The mission of the SAME Young Members Community of Interest (YM COI) is to be an advocate for and engage young member support for SAME’s Strategic Plan through outreach, training, networking and recognition. The charter detailing how the COI is organize can be found here. More resources are available below.

Interested in Joining the Community of Interest?

Unsure if you should join? Watch this video. You can join any of our communities through the Member Update Page. Join this YM COI now!



Mentoring & Recognition

Highlight  your achievements or those of another YM in TME!  Please use the following Spotlight Nomination form, or contact Suzanne Grix with any questions.

Have a Post Event or YM Achievement to share in our next newsletter? Contact Summer Gladden.

Each spring, the Engineering & Construction Camps recruit volunteers to serve as mentors and camp counselors! Visit the Camps page (click here) to learn more.

Credentialing Achievement Awards Program

The SAME Young Member Community of Interest is continuing the Credentialing Achievement Awards Program (CAAP) to promote the professional development of SAME Young Members and Enlisted Members in support of the SAME Strategic Plan. The CAAP serves to fulfill an objective which is to provide financial support for professional development, education, and mentoring initiatives to benefit our SAME members.

SAME will reimburse a portion of exam sitting or registration fees for Young Members. The full program details and application are located here. For questions regarding the program and to submit your application, please contact Suzanne Grix.

Current deadline: April 3, 2020.

For full program details, click here. [PDF] | To download the application form, click here. [PDF]


Community of Interest Chair

Victoria Mechtly
Tepa Companies
Kansas City, MO

Organization Structure

Immediate Past Chair: Lisa Thoele, RS&H

Secretary: Maj. Jet Sadorra, USAF

Programs: Nick Overby, HDR, Inc.

Mentoring & Recognition: Suzanne Grix, GLEI

Communication: Summer Gladden, Leebcor

Conferences: Jeff Duguid, RLF

Military/Govt. Engagement: LT Sam Lee, P.E., CEC, USN

SAME POC: Eddie Gonzalez, SAME HQ

Organization Chart

Stay Engaged

Young Member Council Monthly Call – All YMs are Welcome!


Date: Second Thursday of Every Month

Time: 12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m. EST 

Connect to GoToMeeting.

Dial: (312) 757-3117   Access Code: 753-741-181

Download the Outlook reminder.

Education Opportunities

SBC Young Member, Enlisted Member, & Fellows Networking Event

Thanks to sponsors:

Date: November 19, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm; Local Time


Please download the flyer and circulate it to your networks.

Location:  Iron Cactus Mexican Restaurant and Margarita Bar
1520 Main Street
Dallas, TX  75201

Before the SAME Small Business Conference begins, come out and join Young Members and Fellows for a night of fun and networking!  Please understand that each attendee will be responsible for their own food and beverages of choice. Thank you to McKim and Creed for supporting this networking event.

Organized by the SAME Young Member Community of Interest

If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Duguid:  jeff_duguid@rlfae.com or Victoria Mechtly: victoria.mechtly@tepa.com

We hope to see you there!  



2019, Nov 7 - USSPACECOM Civil Engineers – Terrestrial Support to those who fight in Space. Presenter: Steven Rose, F.SAME, Deputy Director USSPACECOM Logistics and Installations
Unfortunately, neither a recording nor slides are available for this presentation.

2019, Sep 5 - Professional Responsibility, Ethics, and the 21st Century Learned Professional. Presenter: Joe D. Manous, Jr, PE, PhD, D.WRE
Click here for the slides and click here for the recording.

2019, June 6 - The Story Your Financial Statements Tell. Presenter: Brent McClure, Strategic Business Advisor. 
Click here for slides and click here for the recording.