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Calvin T. Ladner, PE
LJA Board of Directors - President, Houston
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Calvin T. Ladner, PE
LJA Board of Directors - President, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Calvin’s long-standing career at LJA began in 1982 when he was hired by Winslow & Associates, Inc. The firm eventually merged with Lichliter/Jameson & Associates in 1988. LJA was acquired by a large, multi-national engineering firm in the 90s. Calvin and other like-minded colleagues were concerned when the new organization began to dismantle the carefully constructed Lichliter/Jameson culture of family and service to clients. This discontent led to a spinoff of the Houston land development division of the company in 1997, with Calvin leading the charge. Reformed under new leadership and with a new name, LJA Engineering, Inc. began to rebuild. “Calvin was always a strong project manager, but he had a great business sense, and he was able to translate being a good engineer into being a great business manager,” says Bill Jameson, founder of LJA. He has stood steadfastly by his main mantras of “clients and employees first” and “grow or die.” These philosophies have been instrumental in building the firm. Calvin has been at the helm as president ever since, overseeing the firm’s phenomenal double-digit growth, and multiple regional and national accolades.

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James E. Moehlman, PE, RPLS
LJA Board of Directors - Executive Vice President, Land Development, Houston
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James E. Moehlman, PE, RPLS
LJA Board of Directors - Executive Vice President, Land Development, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Jim manages LJA’s Land Development sector where he oversees the planning, design, and construction of master planned communities up to 10,000 acres, as well as large infrastructure projects for drainage, water/wastewater systems, and roadway projects. His experience includes management, design, and client liaison services for major developers, MUDs, LIDs, and governmental agencies including Harris County Flood Control District and Fort Bend County Drainage District. Jim’s 43 years of experience include many years spent in land development, which provides valuable client-side perspective that enables him to understand their needs from financial, aesthetic, and technical perspectives. This background, coupled with his long- term engineering career, gives LJA’s land development clients a unique insight on how to develop projects effectively and economically. Jim supports youth in his community through various fundraising activities such as the Fort Bend County Fair and the Arc of Fort Bend County. He is a member of the LJA Board of Directors imparting over 40 years of management expertise and guidance to the firm.

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Jeff P. Collins, PE, PMP
LJA Board of Directors - Executive Vice President, Public Infrastructure, Houston
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Jeff P. Collins, PE, PMP
LJA Board of Directors - Executive Vice President, Public Infrastructure, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Over the past 30 years, Jeff has developed an unparalleled acumen for his chosen profession of engineering. He heads up the Public Infrastructure sector at LJA, and when he says he has done it all, he really has. From planning, design, operations, and management to construction administration and inspection, he has provided critical oversight on transportation, water resources, and public works projects for local, state, national, and international clients. His project experience includes urban, rural and toll roads, design/build projects, drainage and channel improvements, water distribution, and wastewater collection. Jeff believes it is important to give back and provide mentorship and guidance to colleagues. Industry organizations where he has been integrally involved serving as a voice for others include the Transportation Advocacy Group-Houston Region, the American Council of Engineering Companies Houston and Texas Regions, Cy-Fair Educational Foundation, and the Cy-Fair Chamber of Commerce. Jeff serves on the LJA Board of Directors where his operational know-how keeps LJA focused and growing.

Brady Baggs, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, San Antonio
Brady Baggs, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, San Antonio

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Brady has over 12 years of civil engineering experience in single family, multi-family, commercial, federal, and municipal projects, primarily in San Antonio and central Texas areas. He has been valuable to clients in assisting with project planning and programming, preparing master plans and upfront feasibility/site assessment studies, civil construction documents, engineer’s opinion of probable construction cost, and specifications. He also guides projects through the permitting, bidding, construction administration, and construction observation phases. Brady’s comprehensive expertise covers project management, design reviews, supervising personnel, estimating labor, establishing schedules, coordinating with sub-consultants, creating contingency plans, and maintaining budgets.

Mike R. Baker, PE
Director, Rail Services, Houston
Mike R. Baker, PE
Director, Rail Services, Houston

Master of Business Administration, University of Houston
Bachelor of Science, Texas A&M University

Mike manages the firm's Rail Services sector with responsibility for operations, project management, and business development. Licensed as a professional engineer in Texas, California, Illinois, Kansas, and Florida, his experience spans over 35 years and includes diverse railroad expertise in Class I railroad engineering, operations, construction, and maintenance management, two decades of related consulting and construction, and a three-year stint conducting railroad research with the Texas Transportation Institute. Prior to joining LJA, Mike served in multiple roles for Southern Pacific Transportation Company working his way from roadmaster up to general manager of the 4,000-mile Eastern region, where he was the recipient of the highly lauded President’s Cup Award for implementation of the organization-wide quality improvement process. Mike is adept and knowledgeable about working with major railroads including UPRR, BNSF, CSX, and NS, as well as rail districts, transit authorities, and terminal railroad companies. His experience includes international projects located in Panama, Australia, Jamaica, Guinea, and Canada. Mike is an active member of The American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association and the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association.

Bob Bardin, PE, CFM
Division Manager, Land Development: Hydrology & Hydraulics, Houston
Bob Bardin, PE, CFM
Division Manager, Land Development: Hydrology & Hydraulics, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Houston

Bob leads the Hydrology & Hydraulics (H&H) division in the Houston office for our Land Development sector. In addition to serving as a mentor to and training junior staff, he is responsible for providing key insight and quality assurance on projects. He actively passes on his expertise, “I love witnessing the professional growth and development firsthand as I train and mentor our young H&H engineers.” A specialist in H&H analysis with over 14 years of experience, Bob has imparted expertise on drainage studies for master planned communities, flood insurance studies for FEMA, flood reduction analyses, stormwater detention design, and open channel drainage design. He is proficient in the use of H&H software applications including XP-SWMM, HEC-1, HEC-2, HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS Steady and Un-steady, adICPR, and statistical analysis. His experience includes NFIP policies in 44 CFR, TCEQ Guidelines, local floodplain ordinances, implementation of NPDES Phase II regulations, and numerous local drainage criteria.

Robert W. Barnett, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Houston
Robert W. Barnett, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Houston

Master of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University
Bachelor of Science, Building Construction, Texas A&M University

Robert has over 36 years of experience in engineering and design of urban roadways and the development of construction documents. His career had been concentrated in roadway and highway design working on rehabilitation and widening projects, urban streets and boulevards, highways, interchanges, turn lanes, pedestrian elements, and minor and major intersections.

Angela S. Batiz, PE, CFM
Senior Project Manager, Land Development: Hydrology & Hydraulics, Houston
Angela S. Batiz, PE, CFM
Senior Project Manager, Land Development: Hydrology & Hydraulics, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Specializing in hydrologic and hydraulic design and analysis, Angela has over 20 years of civil engineering experience. As a senior project manager, Angela is responsible for overseeing H&H staff working on projects in our neighborhoods, across the state, and internationally. She has produced drainage studies for master planned communities, including the design of stormwater detention and collection systems, and drainage channels. Further, she is an expert in acquiring FEMA Letters of Map Change allowing for more area to be developed and keeping homes safe from flooding. She has been involved in watershed and drainage studies of major waterways. Angela is invested in her community and was inducted as the Texas Floodplain Management Association (TFMA) Region 8 Director at the 29th Annual Spring Conference in Dallas, Texas. In this role, she will work closely with FEMA and the Texas Water Development Board assisting TFMA with the promotion of the Certified Floodplain Manager Program and the education of Flood Plain Management professionals.

Taylor Baumgartner, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Houston
Taylor Baumgartner, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Taylor has over ten years of experience in civil engineering with primary emphasis on land development projects. As a senior project manager providing oversight for some of the firm’s major projects, his responsibilities include managing the preparation of construction plans, specifications, bidding and contract documents, engineering reports, and feasibility investigations. Taylor interacts with clients and manages the coordination process with various government agencies. He views his work product as a direct reflection on him and he strives to be known as someone who can get the job done. He also remembers the best advice he received early in his career, “Clients expect results, not excuses,” and he incorporates this into his approach to every project.

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Michael G. Bell, PE
Senior Project Manager, Rail Services, Jacksonville, FL
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Michael G. Bell, PE
Senior Project Manager, Rail Services, Jacksonville, FL

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Florida

Mike is a railroad veteran of over 25 years and is an expert in intermodal terminal development, railroad engineering, and freight railroad design. He is exceptionally adept at managing design teams for complex projects and has proven leadership ability in planning, design, and construction. Keeping projects on track and on budget, he is also experienced in coordinating and obtaining permits with federal, state, and local entities. While working as director at CSX Intermodal Terminal Development and Environmental Affairs, he provided oversight of team members in planning, sizing, designing, and constructing intermodal terminals. This unique perspective allows Mike to see a project from both the owner’s and engineer’s perspectives. In fact, his advice to fellow engineers is “think like an owner,” which has resulted in many successful projects and served him well throughout his long-standing career.

Randy Bowles, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Houston
Randy Bowles, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

As a senior project manager, Randy has over 16 years of experience in civil design for commercial, single, and multi-family land development projects. He has served as District Engineer for numerous municipal utility district’s completing bond application reports, surplus fund applications, and creation reports. Randy’s ongoing work with high end developers, including The Woodlands Development Company and Friendswood Development, renders him an expert in this burgeoning market. “I love the challenge of working on a community and solving design, statutory, and construction challenges as they occur to complete a finished project and successful community.”

Steven Boyd, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Houston
Steven Boyd, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

As a senior project manager in Land Development, Steven uses his extensive experience in civil engineering to design and manage water treatment and distribution systems, drainage channels, wastewater collection and treatment systems, and detention facilities. He also manages projects that support additional infrastructure for master planned communities and large-scale commercial and retail development, including paving, improvement projects, pump stations, storm drainage systems and culverts, and amenity lakes.

James E. Brown, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Katy
James E. Brown, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Katy

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Houston

James has provided engineering leadership for over 23 years on major land development projects, large master planned communities, and subdivisions in the Houston area and beyond. Responsibilities have included the design of water, sanitary sewer, and storm drainage facilities, as well as paving, detention pond, drainage channel, and trunk utility facilities for residential and commercial projects. Additionally, he serves as District Engineer for five municipal utility districts working closely with regulatory and governmental agencies. James is also the head of LJA’s Katy office where he instills employee loyalty by supporting his group and building long-term relationships with his team.

Jeffrey W. Brown, PE
Manager of Project Engineering, Energy Services, Houston
Jeffrey W. Brown, PE
Manager of Project Engineering, Energy Services, Houston

Master of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Delaware
Master of Science, Electrical Engineering, University of California-Davis
Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, University of California-Davis

Jeffrey’s experience spans eight years and has included piping and instrumentation design, as well as project scheduling, preliminary and final design drawing production, regulatory and encroachment coordination, design and construction sequencing, alternatives analysis and selection, and field engineering support. He has served as project manager on numerous encroachment resolutions requiring pipeline protection slabs, casing extensions, line relocations, and line replacements with HDD or trench installations. Quality control of drawing production across disciplines, vendor interaction for equipment procurement, and specification compliance are additional key duties. Jeffrey is a member of ASCE. Adeptly skilled at juggling teams, complex project challenges, and the client’s expectations, Jeffrey lives by the mantra “ask for what you want – the worst anyone can say is no.” This proactive approach assists him in maintaining project momentum and meeting goals.

Jason Bybel, PE, PMP
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure, Austin
Jason Bybel, PE, PMP
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure, Austin

Master of Engineering, Civil Engineering (Environmental Engineering and Business Certificate), Texas A&M University
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University
Associate of Science, Engineering, South Plains College

As a senior project manager in our Public Infrastructure sector, Jason brings over 17 years of experience in the design, planning, permitting, and construction of water and wastewater infrastructure projects including water/reuse transmission mains, wastewater interceptors, water and wastewater treatment plants, pump stations, and lift stations. Jason has experience working on traditional design-bid-build projects and CMAR project delivery methods. Jason serves as president of the Central Texas Section of the Water Environment Association of Texas/Water Environment Federation, and is a current member and past president of the Capital Area Chapter of the Texas Section of the American Water Works Association. He is also a member of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers.

Jeff T. Cannon, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, Houston, Conroe
Jeff T. Cannon, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, Houston, Conroe

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

As vice president in our Public Works division, Jeff utilizes over 25 years of civil engineering, design, and construction experience in the public and private sectors to lead his project teams. The full range of responsibilities has encompassed project management, detail design, production of plans and engineering reports, specification development, and cost estimating. Additionally, Jeff has significant experience in construction management and administration, inspection, scheduling, and field engineering. Jeff gives back to his community by serving as chairman of Fort Bend Charities, and on the boards of the 36 A Coalition, Fort Bend County Economic Development Council, and Central Fort Bend County Chamber. Daily, Jeff draws on the best advice he ever received which has served him well throughout his career, “Focus on your strengths and avoid your weaknesses.”

Amanda Carriage, PE, CFM
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Katy
Amanda Carriage, PE, CFM
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Katy

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Amanda has more than nine years of management experience in the design and civil engineering of hydrologic and hydraulic projects for land development. Ranging in size from small residential developments to large master-planned communities, she has performed feasibility, as well as drainage and flood protection studies, authored drainage reports, and created floodplain maps. Additionally, she provides engineering estimates, construction plan production and administration, and preparation of construction contract documents and bond issues for her clients. Amanda enjoys managing a project from its origin through to final construction. She is well-versed in coordinating complex and high profile projects with municipal utility districts, levee improvement districts, private utility companies, and government agencies, and is an active member of Fort Bend County Leadership and Texas Floodplain Association.

Kim L. Carroll, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure, Austin
Kim L. Carroll, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure, Austin

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Lamar University

Kim’s career has spanned over 42 years concentrated in civil engineering design and construction. As a vice president in our Public Infrastructure sector, he handles right-of-way acquisition, project design, estimating, and construction management for drainage, street, and roadway projects. Additionally, he has conducted and implemented drainage studies utilizing the latest computer-aided technology, and worked on Phase 1 and Phase II NPDES municipal stormwater permitting projects in multiple states. Professionally, Kim is a board member of the Texas Water Conservation Association, and is active in American Society of Civil Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers, and Texas Society of Professional Engineers.

Jacob H. Clark, PLA, LEED AP
Senior Landscape Architect, Land Development: Planning and Landscape Architecture, Houston
Jacob H. Clark, PLA, LEED AP
Senior Landscape Architect, Land Development: Planning and Landscape Architecture, Houston

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Louisiana State University

Jacob has over ten years of experience in landscape architecture, with a primary focus on planning and design. Whether working to develop master planned communities, creating guideline documents and theming packages, or designing smaller scale parks, plazas, recreation centers, and neighborhood entry statements, he strives to maintain a high level of design quality, while imparting each project with a personal touch. As a LEED Accredited Professional, Jacob is able to turn his passion for sustainable design into viable, livable, and impactful space for communities to enjoy.

John A. Clark, PE
Senior Vice President and Central Texas Manager, Land Development, Austin
John A. Clark, PE
Senior Vice President and Central Texas Manager, Land Development, Austin

Associates Degree, Applied Science, Civil Engineering, Texas State Technical Institute

John draws from over 35 years of design experience in land development, predominantly in the Austin area, therefore he is very familiar with the design criteria of cities and counties in the central Texas region. His project experience encompasses planning and design of master planned communities and major infrastructure supporting those land development projects including water and wastewater mains, water pump stations (hydro-pneumatic and variable frequency drive), and wastewater lift stations. John’s knowledge makes him particularly well suited at performing quality assurance/quality control for subdivision and utility projects. He has significant value engineering expertise in the areas of land development, wastewater effluent ponds, pumping and lift station projects, resulting in an enormous value add to clients. John supports his community through membership in RECA and ACEA, as well as active involvement in charitable organizations including the Capital Area Food Bank, The American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, and Wounded Warrior Program.

Alex G. Clarke, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Austin
Alex G. Clarke, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Austin

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin

Alex has over 35 years of design experience in land development in the Austin area, and is familiar with the design criteria and permitting process of the cities and counties in the region. He has worked extensively with the Texas Department of Transportation and with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on developments in the Edwards Aquifer Recharge and Contributing Zones, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency on floodplain map amendments and revisions. As project manager for large single family projects, he leads teams from conceptual planning, platting, and design to construction plan stages, including project bidding, site inspections, and project closeout. Alex has performed large forensic-type drainage studies to address existing conditions, and flooding and maintenance issues. He is an active member of Austin Contractors and Engineers Association and Real Estate Council of Austin.

John Concienne, CPESC
Senior Project Manager, Environmental, Beaumont
John Concienne, CPESC
Senior Project Manager, Environmental, Beaumont

Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science, Lamar University

John has garnered over a decade of experience in environmental consulting by managing projects for a wide range of clients needing Phase I and II environmental site assessments, receiving water assessments, stormwater management program (SWMPs), stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWP3) development and implementation, water quality analysis, and development of spill prevention, control, and countermeasure (SPCC) plans. Additionally, he has extensive experience with Phase I and II MS4 stormwater management program development, implementation, training, monitoring, and reporting. A hallmark of his career is the prominent role he has played in establishing and maintaining stormwater quality coalitions across Texas. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued the original Phase II MS4 Permit in 2007, and John’s team sought to develop a strategic approach for clients that would not only achieve a high level of effectiveness and compliance, but could be utilized by multiple entities in a common geographic area. The result was the development of shared stormwater management programs and the formation of stormwater quality coalitions across the state. To date, John’s team has been instrumental in forming a total of eight coalitions (stretching from the Texas Gulf Coast to Austin) and currently manages SWMPs for more than 40 MS4s in the states of Texas and Louisiana.

Daniel J. C. Copps, III, PE
Senior Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Houston
Daniel J. C. Copps, III, PE
Senior Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Dan is the Transportation division manager responsible for supervising project development and management, design and project engineering, specification and schedule development, and cost estimating. Dan’s 33 years of experience includes schematic and PS&E development for interstate highway; major and minor bridge design including exotic and direct connectors; highway/roadway design; and, traffic control and retaining wall design. For TxDOT, he has served as project manager on more than 200 projects ranging from major freeway reconstruction to on-and off-system bridge replacements and rehabilitations. Dan’s favorite projects include multi-level interchange, exotic bridge, and direct connector design projects, with a large portion of his career focused on rehabilitating and retrofitting major highway bridges to withstand seismic events. Dan has designed more than 150 rural county bridge projects as part of a federal bridge replacement program to increase safety of the traveling public and make structures safe for years to come.

Chris Cotter, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Houston
Chris Cotter, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Colorado State University

Over the past 25 years, Chris has played a key role in the development of major, high profile transportation projects throughout the Houston area. He is known for his project and program management expertise and contributions to major projects for TxDOT, the Grand Parkway Association, the Harris County Toll Road Authority, and the Fort Bend Toll Road Authority. Chris is experienced in all phases of the multi-faceted and complex transportation project development process, including managing large and diverse project teams. Mentoring and developing young engineers on these project teams is a key focus for Chris. In the community, Chris has served the American Society of Civil Engineers Houston Branch as President on its Board of Directors. He currently is on the Board of Directors for the North Houston Association, and participates in development of their Strategic Mobility Plan.

William (Donnie) Courville
Business Development Coordinator, Energy Services, Beaumont
William (Donnie) Courville
Business Development Coordinator, Energy Services, Beaumont

Bachelor of Arts, Applied Science, Lamar University

Donnie oversees business development for the Energy Services sector focusing on sales and marketing to the oil, gas, and construction industries. He is instrumental in expanding LJA’s midstream presence within the Texas and Louisiana markets. He is active in Pipeliners Association of Houston, as well as Louisiana Pipeliners, Golden Triangle Business Roundtable, and other industry-related organizations. Donnie is exceptionally detail-oriented and relies on a keen business sense while developing relationships in his market.

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Michael C. Coyle, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Dallas
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Michael C. Coyle, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Dallas

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Michael has over 16 years of experience in transportation consulting and civil engineering design that includes schematic design and PS&E ranging from small rural safety widening projects, to complicated multi-level urban interchanges and toll facilities. Clients include TxDOT, North Texas Tollway Authority, California Department of Transportation, and local municipalities. Executing numerous project delivery methods, he has experience on fast-paced, design-build jobs, comprehensive development agreements, sequence construction, and traditional design-bid-build projects with construction costs exceeding one billion dollars. He is very skilled at interfacing with clients and in managing the large project teams associated with such complex projects. Michael developed a simultaneous career path in the U.S. Army Reserves, which included deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, and roles spanning construction execution, command of a USAR construction company, and a civil engineer position within a brigade. Michael is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of American Military Engineers, and Reserve Officers Association, DFW Chapter.

Jeff Coym, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, Corpus Christi
Jeff Coym, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, Corpus Christi

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University

As a vice president in our Public Works division, Jeff uses over 15 years’ experience on municipal infrastructure projects to deliver the optimum solution to each client’s engineering challenges. He provides critical oversight of the team from project inception to completion of construction on water, wastewater, sanitary sewer, lift stations, force mains, and paving, grading, and drainage projects. Jeff is an active member of American Society of Civil Engineers and the Order of the Engineer. He has presented timely topics as part of a panel at the Water Environment Association of Texas and at the Oak Park Special Emphasis School.

George Culver
Director, GIS, Houston
George Culver
Director, GIS, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Cartography and Remote Sensing, Southwest Texas State University

George has worked in the GIS industry for over 15 years, garnering invaluable experience in land and infrastructure management, governmental needs, and implementations of geographic-based technologies. He has guided the GIS group in providing focused application builds that are custom designed to meet the unique needs of each client. Active in several professional organizations, George represents LJA in regional GIS efforts and the drive to expand the knowledge of GIS and its beneficial application across multiple industries. George finds the most satisfaction in creating straightforward applications featuring ease of use for clients which allows them to solve complex problems efficiently.

Toby J. Davis, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, Beaumont
Toby J. Davis, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, Beaumont

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Lamar University

Toby has over 26 years of experience in the water and sewer industries, managing projects administered through the Texas Community Development Program, the Texas Water Development Board, and private funding agencies, as well as projects receiving funding through commercial bond sales. His experience includes sanitary sewer rehabilitation, new collection system construction, sanitary sewer lift stations, wastewater treatment and water treatment plants, and water supply wells. He has also provided expertise for the design of distribution systems, water system booster pump stations, elevated and ground storage tanks, potable water wells, and water system distribution system studies.

Frank Dillard, PE
Senior Project Manager, Energy Services: Electrical, Houston
Frank Dillard, PE
Senior Project Manager, Energy Services: Electrical, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, University of Texas

Frank has over 40 years planning, designing, and providing construction phase supervision of electrical/instrumentation/control (EIC) related projects. A broad technical educational base coupled with consulting engineering experience, provides multi-dimensional project support to cities, counties, industries, utility districts, and private clients nationwide. He has significant experience in the design and construction implementation of EIC systems specifically for water and wastewater-related facilities.

Brian T. Edwards, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Katy
Brian T. Edwards, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Katy

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Brian has amassed over ten years of experience as a civil engineer designing, bidding, and providing construction administration of projects for municipal utility districts and private developers in the greater Houston area. As a project manager, key responsibilities include client relations, city and county interaction, design, business development, and mentoring of staff. Project experience includes master plan preparation, water system modeling, due diligence analysis, single family residential development, commercial site development, infrastructure design, sanitary and storm sewer rehabilitation, drainage calculations, water plant design, and bond applications. Brian derives great satisfaction seeing the projects he has worked on come to life during construction and knowing that he is striving to provide quality service to his clients and the community. He is an associate member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a committeeman for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

William T. Ehler, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Houston
William T. Ehler, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Microbiology, Texas A&M University
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Bill draws from 23 years of experience in civil design for land development projects to oversee construction phase services for some of the firm’s major projects in Houston and the surrounding region. His responsibilities include supervision and preparation of design plans for water, sanitary sewer, drainage, and paving facilities for both residential and commercial projects. Bill has extensive experience serving as district engineer for many municipal improvement districts and levee improvement districts where he gets an in-depth perspective at how districts operate. Bill believes in giving back not just professionally, but personally as well, and he has volunteered with Hearts and Hammers, repairing home exteriors for disabled and elderly Fort Bend residents.

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Dave Elder
Senior Manager Engineering, Rail Services, Jacksonville, FL
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Dave Elder
Senior Manager Engineering, Rail Services, Jacksonville, FL

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Old Dominion University,Virginia

A 35-year career delivering economic and organizational value in engineering, construction, and railroading has allowed David to create and direct annual budgets in excess of $40M. He is experienced in railroad engineering and operations, as well as subsurface engineering and construction of utilities. Dave is adept at managing large numbers of employees and consultants on major projects, and in recruiting and hiring highly skilled staff. An avid hiker, Dave has summited Washington’s famed Mount Rainier, a feat which seems to go hand-in-hand with his favorite motto, “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”

Noe Escobar, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Katy
Noe Escobar, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Katy

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Houston

Noe has more than 13 years’ experience in design and civil engineering for land development projects ranging from small residential developments to large master planned communities. He manages and provides oversight for these major projects with key responsibility for feasibility studies, engineering estimates, construction plan production and administration, and preparation of construction contract documents and bond issues. He coordinates projects with municipal utility districts, levee improvement districts, private utility companies, and various cities and governmental agencies.

Omar Escobar, Sr.
Director of Project Development, Public Infrastructure, Corpus Christi
Omar Escobar, Sr.
Director of Project Development, Public Infrastructure, Corpus Christi

Associate in Applied Science, Architectural Technology, Del Mar College

Omar’s range of experience has been honed throughout his 40+ year career. He has moved up the ranks of the organization mastering duties ranging from design department manager to construction inspector to senior project manager, and finally to his current position as Director of Project Development. Omar has been integrally involved in many facets of civil design projects working on city, county, and state flood control and land development projects. A favorite part of his job involves mentoring younger engineers and highlighting the wealth of experience at LJA that they should be taking advantage of every day to do a great job.

Anthony Francis
Director of Client Services, Land Development, Houston
Anthony Francis
Director of Client Services, Land Development, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Business Technology, University of Houston

Anthony has over 20 years of experience in market development, corporate communications, and public relations. As a client liaison for the firm, Anthony identifies, coordinates, and negotiates gas, electric, telecommunications, and cable utilities for master planned communities throughout the Texas market. Creating and maintaining excellent working relationships with local public utility agencies, he is chiefly responsible for facilitating utility coordination issues and managing timelines and deliverables to ensure the client's best value with each utility provider. Anthony is a member of the Fort Bend CORPS, an organization that coordinates community revitalization in low-income areas of Fort Bend County. “I am most grateful for the dedication and hard work of this organization as it helps the low income and elderly citizens in this area,” says Anthony. He is a previous member of the board of directors for the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce, and remains active in that organization as well as Central Fort Bend and West I-10 chambers.

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Irene Gaddis, SPHR
Director, Corporate: Human Resources, Houston
LJA team member
Irene Gaddis, SPHR
Director, Corporate: Human Resources, Houston

Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration, University of Strathclyde, Scotland, U.K.

As HR Director for LJA, Irene draws from more than 25 years of experience across multiple disciplines in human resources, including recruiting, training, employee relations, and compliance. She is a Birkman-certified consultant who has earned recognition as a senior professional in human resources (SPHR) by The Society for Human Resources Management. Irene has been chiefly responsible for design and implementation of employee strategy and in customizing training and development programs for staff, as well as coaching and leadership development for high-performance teams. Irene believes that everyone plays an important role in the company’s success and encourages employee involvement at all levels through employee committees and activities.

Lewis Gamboa, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure: Construction Services, Houston
Lewis Gamboa, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure: Construction Services, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University

Lewis currently serves as a project manager in Construction Engineering and Inspection (CEI) at LJA. A career spanning over 35 years in transportation engineering has allowed him to design bridges and roadways throughout Texas. While performing critical bridge safety inspections, he is able to draw from key experience gained as a bridge field engineer for TxDOT. Lewis’ additional duties include expanding the firm’s capacity to deliver CEI services to TxDOT Districts and local transportation agencies.

David L. Garrett, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure, Cedar Park
David L. Garrett, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure, Cedar Park

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

David is a senior project manager in our Public Infrastructure sector. For over 30 years he has honed his project management and highway design experience specifically for transportation projects throughout the state. His responsibilities include geometric roadway design, preparation of civil PS&E plans, utility coordination, ROW acquisition, signing and pavement markings, and traffic control plans. Drainage design experience encompasses urban storm sewer design, open channel, culvert, detention pond, permanent water quality features, stream crossings, and temporary erosion and sedimentation controls.

Melony F. Gay, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Katy
Melony F. Gay, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Katy

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

With over 23 years’ experience, Melony has been integrally involved in the analysis, design, and construction of water distribution, wastewater collection, drainage, and paving facilities for projects throughout the region. From preparation of feasibility studies and engineering estimates of probable cost, to construction plans and contract documents she is adept at meeting the challenges posed by critical public infrastructure projects. She has also deftly coordinated work with municipal utility districts and levee improvement districts, as well as various cities and counties. Melony enjoys serving as a mentor and training new engineers, imparting her many years of experience and lessons learned. She has served her community as past director of the Cinco Ranch MUD #7, concentrating on improvements to area parks and recreational facilities. She is currently secretary for the North Bend Water Authority, providing guidance on long term plans for surface water conversion and conservation, a position she has held for over a decade.

Carolyn S. Gilligan, PE
Senior Technical Consultant, Land Development: Hydrology & Hydraulics, Houston
Carolyn S. Gilligan, PE
Senior Technical Consultant, Land Development: Hydrology & Hydraulics, Houston

Bachelor of Arts, Urban Planning, Michigan State University
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Michigan State University

Carolyn’s extensive career encompasses hydrology and hydraulics, including watershed-wide drainage studies, analysis of drainage and detention systems for multiple master planned communities and leveed developments, and FEMA Letters of Map Change. Carolyn incorporates a “big picture” understanding of drainage using her experience to prepare functional and cost-effective solutions. Her work can be seen throughout the Houston metroplex, especially in Fort Bend County where she was Assistant Drainage District Engineer for four years. She has been selected for two National Institute of Building Services Scientific Resolution Panels, reviewing mapping protests in Vermont and Oregon for FEMA. Well respected as a hydrologist, Carolyn has presented “Funding Regional Flood Control Improvements in Fort Bend County, Texas” and “Detention Facility Design Combining Steady State and Dynamic Analysis” at American Society of Civil Engineers national conferences.

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Barry J. Gondron, PE, LEED
Senior Project Manager, Rail Services, Denver
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Barry J. Gondron, PE, LEED
Senior Project Manager, Rail Services, Denver

Bachelor of Science, General Studies, University of Southwestern Louisiana

Barry imparts over four decades of engineering design and construction management for heavy rail, light rail, commuter rail, and monorail projects. Throughout his longstanding career, he has worked with private and public agencies to enhance railway operations at all levels, including 17 years with the Southern Pacific Transportation Company as a senior regional track designer. He is a licensed professional engineer in Arizona and Colorado, and is a member of the national Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. Professionally, Barry is active in the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association, American Railway Development Association, American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, and the U.S. Green Building Council, Colorado Chapter. Personally, he volunteers time and architectural/civil design services for The Gabriel Foundation, a 501c3 organization focused on parrot education and welfare.

Billy J. Goodrich, Jr., PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Houston
Billy J. Goodrich, Jr., PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

As a senior project manager in the Transportation division, Billy draws from over three decades of engineering experience, both in the public and private sectors. Throughout his career, Billy has worked on multiple TxDOT projects utilizing over 20 years of programming and scheduling experience, as well as working directly for TxDOT supervising the plan review, environmental, and pavement management sections. Billy takes pride in his experience reviewing plans and staying current with the newest design techniques and methodologies. Years of experience have made him an expert communicator, keeping entire project and client teams informed and up-to-speed. Billy uses his well-honed communications skills serving on the Yoakum Housing Authority Board of Directors, as well as the Yoakum ISD school board for over a decade. Billy was also past president of his local Little League Softball Association and the Lion’s Club.

Jerrold L. Graham, Jr., PE
Senior Vice President, Land Development, Houston
Jerrold L. Graham, Jr., PE
Senior Vice President, Land Development, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Houston

As a senior vice president in our Land Development sector, Jerry brings nearly three decades of civil engineering experience, serving both public and private sectors, to each project. His focus has been on master planned communities, golf course grading and drainage, wastewater treatment and water plant design, civil site work, and public works paving and utility projects. Additionally, he has provided engineering design and construction phase management for complex roadway, drainage, water, and wastewater projects.

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John S. Grounds, III, PE, PhD, D.WRE, CFM
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Flood Control and Drainage, Houston
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John S. Grounds, III, PE, PhD, D.WRE, CFM
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Flood Control and Drainage, Houston

PhD, Civil Engineering, University of Houston

John has mastered the planning, analysis, and design of flood control projects, water resource systems, water supply, conveyance systems, site grading and drainage, and hydraulic structures over the span of 30 years. He has served the public in pivotal ways as the past president for both the Texas Floodplain Management Association and the American Water Resources Association, and was a key member managing the Tropical Storm Allison Recovery Project for the Harris County Flood Control District. He is active in the development of policy and criteria for drainage and flood control at the local, state, and national levels. John has authored more than 30 publications and given presentations relating to extreme rainfall events, floodplain management, and GIS. John teaches basic and advanced floodplain management workshops alongside FEMA and TWDB personnel. He is regarded as an expert in his field and has been an adjunct faculty member at Rice University, lecturer at the University of Houston, and a longtime member of SMU’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Board. He is the Track Director for Area VI Special Olympics and was the catalyst for starting Science Nights at elementary and middle schools.

Victor M. Gutierrez Jr., PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, Corpus Christi
Victor M. Gutierrez Jr., PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, Corpus Christi

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University
Bachelor of Arts, University of Texas at Austin

Victor has over 34 years of experience in planning, civil engineering, and construction management of complex public works, infrastructure, aviation, and land development projects from preliminary planning to final design, bidding, and construction. He has provided comprehensive design services on a variety of project types including street rehabilitation; water distribution, storage and treatment facilities; wastewater collection, pumping and treatment projects; and airport airside/landside paving, grading, drainage, lighting, signage, and NAVAID projects. He is responsible for site assessments, production of construction contract documents, and construction and warranty phase inspections. Victor firmly believes that personal and continuing education are lifelong pursuits, helping to develop skills which further your expertise. Victor has overseen single family residential, and commercial and industrial land development projects. He remains an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and is a certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives.

Gregg B. Haan, PE
Division Manager, Land Development: Water/Wastewater, Houston
Gregg B. Haan, PE
Division Manager, Land Development: Water/Wastewater, Houston

Master of Science, Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at El Paso
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Texas at El Paso

Gregg has over 20 years of experience in civil engineering for water and wastewater projects, including management of design teams, project design, coordination with governmental agencies, and water and wastewater infrastructure construction management. Gregg manages a team focused primarily on providing water and wastewater design services to support LJA’s Houston Land Development division. Gregg manages water distribution system modeling, and has used dynamic modeling results to assist in obtaining variances, to provide planning for residential and commercial expansion relative to the capacity of the existing infrastructure, and as a planning aid in future facility expansions. Projects under his purview include water and wastewater plants, stormwater pump station projects, and sanitary sewage lift stations in Harris, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Waller, and Galveston counties.

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David Harris, PMP
Director of Business Development, Rail Services, Houston
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David Harris, PMP
Director of Business Development, Rail Services, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Management, University of Phoenix

David has over 25 years of diverse management experience with hands-on knowledge of a wide range of project disciplines. His 18-year tenure with Southern Pacific Railroad had a significant impact in developing his expertise in strategic planning, business development, project and program management, engineering design, construction, and maintenance. Since joining LJA, David has been involved in operations management and business development for our freight rail division to build and expand LJA's reputation and geographic presence. David utilizes his diverse railroad and management expertise to build customer satisfaction and confidence by ensuring value through quality, schedule, and cost performance. He is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Project Management Institute, and the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance Association.

Robert C. Hickman, PE
Senior Vice President, Energy Services, Beaumont
Robert C. Hickman, PE
Senior Vice President, Energy Services, Beaumont

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Lamar University

Robert Hickman relies on over two decades of experience combining civil and mechanical engineering for energy-related projects. Designing facilities and supervising mechanical and structural installations for on shore and in marine environments, he has broad experience in the design of structural, mechanical, and civil works within the industrial sector including bulkheads, piers, bridges, rotating and static equipment, tanks, and process facilities. He has built a well-known reputation in the industry and among his peers, and he firmly believes that “when smart people who care work together then great things happen.” He is active in the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Structural Engineering Institute, and the American Concrete Institute, and also serves on the state board of Texas Coastal Conservation Association where he sits on the Habitat Today for Fish Tomorrow committee.

Gloria Howell
Project Director, Land Development: Planning and Landscape Architecture, The Woodlands
Gloria Howell
Project Director, Land Development: Planning and Landscape Architecture, The Woodlands

Bachelor of Science, Architectural Studies, University of Texas

Gloria has more than 26 years of sustainable design and land development planning experience with large scale mixed-use projects and  master planned communities. Her extensive experience includes serving as a senior staff planner for The Woodlands Corporation for nearly 20 years. She has performed comprehensive due diligence as well as provided documentation to assist funding acquisition and marketing of projects. She has also stewarded major projects from design to final plan and documentation, while handling agency coordination, and processing of permits and plats. Gloria’s work covers a broad array of project types including livable community design, neighborhood design, land use planning and approvals, and greenways, trails, and open space.

T. Walter Hoysa, PE
Project Manager, Land Development: Hydrology & Hydraulics, Cedar Park
T. Walter Hoysa, PE
Project Manager, Land Development: Hydrology & Hydraulics, Cedar Park

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Walter has amassed over a decade of land development and municipal engineering experience primarily in the Austin area, with six years of right-of-way, boundary, topographic, sub-surface utility location, and control surveying experience throughout Texas. He has managed complex, master planned communities, and site development projects from conceptual layout to construction plan stages, coordinating at all phases along the way with surveyors, geotechnical and structural engineers, and environmental specialists. He utilizes extensive experience with hydrology and hydraulics to design stormwater management facilities for flood control utilizing HEC-1, HEC-HMS, POND PACK, and HEC-RAS modeling software. Walter is well versed in construction management services including project bidding and bid documents, site inspections, plan corrections and revisions, and project closeout for final acceptance. He is an active member of Austin Contractors and Engineers Association, having served as president and as chairman of the Regulatory Committee, and is a current member of the Real Estate Council of Austin.

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Chad A. Johnson, PE, CFM
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure: Flood Control and Drainage, Houston
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Chad A. Johnson, PE, CFM
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure: Flood Control and Drainage, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Chad’s career has focused on hydrology and hydraulics, most particularly in the design of subdivision and drainage facilities. His responsibilities have included watershed studies for Harris County Flood Control District, as well as drainage and flood protection studies. As senior project manager, Chad routinely coordinates with federal agencies to secure project funding for his clients, as well as authors grant applications to the Texas Water Development Board.

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Steven L. Johnson, PE
Senior Consultant, Public Infrastructure: Flood Control and Drainage, Houston
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Steven L. Johnson, PE
Senior Consultant, Public Infrastructure: Flood Control and Drainage, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Steven brings 45 years of experience as a surface water hydrologist with particular emphasis in urban hydrology to each project. As an expert, he has managed and actively participated in numerous special investigations pertaining to floodplain analysis and surface water hydrology, urban runoff, tidal hydraulics of estuaries, seepage investigations, sedimentation studies, point and non-point water quality studies, wetlands investigation, and the design of channels and reservoirs.

Kristin Kautz, CPSM
Director, Corporate: Marketing, Houston
Kristin Kautz, CPSM
Director, Corporate: Marketing, Houston

Bachelor of Arts, Trinity University, San Antonio

With 20 years of experience, Kristin specializes in marketing and business development communications, both strategic and tactical, for business-to-business organizations. This includes sales and process development, client stewardship, brand materials management, planning and maximizing budgets, public relations, and research. She is able to generate unique goals and plan/implement/evaluate the creative concepts - from origin to completion to distribution - that achieve them. She brings fresh insight and leadership to the Corporate Marketing division as LJA continues to acquire and hire new teams and add services each quarter, creating a more cohesive and unified firm. Kristin is a recipient of the 40 Under 40 to Watch award from Building Design and Construction as well as the 2016 Marketing Excellence award from the Society of Marketing Professionals. She is also a Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM).

Michael D. Keck, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Spring
Michael D. Keck, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Spring

Master of Business Administration, University of Houston
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Michael has over 18 years of experience in roadway and drainage design with an emphasis on complex freeway projects. He provides expertise in the production of construction documents, schematics, preliminary design, drainage studies, and program management services for TxDOT, Toll Road Authorities, and counties and cities throughout Texas. Michael’s goal for every engagement is to put himself in the client’s shoes and provide maximum value for their project.

Jason M. Kelly, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Houston
Jason M. Kelly, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, McNeese State University

Jason has nearly 20 years’ experience in civil engineering for land development and municipal clients, primarily managing water, wastewater, drainage, and paving infrastructure projects for master planned communities in the Houston region. He serves as a liaison interfacing with clients, and coordinating work with municipal utility districts, levee improvement districts, and governmental agencies. Jason takes great pride in nurturing relationships with clients and in developing great communities where people truly desire to live. “As land development engineers, we work with developers to build communities. Each time I drive by I can see exactly what my team helped create.” He remains active in the local community, currently serving as the District Engineer for FBC LID Nos. 14 and 17, FBC MUD Nos. 134A, 134B, 134C, and 24, and as president for Fort Bend County MUD No. 117. Jason is a graduate of Leadership Fort Bend, a professional development program where he was able to hone his leadership skills and develop a strong, community-based network.

Rick Kronenberger, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure, Houston
Rick Kronenberger, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Rick has over a decade of experience in construction management and engineering, with a focus on inspection of toll roads, highways, streets, and bridges. His career began with TxDOT, where he provided oversight of state highway construction projects. Rick received Local Government Project Procedures (LGPP) certification from TxDOT and has served as project representative for various local governments in the Houston region and statewide to ensure construction was performed per all local, state, and federal requirements. He counts each project completion as a major achievements, and enjoys serving as resident engineer on projects throughout Texas. Rick has served on the Ticket Services Committee for the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo since the committee’s inception.

Jeff D. Leavins, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, Beaumont
Jeff D. Leavins, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, Beaumont

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Lamar University

Jeff has over 15 years of experience with ten of those years in sanitary sewer rehabilitation projects and lift stations, new collection system construction, water/wastewater treatment plants, water supply wells, water distribution system studies and design, water system booster pump stations, elevated and ground storage tanks, potable water wells, environmental assessments, feasibility and studies, and analyses. Jeff has managed projects administered through the Texas Community Development Grant Program, Texas Water Development Board, private funding agencies, and projects receiving funding through commercial bond sales. He is fluent in various computer-aided design programs including KYPipe, Auto CAD Civil 3D, Hydraulic Pipe Modeling, the Hydrologic Engineering Center River Analysis System (HEC-RAS) and Hydrologic Modeling System (HEC-HMS) software. He is an active member of American Society of Civil Engineers.

Chris LeBlanc, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Houston
Chris LeBlanc, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Chris manages and provides oversight for major land development projects including feasibility studies, preparation of construction plans, contracts, bond issues, and coordination with various municipalities and clients. In his role as senior project manager, he is also responsible for construction management and coordination with various municipal utility districts. Chris has over 14 years of experience in design and civil engineering for projects throughout the region, ranging from a small private development to 2,000-acre master planned communities. He currently serves as the District Engineer for Fort Bend County MUD Nos. 136, 137, 138, and Fort Bend-Waller Counties MUD No. 3, and is the President of Montgomery County MUD No. 139. Chris has developed strong relationships with the City of Katy, City of Sugar Land, and Fort Bend County. His father is a retired NASA engineer, so you could say that engineering is a family legacy. As his career at LJA has grown, each project brings unique challenges and opportunities for this problem-solver.

Joseph Longaro, PE
Senior Vice President, Land Development, Austin
Joseph Longaro, PE
Senior Vice President, Land Development, Austin

Bachelor of Science, Meteorology, State University of New York

Joe’s 30 years of land development experience in the Austin and surrounding region has imparted extensive knowledge in navigating the City of Austin’s unique permitting processes as well as the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Joe has experience with large scale projects having worked on commercial site development and mixed-use high rises, as well as retail, office, and multi-family projects throughout the Austin metropolitan area. His technical expertise in hydrology and hydraulics complements land development as drainage regulations become more stringent. Joe stays current of new regulations to provide his clients with the most efficient use of their property. He remains an active member of many organizations including National Society of Professional Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, Texas Society of Professional Engineers, Austin Contractors and Engineers Association, and Real Estate Council of Austin.

Dacio Marin III, PE
Structural Department Manager, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Austin
Dacio Marin III, PE
Structural Department Manager, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Austin

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Structural Emphasis, Texas A&M University

Dacio has over 30 years of structural engineering experience specializing in bridge design and analysis, and management. His expertise revolves around developing designs and plan sheets for bridges of all types and complexities, contributing on value engineering teams, and QA/QC review. Dacio oversees three bridge design teams, and negotiates consultant contracts, work authorizations, and fees for the firm. Dacio embraces his favorite Henry Ford quote: Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right. "It puts responsibility for the attempt to succeed on the individual. If you have the mindset, you can do anything." He lives that philosophy every day as he leads highly skilled teams solving the unique structural challenges of Texas’ bridges.

Alan McKee, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Houston
Alan McKee, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Rice University

Alan deftly manages single family, multi-family, and retail land development projects throughout the Houston region. In addition to engineering design, master planning, and hydrologic and hydraulic analyses, he oversees project and construction management, quality control, and financial performance for each project under his purview. His 30 years of experience and specific expertise have lent themselves to active involvement with organizations in developing public policy that impacts the local community. He led critical negotiations between the City of Houston and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to reduce the regulatory burden on local utility districts, and helped spearhead the drafting of rules regarding submerged storm sewers. He was a member of the Tropical Storm Allison Recovery Project, and served as chair of the Houston Council of Engineering Companies Design Standards/Plan Review Committee. Additionally, Alan is a member of the Association of Water Board Directors and is on the board of directors for Harris County MUD No. 354.

Gary W. Mensik, PE
Senior Vice President, Land Development, Houston
Gary W. Mensik, PE
Senior Vice President, Land Development, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Houston

Gary relies on his nearly 35 years’ experience to provide leadership and supervision to his team of engineers and design personnel for water distribution, sanitary sewer collection, storm drainage, detention ponds, drainage channels, and trunk utility facilities projects. He has been integrally involved in the design and construction administration of numerous land development and roadway projects throughout the region. He has also worked extensively with municipal utility districts in preparing feasibility studies, annexations, creation reports, bond applications, and surplus funds applications. Gary spearheads QA/QC of all LJA Land Development projects.

Eric R. Methvin, PE
Senior Structural Engineer, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Katy
Eric R. Methvin, PE
Senior Structural Engineer, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Katy

Master of Science, Engineering, Structures, University of Texas
Bachelor of Science, Architectural Engineering, University of Texas

Eric has over 12 years of experience in the structural design of bridges and civil structures. Bridge design experience encompasses off-system bridges, widenings, design-build projects, light-rail and heavy-rail design, and multi-level interchanges. Civil structures include retaining walls, junction boxes, lift stations, wastewater treatment plants, and stormwater pump stations. Eric is active in industry organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers and Structural Engineering Institute, where he has held roles as secretary, treasurer, and chairman. He has been published on a variety of topics, including “Recommendations for Stud Design in Composite Steel Bridge Beams” and “Design of Composite Steel Beams for Bridges.”

Danny Miller, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Austin
Danny Miller, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Austin

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Danny is a vice president with over 25 years’ experience in single family residential, multi-family, retail, and commercial projects, as well as master-planned communities, mixed-use projects, downtown infill developments, and affordable housing developments in the region. He manages the life-cycle of a project from initial due diligence and permitting through construction, including analyzing and preparing due diligence reports, conceptual planning, and preparing construction documents. Danny has been instrumental in significantly building LJA’s presence in Austin and takes the most satisfaction in working on projects that truly make a difference. “I am most proud of projects that fill a need in the community, whether it’s affordable housing, improving streets and sidewalks to make them safer, or providing shops and stores so local residents don’t have to commute 30 miles to shop.” This dedication is also evidenced in Danny’s commitment to client satisfaction above all else.

Mike Mize, PE
Senior Project Manager, Rail Services, Spring
Mike Mize, PE
Senior Project Manager, Rail Services, Spring

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Mike is an experienced project manager with over two decades planning, designing, and constructing transportation and infrastructure projects in our Rail Services sector. Mike has managed Class I railroad projects in Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota, including projects for shortline railroads, port authorities, and industrial clients. As senior project manager, he oversees rail engineers and designers throughout Texas and the western United States. He is an active member of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association.

Keith W. Monroe, RPLS
Senior Project Manager, Surveying, Houston
Keith W. Monroe, RPLS
Senior Project Manager, Surveying, Houston

Associate of Science, Applied Science, Cameron University

Keith’s career covers nearly 40 years in land surveying with responsibilities for horizontal and vertical control, alignment, and topographic and boundary surveys. He manages and supervises the surveying and mapping division at LJA, ensuring that quality and cost-effective services are provided to our clients. He is well-versed at researching records at city, county, and state levels, performing all necessary calculations including field note reduction, traverse adjustment and boundary determination, and directing draftsmen in the preparation of maps and plats.

Christopher Mundie, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Houston
Christopher Mundie, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Maine

As a senior project manager in our Transportation division, Chris brings over a decade of experience in the engineering and management of transportation projects for TxDOT and other local agencies and municipalities throughout Texas. His project experience includes determining feasibility, conceptual/schematic level design, and detailed plan production for urban and rural freeway reconstructions, multi-level interchanges, urban streets and boulevards, roadway widening and expansion, rural roadways, and minor and major intersection improvements. Chris has spent his entire career working for various TxDOT Districts across the state while also working with toll road authorities and local Houston municipalities and agencies. While working with these clients, Chris provides value-added recommendations for existing and proposed infrastructure improvements, saving clients both money and time on major projects.

Mehdi Nezami, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development: International Site, Houston
Mehdi Nezami, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development: International Site, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Houston
Hydro-Technical Engineering, University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Azerbaijan

Mehdi has over 15 years of experience in design, management, and construction of multiple project types including site and land development, major roadways and urban streets, and drainage. He has worked with the Department of State on embassy and consular projects and with the Department of Defense at the local, national, and international levels. He has served as project manager, civil engineer, and interdisciplinary coordinator for multi-billion dollar international projects. In keeping with his interest and extensive experience with sustainable design, he performed stormwater design and LEED stormwater application for the world’s largest LEED Platinum certified project, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. The project achieved 52 of 53 possible points, becoming the first LEED-certified project in Saudi and the largest LEED Platinum project in the world. He is active in many professional organizations including American Society of Civil Engineers, is a licensed professional engineer in Texas and Ohio, and maintains current NCEES Record Certificate for licensing in other US jurisdictions.

Gary Nutter, RPLS
Senior Project Manager, Surveying, Houston
Gary Nutter, RPLS
Senior Project Manager, Surveying, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Surveying and Geodetic Science, Ohio State University

Nearly 20 years’ experience in boundary, topographic, and construction surveying renders Gary an invaluable member of any project team. He is well versed in the use of Global Positioning Systems and master control layout, and is equally adept at quality control review. He utilizes his many years of surveying expertise to guide and mentor junior staff. Gary is a member of the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors and served as the Chapter 9 Director for the organization from 2009-2011.

Gregory J. Patch, PE
Vice President, Land Development: Site Development, Houston
Gregory J. Patch, PE
Vice President, Land Development: Site Development, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Greg has more than 25 years of design-build, development, and construction experience in the civil engineering field. He has provided a complete spectrum of design capabilities for complex site development projects including commercial, industrial, manufacturing, institutional, multi-family, and retail developments in the United States and internationally. He has gathered additional expertise while serving as construction project manager for nationally recognized developers overseeing land development, acquisition, and construction issues for commercial, industrial, and manufacturing facilities.

Charles A. Patout, III, PLA
Manager, Land Development: Planning and Landscape Architecture, Houston
Charles A. Patout, III, PLA
Manager, Land Development: Planning and Landscape Architecture, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Landscape Architecture, Louisiana State University

As manager of Landscape Architecture, Charlie draws from over 11 years of professional experience specializing in urban and land planning, urban design, and landscape architecture. He leads his group on a wide range of project types through all stages of the design process. His extensive experience revolves around creating parks and trails, hardscapes, sustainable plantings, and irrigation design on master planned communities, town center developments, commercial, mixed-use, and residential developments, both stateside and abroad. Charlie is an active member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

John K. Penewitt, CPA
Chief Financial Officer, Corporate: Accounting, Houston
John K. Penewitt, CPA
Chief Financial Officer, Corporate: Accounting, Houston

Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting, Texas A&M University

As Chief Financial Officer for LJA, John relies on experience amassed over 30 years in accounting leadership positions, including a diversified background in corporate administration, human resources, and information technology. Past responsibilities include implementing processes and procedures for preparation of financial statements in accordance with GAAP and IFRS, tax planning, banking, risk management, contract negotiations, and financing activities. He has managed coordination of audits, established infrastructure in preparation for public offerings/acquisitions, and actively led multiple acquisitions and mergers. John’s experience includes benefit plan negotiations and implementation, company compliance of ERISA and Department of Labor requirements, union negotiations, and developing and implementing an Information Technology Plan. Professionally, John is active in the Texas Society of CPA’s, ACEC, and the American Institute of CPA’s. On a personal level, John supports the American Red Cross, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Katy ISD Livestock Show and Rodeo, and is an active member in his church.

John Phillips, ASLA
Director, Land Development: Planning, Houston
John Phillips, ASLA
Director, Land Development: Planning, Houston

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Mississippi State University

John is an urban planner and registered landscape architect with over four decades providing award-winning and creative solutions on his projects. He has extensive experience in both public and private sectors with urban design, sustainable design, master planning, mixed-use districts, streetscapes, urban renewal and revitalization, leisure and recreational design, and landscape architecture. John is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and United States Green Building Council, and he is certified by CLARB. He has received many industry accolades for innovative design, with projects recognized by ULI and ASLA. Additionally, his design work for the much-lauded new urbanist community of Harbor Town in Memphis was cited as Residential Development of the Year by Southern Living.

Steve Phy
Project Director, Land Development: Planning, The Woodlands
Steve Phy
Project Director, Land Development: Planning, The Woodlands

Bachelor of Science, Landscape Architecture, Texas A&M University

Steve is an urban planner and landscape architect with more than 32 years of experience providing innovative design solutions for a diverse range of projects, nationally and internationally. A majority of his work has focused on large-scale community planning with an emphasis on elements involving connectivity to open space and recreational opportunities. Steve thrives on conceptualizing design approaches to convey his unique vision for each project, and his passion for the optimum solution transcends his work. A keen understanding of context-sensitive design is evident in solutions that yield the desired development program balancing design components with the natural elements of each site.

Donnie A. Reed, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Houston
Donnie A. Reed, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Donnie has provided management for land development projects ranging from small commercial developments to master-planned communities in the greater Houston area for over 20 years. Feasibility studies, engineering estimates, construction plan production, preparation of contract documents, and construction administration for the design and construction of water distribution, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, and paving facilities are under his purview. Donnie serves as district engineer for several development entities with responsibilities supervising design efforts and construction administration, and coordinating work with developers and governmental agencies.

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J. Don Rehmet, PE, RPLS
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, Corpus Christi, Alice
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J. Don Rehmet, PE, RPLS
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, Corpus Christi, Alice

Master of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Donnie is a licensed engineer and a surveyor with nearly five decades of experience. His assignments have run the gamut and include planning, surveying, mapping, design, and construction phase services for governmental entities and private clients. He is integrally involved in the planning and design of his projects through the construction phase, and serves as the main liaison with each client. He counts Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Department of Rural Affairs, Department of the Navy, US Army Corps of Engineers, Texas Water Development Board, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and water authorities, municipalities, and counties throughout the state among his prestigious list of clients. Don remains an active member in American Society of Civil Engineers, American Council of Engineering Companies, and Texas Society of Professional Surveyors.

David Rivera, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Katy
David Rivera, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Katy

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University

David is a senior project manager with over 15 years’ experience in design and civil engineering for land and site development projects. He handles project scheduling and budget tracking, and attends city planning meetings and MUD meetings as district engineer. David oversees the continued development of LJA’s single and multi-family, commercial, and retail markets. Responsibilities include due diligence analysis, feasibility investigations, preparation of construction plans, engineering specifications, bidding, and contract documents. Additionally, David manages on-site construction inspectors, prepares quantity and cost estimates, engineering reports, platting, and design calculations and analysis. He also interacts with clients, coordinates with government agencies, and manages various activities for projects within the six county greater Houston area. David currently serves as District Engineer for Harris County MUD No. 120 and East Montgomery County MUD Nos. 5, 6, and 7, and is a director for Baybrook MUD No. 1.

Kenneth E. Rogers, PE, CFM
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, San Antonio
Kenneth E. Rogers, PE, CFM
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, San Antonio

Master of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Texas at San Antonio
Bachelor of Science, Construction Engineering Technology, Texas Tech University

As a senior project manager in our Public Infrastructure sector, Ken’s 24 years of experience focus on public works, complex drainage, and transportation projects. He possesses exceptional in-depth knowledge of projects requiring urban drainage and detention, streets, utilities, pedestrian facilities, hike and bike trails, gravity sewer, open channels, and geomorphology. A seasoned engineer, he leads each project team with strong project management skills and an innate ability to build trust and rapport with each client.

James D. Ross, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Houston
James D. Ross, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

James has 20 years of experience in civil engineering design and management. Utilizing his engineering and business acumen, he has been successful leading project teams for land development projects throughout the region. His experience includes feasibility studies, creation of construction plans and documents for underground utilities as well as paving for subdivisions, construction phase services, and roadway reconstruction and widening. He has served as a District Engineer for various MUDs and TIRZs providing key guidance to these organizations.

Edmund Rucker, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Katy
Edmund Rucker, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Katy

Master of Business Administration, University of Houston
Bachelor of Science, Structural Analysis and Design, University of Houston

Eddie has over 19 years of progressive experience in civil engineering ranging from field project representative to senior project manager. He routinely works with developers, municipal utility districts (MUDs), and local government agencies, providing concept through construction phase services for new, as well as rehabilitation of aging infrastructure. He has extensive experience with large, mixed-use master planned communities containing single and multi-family development. Eddie has served as district engineer for numerous MUDs, and is well-versed in providing engineering expertise to these entities. A favorite quote by Colin Powell, “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure,” helps Eddie put things into perspective every day, both personally and professionally.

Michael S. Rusk, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Katy
Michael S. Rusk, PE
Vice President, Land Development, Katy

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Michael utilizes over 20 years of experience in the analysis, design, and construction of water distribution, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, and paving facilities for a range of projects including single family residential and commercial/retail developments, as well as drainage and levee projects. He coordinates his team’s work with municipal utility districts, management districts, levee improvement districts, private utility companies, foundations, and city, county, and state agencies. An active mentor to his team of engineers, designers, and technicians, he helps in the planning, design, construction, and management of major land development and infrastructure projects. Michael currently serves as the District Engineer for eight municipal utility districts, management districts, and improvement districts, as well as two levee improvement districts. A famous Warren Buffet quote sums up his proactive approach to building long-term relationships with clients as well as colleagues, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently."

Jeremy Russell, RPLS
Vice President, Surveying, Beaumont
Jeremy Russell, RPLS
Vice President, Surveying, Beaumont

Associate of Applied Science, Computer Aided Drafting Technology, Lamar University

Jeremy has over 20 years’ experience in the surveying field focusing on civil, structural, industrial engineering, and midstream oil and gas projects. He has performed and supervised a multitude of projects from initial planning stages to final deliverables. As Vice President of LJA’s Surveying sector, chief responsibilities include monitoring performance of office staff and field crews in multiple locations, finalizing budgets, and developing and maintaining client relations. He is proficient in the use of Micro Station and AutoCAD, as well as other surveying softwares including GEOPAK and TRIMBLE Geomatics Office. Jeremy is a member of the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors (TSPS) and is a past President of Chapter 6 – Deep East Texas.

Daniel W. Ryan, PE, CFM
Vice President, Land Development, Austin
Daniel W. Ryan, PE, CFM
Vice President, Land Development, Austin

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Texas

Dan’s 22 years of experience in civil and environmental engineering has encompassed master planning of utility and stormwater facilities, along with design of drainage, water, and wastewater improvement projects. His expertise includes a comprehensive familiarity with the rules and regulations surrounding utility development and construction in the Austin area. He has been responsible for all aspects of utility work including initial project scope development, design and preparation of construction documents, and construction phase services. Dan has prepared and processed all types of permits through the City of Austin and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, including permits for construction on the Edwards Aquifer Recharge and Contributing Zones. Dan is a member of the Real Estate Council of Austin and Austin Contractors and Engineers Association. He references his favorite Robert Frost quote often,"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." When there’s a decision to be made, even if there seems like an obvious answer, it’s important to evaluate all alternatives.

Vincent Salazar, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Houston
Vincent Salazar, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Houston

Vince has over 15 years of experience in civil engineering design for land development projects. He provides oversight for major projects with responsibilities including the management and supervision of design efforts along with managing infrastructure, site development, and planning. He serves as the District Engineer for Montgomery County MUD Nos. 113, 121, 128, and 128A and assists with activities for MUDs within The Woodlands. “As I interact daily with multiple municipalities and city and county agencies, I remember the best advice I ever received,'the most important part of our work is relationships.' This has served me well throughout my career.”

Kenneth Schrock, PE
Senior Vice President, Public Infrastructure, Austin
Kenneth Schrock, PE
Senior Vice President, Public Infrastructure, Austin

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Houston

Ken has over 22 years of experience in public infrastructure engineering. He leads Public Infrastructure in the Austin, Cedar Park, and San Antonio offices offering design services for transportation, traffic, illumination, water quality, and utility design (dry utilities, telecom, water, wastewater, and pump stations) and coordination. Additionally, he delivers expertise in transportation planning, and drainage analysis and design. Driven by a desire to engineer reliable, safe, and efficient infrastructure systems for his community, Ken has taken the next step by developing a successful and positive work environment so colleagues can follow suit. His focus on bringing together bright, driven, like-minded, and highly skilled individuals from all walks of life has resulted in multiple extremely successful civil engineering projects. Under his expert leadership, his division takes personal ownership and pride in delivering time and again for their clients.

Heather Sides, RPLS, CFedS
Manager, Surveying, Houston
Heather Sides, RPLS, CFedS
Manager, Surveying, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Architectural Engineering, Kansas State University

With years of experience in surveying in both public and private sectors, Heather’s expertise includes survey operations, construction staking, and boundary surveys. She has also worked with FEMA flood zone requirements, and has extensive understanding of the oil and gas industry, including pipeline, well plats, and mineral units. Heather is a committee member on the Texas Society of Professional Surveyor’s Standards Committee and the Registration Practices/TBPLS Committee, and is an active member of the National Society of Professional Surveyors.

Meleida Sierra, PE
Assistant Department Manager, Public Infrastructure: Water/Wastewater, Houston
Meleida Sierra, PE
Assistant Department Manager, Public Infrastructure: Water/Wastewater, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Cartagena, Colombia

Meleida has over 20 years of civil engineering experience, with 17 of those years specializing in water and wastewater projects throughout the nation. Her comprehensive experience includes permitting, planning, design, management of design teams and sub-consultants, coordination with governmental agencies, and construction services for a wide variety of facilities. Projects include wastewater treatment plants, potable groundwater plants, effluent reuse facilities, sanitary and storm pumping stations, water lines, and sanitary force mains. Just as she delighted in tutoring fellow students in math in her small hometown in Colombia, Meleida excels at guiding her project team on complex, public infrastructure projects.

Allen D. Sims, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, Beaumont
Allen D. Sims, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, Beaumont

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Lamar University

Allen has over 26 years of experience in civil engineering with emphasis on design specifications and construction of drainage-ways, water and wastewater systems, and highways. Government grant applications are another field of expertise Allen has amassed throughout his career. As a senior project manager, he utilizes the latest computer-aided technology, including the US Army Corps of Engineers’ HEC-HMS and HEC-RAS programs. Allen has several years of valuable engineering technician experience in the operation of AutoCAD workstations and numerous other computer programs. He is a member of National Society of Professional Engineers, Texas Society of Professional Engineers, and is currently a member of, and has served as chapter president and state director for, the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Reginald Smith, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Katy
Reginald Smith, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Katy

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas Southern University

Reginald has garnered over 20 years of experience on civil engineering and land surveying projects, serving as project manager and project engineer. His focus is primarily commercial site development, including small and mid-sized developments from half-acre brown field sites to 80-acre campus developments having both public and private infrastructure. Reginald provides site feasibility assessments, project schedules, and civil site design for projects including churches, office buildings, industrial warehouse developments, retail centers, and school campuses. He has also studied and designed power plant facility expansions for ash ponds, landfills, and rail spurs. He coordinates with multi-discipline project team members, and sub-consultants as needed, to ensure project success. Reginald has experience working with regional city and county agencies, planning commissions, and state government, to facilitate project approval. As part of his commitment to the engineering field, Reginald serves on the Civil and Environmental Industry Advisory Council for Prairie View A&M University.

Mark Swanson, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Houston
Mark Swanson, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Mark draws from over 17 years of experience to design water distribution, sanitary and storm sewer, detention, and paving facilities for single family residential, industrial, municipal, and commercial projects. As a senior project manager, Mark’s responsibilities include client relations, infrastructure design, and leading highly skilled teams in the design of signage and pavement markings, stormwater pollution prevention and quality management programs, construction cost estimates, and bid preparation. His career is marked by much success, including being named early on as a Young Engineer of the Year by the local chapter of the Society of American Military Engineers. He makes a commitment to excellence for both his clients and his colleagues for each and every project he undertakes.

Kriton Theodoridis, PE
Senior Structural Engineer, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Houston
Kriton Theodoridis, PE
Senior Structural Engineer, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Houston

Master of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Houston
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Houston

As a senior structural engineer in our Transportation division, Kriton utilizes over 18 years’ experience designing bridges including on and off-system bridges, pedestrian and light rail bridges, bridge widenings, viaducts, and multi-level interchanges, nationally and globally. He has designed bridges utilizing reinforced, prestressed, and post-tensioned concrete, as well as straight and curved steel plate girder, and trapezoidal box girder units and has been involved with construction phase services on a twin balanced cantilever bridge. Other structures designed include cantilever/MSE/drilled shaft/sheet pile retaining walls, water and wastewater structures, tunnels and subway stations, boat docks, and post-tensioned tennis courts. His father is an electrical engineer, therefore Kriton’s path into engineering was a natural fit. Structural engineering allows him to see how his many successful projects are used by the public on a daily basis, which gives him a great deal of satisfaction for a job well done.

Todd Thurber, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Houston
Todd Thurber, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Houston

Master of Business Administration, University of Houston
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Texas

Todd Thurber, PE, has nearly three decades of transportation project experience in the Houston region and throughout the state. Areas of expertise include planning, development, and design for expansion and reconstruction of freeway corridors traversing and linking urban centers in Texas. His experience encompasses new corridor development, highway rehabilitation and expansions, complex urban interchanges, feasibility studies, toll feasibility and tolling operations, transit projects including HOV and HOT lanes, and traffic studies for TxDOT, Harris County Toll Road Authority, Fort Bend County Toll Road Authority, Houston METRO, and the Grand Parkway Association. As project manager on the planning and final design of urban freeways/direct connect interchanges, he has completed over $1B worth of projects. He continues to promote improved mobility in our region by volunteering his expertise to ACEC Houston on the Public Affairs Committee and as subcommittee chair for the joint ACEC/TxDOT/HGAC Planning Process Workshop, and the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, where he was a board member and chair of the Infrastructure Division. He has been recognized for his efforts, being selected as 1998’s SAME Young Engineer of the Year and the 2015 ASCE Texas Section Citizen Engineer Award. He is also active in the community with organizations such as the ARC of Fort Bend County.

David R. Tinney, PE, LEED AP
Vice President, Land Development, Houston
David R. Tinney, PE, LEED AP
Vice President, Land Development, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University
Bachelor of Architecture, Texas Tech University

David has over 30 years’ experience serving public and private clients as an engineer and project manager. He has been integrally involved in site design and subdivision development, roadway and bridge design, and maintenance for municipal utility districts. David has extensive experience in the planning, design, and construction of water, wastewater, drainage, and paving systems for residential and commercial site development projects. As a LEED Accredited Professional, he has gained critical technical knowledge and understands the importance of integrating green principles into his engineering designs. David has served as district engineer for multiple municipal utility districts in the Houston region. Throughout his long-standing career, he has served on Harris County MUD Nos. 6 and 173 and Northeast Harris County MUD NO. 1, Pearland Chamber of Commerce, and Waller County Economic Development Partnership. He gains enormous satisfaction knowing that his engineering work creates places and communities that so many people call home.

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Donald B. Tounget, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Dallas
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Donald B. Tounget, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Dallas

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University

Donald has over 22 years of experience designing complex and multi-model transportation projects in Texas, Arizona, California, and Alberta, Canada including multi-level urban interchange facilities, state, urban, and rural interstate highways, tolled facilities, and airports. Donald’s experience includes transportation planning, schematic and final roadway design, development of plans, specifications, and estimates, and utility coordination. He is active in many professional organizations including the Society of American Military Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, and American Council of Engineering Companies.

Wallace E. Trochesset, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, East Houston
Wallace E. Trochesset, PE
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, East Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University
Bachelor of Science, Engineering Technology with Specialty in Civil Construction, Texas A&M University

Wallace has over 20 years of experience in the civil engineering and construction field, with a primary focus on land development projects. His strong acumen and expertise in construction management and inspection of Houston's toll roads are vital to keeping the region’s roadways safe. A professional engineer in our Public Works division, he has provided infrastructure design for client’s water, hydrology and hydraulics, sanitary sewer, and drainage design projects, as well as master drainage plans. Project representation and construction phase services are also under his purview. He has prepared and submitted numerous bond applications to the TCEQ, therefore is very familiar with the approval process.

Pat Veteto, PE, RPLS
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, Corpus Christi
Pat Veteto, PE, RPLS
Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, Corpus Christi

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Pat is a registered professional engineer and a registered professional land surveyor in the state of Texas. He leads the Corpus Christi Group Public Infrastructure sector with a strong background in public works including drainage, paving, water distribution, and sanitary sewer collection systems. Specialized experience includes waterfront structural condition assessments, dam safety investigations, and underwater bridge and marine inspections. He is involved in the design and management of homeland security improvements including barriers and entrance gates, video surveillance systems, radar surveillance systems, and access control systems. Pat is active in numerous professional organizations including the Corpus Christi chapters of the Consulting Engineers Council, American Society of Civil Engineers, and Texas Society of Professional Engineers. He is also active in the Texas Society of Professional Land Surveyors Education Committee.

Paul Viktorin, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Austin
Paul Viktorin, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Austin

Master of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Paul Viktorin has more than 30 years of civil engineering experience encompassing project design and management, quality control, and coordination with federal, state, and local agencies for commercial and residential sites. His extensive experience includes design of streets, drainage facilities, wastewater collection, water distribution, floodplain analysis, water quality controls, stormwater detention, erosion control, and TPDES stormwater pollution prevention plans. Duties have ranged from project design to project management, including budget and schedule control; quality control of design plans; and coordination with federal, state, and local agencies. Paul's major strength is in the arena of commercial development where he excels at subdivision platting, site plan permitting, dry utility coordination, and environmental clearances. He has overseen complex major municipal projects such as the Robert Mueller Municipal Airport Redevelopment for the City of Austin, Del Valle Annexation Program Improvements, and the City of Taylor Infrastructure Master Planning.

Curtis H. Villarreal, PE
Manager, Land Development: Construction Management, Houston
Curtis H. Villarreal, PE
Manager, Land Development: Construction Management, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Curtis has garnered over 20 years of experience in construction contracts and management oversight, field observation, and quality control and assurance. In his current position as construction department manager in the Land Development sector, he serves as client liaison overseeing the supervision of project representatives. Curtis’ skillset is particularly strong in managing the details of highly complex projects and coordinating with municipal utility districts, governmental agencies, jurisdictional entities, and private clients. Additional responsibilities include reviewing plans and specifications for contractibility and compliance with governmental regulations, coordinating construction requirements with adjacent projects or existing conditions, verifying existing conditions, preparing and negotiating contract change orders, and reviewing monthly construction estimates.

Marco Villarreal, PE
Senior Project Manager, Energy Services, Houston
Marco Villarreal, PE
Senior Project Manager, Energy Services, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Building on over 13 years of engineering and management experience, Marco specializes in pipeline and facility design, constructability analysis, construction management, pipeline integrity program development, and front end engineering design/feasibility for our Energy Services sector. Marco holds a professional engineer’s license in 42 states and his experience encompasses distribution, transmission and storage, and FERC 7c experience of natural gas, crude, and refined products. Marco is responsible for providing engineering design and program management services to clients, and he has served as owner’s representative through design and construction, performed contract management, multi-project engineering, and construction program development.

Micheal Wang, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Houston
Micheal Wang, PE
Senior Project Manager, Land Development, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Texas

Micheal has amassed over 17 years’ experience as a project engineer working directly with developers and municipal districts designing and managing water, sewer, and drainage projects for commercial and residential endeavors. He is equally adept managing in-house drafting staff in preparing construction plans for infrastructure projects and in working with consultants throughout the life of a project. Micheal has served as a past board member and a district engineer for several municipal utility districts in the region, and he is currently a board member of Fort Bend County MUD #184.

Jim Wendt, AIA
Director of Planning, Land Development: Planning, The Woodlands
Jim Wendt, AIA
Director of Planning, Land Development: Planning, The Woodlands

Master of Architecture, Rice University
Bachelor of Arts, Architecture, Rice University

Jim has 40+ years of land development/community planning experience, with 28 years serving on the in-house planning staff for The Woodlands Corporation as Director of Residential Planning. Jim was an original member of The Woodlands "New Town" planning team with a hand in designing much of the fabric of the residential villages, including the Recreation Standards for the Parks and Trail System. The impact is a system of 130 parks in the community that were programmed or designed, including a park bearing his name, Wendtwoods Park. Areas of expertise include design and production of large-scale, multi-use projects beginning with project initiation and concept plans, through permit processing, platting, and implementation. He is also integrally involved in the preparation, coordination, and production of materials utilized for sales, marketing, and funding acquisition. Jim is an active member of the AIA, ULI, and has served on several Design Review Committee's and Community Association boards within The Woodlands.

Scott Williams, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure, Cedar Park
Scott Williams, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure, Cedar Park

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

Scott has over 15 years’ transportation engineering experience including PS&E development, roadway design, drainage design, GEOPAK cross sections, traffic control, roadway quantities, and bridge inspections for all types of roadways. He has performed safety inspections of bridges in accordance with TxDOT’s Bridge Inventory, Inspection, and Appraisal Program (BRINSAP). As a senior project manager, he serves as a technical specialist in managing projects while leading and mentoring staff engineers. “I like seeing the team’s ideas come to life when a project is completed.” Scott is invested in his community professionally as a member of the board of directors for Pflugerville Tax Reinvestment Zone No.1 where he has helped develop infrastructure at an accelerated pace in order to spur development. Personally, he is active as a Cub Scout den leader, a youth soccer coach, and a coach for Pflugerville Little League.

Wallace “Butch” R. Wilson, PE, CFM
Director, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, Galveston
Wallace “Butch” R. Wilson, PE, CFM
Director, Public Infrastructure: Public Works, Galveston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Lamar University
Associate of Applied Science, Drafting Technology, Lamar University

Butch is a Director of Public Works with nearly 30 years of wide-ranging experience. The design and construction of transportation, drainage, municipal, and private projects throughout Texas and beyond are hallmarks of his career. Butch draws from a background heading TxDOT’s design department, where he provided oversight for over $100 million in infrastructure projects for the state. Butch is very client-focused and equally well-versed in working with our region’s cities, counties, and governmental entities, as well as port authorities along our coastal waterways. “Our design team works on a personal level with each client, and in fact, we act as an extension of the client to make sure that the expected project outcome is attained,” says Butch. Licensed to practice engineering in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida, he is an active member in the National Society of Professional Engineers and Texas Society of Professional Engineers, Sabine Chapter, where he has held numerous positions, including president.

Bill Worsham, PE
Director of Coastal Engineering, Environmental & Coastal, Austin
Bill Worsham, PE
Director of Coastal Engineering, Environmental & Coastal, Austin

Bachelor of Science, Ocean Engineering, Texas A&M University

Bill directs LJA’s Coastal Engineering efforts applying over 25 years of experience to analyze coastal forces, effects of storm surges, and waves and currents. Under his purview, his team designs flood conveyance systems, shore protection measures, and construction oversight on stone revetments and breakwaters, bulkheads, levees, dredging and dredged material placement, marsh and dune restoration, and scour protection for coastal structures, including state highways. Fiercely protective of our state’s resources, Bill believes that our precious natural resources must be safeguarded for the benefit of all Texans. In the wakes of hurricanes Ike, Rita, and Katrina, Bill evaluated the extent of storm damage accumulating valuable “lessons learned” to aid in the protection of natural resources and infrastructure. A published author, he co-wrote Texas’ Coastwide Erosion Response Plan (CEPRA) and served as the first director of the statewide program for the Texas General Land Office. On a personal level, Bill is very active in his community and was a 2014 candidate for Austin City Council. For over 20 years, he has volunteered as a basketball referee through the Austin Basketball Officials Association. He is active in the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Marine Technology Society, American Shore and Beach Preservation Association, and Ocean Engineering Honor Society.

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Richard L. Worthey, RPLS
Senior Project Manager, Surveying, Beaumont
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Richard L. Worthey, RPLS
Senior Project Manager, Surveying, Beaumont

Richard Worthey has over 35 years’ experience in design, drafting, and surveying for commercial, governmental, and industrial projects throughout Texas. He provides surveying services and team oversight on a wide variety of project types including commercial real estate, transportation, oil and gas exploration, petro-chemical plants, and geographic information systems. Responsibilities have included detailed civil/structural drafting and design, surveying, supervision, project management, and construction inspection. Richard is an active member in multiple professional organizations including Texas Society of Professional Land Surveyors, National Society of Professional Surveyors, and the Association of Petroleum Surveying & Geomatics. He firmly believes that involvement in professional organizations is vital to building relationships, as well as presenting life-long career opportunities.

Brian Young, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Austin
Brian Young, PE
Senior Project Manager, Public Infrastructure: Transportation, Austin

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Texas

Brian has over 16 years of experience in civil engineering design and is currently a senior project manager responsible for project management, roadway and geometric design, schematic creation, drainage design, preparation of civil PS&E plans, utility design and coordination, ROW acquisition, traffic control, and construction phase services. He also establishes quality assurance and control procedures for all engineering and PS&E services. Brian has worked with multiple TxDOT districts, Texas counties, toll authorities, private companies, and local municipalities. He firmly believes that the best thing about managing a team is getting to know and work with some of the best engineers and designers in their fields to complete a constructible, cost efficient, and safe set of design plans.

David H. Zuhlke, PE, CFM
Division Manager, Public Infrastructure: Flood Control and Drainage, Houston
David H. Zuhlke, PE, CFM
Division Manager, Public Infrastructure: Flood Control and Drainage, Houston

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Texas

David has 25 years of civil engineering experience in the public and private sectors managing projects from regional watershed studies, detention facilities, and water quality basins to commercial site drainage, storm sewer systems, and channel improvements. His transportation drainage experience includes the design of roadway facilities from schematic phase through final PS&E phase for culverts, storm sewer systems, inlets, and channels. Integrating detention basins and channel improvements into recreational park facilities to provide dual land use opportunities, and hydrologic and hydraulic modeling of surface water systems are additional specialty areas for David. David is active in his local Future Farmers of America chapter, an organization that imparted vital leadership skills to his son.

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