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.

2017-2018 Board of Direction

 National Officers:

  • President: Col. Sal Nodjomian, P.E., F.SAME, USAF (Ret.), Matrix Design
  • President-ElectCol.Marvin Fisher, LEED AP, F.SAME, USAF (Ret.), Farnsworth Group
  • Vice President: Lt. Col. Wendell "Buddy" Barnes, P.E., F.SAME, USA (Ret.), ARCADIS
  • Vicent President:  Cindy Lincicome, F.SAME, Betance Enterprises
  • Chair, Academy of Fellows: Col. Raymond Willcocks, P.E., F.SAME, USAF (Ret.)
  • Immediate Past PresidentCapt. Mike Blount, P.E., F.SAME, USN (Ret.), AECOM
  • 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: Anthony Petroccitto, GHD Inc.
  • Carolinas: Steve Thomas, P.E., AECOM
  • Europe:  Col. Anthony "Tony" Higdon, P.E., USAF         USAFE-AFAFRICA/A4C
  • Great LakesCol. Thomas Heinold, P.E., F.SAME, USA (Ret.), USACE Rock Island District
  • Lower MississippiKenneth New, QRI/Quaternary Resource Investigations LLC
  • Middle AtlanticLt. Col. Michael Darrow, P.E., USA (Ret.), USACE Norfolk District
  • Missouri RiverJackie Hacker, HDR
  • New EnglandJohn Blaisdell, Sovereign Consulting, Inc.
  • North Atlantic: Sharon Krock, F.SAME, Schnabel Engineering
  • Northwest:  Capt. John Hickey, P.E., LEED AP, CEM, USCG (Ret.), Jacobs Engineering Inc.
  • Ohio ValleyCol. Shawn Moore, USAF
  • Pacific: Richard Stump, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Stanley Consultants
  • Rocky Mountain: Col. R. Scott Jarvis, F.SAME, USAF (Ret.), RS&H
  • South Atlantic: Cindy Miller, CH2M
  • South Central: Col. Robert Keyser, P.E., F.SAME, USAF (Ret.), AH Environmental Consultants
  • Southwest: Col. Richard Houghton, CFM, USAF (Ret.), City Light and Power
  • TEXOMA: Brig. Gen. Patrice Melancon, F.SAME, USAFR, San Antonio River Authority & USAF

Committee Chairs:

  • Architectural PracticeCol. Paula Loomis, FAIA, F.SAME, USAFR (Ret.), HQ, U.S. Coast Guard
  • Awards and Recognition: Amy D'Alonzo-Basehoar, F.SAME
  • College Outreach: Corey Weaver, P.E., USACE Huntington District
  • Credentialing, Education, Certification & Licensing: Lt. Col. Neal Wright, P.E., F.SAME, USA (Ret.), Whitman Requardt and Associates
  • Energy & Sustainability: Rear Adm. Mark Handley, P.E., USN (Ret.), AECOM
  • Engineering & Construction Camps: Gerald Morris Jr., Pennoni
  • EnvironmentalRick Cox, BMT Designers & Planners
  • Facilities Asset Management: Col. Stuart Harrison, P.E., CFM, F.SAME, USA (Ret.), AECOM
  • International: Col. Blair Schantz, USA (Ret.)
  • Joint Engineer Contingency Operations: Col. Bill Haight, USA (Ret.), Louis Berger Group
  • Resilience: Col. Joe Manous Jr., D.WRE, PhD, P.E., F.SAME, USACE
  • STEM: Lt. Col. Scott Prosuch, F.SAME, USA, (Ret.), Tetra Tech

Council Chairs:

  • Small Business: Patricia Bonilla, Lunacon Construction Group
  • Young Member: Lisa Thoele, RS&H

Elected & Appointed Directors:

2015 –2018

  • Brian Balukonis, P.E., F.SAME, USACE
  • Lt. Col. Tony Price, F.SAME, USA (Ret.), Price Enterprises LLC
  • Sally Riker, F.SAME, Lowe Engineers
  • Angela Nocera, P.E., PIKA International

2016 –2019

  • Cdr. Joseph Angell II, P.E., CCM, DGIA, USN (Ret.), Taylor Wiseman & Taylor
  • Lt. Col. Kevin Lovell, PMP, USA (Ret.)
  • Ben Matthews, P.E., F.SAME, Atkins
  • Col. John Cawthorne, F.SAME, USAF (Ret.), Neumarket Consulting LLC


  • 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, STOA Architects
  • Maj. Gen. Merdith "Bo" Temple, P.E., PMP, F.SAME, USA (Ret.) (Appointed/Non-Voting)




Uniform Service Points of Contact (POCs):

  • Army Liaison: Capt. Zebulun Coulter, PMP, USA
  • Navy Liaison: Cdr. Chad Lorenzana, CEC, USN
  • Air Force Liaison: Maj. Sylvester d'Agrella, USAF 
  • Coast Guard Liaison:  Lt. Beth Runco, USCG
  • Public Health Service Liaison: Lt. Cdr. James Coburn, USPHS
  • Marine Corps Liaison: Glenn Grubbs, USMC - Public Works


  • President 2017-2018
    Col. Sal M. Nodjomian, P.E.,
    F.SAME, USAF (Ret.),
    Matrix Design Group
  • President-Elect 2017-2018
    Col. Marvin Fisher,
    LEED AP, F.SAME, USAF (Ret.)
    Farnsworth Group, Inc.
  • President (Immediate Past)
    Capt. Michael L. Blount, P.E.,
    LEED AP BD&C, Assoc.

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.

  • Vice President
    Lt. Col. Wendell "Buddy" Barnes,
    P.E., F.SAME, USA (Ret.),
  • Vice President
    Cindy Lincicome, F.SAME
  • Executive Director
    Brig. Gen. Joe Schroedel, P.E.,
    F.SAME, USA (Ret.)