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WHO WE ARE

WORKING WITH YOU TODAY, WE CAN DEVELOP SOLUTIONS FOR TOMORROW.

We are proud to be an award-winning engineering, architecture, planning and environmental consulting firm, annually ranking within ENR’s Top 500 Design Firms. Known since 1963 for providing quality design, we offer comprehensive and innovative solutions for public and private clients. Meet the ms leadership and featured team members below.

Our Team

THOMAS E. MOSURE

PE
President and CEO

Columbus, Ohio

(614) 898-7100 | info@msconsultants.com

Education

  • Master of Science, Engineering – Youngstown State University
  • Bachelor of Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering – University of Cincinnati

Registrations

  • Professional Engineer: Ohio, Pennsylvania, and 27 other states

EXPERIENCE

As President of ms consultants, Mr. Thomas E. Mosure actively directs all operations for the company. As the firm’s leader, he assumes responsibility for providing the highest level of service to clients. He is the keeper and main exemplar of the company vision: “People and solid reputation; our foundation for quality service and growth.” With this guiding principle, Mr. Mosure enforces quality control procedures for all assignments, ensuring that customer goals and objectives are maintained and met through the efforts of talented and skilled personnel.

 

Mr. Mosure’s extensive professional career and lengthy involvement with the company have prepared him for his current role as company President. Working at ms consultants since his youth, he has been exposed to the firm’s operations from the bottom to the top. He performed a wide range of in-house administrative duties and worked in the field with surveyors and inspectors during his high school and early college years.

 

After graduating from college with his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1978 and then receiving his Master of Science in Civil Engineering in 1984, he returned to the company which at that time was operating under the name of Mosure & Syrakis. He brought federal agency experience with him, having worked three years for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. As a new Project Engineer at ms consultants he demonstrated engineering and management acumen as well as market vision and initiative. He founded the Environmental and Municipal Services Divisions, addressing process engineering, environmental study, and local government needs.

 

Before assuming a role as company principal, he led several significant projects, including the national award-winning $56 million expansion of the Youngstown Wastewater Treatment Plant and a multitude of programs and projects including capital improvement and maintenance schedules, annual street resurfacing, subdivision development, PUD’s and infrastructure improvements for municipalities throughout the state of Ohio.

Now, as President, Mr. Mosure maintains this dedication to serving the client and ensuring that the reputation for supplying quality design, planning, and management solutions is practiced daily throughout the company staff. He accomplishes this through sound management practices, application of technology and continuing education company-wide, and a personal dedication to all project stakeholders – customer and staff alike.

THOMAS E. MOSURE

PE
President and CEO

THOMAS E. MOSURE

PE
President and CEO

Columbus, Ohio | info@msconsultants.com

Education

  • Master of Science, Engineering – Youngstown State University
  • Bachelor of Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering – University of Cincinnati

Registrations

  • Professional Engineer: Ohio, Pennsylvania, and 27 other states

EXPERIENCE

As President of ms consultants, Mr. Thomas E. Mosure actively directs all operations for the company. As the firm’s leader, he assumes responsibility for providing the highest level of service to clients. He is the keeper and main exemplar of the company vision: “People and solid reputation; our foundation for quality service and growth.” With this guiding principle, Mr. Mosure enforces quality control procedures for all assignments, ensuring that customer goals and objectives are maintained and met through the efforts of talented and skilled personnel.

 

Mr. Mosure’s extensive professional career and lengthy involvement with the company have prepared him for his current role as company President. Working at ms consultants since his youth, he has been exposed to the firm’s operations from the bottom to the top. He performed a wide range of in-house administrative duties and worked in the field with surveyors and inspectors during his high school and early college years.

 

After graduating from college with his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1978 and then receiving his Master of Science in Civil Engineering in 1984, he returned to the company which at that time was operating under the name of Mosure & Syrakis. He brought federal agency experience with him, having worked three years for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. As a new Project Engineer at ms consultants he demonstrated engineering and management acumen as well as market vision and initiative. He founded the Environmental and Municipal Services Divisions, addressing process engineering, environmental study, and local government needs.

 

Before assuming a role as company principal, he led several significant projects, including the national award-winning $56 million expansion of the Youngstown Wastewater Treatment Plant and a multitude of programs and projects including capital improvement and maintenance schedules, annual street resurfacing, subdivision development, PUD’s and infrastructure improvements for municipalities throughout the state of Ohio.

Now, as President, Mr. Mosure maintains this dedication to serving the client and ensuring that the reputation for supplying quality design, planning, and management solutions is practiced daily throughout the company staff. He accomplishes this through sound management practices, application of technology and continuing education company-wide, and a personal dedication to all project stakeholders – customer and staff alike.

THOMAS E. MOSURE

PE
President and CEO

THOMAS E. MOSURE

PE
President and CEO

Columbus, Ohio

(614) 898-7100 | info@msconsultants.com

Education

  • Master of Science, Engineering – Youngstown State University
  • Bachelor of Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering – University of Cincinnati

Registrations

  • Professional Engineer: Ohio, Pennsylvania, and 27 other states

EXPERIENCE

As President of ms consultants, Mr. Thomas E. Mosure actively directs all operations for the company. As the firm’s leader, he assumes responsibility for providing the highest level of service to clients. He is the keeper and main exemplar of the company vision: “People and solid reputation; our foundation for quality service and growth.” With this guiding principle, Mr. Mosure enforces quality control procedures for all assignments, ensuring that customer goals and objectives are maintained and met through the efforts of talented and skilled personnel.

 

Mr. Mosure’s extensive professional career and lengthy involvement with the company have prepared him for his current role as company President. Working at ms consultants since his youth, he has been exposed to the firm’s operations from the bottom to the top. He performed a wide range of in-house administrative duties and worked in the field with surveyors and inspectors during his high school and early college years.

 

After graduating from college with his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1978 and then receiving his Master of Science in Civil Engineering in 1984, he returned to the company which at that time was operating under the name of Mosure & Syrakis. He brought federal agency experience with him, having worked three years for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. As a new Project Engineer at ms consultants he demonstrated engineering and management acumen as well as market vision and initiative. He founded the Environmental and Municipal Services Divisions, addressing process engineering, environmental study, and local government needs.

 

Before assuming a role as company principal, he led several significant projects, including the national award-winning $56 million expansion of the Youngstown Wastewater Treatment Plant and a multitude of programs and projects including capital improvement and maintenance schedules, annual street resurfacing, subdivision development, PUD’s and infrastructure improvements for municipalities throughout the state of Ohio.

Now, as President, Mr. Mosure maintains this dedication to serving the client and ensuring that the reputation for supplying quality design, planning, and management solutions is practiced daily throughout the company staff. He accomplishes this through sound management practices, application of technology and continuing education company-wide, and a personal dedication to all project stakeholders – customer and staff alike.

RAYMOND J. BRIYA

GDA
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT / CFO

RAYMOND J. BRIYA

GDA
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT / CFO

Youngstown, Ohio

(330) 744-5321 | info@msconsultants.com

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration – Youngstown State University

Experience

As Executive Vice President and CFO for ms consultants, inc., Raymond J. Briya is responsible for the ongoing financial and accounting operations of this multidisciplinary organization. He oversees the accounting staff and directs a wide range of accounting activities.

 

Many of Mr. Briya’s responsibilities relate to the management and coordination of ongoing projects. His job cost accounting system is used to evaluate both projected costs and monitor project progress to ensure client budgets are met. Mr. Briya is also responsible for establishment of practices and procedures for accounting-related government submittals. He joined ms with several years of experience in the public sector having worked with the Ohio Department of Transportation as an auditor.

MICHAEL D. KRATOFIL

PE
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

MICHAEL D. KRATOFIL

PE
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Columbus, Ohio

(614) 898-7100 | info@msconsultants.com

Education

  • Master of Science, Engineering – Youngstown State University
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Civil Engineering – Youngstown State University

Registrations

  • Professional Engineer: Ohio and Indiana

Experience

Mr. Kratofil has been a part of ms consultants since 1987, evolving from an environmental engineer serving in a support capacity to a branch manager and on to Chief Operating Officer today, leading multidiscipline teams on diverse and high profile projects.

 

Through his experience at all levels of a project team, he has a thorough knowledge of all aspects of the planning, design, and construction document process for a wide range of project types. As a branch manager, Mr. Kratofil supplied team leadership and resource allocation along with quality assurance. He typically served as the primary client contact for projects under his direction, and assumed personal responsibility for client satisfaction.

 

Today, as COO, Mr. Kratofil teaches and fosters the ms consultants’ culture and develops, implements and oversees the efficient, effective and creative strategies of the entire ms organization.

SCOTT DAVIS

EIT, LEED AP
CHIEF LEGAL OFFICER

SCOTT DAVIS

EIT, LEED AP
CHIEF LEGAL OFFICER

Columbus, Ohio

(614) 898-7100 | info@msconsultants.com

Education

  • Juris Doctor — Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering — University of Cincinnati

Registrations

  • LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional)

Experience

Scott Davis is the Chief Legal Officer for ms consultants. He is a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Accredited Professional.

He is responsible for all legal and regulatory matters for the company and advises the CEO on legal issues associated with key initiatives.

Scott started his career as an engineer at Messer Construction after graduating from the University of Cincinnati. He then pursued a law degree at The Ohio State University.

 

His most recent position was a partner in the construction group at the Bricker and Eckler law firm. While there he negotiated contracts for design-build, construction management-at-risk and design-bid-build delivery models using all major contract platforms including AIA, DBIA, EJCDC and ConsensusDOCS. Scott provided advice on compliance with federal, state and local procurement laws and risk management issues including insurance (CGL, professional liability, builder’s risk, wrap-ups) and bonding. In addition, he represented construction owners, construction managers, contractors and subcontractors in dispute resolution, including mediations, arbitrations and litigation.

 

Scott also spent half a year in the United States Peace Corps as a Health & Water Sanitation volunteer. Traveling to Mauritania, West Africa, he assessed community health needs and advised local communities on safe health practices. He also organized a mud brick stove construction program as part of community wood conservation efforts.

DAVID J. MOSURE

PE
DIRECTOR,
CONSTRUCTION SERVICES

DAVID J. MOSURE

PE
DIRECTOR,
CONSTRUCTION SERVICES

Youngstown, Ohio

(330) 744-5321 | info@msconsultants.com

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering – Youngstown State University

Registrations

  • Professional Engineer: Ohio

Experience

With over 30 years of engineering project management experience, Mr. Mosure is currently Principal and Vice President of Construction Services. He is in charge of personnel procurement, manpower scheduling, scope of service, agreement negotiations, bid specifications, value engineering, and quality control. Mr. Mosure’s experience within the firm is diverse with having worked as a surveyor, and design engineer within various disciplines including geotechnical, structural, roadway, bridge inspection, and environmental.

 

Additionally, Mr. Mosure has managed projects in a wide range of areas. His diversification includes management of several water/wastewater treatment facilities, heavy highway/structural construction and rehabilitation projects, utilities, institutional/commercial building facilities, and geotechnical/site development projects. He has mediated settlements between owners and contractors on several projects while acting as Construction Phase Project Manager.

JOHN P. PIERKO

PE
VICE PRESIDENT,
TECHNICAL RESOURCES

JOHN P. PIERKO

PE
VICE PRESIDENT,
TECHNICAL RESOURCES

Youngstown, Ohio

(330) 744-5321 | info@msconsultants.com

Education

  • Master of Science, Civil Engineering – Youngstown State University
  • Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering – University of Akron

Registrations

  • Professional Engineer: Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia
  • Professional Surveyor: West Virginia
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations: Ohio and Pennsylvania

Experience

Mr. Pierko is responsible for the management of both the Environmental and Municipal Services Divisions for the Youngstown and Pittsburgh operations of ms consultants. He is fully responsible for all aspects of projects including schedules, client budgetary limitations, project objectives, project budgets, quality control, technical accuracy and regulatory compliance. His extensive experience extends into the coordination of numerous other disciplines including mechanical, electrical, structural, geotechnical, architectural and construction. Mr. Pierko has extensive experience in the overall coordination of all major projects in the environmental and municipal fields.

 

Mr. Pierko’s experience in the wastewater field is extensive. His design experience extends from small to very large facilities with additional experience and certifications in facility operations. He has served as both, Project Engineer and Project Manager for a variety of industrial and municipal wastewater treatment and collection systems.

 

Additionally, Mr. Pierko has an extensive amount of experience in the field of water treatment and distribution. Due to his overall knowledge of the design process, he has served as Project Manager on several water related projects, including acting as a technical expert in the planning of water treatment systems and distribution systems.

 

Mr. Pierko serves as the Senior Project Manager of the Municipal Engineering Division. As a result of his multidiscipline activities, he serves as a technical advisor in numerous roles for local communities.

 

He is also the Manager-In-Charge of all Hazardous and Environmental Site Assessment activities. He works closely with clients to ensure that all regulatory guidelines are maintained while minimizing costs to the client.

K. ANTHONY HAYEK

AIA, NCARB
VICE PRESIDENT, ARCHITECTURE

K. ANTHONY HAYEK

AIA, NCARB
VICE PRESIDENT, ARCHITECTURE

Youngstown, Ohio

(330) 744-5321 | info@msconsultants.com

Education

  • Bachelor of Architecture, Architecture – Kent State University

Registrations

  • American Institute of Architects
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
  • Registered Architect: Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and 20 other states

Awards

  • Gold Medal Award for career achievement Eastern Ohio Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Experience

Mr. Hayek has served as the principal of an architectural enterprise since 1969. He joined ms consultants, inc., in 1997 as the result of a business agreement that included him assuming a role in the firm as a director of architectural services.

 

Serving as project principal or director, Mr. Hayek works closely with the architectural team’s project manager and associated engineering project leaders to ensure quality assurance of design, schedule, and budget. Dedicated to building teams that are sure to succeed, Mr. Hayek selects his project teams based on their personal experience and individual talents. He reviews design at all stages of development and will frequently work directly with clients. Due to this hands-on management approach, Mr. Hayek personally assumes responsibility for client satisfaction.

 

Mr. Hayek’s management prowess is only superseded by his extensive experience. He has served as project director, manager, or project architect on nearly 1,000 projects throughout his career. Project types have included institutional, educational, commercial, industrial, municipal, religious, recreational, and medical. Many of these commissions have resulted in award-winning solutions, recognized by professional associations along with local organizations.

MONICA MOSURE

VICE PRESIDENT,
GLOBAL MARKETING

MONICA MOSURE

VICE PRESIDENT,
GLOBAL MARKETING

Columbus, Ohio

(614) 898-7100 | info@msconsultants.com

Education

  • Executive Master of Business Administration – The Ohio State University, Max M. Fisher College of Business
  • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration in Marketing – The Ohio State University
  • Bachelor of Science, eMarketing – Franklin University

Experience

Ms. Mosure is an experienced business strategy, marketing, sales, operations, and communications professional. She is the Vice President of Global Marketing. As such, she leads the marketing team and spearheads the expansion of the company’s marketing capabilities. She is also a member of the leadership team.

 

Ms. Mosure creates, executes, and manages an annual $3.7 million marketing and business development budget. She leads seven business units (BU) throughout the organization’s nine locations, which are located in five states. Her leadership includes helping the BUs develop their business plans for $70 million in revenue generation, ensuring alignment with corporate business development goals and long-term growth and strategy initiatives.

 

As head of marketing, she is responsible for guiding corporate marketing initiatives, including branding, communications, and strategy. Ms. Mosure also helps staff identify and execute solicitations and responses for public and private client opportunities. The hike in client bid wins, an impressive 30% increase from the previous year, is evidence of her success.

Sustainably Minded

Ms. Mosure sets strategy and supports the firm’s sustainable initiatives and programs, as well as the corporate wellness program. For example, Ms. Mosure was the catalyst for ms to join the GreenSpot program. With her guidance, ms won the GreenSpot award for 2010. She walks her talk and is also a GreenSpot member at home.

Community Involvement

Ms. Mosure is active in the community. She volunteers for two local non-profit organizations: Speak for the Unspoken Animal Welfare and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio.

EDWARD RANDALL

VICE PRESIDENT, GLOBAL
STAFFING AND ADMINISTRATION

EDWARD RANDALL

VICE PRESIDENT, GLOBAL
STAFFING AND ADMINISTRATION

Columbus, Ohio

(614) 898-7100 | info@msconsultants.com

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Education — Oregon State University

Experience

Ed is the leader of the ms consultants Human Resources team, whose responsibilities include talent procurement, effective assimilation into the company, training and career development, as well as all facets of team relations and recognition.

 

Program development, salary administration and performance management are also responsibilities of the HR team.

 

Ed spent many years in the restaurant/retail industry prior to joining ms, serving as the vice president of operations for three national restaurant chains.

DOUG AMOS

Director,
Environmental Business Unit

DOUG AMOS

Director,
Environmental Business Unit

Columbus, Ohio

(614) 898-7100 | damos@msconsultants.com

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Biology – Fairmont State University

Finding A Passion

After graduating college with a biology degree, Doug was unexpectedly offered a position at a wastewater treatment plant and accepted. While this wasn’t on Doug’s original “to do list,“ it’s how he got his start in utility operations and management. He quickly found that he was passionate about this line of work and has since made a career for himself in the wastewater industry. Almost 30 years later, he still finds the work quite engaging and meaningful.

Balancing Needs VS. Resources

Over the years, Doug has found that the most difficult aspect of his job is continually balancing the changing needs of multiple clients with the resources available. Clients who change their minds on-the-fly demand a high level of adaptability from the project team. Doug consistently emphasizes the importance of communication, collaboration and mutual accountability so his teams can creatively and effectively come up with solutions to their clients changing needs.

Saving the Client $10 Million

Having experience with both the business development and operational sides of the industry, Doug has a great understanding of how to successfully pull major projects together. A notable experience on the operations side led to saving a client millions of dollars. Doug led a team as Project Director to complete a 20-mile water line project. This project demanded meticulous planning and attention to detail. Doug’s emphasis on the importance of communication and collaboration created an efficient team that was able to save their client over $10 million on the project.

Winning Big With PWSA

On the business development side was an effort he led to win a large program management contract with Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority (PWSA). Navigating the complex governmental landscape and positioning his firm in the strongest way possible was quite the challenge. With many very qualified and interested firms, it was a great accomplishment to rise above the competition and win the contract.

Looking Forward

Doug sees aging infrastructure as a topic of growing importance in the industry. “We are living off the investments of prior generations. Increased investment is needed to sustain our quality of life, be prepared for future growth and maintain our competitive edge in a global economy.”

Outside the Office

You can find Doug spending time with his wife, Shanti and their three children, Cole, Grace, and Brock. His children are involved in various sports, so free time is at a minimum for the Amos family! When they do manage to find a free moment they enjoy any chance to travel or just simply all hang out together.

DAN CUTSHAW

PE
Senior Environmental
Project Manager

DAN CUTSHAW

PE
Senior Environmental
Project Manager

Indianapolis, Indiana

(317) 566-0050 | dcutshaw@msconsultants.com

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering Technology – Purdue University, 1990

Registrations

  • Professional Engineer: Indiana and Ohio

Inspired by LEGOS®

Originally intrigued by “how things work,” Dan Cutshaw was destined for the engineering field. After assembling and dissembling many LEGO® and Matchbox® car cities as a child, Dan knew he wanted to design the world around him. After interning for several engineers at the City of Fort Wayne throughout college, Dan realized civil engineering was the field for him.

Expertise

Dan brings nearly 30 years of engineering experience to the ms team. Specializing in water and wastewater treatment, Dan has been involved in the planning, financing, design, bidding, construction administration and inspection for approximately 600 miles of water main ranging from rural water to urban downtown streets. With the variations in project experience over the years, Dan has developed expert teaming skills, allowing successful partnerships with his clients. His experience as a dad to six children has also prepared him to remain calm in high pressure situations!

Success Through Innovative Thinking

Dan’s portfolio includes mostly water, wastewater, and transportation projects. When asked about interesting projects, two came to mind quickly. The first, a transportation funding “nightmare” where INDOT did not have the budget to rehabilitate/replace a high traffic-interchange and bridge that was in desperate need. Dan developed a plan to utilize the existing bridge and intersection by adding turn lanes to alleviate traffic; taking a potential project budget of $20-$30 million down to just over $1 million.

 

The second, a community that was sending sewage to another community for treatment was quickly seeing their utility expenses sky rocket. Dan found a solution to build an entire sewer collection and treatment system that met both financial and engineering goals. The community did not have to raise tax rates to cover project costs. Dan also received Indiana’s first anti-degradation approval while working on this project.

Outside the Office

You will find Dan spending quality time with his wife, six children, and one granddaughter. Together they enjoy traveling and catching their favorite Indiana sports teams, the Boilermakers, Pacers, and Colts, in action!

DEB HOUDESHELL

PE
SENIOR ENVIRONMENTAL
PROJECT MANAGER

DEB HOUDESHELL

PE
SENIOR ENVIRONMENTAL
PROJECT MANAGER

Akron, Ohio

(330) 258-9920 | dhoudeshell@msconsultants.com

EDUCATION

  • Master of Engineering, Civil Engineering – University of Akron
    Bachelor of Engineering, Civil Engineering – Ohio Northern University

REGISTRATIONS

  • Professional Engineer: Ohio

EXPERTISE

Bringing a vast knowledge of water and regulatory issues, including experience with the Ohio EPA, Deb Houdeshell has recently joined the ms consultants team. Deb has extensive experience working on wastewater, water, and stormwater projects throughout the state of Ohio, including the City of Akron Bio ACTIFLO Pilot Study, as well as the removal of the Munroe Falls Dam.

 

Deb focuses on the importance of helping clients prioritize and create working capital improvement plans, along with educating clients and the public to make sure they have the resources to replace the failing infrastructure.

REGULATORY + COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE

With five years at the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA), in the Northeast District Office, Deb has gained experience in navigating the regulatory side of projects. Her experience has proven to be invaluable. She has been given the opportunity to work with communities and learn how much can be accomplished when working together. She has also worked for consultants, utilities, municipalities, and regulatory agencies, which has provided her with a well-rounded view of projects.

BEYOND THE OFFICE

Outside of the office, Deb has played a large role in several organizations related to her field. She has served as the Ohio Water Environment Association (OWEA) president, first speaker of the House of Delegates, as well as the only chair of the House of Delegates for the Water Environment Federation (WEF), and held a seat on the WEF Board of Trustees. Deb is also part of the Engineering Advisory Board at Ohio Northern University College, allowing her to have a better understanding of future needs for both students and the industry as a whole. In all of her roles within these organizations, she has worked with a variety of people with unique backgrounds, and has established that integrity, trust and honesty are three components necessary to excelling and succeeding in her profession.

COURTNEY BOYLE

PE
SENIOR ENVIRONMENTAL
PROJECT MANAGER

COURTNEY BOYLE

PE
SENIOR ENVIRONMENTAL
PROJECT MANAGER

Youngstown, Ohio

(330) 744-5321 | cboyle@msconsultants.com

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Science, Bio-Environmental Engineering – The Ohio State University

REGISTRATIONS

  • Professional Engineer: Ohio, California and Washington

Experience

A stormwater and collection systems specialist coming back to Ohio from the Evergreen State, Courtney Boyle joined the ms team as a Senior Environmental Project Manager. Courtney has spent the last 10 years as a project manager for a variety of different projects within the Pacific region.

 

Courtney’s areas of expertise include stormwater planning and design, low impact development, collections systems and commissioning. She believes the biggest trend and need in her practice areas are new regulatory requirements. After gaining valuable experience in this particular area, Courtney is excited to bring the design experience and lessons learned from previous clients to new clients who are anticipating upcoming permit changes due to the prioritization of low impact development.

RECENT SUCCESS

Courtney’s most recent work includes the Delridge CSO Retrofits project in Seattle, Washington. Her responsibilities for this project ranged from options analysis to commissioning. She represented Seattle Public Utilities as the Project Manager and the Commissioning Authority. This project was designated as a long-term control plan that, if successful, will eliminate the need for a $60 M storage project in the future. Currently, this project is in the monitoring stage to assure proper operation.

SEAN SAWFORD

PE
Technical Highway Group Leader

SEAN SAWFORD

PE
Technical Highway Group Leader

Pittsburgh, PA

(412) 264-8701 | ssawford@msconsultants.com

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering – Pennsylvania State University

Registrations

  • Professional Engineer: Pennsylvania

An Engineer from the Beginning

Originally intrigued with repairing, rebuilding, and constructing anything he could get his hands on, Sean discovered very early in his childhood that engineering would be a great fit for him. Having built go-karts and tree houses, he knew he had a passion and talent for understanding “how things work.” In middle school, Sean had the opportunity to speak with a civil engineering student which helped him understand the different engineering disciplines and which one most interested him.

The Devil’s in the Details

Since his childhood fascination with construction, Sean has built many decks, porches, furniture, remodeled homes, and even a 15-foot antique replica motorboat. His love for construction has also taught him about project management. After having worked on long-term and large scale projects, Sean has found that the devil truly does lie in the details. “You need to think ahead and plan accordingly at all times, knowing that every action you take now will result in some future consequence. We have the ability to control the future outcome of a project by paying close attention to the details today.”

Rewarding Projects

One of the most rewarding projects for Sean has been the design reconstruction of approximately seven miles of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Overseeing a project of this magnitude from conception to ribbon cutting is an accomplishment he will never forget. As an engineer, projects like this don’t come around every day. Sean advised the young engineers on his team by saying, “Every once in a while, try to stop and appreciate what you are accomplishing. Sometimes we are changing the world we live in, and how we do that can have a very positive effect.”

Thinking Outside of the Box

Sean sees funding as one of the biggest challenges his industry faces today. With so many transportation and infrastructure improvement needs, funding is stretched thin. Being able to “think outside the box” and creatively find solutions to maximize project potential while minimizing project and life-cycle costs is becoming an even greater component in the industry.

Outside the Office

You can find Sean spending time with his wife Maria and their three kids, Sara, Anna, and Luke. Together they enjoy boating, hiking, traveling, and attending sporting events. In Sean’s free time he coaches a youth soccer team and serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of Findlay Township planning commission.

ANNISSA NEIDER

AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Architect

ANNISSA NEIDER

AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Architect

Youngstown, Ohio

(330) 744-5321 | aneider@msconsultants.com

Education

  • Master of Architecture, Architecture – Kent State University
  • Bachelor of Science, Architecture and Environmental Design – Kent State University

Registrations

  • LEED AP BD+C
  • Registered Architect

Expertise Comes with Experience

After earning her architecture degree from Kent State University, getting LEED AP certified, and becoming a registered architect, Annissa has found that she learns the most when she is out in the field. Speaking with contractors to learn and see firsthand what they do and how they do it has been an invaluable tool in building her skill set as an architect.

 

With field experience under her belt, Annissa considers commercial, institutional, and LEED certified buildings to be her specialties. Specifically, she has recently worked on historic renovation projects and finds those particularly challenging but rewarding, “whether complete conversions or renovations, it has been a very interesting process. It’s almost like you’re putting your own touch on something with timeless charm.”  

Overcoming Challenges

Annissa found that the biggest challenge she has faced in the industry are with historic renovations and reconstructions. Finding a way to seamlessly blend the new and old construction can be a very tedious, but rewarding, task. One of the greatest ways she has found to overcome these obstacles is with communication, not only with the client, but with the rest of the team. Understanding the client’s expectations and clearly translating that into the designs and plans is a key aspect in successful projects. 

The Road to Becoming an Architect

From a very young age Annissa enjoyed working with her grandpa in his woodworking shop. Over time, she became intrigued with the Craftsman style movement, a movement defined by its originality, simplicity, natural materials, and handcraftsmanship. By the age of eight, Annissa was fascinated with architecture. Years later, after reading and admiring many Frank Lloyd Wright books, she knew she would make architecture her career!

Outside The Office

Annissa is a member of the Leadership Mahoning Valley Class of 2017, an organization focused on volunteering and commitment to change throughout the Youngstown and Warren area.  She also participates as a mentor for the United Way Young Women’s Mentorship program. 

 

In her free time you can find Annissa spending quality time with her husband, Matt, and their sweet pup, Cocoa.  They enjoy staying active by playing in a bocce league!

KARI MACKENBACH

CFM, BCES, ENV SP
Director of Sustainability

KARI MACKENBACH

CFM, BCES, ENV SP
Director of Sustainability

Columbus, Ohio

(614) 898-7100 | kmackenbach@msconsultants.com

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Natural Resources – The Ohio State University

Registrations

  • Certified Floodplain Manager
  • Board Certified Environmental Scientist
  • Envision Certified Professional

Experience

Kari brings more than 20 years of sustainability and water resources experience to the ms consultants team as the Director of Sustainability. In this role, Kari will be responsible for leading all sustainable efforts for clients across the nation. From working with communities on their MS4 and stormwater utility efforts, to developing full-scale green infrastructure programs, Kari combines her dedication to sustainability and infrastructure knowledge to delivery clients and communities with impactful and long-term change.

A PASSION FOR WATER

Originally studying to become an oceanographer, Kari attended The Ohio State University. After realizing her true passion of making an impact in preserving water resources through sustainable practices, Kari earned a Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences with an emphasis on policies and planning.

GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE EXPERT

Prior to her role at ms, Kari served as the national practice leader of green infrastructure at URS. In this role she developed a consensus on the future direction of sustainable practices and formulated strategies for achieving set goals. She worked directly with local communities to develop the most cost effective, long-term strategy as it relates to their green infrastructure plans.

PROVIDING MEANINGFUL CHANGE

An advocate for beneficial change, Kari says she often faces the mentality of, “the old way has always worked, so why change now?” She explains that this stems from clients and communities wanting proof that sustainable alternatives work versus jumping towards the latest “hip” trend. Kari addresses this want by identifying and improving upon a project’s return on investment through balancing proven sustainability measures with innovation. Working on more than 100 sustainable projects, she has proven time and time again that when properly implemented, green infrastructure is ultimately the most cost-effective solution, whether immediately or long-term.

ALEX BERES

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE,
GRANTS, & FUNDING

ALEX BERES

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE,
GRANTS, & FUNDING

Columbus, Ohio

(614) 898-7100 | aberes@msconsultants.com

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science & History – Ashland University

EXPERTISE

Alex Beres is known as our very own “Grant Guru” as the Director of Finance, Grants & Funding. Recognized by Columbus Business First in their monthly, “Twenty People to Know in Central Ohio Government,” Alex brings his expertise in public finance, economic development, and government.

Finding Financing Solutions

Alex believes some of the biggest challenges he faces in his line of work involve grant funding opportunities and programs for public works projects continuously becoming smaller and less available. In order to combat this issue, Alex helps to find creative ways to have projects generate their own revenue through various development tools, such as tax increment financing, new community authorities, user payments, as well as continuous advocacy for funding solutions via public policy at the local, state, and federal level.

PAST SUCCESS

Alex recently worked on an infrastructure loan financing “bank” for the Franklin County Commissioners. He was able to structure a County loan into a Public Works Commission state-wide competitive grant application for the Village of Marble Cliff. The loan leveraged the village’s local match, consequently giving them a higher score, which allowed them to be awarded a grant that funded a substantial part of an industrial park water line project.

LISA SAMPLES

PHD, PE
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER

LISA SAMPLES

PHD, PE
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER

Raleigh, North Carolina

(919) 772-5565 | lsamples@msconsultants.com

Education

  • Philosophiae Doctor, Civil Engineer, Structural Engineering Emphasis – Purdue University
  • Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineer, Structural Engineering Emphasis – North Carolina State University

Registrations

  • Professional Engineer: Ohio, Pennsylvania and North Carolina

Experience

With a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University and a Doctorate with an emphasis in Structural Engineering from Purdue University, Lisa Samples, Ph.D., P.E. is a Structural Engineer in the Raleigh, North Carolina office. Her Professional Engineer registrations include the states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina.

 

Prior to joining ms consultants in 2013, Lisa’s work included structural design and ratings analysis for simple and complex bridges, culverts, and retaining walls. Since joining ms, Lisa has worked on a number of projects. Lisa found her most interesting project to date to be the rehabilitation of the Homeville Viaduct Bridge in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The project involved the reconfiguration of some of the bridge bearings to eliminate joints in the bridge deck to improve future maintenance needs. This change required an analysis of the existing pier to determine its suitability for the new configuration, and the unique shape of the historic piers required a complex method of analysis not used for a typical Pennsylvania pier design.

A YOUNG ENGINEER

Lisa’s passion for engineering started at a young age. Even as a child, she enjoyed the task of building something, whether it was Legos or a clubhouse in the woods. As the daughter of an electrical engineer, Lisa was always exposed to the math and science world.  Lisa says she developed a love for mathematics early and it only seemed natural to choose engineering as her profession.

OUTSIDE OF THE OFFICE

In her free time, Lisa volunteers for her local elementary school and neighborhood youth swim team. She also enjoys swimming and hiking for recreation. Additionally, Lisa serves as Treasurer for the Raleigh Engineers Club.

TRAVIS POTTS

PE
HIGHWAY ENGINEER

TRAVIS POTTS

PE
HIGHWAY ENGINEER

Raleigh, North Carolina

(919) 772-5565 | tpotts@msconsultants.com

EDUCATION

  • Master of Engineering, Civil Engineering – North Carolina State University
  • Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering – North Carolina State University

REGISTRATIONS

  • Professional Engineer: North Carolina

A Passion for Math and Science

Originally intrigued by the order and symmetry of mathematics and science, Travis saw the opportunity to study engineering because it uses math in a practical way. In his profession, engineering allows him to express creativity through geometry and logic. Travis earned both his Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering and his Masters of Engineering in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University. He then worked for the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) for eleven years, in various units.

Evolution of Highway Engineering

When asked about his previous and unique project experiences, Travis stated, “some professions require repetitive work with few challenges. Highway engineering is not one of those. The canvas we paint upon is always different. Though milestones may be similar, each project is unique and provides learning opportunities.”

 

As a highway engineer, Travis is constantly exposed to different projects in his field. Even off-the-clock when he drives, he thinks about how he can bring highway engineering to the next level through reflecting in real time. When he encounters a road that is need of repair or that he believe could have been designed better, he thinks about the ways he could incorporate new ideas into the design to improve the road’s efficiencies and overall functionality.

Perspective on Industry Challenges and Trends

Travis finds that a common challenge in the engineering industry is becoming familiar with the standards, policies, and procedures of other states, as well as learning how to use new software in the most efficient manner. By developing relationships with others, both inside and outside of ms consultants, Travis is able to bolster his weaknesses with their strengths to provide the most efficient solution.

 

Throughout his years of experience, Travis finds that one of the biggest trends in highway design is corridor modeling. With the continuous change in software, he stays on the cutting edge of technology by participating in tech conferences, connecting with software and workspace developers, and getting hands-on experience with new products.

In His Spare Time

Travis enjoys spending time with his family and friends and has two young children. He says he is “filled with awe and amusement watching them grow.” They play games, watch movies, talk, laugh, and just enjoy each others company.