National Leadership

The SAME Board of Direction, at its meeting on May 25, 2012, approved a new governance structure for the Society. This change instituted an entirely volunteer Board of Direction, led by five national officers elected by the membership: President, President-Elect, Past President and two Vice Presidents. The remainder of the voting Board of Direction includes 12 Elected Directors (who serve four-year terms), 17 Regional Vice Presidents (who have oversight of all Posts in their geographic region), and Chairs of the Mission Committees & Councils (who lead the strategic direction of discipline or demographic-focused national groups).

In addition to the voting members, the Board of Direction includes several non-voting members: appointed Treasurer and Counsel, the SAME Executive Director, and up to three at-large directors (who may be in charge of task forces or partnerships, for instance).

Previous to the governance change in 2012, the SAME President primarily was a position that was held on a rotating basis by an Engineering Chief of one of the uniformed services. To ensure that the new governance structure involves input from the Engineering Service Chiefs, a Uniformed Services Advisory Group (USAG) was established to provide advice to SAME on how the organization can support the professional development of uniformed engineers and the needs of the uniformed service engineering departments for the betterment of our country. The USAG meets twice annually with the SAME National Officers.

2019-2020 Board of Direction

 National Officers:

  • President:  Lt. Col. Wendell "Buddy" Barnes, P.E., F.SAME, USA (Ret.), ARCADIS
  • President-Elect: Heather Wishart-Smith, P.E., F.SAME, Jacobs
  • Vice President: Rear Adm. Mark Handley, P.E., F.SAME, USN (Ret.), AECOM
  • Vice President: Lt. Col. Neal Wright, P.E., F.SAME, USA (Ret.), Whitman Requardt & Associates
  • Vice President: Col. Robert Keyser, P.E., F.SAME, USA (Ret.), QRI LLC
  • Immediate Past President: Col.Marvin Fisher, LEED AP, F.SAME, USAF (Ret.), Farnsworth Group
  • Executive Director: Brig. Gen. Joe Schroedel, P.E., F.SAME, USA (Ret.), (Non-voting)
  • Treasurer: Rich Khalil, CPA, A. Morton Thomas and Associates, (Non-voting)
  • Counsel: Harold Rosen, Esq., F.SAME, The Law Office of Harold Rosen (Non-voting)
  • President, SAME Foundation: Col. John Mogge, Ph.D., RA, F.SAME, USAF (Ret.), CH2M (Non-voting)

Regional Vice Presidents:

  • California: Jeff Davis, F.SAME, Oneida ESC Group
  • Carolinas: Janette Tudor, P.E., F.SAME, KCI Technologies Inc.
  • Europe:  Col. Anthony "Tony" Higdon, P.E., USAF, USAFE-AFAFRICA/A4C
  • Great Lakes: Tricia Muxlow, Muxlow Surveying
  • Lower Mississippi: Lt. Col. Stephen Pranger, P.E., USA (Ret.), USACE
  • Middle Atlantic: CAPT Jay Manik, P.E., USCG (Ret), F.SAME, CDM Smith
  • Missouri River: Jason Sweet, GISP, PMP, Stantec
  • New England: Peter Delano, P.E., Nobis Engineering
  • North Atlantic: Sharon Krock, F.SAME, Schnabel Engineering
  • Northwest:  Dave Newkirk, BCE Engineers Inc.
  • Ohio Valley: Norman Campbell, Engie Services
  • Pacific: Lt. Col. Eric Warner, P.E., F.SAME, USAF (Ret.), 374th Civil Engineer Sq.
  • Rocky Mountain: Col. R. Scott Jarvis, F.SAME, USAF (Ret.), RS&H
  • South Atlantic: Cindy Miller, P.E., Jacobs
  • South Central: Jeffrey Duplantis, P.E., PMP, Constantine Engineering
  • Southwest: Roberta Perry-Schlicher, P.E., Matrix Design Group
  • TEXOMA: Col. Miro Kurka, P.E., PMP, F.SAME, USA (Ret.), Mead & Hunt

Community of Interest Chairs:

  • Architectural Practice: David Packard, RA, F.SAME, USACE
  • Awards and Recognition: Michell ChamblissFaith Group LLC
  • College Outreach: Maj. Seth Lorimer, USAF
  • Credentialing: Chief Master Sgt. Tamara Olson, USAF (Ret.), S&B Christ Consulting LLC
  • Energy & Sustainability: Brig. Gen. Dave Howe, USAF (Ret.), Powersmiths International Corporation
  • Engineering & Construction Camps: Cdr. Joseph Angell II, P.E., F.SAME, USN (Ret.), Apogee Consulting Group, P.A. 
  • Enlisted: SMSgt Adam Boubede, USAF, Joint Base Lewis-McChord
  • Environmental: Rick Cox, BMT Designers & Planners
  • Facilities Asset Management: Mark Tomassoni, KBRwyle
  • International: Col. Blair Schantz, USA (Ret.), Prime Associates LLC
  • Investment: Mark Zanardi, Continental Heavy Civil Corp
  • Joint Engineer Contingency Operations: James Romasz, WSP
  • Membership: Cindy Lincicome, F.SAME, Betance Enterprises
  • Resilience: Col. Joe Manous Jr., D.WRE, PhD, P.E., F.SAME, USACE
  • STEM: Jeffrey Leonard, P.E., CFPS, F.SAME, U.S. Air Force
  • Small Business: Mario Burgos, Burgos Group
  • Young Member: Victoria Mechtly, Tepa

Elected & Appointed Directors:


  • CAPT.Robert "Bob" Bevins, P.E., F.SAME, USCG, USCG
  • John Accardi Jr., F.SAME, Weston Solutions
  • Anita Larson, PG, PMP, F.SAME, Suulutaaq, Inc.
  • Yvonne Simon, AIA, RA, U.S. Navy, CNRJ MWR

2018 –2021

  • Candis Hamilton
  • Col. Charles Perham, USAF (Ret.), Matrix Design Group
  • Marci Snyder, F.SAME, Dynatest
  • J.J. Tang, RA, F.SAME, HDR
  • Richard "Rad" Delaney, LEED AP, RA, F.SAME, PRIME AE Group, Inc. (Appointed - non-voting)
  • Capt. Mike Blount, P.E., F.SAME, USN (Ret.), AECOM (Appointed - non-voting)
  • Caroline Roberts, Jacobs (Appointed - non-voting)

2019 –2022

  • Lt. Col. Mike Darrow, P.E., F.SAME, USA (Ret.), USACE 
  • Col. Robert Ruch, F.SAME, USA (Ret.), AECOM
  • Christine Tsai, PMP, F.SAME, IBTS
  • Matthew Turner, LEED AP, AIA, PMP, Yaeger Architecture

Uniform Service Points of Contact (POCs):

  • Army Liaison: Capt. Eric Collett, USA (non-voting)
  • Navy Liaison: Lt. Cdr. (s) Dan Eldred, P.E., CEC, USN (non-voting)
  • Air Force Liaison: Capt. Ronda Underwood, USAF (non-voting)
  • Coast Guard Liaison:  Lt. Beth Runco, USCG (non-voting)
  • Public Health Service Liaison: Cdr. Steve Sauer, P.E., USPHS (non-voting)
  • Marine Corps Liaison: Maj. Chris Scannell, USMCR, City of Columbus (non-voting)



In accordance with the SAME bylaws, national officers are elected prior to each year's Joint Engineer Training Conference & Expo. Nominations for elected office are made to the Executive Director by Jan. 15 and elections are held throughout the month of March.

  • President - 2019-2020
    Lt. Col. Wendell "Buddy" Barnes,
    P.E., F.SAME, USA (Ret.)
  • President-Elect
    Heather Wishart-Smith,
  • Immediate Past President
    Col. Marvin Fisher,
    LEED AP, F.SAME, USAF (Ret.)
    Farnsworth Group, Inc.
  • Vice President
    Rear Adm. Mark A. Handley
    P.E., F.SAME, USN (Ret.)
  • Vice President
    Lt. Col. Neal Wright
    P.E., PMP, F.SAME, F.NSPE, F.ASCE, USA (Ret.)
    Whitman Requardt & Assoc.
  • Vice President
    Col. Robert Keyser, P.E., F.SAME, USA (Ret.),