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Region 7 Board of Governors


 Burress_Web   Jay Burress, P.E., M. ASCE
Director/Chair (Kansas City)
Shafer, Kline & Warren, Inc.
1250 Corporate Avenue
Lenexa, KS 66219
Tel: (913) 307-2547

F. Jay Burress, P.E., M. ASCE, associate principal at Shafer, Kline & Warren, Inc. (SKW), was recently elected director of Region 7 of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). As region director, Burress will serve on the society’s board of directors, representing the member sections from Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. He was installed at the business meeting during ASCE’s Annual Civil Engineering Conference, Oct. 9-12, 2013, in Charlotte, N.C.

Burress has been designing transportation projects for the past 24 years. He has been at SKW since 1999, and now leads their transportation department.  He has designed a variety of projects throughout the years including interstate reconstruction projects and major arterial road reconstructions.  Burress is licensed to practice engineering in four states.

An active ASCE member, Burress has been involved in the society in a variety of ways while in school and throughout his career. In college, he served as student chapter president at the University of Texas. He then went on to hold numerous positions with the Kansas City section’s committees and board. Burress has also served as Kansas City section president. On a society level, Burress has sat on the Committee on Employment of Civil Engineers, the Finance Committee, and the ASCE Section Website of the Year selection committee. He co-authored ASCE Manual 103: Guide to Hiring & Retaining Great Civil Engineers. For the 2011-2012 term, Burress was the ASCE Region 7 vice-chair. In 2009, he was the chairman of volunteers at the 139th ASCE Annual Conference held in Kansas City, Mo.

Burress earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas. He also holds a bachelor’s in zoology from the University of Arkansas, and an MBA in finance from the University of Kansas. He is a resident of Stilwell, Kansas, where he lives with his wife and 3 daughters.


Frits HS resized    Aaron Frits, P.E., ENV SP, M.ASCE
 Governor (Kansas/Kansas City)
 Kansas Department of Transportation
 Bureau of Road Design
 Eisenhower State Office Building
 700 S.W. Harrison Street, 11th Floor
 Topeka, KS 66603
 Tel: (785) 296-4139

Aaron Frits, P.E., ENV SP, M.ASCE, is a 2003 graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a 2008 graduate of the University of Kansas with a Master of Science in Civil Engineering.  He is currently a Project Manager for the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) in the Bureau of Road Design.  Aaron has 10 years of experience in transportation engineering, specifically development and management of highway design projects.  These highway projects range from small drainage structure replacements to large system-to-system interchange reconstruction.

Aaron also teaches the transportation portion of the KDOT P.E. review course, and is a panel member for two NCHRP projects, Design Guidance for Intersection Auxiliary Lanes and Design Guidance for Interchange Loop Ramps.  Aaron is a past President of both the Kansas Section and Kansas Section Younger Member group, and has acted as a co-coordinator for the Future City Great Plains Region competition.  Aaron currently serves on the Key Contact Committee.

Aaron has been married for 9 years to Brianna, a licensed clinical social worker with the Veterans Administration, where she works in the acute psychology department.  They reside in Lawrence, KS, with two children, Nolan, 6 years old and Olivia, 3 years old.


Stafford WEB   Edward W. Stafford, P.E., PTOE, M.ASCE  
Governor (Colorado)
13868 Saint Paul Street
Thornton, CO 80602
Tel: (720)263-0626 


Edward W. Stafford, P.E., PTOE, M.ASCE serves as a Region 7 Governor for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) representing members from Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. Stafford began his term in October 2010 as an appointment filling a vacant position on the Region Board of Governors and was elected to a three year term in 2011. He is currently the treasurer for Region 7.

In his professional career he has spent almost 15 years working in local government in the Denver Colorado area, providing communities with expertise in land development, traffic engineering, regional stormwater management and general civil engineering capital projects.

Stafford has been actively involved in ASCE since college, when he was the webmaster for the student chapter at the Colorado School of Mines. He has also served in a leadership role for the Colorado Section serving as treasurer, secretary, vice president, and president for the Section  and is now a past president of the Section. At the Society level he has also served on the Committee on Student Activities, Committee on the National Concrete Canoe Competition and the Committee on Scholarships. In addition he in 2012 he served as the chair of the Student Transition Implementation Task Committee.

Stafford is a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines and holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a Civil Specialty, is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Colorado, and also holds the specialty certification of Professional Traffic Operations Engineer. He is a resident of Thornton, Colorado. 


 Rovak_Web   Gene L. Rovak, P.E., CFM, F.ASCE
Governor (St. Louis)
Senior Project Manager
Horner & Shifrin, Inc.
5200 Oakland Avenue
St. Louis MO 63110
Tel: (314) 531-4321


Gene graduated with a BSCE from  Washington University in St. Louis and a Professional Development Degree in Civil Engineering from University of Missouri-Rolla.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Missouri, Illinois and Maryland, and an ASFPM Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM). His professional activities include long time involvement with the American Society of Civil Engineers St. Louis Section, where he has served in many capacities including newsletter editor, hydraulic committee chair and development of the Section’s original website. He has held other Section offices culminating in President of the Section in 2006-2007

Other professional activities include Society of American Military Engineers, Missouri and National Society of Professional Engineers, and the St. Louis Chapter ASCE Environmental and Water Resources Institute where he was Chair 2009-2011. He has extensive experience with hydraulic and hydrologic analyses for flood protection systems.  He developed original computer models for analysis of multi-basin two-way unsteady flow to simulate interior drainage systems. He handles watershed analyses, master planning studies, drainage design and construction documents for infrastructure systems, working with hydraulic and hydrologic computer models for steady, unsteady, and network flow simulations.

He is married with two grown children, and resides in Creve Coeur, Missouri.  His community activities include previous service as the city’s stormwater committee chairman, and nine years service as a Planning and Zoning Commissioner.  He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce.  Optics and private aviation are among his other interests.


 Geldert-Murphey_Web   Marsia Geldert-Murphey, P.E., M.ASCE
Governor (At-Large)
Sequoia Engineering & Environmental
401 S. 18th St. Suite 200
St. Louis, MO 63103
Tel: (618) 444-6815

Marsia obtained her Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering from South Dakota State University in 1992 and her Masters of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla (Missouri University of Science and Technology) in 1997. She is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Illinois, Missouri and Indiana and has a National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying record. Her 20 years of professional experience spans the public and private sectors. She directed the Geotechnical and Environmental programs for the IDOT’s Collinsville office prior to joining a Midwestern consulting engineering firm, where she managed all transportation related engineering efforts. In 2006, she joined forces with another female engineer to form Kaskaskia Engineering Group, LLC. In six years, the company grew from three employees and $100,000 in revenue to 45 employees and four offices with over $8M in annual revenue. In 2012, Marsia sold her shares in Kaskaskia Engineering Group in 2012 and in 2013 founded Sequoia Engineering & Environmental, Inc., located in downtown St. Louis.

Marsia has been actively involved in the American Society of Civil Engineers since college. In 1996, the St. Louis Chapter named her Young Engineer of the Year. She moved through the ranks within the St. Louis Section Board of Direction serving as Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President, President and Past President. She served on the National ASCE Committee on Diversity & Women in Civil Engineering and currently serves as the ASCE Region 7 Governor-at-Large and on the National Society’s Public Policy Committee.

She served as chair of the St. Louis Corps of Engineers /American Council of Engineering Companies of Missouri /American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois Liaison Committee. She also served on the American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois/Illinois Department of Transportation Bridge Committee.  Additionally, Marsia is a member of the Illinois Association of County Engineers, Archview Executive Women's Group, Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers, and Women's Transportation Seminar.

Marsia also currently serves as the co-chair of the Women’s Safe House Golf Tournament, a member of the Donor Committee for the Edwardsville Children’s Museum, a member of the South Dakota State University Civil Engineering Advisory Board, member of the advisory board for Mareck Marketing Group, and a member of the de Tocqueville Society of United Way.  

Marsia was chosen as one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s Most Influential Business Women of 2010 for her commitment to the St. Louis Region, and her strong presence in the Engineering Community. Marsia also received the 2010 Smart Women, Smart Money Women on the Rise Award from the Illinois Treasurer’s office, an award that is given annually to women whose success as business owners makes them a role model for other women in their community.

Marsia resides in Glen Carbon, Illinois with her husband of 28 years, Shane who is also a Civil Engineer, their two children, Gillian, 13 years old and Myles, 11 years old and their domestic zoo including a dog, cat, guinea pigs and fish.



Klostermann_Web   Loras A. Klostermann, P.E., M.ASCE 
Governor/Treasurer (Nebraska/Wyoming)
The Schemmer Associates
1044 North 115th Street, Ste. 300
Omaha, NE 68154
Tel: (402) 493-4800

Loras Klostermann, PE, M.ASCE is a 1981 graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.  He currently works for The Schemmer Associates Inc. with clients throughout the Midwest.  He has more than 25 years of Omaha geotechnical engineering experience with transportation, municipal, commercial, industrial, earth dam and flood control, and other improvements projects.  Responsibilities include supervision and performance of geotechnical engineering investigations and supervision of field and laboratory personnel.  Project types include: Landfills, Segmental Retaining Wall Design, Subsoil Exploration Analyses and Reports for Foundation Support of Government, Transportation, Commercial and Residential Structures, Analyses of Bridge and Structure Piling, Consultation for Seepage Problems on Municipal and Residential Projects, and Evaluation of Remedial Measures for Support of Structures on Problem Soils. He also specializes in coordinating and conducting a wide range of soil behavior analyses, as well as monitoring the design of foundations, roadway and site grading.  Loras also has extensive experience with construction testing of soils, concrete and asphalt, as well as special observation of foundation elements.  At the Schemmer Associates Inc, he manages a diverse professional and technical staff that includes Geotechnical Engineers, Surveyors, Construction Administration personnel, Construction Testing and Inspection personnel, and Erosion Control auditors.

Loras is married with two daughters. His wife Janet, is a planning specialist for Millard Public Schools and his older daughter is a clothing designer and Director of Production for a cheerleader/dance team uniform company in Dallas, Texas.  His younger daughter is a senior studying Actuarial Science at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Loras is a past officer of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Nebraska Section.


Claman_Web   Dave Claman, P.E., M. ASCE
Governor (South Dakota/Iowa)
Iowa Department of Transportation
800 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA 50010
Tel: (515) 239-1487

Dave Claman, P.E., M. ASCE is a 1983 graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.  He is currently the Transportation Manager for the Preliminary Bridge Section at the Iowa Department of Transportation and has 30 years of experience in the hydrology and hydraulics engineering field.  Dave’s primary responsibility is to insure the State’s highway structures are appropriately sized and designed in accordance with Iowa DOT guidelines and policies.  He is also the DOT’s expert regarding drainage disputes, bridge scour, stream geomorphology, 2-D hydraulic analysis and FEMA/floodplain management issues.  Prior to working for the Iowa DOT, Dave worked for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources where he was responsible for the administration and enforcement of the State’s floodplain management program.

In addition to his active involvement with the ASCE Iowa Section Board over the past 13 years, Dave has been involved in many advisory committees on the local, state and national level regarding flood mitigation, water resources and bridge scour.  He has also been involved in many research projects as advisor or co-investigator for various issues involving the prediction and monitoring of bridge scour, the reduction of sedimentation accumulation in multi-barrel culverts and other hydraulic or stream migration/degradation issues facing the civil engineer profession in Iowa. 

Dave is married with four daughters and a Poolky dog named Teddy.  He enjoys golfing, reading about the Civil War and spending time with his family.


 Asher_Web   Scott T. Asher, P.E., M. ASCE
Governor (Colorado)
Colorado Springs Transportation Operations Manager
Wilson & Company, Inc., Engineers & Architects
5755 Mark Dabling Blvd. Suite 220
Colorado Springs, CO  80919
Tel: (719) 520-5800 


Scott Asher is a 1995 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a  Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.  Scott is currently employed by Wilson & Company Engineers and Architects in Colorado Springs, CO as the Southern Colorado Transportation Operations Manager overseeing the transportation business group.  Scott has more than 18 years of experience in transportation planning, design and construction working on projects throughout the Colorado and neighboring states.  Responsibilities include supervision, guiding and mentoring a staff of 13 transportation design professionals focusing, on transportation design, traffic design and construction management; overseeing and managing transportation projects varying in size from small municipal projects to large highway design and construction projects including design-build. 

Scott has been very active in ASCE since college and specifically in the past 10 years as he has served in leadership positions for the Southern Colorado Branch including Treasurer, Vice-President, President and chair of the Government Affairs Committee.  Scott serves as a key contact for ASCE and has attend the Legislative Fly-in the past three years in order to develop relationships with his Congressional delegation from Colorado to stress the importance of infrastructure investment. In addition to ASCE involvement Scott continues to stay involved with the Colorado section of ACEC serving on the legislative committee tracking legislation that affects the Colorado Engineering community. 

Scott has been married to his wife Michelle for 14 years and they have 3 wonderful children ages 4, 6 and 10 that keep them busy throughout the year.