Community Mission

The mission of the SAME Leader Development Community of Interest (LD COI) is to develop, execute, and track leader development (LD) activities across the SAME enterprise in support of the 2025 SAME Strategic Plan – Securing America’s Future, Together. Specifically, the LD COI will lead efforts to enhance leadership development and cultivate the talent necessary to address the nation’s grand challenges ensuring the enduring stewardship of the A/E/C profession.

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Membership in the LD COI is open to all members of SAME. Leadership for the COI shall be composed of the Leadership Team, as defined below. Positions may be added to or removed from the Leadership Team at the discretion of the COI Chair.

The community will be composed of LD POCs from each Post as identified on the Post Change of Officers Form filed with SAME National office annually. Any SAME member interested in leader development can also join the LD COI community.

Strategic Alignment

Goal 1: Strengthen Industry-Government Engagement
Lead efforts to foster communication and build relationships among military, public, academic, and professional organizations; further collaboration to identify issues and develop solutions in support of National security.

LDP provides a platform for industry and government members to grow professionally in a mutually supportive environment. Industry and government professionals interact under a common theme. The program also offers members of government and industry the opportunity to support the program as instructors and mentors.

Goal 2: Build and Sustain Resilient Communities
Lead efforts to prepare communities to absorb, recover, and adapt from natural and man-made threats, fortify our nation’s resolve directly where people work and live.

Leadership is key to decision-making. When faced with tough circumstances, a leader’s ability to respond to threats helps determine their resilience. LDP enhances that ability.

Goal 3. Develop Leaders for the Profession
Lead efforts to enhance leadership development and cultivate the talent necessary to address the nation’s grand challenges; ensure the enduring stewardship of the A/E/C profession.

Leader development is core to the Leader Development Program.

Goal 4: Enrich the STEM Pipeline for the Nation
Lead efforts to inspire, encourage, and enable youth to pursue STEM careers; help develop the technical capacity that our nation needs to remain globally competitive.

As a component of leader development, mentoring ensures knowledge, skills, and aptitudes are shared among the membership. Student members can especially benefit from mentoring to enhance their own leader development.

Goal 5. Prepare Servicemembers and Veterans for the A/E/C Industry
Lead efforts to fully integrate military and government members in the A/E/C industry; support training, credentialing, and networking initiatives that build, maintain, and translate skills to meet current and future needs.

LD provides a platform to leverage the leadership of servicemembers and veterans as well as enhance leadership development for them to address challenges in the A/E/C profession.

   Community Leadership

Chair: Caroline Roberts, GISP

Department of Defense Client Account Manager, JACOBS
Seattle, WA


Vice-chair: CDR Roland de Guzman, P.E., CEM, USN (Ret.)

Senior Project Manager, MBP

Conshohocken, PA


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   LDP Task Force

National LDP Chair: LTC Michael R. Darrow, P.E., PMP, F.SAME, USA (Ret.)

National LDP Chair: Caroline Roberts, GISP

LDP Monthly Webinar Lead: James S. Blake II, CQM

LDP Book Discussion POC: Angie Martinez Goral, P.E.

LDP Mentor POC: Susan Thames, F.SAME

LDP Projects Lead: Caroline Roberts

LDP Classroom Lead: Emily DeMarco

LDP Overall Curriculum Lead: Mike Darrow

LDP Alumni POC: Ilana Almquist

   Executive Committee Structure

Marketing/Communications Vice-chair: Angie Martinez Goral, P.E.

Programs Vice-chair: Zakary Payne

Evaluation Vice-chair: COL C. Patrick Hogeboom IV, P.E., F.SAME, USA

Streamers Vice-chair: VACANT

Post Level LDP Vice-chair: Colonel Eric Wilbur, P.E., REM, USAF (Ret.)

Young Member COI Liaison: Victoria Mechtly

AOF Liaison: Philios Angelides, P.E., F.SAME, FACEC

SAME Executive Director: Joseph Schroedel, BG, P.E., F.SAME, USA (Ret)

Enlisted COI Liaison: VACANT

Credentialing COI Liaison: MAJ Kurtis J. Schaaf, EN

Mentoring Vice-chair: Amelia DaCruz, PET

National Vice-president: Neal Wright, P.E., F.SAME, USA (ret.)

At-Large Members

Charlie Hart, P.E., F.SAME, USA (ret.)

Michael Nosbisch, PSP
Sally Riker, F.SAME
Lisa Thoele, CPSM, APR, LEED AP
Lt Col Jonathon E Byrnes, USAF

Mentoring Advisory Group

Mentoring Vice-chair: Amelia DaCruz, PET

LDP Mentoring POC: Susan Thames, F.SAME

AOF Mentoring POC: Philios Angelides, P.E., F.SAME, FACEC

Post-level Mentoring: Gerald Morris, CDT, LEED AP BD&C, PMP, CCM

YM Mentoring & Recognition POC: James Buckingham, P.E.

Member: Michelle Chambliss

Sustaining Member Mentoring POC: VACANT (Representing the sustaining member community.)

Camp Mentoring POC: VACANT (Seeking a former/current camp mentor.)

One-on-One Mentoring Capacity Lead: VACANT (To help design a one-on-one mentoring strategy.)
Agency Mentoring Lead: VACANT (To help inventory agency partner mentoring programs.)


The LD COI supports the following programs:
  • Leader Development Program--Developed with support from the SAME Foundation, the LDP identifies and cultivates talent from within the SAME membership to address the nation’s grand challenges. Participants explore individual strengths and team dynamics. The program supports the development of the next generation of world class military, government, civilian, and industry leaders for the Society and our Nation. LDP is a yearlong commitment, running from Joint Engineer Training Conference (JETC) to the following JETC.
  • Mentoring--Mentoring is a key component to SAME engagement efforts to maintain leadership in the A/E/C industries and ensure the country has the STEM professionals it needs to secure the nation. Mentoring also offers an excellent opportunity for leader development by the mentor and the mentee. Led by the mentoring advisory group, SAME is working to connect mentoring opportunities across the Society into once strategy. From camp mentoring to mentoring of LDP participants to engaging with student members and young professionals at SAME national events, SAME can find the right mentoring opportunity that fits your time and interest.

View a graphic of the mentoring strategy by clicking here.

Post-level Leader Development Programs 

Does your Post conduct a leader development program? If so, the LD COI would like to make sure your program is represented by this community. If your Post has a Leader Development POC, make sure they sign on to be part of the LD COI so they can add to the body of knowledge of the community. To learn more, contact Colonel Eric Wilbur, P.E., REM, USAF (Ret.), Post-level LDP Vice-chair.


Post-level Mentoring Programs 

Does your Post conduct a mentoring program? If so, the LD COI would like to make sure your program is represented as part of the LD COI mentoring strategy. If your Post has a Mentoring POC, make sure they sign on to be part of the LD COI so they can add to the body of knowledge of the community. To learn more, contact Gerald Morris, CDT, LEED AP BD&C, PMP, CCM, Post-level Mentoring POC.

Sustaining Member Leader Development/Mentoring Programs

If your company or organization conducts a leader development or mentoring program, the LD COI would like to promote your efforts and present it as a best practice to the LD community. The Mentoring Advisory Group is also looking for a sustaining member representative to help the Society strategize mentoring across the organization. Please contact Eddie Gonzalez, LDP Program Manager, to share details about your program, or express interest in the advisory group.


Call for Instructors/Trainers

The LD COI is recruiting leaders from government, private sector, and academic fields willing to discuss leadership issues impacting the Society and/or present leader development best practices to community members, with a special focus on building their core competencies. The LD COI seeks instructor or trainer volunteers that can provide monthly webinars as part of the COI's programming.

Support the development of the next generation of world class military, government civilian, and industry leaders for the Society and our nation by becoming an LD COI instructor or trainer.

If you are interested in serving as an instructor or trainer, please fill out the attached form (click here) so we can record your interest. If you have questions, contact Eddie Gonzalez, LD COI Program Manager, at 


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-J.J. Tang, FAIA, F.SAME, Chair, SAME Architectural Practice Committee 2013-2016