Meet Your CEEFA Board

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Walter (Wally) Alix
Past President

Evan Avery
Secretary

Tarolyn Buckles
Director

James G. Fausone
Vice President

Monique Gibelli

Monique Gibelli
Director

Stephen R. Guidos

Stephen R. Guidos
Director

John J. Hiltz
Past President

Jim Jacobi
President

Tara Jackson
Director

Lynn Katz
Director

Kenneth Loh
Director

Jennifer (Starrman)
Macks

Past President

Michael McGill
Director

Tim Neuman
Director

Dan Sinnott
Past President

Walter (Wally) Alix, Past President

Wally Alix (BSCE ’75) has been married for 33 years to his wife Cindy and has two children Roland and Amy. Walter has worked for Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc. for 30 years. HRC is a municipal engineering company that provides engineering services to Cities, townships, counties and the state for various projects. He is an avid outdoorsman and a gentleman farmer.
 

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Evan Avery, Secretary

Evan Avery (BSE ’11) is a Project Engineer with Hensel Phelps, a 100% employee owned construction and building services contractor with projects throughout the US. Evan hired on with the Southern California District as a field engineer immediately after graduating and began working in the Los Angeles area. He is currently responsible for the electrical and low voltage scopes at the United Airlines Terminal Redevelopment Program at LAX. Outside of work, Evan enjoys volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, hiking, and exploring the varied atmospheres and activities of LA. Evan is committed to increasing alumni engagement in CEEFA, and expanding its role to benefit more alumni, students, and the department as a whole. 

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Tarolyn Buckles, Director

Tarolyn Buckles (BSCE '93) is President and CEO of Onyx Enterprise, Inc. Onyx Enterprise is headquartered in Detroit, Michigan and provides engineering consulting, project management and construction management services to local, state, federal government, engineering consulting firms and contractors. One of Onyx’s main clients is the Detroit Water and Sewer Department Board of Water Commissioners. As Technical Advisor to the Board of Water Commissioners, Ms. Buckles researches, analyzes and develops technical strategies on behalf of the Board and provides recommendations.

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James G. Fausone, Vice President (Fundraising Committee Chair)

James G. Fausone (BSE ’76) is a founding partner at the law firm of Fausone Bohn, LLP in Northville, Michigan. He uses that background in litigation and business advice for locally owned companies. In 2007, he received the College's Distinguished Service Award. Jim is a past chairman of the College's Alumni Society Board and in 2005 funded the James G. and Carol Ann Fausone Endowed Scholarship Fund.

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Monique Gibelli, Director

Monique Gibelli, Senior Director of Partner Experience for Microsoft Cloud + Enterprise, has over 25 years of experience in engineering, sales, marketing and product leadership.  She brings a unique understanding of the latest technologies in Cloud, IT and telecom markets through her employment with Nortel, Citrix, and Microsoft.  She complements her vendor experience with strong market research and consulting skills demonstrated during her employment with IDC.  At IDC, she was Vice President for all IT and telecom market research and consulting for Latin America.  Ms Gibelli received her M.B.A. in International Marketing and Finance from DePaul University, her Professional Engineering (P.E.) license from the State of Michigan, her M.S. in Environmental Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, and her B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan.

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Stephen R. Guidos, Director

Stephen Guidos (BSCE ‘83) is Principal and Director of Development for Cunningham-Limp Development Company. Since 1989 he has directed Pre-Construction Services and Construction Operations. Currently he focuses on new business opportunities and real estate evaluation, acquisition and development. Additionally, he is a partner with the Indian Hill Company whose mission is the urban renewal of the Pontiac "Loop". He contributes his expertise to community and social enterprise organizations such as ImpacT3, Life Remodeled and Oakland Family Services.

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John J. Hiltz, Past President

John Hiltz is the President of Orchard, Hiltz, & McCliment, Inc., a 260-person architecture, engineering and planning firm committed to advancing communities, with offices located in Michigan (Auburn Hills, Flint, Hancock, Livonia, Mt. Pleasant, Saginaw); Ohio (Gahanna, Columbus); and Tennessee (Nashville). John is an active Board member of the Plymouth Road Development Authority and the Livonia Community Foundation; is immediate Past-President of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan and, currently serves on its’ Executive Committee where he is actively involved with the State’s DOT, DEQ and Attorney General’s Office, working on contract and legislative issues that affect the AEP industry; and served as Honorary Co-Chair of the Detroit Zoo Walk for the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan in 2013 & 2014. John and his wife Debbie live in Livonia and have three adult children: Danielle (U-M BSN ’09), Christine and Jack.

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Jim Jacobi, President

Jim Jacobi, P.E. (BSCE ’75, MSE ’76) is a Senior Principal and Chief Information Officer for Houston-based Walter P Moore, one of the leading engineering consulting firms in the nation with offices nationwide. He is responsible for the firm's overall information technology strategy and programs and has over 35 years of experience in engineering design, project management and construction with a special expertise in application of information technology to this field. His areas of expertise include implementation of integrated project management systems, development of integrated business analytic systems, Building Information Modeling (BIM), and other related 3D CAD project delivery systems. He has led the implementation of Building Information Modeling delivery systems at Walter P Moore and the firm’s efforts in managing the interface with other members of the design, construction and owner teams in project collaboration and coordination in the BIM environment.  He has led many multi-discipline BIM Coordination Services projects and has frequently spoken and published on the topic of BIM in the AEC Industry. He is a member of the Tau Beta Pi and Chi Epsilon engineering honor societies, and has served on a number of committees including chair of University of Houston's Industry Advisory Board on Training in Advanced Plant Design Systems, the Electronic Data Management Task Force for the Construction Industry Institute, and the A/E Productivity Committee of the Construction Users Roundtable and is an Emeritus Member of the Advisory Board for the College Of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University. Jim and his wife Karen live in Houston and have four children, the youngest of which is a Michigan alum (Jennifer BA ’10).

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Tara Jackson, Director

Tara Jackson (MSE EnvE '07) is the Operations Team Lead on the Blind Faith 2 Project, a major capital project at Chevron Corporation in the Gulf of Mexico strategic business unit. She began her career at Chevron in 2008 as an Environmental Specialist in the Upstream Capability Operating Company and transitioned to a field environmental role in the Mid-Continent / Alaska business unit. Then, she worked as a Health, Environment, and Safety Advisor on a large Southern Africa strategic business unit major capital project. Prior to accepting the Operations Team Lead position, she served as a small capital Project Manager and a Project Engineer in the Gulf of Mexico strategic business unit. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to various countries to learn about different cultures and spending time with family. Also, she enjoys volunteering as a tutor and speaking to youth about the vast career opportunities in the energy industry. Ms. Jackson will receive her MBA from the University of Texas Red McCombs Business School (expected May 2016). She received her MSE in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan and a BS in Chemical engineering from the University of California, Irvine.

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Lynn Katz, Director

Dr. Lynn Katz is a Professor with the John A. Focht Centennial Teaching Fellowship in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering. Her teaching interests include aquatic chemistry, surface and interfacial phenomena, physicochemical treatment processes for water and wastewater and biological wastewater treatment. Her research has focused on the fate and transport of contaminants in natural and engineered systems. Specific research interests include the physicochemical processes which control the rate and extent of partitioning of organic and inorganic contaminants to soils and sediments, evaluation of physicochemical and integrated biological/physicochemical processes for removal of contaminants from water and wastewater, and elucidation of reaction mechanisms at mineral/water interfaces. Dr. Katz is also a recipient of the 2009 WEP Advocate Award.

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Dr. Kenneth Loh, Director

Dr. Kenneth Loh (MSE CE '05, MSE MatSci '08, PhD CE '08) joined the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis as an Assistant Professor in 2009 and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2014. He was also a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Taiwan and Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the National Taiwan University in 2014. Prior to this, he received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2004. He continued his graduate studies at the University of Michigan, where he completed two M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering (2005) and Materials Science & Engineering (2008), as well as a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in 2008. His research interests include multifunctional materials, nano-engineering, composite materials, biologically inspired systems, and resilient structures. Dr. Loh’s recent honors include the Achenbach Medal, NSF CAREER Award, Joseph Wang Award, SPIE Senior Member honor, and several best paper awards.

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Jennifer (Starrman) Macks, Past President

Jennifer Macks (BSCE ’94) is a Vice President of Business Development at Howard Shockey & Sons in Winchester, Virginia. Shockey provides construction and pre-construction services for new and renovated structures throughout Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland. She has been involved with CEEFA since 2004. Jennifer and her husband Jeff have two daughters: Cassie and Allison.

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Michael McGill, Director

Michael McGill (BSCE ’73, MSCE ’74, MSE ’76) is the president of MMS Design Associates in California. MMS is a consulting firm which for nearly 30 years has provided development-based services to cities, public agencies and private sector clients. MMS specializes in large, complex projects involving major infrastructure analysis, funding, financing, long-range planning and design, construction, and contract administration. As a civil engineer, McGill has designed and managed a variety of public works and private land development projects. He has specific expertise in the areas of environmental assessments, flood control, hydraulics and hydrology, grading, drainage, and erosion control and has overseen infrastructure projects totaling in excess of $1 billion. McGill Martin Self, Inc (MMS) was part of Contra Costa Water District Los Vaqueros project team that was awarded the ASCE 1999 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement. He also earned the Certificate of Congressional Recognition for Outstanding and Invaluable Service to the Community from Congressman George Miller, June 12, 2014.

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Timothy Neuman, Director

Timothy Neuman, P.E. (BSCE 1974, MSE 1975) is Vice President; Chief Highway Engineer and National Director of Highway and Traffic Safety for CH2M HILL, the largest employee-owned engineering and construction consulting firm in the U.S. He has 38 years of experience in the planning and design of highways and freeways. He has directed or managed planning and design studies for major freeway corridors and interchanges. Tim lives in Glenview, Illinois with his wife Mary and two of their four children.

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Dan Sinnott, Past President

Dan Sinnott (BSCE ’79; MSE ’80) joined Turner Construction Company upon graduation and has held numerous domestic and international positions with the firm over the past 30 years. He currently manages Turner’s West Michigan office. Dan and his wife Julie (Johnson) Sinnott, also a University of Michigan civil engineering graduate, live with their two children in Plymouth, Michigan.

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