SEAOI BOARD (2016-2017)

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.

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. 

SEAOI Board of Directors at the 2016 Awards Banqet.  (Photo by Andrew Breen.)


Board Officers

President Salvatore DiBernardo
President-Elect - Tony F. Shkurti
Treasurer - David Nickell
Secretary - Christine Freisinger

Directors to 2017

Jan I. Blok
Carol Drucker
Bill Walton

Directors to 2018

Derek Boeldt
Lawrence Kirchner
Joseph M. Lowrance

Directors to 2019

Kevin Conroy
Soliman Khudeira
Jose A. Medero

Past Presidents

John F. Duntemann, 2013-2014 
Terry R. McDonnell, 2014-2015
David Horos, 2015-2016

Young Engineers Committee Chairs - Liaisons to the Board

Michelle Ryland
Michael Zelisko


 


Salvatore DiBernardo (President)

Position: Executive Vice President, Ciorba Group

Education: University of Rome, Italy, Civil Engineering Degree; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.S. Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering Northwestern University, Master of Business Administration

Licensure: S.E., Illinois; P.E., Illinois, IA, IN, OH, WI, Italy; C.Eng., United Kingdom

Societies: SEAOI, ASCE, IABSE, ICE


Tony F. Shkurti (President-Elect)

Position: Principal Engineer and Associate Vice President, HNTB Corporation 

Education: University of Tirana, Albania, B.S.; Wayne State University, M.S.; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D. 

Licensure: S.E., Illinois; P.E., Illinois, MI, MN, OH, WI

Societies: SEAOI, ASCE, AISC, PPCI 



David Nickell (Treasurer)

Position: Senior Structural Engineer, TGRWA, LLC 

Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S.C.E.; M.S.C.E. 

Licensure: S.E., Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, AISC   



Christine M. Freisinger (Secretary)

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

Education: Illinois Institute of Technology, B.S. Architectural Engineering; University of Minnesota, M.S., Structural Engineering

Licensure: S.E., P.E. Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, AISC


Jan I. Blok

Position: President, The Structural Group, Ltd.

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

Licensure: S.E., Illinois; P.E., CT, IN, MI, MN, MS, MO, NY, OH, WI

Societies: SEAOI, SEPAC, AISC, M.ASCE, AWC, CFSEI, PCI


Carol Drucker

Position: Principal, Drucker Zajdel Structural Engineers

Education: Purdue University, B.S, Civil Engineering; University of California, Berkeley, M.S., Structural Engineering 

Licensure: S.E., Illinois; P.E., Illinois, CO, GL, GA, KY, MI, NC, NJ, NY, PA, SC, TN, WA, WI; P. Eng., Ontario, Alberta 

Societies: SEAOI, SEF, AISC


William H. Walton

Position: Senior Vice President, GEI Consultants, Inc.

Education: Worcester Polytechnic Institute, B.S.; Cornell University, M.S. 

Licensure: S.E., Illinois; P.E., Illinois and 18 other states

Societies: SEAOI, ASCE, CCHRB, DFI, USSD


Derek Boeldt

Position: Deputy Chief Engineer, Infrastructure, Chicago Transit Authority

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

Licensure: S.E., Illinois; P.E., WI, NM

Societies: SEAOI, ASCE, AISC, AREMA


Lawrence Kirchner

Position: Vice President, TransSystems

Education: Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, B.S., Engineering Science & Mechanics; DePaul University, M.B.A., Management Accounting

Licensure: S.E., Illinois; P.E., Illinois, FL, GA, IN, IA, KY, LA, MI, MS, MO, OH, TN, TX, WI

Societies: SEAOI, ACEC-Illinois, AREMA Committee 15 - Steel Structures, IRTBA, ASCE


Joseph M. Lowrance

Position: Engineering Manager/Structural Section Leader, Farnsworth Group, Inc. 

Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S. Architectural Studies, and M.S., Architecture (Structures Option)

Licensure: S.E., Illinois; P.E., CO

Societies: SEAOI, NCSEA, ISPE, NSPE, ACEC-Illinois, ACI, AISC, CRSI, PCI


Kevin Conroy

Position: Senior Staff II, Structures, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Education: Illinois Institute of Technology, B.S.; Illinois Institute of Technology, M.S. Structural Engineering

Licensure: S.E., Illinois; P.E., Illinois, DE, IN, MO, OK, TX

Societies: SEAOI, ACI, AISC, ICRI


Soliman Khudeira

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

Education: Illinois Institute of Technology, Ph.D. Civil Engineering - Structures

Licensure: S.E., P.E. Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, ASCE


Jose A. Medero

Position: Vice President, Thornton Tomasetti

Education: Pennsylvania State University, Bachelor of Architectural Engineering; Pennsylvania State University, M.S. Architectural Engineering

Licensure: S.E., P.E. Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, SEPAC, ACI, AISC


John F. Duntemann (Past-President)

Position: Senior Principal, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Assoc., Inc.

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

Licensure: S.E., Illinois, AZ and LA; P.E., Illinois, FL, Manitoba, MD, MI, NY, TN and WA; C.E. in CA, DC and NV

Societies: SEAOI, ACI, ASCE, IABSE



Terry R. McDonnell (Past-President)

Position: Associate Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Education: University of Michigan, B.S. Civil Engineering; M.S. Structural Engineering

Licensure: S.E., Illinois; P.E., CA, MI, WI

Societies: SEAOI, CTBUH, ASCE, CBC, ICC


David R. Horos (Past-President)

Position: Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP

Education: Louisiana State University, B.S.; University of Texas, Austin, M.S.; Northwestern University, Masters of Management

Licensure: S.E., Illinois; P.E. Illinois, IN, NY; LEED AP

Societies: SEAOI, AISC, ASCE


Michelle Ryland

Position: Associate III, Klein & Hoffman, Inc.

Education: University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign, B.S. in Architectural Studies; M. Architecture (Structures Option)

Licensure: Licensed Architect, Illinois; EIT,

Illinois Societies: SEAOI, AIA


Michael Zelisko

Position: Engineer II, Primera Engineers, Ltd.

Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S.C.E.; M.S.C.E.

Licensure: P.E. Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, ASCE

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