2020-21 SEAVa Officers and Board Member Elections
John Ward, PE - Dunbar Milby Williams Pittman & Vaughan
Meet your 2020-201 SEAVa Executive Committee
Executive Committee Bios:
- Donna Adams, Dunbar Milby Williams Pittman & Vaughn, PLLC (current)
Donna Adams, PE, SECB is a senior structural engineer at Dunbar Milby Williams Pittman & Vaughn in Richmond and has been practicing structural engineering for 18 years. She is experienced in the design of wood, structural steel, concrete, masonry, cold-formed metal framing, and steel joists, and joist-girders. Her specialties include unique, atypical engineering projects, renovation work, and field investigation and design of small to large residential structures. She holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia. Donna has served for six years on the SEAVa Executive Committee, including one year each as Secretary, Vice-Chair, Chair, and Immediate Past Chair. She enjoys serving as an Executive Committee member because she can plan seminars that allow for educational topics not covered in the traditional webinar.
- Shane Fowler, Simple Design, LLC
Shane Fowler, PE is a structural engineer with 20 years of experience and owner of Simple Design, LLC located in Hampton Roads, Virginia. He joined the Structural Engineers Association of Virginia executive board in 2016 and has held officer positions each year while on the SEAVa board with his current position as Chair. His board work follows over ten years as an associate-professional member of the Truss Plate Institute, nearly four years in a leadership role as a structural engineer with Clark Nexsen and an engineering management position with MiTek Industries. His professional engineering experience includes structural design of residential and low-rise commercial buildings, structural analyses of existing wireless communication towers and design of metal plate connected wood truss components. Shane is a proud husband and father and alumnus from Old Dominion University with a Master of Engineering Degree.
- Kate Goodman, Balzer & Associates (new)
Katie Goodman, PE is a structural engineer at Balzer and Associates in Midlothian, serving as project manager on the design and construction of low-rise steel, wood, concrete, and CMU building projects in both the commercial and residential sector. Katie has also worked on historic rehabilitation projects in both the City of Richmond and in Norfolk. In addition, she has also been engaged in Special Inspections throughout her years of experience. Katie seeks to provide understanding and guidance on the Special Inspection process and its importance in the construction industry. Previously, Katie worked at Cornerstone Design Group and The Structures Group in Williamsburg, VA. In addition, Katie worked as a plan reviewer with James City County on a part-time basis while she was home with young children. She holds a Civil Engineering degree (BS with Structural focus) from Virginia Tech and is licensed in Virginia and has been practicing for 18 years. She is passionate about encouraging positive collaboration between all players involved in projects from the design to the construction phase. In addition, she is excited at the opportunity to volunteer with SEAVa to network with other engineers and create opportunities for engineers to make connections to help them professionally.
- Earl Inge, Speight Marshall Francis (current)
Earl Inge, P.E., is a Sr. Structural Engineer at Speight, Marshall & Francis in Virginia Beach and has been a practicing structural engineer for 24 years. He obtained his bachelor's and master’s degrees in engineering from North Carolina State University. Earl has enjoyed serving on the SEAVa Executive Committee for seven years and was the Chair of the Executive Committee for two years. While serving as an officer, he represented SEAVa at the National Council of Structural Engineers Association’s (NCSEA) national convention three times. Earl loves structural engineering and serving on the SEAVa Executive Committee provides him an avenue to positively promote the engineering profession and develop continuing education for engineers.
- Lori Koch, American Wood Council (new)
Lori Koch, PE is based in Richmond and is the Manager of Educational Outreach for the American Wood Council. In her role with AWC, Lori has developed over a dozen webinars on wood structural design standards and building codes, presented at multiple conferences and meetings (including twice at the NCSEA Summit), authored multiple technical articles, and worked to educate engineers and code officials on the latest in wood structural design and related topics. She holds Civil Engineering degrees from Penn State University (BS), Clemson University (MS, emphasis in structural engineering and materials), and a master’s degree in Wood Science and Forest Products (emphasis in residential wood construction) from Virginia Tech. She is licensed in Virginia and has been practicing for 9 years. She has served on the NCSEA Continuing Education Committee for 2 years, the ASCE/SEI Wood Education Committee for 1 year, and is a past member of the ASCE/SEI Sustainability Committee. She hopes to help SEAVa continue to grow as a chapter and work to engage current and new membership in ways that will benefit our members, our profession, and our commonwealth.
- Stephanie McAvoy, Mason & Hanger (current)
Stephanie McAvoy, PE is a senior structural engineer at Mason & Hanger in Glen Allen, VA. Stephanie leads projects involving steel, concrete, and CMU for the federal government. Stephanie also completes blast-resistant designs and assessments. She holds BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering with a concentration in structural engineering from Virginia Tech is licensed in Virginia and has been practicing structural engineering for 10 years. Stephanie has served as an at-large board member for SEAVa for the past 2 years. She enjoys keeping structural engineers from area firms engaged with each other through SEAVa as well as developing the Young Member Group for the Richmond area.
- Jackie Miller, Moseley Architects – Chair
Jackie Miller, PE, SE is a structural engineer at Moseley Architects in Richmond, serving as structural engineer of record on the design and construction of low-rise steel, concrete, and CMU building projects in both public and private sectors. Previously, Jackie worked at Wiley|Wilson performing similar work. She holds Civil Engineering degrees from the University of Kansas (BS) and the University of Virginia (MS, emphasis in structural engineering), is licensed in Virginia and Illinois and has been practicing for 11 years. Jackie has served for three years on the SEAVa Executive Committee, two of which as an Officer. She is passionate about the evolving nature of structural engineering practice and is excited to continue as an Officer and develop new and unique events and opportunities for the SEAVa membership.
- Pete Allen, ClarkNexsen – Vice Chair
Peter Allen, PE, SE, is a senior structural engineer at Clark Nexsen in Virginia Beach. Peter earned a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from Lafayette College and a Master’s degree from Virginia Tech. He has 24 years of experience and is licensed in Virginia and eight other states. Project experience includes commercial buildings, industrial and manufacturing, multi-story residential, and various government facilities. This is Peter’s second year on the Executive Committee, working to increase the value of SEAVa to its membership and the structural engineering community.
- Jackie Miller, Moseley Architects – Chair
- John Ward, Dunbar Milby Williams Pittman & Vaughn, PLLC – Secretary
John Ward, PE is a structural engineer at Dunbar Milby Williams Pittman & Vaughan in Richmond. He has worked on a multitude of project types including new steel construction, steel connections design, wood structures, and adaptive re-use of CMU buildings. John has been practicing structural engineering for 6 years and is always looking to broaden his experience in materials and project types. He attained his Bachelor’s Degree from UVA in civil engineering and started his career in Arlington, VA, before heading to Virginia Tech to obtain his Master’s Degree. He is an active part of the Richmond Young Member Group Board and trying to expand attendance and outreach of SEAVA to young engineers in the Richmond region.