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I am looking forward to serving as the Section President this year.  It seems like only a few years ago that I attended my first section meeting back in the early 2000’s when I worked in the District Traffic Unit for PennDOT District 12-0.  I attended meetings based on recommendations from coworkers and became a member of the Section in 2004.  I’m thankful for my coworkers introducing me to the Section and inspiring me to become an active member.  Over the years I’ve met a lot of great people through ASHE and have had the opportunity to socialize and get to know people whom I’ve worked with on projects.  Our industry is full of so many great people both professionally and personally and having the opportunity to get to talk and get to know people better outside of the typical work and project discussions has been rewarding. 


I’m grateful for all the past presidents and board members who have made this organization what it is today and hope to continue carrying the torch and inspiring our current members to become more involved with the Section.  I would like to personally thank David Kozel, P.E. who is our immediate past president.  David is a true professional and a wonderful person and an excellent mentor.   

I also hope that all our members find it as rewarding of an experience as I do and encourage co-workers to become members and participate in our meetings and events.  It is especially important that our younger colleagues get involved with the Section to carry on the legacy.  We have several Young Member social events planned for the year which will provide a fun and casual atmosphere for all to come see what our Section is about. 

Please feel free to reach out to me at with any feedback or suggestions about our Section.  We have an excellent lineup of venues and speakers for the upcoming year.  I look forward to seeing you soon.





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