The American Society of Civil Engineers has been an important part of my life since I was a college student and continues to influence my development as a civil engineer, both technically and professionally. I have had the honor and privilege of providing service to ASCE in a variety of ways on student chapter, geographic unit, and society levels, and have developed lifelong friendships, mentoring relations, and a vast international professional network. I bring ASCE my experience as both a technical expert and a successful entrepreneur. In addition to co-founding and building an engineering consulting firm from start-up to $8 million in revenue in five years, I have been responsible for the structural geotechnical designs for major river crossings in the Midwest. My experience in business and complex engineering projects provides a perspective shared by many ASCE members.
My vision of service as the leader of ASCE truly is in alignment with the Society’s purpose, vision, mission, and strategic goals. In fact, my vision is as easy as A-S-C-E:
A – Advocacy
S – Service
C – Competence
E – Engagement
Advocacy manifests in many ways including supporting our members, the communities we serve, and public policies that advance our profession and the mission of ASCE to promote the health, safety, and welfare of all member communities. We are the unbiased voice of our profession, and I believe we can create better systems of communication, service, and support to improve our advocacy.
Service is the cornerstone of ASCE. Society members give their time, ideas, and energy to form a strong community and allow us to achieve our vision of a better quality of life for all. Service has always been an important part of my DNA, and I celebrate the opportunity to work with fellow members and staff as we continue to serve the public.
Competence is achieved through our ability to continue to improve our technical expertise. Our engineering competence and excellence are championed by our nine specialty institutes and numerous technical groups. Competence is exhibited in ASCE’s strategic goals for advancing educational and professional standards for civil engineers. Our members deserve continued and easy access to focused technical, educational, and professional growth in their chosen specialties. By continuing to focus on strategic and operational effectiveness, we can attract and retain members and advance civil engineering by strengthening the synergy with our technical institutes.
Engagement is our superpower at ASCE. Our network of ideas, comradery, experience, and expertise is a rising tide that lifts all boats. Engagement of Society members allows us to integrate great ideas, experiences, and knowledge into powerful and creative engineering solutions and continuous technical and professional development. ASCE acknowledges that our members’ time is a valuable asset and, therefore, must make optimum use of that valuable asset by simplifying our navigation systems so members can easily access the treasure trove of resources, tools, network, and heritage and participate in ASCE throughout their careers.
I believe ASCE must focus not only on the value we bring to our members but also on the ease and simplicity with which that value is conveyed, received, navigated, and experienced. We must build an even stronger brand through improved visibility and become the go-to resource for communication, tools, skills development, and legacy. Our use of communication tools as well as social media must remain effective and up-to-date; we should follow the example of our future leaders -- today’s younger members and students -- and evolve to amplify our relevance in a rapidly changing world.
In a similar way, we can honor and respect our traditions without relegating them as obstacles toward achieving new horizons. Our heritage should be a catalyst to reaching new potentials. Our ways of earning the excitement and engagement of members should evolve to work within today’s newer technologies and social structures.
We are all journeying with ASCE in different ways and for a variety of different reasons. I respect everyone’s unique path and celebrate the mosaic of our membership. If elected, I will humbly endeavor to serve you and our profession in a manner that earns your respect, strengthens our organization, and expands ASCE horizons.
- Master of Science – Civil Engineering, University of Missouri Science & Technology, 1997
- Bachelor of Science – Civil Engineering, South Dakota State University, 1992
- Lochmueller Group, Inc., Regional Director MO & IL, 2019-present
- Jim Taylor, Inc., Chief Operating Officer, 2018-2019
- Gonzalez Companies, Director of Environmental, Geotechnical & Transportation Services, 2016-2018
- Sequoia Engineering & Environmental, President, 2013-2016
- Kaskaskia Engineering Group, Managing Partner, 2006-2012
- SCI Engineering, Vice President, 2000-2006
- Illinois Department of Transportation, Civil Engineer, 1992-2000
- Chair, Public Policy Committee, 2014-2016; 2020-present
- ASCE Mentor, 2018-present
- Region 7 Director, 2016-2019
- Member, Program and Finance Committee, 2016-2019
- Member, Task Committee on Governance Structure, 2016
- Member, Leader Training Committee, 2014-2016
- Member, Committee on Diversity and Women, 2007-2008
- ASCE Member, 1990-present
- Region 7 Governor, 2009-2013
- President, St. Louis Section, 2006
Other volunteer activities
- The Blessing Basket Project, 2012-present
- The Women’s Safe House, Golf Committee Chair, 2010-present
- Advisory Board Member, SDSU Civil Engineering Program, 2013-present
- Academy of Civil Engineers – Missouri University of Science & Technology, 2018-present
- Leadership Council of Southwestern Illinois, Board Member, 2019-present
- Triad Public High School, Engineering Design and Development (EDD) Mentor, 2019-present
- Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, Southern Illinois University, 2013-2019 (has not been held since COVID protocols are in place)
- FIRST Robotics, FTC 8620 WormGear Warriors, Mentor, 2019-2020
- Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award, 2016
- ASCE St. Louis Section Professional Recognition Award, 2015
- St. Louis Business Journal’s Most Influential Businesswoman Award, 2010
- Smart Women, Smart Money – Women on the Rise Award, 2010
- ASCE St. Louis Section Young Engineer of the Year, 1997