Carolyn Desrochers Perry, P.E., S.E.
Company/Job: WSP / Structural Engineer
Biography: I am excited to be serving as the Richmond Branch President for the 2020-2021 year. Despite the current constraints I hope we can continue connect virtually and expand our platform with new events to encourage more participation. We are here to serve you, so please reach out if you have any input on future events/gatherings.
I was born in Michigan and grew up in Cherry Hill, NJ. 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 WSP with a current focus on structural bridge design, and enjoy problem solving complicated designs. 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). This past year I have also welcomed a new member to my family, and am enjoying watching my daughter grow and experience the world around her.
Company/Job: A. Morton Thomas and Associates / Transportation Engineer
Biography: My name is Michael Gulding and I will be serving as the Vice President for the Richmond Branch. I hail from NOVA but like anyone who grew up there I had to leave. I Joined ASCE as a student at Old Dominion University where I participated in both the Steel Bridge Competition as well as the Concrete Canoe Competition. I graduated from “Old Dirty” in 2018 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. After graduating I moved up to Richmond and later that year, I joined AMT as a Transportation Engineer.
In my free time I enjoy homebrewing, rooting for the Steelers, and (most importantly) spending time with my best friend and wife, Shelby.
Matthew S. Amonette, P.E.
Company/Job: Engineering Consulting Services / Project Engineer / National Account Manage
Biography: My name is Matt Amonette and I am serving as the President-Elect for the Richmond Branch for the year of 2020-2021. 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 with ECS Mid-Atlantic in Richmond to work as a Geotechnical Engineer with the Special Projects Group. My time so far with ECS and in Richmond has been a fun and rewarding experience! Our group specializes in large transportation projects as well as power and utility work.
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.
I enjoy fishing, golf, running, and pretty much anything out on the water
Company/Job: Kimley-Horn / Roadway Engineer
Biography: Hi, I’m Catherine and will be your Treasurer this year! I’ve served as Communications Chair the last few years and have greatly enjoyed getting to know most of you and more about ASCE through that role. I’m proud of the way ASCE Richmond has grown and all the great events we’ve added the last couple years and am very excited to help continue to make this branch the best it can be for our awesome members!
In my spare time I love reading, cooking and competitive powerlifting. I keep busy in the Spring as a volunteer coach of the amazing and strong Special Olympics Area 31 powerlifting team! I am also Vice President of the Special Olympics Young Professionals Board (YPB), which has given me the opportunity to network with many young superstars in the community and give back to an organization I’m very passionate about!
Jamie Mote, E.I. (MS)
Biography: Hi! I will be serving as Secretary for the Richmond Branch this year. I am originally from Memphis, Tennessee, but moved to Richmond last year after graduating with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Ole Miss. At Ole Miss, I served as president of the ASCE Student Chapter and spent most of my time designing and building the concrete canoe.
In my free time, I enjoy golfing, doing home improvement projects, and spending time with my boyfriend and two dogs. We are huge sports fans in my house, so we also travel a good bit around the country to watch the Memphis Grizzlies and the Dallas Cowboys!
Paul Johnston, P.E.
Company/Job: Schnabel Engineering / Senior Engineer
Biography: My name is Paul Johnston and I will be serving as the Richmond Branch Communications Chair. I was raised in Charlottesville but have called Richmond home for almost 10 years now. I received my B.S. in Civil Engineering from Clemson in 2009 and my M.S. in Civil Engineering (Geotechnical focus) from Virginia Tech in 2013. I work as a geotechnical engineer for Schnabel Engineering on a variety of private and public projects at the local, state, and federal levels.
In my free time I enjoy traveling, mountain biking, snowboarding and most other outdoor activities.
Community Service Chair
Danielle Nielsen, P.E.
Company/Job: Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson / Project Engineer
Biography: My name is Danielle Nielsen and I will be organizing volunteer initiatives and donation drives as the Community Outreach Chair. I first become involved in ASCE while serving on the board of the University of Virginia Student chapter and I have been volunteering for as long as I can remember. I have worked with organizations ranging from humanitarian aid relief to the health industry including but not limited to the SPCA, Ronald McDonald House Charities, the James River Association, and various arts and cultural events. After completing my civil engineering degree at UVA, I started working for JMT in Richmond as a water resources engineer where I design and inspect various transportation and environmental projects. I recently obtained my Masters in Water Resources Engineering from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and I enjoyed the extensive travel that living in Europe afforded me. I look forward to brining my passion of philanthropy and the environment to the Richmond branch and providing ASCE with opportunities to give back to our community!
When I’m not volunteering, I am usually traveling the world, petting dogs, kayaking, eating parmesan cheese, or playing with my Camogie team (The Gaelic sport of Hurling), Richmond Battery GAA.
Government Relations Chair
Company/Job: Virginia Department of Transportation / EDGE Associate
Biography: My name is Andrew Bunn and I am serving as the Government Relations chair this year. I was involved with the Old Dominion University and Norfolk chapters of ASCE as an undergraduate civil engineering student, and graduated in 2018. I am from Virginia Beach but I’m much happier living in downtown Richmond. I interned with VDOT during my undergrad and have continued in their Core Development Program, now the EDGE program, with the goal of working in the transportation planning field. My free time is mostly spent reading up on the various industries I’m interested in, from planning to urban development to global business and finance, and exploring Richmond’s 200+ locally owned restaurants. Ask me about my spreadsheets!
Ryan Bounds, E.I.T.
Company/Job: Kimley-Horn / Civil Analyst
Biography: Hello! My name is Ryan Bounds and I will be serving as the Education Co-Chair along side Jeff Huffman for this year. During my undergraduate studies at the University of South Carolina, I became heavily involved with ASCE and played a prominent role in our Steel Bridge and Concrete Canoe Teams. Upon graduating in 2018, I relocated from my hometown in Salisbury, Maryland to Richmond in pursuit of my professional engineering career at Kimley-Horn & Associates. Since my time at Kimley-Horn, I have served as a consultant on a variety of transportation jobs in both the private and public sector with a strong focus in roadway design.
Outside of the office I enjoy a variety of outdoor activities such as surfing, off-shore fishing, and running with my EXTRA large labradoodle Cooper!
Jeff Huffman, M.S., P.E., F.ASCE
Company/Job: Draper Aden Associates / Vice President and Division Manager of Geotechnical Engineering and Construction Services
Biography: I am serving my second term as Education Co-Chair for the Richmond Branch. I first became a member of ASCE in 1986 as a student member at Virginia Tech and have remained a member since. Past positions within ASCE include President and VP of the Huntington Branch, two term President, VP, and four-year term Treasure of the West Virginia Section, and Marshall University student chapter faculty advisor for six years. I am currently on The Society (National) Pre-College Outreach Committee. I received the grade of ASCE Fellow Member in 2016.
I am Vice President and Division Manager of Geotechnical Engineering and Construction Services at Draper Aden Associates. I received my BSCE in 1988, my MSCE (Geotechnical) in 1990 and Ph.D. candidate in 2013 at Virginia Tech. I am a native of South Charleston, West Virginia and my bride, Karen (a Richmond native), and I relocated to Richmond in July 2019. Outside of work, I enjoy international travel, walking/running, golfing, and reading technical papers.
If I can provide any assistance to you with ASCE or profession mentoring I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Company/Job: GeoTesting Express / Geotechnical Engineer
Biography: My name is Anna Kotas and I enjoy helping the ASCE Richmond chapter in the Membership Chair Capacity. I was born a world traveler, grew up in Poland, went 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
Brian R. Ditzler, P.E.
Company/Job: Timmons Group / Project Manager
Biography: My name is Brian Ditzler and I will be serving as the Younger Member Chair of the Richmond Branch. I am originally from Somerset County, Pennsylvania, and have been involved with ASCE since attending college where I was involved with concrete canoe. I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering Technology, and have worked in private development and public works since. I started my professional career in Columbus, Ohio before my wife and I relocated to the Richmond area in 2016. We were drawn to Richmond due to the beautiful landscape and variety of local historical sites. We are excited to grow within the Richmond community and take advantage of the many new adventures available here.
In my free time, I truly enjoy spending time with my wife, Erica, and our dogs, Ruger and Jack. I also enjoy hiking, kayaking, traveling, and spending time outdoors.
Young Member Chair
Kyle Hogan, E.I.T.
Company/Job: Timmons Group / Project Engineer
Biography: My name is Kyle Hogan and I will be serving as the Young Member Co-Chair for the Richmond Branch. Originally raised in Moorestown, NJ, I left for the wide-open spaces and mountains of Virginia and graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2019. After college, I moved to Richmond and joined Timmons Group as a Project Engineer on the transportation design team. My favorite part of being a civil engineer is the opportunity to work on projects that will have a direct impact on the places we live. I look forward to sharing my passion for community service and helping connect young professionals to our ASCE Richmond branch.
Outside of work, I can be found hiking along the James River, playing kickball, and cheering on the Yankees to another playoff run! I’m also an avid runner and plant parent
James Dishner, E.I.T.
Company/Job: JMT / Water Resources Engineer
Biography: My name is James Dishner and I will be serving as the webmaster for the Richmond Branch. I hail from the mountains of West Virginia, graduating from Marshall University in 2020 with my B.S. in Civil Engineering. In college I was involved with ASCE where I served as the VP my senior year, was concrete canoe captain, and on the steel bridge team. I am excited to stay involved with ASCE and to have the opportunity to serve in some capacity as a board member.
In my free time I can be found running, hiking, fishing, or enjoying craft beer.
Past President / Advisor
Jeff La Hood, P.E.
Biography: My name is Jeff La Hood and I am the Past President of the Richmond Branch. I want to encourage all members to provide input on what events they would like to attend so we can best serve you! I am a proud Michigan State Alumni where I graduated with a B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering and am currently part of the rail and transit team at Kimley-Horn and Associates. 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!