.

Mitch Duryea

Mitch Duryea, PLS is the President of Duryea & Associates P.S. Located in Spokane, the firm specializes in professional surveying and mapping in ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys throughout the western United States. Duryea received his Bachelor of Science in Surveying and Photogrammetry from California State University, Fresno and a Masters of Science in Higher Education from Kaplan University. For five years he was an Assistant Professor in the Geomatics program with a focus on boundary law courses at Oregon Tech in Klamath Falls. In addition to his private practice, Duryea has taught land surveying classes as an Adjuct Instructor at City College of San Francisco, Evergreen Valley College in San Jose and Gonzaga University in Spokane and many other organizations throughout Washington, Oregon and California.

Dr. Richard Elgin

A second-generation surveyor, Dr. Elgin was raised in his late father's surveying business in Rolla, Missouri. After serving meritoriously as an Army helicopter pilot in Vietnam (1969), he received the degrees BSCE and MSCE from Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T), and his PhD from the University of Arkansas. From 1984 until 2008, Dick was president and owner of Elgin Surveying (Rolla, Missouri). Now semi-retired he works for Archer-Elgin Surveying and is Adjunct Professor at S&T. He coauthored the “Sokkia Ephemeris,” and “Legal Principles of Boundary Location for Arkansas.” He is the author of “The U.S. Public Land Survey System for Missouri.” He’s a former member of the Missouri Board and past president of MSPS. A rare surveyor, he is a practitioner, author, researcher and educator; and, owns a very large collection of early American surveying equipment. He rides a Moots bicycle and drives an Alfa Romeo GT 1600 Junior.

Darrell Fuller, PLSO Lobbyist

Darrell Fuller is a native Oregonian hailing from Klamath Falls.  He has been involved in Oregon’s legislative and political process for more than a quarter century.  As a lobbyist and association manager, he has represented private sector business associations since 1996, focusing primarily on locally-owned, small and medium sized “main street” businesses. In addition to land surveyors, Darrell’s clients include auto dealers, auto repair shops, auto appraisers, auto dismantlers, power sports dealers and plumbing-heating-cooling contractors.

Prior to lobbying, Darrell worked at the State Capitol as a committee administrator (Senate Business & Consumer Affairs) and on the personal staff of legislators.  He has worked on countless campaigns for federal, state and local candidates and numerous ballot measures.  Darrell has a B.A. in Political Science from Willamette University.  In addition, he studied at Xiamen University in the Fujian Province of China, and at American University in Washington, D.C. while interning on Capitol Hill for Oregon Congressman Bob Smith. 

Todd Gatherer

Todd has 17 years of experience in general aviation with over 150 hours of single-engine flight time. Being a private pilot, he has a thorough understanding of air spaces and the processes required to keep everyone in the air and on the ground as safe as possible. Todd has been at the forefront of the UAS industry. As a Part 61 certificate holder, he has completed the online testing process and is one of the few to hold a Part 107 remote pilot certificate, a requirement to legally operate an unmanned aircraft for commercial use. He has over 60 hours of Phantom 3 Drone flight time.

Pat Gaylord

Pat Gaylord has been involved in surveying nearly all his life. He owned and operated the family business in Northwest Oregon until 2007 when it merged with Harper Houf Peterson Righellis Inc (HHPR), where he currently works as Associate Survey Manager. HHPR provides surveying services throughout the Northwest, including Government agencies, private development, rail and more. Pat appreciates his past experience as a small practitioner, which gave him a wide variety of experience which included everything from small land owners, timber companies, land development, disputes and expert witness testimony for a wide array of clients.

Pat is a Past Chairman of PLSO Board of Directors and the incoming Chair-Elect for 2017. He also serves on the Education Goals in Action Committee and is a regular contributor to The Oregon Surveyor magazine.

Mike Gordon

Mike grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where he completed his graduate studies at U. C. Berkeley.

He immediately went to work for Arthur Andersen & Co. in their Denver office (this was when he was just a young pup in 1978). He specialized in small business audits, tax prep and tax consultation. He also taught many of their in-house training programs. He stayed there for 5 years and then moved to Los Angeles where he operated a multi-million dollar optical retail company (owned by his dad) with 10 offices and 125 staff. “This is where I learned all the important lessons about life”, he says.

After 6 years in Los Angeles he moved his family up to Coos Bay, Oregon (August 1990). Once in Coos Bay he started his tax practice and is now the second largest firm on the Oregon coast. Mike loves teaching seminars and has taught for just about every organization in Oregon.

Cindy Halcumb, Professional Land Surveyor, Owner KC Development

Cindy has over 28 years of Land Surveying experience in the public and private sector.  A registered Land Surveyor in Washington and Oregon, she has consistently demonstrated a professional and personal approach to the industry. Cindy’s proficiency with Trimble Robotic Total Stations and GPS, Trimble ZX5 Multi-Rotor UAV, Digital Levels, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Trimble Business Center and Pix4D facilitate her hands on approach from project set up to completion. 

Keith Halcumb, Drone Operator and Field Survey Technician

Keith has 35 years of experience in the construction industry, beginning as a Builder in the United States Navy Seabees in 1982.  He was a Journeyman Carpenter and crew foreman on numerous projects working out of the Carpenters Union in the early 1990’s, before joining ranks with the Longshoremen at the Port of Vancouver.  His retirement in 2014 has allowed his commitment to KC Development to become top priority.  His training at Juniper Unmanned in Colorado allows confident operation of the Trimble ZX5 Multi-Rotor UAV.

Kyle Hensley

Kyle is a 1995 graduate of Oregon Tech, with a B.S. in Land Surveying. He began working for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in 1987 as a survey aide, up through survey technician, party chief, and technical lead.  Currently, he is employed as a Cadastral Section Chief with the BLM.  Kyle is licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor in Oregon, and holds his CFedS certification as well.

Royce Hill

Royce Hill, PLS, is a land surveyor with the Bureau of Land Management in Portland.  Job duties include researching and opining on technical questions referred to him by the Cadastral Branch Chief, Section Chiefs, Office of the Regional Solicitor, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  Royce has 35 years of boundary experience including 18 years with private surveying firms in Salem, Bellingham, Oklahoma City, Portland, and Chehalis; 3 years statewide with the Oregon State Parks; and 13 years with the BLM Western Field, Salem District, and Oregon State Offices.  He also has a BS degree in CET-Surveying from Oregon Institute of Technology.

Tim Kent

Tim is currently the Surveying Program Coordinator and instructor for the Surveying & Geomatics Program at Clark College in Vancouver, where he resides. He teaches at Clark College full-time and coordinates the recruitment aspects along with other duties.

Tim is also a consultant to a number of private surveying companies where his expertise in rural surveying is required. He is an expert in the Public Land Survey System and has advised many clients concerning the complexities of this system.

Tim retired from the BLM Oregon State Office in September of 2005 after 37 years as a land surveyor with the federal government.  He graduated from Oregon Tech with a Bachelors Degree in surveying in 1971 and joined the BLM in their Portland office.  Subsequent assignments were in Eugene, Anchorage, Denver, and back to Portland in 1984.  In 1990, he joined the Forest Service in Portland as the regional land surveyor for Oregon and Washington. He returned to the BLM in 2002 to finish his federal career.

From 2005 to 2008, Tim was an Assistant Professor of Geomatics at Oregon Tech in Klamath Falls in a position funded by the BLM. He was responsible for teaching surveying courses part time and recruiting part time with an emphasis on Native American recruitment.

Tim is a licensed land surveyor in several western states and is an active member in National Society of Professional Surveyors, and both the OR and WA state surveying societies.  

He has coordinated and instructed at numerous conferences and training sessions throughout his career, with emphasis on involving the private land surveyor in the federal surveying process.  His area of expertise is in the Public Land Survey System with a special interest in historic surveying aspects.

Laura Ledbetter 

Laura Ledbetter is a broker with Hall & Company, specializing in theplacement of Insurance for Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers.  As a Certified Insurance Counselor, she has been working in the industry since 2007 and holds a dual-Bachelor’s degree.

Laura’s clients will tell you that she is joyous and diligent in assisting them with their questions and needs.  As a driven individual she continuously makes herself available to both her clients and family.  When she is not at work, she is usually at a baseball or football field, camera in-hand, enjoying time with her kids.  

Mason Marker

Mason Marker, PLS, CFedS, CWRE is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geomatics at the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, Oregon.  He instructs GPS, GIS, and construction surveying courses.  Prior to teaching at Oregon Tech, Mr. Marker worked eight years for a private consulting company that provided land development and civil engineering services.

Philip McNinch

Phil is a registered Professional Land Surveyor in the state of Washington, and is employed as a land surveyor for the Bonneville Power Administration.  He received a BS in Civil Engineering Technology in 1996 from Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Georgia, then went on to survey in New Mexico, Colorado,  Alaska, and Oregon before joining BPA in 2007. Phil’s current work at BPA includes right-of-way and encroachment surveys, transmission line projects, and substation control surveys.

Kelly Miller, RPLS, EIT

Kelly is the Surveying Supervisor for the Bonneville Power Administration and has over ten years of experience in the Land Surveying field.  Prior to her joining BPA, Kelly had worked in the private sector in Arizona for six years specializing in boundary and laser scanning, both terrestrial and mobile.  She has been a Registered Professional Land Surveyor in Arizona since 2009 and is also licensed in New Mexico.  Kelly is a dual degree graduate from Purdue University in both Civil Engineering and Land Surveying and Geomatics Engineering.  

Jodi Murphy

Began career with BLM in June of 2006.  Worked as a Realty Specialist for 6 years, responsible for adjudication of lands and realty case work.  Joined the Land Records Team, responsible for creation and maintenance of land status records.  Serve as the LR2000 point of contact for Oregon and Washington.

Bob Neathamer

Robert (Bob) is a land surveyor with fifty-five years of land surveying experience. As an Oregon Registered Professional Land Surveyor and Certified Water Rights Examiner, he is the founder and majority owner of Neathamer Surveying, Inc. He has been and is extensively involved in various state organizations.

Volunteer Activities:

  • Oregon Director for the National Society of Professional Surveyors
  • Oregon Tech Foundation Board of Directors
  • Oregon Tech Geomatics Industrial Advisory Committee Member
  • Oregon Specific Land Surveyor Examination Liaison to the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineers and Land Surveyors
  • City of Medford Oregon Site Plan and Architectural Commission
  • Board Member of Rogue Basin Utility Coordination Council

Accomplishments/Awards:

OSBEELS Board Member, 1999-2007, last two years as Board President; Professional Land Surveyors of Oregon (PLSO) Past-Chairman and Life Member, Surveyor of the Year in 2000, Five Year NSPS Service Award 

Mike Olsen

Michael Olsen is an Associate Professor of Geomatics in the School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University. He is currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief for the ASCE Journal of Surveying Engineering. He has BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Utah and a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. He has also worked as an Engineer in Training for West Valley City. His current areas of research include terrestrial laser scanning, remote sensing, GIS, earthquake engineering, hazard mapping, and 3D visualization. He teaches geomatics engineering courses at OSU where he has developed new, ground-breaking courses in 3D laser scanning, Digital Terrain Modeling course and Building Information Modeling. Recent projects he has been involved with include: development of mobile laser scanning guidelines for DOTs, development of advanced point cloud segmentation algorithms, earthquake and tsunami reconnaissance (American Samoa, Chile, Japan, New Zealand, and Nepal), landslide and slope stability analysis, seacliff erosion, liquefaction hazard mapping, and modeling and studying historical buildings such as the Palazzo Medici and Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy. 

Evan Page

Evan Page began his career surveying in Michigan in 1981, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Surveying from Oregon Institute of Technology in 1995.  His experience covers a broad spectrum of practice in the public and private sectors.  He is currently a Boundary Determination Officer with the California State Lands Commission.

As a Subject Matter Expert for the California Board for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, Mr. Page has served as a member of the Professional Land Surveyor Exam Development Team three times, has graded the exam four times, and served on several ad hoc advisory teams.  He has also served as a technical expert for enforcement matters several times.

Mr. Page is active in the California Land Surveyors Association, where he serves or has served on the State Board, the Legislative Committee, and the Professional Practices Committee at both the State and Chapter levels.

Mike Pallamary

Mr. Pallamary is a staff writer for The American Surveyor Magazine.  He is a frequent lecturer at conferences and universities.  He was a close friend to the later Curtis M. Brown and together they lectured and wrote about local land surveying topics and problems.  Mr. Pallamary is the author of “The Curt Brown Chronicles.”  Mr. Pallamary is a faculty member of Lorman Education Services and the National Business Institute where he is certified by the California Bar to teach continuing education to members of the legal community.  He is the author of the recent article in The American Surveyor Magazine entitled “Revisiting Cooley.”  

Chris Parrish

Christopher Parrish is an Associate Professor of Geomatics in the School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University. His research focuses on full-waveform lidar, topographic-bathymetric lidar, hyperspectral imagery, uncertainty modeling, and UAVs. Chris holds a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering with an emphasis in Geospatial Information Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.S. in Civil and Coastal Engineering with an emphasis in Geomatics from the University of Florida. Chris is the Director of OregonView, a statewide consortium under AmericaView, dedicated to applied remote sensing research, STEM education, workforce development, and technology transfer. Prior to joining OSU, Chris served as lead physical scientist in the Remote Sensing Division of NOAA's National Geodetic Survey. He also holds an affiliate faculty position in the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping - Joint Hydrographic Center (CCOM-JHC) at the University of New Hampshire. He is active in the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) and has previously served as Director of the ASPRS Lidar Division and President of ASPRS Potomac Region. For additional information on current projects, please visit Chris’ research group website: http://research.engr.oregonstate.edu/parrish/


Althea Rizzo

Althea Rizzo has been the Geologic Hazards Program Coordinator for the State of Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management since 2008. She has successfully implemented innovative public outreach programs for natural hazards such as earthquakes and tsunamis. Dr. Rizzo is a frequent instructor and lecturer on hazard mitigation, risk reduction and outreach program design and implementation. Her happy place is giving people the knowledge to make informed decisions about natural hazards.

Leonard Rydell

Leonard Rydell is a second generation Oregonian who grew up in Grand Ronde, Oregon, attended grade and high schools in Willamina, and graduated with a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University in 1968. After three years as an Engineering Duty Officer in the US Navy, he began his engineering and surveying career in 1972 with Engineering Associates in Lincoln City until starting his own home based business in December 1975. He is registered as a Professional Engineer in Oregon and Washington, and as a Professional Land Surveyor and Water Rights Examiner in Oregon. 

Major projects and clients include Charbonneau, The Village at Wilsonville, water rights for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Nantucket Shores in Tillamook County and numerous subdivisions, mobile home parks and planned unit developments throughout Oregon. His employee is still working for him after 40 years. He has been a member of the Professional Land Surveyors of Oregon since 1978, was Willamette Chapter President in 1986 and Chairman of the Board in 1988, and is presently President of the Yamhill Watershed Stewardship Fund, Secretary of the Yamhill Chapter of the Oregon Small Woodlands Association and a current member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and their Environmental Water Resources group.

Christine Shirley

Christine Shirley is the natural hazards specialist and National Flood Insurance Program Coordinator for the State of Oregon, a position she has held since 2007. As the NFIP Coordinator, she assists communities with NFIP compliance, risk communication, and flood insurance information. Christine is a Certified Floodplain Manager and earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from World College West, and a master’s degree in geographical information science from the University of London. 

Lee Spurgeon, Township Surveys 

Lee Spurgeon is the owner of Township Surveys in Oregon City who specializes in all those jobs sane people try to avoid. Mr. Spurgeon is the world's foremost authority on chicken easements and has written many articles for the Oregon Surveyor and other publications. Some of these articles actually contain some useful information. When not surveying, Mr. Spurgeon coaches a junior high school girls volleyball team, enjoys steam punking, hiking, scrap booking and playing guitars. Lee also did some stuff with the PLSO.

Note from PLSO: Spurgeon is a Past Chairman of the PLSO Board of Directors (two-time Chairman) and current Education Goals in Action Committee Chairman.

Curtis Sumner

Curt Sumner has served as the Executive Director of the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) since September 1998, working to support its mission of serving the interests of professional surveyors nationwide, and in their relationships internationally.

He was first licensed as a Land Surveyor (LS) in Virginia in 1980, then as a Property Line Surveyor in Maryland in 1990. 

In his current role, he is a primary point of contact and liaison for the surveying profession to numerous national and state organizations within the geospatial community, among federal agencies, and with the U. S. Congress, often providing testimony before Congressional hearings on topics about which the surveying profession has an interest. He is a member of the NSPS Delegation to the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG). Recently, he has represented NSPS on international bodies pursuing international standards for Property Measurement, and Ethics. He also serves on the Surveying Curriculum Advisory Committees at Troy University in Alabama, and at East Tennessee State University.

As a long-time member representing NSPS on the ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey Requirements Committee, he has joined his fellow committee members in the development of upgrades made to these standards, including the recently adopted 2016 version. He also assists in responding to questions/concerns expressed about the standards, and conducts workshops about the them.

Prior to his appointment as NSPS (and then, ACSM) Executive Director in 1998, Sumner served as the NSPS Governor representing the Virginia Association of Surveyors for the years 1987-1994, serving as Chair of the Board of Governors in 1992 and 1993. He served in the officer Chairs of NSPS, and was its President during the 1997-1998 term.

Mr. Sumner is an invited presenter and keynote speaker throughout the U. S., and his articles routinely appear in many national and state publications.

Since January 2011, he has hosted the NSPS Radio Hour, a weekly, hour-long web radio show broadcasted at www.americaswebradio.com at 11 AM Eastern on Mondays.

In 2006, he was named by Professional Surveyor Magazine to be among the Top 25 Most Influential individuals in the surveying profession during the first 25 years of that magazine’s existence.

Chuck Whitten

C. E. “Chuck” Whitten grew up in the small town of Idanha, Oregon (3 miles east of Detroit) starting in 1945. His family moved to Mill City in 1956 where he later attended high school. Chuck then graduated in 1967 from Oregon State University with a BS in Forest Engineering and is currently a licensed Land Surveyor in Oregon and Washington. He worked for the Washington Department of Natural Resources from 1967 to 1972 and then for Hagedorn, Inc., a private survey firm in Vancouver, WA as a Project Manager from 1972 until his retirement in 2009. During those last 37 years, he worked with hundreds of private clients and many government agencies including BPA, Corps of Engineers, USFS, FAA, and numerous cities, counties, school districts, and port districts across Oregon and Washington. He and his wife Sharon live near Battle Ground, Washington where they recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. One of his hobbies since retirement has been recovering and maintaining original GLO section corners under a 1995 volunteer agreement with the Willamette National Forest.



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