Broomfield, Colo., November 1, 2013 – MWH Global, the global wet infrastructure sector leader and provider of strategic consulting, technical engineering environmental and construction services, today announced that 10 employees have been promoted to the position of vice president and two have been promoted to senior vice president.
The promotions were confirmed by the MWH board of directors at the August board meeting.
“We’re pleased to recognize the achievements of MWH employees, and fostering their professional growth means strengthening the overall organization and delivering industry-leading solutions to our clients,” said Alan Krause, chairman and chief executive officer of MWH Global. “These leaders represent a wide-range of expertise and global locations where our global team focuses on our mission of building a better world.”
The 10 employees promoted to vice president are:
Melissa Carter, vice president and senior project manager – Melissa Carter currently serves as the senior project manager and commercial manager for MWH in the government and infrastructure operation in the east region. Carter currently oversees more than 200 projects for MWH, combining exemplary project management with client service and team building skills to successfully navigate large, complex projects. Carter holds a bachelor’s degree of civil engineering and master’s degree in environmental engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. She is based in Boston.
Matt Garcia, vice president and principal client service manager - Matt Garcia currently directs marketing and strategy efforts as senior client service leader in Texas. He joined MWH in 2007 and has since become a leader in applying MWH services to challenging client needs, and was most recently involved in a contract win with the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority Integrated Desalinated Water Treatment/Power Study. Garcia earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from McMurry University. He is based in Dallas, Texas.
Geno Lehman, vice president and research manager – Geno Lehman has worked as a civil and environmental engineer for 14 years and has spent the last 13 years with MWH. Lehman most recently served as research manager and is responsible for the all financial management the company’s research offerings. He has managed more than 40 bench and pilot studies focused on water quality and process engineering, with noteworthy work completed in the areas of perchlorate and nitrate. Lehman holds a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering and a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. He is based in Arcadia, Calif.
John Tehaney, vice president and chief structural engineer-design – John Tehaney has more than 23 years of experience in civil and structural engineering, and has been with MWH for the past 13 years. He currently serves as a chief structural quality reviewer. Tehaney is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Concrete Institute. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from California State University, Sacramento. He is based in Sacramento, Calif.
Glenn Fawcett, vice president and global director of business transformation services – Glenn Fawcett serves as global director of business transformation services for the management consulting team. He brings more than 20 years of experience in strategic planning and implementation of information technology-centric solutions to realize tangible results for clients in the water and transportation industries. Fawcett previously worked for MWH in Brunei, where he was awarded the prestigious Association of Civil Engineers (New Zealand) Future Leader award in 2003, and the Institute of Professional Engineers (New Zealand) Young Engineer award in 2004. Fawcett earned a master’s degree in management information systems and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. He is based at the company’s global headquarters in Broomfield, Colo.
Kevin Kammerzell, vice president and principal engineer – Kevin Kammerzell is a principal engineer with more than 20 years of experience in the mining, industrial, and municipal industries with technical expertise in surface water hydraulics and hydrology, sediment management, mine closure and operation, potable and non-potable water networks, and wastewater systems. Kammerzell has designed and provided construction oversight for large-scale dam structures, site wide drainage control systems, heap leach systems, and tailings facilities for mine operation and closure in multiple climate regions around the world. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Colorado State University. He’s based in Tempe, Ariz., where he’s helped grow the team from eight to 17 team members in the last year.
Masrour Kizilbash, vice president and principal geologist, grouting specialist – Masrour Kizilbash has been with MWH for more than 40 years and has served in technical and field engineering roles, including work as a geologist and grouting expert on many of the company’s noteworthy dam and underground projects. In addition to his role in the dams and hydropower market sector, his expertise applies to mining and municipal clients where he made significant technical contributions. He holds a master’s degree in science in geology and bachelor’s degree in applied and engineering geology from the University of Karachi. Kizilbash is based in Lahore, Pakistan.
Peter Kolenda, vice president and lead mechanical engineer – Peter Kolenda currently serves as lead mechanical engineer for the Panama Canal Third Set of Locks Project and has done so since the project’s start in 2009. During his 38 years with MWH, Kolenda has earned a reputation as a highly regarded mechanical engineer with industry recognized expertise and has spent significant time working on some of the company’s highest profile projects around the world. He holds master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Polytechnic of Warsaw. He is based in Chicago.
Carrie Sabin, vice president and technical and knowledge manager – Carrie Sabin has more than 22 years of experience in community relations, business management, strategy development, communications, technical writing, and managing website content and knowledge portals. She currently leads a number of change management projects for the company; and she is instrumental in building consistency of communications and training across the company’s English and Spanish-speaking operations. She holds a MBA from Regis University and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Brigham Young University. Carrie is based in Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Frank Topel, vice president and principal mechanical engineer – Frank Topel has been with MWH for nearly 40 years and currently serves as principal mechanical engineer in the Chicago-based design business unit. He has served as lead mechanical engineer on numerous projects and is recognized as a mentor among his mechanical engineering peers. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Topel is based in Chicago, Ill.
The two individuals promoted to senior vice president are:
Nora Okusu, senior vice president and director of marketing and strategy – Nora Okusu leads strategy development and management of marketing activities for the company’s global program management services. Prior to her current position, Okusu developed and managed strategy and implemented marketing activities for the engineering and technical services sector. Okusu holds a master‘s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor‘s degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is based in Broomfield, Colo.
David Harrison, senior vice president and director of ETS client service managers – David Harrison has spent his entire 34-year career with MWH and has led many of the company’s major engineering and technical campaigns. He currently serves as vice president and client service manager, utilizing his vast experience in planning, designing, and constructing municipal and industrial waste treatment facilities. He has had significant roles in planning and executing program management support assignments around the world, ranging from project engineer to planning manager to program manager. Harrison earned a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Stanford University and a bachelor’s in civil engineering from University of California at Davis. He is based in Broomfield, Colo.