SEAOI BOARD (2020-2021)

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 -  Derek Boeldt
President-Elect - Jan I. Blok
Treasurer Jon Sfura
Secretary Jennifer Traut-Todaro

Directors to 2022

Joseph M. Lowrance
James J. Pawlikowski
Michelle Ryland

Directors to 2023

Rachel Jackson
Mary Lou Kutska
Matthew L. Wagner

Directors to 2024

Brian Boysen
Cathleen Jacinto
Sam Mittal

Past Presidents

Christine Freisinger, 2019-2020
Soliman Khudeira, 2020-2021

Jonathan Tavarez Young Engineers Committee Co-Chair - Liaisons to the Board
Enji Paul Papazisi Young Engineers Committee Co-Chair - Liaisons to the Board

Derek Boeldt (President)

Position: Senior Structural Engineer (Principal), Jacobs

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

Licensure: SE, Illinois; PE, Illinois


Jan Blok  (President-Elect)

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 (Treasurer)

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 (Secretary)

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

Michelle Ryland

Position: Associate V, Structures Group, Klein & Hoffman, Inc.

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

Licensure: Licensed Architect Illinois; SE, Illinois

Illinois Societies: SEAOI, AIA, AISC

James J. Pawlikowski

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

Joseph M. Lowrance

Position: Senior Engineering Manager, Farnsworth Group, Inc.

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

Licensure: SE, Illinois, PE, Colorado


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

Christine M. Freisinger (Past President)

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

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

Licensure: SE, PE, Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, AISC

Soliman Khudeira (Immediate 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

Jonathan Tavarez (YEC Liason)

Position: Senior Engineer, American Institute of Steel Construction 

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

Licensure: P.E., Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, AISC, ASCE

Enji Paul Papazisi (YEC Liason)








Position: Bridge Engineer, HNTB Corporation

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

Licensure: PE, Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, ASCE, AISC