SPEO Elects Board Members and New Vice-Chairperson


Sheena Hoover was elected Vice-Chairperson of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Engineering Outreach (SPEO) Board during their annual meeting in June. She is Marketing Manager of Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering, Inc.

Elected to the Board of Directors are:

Charles Jordan, PE – Environmental Business Project Manager, ms consultants, inc.
George Robinson II, MBA – Manager of Development Services, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority
Jonathan Shimko – Director, Power & Water Solutions, Tetra Tech, Inc.
Lisa Edmonds, MCA – Deputy Director, Allegheny County M/W/DBE Department
Renee DeMichiei Farrow – Director of Business Development, Architectural Innovations, LLC
Ricky Burgess – Manager of Urban Markets and Solutions, Hatch Chester

In 1995, several consulting engineering firms and government/municipal officials formed the “Pittsburgh Minority and Women Business Enterprise Engineering Initiative.” The name was later changed to the Southwestern Pennsylvania Engineering Outreach, or SPEO. This group identified the need to provide technical, marketing, and general business assistance to minority- and women-owned businesses in the Southwestern Pennsylvania region.  Part of this effort has included working with local institutions to encourage and financially support young men and women who are interested in starting a career in the engineering profession.

SPEO is a non-profit organization whose members are dedicated to mentoring local minority- and women-owned business enterprise (MBE/WBE) firms and providing networking and subconsulting opportunities to them. SPEO is committed to its mission of increasing the opportunities available to its MBE/WBE members and prospective engineering and science students.

For more information or to join SPEO, visit www.speo-pa.org or e-mail info@speo-pa.org.