The SEAOI Board of Directors is the backbone of the organization. Members are expected to attend the monthly meeting and to spend an additional minimum of 4 hours per month on the activities of the Board and other committees. The term for a new Board member is 3 years.



Check out David Nickell, SEAOI President 2018-2019, talking about the importance of our Leadership Board in the video above!

Click on a Board member's name below to see their affiliations and credentials. To contact the SEAOI Board, please email Stephanie Crain, Executive Director. 

Board Officers

President -  Jan I. Blok 
President-Elect - Jon Sfura 
Treasurer Jennifer Traut-Todaro 
Secretary James J. Pawlikowski

Directors to 2023

Rachel Jackson
Mary Lou Kutska
Matthew L. Wagner

Directors to 2024

Brian Boysen
Cathleen Jacinto
Sam Mittal

Directors to 2025

Enji Paul Papazisi
Adam Theiss
Brian Umbright

Past Presidents

Soliman Khudeira, 2020-2021
Derek Boeldt, 2021-2022

Joe Porada Young Engineers Committee Co-Chair - Liaisons to the Board
Peter Busch Young Engineers Committee Co-Chair - Liaisons to the Board


Jan Blok  (President)

Position: President, The Structural Group, Ltd.

Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S, M.S., Structural Engineering

Licensure: SE, Illinois; PE., CT, IN, MI, MN, MS, MO, NY, OH, WI


Jon Sfura (President-Elect)

Position: Senior Associate, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

Education: Purdue University, B.S.C.E.; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.S.C.E., Ph.D. in Civil Engineering

Licensure: SE, Illinois; CE, CA; PE, FL, KS, MI



Jennifer Traut-Todaro (Treasurer)

Position: Senior Project Manager, The Structural Group

Education: University of Illinois, M.S., Architecture, Structures Option; B.S., Architectural Studies 

Licensure: SE., Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, AISC


James J. Pawlikowski (Secretary)

Position: Principal / Director of Engineering, REX Engineering Group

Education: University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign; B.A, and M. Architecture with Structural; Engineering Concentration

Licensure: SE, Illinois; LEED, AP

Societies: SEAOI, CCHR, ASC, ACI

Rachel Jackson












Position: Senior Associate, Structural Engineering, Thornton Tomasetti

Education: The University of Texas at Austin, B.S. Architectural Engineering       
Licensure: SE, Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, AISC

Mary Lou Kutska

Position: Bridge Technical Manager, Michael Baker International 

Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S.; University of California at Berkeley, M.S.

Licensure: SE, Illinois; PE, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan

Societies: SEAOI, WTS, PTI

Matthew L. Wagner

Position: Senior Structural Engineer, Halliwell Engineering Associates

Education: University of Cincinnati, BSCE; Georgia Institute of Technology, MSCE

Licensure: SE, Illinois; PE, California, Colorado, Georgia, Texas

Societies: SEAOI, ACI, AISC

Brian Boysen









Position: Structural Section Manager, Burns & McDonnell

Education: The University of Illinois, B.S. General Engineering; Illinois Institute of Technology, MAS Structural Engineering

Licensure: SE, Illinois, Hawaii; PE, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin


Cathleen Jacinto










Position: Structural Engineer, FORSE Consulting, LLC

Education: Illinois Institute of Technology, MS Structural Engineering; University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, BS Civil Engineering

Licensure: SE, PE, Illinois

Associations: SEAOI, AISC, STI, TMS

Sam Mittal











Position: Project Manager, Horner & Shifrin

Education: The University of Chicago, M.B.A. Finance, Entrepreneurship; University of Cincinnati, M.S. Civil Engineering; National Institute of Technology, B.Tech. Civil Engineering

Licensure: SE, Illinois; PE, California, Colorado, Georgia, Missouri, Ohio      

Societies: SEAOI, ASCE

Enji Paul Papazisi

Position: Bridge Engineer III, HNTB Corporation
Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S. Civil Engineering; M.S. Structural Engineering
Licensure: PE, Illinois; SE, Illinois
Societies: SEAOI, ASCE, AISC

Position: Principal, Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Education: University of Washington, M.S. Civil Engineering; Lund University, Valle Foundation Research Fellowship; Washington University in St. Louis, B.S. Civil Engineering; Lawrence University, B.A. Physics
Licensure: SE, Illinois; PE, California
Societies: SEAOI, Aff. AIA Chicago

Brian Umbright

Position: Vice President, Transportation, EXP
Education: MSCE, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, BSCE, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Licensure: SE, IL; PE, IL, FL, GA, IA, IN, MO, WI


Soliman Khudeira (Past President)

Position: Section Chief of Major Projects, Chicago Department of Transportation - Division of Engineering; Adjunct Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology

Education: Illinois Institute of Technology, Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. - Civil Engineering - Structures

Licensure: SE, PE, Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, ASCE

Derek Boeldt (Immediate Past President)

Position: Senior Structural Engineer (Principal), Jacobs

Education: Michigan Technological University, B.S., Civil Engineering

Licensure: SE, Illinois; PE, Illinois


YEC Liasons

Joseph Porada (YEC Liason)









Position: Engineer, Thornton Tomasetti, Inc., YEC Co-Chair

Education: University of Notre Dame, B.S. Civil Engineering; Lehigh University, M.Eng. Structural Engineering

Licensure: E.I.T., Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, AISC, ASCE

Peter Busch (YEC Liason)








Position: Bridge Engineer II, HNTB Corporation, YEC Co-Chair

Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S., Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, M.S., Civil Engineering

Licensure: PE, Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, ASCE, AISC