Education: 1965-1967 St. Cloud State University; 1967-1969 University of Minnesota; 1970-1990 classes at Dunwoody College of Technology and University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Employment: 1980- present James R. Hill, Inc., Owner/ Vice President; 1977-1980 Isrealson and Associates, Owner/ Vice President; 1975-1977 Dunwoody College of Technology, Instructor/ Civil Technology and Land Surveying; 1970-1975 Harry S. Johnson Companies, Inc., Office Supervisor.
Licensure: Professional Land Surveyor- Minnesota License # 12294; Professional Land Surveyor- Wisconsin License # 2573-008.
Professional Activities: member MSPS; member Metro Chapter 6; member WSLS; member MLS Foundation; member NSPS; 2002-2005 MSPS Director/ Treasurer; 2002-2005 member MSPS Budget Committee; 2002-2005 Chair MSPS Membership Committee; 2002-2005 Chair MSPS Financial Investment Committee; 2002-2005 member MSPS Human Resources Committee; 2002-2005 member MSPS Executive Committee; 2002-2005 Member MLS Foundation Board; 2006-2007 MLS Foundation Director; 2008; MLS Foundation President.
Denny Honsa joined BDM Consulting Engineers and Surveyors in 2001 as a partner and Senior Manager of the Survey department. Mr. Honsa has earned a Civil Technology Certificate from St. Paul Technical College, an Associate of Arts from Inver Hills Community College, Legal principles of Land Surveying from Inver Hills Community College and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota. Mr. Honsa has been a License Surveyor since 1998 in the State of Minnesota and is also licensed in Wisconsin.
Denny has been a project manager responsible for field and office operations of municipal and private surveying services, wetland delineation, and mitigation. He has over 35 years experience performing construction, topographic, America Land Title Association (A.L.T.A.) and cadastral surveys. He has completed training in regard to the Army Corps of Engineers wetland delineation manual of 1987 and 1989, and has assisted numerous Cities and private developers in wetland delineation and mitigation. As a Survey Department Manager, he is responsible for the supervision of field crews working on many forms of control, boundary and construction surveys for federal, county, municipal, commercial, industrial and residential projects. He is also responsible for project bidding, scheduling, coordination and quality control from the preliminary field surveys to the final drawings.
Paul Vogel is a land surveyor with LHB, Inc. and a Survey Instructor with the University of Minnesota - Duluth. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at the University of Minnesota in 1991. During his college years, Paul started his surveying career with the St. Louis County Public Works Department performing topographic surveys and construction staking projects. Paul also completed land surveying coursework from Metropolitan State College of Denver, CO. He has gone on to become licensed in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Alaska. At LHB, Paul manages survey staff, budgets, equipment, proposals and a variety of day to day projects.
Paul is active with MSPS both in the Arrowhead Chapter 4 as well as serving on the Board of Directors. He has taught Advanced Surveying at Lake Superior College and remains active serving on their Civil Technology Advisory Committee.
A former owner of Surveying & Engineering Professionals, Linda joined Bonestroo as a result of its merger with SEP. Under her leadership, SEP had established a strong reputation as one of the most productive land surveying firms in central Minnesota. Linda is a talented client service manager who has worked with government units, municipalities, townships, and private developers throughout Minnesota. She has worked on thousands of surveying projects throughout the State of Minnesota, primarily in residential subdivision design and ALTA/ACSM Surveys.
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Savannah State College, Savannah Georgia.
Linda served as Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President and President of MSPS Chapter Five. Linda is a member of the Central Minnesota Builders Association and holds a surveying license in MN and South Dakota.
Dan has more than 23 years of experience in the Land Surveying and Drafting field and has managed a staff of over 60 full time drafting and land surveying employees in three offices throughout Minnesota and North Dakota. He has served in the roles of Vice President of Land Services, Market Leader and Business Owner. He has extensive experience in managing projects in Transmission, Department of Homeland Security (GSA) Mapping, Wind Farm staking and as-builting and countless boundary surveys throughout the Lakes Area in northwestern Minnesota. His knowledge and experience also includes serving as a member of the Minnesota Land Surveyor’s Foundation, Past-President of Chapter 2 and has also served on various Planning Commissions and Economic Development Interest Groups. Dan has also had the opportunity to work as an adjunct professor for M State in Detroit Lakes, teaching land surveying and CAD classes in their Civil Technology program. He is currently working to develop new ways to streamline the telecom industry through use of modern surveying techniques. He holds licensure in both Minnesota and North Dakota.
Tony obtained his license as a Land Surveyor in Minnesota in 1988 and his license as Land Surveyor in Wisconsin in 1989. He is a member of both MSPS and the Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors (WSLS). He has four years of previous experience on the MSPS board of directors and has served MSPS three additional years as President-Elect, President and Past President of MSPS. In addition to being involved with the board of directors, Tony has had five years of previous experience as the MSPS Workshop Committee chair as well as serving on numerous other MSPS committees. He is presently a member of the MSPS Events committee. Tony is also the Past President and past Secretary/Treasurer of MSPS chapter 3, and is currently president of the Western Chapter of WSLS. Tony started his professional career in 1974 at the company he acquired in 1991 located in Winona, MN. In addition to serving MSPS, and WSLS, Tony also has about 10 years of experience serving on the board of directors for Pickwick Mill, Inc, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the Pickwick Mill, a stone flour mill constructed in 1858 and is located in southeast Minnesota.
Curt Skarphol earned his BS in Civil Engineering at North Dakota State University in 1995. He joined Houston Engineering, Inc. in 1995 and has been a principal in the firm since 2007. He is a Licensed Land Surveyor in the states of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Mr. Skarphol earned his Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) designation in September of 2005. The CFM is a designation awarded by the Association of State Floodplain Managers to recognize continuing education and professional development that enhances the knowledge and performance of local, state, federal, and private-sector floodplain managers.
Mr. Skarphol became registered as a Certified Federal Surveyor (CFedS) in September of 2007. The CFedS program is a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) certification program designed to provide State licensed land surveyors with training necessary to provide cadastral services in Indian Country, to basic federal standards.
Mr. Skarphol is currently Secretary-Treasurer of MSPS Chapter 2. He is a member of the National Society of Professional Surveyors, the North Dakota Society of Professional Surveyors, and the South Dakota Society of Professional Surveyors.
Jordan is currently employed by the USDA Forest Service as the Forest Land Surveyor for the Superior National Forest (SNF), based in Duluth. He assists in managing 2.3 million acres of National Forest System land within the SNF, scattered throughout northeastern MN, which include nearly 8,000 miles of Federal/Non-Federal boundary line. Prior to moving to Duluth in 2009, Jordan worked with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Montana-Dakotas office out of Billings, Montana, where he worked throughout the 3 states, mostly performing Dependent Resurveys which often involved complex riparian issues.
Jordan received a BS in Land Surveying and an AAS in Civil Engineering Technology from Michigan Technological University in 2004.
Jordan is licensed in Minnesota and Montana, and is also a Certified Federal Surveyor (CFedS). He is an active member of the Arrowhead Chapter 4 of MSPS, and has been involved with Trig-Star since 2004.
Dan Graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering from South Dakota State University – Brookings, SD, with additional land surveying coursework at St. Cloud State University. He has worked at I&S Group since 1999. He is a licensed surveyor in Minnesota, Iow and South Dakota and a Licensed Civil Engineer in Minnesota. In addition to MSPS, he is an NSPS member and a member of MSPE.
Connie Villari is a land surveyor and project manager with Cornerstone Land Surveying in Stillwater, Minnesota. Connie’s land surveying career began in 1991 with positions for the Minnesota DNR, Dakota County and Washington County. She has been engaged in private land surveying practice since 1993. Ms. Villari attended the University of Minnesota, Dunwoody Institute and Inver Hills Community College.
Ms. Villari is a current member of MSPS, MSPS Chapter 6 and is a member and past president of the Capital Area Land Surveyors Association. She has taught Subdivision Design at Dunwoody and regularly speaks on a variety of surveying topics. Connie’s volunteer activities include: serving on the MSPS board of directors, 12 years as a Master Gardener, 9 years as member and chair of the Dakota County Extension Committee and various positions as a ‘mom volunteer’. Connie’s latest volunteer project is on mentorship and the development of the MSPS – YP (young professional) group.
Jon Gustafson is the Chief Surveyor with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District. He earned his BS in Land Surveying and Mapping Science at St. Cloud State University and is currently pursuing his MS in Geospatial Surveying Engineering from Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi. He is a Professional Surveyor in the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Jon became a Certified Federal Surveyor (CFedS) in October 2008. The CFedS program is a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) certification program designed to provide State licensed land surveyors with training necessary to provide cadastral services on Federal-interest lands.
Jon became a Certified GIS Professional (GISP) in July 2011. The GISP certification promulgated by the GIS Certification Institute is awarded to practitioners who meet the standards for ethical conduct and professional practice in GIS.
Jon also serves on the Board of Directors for the Society of American Military Engineers, Minneapolis-St. Paul Post, and is the Federal Agency Representative on the Minnesota Statewide Geospatial Advisory Council (formerly Minnesota Governor’s Council on Geographic Information). He is also active throughout the Geospatial Community of Practice with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.