May 31, 2023
Southwestern Pennsylvania Engineering Outreach (SPEO) announced the election and re-election of board members. The non-profit organization, focused on mentoring and supporting minority- and women-owned businesses as well as prospective engineering and science students, held the election during its monthly board meeting on May 16.
“I want to thank our current SPEO officers and directors for their tireless work and support. I also congratulate and welcome our newly elected directors,” said chairperson Holly Douglas. “We could not accomplish our mission without your contributions and commitment.”
Directors elected to a first term are:
Jim Protin – GPI (Greenman-Pedersen)
Coreen Casadei – Collective Efforts
John Clark – john j. CLARK & ASSOCIATES
Directors re-elected to a second term are:
Suresh Ramanathan – KORYAK
Jennifer Threats – McCormick Taylor
Edward Reese – GPD Group
Daniel Laird – Michael Baker International
Jeff Rossi – Atlas Technical Consultants
SPEO was originally formed in 1995 by several consulting engineering firms and government/municipal officials and known as the “Pittsburgh Minority and Women Business Enterprise Engineering Initiative.” The name was later changed to the Southwestern Pennsylvania Engineering Outreach, or SPEO. The organization 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 careers in engineering.