MEET THE STARS

Our survey staff works closely with homeowners, local contractors, real estate agents, town and county officials to provide quality services to our entire client base.  

Our survey staff works closely with homeowners, local contractors, real estate agents, town and county officials to provide quality services to our entire client base.   

ROBERT ANDERSON

Partner

Bob is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and has been a licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor since 1981.   He has been surveying the San Juan Islands since the 1970’s working with our firm under then owner Thomas Starr, PLS.  Bob has supervised large scale mapping projects in such diverse locations as Hells Canyon, the Aleutian Islands, Peru, Mt. McKinley and guided the survey climb team that re-established the elevation of Mt. Rainier. 

 

In 1999, Bob received an appointment from the United Nations to be the technical advisor in Bhutan for the Nation Urban Surveying & Mapping Group.  After 5 years in the Himalayas, Bob returned to the San Juan Islands and assumed the position of Chief Surveyor for Star Surveying, purchasing the firm in 2007. 

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KIM BOURNS

Partner

Kim is a Washington State Professional Land Surveyor with over 20 years of surveying education and experience.   Kim studied at the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, OR and Renton Technical College where she earned her A.A.S. degree in Civil Engineering & Survey Technology.   

 

Kim previously worked as a Senior Survey Technician with W & H Pacific and most recently as a Project Surveyor with Pacific Geomatic Services, Inc.  She served as Project Surveyor for the Northgate Link Light Rail Extension to extend 4.3 miles of tunnels and rails.  Kim directed the technicians in recreating the design alignments and profiles for northbound and southbound rails in Civil3D and for checking the horizontal and vertical layout and constructed features of the project

 

Introduced to the San Juan Islands through her husband, Kim has spent many years visiting the family property on Stuart Island and vacationing on Lopez. 

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ANNA MEYER

Partner

Anna grew up on San Juan Island and attended St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX where she earned her BA in Communications.  She previously worked within the hospitality and service industries before transitioning into office administration.  Anna serves our team by overseeing the office communications and billing. 

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TOM ELSENBAST

Tom was raised in Kodiak Alaska and studied surveying in Anchorage and Eastern Montana, obtaining his LSIT certification in 1990.  His experience in the survey industry includes oil and gas developments in Alaska and Russia as well as large commercial projects for Google and Amazon in the Seattle area. 

 

In 2012 Tom relocated to San Juan Island where he and his wife Marina purchased a home and feel blessed to call a piece of our island paradise their own.

CHRIS LAWLER

Chris was raised in Ohio and spent his youth exploring the nearby woods for artifacts. He thrives in the three-dimensional environment and excelled in related endurance sports: cross country running, rock climbing, and bicycle racing.

He has translated his passion for the outdoors and geography into professional endeavors and now traverses the local woods recovering property corners and clambering the shore to document the ordinary high water mark.

His degree in urban planning supplies him with an appreciation for the built environment and its relationship to the user and the community as a whole. 

As a professional winemaker and viticulturist, Chris is experienced in compiling field and GPS data reports and he demonstrates his attention to detail in the field.

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MARTI McCONNELL

Partner

Marti earned her architecture degree from the University of Washington in 1997. After working in the commercial design sector in Seattle, she transitioned into custom home design in Yakima.   

 

Marti has been visiting the San Juan Islands with her children for many years and in 2017, she followed her passions here fulltime.  She serves our team as CAD specialist looks forward to training staff and developing internships for students interested in land surveying. 

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Photos by Kestrel Bailey

Star Surveying is proud to have memberships with the following Organizations and Associations:

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Star Surveying in the News

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce

Star Surveying became a women majority-owned business in

July of 2021.

Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce

Star Surveying feature in the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce newsletter.

San Juan
Journal

Local surveyor Bob Anderson leading the latest effort to measure Mount Rainier.