Meet the New SAME Fellows!


FellowsSealThe 2015 SAME Academy of Fellows Investiture will take place March 12 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, Alexandria, Va., directly preceding the 2015 Golden Eagle Awards Dinner.

This year 27 SAME members will be invested in the Academy of Fellows. They represent uniformed engineers, civilians and industry members, all of whom have given back so much of their time over the years to support SAME and the Society’s mission. They are leaders in their field—and leaders within SAME, at the local, regional and national levels.

Congratulations to this yea’s Class of Fellows. For information on attending this year’s Investiture and Golden Eagle Awards Dinner, visit

For more on the history of the SAME Academy of Fellows, which in 2015 is celebrating its 20th Anniversary, visit


Grant T. Bartee, P.E.
Grant T. Bartee, P.E., joined SAME in 2001 and over the last 13 years has served in a number of leadership positions, including Cincinnati Post President and President of the Kittyhawk Post Board of Direction. Bartee has been a dedicated supporter of the SAME/U.S. Air Force Academy Engineering & Construction Camp since 2004, first as a Senior Mentor, then Chief of Logistics and Assistant Camp Director. In his role as a mentor, Bartee has impacted over 700 high school students. inspiring more than 35 percent to become engineers and up to 25 percent to pursue a military career. In the mid-2000s, the Cincinnati Post had been struggling with membership and relevance to the SAME mission. Bartee took the lead as Chairman of the Cincinnati Regional Conference and led the Post through a very successful event, convincing SAME HQ the Post had potential to be rejuvenated. Bartee then was elected as Post President 2006-2007. During his term, he instituted a college scholarship program distributing scholarships in the amount of $5,000 to deserving engineering students. He engaged the University of Cincinnati engineering program and the ROTC program, holding joint meetings on the campus with the college chapter of ASCE. He also oversaw the institution of a new Post Sustaining Member award, the George Kral Award, given to the member firm that best supported the SAME mission. Professionally, since 2004 Bartee has served as Federal Program Manager for LJB Inc. Among the company’s accomplishments during this period, it worked with the Air Force on fall protection safety best practices and helped the service push through changes to the fall protection safety policy on aircraft maintenance from a 10-ft standard to a 4-ft standard. Additionally, through his leadership of LJB into the federal market and engaging with SAME in conferences and mission-focused events, the firm received the Robert B. Flowers Small Business Award in 2007.


Richard F. Beirne IV, P.E.
Richard F. Beirne IV, P.E., has been a dedicated member of SAME since 1984. He has been actively involved with the Mobile Post, including serving as Post President 1994-1995. Among his focus initiatives, Beirne increased the number of Sustaining Members, encouraged Young Members to become actively involved and was successful in filling the previously vacant position of Post Vice President with a Young Member. He also explored how Post members could assist city leaders and the Corps of Engineers in the event of a hurricane or other disaster and worked diligently towards improving interactions with other engineering societies, facilitated through his concurrent leadership involvement in ASCE, NSPE and the Mobile Area Council of Engineers. As an SAME member, Beirne has been a strong supporter of the University of South Alabama College of Engineering, including establishing the Mobile Post Scholarship Program to support two engineering students at the university. Since then, the program has grown and annually supports 10 students at schools across the nation. Most recently, Beirne was a key leader during the planning and execution of the 2013 South Central/South Atlantic Joint Engineering Training Symposium hosted jointly by the Mobile and Pensacola Posts. Professionally with URS Corp. in recent years, Beirne has served as a Mitigation Specialist in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy; as a Project Engineer for 7th Special Forces Group Complex at Eglin AFB, Fla.; and Project Manager for the C-295 Final Delivery Hangar and Office Building at the Mobile Regional Airport. From 1970-1974, he served in the Marines as a Platoon Leader and later Commander for Company B, 4th Engineer Battalion, 4th Marine Division.


Steven Blinderman, P.E.
Steven Blinderman, P.E., joined SAME in 2000 and over the last 14 years has served in a number of leadership positions, including Lake Michigan Post President, Vice President and Treasurer, as well as chairing numerous committees for the Post and the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley Regions. While Blinderman has served as Co-Chair of the Lake Michigan Post’s annual golf outing since 2004, the scholarship fundraiser has raised $145,000. He also established the Lake Michigan Post’s Annual Small Business Expo. What began in 2004 as a two-hour networking session after a  monthly Post luncheons has evolved into a two-day, regional conference with technical sessions and national speakers attended by as many as 384 people from more than 10 states and numerous government agencies. As the Post President in 2005, he instituted a “Bring Someone to Lunch” program, which encouraged Post members to bring new associates to monthly lunch meetings, held joint meetings with the Chicago Post, ASCE and AIA; and facilitated development of the Post’s current 10-year relationship with the Wisconsin Procurement Institute. Professionally, Blinderman has been employed at Blinderman Construction Company since 1983, including as a Field Laborer, Estimator, Project Manager, Chief Estimator, General Superintendent, Operations Manager and, since 1996, as President. Among the company’s recent projects, Blinderman Construction in 2008 completed a $17 million design-build contract for NAVFAC Midwest for the historic renovation of Building 1 at Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill., and in 2010, completed a second $17 million design-build contract for the historic renovation of Building 3. The company was awarded Metropolitan Rail’s Contractor of the Year award in 2011 for its renovation of the Winnetka Station, north of Chicago.


Eric A. Canales, P.E.
Eric A. Canales, P.E., joined SAME in 1999. He served as Fort Worth Post President in 2012 and has held every position on the Post’s Board of Direction since 2005. During this time, the Post earned Distinguished Post with Distinction in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2011; Top Large Post Honorable Mention in 2010; and was named SAME Top Large Post in 2006. Canales was named Fort Worth Post’s Young Member of the Year in 2005 and received an RVP Medal in 2011. As Post President, Canales transitioned the Post from its focus on co-hosting Jet-black to “normal operations.” Among his achievements, created Streamer tracking forms to better monitor progress; assigned a Director to oversee each of the four Streamer categories; and coordinated with the ASCE Fort Worth Branch President to set up a yearly joint meeting. The year before, Canales also is credited with creating the Post’s first Operations Manual, which provide descriptions of each Board position, a Post history, calendar of major events, organizational chart, and contact information for all members. The manual ensures consistency in Post operations from year to year. Professionally, Canales began his career working for a minority-owned firm of 15 employees. Over the years he helped it grow to 150 employees, and was named an Associate in 2001. The firm merged and then later was acquired by URS Corp. in 2008, where Canales has become a champion for leadership programs in addition to his engineering work. As an engineer, he has worked on aviation, mass transit, highway/toll, and municipal projects, including overseeing all design reviews for the City of Arlington for the Dallas Cowboys’ new football stadium.


Lt. Col. Michael J. Coats, P.E., USAF (Ret.)
Lt. Col. Michael J. Coats, P.E., USAF (Ret.) has been an active SAME member since 1982, serving in a number of Post, regional and national positions, including Post Secretary, Director for Young Members, Education & Mentoring Director, and Scholarship Committee Chairman. He has been Robins AFB Post Vice President since 2010, serves currently on the SAME Warrior Transition Task Force, and was a key leader on the planning committees of two SAME regional conferences. In assignments around the world with the Air Force, Col. Coats supported the SAME mission, including when no local Post was around such as at Lajes Field, Portugal and RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom. While stationed at Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C., he was instrumental in reactivating the local SAME Post. Throughout his career, he actively supported mentoring young engineers and students considering engineering as a profession. Col. Coats transitioned to the private sector in 2004 following a 20-year career as an Air Force Civil Engineer officer, where his last assignments included Commander, 4th Civil Engineer Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, Deputy Commander, 379th Expeditionary Mission Support Group, Al Udeid AB, Qatar, and Chief, Program Development, Office of Air Force Reserve, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Col. Coats worked for AECOM for nine years as a Federal Program Manager, where among his achievements he was design agent for an $11 million airfield storm drainage installation and an $8 million Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility. He joined HCR Construction in 2013 as a Senior Project Manager where he has been involved in a number of projects, from construction to complex environmental clean-up efforts.


Geoffrey C. Compeau, Ph.D.
Geoffrey C. Compeau, Ph.D., became an SAME member in 1995 and has served at the Post, regional and national levels. In 1999 he co-founded, and continues to be very involved with, the Seattle Post Techno Bowl, a high school science and engineering competition that has continued to engage area students, the University of Washington Engineering Department the SAME Student Chapter and the Post for 15 years. Dr. Compeau has also served the Seattle Post as Scholarship Committee Chair since 1996 and in the time awarded nearly $300,000 in scholarships. Most recently, Dr. Compeau has been instrumental in establishing a STEM program called “Light the Fire,” which engages area middle school mathematics teachers to see what they need to excite and motivate students and how professional associations can support their needs. He also has taken on the role of Program Committee Chair for the 2016 Regional Joint Engineer Training Symposium. Dr. Compeau has long supported mentoring and continues to raise awareness at the Puget Sound Engineering Council Engineering Fair. Professionally, his research activities, participation in Planning and Science Advisories have impacted the focus of technological research related to environmental stewardship of defense facilities worldwide as well as Superfund sites. His insights regarding the science and practical application of environmental biotechnology have contributed directly to expansion of Department of Energy laboratory programs and to regulators at the federal and state level through his work with the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council. He is currently a Senior Vice President with Weston Solutions.


Cdr. Wayne L. Cornell, P.E., USN (Ret.)
Cdr. Wayne L. Cornell, P.E., USN (Ret.), has been an SAME member since 1983 and currently serves as Past Post President and a Board Director for the Guam Post. He was the first civilian elected to be Guam Post President in 2013-2014. During his term, the Guam Post had its most productive and service-oriented year in more than a decade. The Post hosted several small business events, became an Associate Member of the Guam Chamber of Commerce, participated in more Engineers Week activities than ever before, and established partnerships with the Department of Defense Education Activity and the Guam Department of Education to support STEM activities. The Post was named a Distinguished Post in 2013. Cdr. Cornell also helped spearhead the establishment of a Field Chapter in Manila. And he leads the Post’s Charlie Corn Scholarship Golf Tournament, the longest running charity tournament in Guam (more than 35 years). The tournament has raised over $30,000 each year he has been in charge, with the number of scholarships being awarded increasing to up to 10 per year. Cdr. Cornell served in the Navy Civil Engineer Corps from 1972-1991, including in strategic locations such as Diego Garcia during the Iranian Hostage crisis and at Chief of Naval Training Headquarters while helping plan recovery from Hurricane Hugo. During his civilian career, he supported defense range facilities on the islands of Kauai, Kwajalein and Andros Island. Among his most notable challenges was his work with Raytheon at the South Pole, overseeing construction of an elevated station consisting of multiple interconnected buildings; the BICEP telescope (Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization); and the AMANDA (Antarctic Muon and Neutrino Detector Array) Ice Cube—projects providing the data to prove and gauge the “big bang” theory. Cdr. Cornell since 2007 has served as President and CEO of DZSP21, a Guam-based company providing base operations support services for the Navy and Air Force.


James F. DeGour III, P.E.
James F. DeGour III, P.E., joined SAME in 2004 and has been a dedicated member of the Philadelphia Post, serving on numerous committees and in outreach roles. He is currently a member of the SAME Board of Direction while serving as North Atlantic Regional Vice President. DeGour served as Communications Director of the 2007 SAME National Conference in Philadelphia. In 2009, he developed Monte Carlo Night, which has become the Philadelphia Post’s signature event and has raised over $40,000 the last five years in support of Wounded Warriors and their families and routinely draws more than 150 attendees. He founded the Drexel University Student Chapter in 2010, which has grown into a robust Student Chapter with regular meetings and an ever-increasing membership. DeGour, who was elected to the Philadelphia Post’s Board of Direction in 2007, was elected Post President for 2010-2011. Professionally, DeGour has served as a civilian with the Army Corps of Engineers Marine Design Center and worked in industry, where since 2008 he has been the Principal & Vice President of Engineering for KP Engineers & Associates Inc., a women-owned small business founded by he and his wife. The firm designs and manages projects for federal and private industry clients. In particular, DeGour has become a leading consultant for dredge repowerings and upgrades for duspan dredges and sea going hopper dredges for the Corps of Engineers. He was Project Manager and Mechanical Engineer for a multi-discipline design team that assisted the National Reconnaissance Office in producing the design of a new secure satellite control facility. He also served as the project manager for the owner’s representative team at Aker Shipyard to build two new oil tankers. These were the only two oil tankers being built in the United States at the time. In addition to his engineering career, DeGour served with the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1997-2015, attaining the rank of lieutenant commander.


Henry Dulaney, P.E.
Henry Dulaney, P.E., has been a dedicated member of SAME for 21 years, serving in numerous leadership positions with the Vicksburg Post including Vice President, 2005-present, Scholarship Committee Chair, 1998-2005, and Student Post Chair, 1998-2004, supporting the Jackson State University Student Chapter. Dulaney also was Co-Chair of the Planning Committee for the 2008 Lower Mississippi Regional Technical Conference. Most impressive has been unwavering commitment to leadership and mentoring of future engineers in his role as Director, Administrator, Planner, Organizer and Leader for the SAME/Army Engineering & Construction Camp from its inception in 2002, for which he received the SAME President’s Medal in 2013. He has been the driving force behind the continued execution of the camp. He has helped coordinate it from a local camp to a regional one, and ultimately into a national event each summer that has engaged nearly 500 high school students over the years representing more than 75 SAME Posts. For 16 years, he also has been a member of the Engineers Week Committee, including chairing the committee multiple times. Professionally, Dulaney since 2010 has served as the Chief of Engineering and Construction Division for USACE Vicksburg District. As the senior member of the district’s technical staff he is responsible for management of all project planning, design, and construction activities. He leads the technical execution of an annual district program of $200 million in Civil Works projects, covering 68,000-mi² in three states, supervising a staff of 200 engineers and technical personnel. Among his notable achievements, he was a key player in coordinating advanced measures and working with local and state organizations to prepare for the high water event along the 460-mi of Mississippi River Levees during the 2011 floods. He also is lead engineer for the engineering products associated with the $1.1 billion Plaquemines Parish project that is a part of the Greater New Orleans Hurricane Storm Damage Risk Reduction System. In 2012 Dulaney was honored with the Black Engineer of the Year Career Achievement award.


Ann Ewy, PMP
Ann Ewy, PMP, joined SAME in 2002 and has been an engaged member serving in a number of leadership positions, including being the first female Post President in the Greater Kansas City Post’s 80-year history when she was elected in 2014. At the Greater Kansas City Post, among her many contributions Ewy served as Chair of the Program’s Committee, Co-Chair of the Fundraising Committee, and Chair of the By-Laws Revision Committee. Nationally, she served on the SAME Board of Direction (2010-2012), was the Young Member Vice Chair of Programs, a member of the National Streamer Alignment Task Force and chaired the National Streamer Review Committee. As Greater Kansas City Post President, Ewy established direction in line with SAME National Goals & Objectives, leading the Post to Distinguished Post recognition. Among the achievements during her term, the Post established a training and leadership program with the nearby Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth to connect nearly 40 Army engineers with industry firms; held inaugural Warrior Transition Forums at Fort Leavenworth and Fort Riley; and created a “STEM Ladder” program that unites the Post members to support engineering and mentoring programs for youngsters all the way up to young professionals. Ewy long has been a supporter of Young Member initiatives and has worked tirelessly to help SAME communicate to and support younger SAME members as they pursue their careers. In 2010, she received the SAME Young Member Medal (Civilian) for her outstanding leadership and accomplishments in support of the SAME mission. During her professional career, Ewy primarily has served as a Technical/Project Manager with USACE Kansas City District, with the majority of her work having been in the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program. Her role is unique in that she works on virtual teams daily, interfacing between multiple USACE districts and managing multiple teams in an efficient manner. In particular, she managed the Wayne Interim Storage Site in New Jersey—a monumental project that is one of only 17 federal sites ever to be successfully de-listed from the National Priorities List.


Col. Robert L. Fant, P.E., USAF (Ret.)
Col. Robert L. Fant, P.E., USAF (Ret.), first joined SAME in 1983 and has been a member continuously since 1998. He served in leadership positions in Posts around the world, including Treasurer and Programs Chair of the Riyadh Post, Chair of the Readiness and Continuing Education Committees with the Honolulu Post, Chair of the Pikes Peak Post’s Programs and Continuing Education Committee. He also served as President of the Shreveport Post (2002-2003). Col. Fant also has been a member of the SAME National Environmental Committee. His most influential contribution has been promoting education and training opportunities, including at the Honolulu Post, where he created the Continuing Education Program. In 2008 and 2010, he coordinated all programming requirements for the Honolulu and Pikes Peak Posts for the respective Regional Joint Engineer Training Symposiums. Col. Fant’s military career culminated as Chief of Readiness for the Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, Hawaii. During his career, he commanded at the squadron level three times and was Mission Support Group Commander in a deployed environment in Skopje, Macedonia. Among his achievements, he was program manager for the $90 million beddown of the 554th RED HORSE Squadron, moving them from Osan AB, Korea to Northwest Field on Guam. Upon transitioning from the Air Force, Col. Fant joined MOCA Systems Inc. as a Principal, responsible for opening the firm’s new Honolulu office. He worked the beddown of new Navy and Marine Corps forces locating to Guam from Okinawa and personally led the effort for Title 2 services for the renovation of the historic Pacific Air Forces headquarters building. Col. Fant joined the Air Force as a civilian in 2009, as Chief, Environmental Quality, 21st Civil Engineer Squadron, Peterson AFB, Colo. He moved to the U.S. Air Force Academy in May 2013, where he serves as Chief, Asset Management Flight. He plans, organizes, and oversees all environmental programs, all real property that exceed $7 billion in value, maintains oversight of 667 privatized military family housing units, the management of an installation listed on the National Historic Register, as well as the energy required to sustain operations.


William H. Hedstrom
William H. Hedstrom joined SAME in 1989 while stationed at Bitburg AB, Germany, where he was a charter member and served as Treasurer of the Eifel Post. In helping establish a new post, he brought together U.S. uniformed and civilian and German national engineers along with private sector members serving in the defense of NATO. In the years since Hedstrom has been a dedicated member for more than 20 years, serving in leadership roles with the Kittyhawk, Space Coast, and Virginia Peninsula Posts. As President of the Virginia Peninsula Post (2012-2013), his forward-thinking initiatives included coordinating joint meetings with the local ASCE chapter and conducting executive board meetings with the option to participate via telecom to reduce travel time and expenses. Hedstrom also helped establish a relationship with the Fisher House on the campus of McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center in Richmond, Va., to provide monthly coffee service to the families of wounded warriors. With the Virginia Peninsula Post he also has served as Vice President for Programs, Secretary, Program Committee Chairman, and Executive Director. He also has helped orchestrate three highly successful Regional Conferences and has volunteered to Co-Chair the upcoming 2016 Middle Atlantic Joint Engineer Training Symposium. Hedstrom was recognized with Regional Vice President’s Medals in 2009, 2011 and 2014. During his professional career, he has held a number of increasingly senior positions as a civilian in the Air Force, among them: Chief, Resources & Requirements Branch, Operations Flight, 36th Civil Engineer Squadron, Bitburg AB, Germany; Chief, Environmental Compliance Branch, Acquisition Environmental Management, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio; and Deputy, Cape Engineer Flight/Program Manager (Cape Canaveral), 45th Civil Engineer Squadron, Patrick AFB, Fla. Since 2005, he has served as Facilities Engineer, Installations and Mission Support, HQ Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. Among his achievements in this role, he led an Air Force-level Civil Engineer transformation initiative to streamline civil engineer material acquisition across the enterprise.


Debra F. Heims
Debra F. Heims has served in a number of leadership positions since becoming a member in 1992. In 2003, Heims led the formation of the Boston Post Small Business Committee, one of the first such committees within SAME. She is currently a Small Business Council representative for both the Narragansett and Boston Posts. She has been a member of the Narragansett Bay Post Board of Director since 2010 and a Boston Post Director since 2007. In 2006-2007, Heims was the Boston Post President. During her term, the Post received four Streamers with Distinction. Philanthropically it was very active, awarding 21 scholarships for a total of $55,000 and accepting a new $50,000 Weston Solutions Endowed Scholarship at University of New Hampshire, in support of the Post’s Scholarship Program. Most impressively, Heims was instrumental in the success of the 2006 New England & North Atlantic Regional Conference serving as Co-Chairperson in concert with North Atlantic Division Small Business Conference hosted by USACE New England District. As a volunteer leader, she has been instrumental providing volunteer support to deployed servicemen and women through holiday parties, turkey giveaways, military family events and ceremonious send-offs. Professionally, Heims since 2003 has been the President and Owner of H&S Environmental Inc., an 8(a) small disadvantaged women-owned small business that she founded. The firm has performed over 120 environmental and construction projects as a prime contractor serving the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security – Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, and the Massachusetts Air National Guard. H&S has an impeccable safety record and has grown markedly since entering the federal market in 2003. Heims has created a corporate culture throughout H&S supporting SAME and its mission. She leads by example and has been instrumental in mentoring her employees, sending them to SAME training conferences and encouraging her staff to take leadership roles within the Society. In 2011, the company was honored with the Robert B. Flowers Small Business Award for outstanding contributions to SAME by a small business Sustaining Member.


Col. Michael L. Herman, P.E., ARNG
Col. Michael L. Herman, P.E., ARNG, has been a dedicated member for 35 years, first joining SAME in 1979 upon his selection of the Engineer Branch during his senior year at the U.S. Military Academy. In 1985, while assigned to the USACE Nuernberg Area Office he helped establish a new SAME Post in Nuernberg. Serving as Secretary, he developed the initial Post charter and the Army documents required to allow the Post to use the military facilities for its functions. He recruited many American and German civilians, as well as junior officers from all of the Army engineer elements in the Nuernberg/Erlangen/Bamberg area to join the Post, all toward a goal of building strong relationships throughout the entire military engineering community. Col. Hermann has also served as Vice President of the Baghdad Post, a Director of the Sacramento Post and currently he is the Sacramento Post President. As a leader within the Sacramento Post the last few years he has been instrumental in its extremely successful scholarship program, which has awarded more than $260,000 in scholarships to more than 150 students over the past seven years. For over 30 years, Col. Herman’s SAME service has focused on mentorship of junior engineers, both in the fields of military tactical engineering and construction and construction management. And, in applying his perspective gained from serving both in and out of uniform, he has worked toward establishing closer ties between governmental and civilian engineering institutions. In his military career, Col. Herman has served in a number of diverse leadership positions, including Chief of Planning, Programming & Construction, California National Guard; Commander, Engineer Brigade, 40th Infantry Division; Director of Facilities & Engineering, California National Guard; Vice Chief of Staff, California Military Department; and currently, he is Deputy Commander, Army, California State Military Reserve. From May 2006-May 2007, as Deputy Commander, USACE Gulf Region Division, he was the senior leader of 3,000 soldiers, civilians, and Iraqi Nationals committed to delivering the reconstruction program throughout Iraq, and advised the division commander with regard to directing, supervising and managing the $18.4 Billion Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund and $1 Billion Military Construction effort in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.


Rear Adm. Thomas Jones, P.E., CFM, USCG
Rear Adm. Thomas Jones, P.E., CFM, USCG, has been a dedicated member of SAME since joining the Society in 1986. He has served in a number of leadership positions, including Narragansett Bay Post President and Secretary of the Hampton Roads Post, and he was engaged nationally while serving as the Coast Guard’s Chief of the Office of Civil Engineering from 2010-2012, during which he infused the importance of SAME as a professional organization among military members and civilian employees to increase Coast Guard membership by over 25 percent in just one year. Adm. Jones was instrumental in revitalizing the Narragansett Bay Post beginning in 2001, contributing his time and energy to bring relevancy back to the Post that was decimated by the closure of Newport Naval Base, focusing it on aligning with the SAME goals and objectives, engaging Boston Post Sustaining Members to support the Post, and encouraging support from members of Civil Engineering Unit Providence. Professionally, Adm. Jones has been a leading advocate in the Coast Guard for professional licensure and certification. In his role as Chief of the Office of Civil Engineering, he instituted measures requiring engineering or architect registration for assignment to commander- or captain-rank commanding officer jobs; created the first professional development matrix for civil engineering civilian professionals; and implemented a Coast Guard facility engineering certification program. He has held a number of diverse leadership assignments in his career including Coast Guard Director of Enterprise Strategy Management and Doctrine; Chief of the Office of Budget and Programs; Commanding Officer, Coast Guard Research & Development Center; and Commanding Officer, Civil Engineering Unit Providence. He currently serves as Director of Operational Logistics, based in Norfolk, Va. He is responsible for providing leadership of over 4,400 personnel at the service’s 14 bases and detachments spread throughout the nation. In August 2014, he established a new base to support the Cape Cod Region, and is on track to establish detachments to alleviate local operational commanders of support responsibilities in regions such as Puerto Rico and Charleston. In 2003 Adm. Jones was named the Coast Guard Federal Engineer of the Year and the same year, Civil Engineering Unit Providence earned the SAME Cowart Award for best civil engineering unit in the Coast Guard.


Col. John R. Lohr, RA, AIA, USAF (Ret.)
Col. John R. Lohr, RA, AIA, USAF (Ret.), joined SAME in 1984 and has served in several leadership positions, including Co-Host of the Joint Pacific-Northwest Regional Conference in 2010; Executive Officer to the Washington DC Post President, Chair of the Golf Tournament for the 1995 SAME National Conference in Washington, D.C.; Advisor-at-Large for the Honolulu Post; and Pacific Region Vice President. As Pacific Region Vice President, Col. Lohr made presentations as guest speaker at the a number of regional conferences; continued efforts to retain and increase membership at three Posts in Japan having difficulty maintaining requirements; and coordinated and co-hosted LEED training course at Hickam AFB for 20 joint engineers. As Chair of the Golf Tournament for the 1995 National Conference, his efforts helped to raise more than $180,000. While several years his assignments precluded him from serving in Post leaderships roles, Col. Lohr continued to support SAME by attending monthly meetings; assisting or helping committees; attending conferences and training symposiums; making presentations at luncheons and industry forums; mentoring; and promoting the Society. Professionally, Col. Lohr has served as an Air Force Civil Engineer officer and now as a civilian with Naval Facilities Engineering Command, where he is the Historic Preservation Officer at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. During his final assignment in uniform, he served as Director, Installations & Mission Support Directorate, HQ Pacific Air Forces. He led $1.5 billion annual architect and engineering program, include planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance, sustainment, restoration, and environmental support. He directed a $30 million energy reduction and water conservation program and oversaw construction of the $17 million Pacific Air Forces Regional Training Center. Among Col. Lohr’s most notable contributions was his collaborative civil-military approach during Operation Tomodachi, where his engineers responded to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011 by developing a non-industry standard to decontaminate aircraft and equipment used to provide surveillance of the damaged nuclear power reactors. It was the collaborative civil-military technology and ingenuity that fostered the innovative solution. Col. Lohr received the SAME Sverdrup Medal in 1992 for outstanding contributions to engineering by a Young Member.


Capt. Cameron A. Manning, P.E., USN (Ret.)
Capt. Cameron A. Manning, P.E., USN (Ret.), has been an active member of SAME since joining in 2000, including serving in 2014 as President of the Washington DC Post, one of the two largest Posts in SAME. He has been a Post Vice President, Chair of the Post’s Scholarship Gala VIP Committee, and assisted with the Fellows Investiture Ceremony in 2010 and Golden Eagle Awards Dinner in 2002 . He served as Navy Liaison to SAME HQ in 2001-2002. In this position, he drove Navy junior officer participation at the national conference from two to three officers to more than 50 by working with NAVFAC HQ to make the event a training opportunity for the best junior officer in each command. In 2000, Capt. Manning served as Co-Chair of the Norfolk Regional Conference. In addition to the extensive time commitment that went into planning the event, Capt. Manning changed the date of his change of duty station so he would be available to see the conference through to its successful conclusion. Capt. Manning has dedicated over 24 years in uniform to engineering and national defense with numerous deployments during two tours with the Navy Seabees and Civil Engineer Corps. For the last six years he has continued to serve, first as the senior civilian in charge of delivering products and services to the Navy/ Marine Corps team in Washington D.C., and currently, in the Office of Acquisition and Project Management at the National Nuclear Security Administration. During his Navy career, his diverse assignments included Senior Program Manager, Staff of the Secretary of the Navy; Executive Officer, NAVFAC Far East; Assistant Resident Officer-in-Charge of Construction, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington D.C. ; and Assistant Operations Officer, J-4 Engineer Section, Joint Task Force Somalia, Operation Restore Hope. As Executive Officer, NAVFAC Far East, Capt. Manning led the facilities team in negotiations with the Government of Japan on the approach to the relocation of 80 aircraft and 9,000 personnel. U.S. interests were protected by locking troop movements to Japanese funding streams and project completions. He also led programming and budgeting efforts to provide pier facilities for the arrival of the first carrier vessel nuclear to be homeported in Japan, and was originator of the concept to use an Energy Savings Performance Contract for the procurement of a required power plant expansion, saving $43 million in appropriations funding.


Lt. Col. Patrick G. Miller, P.E., USAF
Lt. Col. Patrick G. Miller, P.E., USAF, has been a dedicated member of SAME since joining the Society in 1998. He has served in a number of national leadership positions, including Chair of the SAME Young Member Council, Chair of the JETC Site Selection Committee in 2006, and a member of the SAME National Board of Direction (2006-2009). He also has served on the Executive Council, Audit Committee, Awards Selection Committee, Streamer Review Committee and Construction Camp Application Review Committee. Col. Miller has served in many local and regional leadership roles as well, to include Kittyhawk Post Young Engineers Committee Chair, Ohio Valley and Great Lakes Regional Education and Training Conference Planning Committee, and Awards & Recognition Chair for both the Virginia Peninsula and Scott Field Posts. Early in his career, eager to be more than just a member, he was elected Treasurer within a month of joining the Space Coast Post. Col. Miller most recently served as the Charleston Post President. During his term, the Post earned the Relationships & Recognition, Education &Training, and Leadership &Mentoring Streamers. As an Air Force Civil Engineer officer, Col. Miller has served around the world, including currently as Commander of the 474th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Cuba. Other diverse assignments include: Executive Officer, Deputy Chief of Staff, Installations & Mission Support, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.; Officer-in-Charge, Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment, Shindand AB, Afghanistan; Strategic Plans Officer, Directorate of Installations & Mission Support, HQ Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.; and Course Director, Civil Engineer & Services School, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. Col. Miller’s notable achievements include reorganizing Joint Task Force Guantanamo Engineer Directorate, which has enabled reduction of 30 low density/high demand engineer billets with no loss in service/engineer capabilities, and establishing the Regional Command West Project Management Office, which supported more than 150 outside the wire missions and executed a $161 million construction program essential to organizing, training, and equipping a 475,000-person Afghan National Security Force.


Lt. Col. Michael A. Moran, P.E., ANG
Lt. Col. Michael A. Moran, P.E., ANG, has been a stalwart member of the Mount Tacoma Post since joining the Society in 1993 upon arriving at Fort Lewis while an active duty Army captain. His first leadership role came as Post Secretary in 2005, and he since then, has served in numerous positons to include Treasurer, Vice President for Individual Membership and Post President in 2013, 2010, 2009 and for a partial term in 2007 when the then-Post President transferred out of the area. Col. Moran’s dedicated service as Mount Tacoma has driven unprecedented growth of the Post. He was the unifying force between the Army Engineers at Fort Lewis and the Air Force Engineers at McChord AFB prior to the establishment of Joint Base Lewis-McChord. During a period of intense operational tempo for the active forces, Col Moran was often the only uniformed member during the monthly post meetings, keeping the military connection with the Sustaining Members. Additionally, he sought participation of military engineers of the National Guard and Reserve forces. During his tenure, the Mount Tacoma Post has grown from eight to 34 sustaining members, and enjoyed a resurgence of military membership. And though the Post always maintained a strong relationship with the engineering program at St. Martin’s College, Col. Moran helped develop, support and sustain a new SAME Student Chapter at the school. Additionally, he established the formal support to the 555th Engineer Brigade’s “Able Soldier Fund,” donating $5,000 annually to help military engineers and their families, and in regards to developing future engineers, Col. Moran has led the growth of the Post’s scholarship program now to four $1,000 scholarships annually. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm and currently works for the Washington Air National Guard as the Base Civil Engineer, where he is responsible for 40 facilities at three locations with an operating budget over $1.5 million. Col. Moran deployed to the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa in 2004 and to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2011, helping execute a $500 million construction program supporting U.S. and Afghan Air Forces, expanding Shindand AB into the second largest U.S. base in theater.


Lt. Col. Bryan F. Muller, USAF (Ret.)
Lt. Col. Bryan F. Muller, USAF (Ret.), has been a member of SAME for 25 years, having first joined the Society in 1983. He has held leadership positions at the Kaiserslautern, Air Capital (Kansas) and Panama City Posts. He served as Panama City Post President 2010-2011 and currently is a Post Board member and Chair of the Awards & Recognition Program. As Post President, he was the driving force behind the Post’s first-ever Industry Day, which attracted more than 260 government, military, and industry representatives. Corporate sponsorship efforts and the golf tournament earned more than $22,500, exceeding the Post’s previous best fundraising efforts by more than 60 percent. During his term, the Post earned the Membership, Outreach & Mentoring, Relationships & Recognition and Education & Training (with Distinction) Streamers and members were honored with three SAME National Medals: Paul R. Smith NCO Medal, Technology Advancement Medal, and the Public Agency Award. Col. Muller also spearheaded efforts with the Emerald Coast Post to ensure planning remained on track for the 2011 South Central/South Atlantic Regional Conference, which would become a resounding success, resulting in in the Post scholarship proceeds exceeding $190,000. As the Post Secretary in 2008, he established the Post’s first website to effectively keep membership appraised of all activities and opportunities. The resulting ease-of-information transfer helped correlate to a 225 percent increase in the Post’s Sustaining Members during his four-years in office. Professionally, as Senior Operations Maintenance Engineer at the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, Col. Muller is responsible for the worldwide transformation of Base Civil Engineer Operation Flights implementing asset management principles that ensure 15,000 operations personnel have the necessary tools and equipment to plan, track, and evaluate facility maintenance throughout the Air Force’s asset portfolio. Among his many diverse assignments as a civilian and while in uniform, he served as Senior Operations Group Engineer, Air Force Civil Engineer Center; Chief, Agency Support, HQ Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency; Senior Engineer, Joint Task Force-Southwest Asia – Operation Southern Watch; and Operations Flight Commander, 82nd Civil Engineer Squadron.


Christopher S. Prinslow, P.E., CCM
Christopher S. Prinslow, P.E., CCM, has been a member of SAME since 1998 and served in a number of leadership positions in recent years with the Greater Kansas City Post. Earlier in his career he also was an active member of the New York City Post as well as the Korea Post, during which he participated in multiple SAME Peninsula Engineer Conferences. The conferences focused on engineering challenges in Korea and supporting war planning/contingency operations. With the Greater Kansas City Post, Prinslow has served three years on the Board of Directors, was Chairman of the Design & Construction Committee for six years, and Chairman of the Post’s Industry Day for five years, overseeing development of the event, including the implementation of “one-on-one” sessions between private sector business and program managers and contracting officers with USACE Kansas City District and other federal agencies. Prinslow served as the Post President in 2012 and continues to serve as the point of contact for both the Fort Riley and Whiteman AFB Field Chapters. In fact, he led the effort to establish the Whiteman AFB Field Chapter. As Greater Kansas City Post President, Prinslow inaugurated its Wounded Warrior Program, which has developed from consisting of a sizable financial contribution to Fort Riley’s Wounded Warrior Program into a multi-layered job training and transition assistance program for warriors at Fort Riley, Fort Leavenworth and Fort Leonard Wood. In his professional career, Prinslow since 2009 has served as Area Engineer for the Kansas City Area Office, USACE Kansas City District. On two separate occasions, he served Acting Chief, Construction Division while the permanent chief was on a temporary assignment. Earlier in his career, he was an Area Engineer, Fort Leavenworth Area Office of Kansas City District. In this role, he developed the concept and framework for the district’s first CM at Risk project, a $105 million effort to build the new Command & General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth. This method has since delivered excellent results for many multiple large, complex and time-sensitive projects for the Kansa City District. In 2004, he volunteered to serve with the USACE Gulf Region Division as Director/Deputy Director for the Restore Iraqi Electricity Directorate. As an Army Reservist in 1990-1991, then-Maj. Prinslow served with the 416th Engineer Company during Operation Desert Storm.


Kenneth A. Stegall, P.E.
Kenneth A. Stegall, P.E., joined SAME in 1991 and has been an active member of the Kittyhawk Post, serving in a number of leadership positions including Post President 2013-2014. During his term as President, the Post for the first time held a combined event with the Cincinnati Post, which was in need of support to maintain relevance to the SAME mission. In particular, a total of 70 8(a) small business companies were represented, greatly benefitting SAME’s promotion of small business. He ensured Young Member attendance at JETC and the Post Leaders Workshop, and also worked with Fellows to schedule events with Young Members that were well attended. The Post was awarded all Streamers with Distinction and was invited to apply for Top Post recognition. Stegall has contributed to the Kittyhawk Post in many other roles, including Director, Vice President, Secretary, Transportation Committee Chair, Industry Affairs Committee Co-Chair, Post Small Business Liaison Officer and Chair of the Post Small Business Committee. He was a member of the SAME National Small Business Council from 2007-2013 and he also plans to be on the executive planning committee for the 2017 JETC to be held in Columbus, Ohio. Professionally, Stegall since 2006 has been a Senior Project Manager and Executive Advisor with CMS Corp. His impact has helped increase the firm’s annual revenues substantially and enabled the firm to be a reliable contractor for NAVFAC and USACE. Projects have included renovating a 53,000-ft² elementary school into a modern maintenance and training facility for Marine Corps reservists, converting a 30,000-ft² warehouse building with environmental and infrastructure issues into a modern storage facility, and constructing high security facilities at Wright-Patterson and at the Defense Supply Center in Columbus. Stegall earlier worked 32 years with Corps of Engineers, including as Resident Engineer at Wright-Patterson for USACE Louisville District, where in 1990, he was in charge of the district’s first design-build project. He also was one of the first to implement partnering, ISO certification, and construction management services contracts for the Corps, while also advancing value engineering and building recycling and reuse efforts. Stegall received an  Regional Vice President’s Medal in 2014 and the Post Small Business Liaison Office Award in 2013.


Robert J. Van Vonderen, P.E.
Robert J. Van Vonderen, P.E., has been a dedicated member of SAME since 1987, holding a number of leadership positions with the Space Coast Post and being an integral member of the SAME Facility Management Committee, including serving two years as Chair of the SAME/IFMA Facilities Management Workshop. Van Vonderen was Space Coast Post President in 2006, a year in which the Post pushed to recruit more Young Members and provide ways for them to contribute in leadership positions. He also set a goal of increasing continuing education opportunities for Post members and led an effort to increase member participation as judges for local science fairs and other outreach activities. He has been instrumental in expanding the Post’s scholarship program that has awarded 58 scholarships worth $128,000 and establishing endowments at two universities. Additionally, he advocated for funding and sending prospective engineering students to an SAME Engineer & Construction Camps, a practice the Post continues to follow today. In 2009 and 2010, Van Vonderen directed planning and organization of two major facilities management training and educational workshops in the Washington, D.C. area. The workshops, an essential element to the strategic partnership between IFMA and SAME, gathered senior public and private sector facilities management professionals for a two-day workshop to discuss the latest issues facing the industry. Professionally, Van Vonderen since 2012 has served as the Deputy, Range/Base Civil Engineer at Patrick AFB, Fla. He is the Senior Civilian Advisor to the Commander of the Civil Engineer Squadron on matters relating to engineering policy, base and range operations support, design and construction management, environmental issues, emergency management, real estate, resources, and contracts. He provides day-to-day guidance to nearly 400 airmen and civilians executing the construction, maintenance, and protection of more than $10 billion in real property assets. Under his leadership, the squadron won best Civil Engineering Squadron in Air Force Space Command in 2012 and 2013. Among his other diverse career assignments, Van Vonderen served as Chief, Cape Engineer Flight, Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla.; Chief, Rhein Main Transition Program, Ramstein AB, Germany; and Deputy Regional Civil Engineer, RAF Waterbeach, England.


Matthew T. Wallace
Matthew T. Wallace since becoming a member of SAME in 2004 has been an invaluable supporter nationally and at the Post and regional levels as well. He served as an Elected Director on the SAME National Board of Direction 2009-2011. He was Chair of the SAME National Small Business Council from 2011-2013. He was Baltimore Post President 2012-2013. Among numerous other leadership roles, he has served on several national task forces; was the SAME National Representative to the Department of State Overseas Building Operations Industry Advisory Panel; Chair of the 2013 North Atlantic/New England Regional Joint Engineer Training Symposium; Membership Chair for the Baltimore Post for six years; Treasurer of the Northern Virginia Post for three years; Young Member Chair of the Fort Detrick Post; and Programs Co-Chair for the Baltimore Post. In 2014, Wallace began serving on a task force to determine how SAME and the Society for Marketing Professional Services can have a mutually beneficial and professional relationship for the organizations and their members. During his term as President, the Baltimore Post won all Streamers and was named a Distinguished Post. Wallace established his own small business firm in 2009, Wallace Technical Resources, following several years working in business development in the A/E/C industry. In particular, while with ETI Professionals from 2004-2008, he supported request-for-proposals and request-for-information responses to government agencies, including several USACE districts, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the National Institutes of Health, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. During 2005 BRAC, Wallace helped several USACE districts develop staffing 8(a) Blanket Purchase Agreements to overcome the staffing challenges the government would face during the ramp up. This model, which was adopted by several DOD agencies and still being used today, enabled the government to quickly contract professionals on an individual basis to cover workforce gaps. Now as President& CEO of Wallace Technical Resources, he oversees proposals, communications with government leadership, and recruiting and mentoring veterans, A/E/C and environmental students and professionals in support of federal and state government consulting services needs.


Joseph R. Wanielista, P.E.
Joseph R. Wanielista, P.E., has been a leader within the Detroit Post since joining SAME in 1989, serving on the Board of Directors, 2nd Vice President, 1st Vice President, and Post President 2013-2014. His dedication has included routinely presiding over monthly meetings in the absence of the Post President, leading and supporting various subcommittee activities, personally contacting Sustaining Member firms to solicit participation in monthly meetings as well as in the Post’s two annual fundraising events: the Small Business Workshop and Golf Outing. Wanielista was instrumental in the development of the Detroit Post’s very successful Small Business Workshop, nurturing it from a vague idea into a well-run annual event. Through his leadership, guidance and mentoring to Post members, the Detroit Post’s revenue continually grew during the period of his involvement, which has enabled it to increase the number and value of education awards, encompassing college-level and K-12 STEM programs. His outstanding service has been recognized with two Regional Vice President’s medals. In 2013, as Past President, continuing his efforts to integrate the Sioux Saint Marie Field Chapter that was absorbed by the Detroit Post a few years earlier, Wanielista coordinated a highly successful joint event in northern Michigan at Camp Grayling to attract participation from the Post and the Field Chapter. In 2012, as Post President he oversaw a reorganization of the Post’s committees to align better with Streamer requirements; this included the redevelopment of the Post’s membership committee to track and monitor membership, which has continued to grow in recent years as a result. Professionally, Wanielista served 23 years with the Planning Division at USACE Detroit District and after his retirement was Federal Program Director for Tetra Tech Engineering’s civil works projects for eight years until retiring in 2013. Earlier in his career, he also was an engineer with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Among his unique responsibilities with USACE, he was the Tribal Facilitator for the Detroit District’s 23 Native American Tribes regarding opportunities for using USACE programs related to solving water resource problems. Among his achievements, he was the Project Manager for two Flood Damage Reduction Projects (Shiawassee Flats and Ecorse Creek) that ultimately saved the communities over $500 million in flood damage prevention annually.


Col. Ronald W. Welch, Ph.D., P.E., USA (Ret.)
Col. Ronald W. Welch, Ph.D., P.E., USA (Ret.), first joined SAME in 1986 and has served in several key leadership positions including Vice Chair of the SAME College Outreach Committee and Faculty Advisor for the Citadel Student Chapter. He also served two years Vice President of Programs for the West Point Post and five years as Post Secretary. Dr. Welch upon arriving at The Citadel in 2011 made it a priority to get involved with the Charleston Post, challenging the Post about internships for engineering students, job placement, as well as mentorship opportunities through establishment of a Student Chapter. The focus was to use the SAME Student Chapter as an integrator, to bring students in ASCE, IEEE and ASME chapters together while not competing nor asking the students to select only one. The approach has been very successful—already growing to one of the largest Student Chapters in SAME in just a few short years and played a large part in increasing retention of Citadel engineering students from 50 percent freshman to sophomore year to almost 70 percent the last two years. Dr. Welch currently is the Dean of Engineering for The Citadel. He is responsible the management of all personnel, operational, and budgetary aspects within the School of Engineering, which includes Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Engineering Leadership and Program Management. In his role, Dr. Welch has emphasized creating new engineering programs for students (which has helped increase total engineering enrollment by 20 percent) and increased diversity with more minority and female students and faculty members. The school also has increased STEM outreach to area high school and middle schools. In fall 2015, plans are underway to offer a new Construction Management program and three new engineering master’s degrees. Dr. Welch previously had served as Department Head and Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Texas-Tyler. In his military career, his assignments ranged from being an Engineer Officer building schools, clinics, roads and water wells in Central and South America to seven years at the U.S. Military Academy as a Professor. His numerous contributions in leading and directing engineering education and construction activities have contributed to the strengthening of U.S. and allied partnerships, so critical to nation-building around the world.


Lt. Col. David L. Yang, CFM, LEED AP, USAF (Ret.)
Lt. Col. David L. Yang, CFM, LEED AP, USAF (Ret.), has been a member of six Posts since joining SAME in 1985 and in 2015 he will serve as President of one of the two largest Posts in SAME in 2015, the San Antonio Post. He has been very active with the San Antonio Post over the last decade, serving as a Vice President, and as a member of the Post’s Professional Development Scholarship Committee, K-12 Outreach Program, and Readiness Committee. His contributions were invaluable in the San Antonio Post winning the Top Large Post award in 2012 and 2013. As a leader in his company’s SAME involvement, he was also instrumental in his firm’s support behind the chartering application for the Fort Hood Post in 2012 and eventually became a founding member of the newly established Post. Col. Yang further supported the inaugural Post board with the nomination of a Young Member from his firm to become the Post Secretary. He served on the Planning Committee for the 2012 TEXOMA-Missouri River Joint Engineer Training Symposium, which would attract nearly 700 attendees and offer the potential for 32.5 PDHs. Before joining the San Antonio Post, Col. Yang served as Mississippi Gulf Coast Post President 2004-2005, a term in which his efforts to engage military engineers from the Air Force, Navy, Air Force Reserves and Mississippi Air National Guard increased military membership in the Post by 10 percent. Col. Yang transitioned to the private sector in 2008, joining Merrick & Co. as a Project Manager. He helped build the company’s San Antonio office from a single person to a 25-person, multi-discipline architecture-engineering team, and successfully executed 30 plus task orders totaling $19.5 million over the past five years. He served 23 years as an Air Force Civil Engineer officer, including assignments as Chief, Civil Engineering Operations and Chief, Base Support, HQ Air Education and Training Command; Director, J7 (Engineering), Combined Air Power Transition Force, Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan; and Commander, 81st Civil Engineer Squadron, Keesler AFB, Miss. Among his many achievements, while in Afghanistan he developed an 8-year, $475 million infrastructure master plan to build two air wing bases and three forward operating locations for the reconstruction of the Afghan Air Corps.