SPEO Elects New Chairperson, Officers and Directors at Annual Meeting

Elections were held at the Southwestern Pennsylvania Engineering Outreach (SPEO) annual meeting in May 2020.

Sheena Sundin was elected Chairperson of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Engineering Outreach (SPEO) Board during the annual meeting. She is the Marketing Manager of Hayes Design Group Architects.

Additional Officers included:

Vice Chairperson – David Troianos, Engineering Director, Water/Wastewater, GAI Consultants
Secretary – Brad Duda, Technical Manager, Michael Baker International
Treasurer – Donna Chappel, President, Advanced Integration Group
Ex-Officio – Suresh Ramanathan, President, KORYAK

Those who were elected as SPEO Directors for a first term include:

Suresh Ramanathan – President, KORYAK
Jennifer Threats – Senior Communications Specialist, McCormick Taylor, Inc.
Edward Reese – Director – Pennsylvania Markets, GPD Group
Daniel Laird – Director of Business Development, Hill International
Vaibhar Swami – Operations & Strategy, AWK Engineering
Jeff Rossi – Business Development Manager, ATC Group Services

Those who were re-elected as SPEO Directors to a second term include:

Renee DeMichiei Farrow – Director of Business Development, Architectural Innovations, LLC
Lisa Edmonds – Acting Director, Allegheny County, Department of Equality and Inclusion
Jonathan Shimko – Sr. Project Manager, McKim & Creed, Inc.
Charles Jordan – Business Project Manager, MS Consultants
George Robinson – Director of Supplier Diversity & Inclusion, UPMC

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.