Loai El-Gazairly, P.E., Ph.D.
Years Involved with ASCE: Since 1988. I served as Secretary of ASCE Georgia Tech Student Chapter, 2004 as Chairman of SEI Group Georgia Chapter, Member of the Board of Directors (Internal Affair) ASCE Georgia Chapter.
Biography: Hello fellow Engineers. I went to school at Alexandria University, Egypt where I earned my B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Structural Engineering in 1981 and 1985, respectively. In 1988 I joined the graduate program at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta where I finished my Doctorate degree in Structural Engineering in 1993. I have more than 30 years of engineering experience in project management, post-tensioning systems and application, steel and concrete bridge design, segmental bridge design and construction, advanced structural analysis and construction of complex bridges. I am Professional Engineer in the States of Virginia, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey
Why do you help out with ASCE Richmond? I am always interested in helping engineers within our profession. I enjoy reaching out to my colleagues who can make a difference in the engineering field. I like sharing my expertise in the area of bridge design with those who are just about to start their career or with those who have been involved in landmark projects both nationally and internationally. I believe that professional communication is a powerful tool for building great civilizations.
What takes up your time outside of work/ASCE? I like sailing and traveling. I enjoy going to the beach and my favorite places would be the Mediterranean, the Greek Islands or the Gulf of Mexico.
Jeff La Hood
Biography: My name is Jeff La Hood and I am the Vice President of the Richmond Branch for 2017-2018. I was born in Sterling Heights, MI and I am a proud Michigan State Alumni where I graduated with a B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering in 2014. Upon graduation, I accepted my offer to become part of the Richmond Roadway Design team for Kimley-Horn and Associates. I plan to provide the Richmond ASCE Branch with interesting and useful technical meetings throughout the next year. In my free time I like to travel, play Ice Hockey, and play with my dog Zoey. I am also an avid fan of all Detroit sports teams and the Michigan State Spartans. Go Green!
Nancy Lehr, PE, APMP
Biography: My name is Nancy Lehr and I have been involved with ASCE in some fashion since my undergraduate years in college and I look forward to working with the ASCE Richmond Branch board this year. Since joining this branch last year after relocating from Florida, I found it to be a welcoming group of people and dependable source of rewarding activities. Along with working with the board, I enjoy the opportunity of helping with other ASCE events, such as judging the student Concrete Canoe Competition.
I am a University of Florida graduate with a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering, focused in structures, and a Master’s in Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering. As an undergraduate, I participated in the Concrete Canoe Competition where I fostered my appreciation for ASCE. I worked for about 9 years in Jacksonville, Florida until my husband and I were relocated to Richmond in the summer of 2014. We have enjoyed learning about this new city and state and look forward to more adventures.
What takes up your time outside of work/ASCE?
My husband and I spend a great deal of time with our two children and all of their sports and school activities. We enjoy going to the beach, hiking, biking and just relaxing.
Favorite Sports Teams: Go Gators!
Biography: My name is Jeremy Kraft, and I will be the Richmond Branch Treasurer for the 2017 – 18 year. I received my Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 2001. After graduating, I spent a few years working in Seattle, WA and then relocated to Dallas, TX where I spent the next 9 years working on transportation projects ranging in scope from rural highways to urban interstates as a roadway and drainage engineer. I have been in the Richmond area since 2012, and currently work as a transportation Project Engineer with RK&K. On my off time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two young children, traveling, hiking, and camping.
Company/Job: Timmons Group / Roadway Project Engineer
Biography: Hi, my name is Ian Hogan, and I’ll be serving as the Richmond Branch Secretary for the 2017-2018 year. I grew up outside of Chicago and graduated in 2016 from Purdue University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. I became involved with ASCE as an undergraduate through my involvement with Concrete Canoe, as well as various community outreach events. After graduating, I spent a short time as a project engineer in Indianapolis, and then relocated to Richmond to join Timmons Group in early 2017. I have been fortunate to be involved in a variety of interesting projects throughout my time here in Richmond, and I am looking forward to serving you as the Secretary of the Richmond Branch! Outside of work, I enjoy playing Spikeball (look it up!) and visiting amusement parks.
Favorite Sports Teams: I will always be “Ever Grateful, Ever True” to my Purdue Boilermakers! Boiler up!
Company: Kimley-Horn and Associates
Biography: Catherine Hyland, and I look forward to serving as the Richmond Branch Communication Chair this year! I graduated from the University of Virginia in 2015 and moved to Richmond where I work for Kimley-Horn, specializing in Roadway and Transportation Design. Last year was my first year on the ASCE board where I enjoyed being our secretary and helping out with many ASCE events. I’m hoping to have a successful newsletter this year and reach as many civil engineers in the area as possible to increase attendance at all our great events!
What takes up your time outside of work/ASCE?
Last year I started competing in powerlifting, which is both a very fun and time-consuming hobby. When I’m not in the gym or at work I’m usually cooking, watching football, or enjoying one of Richmond’s many great restaurants or breweries.
Favorite Sports Teams: Virginia Cavaliers! Wahoowa!
Co-Educational Outreach Chair
Matthew S. Amonette, E.I.T.
Biography: My name is Matt Amonette and I will be serving as a Co-Education Chair for the Richmond Branch. I graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in May 2013 and a M.S. in Civil Engineering (with a Geotechnical focus) in December 2014. Following my graduation from Virginia Tech, I accepted a job offer with ECS Mid-Atlantic in Richmond to work as a Geotechnical Project Manager with the Special Projects Group. My time so far with ECS and in Richmond has been a fun and rewarding experience! Also, my boss Randy Wirt, whom many of you know, is the man!
Why do you help out with ASCE Richmond?
In my time at Virginia Tech, my participation as the outreach chair for the Geotechnical Student Organization (GSO) was a great way to branch out and meet other engineers in our industry as well as host outreach events for kids to stimulate the minds of our future engineers. I had the pleasure of creating a relationship between Virginia Tech’s ASCE chapter and GSO to the point where we held joint meetings. I enjoy hearing everyone’s perspectives on how to approach issues that confront us as Civil Engineers. Being a part of the GSO and now continuing that participation with the ASCE helps me advance in the fundamentals behind the role of Civil Engineers in our society.
What takes your time outside of work/ASCE?
I enjoy fishing, golf, running, and pretty much anything out on the water.
Favorite Sports Teams: Any Virginia Tech sport. Go Hokies!
Co-Educational Outreach Chair
Company/Job: Dewberry / Project Engineer
Biography: Hi, my name is Hillary Siegall and I’m excited to be serving as the Co-Educational Outreach Chair this year! My involvement in ASCE started in college, where I served as the Secretary and then President of the Virginia Tech student chapter. I’m grateful for the opportunity to get involved with the Richmond Branch. To me, ASCE is great because it offers a way for fellow civil engineers to network and learn, and because it helps to strengthen communities through volunteering. ASCE also encourages young people to become civil engineers by raising awareness of the industry. Consequently, this year I will be taking charge of the beloved annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Contest.
Since graduating from Virginia Tech in 2015 (Go Hokies!), I moved to Richmond and began my career at Dewberry. At work I have been exposed to a variety of projects, and I have primarily focused on site design of electrical substations and telecommunications sites.
In my free time I enjoy going to festivals and concerts, exercising, and exploring restaurants and the James River in lovely RVA.
Government Relations Chair
This position is currently vacant. If you are interested in getting involved with the ASCE Richmond Board, please contact Loai El-Gazairly, P.E., Ph.D.
Biography: My name is Anna Kotas and I am the newest addition to the Richmond ASCE Chapter in the Membership Chair Capacity. I am a world traveler, having been born in Poland, gone to middle school in Greece, high school and university in Saskatchewan, Canada and since, 2000, I am a “certified” Southern Belle! I have a B.S. in Geological Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan and my entire career has been spent here in Central Virginia. From day one of moving to Richmond, I have loved the people, climate, geography and geology of Virginia. I’ve also developed a love of our Engineering Community which I’ve been serving in one form or another since my rookie days. I am proud to be a Geotechnical Engineer. I advocate for all Geo-Professions and recently have been nominated to serve on ASCE’s Geo-Institute – Board Level – Outreach and Engagement Committee.
I have the best job in the world for GeoTesting Express (GTX) in Business Development where I get to use my technical knowledge and experience solving fellow geotechnical engineer’s laboratory testing issues all over the United States. I travel, have fun, and meet the crème de la crème of the Geotechnical world. Who could ask for anything more?
I am a proud mama to three boys. I am married to my best friend, soul mate and local structural engineer, Marcin Kotas from DMWPV. Together with my family I am living the quintessential American Dream.
Biography: I’m from Missouri originally and have degrees from the University of Central Missouri (Physics) and Missouri University of Science and Technology (Civil Engineering). My wife and I moved to Texas after school and I earned my P.E. working for VSL on long-span bridge projects and commercial post-tensioning applications. We moved to Richmond around 3 years ago and today I work for Contech as a Bridge Consultant, managing the company’s structures portfolio in Virginia and part of North Carolina.
Outside of work I spend most of my time RUNNING, working on my old house and drinking wine. My wife and I also love to travel domestically and internationally. The destinations also frequently involve wine.
Young Member Chair
Carolyn Desrochers Perry
Company/Job: Louis Berger/ Structural Engineer
Biography: I am currently serving as the Co-Younger Member Chair for the Richmond Branch of ASCE. I was born in Michigan and grew up in Cherry Hill, NJ, but remain an avid Boston Red Sox fan (due to familial ties). I moved to Richmond, VA in 2013 after obtaining my BS in Civil and Environmental (Structural) Engineering from the University of Maryland and my MS in Sustainable Engineering from Villanova University. I work as a structural engineer for Atkins with a current focus on structural bridge design, but am interested in all different types of structures.
I hope that as I continue to grow throughout the industry I can incorporate more sustainable design ideas into the structural model. In my free time I love hanging out by the river, playing ice hockey as well as other sports, and just simply being outside (whether it be a hike in the mountains, a trip to the beach, or spending time at a Richmond festival). I am very excited to become more involved in ASCE, and am looking forward to this year!
Biography: Greetings! I was born outside of Seattle, Washington but spent most of my childhood in Central Pennsylvania. I graduated from Virginia Tech in December of 2013 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and EIT Designation. I am now working as a Project Engineer at Timmons Group here in Richmond, focusing predominantly on residential land development projects.
After having minor involvement in ASCE during college, I jumped at the opportunity to help with the Richmond branch. I am excited to hold the webmaster position for the third consecutive year. I look forward to continuing to learning about web design. Please shoot me an email if you have any suggestions on for the website!
Outside of work and ASCE I enjoy mountain biking, running, camping, ice hockey, and live music. I root for the Seattle Mariners, Seattle Seahawks, and Virginia Tech Hokies.
Past President / Advisor
Jonathan Oliver, P.E.
Hi, I’m Jonathan Oliver and I am the Past President this year serving the past four years in other positions. I was born and raised in Conyers, GA, a suburb of Atlanta in the heart of the deep south. I attended Clemson University in Clemson, SC where I graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 2009 (and am an avid fan of the Clemson Tigers). I worked for a year before deciding to return to school at Georgia Tech, where I graduated with a M.S. in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Transportation in 2011. I moved to Richmond in 2011 after grad school to take a position as a roadway engineer with Kimley-Horn.
My work as a roadway engineer has exposed me to a variety of projects including roadway designs associated with light-rail and rapid transit systems, designing improvements to and/or widening of rural/urban collectors and arterials, limited-access highways, streetscapes, and sidewalks in addition to becoming a stormwater management and hydraulics design specialist for transportation projects. Outside of work I enjoy running, playing soccer, bicycling, and traveling whenever possible.